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Style Bite: Autumn Colour

Style Bite: Autumn Colour

Autumn has well and truly arrived! The temperature’s dropping and it’s about time to delve back into hard work and a fresh start. Summer’s gone and we’re all back at work, Uni or school and it’s time to get organised, but more importantly, it’s time to break out the Autumn/Winter wardrobe and give our beauty regimes a good shake-up!

One of the biggest signs of Autumn is the leaves starting to fall, and bursting into a vivid array sensational colours. But as the trees shed their leaves, we need to start packing on the layers, and if nature can have a colour make-over, then so can we!

So, for the beginning of my Autumn/Winter Series I’ve opted to follow in nature’s footsteps and begin with colour!

Wine and Berry Blast

The hedgerows are bursting with the seasonal crop of blackberries, plums and red currants and there’s nothing like a warming glass of deep red wine to warm the blood as the weather grows colder. This Autumn, I’m loving shades of burgundy, plum and deep reds and purples. A great way to bring some colour to your life and brighten up the days and they grow drearier! I’m feeling a romantic theme in style this Autumn, and the deep burgundies and purples are reminiscent of renaissance royalty!

BurgandyHenley Dress in Burgandy – Hush. Limited Edition Berry Quad Eyeshadow – Lancome. 1969 Legging Cords in Ruby Wine – Gap. Nail Lacquer in Pomegranate- Crabtree & Evelyn. La Laque Nail Laqueur in Black Tulip – Yves Saint Laurent. Wool and Cashmere Wide Neck Sweater in Garnet – Massimo Dutti. Velvet Ankle Boots in Red – & Stories. Byrony Shoppe Handbag in Red – Somerset by Alice Termperley. Narrow Buckskin Belt in Burgundy – Massimo Dutti.

Brighten up the Winter Blues

It’s getting colder, and everyone’s starting to feel a little blue…but blue doesn’t have to be a bad thing! This season, bring blue back in bold and vibrant shades! I’m loving the deep and vivid blues this season, from a romantic midnight blue to an eye catchingly bright, almost electric blue. From the seductive romance of a dark velvety blue to the iconic stand-out quality of a dazzling bright sapphire, blue is the way to go this season!

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Danoe Wool and Cashmere Belted Coat – L.K.Bennett. Nail Lacquer inBlueberry – Crabtree and Evelyn. All About Shadow Quad in Galaxy – Clinique. Jersey Snood in Cobalt – Hush. Amy Dress in Marine – Hush. Wool Scarf Cardigan in Blue – & Stories. Le Pliage Shopper in Navy – Longchamp.

Toasty Autumn Tan

So the summer tans have faded, but we can still bring tan into our style! A classic colour palette, neutral tones and browns are a must this season. Soft, luxurious pale tan to deep dark brown, the animals are all donning their winter coats, so take a leaf from them and echo the luxurious shades of hide and fur that are surrounding us right now. Going neutral doesn’t mean you have the blend in…

tanBoard Large Collar Overcoat in camel – Reiss. Leather Knee Boots in Brown – & Stories. Rich Chocolate Eye Palette – Bobbi Brown. Serum De Rouge in Light Beige – Christian Dior. Luxe Nail Polish in organza – Rococo. Large Suede Tassel Clutch in Stone – The White Company. 100% Cashmere Cableknit Sweater in Brown – Massimo Dutti. Plaid Scarf in Brown – Jigsaw. British Tweed Kilt in Brown Windowpane – Boden.

Back to Black

Monochrome always seems to make an appearance at this time of year, and it’s little wonder why. There’s nothing more striking and bold than a sharply contrasting monochrome palette. Bold blacks matched with shimmering grays can have you standing out from the crowd and a chic combination of crisp white against jet black is both classic and always up to date. And you can really make a statement with monochrome by adding a burst of startling colour in one statement accessory.
MonochromeStretch Cotton Moleskin Jeans in Black – Jigsaw. Dahlia Top Stitching Shirt in Silver Grey – Reiss. Dionne Leather Ankle Boot in Black – L.K.Bennett. Cashmere Shawl in Grey Marl – Hush. faux Fur Mini Bag in Black – & Stories. Sequin Cuff Cardigan in Natural – The White Company. 3 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky Black – Christian Dior. Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Satin – Chanel.

