AUTUMN BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

With the change in season, comes a change in our beauty routines. From hydrating skincare to combat the colder weather to tonal make-up, here are my favourite autumnal beauty picks.

VICHY Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid*

This product is an utter godsend for dry, parched skin. The product’s main ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, helps hydrate the skin. It’s light gel-like formula helps to improve the skin’s barrier function to defend against environmental aggressors – which great when we are coming into the colder months. I like to put it on before my moisturiser in both the morning and evening time.

Glossier You Eau De Parfum

I loooove this perfume for autumn. It’s fresh and floral but also has a warm, woody feel to it which is perfect for the transition. It’s slightly sweet but not too sweet and quite creamy too… it’s just perfect for those cooler days. Whether it’s date night, back to work or you just feel like a nice scent, this one is for you.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette*

Bronzed and brown colours are perfect for autumn. Packed with 12 wearable tones, this palette ranges from chocolate brown to opulent rose gold, which means there are shades for every occasion. I love wearing a darker eye in autumn too, so a chocolaty one is my go-to!

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Sensitive*

If you are tired of taking several products with you on the go, the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Sensitive is perfect for you. It’s brilliant for all year round but the sensitive version is great for any sensitised skin (which often happens to my skin as the weather changes).

A host of Vitamins and Fatty Acids assist with drenching your base in long-lasting moisture, while also encouraging a shield against harsh external aggressors. The fast-absorbing formula can be used as a primer, moisturiser, mask, after-shave product and cleansing milk.

Rose Inc Blush Divine Lip & Cheek Tint in Foxglove

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know how excited I am about the launch of Rose Inc Beauty… I have been following the platform since it’s launch so it’s really a dream for me. The products haven’t disappointed either… I love them!! This tint is perfect to use on the lips and cheeks (or anywhere else you may want to). It has the softest, loveliest texture and the pigment is amazing! I think Foxglove is the perfect colour to transition into autumn, so I am excited to use it more. Also, I will be doing a Rose Inc Beauty review soon, so keep your eyes peeled…

*Please note that these items contain affiliate links.

MY GUIDE TO SKINCARE ACIDS

In the last year or so, everyone has become obsessed with adding acids into their skincare routine. It can be a little overwhelming knowing what acids are right for your skin so I have whittled down the four best and easiest to use acids for you.

What are acids?

Acids are a skincare ingredient often used for exfoliation. There are two main groups of acids in skincare: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Both groups loosen the fluid that binds cells to the upper layers of the skin, which results in a smoother, brighter surface. As the acid dissolves the binding between skin cells, thousands of them usually come off at the same time which often causes shedding of dead skin cells. Here’s a rundown of my four favourite acids…

Glycolic acid

Gylcolic acid is a great starter acid. A type of alpha-hydroxy acid, it’s often recommended by dermatologists to acid newbies because it’s gentle and has proven anti-ageing properties. Compared to other acids, glycolic has the smallest molecules and thus penetrates the skin most easily for dramatic results. The ingredient can also tackle hyperpigmentation and dullness.

Salicylic acid

For those of you suffering from acne, blackheads and congestion – this one’s for you. A type of beta-hydroxy acid, salicylic is the second most common acid because of its ubiquity in acne products. As its molecules are larger than glycolic, its treatment percentages are lower. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help dissolve dead-skin buildup which causes congestion. Because it’s great at unclogging pores, it is also ideal for people with larger pores who want to minimise their appearance.

Hyaluronic acid

If you have dry-skin concerns, try hyaluronic acid. It’s not like the others in that it doesn’t dissolve dead skin – it’s actually a natural carbohydrate and humectant found in the human body that cushions and lubricates skin. We are all born with a high amount of hyaluronic acid however the amount in our bodies decreases as we age, so it is good to add a little boost every day to keep those hydration levels high. Hyaluronic acid serums are a great way to add moisture to the skin as their molecules are small enough to penetrate the skins surface.

Lactic acid

Lactic acid is a rare acid that works as a moisturiser and exfoliator at the same time. It is almost like a milder version of glycolic that’s great for smoothing the skin, whether it be on your body or your face. Because of its mildness its perfect for those with sensitive skin. It can be used to exfoliate the skin, lighten dark spots, and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

And that’s it! Make sure to incorporate these into your skincare routine for glowing, healthy and hydrated skin.

