I can't wait for spring! It's been so gloomy lately that I can't remember when was the last time I felt the warmth of the sun. All this cold air, rain and central heating have not done my skin any favours and they've turned it rather dull, so I have made it my mission to fight the elements and have some glow this winter. This is my double plan of attack.
There are a few tricks to get better skin, and the first is to amp up its moisture levels, and a good place to start is a good moisturising mask. I quite often buy mine in sachets rather than tubes, as I like to chop and change. I bought this one by Apivita from M&S.
Facial oils are a good way to keep your oiliness in check, believe it or not. If you use a good oil, your skin will feel comfortable enough that it won't produce any more. If you are nervous about it, replace your night moisturiser with an oil. There are lots of different ones with different properties.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery is a cult product and its subtle lavender scent is perfect before you head to bed. I use it a lot, but the rest of the time I really like Darphin's Orange Blossom oil, which has brightening properties. Decleor also has a fantastic selection.
A great lip balm is essential. My absolute favourite is Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream in a tin, which I carry with me in my handbag at all times. However, a few weeks ago my friend Hannah gave me this little pot by the Oxford Honey Company. It is made using beeswax and essential oils, and it is actually quite glossy, so I have skipped lipstick quite a bit and worn it on its own a lot.
To cheat a bit of a healthier looking complexion, I usually focus on my cheeks. This Nars Multiple in Orgasm is a very recent purchase, but I have been using it every day. The colour is a subtle peach with hints of gold that make your cheeks glisten. Perfect for a simple and natural make up kind of day, and you can always layer a deeper colour on top if you want to get a better colour pay off.
But if you want to go that extra mile, this little pot of Glow by Topshop is fab. The effect is very similar to the famous highlighters by Benefit. I used to use High Beam, but I imagine this is more like Moon Beam. Dab it on all the usual places (top of cheekbones, bridge of the nose, under your eyebrows and on your top lip's cupid bow) for an extra shot of glow.
Now you can face the dull weather looking radiant! Hope you're enjoying the rest of the weekend. If you have any other tricks, I'd love to hear them :)