I have recently become a teeny, tiny bit obsessed with beauty reviewer Sali Hughes. I feel I may be a little late to this party, but well at least I got here! Towards the end of last year I began devouring every article she has ever written, then I bought her book Pretty Honest and she has genuinely changed my life. Her honesty in saying “you don’t necessarily need eye cream” What.The.F. This was big news to me, who has spent a fairly indecent amount of money thinking eye cream might change my life. If I had been aware of her blunt and honest style of beauty wisdom before my wedding, my pre wedding prep and even my make up choices on the day would have been a lot different, a lot braver. I would definitely have worn lipstick.
Never a massive make up junkie myself, and as someone who takes my low maintenance skin for granted (bar the eye cream issues, I mainly bought what was on offer in Boots with no concern for ingredients) I was in need of education. Given that I will be imminently turning 33 it seems I can no longer rely on good genes alone. Finding someone I could relate to, a voice that seemed to speak to me has been a big deal for me, it's made me bolder in my choices and more diligent about the care of my skin. This may sound like a lot of extra money at a time when you’re already probably stretched but it doesn’t have to. It’s all about choosing the right products for your skin type and not wasting money on all filler and no killer one minute wonders.
Here are some of my favourite skin staples…
Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser. So very good, like a facial every day and you do have time! The 200ml tube lasts me a good 3 months if not more using at least once a day.
Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair, when my daughter was 4 months old, and I had not slept for 4 months and 2 days, I asked the nice lady in John Lewis for something to make me look like I had. This worked and it feels lovely to boot. This is expensive, but worth it, consider asking for vouchers for a birthday gift, it will last you a decent amount of time to be worth the investment.
Maybelline Mascara Volume Express, for a high street mascara I find it brilliant, especially as the tube runs out (this is when for me it is perfect!) I always have at least one 1/2 used up tube in my makeup bag, the brush is great for separating lashes and can be layered.
Clinique Smart, Custom Repair Serum. I had a free sample of this little gem, it lasted me nearly 3 months applying once (ish) a day and I have been getting real compliments about my skin ever since! Again it's a pricy one but if you can only spend on one product in your routine I would put my money on a good serum.
Micellar water, there are loads of these popping up, much kinder to skin than wipes and so easy even I am not lazy enough to make excuses not to use it nightly. I use L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water but I'm not fussy. It really does get rid of all my makeup and feels super fresh on my skin.
At the moment I'm also using L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew night cream and L'Oreal Youth Code day moisturiser, both good and both frequently on offer in high street chemists or supermarkets, but I'm not loyal. I have learnt to look for Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin on the ingredients list, (both good for dry and or dehydrated skin) and I like a thick, almost mask like moisturiser.
I am no expert and I have learnt most of this from devouring beauty blogs free and available to everyone! It really is worth considering reviewing your skincare routine in prep for your wedding, we tend to accept our skin the way it is but we can do things to improve it easily. A great starting point will make your makeup look 10 times better.
xx Kate xx