As we begin to swap our shades and sandals for wrap-arounds and umbrellas, those summer days seem like a distant memory, and it can all be rather sad for the water babies and sun-lovers among us. So, if you’re experiencing the ‘summer blues’ and just can’t get in to the mood for the colder months and shorter days ahead, then here are five things you can do to banish the blues and feel a little happier about autumn!
It can be all too tempting to settle down on the coach on our days off and slouch around the house a little too much, but staying active is really important to avoiding the autumn slump. Jogging in the wind and rain might not be all that enjoyable, but you could follow along with gentle workout routines on youtube and exercise in your very own front room!
Ensure your diet is rich in vitamins and antioxidants
Lack of sunshine means that we begin to lack in the vitamins that we need to thrive and stay healthy, so it’s important to keep our vitamin (particularly D and C) levels up. As the shorter nights draw in, pasta, rice and white bread can tempt us every day, but try to incorporate foods such as sweet potato as an alternative, as they are full of antioxidants and vitamins!
Make a plan & look forward to it
The colder weather and shorter days can often mean that we don’t get out as much as we do in the summer, and can sometimes feel as though we have little to look forward to. Why not book a mini city weekend away?
Embrace the season
The damp and cold can take their toll, but we often forget the little things such as the russet hues of the trees, seasonal produce and comfort foods that make autumn a truly beautiful season! A visit to your local farmer’s market, a woodland walk or a recipe for some homemade chai tea in the mornings could be just what you need for getting into the autumn spirit!
Keeping oily skin at bay can be a troublesome task at the best of times, so we thought a skincare routine cheat sheet for oily skin would be rather helpful for those who haven’t quite mastered the art of curating a skincare arsenal for managing and controlling their oily complexion, but that will also hydrate.
For your morning skincare routine, try to steer clear of cleansers that are overly foaming or stripping; this will strip the skin of all of its natural oils, which in turn, will only lead to excess oil production as your skin will try to compensate. In the mornings, you’re only ridding your skin of any sweat and oil build-up that has gathered overnight, so a gentle milk cleanser such as the Darphin Intral Cleansing Milk will work perfectly. For the evenings, a heavier cleanser such as a cleansing balm, oil or cream will be needed to effectively remove your makeup, SPF and impurities. We particularly love the Uriage Cleansing Oil, as it’s so effortless to use and effectively breaks down all makeup – even stubborn mascara.
Physical exfoliators can often be too abrasive for the skin, particularly if blemish-prone, and so using a liquid/chemical exfoliator is a much gentler, but just as effective way of ridding your skin of any excess sebum and dead skin cells. BHA-based exfoliators are best-suited towards oilier skin types as they are oil absorbent, so we’d recommend sweeping a liberal amount over your skin with a cotton pad to prep your skin for following products in your routine.
Serums & moisturisers
Although tempting to neglect the use of hydrating products when your skin’s appearance is resembling that of an oil slick, it’s important for all skin types to be hydrated and moisturised. Look for lightweight consistencies such as Avene’s Hydrance Optimale Moisturising Serum and oil-free moisturisers.
Finding products that work is especially difficult in the summer when oil production, humidity and the heat are all at their peak, right? SPFs can be particularly troublesome for oily skin types as in their traditional form, they can be quite thick and greasy. We love La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios AC SPF30 Extreme Fluid as it dries to a matte finish and so is perfect for oilier skin.
Ironically, the world of beauty can be ugly. With so many hormone-disrupting, carcinogenic ingredients hidden within our lotions and potions, green beauty is more popular than ever. But, with many of them being listed as ‘natural and organic’; what’s really the difference between the two, and, with the beauty industry being fairly unregulated, are the products really what they say they are?
Worryingly, brands can claim a product to be natural if only just a few of the ingredients are natural, so this means that the majority of the formula can still be made up of artificial or synthetic ingredients. But why would they do this? Well, as beauty consumers are becoming more educated and informed about the ingredients and products in their skincare cupboards, there has been an increasing demand for natural and organic products – which skincare brands have decided to cash in on. Unfortunately for us as customers, and because of the use of the word ‘natural’ being unregulated in the industry, things can get pretty misleading and deceptive. This also means that ingredients may be listed as natural if they are naturally derived, even if these ingredients may no longer resemble their natural form at all any more after being processed with the addition of chemicals. For example, sodium laureth sulfate is derived from the very natural coconut, but is far from natural after it’s been processed!