Stick to a few kep palettes this Autumn: Burgandy is vibrant and cheerful, blue is vivid and perfect for the winter weather, neutal tones can be paired with anything and are a softening, classic combination and you can really make a bold statement with a monochrome edge! Stick with a few simple colours and you can create any number of outfits in the blink of an eye, and you’ll be right on trend this season!

Reading Bite: Kate Mosse

Reading Bite: Kate Mosse

I seem to be getting through my books at an alarming pace recently! Having finished The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, I went straight into another short story that I’ve been meaning to read for some time; The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse.
Labyrinth
I love Kate Mosse. I first read Labyrinth when I was in the South of France on holiday some years ago, and I raced through it, pages turning almost too fast for me to keep up I was so enthralled. It deals with the Cathar persecution in the 13th Century and the importance of remembering the brutality of our history today. The juxtaposition between the past and the present and the constant mystery and building tension keeps you enthralled from first to last page. Just when you’re about to discover something, or just when the tension reaches its peak, you are dragged away to a different time. The way that the medieval character of Alais and the modern day character of Alice’s lives are linked through the centuries and a shared destiny is incredibly gripping and the twists and turns of the story (much like a labyrinth!) leave you guessing until the very end. I had no idea where the story was going to take me, but I was desperate to find out.

The historical element of her writing is another thing I love. I’m fascinated by history and the richness of the detail that she feeds into her stories is excellent. I believe she does a huge amount of research for her books and to capture such distant events and long forgotten atrocities in such vivid detail is astounding. But ySepuou never feel as though you’re reading a history book. She brings the times to life so vividly that even the more ‘magical’ elements of her books (The holy grail…eternal life…magic tarot cards…armies of the dead) become completely plausible as you read. I never even stopped to question the appearance of ghosts or the existence of magical texts!

Sepulcre is the second book in her Langedoc trilogy and is in keeping the with formula of its prequel, although the past is much closer to the present in this work. I will admit, I was not as enamored with this book as I was with Labyrinth. It had all the same ingredients but it felt rushed. It felt a little sloppy and I was never as gripped by the book as by the first. That doesn’t mean to say it wasn’t a very good read – it was and I enjoyed it – but I think that the excellence of the first book raised my expectations far too high and anything was likely to pale in comparison. That said, past and present destinies collide, ancient hidden mysteries and secrets are discovered and unwound, plots are uncovered and the mystical is still present!citadel

Citadel is the final book in the trilogy and involved even more recent history – WW2 in fact. This was better than it’s prequel and closer to the brilliance of Labyrinth. The main difference is that we no longer skip from present to past and back again. There is no modern day character searching for the truth of a long dead ancestor. But the other ingredients are there; fates are still interwoven and destinies are tied together by a shared goal and common secret. An old friend appears from the first two books and he is a comforting presence in what is by far the most gritty book in the series. There’s something about the closeness of the events in this book that make it feel more raw – the atrocities and deception and betrayal and all number of crimes against humanity that were committed by friends and neighbours and communities against one another during the occupation period feel to close for comfort. But it is this that keeps you gripping the book.

Once more, there is a mystical secret. Citadel combines the action and adventure of Labyrinth with the mystery and haunting secrets of Sepulcre spectacularly and in amongst all the very real action of French resistance and Nazi action of the War, there is a hidden secret buried in the Pyrenees and the fates of all our characters are tied to one another and to the discovery of this secret.

ghostsNow, I’m not quite finished The Winter Ghosts (only 40 pages to go though…) but I can safely say that it’s a very good short story, much in keeping with her themes and style. However, I do think it could do with more. I feel like there is so much left unsaid and so much more that could be present in the book and its a shame she cuts herself off. It feels like it has the potential to be, not necessarily as long as her other novels, but at least a little longer. It just feels rushed, like she is trying to hurry you through the story before you truly get a chance to grip the events taking place. But it’s still a good read, and it still has the secrets and mystery of her other writing. We follow a character Freddie, through the events that shaped his life. He is a broken man for having lost his brother in WW1 and a strange encounter and series of events that befall him in the mountains of the South of France change his life forever, and, of course, the ghosts of the past appear and are liberated through remembrance.

