21/01/2015

The Winter Skincare Saviours


My skin is dry at the best of times, so throw this disgustingly cold winter-weather into the mix and you get something about as dry as the sahara, no exaggeration. But, there are a few shining-star products that I've introduced into my routine this season which have seriously helped me to claw back some moisture and lock-in some hydration:

I've searched high and low for the ultimate lip balm to nurse my lips back to the realms of normality, including blogger favourite Nuxe Reve de Miel.  I liked it, but it just didn't cut the mustard against this new-found discovery. All-hail the Beyonce of lip balms, Elizabeth Arden's Eight-Hour Cream. It's as stylish as lip balms get whilst giving some serious welly in the mositure-giving department. A few applications of this through out the day restores my lips from being a dry, chapped disgustingness to something far more plumped, soft and smooth. The original eight-hour cream is also amazing when used as a lip mask at night, providing even more oodles of moisture.

BOTANICS 97% HOT CLOTH CLEANSING BALM
The last thing you need in winter is a cleanser that leaves your skin more stiff and stripped of moisture than it already was, so I say, enter cleansing balms. These really help to breakdown and remove makeup quickly and effectively whilst actually adding hydration to the skin. But cleansing balms are lining the shelves these days, often at a horrible price tag so it can be difficult to know what to invest in. I've  however, found this serious good'un from Botanics which does the job as good as any other at a seriously appetising price. I take a little between my fingers, massage until the face and remove with a hot cloth. Enriched with nourishing rosehip oil, it's also the perfect wind-down to the end of a long day.

VICHY AQUALIA THERMAL DYNAMIC SERUM
When my skin is dry, my makeup clings to patches and generally doesn't sit well on my face but this saviour of a product has things sorted in a jiffy. Concentrated with thermal spa water and enriched with hyaluronic acid, this stuff puts buckets of hydration into the skin without leaving it in the least bit tacky or greasy. It also really helps to lock-in any moisturiser that is applied on top leaving skin feeling plumped and healthy.

NUXE CRÈME FRAICHE 24HR MOISTURISING CREAM
Speaking of moisturisers, this one's a real winner. It's as richly moisturising as moisturisers tend to come with the added bonus of being incredibly luxurious and smelling divine. This is a little too heavy for the mornings but is amazing for providing some deep nourishment over-night which lasts throughout the day.

What skincare products are seeing you through winter?
11/01/2015

Glastonbury.

Coat - Zara//Hat- H&M//Joni Jeans - Topshop//Boots - Jones

The name 'Glastonbury' for me, like most people is associated with music, camping, drinking and a lot of mud, so much so I forget that the real Glastonbury is an incredibly cute, quaint town very close to my parents house. So on a beautiful Winter's afternoon on 2nd Jan, me and Stu took a drive their to have a lil wander about the town and climb up the tor to see Somerset in all its glory. Spending a lot of time in the big smoke, I do forget how much I love the countryside and the views there are pretty darn breathtaking. It was also the perfect excuse to wack out my weekend comfies, including my brand new puffa which was an absolute steal in the Zara sale.

06/01/2015

Christmas Gift Beauty: First Impressions



It's definitely no bad thing to find some new beauty bits in your sack on Christmas morning and this year I was a little bit spoilt in that department, receiving some new products to try and old favourites to re-discover. I've introduced them all into my routine since which have all found a place in my beauty-loving heart:

The Body Shop - Vitamin E Moisture Cream
A Body Shop cult classic and actually an old favourite which I raved about last year, now I remember why. This is a gorgeous, light-weight and breathable moisturiser which perks you up like a good ole morning run in the park. It's incredibly smoothing and hydrating, without being greasy and instantly sinks into the skin, making it ideal for use before makeup.

The Body Shop - Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil
As a big fan of Vitamin E's hydrating properties, I was rather keen to try something else from the range. A serum-in-oil (mouthful anyone?!), this product claims to 'to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight.' I'm a face oil virgin, normally opting for purely serums, so this has tad getting used to. Unlike my usual and probably preferred love, the Vichy Aqualia Life Serum, this is very greasy and takes much longer to sink in although it leaves the skin undeniably, silky-soft.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Malicieuse
This one was a surprise gift from my boyfriend (major props to him for going into the Chanel shop and picking out a lipstick shade himself, I was very, very impressed) giving me my first venture into the Chanel lipstick world and it's been a very successful one. He picked out La Malicieuse, a stunning vibrant coral pink which will be quite simply beaut in the summer months. The Rouge Allure Velvets are a dreamy matte formula which glide across the lips and aren't at all drying - I'm a little bit in love.

Jo Malone Cologne in Wood Sage and Sea Salt
Huge, huge swoon...at my first ever Jo Malone fragrance. With some Xmas money to burn,  I found myself automatically heading to the nearest JM counter and spent a good half an hour sniffing all of their glorious scents till I found the one. This came in the form of their latest addition to the collection, wood sage & sea salt. I'm not a huge fan of overly floral or ultra sweet scents, so I fell head over heels for this fresh, slightly earthy/woody scent that smells just like the seaside on a spring morning with a whole lot of general sophisticated goodness thrown in. This also lasts like no other fragrance I've ever had.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Shade Mont Blanc
So this is by no means a new discovery but my love for this has been reignited all the more since receiving a new bottle for Christmas. A medium-coverage foundation with the perfect balance of matte/dewiness. With a stunning satin finish, this makes the skin look flawless and glowing without the shininess of other dewy foundations. It lasts for ever, has no SPF and is totally buildable - Sheer Glow can do no wrong.
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30/12/2014

Almost a White Christmas.

Coat and Scarf - Zara//Jeans - Topshop//Wellies - Hunter

Boxing Day and the few days after, was spent with some of my extended family in their new beautiful house in the Derbyshire Peak District. On the night of boxing day the biggest snowstorm hit Sheffield and on Saturday we woke up to what can only be described as Narnia. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my snaps from countryside walks in 2-foot deep (!) snow and our slightly belated white Christmas.

28/12/2014

Christmas Day


 Christmas Day has been a fairly chilled affair the last few years with just the four of us, saving all the extended family madness for Boxing Day. Our morning went something a little like rolling out of bed, going to church, eating a late brunch of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with champagne followed by presents. The afternoon involved a long countryside stroll around some real Christmas trees with our two little mutts and followed by a fire-side glass of Mulled Wine by the fire in our local pub. We're late eaters so by the time dinner was over, I was ready for a long snooze on the sofa...bliss.

Hope you all had a fabulous day!


 

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