Welcome to The Edited – the BRAND NEW NAME for MMM! read more…
Maybe it’s the current trend for all things Seventies, but one interiors fad has really warmed the cockles.
Macramé – that old school craft trend popular three decades ago – is back with a 21st century update.
The changeable weather isn’t half playing havoc with my skin. I am slathering (literally, SLATHERING) on the hand cream, nail oil, body lotion and face moisturiser in an attempt to stave off the cold air / warm air / central heating / wind effects on my poor old skin.
I’ve always looked after my skin (I never, for example, go to bed without taking off my make up), but have stepped it up a gear in the past six months. By this I mean adopted an actual regime of cleanse, tone, moisturise, night cream, oils – the works. Getting those first grey hairs really slapped it home that I can’t be taking it all for granted and actually people, there is WORK TO DO here.
So as I’ve nearly finished these products, I thought I’d give a little run down of the four I have been religiously using each day (I have extras for night, but will post about this another time). I would say I have combination skin, so I tend to get hormonal spots around my nose and chin where it’s a bit oilier, but everywhere else is dry to normal.
Using these four things have made a big difference to the texture and quality of my skin – it’s way more moisturised and those little pimples have become far less obvious. Warning: Extreme bare-faced skin close up below.
So. What are they? Well:
Oh I love this. The texture is like that of an oily balm, which you mix with a few drops of warm water so it becomes milky and then apply to your face. It melts everything off and leaves my face feeling clean, revitalised and calm. This is a great wash for dehydrated skin and also for mature skin. Oh and it smells beautiful – hints of orange, neroli, jasmine, cedarwood and rose. It also comes with a double sided cloth – and can I just extol the virtues of the good ol’-fashioned flannel? I haven’t used one for YEARS, but have been doing so religiously to get rid of all the make up and give my skin a little exfoliate at the same time. Buy cheap ones from HEMA or Boots.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic (available here)
I spritz this on straight after cleansing (usually while I’m cleaning my teeth) and it hydrates to give an extra layer of moisture. It contains rosewater so is great for sensitive skin – and it can also be used on aeroplanes to give your skin a bit of a freshen up.
Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum (From Feel Unique)
After the spritz of Dragon’s Blood (I know, awful name, great product), I pump a couple of drops of this Clinique serum onto my fingers and apply to my face (in an upwards motion). It sorts out all those pesky things like wrinkles, uneven skin tone and lack of radiance. Like most Clinique products, it’s fragrance-free, and it feels lovely. I have been really impressed by this.
Emma Hardie AM/PM Moisturiser (available from Feel Unique)
Even though I use a separate serum, this lovely moisturiser has the benefits of both serum and moisturiser which you can use – as the name suggests – in the morning and at night. Lavender, geranium and peppermint essential oils (yummy smell) help revitalise the skin, plus it’s a light texture so easily absorbed.
Which skincare products do you swear by?
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It’s almost Spring. I can feel it in the air. Yes, while it may still be a bit chilly out, the sun’s straining through the clouds and so my mind is turning to warmer weather wear.
And can there be anything fresher than adding a little splash of white or ecru to all that grey, navy and black we’ve worn all Winter? I think not. read more…
Charity begins at home, right? Wrong. Charity begins with a kick-ass designer tee shirt collaboration, obviously.
OK, so I joke. But this year’s TK Maxx partnership with Comic Relief sees five of fashion’s biggest names designing limited edition T-shirts, where profits from each sale go towards helping people at home and in Africa.
Anya Hindmarch, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, Henry Holland and Matthew Williamson have all designed a quirky collection of tees with quotes, including the Oscar Wilde quote by Anya that I’m wearing. read more…
Without resorting to the usual flowers, chocolates or new jumper, what do you get for your mum for Mother’s Day (which is, by the way, next Sunday in case you’d forgotten)?
In my case, I’ll be grateful for a cup of tea and a lie-in, but it’s harder thinking of chic presents for my own mum.
(That’s my mum aged two in the above pictures by the way. How cute was she?!) read more…
The weather’s confusing my brain and my wardrobe. One minute I’m layered up for Winter to protect against the wind, the next I’m stripping them off because the sun’s out.
Yesterday I had a day of meetings, but the weather was gorgeous when I left the house.
So what to wear? The answer is this season’s duster coat – of which there are many available right now on the high street. read more…
In the world of make up, I have a LOT neatly stashed away at home. Lipsticks, various glow-giving products, countless mascaras, eyeshadows that have definitely seen better days, compacts I barely use but can’t throw out. You name it, I probably have it secreted in a box somewhere.
I LOVE beauty products and I LOVE what make up does for a face. But more importantly, I love how it can change every aspect of the way a woman feels.
Bad day? A slick of red lipstick will cheer you up. Terrible pre-menstrual skin? There are myriad concealers out there to subdue those spots.
And it’s not flippant or silly, this is a multi-billion pound industry generated solely by our love of products. read more…
Yesterday I got completely caught in the rain.
All-day meetings in town, racing from one place to another, relying on buses that were supposed to be every few minutes but in reality took 25. IN THE RAIN. Also, my hair went insane as you can clearly see in these shots. Crystal Tipps massive. Anyway it was the clearly the perfect day to have worn my new vintage floral blouse, right? Actually completely wrong. But at least the print cheered me up. read more…