All her books are about bearing witness to the past. She deals with tough subjects and historical atrocities and presses the importance of remembering our history and learning from it. This is all very important, but what it really comes down to, for me, is ‘am I gripped by the story?’. If you’ve read my other ‘reviews’ you’ll see that I love a good mystery and thriller, and Kate Mosse really provides this in her books.

If you like stories where the past collides with the present, where ancient mysteries and long-buried secrets are unravelled and burst to the light, then Kate Mosse is for you. She cunningly weaves historical fact and rich ancient detail in amongst mythical characters and mystical stories passed down from generation to generation. If you want a book where you never know what’s coming next, with winding mysteries and haunting secrets, then Kate Mosse is the author for you.

Friday Bite: The Importance of Being Selfish…

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I read an article in Red yesterday about how to be a good mum, you need to be selfish sometimes and when my flatmate got home yesterday evening she told me she’d ended things with her boyfriend.

It was a fairly new relationship, but she’s not had many relationships before and I think it was quite a big deal for her (whatever she might say), but anyway, he’s been a little ill recently but over the last few weeks he’s been completely MIA. No texts, not answering phone calls – zilch. She got the train up to see him at home last week and it seemed to improve things; she discussed the lack of communication and he seemed to understand, but for the last week and a half, she’s not heard a peep and has done her best to get hold of him, short of turning up on his doorstep again.

Anyway, she ended it and it made me think back to the article in Red. I think we all need to be a bit selfish in our lives to be the best we can be, to ourselves and to others around us.

I’ve always tried to be true to myself and have worked on the mantra; “If you feel something, it’s the truth.” By this I mean, if you feel like doing something, then it’s probably what you should do…if you feel like NOT doing something, then don’t do it etc. Obviously this is within reason…we can’t just go about our lives doing whatever we want whenever we want to, but for the most part I try to do what feels right…in whatever context.

Remember the ‘Yes Man’? I’m fully in support of the ‘say yes to everything’ thesis, but I take it a slightly different way. I say: “Say yes to yourself!” – If someone asks you to go somewhere or do something and your gut reaction is ‘yes’, then say ‘yes’ – not to them, but to yourself. Likewise if someone invites you out or to an event and your instinct is to say ‘no’ then say ‘yes’ – to yourself!

“Saying yes to saying no” may sound like a bizarre, complex way of looking at things, but I’m all for saying yes to whatever fancy strikes you or whatever instinct takes hold, even if that means you have to say no. Have you ever been on a night out with friends and reached the point where you just want to go home? – I’m sure everyone has – but you’ve carried on through peer pressure, guilt, a feeling of duty etc. and therefore had a miserable night after? Well I take these instances and say; If your body and mind say you want to go home…just say yes to them! Go home and you’ll have had a better experience in the end.

The article recalled Airline emergency procedures; Always secure your own oxygen mask before helping others. This is because if you don’t do whats best for you, how can you be of any use to anyone else?

If you spend your life living for others and doing things you don’t want to do, you’re not going to have a very fulfilled life. If you’re not a little selfish now and then, and do what’s right for you, you’re not going to be the best person you can be, and really, is that good for anyone?

So go on, sometimes it’s ok to be selfish!

Thursday Bite: Get Ready For The Fall!

Thursday Bite: Get Ready For The Fall!

paper-autumn-coffee-books-notebook-290x290I’ve said it before; as far as I’m concerned, Autumn doesn’t begin until next week, so I’m using this week to prepare for Autumn. In every way!