THE BEST HIGH-STREET BEAUTY DUPES

Is there anything worse than finding an incredible beauty product but the price tag makes it painful to replace? I have found some fab dupes at a fraction of the price…

I’m always looking for products that give me the glowiest, dewiest skin ever, all year round. A serum or oil is a great way to achieve this, especially a hydrating one.

I discovered Glossier Futuredew which is an oil-serum hybrid that sits perfectly on its own or under make-up. It’s a cult product that works wonders, however, for a serum, it is slightly on the pricier side.

Futuredew Dupe:

I discovered this Boots Glow Serum at the airport quite randomly and am so glad I did! The serum has the same consistency and creates a light catching glow and helps to boost hydration. 

A smokey eye is my go-to, and if there is any palette to create this look it’s the Urban Decay Heat Palette. It contains a set of 12 bronzed shades for creating sultry, smokey looks. The eyeshadows range from shimmering copper to metallic red and look incredible on any skin tone.

If you love this slightly pricier palette, try this:

This Rimmel palette contains shades of amber-inspired eye shadows in metallic, matte and shimmer finishes. This much more affordable palette offers amazing value—and the shadows are pigmented, blendable and long-lasting.

Is there anything better than using a cleansing balm at the end of the day to take make-up off and deeply cleanse the skin? The Clinique cleansing balm is a classic, which works wonders at melting make-up off and refreshing the skin.

If you love this cleanser, try this:

I found the Formula Cleansing Balm in Marks and Spencers and fell in love. Its rich blend melts into an oil to dissolve make-up and impurities. Its non-greasy formula contains sweet almond oil which helps to moisturise and soften skin, while grape seed oil helps defend skin against free radical damage – its a winner!

Blusher is really making a comeback right now, however I have always loved wearing blusher. A classic for me has always been NARS Blush in Orgasm. It is a natural pink colour and lasts all day.

Try this alternative:

The pigment on this blusher by Sleek is amazing! It is so intensely pigmented – so if you like to brighten the apples of you cheeks, this one is for you. The colour, Issa Mood, is a fabulous alternative to NARS, for a fifth of the price.

MY FAVOURITE EXFOLIATING PRODUCTS

My top products for getting silky, smooth skin from head-to-toe.

I am all about regular exfoliation to keep skin healthy and radiant. We shed 1000’s of dead skin cells a day and if we aren’t actively exfoliating them off our skin, they will either leave a dull, gloomy layer or clog pores which leads to breakouts – no thank you!

Keep your skin glowing and healthy from head-to-toe with some of these products:

Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial

A facial in 5 minutes? Sign me up! This is a gorgeous AHA resurfacing treatment that works to slough away any dead skin cells and clear out the pores. Because I have quite congested skin, I keep it on for 10 minutes and use twice a week – I’m obsessed!

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Exfoliant

This is a cult exfoliating product and if you haven’t tried it yet, add it to your basket this month! It is a leave on liquid exfoliant which is more gentle on the skin, so if you suffer from congestion or breakouts but have quite sensitive/reactive skin – this one’s for you. The gentle, lightweight fluid quickly exfoliates dead skin cells both on the surface and deep inside pores to reveal smoother, clearer, more radiant-looking skin. It contains salicylic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to reduce blackheads, blemishes and redness.

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA 

If you suffer from keratosis pilaris (more commonly known as chicken skin or strawberry skin), this will be your saviour!

This body scrub contains a combination of chemical and physical exfoliators that sweep away dry, rough bumps to reveal exceptionally smooth skin (trust me).

It contains 10% AHA and buffing beads which both deliver the benefits of a chemical peel and micro-dermabrasion treatment in one.

BYREDO Hand Scrub

Who doesn’t love a luxurious hand scrub? Byredo is my go-to for hand creams and scrubs as they are so nourishing and the scent selection is just divine. It is quite a treat but well worth it…

Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion

This is obviously a body moisturiser, but it still has exfoliating properties. It has an incredible formulation which combines alpha-hydroxy therapy with a unique complex of natural ingredients, to enhance skin condition and support its own exfoliation processes. It’s magical ingredient, lactic acid (AHA) – has a ‘resurfacing’ effect which helps to create a smoother, more-refined skin texture, while glycerine, milk protein complex and sodium lactate combine to deeply moisturise.