So, what’s the difference with organic skincare / organic beauty products ?
An organic product is one that is free of any sort of genetic modification or pesticides, with ingredients that are derived from organically grown plants and foods that have been sustainably sourced. However, much like ‘natural’ skincare products, products listed as ‘organic’ may not be all that they seem! Luckily, organic skincare products are a little more regulated and so we can be more informed and aware of what we’re purchasing and using on our skin. There are various different international certifying bodies such as The Organic Trade Association in the US and The Soil Association in the UK, that certify products as at least 95% organic, and so if you see their labels on organic skincare products, you’re safe!
So, if your organic skincare products don’t have a certification stamp on their packaging, or have an ingredients list that you can’t understand in any way, shape or form, it may just be a case of smoke and mirrors…
Soaking up that summer sun with a mojito in one hand and the latest Vogue in the other sounds positively dreamy but before we all get carried away, we’re taking it back to basics with these five beach bag beauty essentials to keep things looking as fresh as a daisy…
A day by the beach without SPF is a day not worth having, but we know that applying those traditional, sticky SPF creams can be both unpleasant and daunting, and so we suggest incorporating La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL SPF 50+ into your holiday skincare routine. This waterproof gel-cream formulation makes it fairly lightweight, comfortable to wear, and is suitable for both sensitive and oily skin types. For ease of application on the body sun protection front, Avene’s Sun Care SPF 30 Spray is perfect for reapplication, practicality and throwing into your beach bag without worrying about spillages!
While we’re on the topic of SPF, we often forget that our lips need protection too and Korres’ Sunflower SPF20 Lip Balm is a firm favourite for re-applying throughout those days when we’re beside the sea or pool.
A ‘princess product’ they may be, but facial mists are a must have whether you’re having a chilled out day by the pool or the beach. They also help to hydrate and refresh the skin, calming irritated or sensitive skin and restore balance for when things are getting a little too hot and humid.
We can all be forgetful when it comes to practicalities, but a little tube of hand sanitiser is an essential for any beach bag. The thought of reapplying facial sunscreen without clean hands alone is enough to cause a break-out!
And finally, while we love the quintessential beachy waves and tousled hair, the humidity can leave our hair looking a little worse for wear, so we love Moroccanoil’s Frizz Control Spray for keeping our manes under control. Infused with argan oil and Vitamin E, this is an intensely nourishing spray that smooths the hair and is weather-resistant so keeps hair manageable in all environments!
Long lasting? Check. Natural? Check. Beautiful? Check. With the beauty world fixated on the bride-to-be’s makeup, we are shining the spotlight on the wedding guests by showcasing a selection of products which exude pure elegance and will help you on your way to creating a beautiful wedding guest makeup look.
To inject a little luminosity and hydration in to your skin and increase the longevity of your base makeup, a primer can work wonders. We love Caudalie’s Resveratrol Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum; as well as having an SPF of 20 and being great for protecting your skin for a summer wedding, it’s also formulated with hyaluronic acid, and so is really great for plumping the skin and prepping it for makeup without feeling tacky or uncomfortable. A natural foundation with great longevity is a hard thing to come by, but La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Teint Moisturising Water Cream Foundation provides a flawless demi-matte finish that photographs beautifully. To further enhance the longevity of your foundation, and to set the areas in which you tend to get shiny or oily, Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder lends itself to the natural, fresh makeup look as it creates an almost soft-focus finish and mattifies the skin without ever looking overdone or heavy. To inject a bit of colour and to brighten your complexion, we’d recommend using a rosy-pink blush lightly applied on the apples of the cheeks.
We suggest avoiding the excessively contoured look as it can quickly become very dated and instead opting for a subtle sculpting shade just underneath the cheekbones and blending away towards the ears with a slightly ashy-toned bronzer. To enhance and lift your features, a subtle highlighter can work wonders for imparting a generous dose of the candle lit effect when applied to the highest points of the cheekbones.