Uni starts back up next week and my French Language course begins in the next couple of weeks too, so it’s time to get organised and prepared for some work!

It’s been oddly warm here in London all this week, so it definitely doesn’t feel like Autumn, but I’m told (although BBC weather may not be as reliable as it would have us believe…) that next week the mercury will begin to drop again, starting the steady slide into winter and the dreaded negative numbers!

With the dropping temperature of Autumn, obviously there is a need for a new wardrobe. Jumpers, scarves, cardigans, boots…the list goes on and I’m totally un-prepared for Autumn so I need to start stockpiling the woollens!

Furthermore, now that summer is almost behind us (I know…who am I kidding?) I need to over-haul my beauty regimes and make-up bag. I need to say good-bye to the light summer tones and hello to the intensive moisturisers (to soothe the wind-battered skin!) and dramatic Autumnal make-up tones.

So…one hell of a to-do list…But I shall begin as I mean to go on (and I secretly love making lists and plans and over-preparing for anything I can!)

GET ORGANISED!

Flatpack bookshelf assembly instructions: 2 People 1 hour. Bookshelf
Last night: 1 girl, 35 minutes. Take that Ikea!

So I put together my new bookshelf last night. It’s a cheap thing from Ikea until I can get hold of a nicer one; I might steal one from my parents’ house…But anyway, for months now I’ve had a growing collection of piles of books, papers, files and folders in various locations around the floor of my room, and it was getting ridiculous.

Anyway, I spent the rest of the evening enjoying a nice fuzzy-feeling of accomplishment…now all I need is some new stationary for the upcoming academics!

Starting out a new academic year (or term or even week…) organised and fully prepared really sets you up to buckle down and get hard at work. Out with the old and in with the new!

AUTUMN WARDROBE!

I’m not going to deny it, I’ve thrown myself into the acquisition of a new wardrobe with vigour!

I always make use of the Summer sales to grab some bargains on the essentials for Autumn, and I’ve been preparing for this season for a couple of months now!

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See my review of Hush’s Autumn/Winter line for all the essentials, and I’ve already put in my first order for the season…currently compiling the second!

Must take a trip to Sloane Square this weekend to pop into Massimo Dutti, Reiss and Anthropologie – who have a great ‘20% off Dresses’ offer on at the moment – as well as all the other favourites to really kick off Autumn in style!

I’ll begin my Autumn Fashion Series next week, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the preparation for it this week! The single best thing about the colder weather (and let’s face it, there aren’t many positives…) is the need for a new wardrobe. And I savour it!

Making use of the summer sales and starting well ahead of the season to get the basics and essentials for the colder weather is a great way to spread the cost and grab some bargains, leaving you the space to splash out on luxury statement pieces when the A/W lines drop!

BEAUTY MAKE OVER!

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The most important thing about a beauty regime in the Autumn and Winter months is taking care of your skin. The cold and wind and rain really take their toll and making sure that you have a solid beauty regime is vital to keepyourself looking healthy and take care of your precious skin! After all, skin is for life, not just for Christmas!

I’ve started researching the new products in skin care this season, and I’ve been hunting around for some good deals and trying out all the samples! There’s no point in spending a lot of money on products that aren’t right for my skin and will turn out to be a waste of money…

I’ve started getting quite a few things on ebay at the moment…if you look hard enough, you can find some great make-up deals on completely new and unused products, as long as you know what you want and what you’re looking for!

My biggest MUST for Autumn make up, however, is get in new foundations/powders etc! the sun-kissed glow of summer skin is already beginning to fade an

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d so often people (me included sometimes) forget to change their products with the change in skin tone! I’m off to Bare Minerals’ GoBare Tour this weekend to get ‘re-fitted’ for the coming season. I don’t often wear foundations and many skin products in the summer as they’re heavy and I don’t need much, but when Autumn hits, I need to start wearing a little more!

