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I don’t like to mess around when it’s time to go to bed. Which is why I keep my evening skin care routine short but effective. Here’s how I can go from a full face of makeup to having my head hit the pillow in about six minutes:
Step 1 – Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil has been a staple in my routine for more than five years. It breaks down all makeup effortlessly from heavy mascara to full coverage foundation, and my skin feels amazing after, never dry or tight. Currently I’m using the Anti/Oxi version but I jump around between all six versions depending on how my skin feels. Using the dry hand method I massage three pumps of oil directly onto my face right over my eyes, brows and lips. I then wet my hands and massage my face again which turns the cleanser from oil into a milky emulsion. At this point I use my Clarisonic before splashing my face multiple times to remove all traces of the cleanser and makeup.
Step 2 – After patting my face dry I’ll take a few drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery. Even though I have oily skin this doesn’t increase the oiliness. It balances moisture levels, smooths and adds radiance. I wake up to incredibly smooth and more even looking skin.
Step 3 – Eyes are always a dead give away of age. Of course it is much easier to slow the process of aging, than it is to erase lines once they are already there. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Cream is one of those products that claims to fight all the problems you could ever have. Fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, dehydration and lack of elasticity. I tap a small amount around my eye area and I do see and feel the difference.
Step 4 – My face is the only part of my body that is oily. So in the winter my hands and body are often starved for moisture. I’m obsessed with Ortigia Hand Cream. The texture is really rich and contains both olive oil and lanolin oil for maximum moisture and super smooth hands.
The red carpet continues to roll out in Hollywood. At the SAG awards this weekend there were plenty of gorgeous gowns and pretty makeup. Kerry Washington had one of the best overall looks of the evening wearing custom Roberto Cavalli. I really enjoy her long sleek hair with the perfect centre part; combined with a very dramatic smokey eye.
The makeup masters were hard at work last week in Paris. Peter Philips created starry looks at Dior. Tom Pecheux went alien like for Iris Van Herpen, to ultra pretty at Chanel. Pat McGrath taped back the models faces at Givenchy, while Terry Barber was mad for colour at Jean Paul Gaultier. The Armani Prive girls were decked out in tangerine thanks to Linda Cantello.
Salvatore Ferragamo was the very first international fashion show I worked way back in the 00’s. Tom Pecheux was the lead makeup artist. It is no wonder that from all the gorgeous makeup he creates backstage for top designers, and the tons of editorials and campaigns, beauty brands have clamored for his attention too. Previously as Creative Director at Shiseido and Estée Lauder, Tom now takes the helm at YSL. I’m a massive fan of YSL beauty already so I’m quite excited to see what the new direction for the brand will be.
The couture shows in Paris this week have brought out a few well dressed celebs. Familiar faces were at Dior today from social media fave Chiara Feraggni to ASAP Rocky. As well as Diane Kruger, who arrived looking stunning in a classic Dior design.
I’m obsessed with the look that Charlotte Tilbury created for the girls at Dsquared2. Using all creamy products from her own line, they looked slightly wind burned with rosebud lips.
Full brushed up brows, tone on tone makeup, and voluminous hair makes for beautiful images of Solange Knowles. The accompanying article is an interview with big sis Bey. Click here to read it now.
The awards season has officially begun for 2017. At the Golden Globes on Sunday there was no shortage of gorgeous gowns and beautiful makeup looks. Lily Collins standout brows perfectly set off the rest of her makeup look, which included warm toned shadow and a bright red matte lip. Chrissy Teigen wins for best skin. Her complexion was glowing perfection. Claire Foy’s eyes were the focus of her look. Neutral toned shimmery shadow was intensified with black liner and loads of mascara.
Limited edition and exclusive are key words for me when it comes to shopping. I also enjoy a good deal, and since beauty products very rarely get marked down the end of the year is prime to shop. My favourites include Urban Decay’s Vice lipstick palette and Ortigia Sicilia’s hand cream and perfume oil, both are on sale! Between here and my trip to London my shopping needs are most definitely going to be met.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Palette/Charlotte Tilbury Travel Brush Set/Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette/Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light/Burt’s Bees Lip Balm & Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream/Ortigia Sicilia Hand Cream & Perfume Oil/Diorific Vernis/Diptique Mini Candles
Wrapping up warm is the theme of the week because it is freezing out! I’m not into sub-zero temperatures but I am all about a beautiful wool coat and basically anything fur. During the winter months a good skincare regime is imperative. Serums and oils are the best for the face because they can penetrate deeper than a typical moisturizer and provide more hydration. Lips should not be left out of the equation. A lip exfoliator will smooth away dry skin and then apply lip balm day and night to protect your lips from the elements.
1. Aesop Elemental Facial Barrier Cream 2. Bully 1803 Pommade Concentrate Balm 3. Earth Tu Face Honey Coconut Mask 4. Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil 5. MAC Fix + 6. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue 7. Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy 8.Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub 9. Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue 10. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate 11. The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost
New Look Faux Fur Coat/Aldo Nakina Thigh High Suede Boots/River Island Shearling Aviator Jacket /Karl Donoghue Lamb Skin Ear Muffs /Karl Donoghue Lamb Skin Ear Muffs /Alaia Eyelet Embellished Suede Ankle Boots/Quinton Chadwick Knitted Fingerless Gloves/Christopher Kane DoublEugenia Kim Pom Pom Cap/ Christopher Kane Breasted Wool Blend Coat /Karl Donoghue Lamb Skin Mittens/ Chiara Ferragni Flirting Snow Boots Stella McCartney Megane Cropped Quilted Shell Jacket