END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

Now that summer is sadly coming to an end I thought I would do a round up of some of my favourite products I’ve been using this season.

With the colder days starting to creep in its time to switch up our skincare routine to adapt to the upcoming season. For me this means introducing products that can keep my skin hydrated against the harsh conditions winter can bring – my skin definitely needs an extra bit of TLC over the cooler months!

The past couple of months I’ve tried so many new products and brands, some with success, others not so much. My skin can be temperamental at times so I’m always on the lookout for new products that work for me to add to my line up.

So, what made the final cut this summer?

Ouai Matte Pomade – when I first tried this product I wasn’t really a fan. I had high expectations of the brand and they fell short. However after working with it for a bit I have found that I’m using this almost daily now. Whilst it may not be ‘matte’ it’s easy to use and gives just the right amount of hold.

Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ – I had been wanting this for some time so when I got it for my birthday I was over the moon. It’s long lasting and has a nice modern fragrance with hints of vanilla, rum and tobacco.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – this is a real life saver when your having a bad skin day. I apply this every morning and fine it helps keep my skin under control. The active ingredients help to reduce redness and irritation and over time reduces the appearance of fine lines – something I’m a lot more conscious of after hitting 30!

Glossier Moon Mask – this super hydrating mask is one of my favourites. I had heard a lot of good things about glossier but was reluctant to try them at first. However this face mask does exactly what it says on the tub and is a must!

Anthony Facial Moisturiser – during the warmer months I go for lighter moisturisers to stop my skin becoming oily. This Anthony formula is perfect for during summer. It’s smells great, easily absorbed and gives me just the right amount of moisture I’m looking for.

Origins Active Charcoal Face Mask – another face mask, but another must! The active charcoal mask from Origins helps to visibly remove blackheads and reduce blemishes. I have used this a couple of times now and although slightly messy, my skin always feels so clean and healthy afterwards.

So there you have it, a quick round up of some of my favourite products I have been using this summer. Have you tried any of these? What has been your go to this summer?

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SEASONAL SKIN FAVOURITES

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If you’re anything like me, then your skin is probably crying out for a bit of TLC right about now. The recent drop in temperature, along with the snow and general cold conditions causes havoc for my skin. Cold weather can strip skin of its natural moisture causing redness and irritation so its important to take steps to winter proof our skin during these times.

Over the years I have come to rely on number of products during the winter months to keep it hydrated and healthy. The areas that are exposed are most prone to being damaged by the elements so for the reason I make sure I use products that have been tried and tested to keep my skin moisturised.

First up, I use the Tom Ford Daily Moisturiser on my face. Despite being ‘oil-free’ I find it never completely absorbs into my skin. When I look in the mirror I can definitely see that I’m wearing it so, for this reason I tend to avoid it during the warmer months. However in the winter it keeps my skin supple and stops it from drying out and apply it morning and night. Did I mention this stuff also smells incredible?

Next, because I spend a lot of time outdoors with my job, my hands get so dry. For a long time I never really used hand creams and my hands would become so sore to the point where they would crack and bleed in places. I’ve tried a few different hand creams but my favourite has to be the Grown Alchemist Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream, its really thick and super hydrating! You can see and feel the difference straight away and it absorbs completely in to the skin so you can carry on with what you were doing without the risk of leaving greasy hand marks everywhere. The orange infused scent is refreshing but not over powering and makes a great unisex option.   

When it comes to shower gels or soaps I tend to go for anything that contains hydrating oils such as the Lush The Olive Branch Shower Gel. After showering its important to lock in as much moisture as possible so I go for a thick body moisturiser such as Aesop’s Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm. Quite similar in consistency and fragrance as the Grown Alchemist hand cream it’s been a firm favourite in my routine for years!

As well as skincare products, I also tend to switch what fragrance I wear in the winter.  The Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne is honestly the perfect scent for this time of year and it definitely gets me in the festive spirit. It has just the right balance between spicy tones and fruity layers. Refreshing, woody and spicy – perfect!

What are your go to products during the winter months?

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Spring Clean your Skincare Routine

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Now we are officially in spring it’s not just our wardrobes that need a spring clean. A new season means a new skin-care routine.

Despite what the weather looks like as I type this, temperatures are set to rise over the upcoming months, so now is the perfect time to start prepping your skin for the season ahead. With that in mind, I have put this quick guide together to show you how you can also get the best results out of your skin this spring..

Exfoliate

During winter our skin is exposed to extreme conditions. A season of cold weather, rain and wind can leave our skin dull, dry and with a build up of dead skin cells. Exfoliating a couple of times a week will help get rid of that dead winter skin leaving your skin feeling bright and fresh. I’m currently using the Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub which is not only good at removing all those impurities, but it also smells really good and leaves your skin feeling full of life and refreshed.

Mask

To return some of the moisture lost during winter, use a face mask a couple of times a week.  This will leave your skin feeling hydrated and smooth. There are so many masks available at the moment so with a bit of trial and error I’m sure you can find the one which is most suitable for your skin. I’m currently using the limited edition GLAMGLOW ‘Sonic Blue’ Gravitymud.