Take advantage of as many samples, testers, trials and free products as you can before you splash out on a new set of Beauty products for Autumn. There’s no point in wasting money on below-par products or treatments that aren’t right for you. Experiment before you buy, but remember, skin-care is an all important MUST for this season!

Fashion Bite: Hush A/W Collection

It was around about this time last year that I first came across Hush and let me tell you, it was love at first sight!

I love the quality of their clothes as well as the simplicity of the styles and the gorgeous materials that they use! And I was also a very big fan of the Burgundy colour that they featured in last year’s Autumn collection.

So, all through August and the end of Summer Sales, I was eagerly anticipating the launch of their 2013 Autumn collection, and desperately hoping it wouldn’t be a let down after last year’s success.

Well, it wasn’t! I’m thrilled to see the Burgundy make a return and this year they have brought out the Henley Dress, which I bought in charcoal last year, in the rich wine colour!

The other colour that’s new this season is Blue. The Amy Dress, which I desperately wanted in red last year (but sold out before I could get my hands on it!) now makes a come-back in this vivid blue, and I’m rather taken.

As always, there is an excellent collection of tunic and dresses which are perfect for the winter chill – My top picks are The Henley Dress in Burgundy, The Amy Dress in Blue, The Angora Tunic in light Grey and this cute little dress The Rosie Dress in marine/navy Blue.

Dresses

 

What I love about The Rosie Dress is it’s versatility! It’s such a cute dress and could be worn to the office in winter, smartened up with some heels and a Jacket, and worn with a pretty scarf and flats or boots to make it more casual! And it’s available in Burgundy, Blue and Grey. My three key colours for the season!

I’m also loving their shirts; The Freya Shirt and The Classic Silk Shirt are lovely, stylish shirts, and the lightness of their silk makes them great staple items. A must for this season!  Tuck into some cords or Jeans (how about the Skinny Cords in Black, Ecru or Vintage Black?) or for a casual look, or with a smart skirt or under a nice dress for a more formal occasion.

shirts

I just mentioned the Skinny Cords, but I want to elaborate: I’m loving cords for this season. For a long time I had a real thing against corduroy, but this year I’ve developed a sudden love! The thickness of the material makes them lovely and warm in the winter and the casual/smart look of a nice pair of skinny cords is really on trend this season. I shall definitely be investing in some of these…

cords

Which brings me to their boots. Last year I lusted after their Long Leather Boots in Grey, and now they make a return in suede and I could practically burt with longing! At £265, they’re not a cheap buy, but they are absolutely stunning…if you have the means to splash out on a luxury, I would go for these hands down!

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My final pick has to be their Pyjamas. Never in my life have I come across more luxurious feeling pyjama sets and now that I have experienced Hush’s brushed cotton PJ’s, I will never go back! I adore the sets, and especially in the Dark Navy/Bordeaux Birdie Print, which I have already ordered! If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to invest in Hush pyjamas; once you do, you’ll never go back!

PJs

 

The rest of the collection is an assortment of the classics, the basics and the staples;

Jumpers and cardigans in a range of designs, materials and colours – I’m loving the Heart Stitched Roll-Neck in Dark Burgandy, the Chunky Waterfall Cardigan in Cappuccino and The Big Sloppy Jumper in cobalt. Some must-haves for the winter wardrobe!

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Tops and camis galore! I always invest in their camis, long-length vests and long-length tops in any new colours (My collection grows every season and I have a delightful assortment of colours now!) as they’re great value and super useful for the all important winter layering! My big tip is to layer the L/L Stretch Tees or vests underneath the dresses: I like to mix and match the L/L Stretch tee in an assortment of colours underneath the Charcoal Henley Dress and colour coordinate with a bright jumper, cardigan or scarf.

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Last but by no means least, the accessories!

The Cashmere Wrist Warmers are an absolute delight. I’ve had my fair share of experience with cashmere hand/wrist warmers in the past (Every year for as long as I can remember I’ve acquired a new pair from relatives in Scotland) but they do not compare to these offerings from Hush. They are deliciously thick and warm and now available in s great range of colours – I just have to resist buying them all so I can coordinate with every outfit!

