Prep your skin for party season to ensure you glow this Christmas
Skincare is just as important to me as glitz and glamour over Christmas. As you know, I always stress the importance of a good daily skincare regime and with the season of celebration fast approaching it is more important than ever!!
Here are my top 5 Christmas skincare tips to ensure your complexion is glowing and gorgeous this year!
Whilst we over indulge food-wise, we often forget to indulge our skin when it most needs it. This week I will be making sure I do a really nourishing Face Mask twice a week until Christmas. The Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask (£49.99) is ultra hydrating (perfect as the cold weather sets in) and a real treat for skin. The Manuka Honey nourishes my face and after 30 minutes, I wash it off to reveal a bright, smooth complexion.
Late night festive parties can cause breakouts and no girl wants spots over Christmas. Cleansing is absolutely key for clear skin. The Manuka Doctor ApiClear range uses Purified Bee Venom which has antibacterial properties and works to combat problem skin. I use the ApiClear Foaming Cleanser (£17.99), followed by the ApiClear Treatment Serum (£19.99) daily.
Prep the skin for parties
When you know you are off out for the evening, make sure your skin is ready! Apply a good primer under your makeup. The Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Flawless (£18.99) is great as it minimises pores, evens my complexion and does so instantly so my makeup looks fresh when I apply it.
Utilise instant products
Instant pick me up products are an absolute must over the festive season. I would recommend trying the Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Radiance Serum (£17.99) for a skin boost. I actually mix this with my Charlotte Tilbury foundation to ensure my skin is luminous and glowing throughout the night
FINALLY…. Drink lots of water!!
I am always baging on about how important drinking plenty of water is but it is especially important in winter and during the festive season… I keep a litre bottle with me at all times. You won’t believe the difference it makes!
I took my little sister alice to get her colour corrected by my good friend migeul at josh wood atelier in holland park, she has been getting blonde highlights for years, her naturally is more my colour.. dark blonde/light mousy brown. she has had a few different hair dressers do her hair and none of them have done a great job leaving her hair damaged, patchy and an unnatural colour.
Migeul wanted to create more contrast but creating a more natural base and getting back to a more natural shade of blonde, he added golden blonde highlights and also chopped of about 2 inches off the ends!
She was delighted with the results as its a much more natural tone and she wont have such obvious roots which can be very high maintenance!
It is important to protect coloured hair with the right products to stop colour from fading and also to nourish the hair and dying it drys it out.
I have been a big fan of charlotte since i was about 14! i followed her work and made moodboards at school of the stunning campaigns she worked on. i even studied at the same make up school she went to so it wont come as a surprise that i was very excited to try out charlottes make up line!
Get the look.
First off i cleansed my skin with multi miracle glow cleanser, this is a great multi purpose product that can work to cleanse skin if washed off but also as a rescue mask for dry skin on face or body if left to sink it! i then moisturised my face with charlottes magic cream which left my skin feeling hydrated and radiant! charlotte has worked on many models stressed skin after multiple shows and has developed this amazing cream that hides a multitude of sins, its also a lovely base for make up
This has to be one of my favourite products, wonder glow is and multi purpose illuminator. you can use it under make up for a instant soft focus effect or on top to add extra sheen. today im using it after moisturising and before i apply foundation
For my base i used light wonder perfect skin foundation in no.4, i normally use a tinted moisturiser so i like the texture and finished of this because it so light and silky. it looks like your skin not a layer of make up
To conceal under my eyes and on blemishes i used the retoucher conceal and treat stick in no.3, i love concealers that come with a brush. this gives good coverage without being at all heavy and stays put!
To add a healthy rosy glow to my cheeks i used cheek to chic in sex on fire, this is perfect for an english rose natural blush that makes you have a healthy glow, great to brighten dull looking skin on these cold winter mornings
Another of my favourite products is filmstar bronze and glow, i used this after blusher to contour and highlight with the powder and sculpt bush. I’ve used this on a few of my girlfriends and they’ve all gone at brought it instantly! the bronzer gives a very natural tanned look and the highlighter is lovely dusted on cheek bones, brow bones, down the centre of the nose and on the cupids bow
For my lips i used the lip cheat liner first then the Penelope pink lipstick which is a gorgeous pinky nude, to add a sheen on top i added sweet stiletto lip gloss which feels great on, not sticky at all
for my eyes i used rock and kohl liner in black on my upper lid just along the lash line then smudged this with a finger for a soft smokey effect.
I then applied a touch of mascara followed by my st moritz limted edition party lashes, i love these lashes when you just want to add that little something extra!
