Spring into Summer

Hi guys!

As the weather is getting warmer (well sort of) I wanted to advise on the best products/makeup you should be using this time of year…

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My last blog I mentioned more about the basics, if you have specific questions about your skin and the best way to treat please comment below…

When the weather is warmer our skin tends to get very oily, I like to use matifying fluid from Caudalie it’s perfect for the day but also amazing as a primer before makeup and gives you a sheer matt finish. This doesn’t contain any SPF so it can be used day and night but don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun as it is the main cause to ageing.

To protect me skin I like to used pressed powder by Jane Iredale this has an SPF 20 and gives my skin an amazing flawless coverage. The thing I love about this makeup is that it doesn’t feel heavy and acts like a second skin…You can pick the right shade for your skin tone/colour and get the perfect match.

Once applied, the best product to set makeup has to be Caudalie Beauty Elixir its one of my favourite products as it gives my skin an instant radiance and deminishes my pores (I hate the Orange peel look) if you travel a lot this needs to be in your handbag. The beauty of this product is that you can use it throughout the day to boost your makeup without having to re-apply (Genious)

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Eyes- I like to keep as natural and simple as possible (unless I have lots of time which I don’t) when it comes to my eyes it’s just mascara. My eyelashes are pretty non existent so my must have is Shu Uemura eye lash curler this is the best thing since slice bread and means that whatever mascara I use cheap or expensive it always looks good!

Have a great week, please leave any feedback in the comments section.

xoxo. Bex

Fresh Insight from A Beauty Insider

Since finishing my GCSE’s I fell into a bit of a cross roads in deciding what career path I should take. My ‘Plan’ was to stay in education and complete A levels in social care and physiology. However after speaking to a career adviser, ‘Beauty Therapy’ seemed like the right match for me. I signed up for the three year course on a bit of a whim only to find it was the best decision I’ve ever made!

Twelve years later here I am…

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I have to say that my passion lies in skin care as I’ve had many issues with my skin including horrendous acne and eczema. Having studied the skin when doing my course it really opened my eyes to all various treatments/ brands that do exactly what they say on the bottle.

We’ve all tried our own home-made remedies like toothpaste on your breakouts, etc..

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Does it really work?

Yes, it has an anti- inflammatory effect on the spots but doesn’t stop them from re-appearing. I would suggest looking at the cause of the problem i.e: diet, stress, poor skin care, and heavy makeup-my pet hate: you use heavy makeup to hide the problem but you are not treating, because in some cases this will cause congestion (blackheads) and MORE breakouts.

In my opinion its a vicious circle…but, you don’t need to worry, as there are solutions that have been created by masters of science.

First thing: SKIN CARE BASICS

Cleanse & Remove Makeup – this is VERY important. You need to have a clean canvas for all serums and creams to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. Try Cleansing Water by Caudalie.

Tone – Often a product missed out by many due to high amounts of chemicals added to ‘high street’ brands. They tend to have alcohol as the first ingredient…why??? All this does to the skin is strip it of its natural oils. Please don’t try this at home! Check this toner out: Moisturizing Toner by Caudalie.

Exfoliate – Another product missed. Most of my clients say it’s because they don’t have enough time. Why not mix with your cleanser once or twice a week they you have killed two birds with one stone. This makes a massive difference to the skin as it removes all the dead skin cells and accelerates your serum and moisturizer. One of my favorite ways to exfoliate: Gentle Buffing Cream and Instant Foaming Cleanser by Caudalie.

Mask – Often looked as being quite old fashioned and something we only do when we have ‘pamper sessions’ with friends. Hands down, its the most effective part of your skin care routine and a big obsession of mine as I love the wow effect they give to the skin, and don’t just use the same one all over your face. You can Treat various areas of concern with different masks, as a spa therapist would, but right in the luxury of your own home. I generally tend to sleep with them on for the best results. Four I really like are from Caudalie: Moisturizing Cream Mask, Purifying Mask, Glycolic Peel Mask, and the new Instant Detox Mask.

Eyes – Always the first place to age, treat with caution as its the thinnest part of skin on the face. Depending on your concern if you have puffiness always opt for an eye serum and for hydratation and lines go with a cream. Never use your skin moisturiser over your eye area! You need to use a specific eye product as the formulations are different. So, for the best of the best when it comes to your delicate eyes, try: Premier Cru Eye Cream from Caudalie.

Serum/Moisturizer – to put it simply you have two layers to your skin, the top layer (Epidermis) and bottom layer (Dermis) your serum will absorb into the deep dermal layer and and your moisturizer will work on the surface epidermal layer. Basically this is your skins shampoo and conditioner, you wouldn’t shampoo your hair without conditioning it, would you? To finish your at home daily treatment, check out: Polyphenol C-15 Serum (which is an anti-wrinkle defense serum) or Premier Cru The Elixir both from Caudalie.

If  you stick with these basics you can’t go wrong!

Until next time,

Xoxo Bex