Day creams v’s night creams…

With the wedding season fast approaching I’ve been a very busy lady and have a tendancy to forget to do certain things in my beauty regime (you seriously don’t want to see my hairy legs!) but one thing that I never forget is moisturising and this very nicely brings me to today’s topic of face creams. Whilst working for Body Shop there were regularly discussions between ladies at my parties over what they do / don’t do when it comes to skincare. More often than not people would use moisturiser in the mornings but skip it at night. Obviously the simple answer and the right thing to do, is to use moisturiser morning and night, but if you’re only going to do it once a day I would advise buying a good night cream and using it before bed. Night cream is typically much thicker than day cream. Incidentally don’t use night creams during the day (I know this may sound obvious), your make-up won’t sit well over it as its too thick and will leave your skin greasy and shiney. However applying it thickly before bed allows a good 7 hours of make-up free skin for it to work on.

I find I need both to use both, I suffer with dry skin after showering and its essential to moisturise before make-up in this instance as make-up can just dry skin out further. I’m always careful to buy a day cream specifically for use during the day, this will ensures its not too thick and will soak into skin quickly.

In these bitterly Cold winter months its particularly important to look after your skin, look out for a blog update soon about winter skin!

Suggested day and night creams…

For the £10 – £20 budget

Day Creams
No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream
Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream *(not intense)
Olay Total Effects 7 in One Day Moisturiser (Winner of the Best Inexpensive Moisturiser with an SPF in the InStyle Beauty Buys awards for 2012)

Night creams
No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream
Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream

£20 + budget

Day Creams
Body Shop Wise Woman Day Cream (for mature skin)
Clarins Gentle Day Cream

Night creams
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
Body Shop Wise Woman Night Cream (for mature skin)
Clarins Extra Firming Night Rejuvenating Cream
Disclaimer
I cant guarantee that all of the beauty products I recommend will suit you. I only use products I personally think are good after trying them on myself and my clients but everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. If at all possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing.

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How to create this two tone make-up look…

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I thought I would pass on some tips today to create this look, It’s quite a vibrant design but one you can take and use with allsorts of colour combinations. Why not try different tones of the same colour? This can also work well when creating an 80’s look. Try vibrant oranges, pinks and purples!

So for starters you’ll need to add your base coat of foundation and any blusher or bronser you might chose. Once this is done it’s time to start on your eyes.

You need to start with the lightest colour first and this needs to go on the inside of the eye in this instance, the green.

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You’ll need to angle the brush so you cover that side of the eye whilst running it along the lash line a little further and also into the crease of the eye a little further over. This will help with blending. If you’re using a shadow that can be used wet, then this is a must. Dampen your brush and add more eyeshadow, it will immediately be stronger and more vibrant. You will also need to apply a small amount of colour to underneath your eye. Just the inner part for the green remember. HOT TIP – Applying eyeshadow here will make your eyeliner less likely to smudge!

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Now apply your second shade. This should be the darker of the two and it should be applied to the outside of the eyelid and then joining the already applied colour. Use a blender brush to blend it in. Don’t forget to add more of this shade under the eye joining the first shade to the middle of the eye. See my blog about brushes for examples of good brushes to use.

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You can see in this picture how applying the eyeshadow wet has made it really vibrant!

Next step is eyeliner, apply black (must be black) to underneath the lower lashes, smudging with a pencil smudger, and a think line under the upper lashes, Don’t worry too much about accuracy with this line as you’ll apply liquid liner over the top. The pencil helps to get liner under the lashes which is difficult with lquid liners.

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HOT TIP – If you lift the eye lid up or too the side if you’re applying it on yourself you’ll get a smoother line!

Next step is liquid eyeliner. Please don’t be afraid of this, it’s not as scary as it sounds! Again lift your eyelid up or to the side to give yourself a smooth (line free) surface to work on. Apply a thin line along the lash line. Allow it to dry and then take a look. If you think you need a bit more then apply a bit more and so on!