I am big in to making my juices and smoothies lately. Smoothies are a great way to start your day so I thought I would share with you my favourite recipe.
The health benefits which come alongside juices is fantastic. One supplement that I always throw into my smoothie recipes is Vital Greens. Vital Greens is a nutrient and enzyme-rich superfood, so it is super healthy for you. It contains an amazing 75 nutrients which help keep you energised, focused and looks after every cell in your body.
Vital Greens is a balanced blend of nutrient dense greens, vegetables, fruits, herbs, minerals, vitamins, powerful antitoxidants, prebiotics and probiotics, essential fatty acids, fibre and a uniquely alkalizing pea protein. Full of everything which is good for you! It is great for when you are detoxing.
My smoothie is so easy to make and all you need is a couple of minutes and a good blender.
Detoxifier/Cleanser – detoxifying and gently cleansing your colon, liver and working on every single cell in the body. The unique combination of nutrients will help your body progressively eliminate waste which builds up on the bowel walls, cleansing the liver which is the body’s main filter organ and emulsify fat helping to maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Energiser/Alkaliser – Vital Greens contains many superfoods to help give you more energy, feel more vibrant and less sluggish and stressed. Alkalinity is promoted which results in feeling more balanced and alive!
Well-Being Promoter – Vital Greens contains potent antioxidants, adaptogenic herbs boosting stamina, endurance and the immune system. Powerful phyto-nutrients which contribute to health by supporting better cellular function. There are two strains of probiotic in Vital Greens, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.
Mental Acuity Sharpener – Vital Greens contains Lecithin, Rosemary and Co-Enzyme Q-10 which may help increase mental acuity, focus and concentration.
This week marks my third and final “What’s the Skinny?” blog post – my series of guides to the latest, hottest fashion and lifestyle trends to celebrate the launch of Starbucks Discoveries® Skinny Latte, a delicious, low-calorie, chilled coffee that you can find in your local supermarket. They are made with the same Fairtrade Espresso Roast coffee that Starbucks use when making your latte in store and are perfect for cooling down on warm summer days and for when you can’t get to your local Starbucks store.
For my final trend report I decided to pick my three favourite trends from the summer – School Girl Style, Monochrome and Single Strap High Heels.
Pinafores and dungarees have been a massive trend this summer. Everyone’s childhood favourite has been resurrected and transformed into cute denim cut off dungarees and check pinafores perfect for picnics in the park. The best thing about this trend is that it will even get you through winter. When the weather starts to get colder they can be worn with tights and layered with shirts or cosy cardigans.
I picked Monochrome as I think it’s a high fashion trend that’s super easy to re-create. It’s just black and white. Team a white t-shirt with black jeans or a black vest with white jeans and you’re right on trend. Black and white stripes or black and white check are another great and easy way to wear this trend.
The last trend for this week is single strap high heels. They have been the shoes to be seen in this summer and have been spotted on everyone. They go with everything and I like wearing them with shorts, midi dresses and tailored trousers.
This is my second “What’s the Skinny?” blog post in my series of guides to the latest, hottest fashion and lifestyle trends to celebrate the launch of Starbucks Discoveries® Skinny Latte, a delicious, low-calorie, chilled coffee that you can find in your local supermarket. Made with the same Fairtrade Espresso Roast coffee that Starbucks use when making your latte in store, Starbucks Discoveries® Skinny Latte is perfect for the wonderful warm weather we’re having at the moment, and for when you can’t get to your local Starbucks store.
The three trends we’ve picked out this week are Bold Lips, Low Maintenance Hair and Neon Jewellery.
Bright matt lipstick teamed with a natural make-up look is an easy to do hi-fashion trend that’s everywhere right now. I love wearing this look teamed with barely there make-up. It’s great for taking you from day to night especially if you don’t have time to re-do your make-up before heading out, or leaving straight from work. Just slick on your favourite bright red, coral, magenta or pink lipstick and you’re ready.
With the sun finally deciding to make an appearance, adding some neon to your out-fit is the perfect way to add some sunshine to your look. An easy way to introduce some neon into your summer clothes is by wearing a statement necklace or some stacked friendship bracelets.
My favourite trend this week is low maintenance hair. Kate Moss made tousled “just out of bed” hair famous and this summer it has never been cooler. This year’s Spring/Summer shows for Balmain, Calvin Klein, DKNY and Stella McCartney all rocked messy undone beachy hair. It’s really easy to achieve and perfect for the summer months. Use curling tongs to style some loose curls in day-old hair and let them fall out slightly before securing with hair spray. Using a texturizing spray will also help to get a messy “un-done” look to your hair.