For a hint of colour on the lips, the Korres Raspberry Twist Lipsticks are great as the sheer, emollient formula doesn’t require much precision when re-applying throughout the day, and are enriched with fruit oils to hydrate the lips.
Maintaining your mane can be a tricky business, but we’re here to give you six of our best tips and tricks for taking better care of your hair and ensuring that your locks are perfectly groomed all year round. And no, there will be no suggestion of waking up at 5am every morning and spending two hours blow-drying your hair and wrapping your hair around rollers!
Limit your weekly hair washes
This is a widely disputed topic, but I think we can all agree that washing your hair daily is probably doing more harm than good, right? Over-washing can strip your hair of the natural oils it uses to protect itself, which can, in turn, dry out your hair and leave things feeling a bit straw-like.
Squeeze, don’t rub
It can be tempting to rough-dry your hair with a towel when you’re in a rush, but try not to do this as it will lead to breakage. Instead, squeeze your hair in the towel to rid it of any excess water; this will also leave your hair less prone to tangles.
Use sulphate-free shampoos
Sulphates such as sodium lauryl sulphate are used in shampoos to provide that satisfying bubbly lather, but they are also incredibly damaging as they strip the hair of its natural oils. We’d recommend Dr Organic’s Coconut Oil Shampoo as it still provides that lather that we all love, but has an ingredients list that omits sulphates, and is formulated with mango and papaya extract, lemon peel oil and fig to nourish the hair.
Leave your hair to dry naturally
We’re all too aware that this isn’t the handiest of tips for when you’re in a rush, but try to stay away from the hairdryer wherever possible. And if you really don’t have the time to leave your hair to dry naturally, use the coolest setting on your hairdryer, and hold at arm’s length to minimise heat damage.
Use a hair mask once a week
Hair masks can help the hair to retain moisture, remedy breakage and nourish dry or damaged hair. The Korres Almond & Linseed Nourishing Hair Mask is particularly good for this as it’s formulated with nourishing shea butter.
We all know that cleansing is an essential part of our skincare regimes, but giving your skin a once-over with a cotton pad and micellar water after a makeup and SPF-heavy day just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Neglecting your skin in the cleansing department is one of the main culprits of blemishes, problematic skin and clogged pores, and so double cleansing is essential for ridding your skin of the dirt and grime that it accumulates throughout the day. And although the term ‘ double cleansing ’ sounds pretty self-explanatory, this Asian skin care phenomenon is all rather technical and dare we say it – genius.
So, how do you go about double cleansing?
Well, the first part of the process is to rid your skin of makeup, SPF and general dirt and grime with an oil-based cleansing product. We’d recommend using a cleansing balm or oil for this step such as Uriage’s Cleansing Oil, to lift away any visible product, remove excess sebum, and break down any eye make up. After removing with a damp flannel or muslin cloth, you’re all set for the second and final part of the double cleanse. We should also probably mention here, that double cleansing is, generally speaking, only necessary in the evenings and on those days when you’ve worn makeup or sun protection.
The second and final part of your double cleanse requires a water-based cleanser to remove impurities and pollutants, and to ensure that your perfectly prepped skin can absorb the active ingredients within your moisturisers and serums more effectively. Cleansing milks, gels and creams are particularly good for this step as they are gentle yet nourishing. Two of our favourites include Darphin’s Intral Cleansing Milk and the Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser, as rather than stripping the skin and leaving it feeling overly tight, they hydrate the skin with their hydrating, soothing and active ingredients such as chamomile and white tea extract.
If you have oily skin and think of highlighters, glow-inducing creams and illuminating products as your arch nemesis, you might want to reconsider. For those of us prone to unwanted shine and excess oil production, highlighters and the like can be a little scary, but we have some real good tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you on your way to creating a dewy summer look for oily skin without worrying about your complexion resembling an oil slick…
Use a mattifying primer on the central panel of your face
To keep oil at bay whilst avoiding looking overly matte, try using a mattifying primer throughout the central panel/t-zone. Aside from working as a barrier between any excess oil that is secreted through your pores throughout the day, such primers also increase the longevity of whichever base product you choose to apply over the top.
