23 Apr 2014

BEAUTY: Transitional Skincare


Hello! We're in that weird period right now where one day it's sunny and (sort of) warm, yet the next it's dull and dark and generally miserable. During this time, I feel like my skin doesn't know what to do with itself and that's usually the moment where I have a good hard look at my skincare drawer and sort out some 'transitional skincare'. Basically, I find products that can protect my skin from both the warm days (SPF!) and the not so warm days.

I usually do this through a mix of moisturisers, serums and masks, so I'll start off with the former. SPF is something I always try to get in my daily skincare/makeup so the Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance Facial Moisturiser SPF 12 is a great option. It's a lightweight liquid which aims to hydrate the skin, but without overloading it or making it feel greasy. Perfect for this in-between weather. As for eye cream, I've been using Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C Brightening Dark Circles Eye Cream. Now, I can't vouch for the dark circles part, as mine are hereditary and few products actually have a massive impact, buuut I will say it's a great every day eye cream. It's light enough to wear underneath makeup and does add moisture to the eye area, which is perfect for sunny or rainy conditions (which can dry the skin out).

For serums I tend to focus on ones that brighten the skin, as my skin can get quite dull in this weather. If I want a serum to use day and night, then I'll opt for NUDE Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum, as one drop covers your entire face (making cost per 'wear' pretty low!) and it leaves your skin bright, even and looking much clearer. It's a great all round serum and I'd definitely recommend it! If I want more of an exfoliator, I'll go for the Kiehl's Overnight Biological Peel. Now, I know 'peel' sounds a bit scary, but all it does it buff away any dead skin cells, revealing smoother, brighter and more radiant skin in the morning without having to use a manual scrub. I love this way of exfoliating and its made such a huge difference to my skin!

Finally, using a light clay-based mask once or twice a week really helps deep cleanse pores and get rid of any of the rubbish from outside. I've been using the Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with Pink Clay, as it's much lighter than your standard clay mask and makes the skin feel a lot fresher, as some others can dry it out quite a lot. This would be ideal for people with dry skin! Finally, if my skin does need a bit of a boost, I might mix together a little bit of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which is a powder that you add water to to make a scrub. I don't often use manual scrubs (as I opt for the above, as explained) but as you can only use chemical exfoliators around two times per week, sometimes my skin needs something extra. This is quite a gentle scrub and I use it on targeted areas (usually between my brows/on my forehead) when my skin may look a little flaky or dry, especially if the weather has been a bit colder!

Any products that get you through the colder and warmer days?

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22 Apr 2014

TODAY: Orange, White and Navy

coat: zara, similar | top: zara, similar | jeans: topshop, similar | bag: michael kors | boots: chloe

Hello! Just a quick little post with a snapshot of yesterday's outfit. I met up with a friend for curry, strawberry and mascarpone tart and a hot chocolate that resembled pure syrup. All in the good name of testing new food places out, yup. Onto the outfit, I've got right back into wearing my Chloe boots again, now that the weather is less rainy as I'm always so scared I'll damage them if it's anything other than dry or sunny outside. This Zara coat has been seeing the light of day recently too, as navy and stripes were born to be together.

Today I'm off to a little blogger meet up in Newcastle as there aren't enough up North! It's nothing too formal, just going for food etc so I'm looking forward to it. It's always nice to see and meet bloggers in your local area!

Also, thank you for the feedback on my Creme Egg Brownie post, I'll be including more baking posts in the future I think as I quite enjoyed putting it together and you all seemed to like it!

Aaand finally, there's quite a few things gone out of my blog sale so be sure to check it out before it disappears at the end of the month!

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