My Ten Skincare Commandments

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Skincare woes. Let’s be honest here, I’ve had quite a few! Though in recent years, I’m happy to admit, I’ve been getting much better at looking after my skin and really paying attention to what works for me. At this time of year though, what with the drop in temperatures, cranked up central heating and post-party season fatigue, my routine could still do with an extra helping hand!

So, what’s a gal to do? Well, recently, I spent the afternoon at Debenhams St Enoch Centre and picked up some tips to take me through January and beyond. As well as browsing the range of luxury skincare brands at the beauty hall, I also made an appointment with the in-store Clarins Spa for a chat with one of their therapists. After almost napping during my super relaxing facial treatment (there’s something intoxicating about a dark room, a vibrating chair and being submerged in the aroma of essential oils on a Friday afternoon, I tell you!), I received a full diagnosis of my skin’s needs.

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Bare-faced and armed with a few new product reccomendations, I started to think about the simple steps I could take to help keep my skin in tip-top shape. The small things that make a big difference. While cruising on the escalator, I pledged to myself that I would make an effort to stick to these steps and couldn’t help but laugh when I realised there were ten of them! A theme was forming. I COULDN’T RESIST, you guys.

Want to hear my ten skincare commandments for the new year? Read on…

Thou shalt always take thy makeup off (even at 3am!). Oh, that’s right. I don’t care if it’s chips and cheese time, mama – don’t forget to remove that face before you fall into bed with your shoes on. Make it an easy job with the Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine herbs. At 400ml, it’ll last you ages too.

Thou shalt exfoliate, but not too much. Apparently you can have too much of a good thing – and that includes exfoliating! At my appointment, I discovered that you can over-exfoliate, which isn’t great for your skin as it’s not given time to repair itself. Yikes! 3 times a week is PLENTY, so take note.

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Thou shalt never forget to wear SPF all year round. This old chestnut? You betcha. Incorporating sun protection into your daily skincare is so important, even I knew this one. I’ve been giving the Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution a whirl and it’s ideal for city living (even when it’s still ‘taps oan’ weather). It’s light, non-greasy AND sits perfectly under makeup. No more excuses!

Thou shalt perk up thy tired eyes. Sometimes we don’t get that eight-plus hours sleep that we know we’re meant to have (and SOMETIMES that has a link to commandment 1, yes?), so that’s when we need to fake it ’til we make it! A Perfect World For Eyes by Origins helps to diminish dastardly dark circles and do a little firming and toning around the eye area too.

Thou shalt open thy mind to advice from experts. The way I see it, unless you’re some kind of skincare guru, you never really know it all. I’ve had the same face for 31 years now, but I STILL enjoy getting a second opinion on what I’m using and how often. The beauty hall at Debenhams is bursting with consultants who know their stuff and I promise they don’t bite! Plus if you DO pick up something new while you’re there, you can rack up some points by swiping your St Enoch Rewards card!

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Thou shalt avoid dry, cracked lips. Ah, that creamy, dreamy, matte-effect liquid lipstick you’ve been eyeing up. It’s finally yours! But you know what it doesn’t look so creamy and dreamy on top of? Flaky, dry lips! In fact, it looks a bit scaly and gross. Avoid disaster by picking up an ultra-conditioning lip balm – this one by Burt’s Bees, enriched with Kokum butter, is perfect.

Thou shalt boost, when boosting is necessary. I’m not talking about hurrying to catch that bus (though you can if you wish!). No, I’m talking about a skin booster. Clarins have recently released 3 new Skin Boosters in highly-concentrated formulas to target skin that is in need of some TLC. I picked up the Detox booster which is ideal for combatting pollution, overeating (ahem, there was no cheese left in M&S at Christmas because I ATE IT ALL) and late nights.

Thou shalt stay hydrated (from the inside out!). Invest in a good moisturiser and drink lots of water! And extra water on top of that just for good measure. It’s that simple.

Thou shalt wear a mask. If your skin is extra thirsty (see above), extra tired, extra freaking out, or just generally throwing in the towel, it’s time for a mask. That leftover one from Halloween isn’t going to cut it though so, instead, why not comfort your poor face with a cream, gel, clay or hilarious (and coincidentaly, almost Halloween-like) sheet mask? The HydraQuench range from Clarins offers intensive care for dehydrated skin in the form of a cream mask – my dried-out winter skin is rejoicing!

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Thou shalt not underestimate a cheeky 2-for-1. Well, a 2-in-1, to be exact. If you’re a busy bee, why make time to cleanse AND exfoliate when you have a  product that’ll do both for you at once? The Pep-Start range from Clinque includes this nifty 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, freeing up more time and more space on your bathroom shelf.

I hope this list helps any of you looking to kick-start your skin routine this year! Are you going to try any of these out? Do you have any tips (or if you’re feeling as chatty as me, a list of commandments!) to share? Let me know!

Love,

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This post was made possible thanks to the awesome folk at St Enoch and Debenhams 

Glitter Eyes with Cult Classics at St Enoch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it comes to this year’s Autumn and Winter beauty looks, most of them leave me, well…a bit cold. Glossy, Vaseline-slicked skin? No thanks. Androgynous eyebrows? Not for me, my friend.