Apply your foundation with a damp beauty sponge
If you find that your foundation has a tendency to sit on top of your skin, try applying a matte or satin foundation such as La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Teint Water-Cream Foundation with a beauty sponge; they really work the product in, allow the foundation to become one with the skin and blend creams and liquids seamlessly.
Use illuminating creams and highlighters around the perimeter of your face
To inject luminosity and keep things looking juicy and dewy, use cream highlighters and illuminators to create that lit-from-within look on any areas where excess oil production isn’t so much of an issue.
Reserve powder highlighters for setting your cream illuminators and highlighting the bridge of your nose and cupid’s bow
To avoid any slipping n’ sliding and to keep things in place, set your creams with a powder highlighter. Not only does layering creams and powders enhance longevity; it also intensifies the glow.
Don’t overdo the setting powder and opt for a setting spray
Powder a little, not a lot. Instead of piling on the powder for fear of looking like a disco ball midday, try using a setting spray to keep things put and to lock your dewy summer look for oily skin all day!
We can all get stuck in a rut from time to time with our makeup bags because let’s face it; we all have our makeup comfort zones. For the (hopefully) gloriously warm weather fast approaching us, here are a few products and formulas you can incorporate in to your summer makeup routine for a fresh, light and fun look!
Tinted moisturisers have come a long way and they can now provide a more substantial coverage while still being extremely lightweight. For a fresh, light and dewy finish, Caudalie’s Teint Divin Mineral Tinted Moisturiser is perfect for the summer months as it illuminates the complexion and offers a sheer coverage. And because it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, it also plumps and hydrates the skin.
For giving the illusion of healthy, youthful skin, cream blushers are unrivalled. They blend seamlessly in to the skin, and can be applied with fingers which make them perfect for on the go. And, if your pout is in need of pepping up, they can also be applied as a sort of tinted lip balm.
To inject colour and fun in to your summer makeup wardrobe, try a matte lipstick with a fuchsia hue. A bold lip can be paired with the simplest of looks and will also work to brighten your complexion. Our favourite product for achieving this look is the Korres Raspberry Matte Lipstick in ‘Dazzling Fuchsia’; it offers intense colour pigment, but is also a more nourishing matte finish than most as its formulated with vitamin E and raspberry oil.
Coloured liner is very much on trend, but if you’re not quite ready to brave the cobalt blue winged liquid liner look just yet, we’d recommend lining your waterline with a cobalt blue kohl pencil for just a subtle pop of colour. Korres’ Volcanic Mineral Eyeliner in ‘Blue’ is perfect for this as it offers longevity and is creamy and soft enough to be applied to the lower lash line.
We can all agree that a long-haul flight is no easy feat, right? The parched and dehydrated skin and boredom are a pairing that can take a toll on even the best of us travellers so, in an attempt to make your flight a little more enjoyable this time around, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best in – flight beauty essentials that will get your skin from drab to fab just in time for when you step off the plane…
To remedy your plane-induced dehydrated skin and maintain moisture, a hydrating face mask can work wonders when travelling. The Korres Beauty Cubes are particularly perfect for flights as they are packaged in individual cubes of 8ml of product, and so take up minimal space and are disposable. We love the cooling cucumber cubes because not only does the cucumber help to cool and soothe the skin if you’re feeling hot and bothered or suffering from any inflammation, they’re also intensely hydrating.
To inject a bit of moisture and boost your hydration levels throughout the flight, try spritzing a hydrating mist or toner over your skin every couple of hours or so. Aside from hydrating and soothing the skin, they also tend to include blends of essential oils, which help to relax and calm even the most anxious of flyers; and are great for pepping the skin up after a nap.
Lips, Hands & Teeth
To avoid chapped and sore lips, a lip balm rich in active ingredients will aid collagen production and so will protect your lips against the drying environment whilst offering hydration.
Much like your face, your hands can become dry and chapped on long haul flights, and so we’d recommend including a hand cream in your in-flight beauty bag. Our current favourite is Roger & Gallet’s Hands & Nails Balm Bienfaits, because it’s rich, non-greasy and is made with blackcurrant, pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry and cherry seed oil!
And finally, to keep things fresh after a long-haul flight, toothpaste is an often-overlooked in-flight beauty essential. Dr Organic’s Pomegranate Toothpaste is fresh, fruity and does a great job at whitening, too!