Goodbye dry, bumpy skin!

SUMMER SKIN ESSENTIALS

Summer is *finally* here, which means it’s time to switch up our beauty routine. Here’s some of my favourite beauty products for summer…

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 

This is the perfect lightweight coverage for those warmer summer days. It gives a gorgeous, glowing complexion and covers most imperfections. It is also super buildable so you can increase coverage if you’d prefer.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum 30ml

If you are looking for a serum to give you an instant glow, this is the one for you! It’s formulated using Caudalie’s patented Viniferine, which has an efficacy rate that’s 62 times greater than Vitamin C, making it even more powerful when it comes to creating an even, glowy tone. It is also great if you suffer from dark spots or acne scars.

Lumene Nordic C Valo Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist 50ml

For those much warmer days, this is the perfect refreshing mist to cool down and hydrate the skin. It has a lovely combination of Arctic Spring Water, Vitamin C and Nordic Cloudberry Extract to brighten and refresh the skin.

Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Luminizing Wand

I loooove a highlighter for summer – it is the perfect way to level up any look and give it that sun kissed glow. The wand is the perfect applicator and the pigment is really great.

Algenist Alive Prebiotic Balancing Mask

In the summer I am always looking for a mask that detoxifies but also hydrates. This is exactly the ticket! Formulated with an algae-derived prebiotic and probiotic to target unbalanced bacteria on the skin’s surface, the mask hydrates and detoxifies for radiant skin.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50

It wouldn’t be a summer skincare routine without SPF 50! Although we should be wearing SPF ALL year round, summer is the time to up your intake. This is a fab, lightweight SPF that offers great protection and doesn’t leave a white cast.

MY FACIAL SPF GUIDE

SPF is a hot topic right now – here’s my top tips when it comes to protecting our skin from the sun and my recommended products.

The summer sun has finally made an appearance and hopefully, it’s here to stay. Whilst we should be wearing SPF all year round, it’s even more important to make sure you’re protected during the summer months. Our skin is exposed to UVB ray (the rays that cause burning), and UVA (the deeply penetrating rays responsible for ageing) all year round, but even more-so in the summer when our skin is exposed to more sun. I have been a big advocate for SPF (mainly thanks to my mum) for years and am aware that the benefits of me wearing SPF on my face everyday will really payoff in the long run. Furthermore, I never use sun-beds and try and stay out of the sun in general – I want to have healthy, young-looking skin for as long as possible!

A good face SPF will block the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays emitted from the sun, which are detrimental to the collagen and elasticity levels in our skin. These rays can also increase the chances of pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as your risk of skin cancer, so it is super important to be wearing your sunblock everyday.

What SPF should we use for our face?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF 30 blocks nearly 97% of UVB radiation while SPF 50 blocks about 98% meaning, SPF 50 is the best facial SPF… but only slightly. It is important to not use a body sunscreen on our faces as well – it is a lot thicker than a facial one which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

I really recommend avoiding moisturisers with SPF in them and just using them as separate products – you don’t get the same protection from a moisturiser/foundation with SPF built in.

How often should you apply SPF?

SPF should be applied as the last step in your skincare routine in the morning. If I am spending a lot of time outside during the day in the sun, I will apply every 3 hours afterwards to make sure my skin is fully protected.

My facial SPF recommendations:

Facial SPF’s have historically been known for being sticky, greasy and spot-inducing, but today, the best face SPFs are anything but. Here are a few of my favourite, lightweight SPF’s.

La Roche-Posay Spf 50

This SPF is a very lightweight cream that glides on the skin without leaving that dreaded white cast. It is also not greasy, and goes on perfect under make-up, so a great option if you wear make-up every day!

Heliocare 360 Water Gel SPF

This is my favourite SPF that I am wearing every day right now – and quite a lot of my friends and family are too. It is hydrating, has no white cast and doesn’t clog pores – winner!

