Winter Skin Hero’s

There’s a lot I love about winter, the Christmas festivities, twinkling lights and being bundled up in gorgeous knits being a big part of that. But winter and my skin? The lack of sunshine and cold, moisture sucking weather is not skin-friendly. As the weather changes our skincare regimes have to adapt.

To ensure we bring the best out in our skin we have to appreciate what we have, how it responds to different conditions and nourish it with what it needs. Having problematic skin in my younger years helped me appreciate the benefits of a good skin regime, and one reason I want to share my winter saviours with you. These products are just so good and this post also gives me the opportunity to rave about them a bit.

So, here are the skin heroes that get me through the colder months.

Andalou’s Coconut Water Firming Cleanser 163ml

I’ve always believed in the power of coconuts, my mother comes from the South Pacific and has always included them in her beauty regime and diet. If you’ve ever seen my mum you’ll be interested in coconuts too. Her hair is super glossy and she barely has a wrinkle, absolutely no deep lines to speak of whatsoever.

Andalou’s Coconut Water Firming Cleanser with coconut water electrolytes is incredibly hydrating and why it’s great for parched winter skin. As well as gently lifting impurities away from my skin, this vitamin C rich product also leaves it looking and feeling firmer and plumper. Goodbye fine lines!

Rose Water

I keep it simple when it comes to toning, and simpler still when it comes to the ingredient list. Rose water is so refreshing, it minimises pores and hydrates the skin in just a spritz or two. I sometimes even use it as a primer for makeup. Because pure rose water doesn’t contain alcohol or any harsh chemicals it’s suitable for even the most sensitive of skin. It’s natural anti-bacterial and soothing properties also help to prevent outbreaks and calm angry patches.

Lots of health food shops sell pure rose water. Pukka’s Organic Rose Water 100ml is one trusted brand, simply spritz after cleansing!

Neal’s Yard Frankincense Nourishing Cream 50g

Neal’s Yard products are jammed packed with amazing beauty ingredients and gorgeous aromas. One of my favourites is their Frankincense Nourishing Cream. In the nativity story frankincense and myrrh were gifted alongside gold because they were valuable commodities and they’re very much superstar beauty ingredients.

Both have been used in skincare for thousands of years for their rejuvenating properties and this rich cream contains both! The cream aids cellular turnover for fresher, brighter skin and leaves my skin feeling luxurious soft for hours, even when exposed to the elements.

Dr. Hauschka’s Night Serum 25ml

My grandmother is 91, and her skin is sensational. She maintains that the secret to her age defying looks in moisturising day and night. Whatever your beauty mantra, we all need extra help in the winter months.

Overheated rooms, contrasting freezing temperatures and late nights can dry our skin right out and leave it looking lacklustre. One of my favourite night treatments is Dr. Hauschka’s Night Serum.

Our skin does a lot of its repair work at night and this oil-free product, as well as nourishing the skin, allows it to breathe. Oxygen is so important, like all other organs our skin needs it and it has endless beautifying effects. Harnessing and perfecting this science Dr Hauschka’s Night Serum boosts the skin’s natural renewal and balancing process. For a glowing, dewy complexion in the morning I haven’t found a product to beat it. As an aside, their Rose Day Cream is incredible too.

Facial Oil

I love makeup but I like to give it a break from time to time. The prospect of going makeup free in the winter months can seem like a big ask, but nutrient rich facial oils can transform your complexion, they really can. In fact, Alicia Keys’ makeup artist Dotti swears by them as an essential step in the star’s no makeup beauty regime to glowing, healthy skin.

With such a large variety of facial oils available there is a formula to suit everyone, even oily prone skin – I have combination skin so suffer from an oily t-zone and I love face oils.

I have a particular penchant for the Organic Rose and Neroli Day Facial Oil by Siskyn. It’s a substitute for moisturiser and though it sinks right in it also manages to give you a day long radiant glow. If you have dry or normal skin, it’s also light enough to wear under makeup, just give it 5 minutes to be absorbed a bit. It’s blended with seventeen organic botanical oils that provide multiple beauty benefits including collagen production, cell regeneration and skin firming. I can’t recommend it enough.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue 15ml

My favourite eye cream is Magic Eye Rescue by Charlotte Tilbury.

Like most women who own their own business I’m always busy and this little pot of cream never fails to lift and soothe my tired eyes after a long day or a late night. It combines red algae, which incidentally isn’t just good for sushi. Rich in antioxidants and with amazing moisture retaining properties, this magic ingredient helps the skin to stay hydrated and improves its barrier function against environmental harms. Magic Eye Rescue also includes retinol to rejuvenate skin cells and saccharide isomerate to brighten and firm that delicate under eye skin, so no more papery bags. This really does leave me looking well rested, even when I haven’t been good to myself.

Arbonnes RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask 50 ml

When I’ve really put my skin through its paces I turn to Arbonnes RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask as my special skin treatment. This under-sung brand is a gem in skincare and the RE9 range shows off its botanical best with pineapple and papaya enzymes. One of the best things about this mask is that it gently removes dead skin cells, it’s not drying, and it gives me clearer, better textured skin. Every time I use it I see my pores visibly reduced. It always leaves my skin feeling velvety soft and my spirits high.

Dr Jackson’s 04 Coconut Melt 15ml

Boosting and maintaining hydration is a key theme through my winter skincare and this includes lips. The lips are super sensitive to the cold and one of the best balms I’ve come across is Dr Jackson’s 04 Coconut Melt, it’s brilliant. This organic oil (solid like a regular balm though easily melts) comes in a makeup bag sized pot ready to soothe, plump and repair chapped lips. It also remedies a myriad of other beauty ills, such as spit ends or dry cuticles. Those coconuts again!

