Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.
The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.
Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.
I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)
After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.
The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.
Whats your at home facial routine?
Doing your nails at home doesn’t have to be a chore and can save you a fortune!
Follow these 5 steps to the perfect at home manicure.
What you will need:
Nail varnish remover
A nail file
Your favourite nail varnish
A clear nail varnish
Step 1: Remove any old nail varnish
Take off any nail varnish you already have on so that you’re starting with a clean smooth base, meaning a neater manicure.
Step 2: File your nails
Shape your nails in whatever way you prefer, I usually do round as I find it suits me best.
Step 3: Apply a base coat
Applying a base coat is such an important step as it prevents your nails from staining and evens out the texture so your colour goes on better.
Step 4: Colour
Apply two thin coats of varnish for best results and quicker drying. This is my favourite nail varnish at the moment, its in the colour ‘mink’ from M&S.
Step 5: Topcoat
Apply a topcoat to ensure your nails are shiny and help them to stay chip free for longer.
What’s your favourite nail varnish?
Manicures can be expensive and sometimes you just can’t justify paying £20+ pounds for something you could do at home. So save your pennies this party season and learn how to give yourself the perfect at home manicure.
All you will need is:
Some nail polish remover
Clear nail polish (base coat)
The colour of your choice
A nail file
Use the nail polish remover to clean the nails of any old polish.
Shape the nails to your liking using your file.
Apply a clear coat of polish to your nails to protect them from staining.
After waiting for the clear coat to dry, apply a coat of colour.
Apply another coat of colour after waiting for the first coat to dry completely. After it has dried, use a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover and neaten them up.
As an optional step you could add a cracking polish or glitter over the top of all or a few nails to add detail.
And voila, the perfect manicure without the awful price!
Coloured jeans are a huge trend for spring/summer 2012; everyone seems to be wearing them. They’re a great way to add colour to your outfit, however, like anything, they can look awful if not worn with the right things. My personal favourite colour is coral as it is not as overwhelming as red or green, and looks great with my brown leather jacket.
These skinny jeans from Marks and Spencer wash extremely well, fit perfectly and flatter most shapes. So if you are in the market for some, its worth paying a few pounds more for amazing quality! However, if £35 is out of your budget, I’m sure places such as Primark or George at Asda will do a less expensive version.
When wearing bright coloured bottoms, remember to keep things simple on top with a basic t-shirt. With my coral jeans I like to wear a cream top and, as I mentioned before, my leather jacket. I wear brown because black looks quite harsh against the coral colour, however I feel like I can get away with more as they are quite neutral. Another great look with coloured jeans is a blazer. Kate Middleton was recently spotted wearing a navy blazer with her coral pants, however you could just as easy wear a different coloured blazer which will match your jeans better.
I really recommend that you purchase a pair of coloured jeans to mix up your style a little bit. There is a huge variety of colours so I’m certain you’ll find a colour to suit you and your personal style. If their good enough for Kate, then they’re good enough for us!