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The Scarves are always great. What I love about Hush is their continuity through the lines.  They have a few key colours (coincidently my Autumn key tones?) and they feature them in all their product lines and different categories. This means colour-coordination galore! I love to coordinate and now I can have all my accessories in blue and all my outfits can have Burgundy running through them! I could live entirely in Hush and would never be more, nor would I make complaint!

So what I’m saying, is I have an on-going love affair with Hush. I feel it’s a fair give and take relationship, I make my monthly (sometimes fortnightly) purchases from them and they continue to offer me delights that make my heart flutter!!

I just received my first box of goodies the other day, although I’m still waiting on one item which didn’t arrive with the rest (Burgundy Henley Dress!!) and I shall be placing my next order very soon – making use of the 10% discount they have so generously provided with receipt of the first delivery!

 

If I could only choose one brand to wear this Autumn (or possibly even for the rest of my life) it would be Hush, hands down.

 

Good job Team Hush!!

Tuesday Bite: Style in a Hurry!

Tuesday Bite: Style in a Hurry!

I woke up late this morning. Or rather, I woke up very early and then went back to sleep…which resulted in me sleeping late!

So, needless to say, I was rushed for time and had to throw a quick look together!

today copy My go-to look is simple: A shirt, Jeans, Belt and Boots. I have hundreds of shirts, jeans and tousers and quite a few pair of boots, so I can throw together any number of different ensembles when I work off this formula!

This was very convenient this morning!

Shirt: Anthropologie
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Boden

The belt I bought in the south of France, but it’s gorgeous soft leather with lovely intricate engravings: My top tip is to grab leather accessories like this in Provence or Italy, as the quality is exceptional and it’s a fraction of the price of a real leather belt in this country!

With such a simple outfit, you can accessorize easily. I added some chunky gold earrings from Ralph Lauren to bring the outfit to life a bit more and a Links of London Friendship bracelet. Simple but effective!Hair 2

My other issue was that my hair was getting a little bit lank. I needed to put it up, but I find that when you have not-quite-but-very-nearly-greasy hair, doing something interesting with it actually disguises rather than draws attention to the state.

My favourite casual but pretty hairstyle.

I love to experiment and play with different styles in my hair and I do a lot with braids and plaits. This is such a quick style but it looks really complicated and it can be messy and casual (As I wore it today) or you can smarten it up and it looks really elegant and sophisticated.

DSCF0838But my ultimate hair saviours today have to be Percy & Reed’s Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. This stuff works like a miracle. You don’t need much and when you brush it through, you could easily have just washed your hair! Superdrug’s non-slip hair grips are also great, they stay put all day and there’s no need to keep fixing your hair every half hour!

Last but most definitely not least; my make-up basics and saviour for a day when I’m in a rush!

Yves Saint Laurent Eyebrow Pencil is divine! It comes with a brush and comb on the end to really blend the liner into the eyebrow and gives great shape and definition without being too heavy or obvious. It’s almost a tint, rather than a pencil and I fully recommend it, especially if you have thin eyebrows like me!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, the original highlighter: I’m sure everyone’s heard plenty about this, and it will have been reviewed countless time, but I adore it. It gets rid of those pesky dark lines and gives some great definition and coverage to the face when you don’t necessarily have time to do a full coverage!

DSCF0835Benefit’s cheat’s foundation was given to me as a gift and I have never been able to find it again, so I use it sparingly! But it’s a great touch on concealer, is very creamy and light and blends into the skin very well. It evens the skin tone really nicely without having to do a full face of foundation, great for when I’m in a rush and need to hide a few blemishes!

Dior Eyeshadow Palette. I’ve talked about this palette before, so I’ll keep it short. it has everything you need: an eyeliner, a base shadow and two tones of top-shadow to give some eye definition and shape and brightness. Saviour when you’re in a hurry!

