Friday, 28 November 2014

Skincare SOS for Dry Skin

With dry skin comes great responsibility. If, like me, your skin gets that dry and itchy feeling as soon as you step put of the shower - I feel you. The colder weather basically means that I take a 'the more the merrier' approach to my skincare. I am all about the layering - oils, serums and heavy duty moisturisers. I'm on it.

At the moment I have 5 standout products that are all excellent at banishing dryness, and stopping my foundation from doing that unsightly patchy thing. 

In the morning, after using a gentle cleanser (something like Origins pure cream or the Oskia renaisance cleansing gel), and toning with the La Roche Posay Serozinc, I put 3-4 drops of the Trilogy rosehip oil all over my face. I let it soak in a bit when I am running around doing morning stuff like having a cup of tea or ironing a top, and then apply a healthy (obscene) amount of the Lacura restorative soy serum. It's from Aldi, and is amazing. It smells all clean and soapy, a bit like the Clarins beauty flash balm, and on its own feels very soothing. It acts as a further cushion of moisture, and I really enjoy using it. Moisture-wise, I am switching between two. The Dermalogica skin smoothing cream - amazing. It applies really nicely, as it smoothes, softens and hydrates. It also feels nicely cooling and just generally lovely on my ever-sensitive skin. If I want something a bit richer, I use the Origins Make a difference + ultra-rich moisturiser. I've raved about this before, and if you have really dry skin you need this.

At night, I more often than not stick with my Origins drink it up intensive mask. I've never used a product that makes such a difference to my dry skin - I wake up in the morning and my skin is less red than usual and all plump and soft. Ugh, Origins you are too sneaky with your skincare.

How is your skin coping with the colder weather?

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Engagement Ring Obsessed

Ever since I got engaged I have been obsessed with rings. I notice them on everybody, and I find myself staring at them. Obviously I spend 90% of my time staring at my own engagement ring, but I do spend a lot of time checking out other people’s too. I remember I was the same when I learnt to drive, as in Istared at everyone’s cars and how they drove. I guess once I start to think about something I become obsessed… I am more than okay with being obsessed with beautiful rings though, and I see nothing wrong with spending time thinking about the lovely sparkly and shiny rings. I was contacted by Vashi and sent an entire lookbook with 12 gorgeous different engagement rings. Each one is inspired by a different star sign with the cut reflecting different personality traits. You obviously don’t have to pick a ring to match your birthday, but I think it’s such a nice idea that your fiancĂ©e could pick such a personal ring for you. Any ring that you are proposed to with will be amazing, but I do like the personal touch that Vashi has. After browsing through the lookbook (and showing it to Chris to look at too), I have my three favourites that I wanted to share.

The first one, the Cancer sign, is designed to represent family life. Aimed at a sensitive woman, the ring has also been inspired by the moon. The classic solitaire cut is really tasteful and elegantly subtle.

My next pick is the Virgo design. A Virgo is typically someone really organised and precise (which is completely not me), but I love how neat this ring is. The stone is really sharply cut, and I think this would be so perfect for someone with an eye for detail.

Finally, the Taurus design… As a Taurean, I am biased but this ring is completely my style. Vashi described the Taurus bull as being led by its desire and purpose. I absolutely love my own circular diamond ring, but the oval shape is really appealing to me as well.

Which one is your favourite? Tell me you’re as obsessed with rings as I am :)

Baby Tom Ford?

What is better than a Tom Ford lipstick? A miniature matching Tom Ford lipstick. A mama and a baby lipstick. I just can't even. Vanessa gave my the miniature lipstick because she is all kinds of amazing, and I have shown it to everyone who would let me. It's just so tiny, and so beautiful. I guess good things do come in small packages. As a girl I am obviously obsessed with miniature versions of things - it's in my DNA.

The lipstick in question is my favourite nude lipstick, ever. Tom Ford Pink Dusk. You can see me talk about it here, and my love for it is still strong. It's not a million miles away from my natural lip colour, but it adds a little polished look to any makeup look, ever. Its my go to when I don't know what I want, but don't want something too bright or high-maintenance. It's just amazing, and I can't recommend it enough. Go forth, buy it, and enjoy the awesomeness.