Moisturise

To finish off your skin care routine try switching out your heavy moisturiser for a lighter oil-free moisturiser. The Lab Series Matte Renewal Lotion was my favourite discovery of 2016. Not only is it lightweight and hydrating, but it leaves your skin feeling completely matte and dry to the touch. I can’t recommend it enough!

Eyes

The brighter days can play havoc with our eyes. Now is the perfect time to be investing in a good pair of sunglasses and an eye cream to protect our eyes from UV rays. It will also help keeping those wrinkles which are caused by squinting at bay. As I get older I’m much more interested in anti-aging products so something like Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair is my eye cream of choice. The Eye Repair is designed to  visibly reduce crows feet and firm skin around the eyes. It also helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Now that I am approaching 30, ithere has never been a more  perfect time to start using more anti-aging products to help slow down the effects of getting older.

SPF

Applying sunscreen is another quick win to avoid skin damage caused by the sun. As mentioned above, the sun can damage our skin. When the weather is still mild you may not be able to feel how strong the sun actually is but after months spent under layers of clothing, spring is a high risk time for sun damage. Applying sunscreen is a must.  As the name suggests the higher the number or factor is, the better the sun protection is. I’ve been using the Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50 for some time now,  in fact instead of me going into the details, you can read my full review here.

Fragrance

Finally, spring is the perfect time to switch out your fragrances. I always find I wear more spicy fragrances during the colder months and am drawn to more fresh scents in the spring and summer. I’m currently using the Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne which combines both of these qualities I love – mixing peppery notes with fruity scents –  so it’s a complete win-win for me!

Have you had a Spring Clean of your routine?

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Autumn Favourites

Now that Halloween is just around the corner, I’ve finally had to accept that Summer is well and truly over and that Autumn is here. With Thailand only a distant memory, I have ultimately packed my shorts away for another year and dug out some of my trusty Autumnal favourites.

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For me Autumn is about being comfortable. It’s not quite cold enough to be wearing multiple layers just yet, but it’s also not warm enough to just be sporting a t-shirt. Autumn is all about sweaters, chunky knits and if your an Instagram pro, the pumpkin-spiced latte.

For this post I have put together a mix of old and new to show you whats going to be keeping me going this Autumn…

Acne Studios College Face Sweater (similar) This Acne Studios sweater has been a staple in my wardrobe for a year and a half now. It was the first item of Acne clothing I purchased and still remains my favourite. I haven’t worn it for a good 5 months now so now is the perfect time to get it back in my rotation.

Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette 100ml I picked up the latest fragrance from Dior in duty free on the way home from my last trip. I had wanted it for a while but never got around to buying it. I hate buying fragrances as I change my mind so often; but after testing this again at the airport I knew it was the one for me. I wanted something that combined the fresh, sweet scent of Gypsy Water with the woody fragrance of Aesop’s Tacit and this one does it perfectly.

Topman Scarf Although it’s not entirely scarf weather just yet. When I set off early for work during the week a scarf is a must! I picked this chunky knit scarf up from Topman last year just before I went to Iceland so it’s not a recent purchase but I still love how warm and comfortable it is.

Aésop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm 75ml This hand cream has become a firm favourite over the past couple of years. During the colder months it can be a life saver if you have naturally dry skin. Through work my hands used to get so dry to the point they would crack and bleed so any products that keep my skin hydrated is a win in my books. This hand balm from Aésop not only does just that, but it also is non greasy, fast absorbing and smells great.

Form & Thread Socks  Since I last featured Form & Thread on here, the brand have ventured out into a line of essential t-shirts, sweatshirts and shirts to add to their ever-growing sock selection. These Triple Twisted Yarn socks are the ideal partner to this seasons rising trouser hems.

What are your Autumn essentials?

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Aēsop Tacit

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A contemporary interpretation of classical colognes.

Tacit is the latest fragrance from Australian brand Aēsop. Ten years since Marrekech was first released, Tacit is only the second fragrance from the brand. Taking it’s name from the type of knowledge that is not easily described or transferred to another person, Tacit is a discreet, fresh yet earthy fragrance suitable for both men and women.

Inspired by the fresh scent of traditional cologne, and the perfumed vegetation of the Mediterranean coast, Tacit is immediately recognisable due to it’s attention and care to it’s ingredients. While many fragrances reference the Mediterranean as a source of inspiration, Tacit swaps the traditional citrus tones of orange and lemon, for the more exotic tones of Zuzu, an exotic Japanese fruit. This is quickly followed by the aromatic tones of Basil Grand Vert which make up the distinct earthy body of the fragrance and is completed with the spicy undertones of Clove.

Bottled in the classic amber glass we have come to associate Aēsop with, the Eau de Parfum comes packaged in a thick cardboard outer featuring artwork designed by Australian artist Jonathan McCabe who created more than 60 unique patterns for the fragrance.

While Aēsop are not necessarily well known for their fragrance, Tacit is one not to be missed for the Autumn months.


Tacit by Aēsop is available now at Mankind where you can earn ‘Man Points’ to spend against future purchases. Don’t forget to use my Referral Code: MK22832326.


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