So I managed to get ready (albeit a little sloppily!!) in just under 20 minutes, but I wouldn’t have been able to manage it without my tried and tested fall-backs!

Having a few staple items in your beauty and style book, and a few formulas that you can re-work and mix-up is really useful on a day when you don’t have as much time as you would like. Knowing what works in your routines and what outfits and styles suit you means that you can throw something together and slap something on in next to no time! it’s always nice to have lot’s of time to get ready, but sometimes that just isn’t an option!

Beauty Bite: My Cabinet Essentials!

Although products come and go, cleansers, serums, masks and treatments always change, there are some essentials that are all-time favourites and constant staples in my beauty regime!

The bathroom cabinet basics: (or a nifty little basket as my landlord hasn’t refitted my cabinet in the bathroom yet!!)

  • Basic Make Up Remover
    Neways True Touch Make-Up Remover. This is an online only, mail order company specialising in only using safe products and really gental ingredients. They are completely safe and chemical free products, so I find it’s really gentle on my skin and won’t irritate, no matter what concern I may have! I’m always changing my cleansers and toners etc. but I always use this before cleansing so that I don’t irritate my skin by scrubbing away too much with the cleansers. I love this product and will use it forever!
  • TCP
    The ultimate spot treatment. It stings like hell, but it really works. A couple of days of applying it gently with a cotton bud and it’s completely gone, and the redness is reduced from the first application. And no unslightly scarring! A godsend at less than £2 a bottle!
  • Basic All-Purpose Moisturiser
    DSCF0821Puriskin Therapy Resurfacing Formula. I use this mainly for my face when I don’t have any specific issues or concerns. It’s a great, gentle, general moisturiser that’s always there in case of emergencies or if I just need a light moisture. Also full of vitamins is proven to help reduce scarring and even skin tone, so thats a bonus!
  • Basic Body Lotion
    Sanctuary Body Lotion. Great general body lotion. Goes on a treat, isn’t too heavy and is a light, general body lotion. I use lots of different products depending on whether I want a gradual tan, or have particularly dry skin etc. but this is there for every-day, no fuss moisture! I love the scent and have used this for years!
  • Hand Cream
    Another old favourite! Trusty old L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I adore this hand cream. It doesn’t leave a funny residue on the hands, and is such an excellent deep moisturiser for the hands. I have used it for years and will continue to use it for years. The best hand cream I have ever come accross, and smells great!
  • Basic Shampoo and Conditioner
    Another Neways product. Exuberance Conditioner and Ultimate Shampoo. I use other shampoos and conditioners depending on circumstance: sometimes I have very dry and damaged hair and this doesn’t cut it, but it’s great for regular washing as it’s very gentle and light, leaving no weight in the hair and leaving it smooth, shiny and soft. But if I need a deep condition of repair, I need to use something else!
  • Lip Balm
    Kiehl’s SPF15 Lip Balm. Deep moisture, nice SPF coverage. Enough said!
  • Tweezerman Tweezers
    I will never be able to use any other tweezers again! These are great, the diagonal edge on the ends is great for getting the tricky little hairs and they are strong and firm enough to be useful! I’ve been ruined for any other tweezer manufacturers!
  • Cotton Wool Pads and Buds
    Need I elaborate?
  • Frangrance: Chanel No.19
    Okay, it doesn’t live in my beauty cabinet, but it’s an utter staple in my routine. It goes on after I’ve done my make up but before I get dressed and then I reapply after I have clothes on. I use it every day and have done so for years. I adore this fragrance and have no desire at all to change!!

fruitMy final beauty basic: Healthy diet and plenty of water. I cannot stress enough the importance of lots and lots of water and a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables. Every meal has fruit and/or veg and I must drink about 6 litres of water a day! It has a remarkable effect on the skin and it is my ULTIMATE staple in any beauty regime!

Having a few tried and tested staple products always at close hand is a must for any beauty regime. Cleansers, toners, serums, treatments and masks all change with the times, but when you’re on to a good thing, why change it?