Ambre Solaire Super UV Anti Dark Spots & Anti Pollution Face Fluid SPF50+

This lightweight formula offers very high SPF protection to help prevent sun induced dark spots, while protecting skin from pollution induced oxidative stress. It’s non-comedogenic, lightweight and very reasonably priced.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sun Protection Face Mist

For those looking for an SPF to apply easily throughout the day – this is perfect! The invisible spray immediately absorbs with an ultra-dry finish. It doesn’t leave any white marks and is water-resistant too. Furthermore, it can be worn under or on-top of make up.

SKINCARE PRODUCTS UNDER £20 THAT YOU’LL LOVE

Skincare can be a minefield… one which can encourage you to spend hundreds of pounds on products you do not need. I’ve whittled down my favourite skincare products that are under £20 and are really very great.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

This cleanser is one of the few cleansers I have found that lives up to the hype. It is super hydrating and properly cleans the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture.

Beauty Bay Blemish Paste

If you like to dry out your spots, this one is for you. I have found this paste is great for pustules (spots with whiteheads) and dries them out literally overnight. It contains salicylic acid which is great for tackling angry, red spots.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

A cult classic – I am obsessed. This is a hydrating, 5-1 cream which works as a moisturiser, primer, cleanser, hydrating mask and after-shave product. It is a really hydrating cream that grips make-up so well. Also… who doesn’t love a multi-functional product?

Nuxe Lip Balm

Is there anything worse than dry lips? Nuxe Honey Lip Balm is one of the best lip balms I have found that hydrates lips and keeps them hydrated – who knew it was such a challenge?

La Roche-Posay Spf 50

I bang on about the importance of SPF, so of course I had to include one. This SPF is a very lightweight cream that glides on the skin without leaving that dreaded white cast. It is also not greasy, which is perfect for the face!

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Mask

I love a good clay mask to pull out any impurities in the pores. This mask often sells out (and for good reason), as it is super effective and a great price. It also contains salicylic acid, so is great for those who are prone to blackheads and breakouts.

WHAT IS YOUR SKIN BARRIER AND HOW CAN YOU PROTECT IT?

Our skin barrier has a major impact on our overall skin health – so here’s how to look after it.

The skin barrier is a watertight seal that keeps the outermost layers of skin smoothly together. When these outer layers are healthy your skin will feel soft and look supple and plump. However, if these outer layers are damaged, skin may look dull and feel rough, sensitive or dry.

Our skin barrier’s can weaken as a result of ageing and genetics as well as external contributors, like over-cleansing, harsh products, stress and UV exposure. The ‘stress’ hormone, cortisol, can weaken the skin barrier and cause water to leak out of cells, dehydrating the skin and causing dullness, fine lines and sensitive skin.

Not surprisingly, a damaged skin barrier also makes it difficult to repair signs of ageing and post-breakout marks, so it’s super important to protect it!

How to take care of your skin barrier:

  • Always use lukewarm water – water that is too hot or cold can irritate skin.
  • Use products with ceramides in them – ceramides are your best option for strengthening the skin barrier. The best way to think of ceramides is by imagining skin cells as the bricks and ceramides as the mortar in between, sealing in moisture.
  • Use a gentle, leave-on exfoliant as opposed to harsh scrubs.
  • Use fragrance-free skincare products. Fragrance makes skin more sensitive and can rob it of the replenishing ingredients and skin-barrier-repairing ingredients that it needs to stay healthy.
  • Don’t overdo it when using active ingredients like AHA, BHA or retinol. If you are noticing your skin barrier is rather weak, avoid products that have active acids, like salicylic acid for example. They strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving the barrier dry, exposed and susceptible to irritation. 
  • Use SPF everyday. Sun exposure is one of the major causes of a damaged skin barrier so use a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or greater.

My favourite protective products:

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

This gorgeous, hydrating cleanser contains 3 essential Ceramides – 1, 3 and 6-II – which work to cleanse the skin, ensuring not to strip away vital moisture.

Vichy Mineral 89

I am obsessed with this product – no wonder there is so much hype around it. Fortified with only 11 ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid and 89% Vichy Thermal Mineralising Water, the fresh, light gel-like formula strengthens the skin’s barrier to defend against environmental aggressors.