BB Creams

When it comes to makeup we’re spoilt for choice. Too spoilt? Never, but what to pick? For a fresh, glowing complexion in winter I love moisturising BB creams for a daytime look.

The BB stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm”. Designed to even out skin tone and offer light to medium coverage, BB creams give lighter coverage than a standard foundation but are thicker than a tinted moisturiser. They also deliver great hydration. I love their texture and they leave you with a gloriously dewy complexion.

I have a couple in my makeup bag but my favourite is Bobbi Browns BB Cream SPF 35. It contains light reflective pearls that brighten dull winter skin and it blurs the appearance of pores for a flawless, youthful appearance. As well as covering up a flaw or two, with long term use this product’s collagen boosting ingredients also minimise fine lines! If that wasn’t enough, it includes broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to ensure you stay looking your best. As a plus, Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream comes in a variety or shades, unfortunately many brands only stock a couple.

So those are my heroes. Cleansing toning and moisturising is key to healthier looking skin and it makes the application of make-up look even better. Exfoliating at least once a week to remove any dead skin cells and using a hydration treatment will also help improve your skin’s appearance and texture.

If you have any bug bears with your skin come the winter months comment below, I also offer a skin consultation and programme with a number of my makeup packages.

Top Six Stocking Fillers To Wow!

Top Six Stocking Fillers To Wow!

I love this season, the lights and decorations adorning the streets, the crisp weather and of course the changes in fashion and makeup. I adore Christmas shopping too, but I know coming up with the perfect gifts for your loved ones can be troublesome. To help, I have put together my top six picks for makeup lovers!

Fortune Favours The Brave Eye Shadow Palette by Revolution

You can’t beat Fortune Favours The Brave Eye Shadow Palette for value. Created and designed by British Beauty Blogger Jane Cunningham, The quality and selection of colours you get for the price is amazing!

It’s a truly stunning and generous palette. Packed with 30 highly pigmented shades it gives you everything you need to create a variety of day and night looks, fantastic for the party season and every other.

With matte, glimmer and sheen shades this versatile palette would make a great gift for women of all ages and all colouring, whether you’re warm, cool or deep. I have it in my kit and it attracts lots of enthusiastic comments from my clients.

The Feline Flick Kit by Charlotte Tilbury

The Feline Flick Kit from Charlotte Tilbury will make hearts flutter! It includes one of my favourite mascaras of all time, the Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black. The wand is magic and gives curl, separation and incredible volume with just a little of the product.

It also comes with the Feline Flick Eyeliner Pen in Panther giving you everything you need to create an impactful winged eyeliner look. Felt liners are also great for precision, making the kit a great gift for all abilities. This quick setting liner also prevents feathering and smudging, ideal for long days or late nights!

Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black (8ml) is the PERFECT 5-in-1 mascara you need for fuller, fluttering eyelashes that will take you from day to night. In a glossy black formula, you will get curl, separation, volume, length & drama!

The Feline Flick Eyeliner Pen in Panther (1ml) is a glossy, intense, ink-rich pen that glides on perfectly & sets quickly to prevent feathering and smudging. No re-tracing necessary to create a defined result.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter by Fenty

I’ve waxed lyrical about this product lately and for good reason. The Killawatt Freestyle highlighter from the new mega brand Fenty will literally light up Christmas. The texture of this longwearing cream-powder highlighter is unbelievable, it just melts into the skin and blends effortlessly.

The striking Killawatt compacts contain either solo or duo highlighters. Currently my favourite is the Hustla Baby and Mean Money duo and with its rose gold tones it’s fab for creating a sun-kissed look in winter.

I love using it to highlight cheekbones, the collar bone, brow arch and so much more. It’s great in the inner eye for a bright-eyed look and even doubles up as eyeshadow. For a party look, adding a little to the lips before applying lip gloss is also great for giving extra shine.

Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX

This gem could be the perfect gift to reward yourself with for all your thoughtful purchases.

This inexpensive foundation is in my makeup bag and punches way above its price point. I love its sheer consistency and as the label suggests it’s completely buildable so you can achieve the perfect level of coverage by adding one or two more drops.

It’s a velvety, matte foundation however by adding a little liquid luminizer you can create a dewy look. It also comes in wide array of shades to suit lots of different skin tones.

Party of Four Mini Lip Gloss Set by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown has so many yummy lip products, it’s hard to pick one. But this set of four mini lip glosses lets you have your Christmas cake and eat it, for just £27.

The glosses include four sumptuous and dazzling shades for the party season. They come in nude, pink and rich red and in a handy size for on- the-go. Infused with jojoba and avocado oil and a bunch of nourishing vitamins, theses must-have glosses deliver hydration and conditioning as well as gorgeous shine.

If that wasn’t enough, buy online at Bobbi Brown and get your hands on exclusive discounts or free products with spin and win. Who needs Santa when there’s Bobbi Brown?

The Best of Benefit by Benefit

And last but not least, because Benefit has come up with the ultimate stocking filler! You can select three of the brand’s most iconic products in a makeup bag and get a free brow highlighting pencil, all for just £69. And because there’s so many great products to choose from, this gift will please even the trickiest to buy for!

This set provides endless possibilities and with all the options you could even achieve a complete look. Benefits’s bestselling hello flawless oxygen wow! liquid foundation, Hoola bronzer and precisely, my brow eyebrow pencil are just a couple of the products on offer.

I hope this has made your job a little easier, if your need any further advice feel free to contact me direct or comment below. Happy Christmas shopping!!

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