Monday, 24 November 2014

Five winter skincare tips you need to know from Venus Proskin

Winter is coming. Your skin will start to show signs that it's not very happy about going from the freezing cold outside and then at home or in an office all day with central heating. You're trying to hide it under jumpers, opaque tights and lots of layers, but you can't hide sad skin syndrome.

If your skin is tight, dry, flaky, dull or generally a bit sad, then you really should think about stepping up your skincare game for winter. The harsh conditions and dehydration can leave your skin looking very below par. Just think of all the effort you make with your skin in the summer. I bet you shave more regularly, you probably use body lotion at least once a day and are strict with that SPF - sound about right? Well don't let the fact it's winter mean you give up on skincare. It's just as important in winter and will make coming out of hybernation in the glorious spring months that little bit easier.

I've been speaking to the beauty guru from Venus, Nathalie Eleni, about five easy things we can all do to make sure our skin looks and feels its best all winter long.
  1. Skin is more susceptible to dehydration and dryness through winter so it is especially important to exfoliate regularly and give skin an extra moisture boost for a gorgeous glow - cocoa butter, palm butter, borage oils and shea butter are all fantastic for parched skin.
  2. Frequent shaving can actually help improve the appearance of skin during the cold-weather season by removing layers of dead skin cells, which cause dryness and flaking. I would recommend the new Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor.
  3. I suggest switching to a rich body butter day and night to protect your skin from the winter elements. Avoid using perfumed products and try to have showers rather than baths, as the latter tend to aggravate the skin due to the excessive heat. Having a lukewarm shower cools sensitive skin and will also help with overall circulation.
  4. If you’re heading for a night out, mix a body oil with a moisturising cream and apply evenly over your legs to really seal in the moisture.
  5. If you’re wearing a short dress, make sure you keep the skin around your knees looking soft and supple as dry skin can often be ageing, by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the area.
My personal, additional winter skincare advice would be... ​
  • Use a richer day and night cream - I particularly love Ila Spa face oil!
  • Drink lots of water! This is easy to do in summer, but don't forget to drink at least 2 litres per day.
  • Mix it up. Even if your face cream and make up works a treat in the summer months, it can start to look flat, cakey or just a bit crap come winter, so why not try a different formula for a while. For example, I like a light CC cream in the summer, but in winter I like a bit more coverage and use a long lasting foundation. 
Do you have any great winter beauty tips?


By Carina Sullivan

Friday, 7 November 2014

My Autumn Style: Skinny Jeans

I'm continuing my new blog series showing 'My Autumn Style' with a post about one of the hardest working pieces in your autumn wardrobe; skinny jeans. There's nothing that won't go with skinny jeans and they're super flattering on almost every shape and size. The secret to wearing skinny jeans is finding the perfect pair for you. Then buy at least 15 pairs in case they're discontinued. No joke.

Finding your perfect pair of jeans is like winning the style jackpot, it doesn't always happen and once you've found them you won't even want to try any other brands or styles. My favourite skinny jeans are from Dorothy Perkins. I've had loads of pairs of the ultra stretch skinny jeans, in every colour, and I love them all. They have loads of stretch for the perfect fit, they're slightly high waisted, they're lovely and long, and they hold their shape, wash after wash.

People always ask me where my jeans are from when I wear these indigo jeans, as the faded sections are so flattering. Now I've let you in on my denim secret, will you try these jeans?

Read my first 'My Autumn Style' post all about wax jackets here.

What are your autumn essentials?


By Carina Sullivan

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Wednesday Wishlist: Penny Loafers

It's Wednesday and that means one thing - Wednesday Wishlist. Top of my shopping wishlist this week are penny loafers. This design classic will always be in style, so spend a little more and really invest in a pair that you can wear for the next 15 years. They're the perfect shoe for the transitional season and are a really smart alternative to heels.

The home of the quintessential penny loafer has to be Russell & Bromley. No one can top them when it comes to subtle updates on the classic loafer or quality and fit. Your new loafers will be stiff and may hurt for the first few wears, but after that they'll mould to your feet perfectly and feel as if they were made just for you.

Here are some of my favourite styles from Russell & Bromley penny loafers.

Want some more edgy, trend led loafers? Then try Topshop or ASOS.


By Carina Sullivan