But sparkling glam rock-inspired eyes? NOW you’re speaking my language! Let’s just say that sequins practically flow through my veins and I’ve never met a tube of glitter that I didn’t like.

So when St Enoch Rewards recently asked me to create a makeup look based on one of the new season’s beauty trends, I agreed quicker than you can say Cosmic Dancer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the challenge well and truly accepted, I headed to St Enoch to pick out an arsenal of products to help me feel less blah and more Bowie. Armed with £100 and the new St Enoch Rewards app, I decided to head for some cult favourites at the centre’s beauty counters.

If you happened to be following along on my Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I made a beeline for The Body Shop. Any bold makeup look is all about that base (’bout that base…) so I made sure that the first item in my basket was their best-selling Instablur primer to help keep my face in place!

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Next up, I visited Urban Decay at Debenhams – AKA glitter heaven! Before I ran face-first into the pixie dust though, I picked out another primer product. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion has been a long-time favourite of mine and, as someone who used to think primers were a huge swindle, I just can’t believe the difference it makes, ensuring that eye makeup stays put.

After that, I chose one of the brand’s new Moondust eyeshadows in the shade Stargazer, which looks like liquified gold and is packed with iridescent sparkles. It was love at first sight!

Not satisfied with the metallic shimmer on my lids I spied Heavy Metal liquid eyeliner in Amp and decided to layer it over my usual eyeliner – can you REALLY ever have enough glitter? The answer is no, no you can’t.

While at Urban Decay I finished my look with some Naked Skin concealer to help correct dark circles and the Naked Illuminated powder to sweep over my cheeks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the checkouts, I scanned my St Enoch Rewards card and checked the app later that day to make sure that my points were adding up (they were!). Unlocking different “levels” of points means increased rewards like discounts and extra freebies – who doesn’t like to get more bang for their buck these days?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you can see, it didn’t take too long until I was experimenting with my new products to create some glamtastic eye makeup! I just love any excuse to break out this kind of look and, even though it’s ideal for nights out and special events, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist sneaking this eyeshadow into my everyday makeup bag from time to time.

You can find out more about St Enoch Rewards here – be sure to pick up a swipe card at the centre on your next shopping trip.

So yay or no way: would you rock a metallic glittery eye? What are some of your favourite cult products?

Starry eyed,

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Thanks to St Enoch Rewards for encouraging my glitter addiction!

Friday Hi-Fives: Beauty Chats and Blindfolded Meals!

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Last night, I found myself in the decadent surroundings of the ultra-stylish G&V Hotel on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, eating the first bite of a 5-course meal…completely blindfolded! It was probably one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had, and it was part of an event hosted by Nespresso and Curry’s. As well as enjoying a menu infused with the flavours of Nespresso’s most popular coffees, we also enjoyed testing out their latest model, Prodigo – which can be operated by a simple tap of a smartphone. Did someone say dial-a-brew? Caffeine junkies rejoice!

I’ve also managed to get my beauty fix twice this week – the first being on Wednesday evening at House of Fraser’s SS16 Beauty Event, which meant that as well as catching up with some of my favourite brands, I also got a good nosey at some of this season’s best products. At the top of my wishlist you’ll find Clinique’s Pep Start eye cream and Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation (and FYI, I have heard VERY good things about that one!), and you can bag them with £10 off their usual price along with 28 other top beauty treats until Sunday. A pretty great excuse to treat yourself, am I right?

Today, I got to chat all things make-up AGAIN in the cosy and chic Lifestyle Lab with Urban Decay and Debenhams, and get an up-close peek at their newest lines for this summer. Their new One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector is just perfection – holiday skin in a tube! I can’t wait to try some of their new collection for myself (and report back soon, of course!). Make-up artist Danielle Roberts and model and Youtuber extraordinaire Amanda Hendrick were also on hand for a good gossip and to talk us through their favourites as we munched on raw vegan treats. A pretty great start to the weekend if you ask me…

And speaking of the weekend, there are a LOT of fun things happening to keep us out of the rain in Glasgow over the next few days! Tomorrow at Wear Eponymous in Princes Square you’ll find a special event with hood designer and one of my favourite girlbosses, Chouchou. Expect bucketloads of style and the big reveal of a special collaboration we’ve been working on! See you there?

I’m also looking forward to attending the Om Yoga Show at SECC, and already have a note of one or two classes I want to try! This festival of yoga and wellbeing is on both Saturday and Sunday, so I’ll be slipping into something comfortable and heading down there to join in the fun.

Before we head off into the weekend, there are just a few more things that have made this week amazing!

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…we spent some time at Dandelion Cafe in Newlands Park on Easter Monday and it was too cute for words (oh, and the coffee was good too!). Go check ’em out!

…I got to hang out with a LOT of my favourite blogger babes this week and have so many giggles

…it’s no surprise that I’m already obsessed with the Kate Spade x Minnie Mouse collection, and I loved seeing Keiko Lynn rock some of it on her blog

…this Sunday is Find a Rainbow Day and there’s going to be a prize for whoever finds the ‘pot of gold’ hidden in Glasgow by The Color Run

…when the bathroom lighting is this good, you just gotta pull a few casual vogue poses, right?

Hi-Five Homework: have a breakfast date with your favourite person. Bonus points if you make it yourself!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week – and don’t forget to tell me who gets a hi-five from YOU.

Crimson kisses,

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