Check back for my final “What’s the Skinny?” Starbucks trend report in a few weeks.
I have been so busy lately, I went straight from Glasto to Majorca then straight to Ibiza! One thing which came everywhere with me were my Ibiza and St.Tropez summer lashes.
My summer lashes were perfect for all three events, for Glastonbury I obviously wanted the day time party look so the corner lashes were perfect, they didn’t move all day or all night because of the adhesive.
Then for Ibiza and Majorca the corner lashes were great for the day by the pool and then at night I added the full lash to make a more dramatic effect. Even though they were layered they are still light to wear.
With me working out a lot lately my skin and muscles have suffered quite a bit.
I have recently had two treatments which have been the perfect answer to sore muscles and suffering skin.
Lava Shell Massage
As I am using new muscles in my work-outs and using them a lot more than normal, my muscles have been quite sore. I had my Lava Shell massage at Lomax Gym in Chelsea, it is a really relaxing treatment as it cleverly uses a combination of heat and ice treatment that helps ease everyday aches and pains and specifically muscle tension from exercise.
You can choose for the massage to focus on one specific painful area, good for any injuries from training or have a full body treatment. I went for full body and loved the feel of the shells on my skin and really felt it loosening up my muscles. I would definitely recommend to anyone feeling a little stiff from his or her exercise routine.
I found my skin was becoming quite irritated and my pores were getting quite blocked from lots of sweat and exercise so the Gazelli facial treatment at Urban Retreat helped get my skin back to normal.
I went for the triple cleanse facial which is a deep purifying treatment which helps with the drainage of the toxins and impurities along with calming your skin and correcting its pH levels.
The products they used were divine and I even treated myself to some afterwards! I really enjoyed the facial massage they gave me, it was really relaxing and my skin now feels smoothed and cleansed and no sign of any more breakouts!
I am really enjoying my training sessions lately and it is always a good sign when you are excited for your next session rather than dreading it!
My personal trainer, Richard Tidmarsh at Reach Fitness has been working me very hard and is encoouraging me to push harder to keep in shape. Check out one of his grueling work outs we have done together…
With my gym sessions becoming quite regular, I have also treated myself to some new gym gear from Lorna Jane. It is really flattering and so comfortable to work out in, making me look the part and keep motivated to keep on going!
RAWAN is a personal styling and gift concierge company created by Roxie Nafousi.
RAWAN reaches out to real women and has a way of making you feel totally comfortable, sexy and feminine. The service is totally unique to you, your body shape and your personality and she really takes time to get to know you before picking out your clothes.
RAWAN is absolutely brilliant at finding amazing pieces from high street stores and putting them altogether in the right way to make them look expensive, unique and glamorous – which is why shopping with RAWAN is becoming an absolute necessity. With a great eye for detail and an instinctive style, I always love being styled by RAWAN for any occasion!
I love this outfit and it’s the perfect example of mixing high street with designer and making every piece look as fabulous as the next!
Skirt – Missoni
Top – The Kooples
Necklace – Miss Selfridge
Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Top – Topshop
Shorts – All Saints
Boots – Chloe
Jacket – Helmet Lang
Trousers – Theory
Shoes – Gianvito Rossi
I felt really sexy and chic in this outfit, and the metallic shoes are totally on trend!
Outfit 4 –
I loved this outfit – it felt classic and femine and one that would never out of fashion!
Necklace – ZARA
Dress – Missoni
Shoes – Gucci
Q&A with RAWAN:
What are your favourite High Street Stores?
I absolutely adore ZARA, they are always one step ahead of fashion and their clothes are beautifully cut. It is the perfect place to buy clothes which can go from day to night, looking fabulous from the office straight to your date. They also do the most fabulous necklaces!
What is your emergency outfit?
If it’s the day time then I always put on a pair of skinny blue jeans with a round neck black t shirt and a statement necklace – all I need to do is change the necklace and it’s a whole new outfit!
For the evening I think every woman needs a great fitted plain black dress that they always feel comfortable in. You can accessorize the dress in a different way every time to create a new look every time!
What would be your advice to women struggling with finding their own personal style?
I think the problem women find is that we are constantly seeing beautiful, skinny women in magazines on TV wearing great outfits that don’t necessarily suit our figures in the same way, which makes us feel uncomfortable and sometimes disheartened. I really believe that we should make sure we dress for ourselves and for what suits us – not what suits someone else. If you look confident in what your wearing you will walk into any room and be sure to turn heads!