Beauty Pie Japanfusion Bio-Ceramide Mask

This repairing mask contains Yuzu Ceramides (5%) which contribute to the skin-barrier function, helping skin appear smoother, stronger, more luminous and elastic.

Heliocare 360 Water Gel SPF

This is my favourite SPF. It is hydrating, has no white cast and doesn’t clog pores. It is of course very protective too.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Sensitive

My favourite moisturiser/primer without the fragrance! This product is perfect for all skin types and if you find your skin is irritable, then this should be your new go-to!

NEW BEAUTY FINDS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

I have found some new beauty gems and I need to share them…

Okay, so a few of these finds are probably not ‘new products’ per say, but I have newly discovered them and boy, am I glad. I spend a lot of money on beauty (too much money), but at least it means I can share with you all – I like to say that I spend all my money trying products so you don’t have to! Let’s get stuck in…

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment

The gorgeous citrusy scent, glossy finish and hydrating ability does it for me. I could honestly reapply this all day and never get bored. It also makes a great little pre-zoom pick-me-up!

Dr.Jart+ Cicapair

Unless you have been living under a rock recently, you will have most likely seen this baby popping up everywhere. Is it worth the hype? Absolutely. This product is so great if you have red marks/pigmentation or are just looking for some light coverage on your face. It is a green coloured cream when you apply to the face but when you start blending, it blends to your skin tone! It’s magical. I normally just dot it all over my face and blend in with my fingers.

Maybelline Sensational Sky High Mascara

£10 and probably one of the best mascaras I have ever used. It doesn’t clump and really does make your lashes look long and bold without being too OTT. Highly recommend!

Glossier Stretch Concealer

I really wanted to try this for ages as I read such great things and no wonder! It has the creamiest, blendable texture and really does stretch like it says it does. I love how buildable it is as well, so it doesn’t matter what kind of coverage you like, this concealer has you covered.

Olaplex No3 Hair Perfector

Okay, I realise I am very late to the party on this one, but in all fairness I have never really been into haircare so this is new for me. I really wanted a product to give my hair a little TLC so of course bought this and gosh it’s good. I noticed my hair looks healthier and shinier within one use! I leave it on damp hair for 30 minutes and then rinse out.

Apparently it is great for strengthening hair, so will see what happens after mores uses!

Have you found any new beauty treasures recently? Let me know in the comments!

SPRING BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

We are finally into spring – thank goodness! Here are some of my spring beauty must-haves…

I absolutely love spring – the gorgeous flowers, lighter evenings and more sun – and with the change in season, comes a change in my beauty routine. Often I incorporate pink tones into my make-up and lose the bronze/brown tones, I swap matte looks for a dewy glow and like to wear fresh fragrances.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick, Bitch Perfect

The perfect spring pink to add a pop of freshness to any makeup look.

Glossier Futuredew

The holy-grail beauty product for that dewy glow! Pop it on before you apply your makeup and you will most definitely notice a different in your complexion! It is also non-comedogenic so won’t clog up your pores.

Glossier Cloud Paint, Puff

I love a liquid blush in spring/summer as I think it gives you more of a natural glow. I normally apply this to the apple of my cheeks and eyebrow bones to add that pop of pink.

Gisou Hair Oil

The ultimate hair product- not only is it nourishing and protecting but it smells gorgeous! I looove running it through my locks and my hair instantly looks swishy and shiny.

Beauty Pie Sheer Tinted SPF 20

I basically wear this all Spring/Summer long! It’s got a lovely light coverage and then I top up any problem areas with concealer. It blurs imperfections and gives a gorgeous glow!

Essie Fiji Nail Polish

I love a blush pink nail – you can never go wrong!! Essie is one of my favourite polish brands as it is affordable and really great quality. Fiji is a gorgeous colour that I go to all the time.

Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia

I received a tester of this fragrance this week and oh my days, it’s gorgeous! It’s elegant, fresh and floral… the perfect Spring fragrance that blend seamlessly into Summer. I will be buying the full size for sure!

Leave your spring beauty essentials in the comments – would love to know!