Well hello there!
For those of you who read my last post you my be surprised that I am posting today but I am back from am incredible holiday feeling refreshed and ready to go! I’ll be sharing some snippets from my travels over the coming weeks, including two of the most beautiful hotels, but before that I wanted to let you in on some recent beauty buys I have come across and loved.
But one thing first…I have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2017 for Best Interior Lifestyle blog. I am putting one last call out for votes as voting closes on Friday. Please help girl out and send a vote my way! VOTE HERE!
So back to beauty and what you came for today….
If you don’t know it already, I am a skincare fanatic. Having suffered problematic skin for much of my life, I do everything I can to make it the best it can be. Over the years I have spent a lot of time and money researching, trying and testing different things and have a arsenal of products that work for me that I rarely stray from.
However, I recently noticed my skin wasn’t as bright or glowy that I wanted it to be. I could see the first signs of ageing and my skin looked a bit dehydrated. So I put my research hat on again and I must admit I am pretty pleased with my finds. My skin is brighter, glowier and looks more healthy. Win!
5 new beauty favourites
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%: I have wanted to try a retinol for a few years now but couldn’t quite get my head around which one to buy and they were all so expensive. Cue cult brand The Ordinary by Deciem whose products are straight up skincare-science that is SO affordable. At £8 a bottle it would be wrong not to give it a go.
I have been using this for a few weeks and undoubtedly notice a positive difference. My skin in clearer, brighter and smoother!
If you are not sure what a retinol is, the very simple answer is that is is derived from vitamin A. It helps reduce fine lines, unclog pores, even our skin tone and boost collagen. My friend Nia is a bit of an expert when it comes to The Ordinary products and knows much more about them than me. Check out her blog here.
Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Nourishing Milk: I watched a recent make up tutorial on YouTube and found myself nodding along to all the skincare issues and recommendations. Tired, dehydrated skin lacking a little glow. Yup. The solution – a few choice Bobbi Brown skincare products to add to my routine.
The first was the Nourishing Milk. You put it on after cleansing/toner/acid and before moisturiser (read my skincare routine here). It is called and looks like a milk, but goes on more like a serum or oil. It smells wonderful and has worked wonders in ensuring my skin is hydrated and glowing throughout the day.
Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream: I have steered clear of eye cream mainly because I always find it makes my eyes run but this one does nothing of the sort. It is thick and nourishing and makes my under eyes look less tired and tissue paper like. I pat on before moisturiser morning and night and get an immediate brightening effect. Late night? No one will know!
Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector: Sorry – this isn’t a Bobbi Brown blog post I promise and it certainly isn’t an ad, I am just really happy with these products!
This is supposed to be used under concealer to neutralise dark circles however it is enough for me to lighten that area and then not need a concealer on top. I don’t know how it does it but it brightens circles without looking powdery or accentuating fine lines which I find concealer can do. This is a life-changer!
Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt: You know when you have a friend who has the best perfume and you can’t help but get right up to them and give them a good sniff? Just me? Well, this is what happened when I met up with an old friend. She smelled A-mazing. After a gentle interrogation I found it was Jo Malone’ s Wood Sage and Sea Salt. I hadn’t smelled anything like it before and it didn’t take me long to rush out to buy my own. Perhaps most suited to summer but I will be wearing it all through the seasons!