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What ever you do, don’t open your eyes until the liner has dried!

Finally apply a generous supply of mascara and some false eyelashes if you so wish! There your look is complete!

My very smiley model Naomi loved it!

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The products used in this look are listed below…

Green eyeshadow – BodyShop Baked-Eye-Colour in Sage
Purple eyeshadow – BodyShop Baked-Eye-Colour in Amethyst
Eyeliner – NO7 Amazing eyes pencil in Black
Liquid Eyeliner – BodyShop Liquid Eyeliner
Mascara – NO7 Lash Adapt Mascara

I hope you’ve found this useful, would love to see pictures if anyone tries this out!

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All photography in this blog by Lucy Lane Photography
Disclaimer
I cant guarantee that all of the beauty products I recommend will suit you. I only use products I personally think are good after trying them on myself and my clients but everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. If at all possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing.

 

Quick tips… the secrets to healthy looking skin…

My new right hand lady in my day job Lucy has been throwing some ideas around about things I should blog about and this was a suggestion of hers. Lucy has great skin and was telling me about some of the things she does to keep her complexion glowing so I thought I would share both hers and my tips…

I’m sure this one must sound like an obvious one but…

Drink water

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You should try to drink 2.5 litres of water a day. Not only is it important to keep yourself hydrated, drinking water helps to suppress your appetite and the best bit is it does wonders for your skin and hair. Drinking water leads to a healthier digestive system which in turn helps to prevent acne and spot break outs. A good tip is to keep a 1 litre bottle on your desk at work this way you’ll be able to keep track of how much you’re drinking. It’s so simple there’s no real reason we can’t all drink more water!

You should try to drink 2.5 litres of water a day. Not only is it important to keep yourself hydrated, drinking water helps to suppress your appetite and the best bit is it does wonders for your skin and hair. Drinking water leads to a healthier digestive system which in turn helps to prevent acne and spot break outs. A good tip is to keep a 1 litre bottle on your desk at work this way you’ll be able to keep track of how much you’re drinking. It’s so simple there’s no real reason we can’t all drink more water!

Use an SPF face cream / foundation daily

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L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream – SPF 12

A huge percentage of us put something on our face every morning. Be it face cream, tinted moisturiser, foundation or BB cream. Why not save yourself the worry of prematurely ageing skin and invest in one of the above that includes an SPF. The sun can age your skin, through clouds and even in the winter so it’s not just something to consider in the Summer months.

Here are a few good suggestions for you…

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream – SPF 12

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Mineral Foundation SPF 25

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Ultimate Moisture Day Cream SPF 10

Take Multi-Vitamin tablets

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Not everyone has the perfect diet, in fact very few of us do so taking multi-vitamins can really help to to ensure your body’s not missing any vital vitamins. Vitamins A and E are great for skin appearance and Vitamin C stimulate collagen development which helps with the elasticity and also helping it look healthy and bright. It’s no real trial to add one tablet to your daily routine and they don’t have to cost the earth either so pick up a packet today!

Don’t smoke

Now I don’t want to sound like I’m lecturing but the fact of the matter is that smoking really does add to the ageing process of your skin, it makes it duller and it depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. That’s all I really need to say so if your skin is important to you, give it up! 🙂

Go easy on your skin

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I can highly recommend you ditch the face wipes and use cotton wool and cleanser. Apply the cleanser to dampened cotton wool and use in circular motions to gently remove eye make-up and dirt. It will do the same job without drying out your skin in the way face wipes do.

When applying eye creams, use your middle or 3rd finger, you’ll find the pressure you use with these fingers is far less than your index finger.

Avoid any strong soaps, anything you use on your face should be gentle. Definitely buy something specifically for your face and never use shower gels or body washes, they’re far too harsh for your skin. A good value and kind to your skin face wash is Simple – Kind to Skin, Refreshing facial wash gel.

I hope you’ve found these very simple but tips useful… have you got any of your own you would like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you

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