Presenting: THE FILE’s Beauty Sleep Awards. In honour of sleep, we took it upon ourselves to tirelessly vet products that claim to aid sleep in any way, shape or form. So tirelessly, in fact, we stayed up late with pen and notepad swatching lotions and burning candles and spritzing pillows all in the name of Sleep Week (an irony that is not lost on us for a moment). Here at THE FILE, it was all in a hard day’s work and a good night’s sleep. The verdict? It was totally worth it for we’ve found a round-up of products that not only make our skin beam but that also taught us to incorporate nurturing rituals into our PM routines. Stay tuned over the course of the week for the full reviews. And of course, sweet dreams to you all.
You know how some couples just make sense? Like it was inevitable, fated even, that they would find each other in this giant, mixed-up world. Think Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Bert and Ernie.
We’re comforted by their unions; they assure us that true love really does exist and give us hope that we’ll find our own John or Chrissy. The very idea of their coupling calms us, and the thought of them ever parting fills us with dread.
If they do break up we grieve the loss like we do our own breakups, or dead pets. I’m still not over Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s split. How could they be so selfish? They clearly didn’t consider my feelings at all.
This is how I want people to feel about me and eye masks. Slip eye masks, to be exact. “Name a more iconic duo,” I want the media to say. Since finding each other we’ve been inseparable and now I can’t imagine being without one. They’re beautiful, comforting and great in bed. It’s the best relationship i’ve ever had. I wish I was lying.
I never used to be a sleep mask person. I’d just lie down, close my eyes and think about Dev Patel until I lost consciousness. But this year I’ve been having trouble sleeping, so I’ve been trying everything short of pills to slumber successfully. From calming teas to rain machines – if it’s chemical-free I’ll give it a go. So when a friend suggested Slip masks I ordered one immediately.
They’re designed to block out light so you fall asleep faster, and to stay in place while you toss and turn. Slip uses high-grade mulberry silk for all its products, which prevents your night creams from rubbing off, reduces stretching of your skin and feels fucking awesome. I often find my cat sleeping on mine and she’s a fussy bitch with expensive taste so you know it’s good.
I can’t say Slip eye masks have cured my insomnia, but they definitely help me relax, which is half the battle. If you’ve never tried them, I highly suggest you mosey over to Slip’s website and get on that. If you pick me up a few pillowcases while you’re there, you’ll be the Jay-Z to my Beyoncé forever.
Words, Nadine von Cohen, Images, James Tolich.