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Layering Your Skincare
After cleansing, you should apply a toner. Often a water-based hydrosol, toners can help the rest of your skincare penetrate more deeply and swiftly into the skin. With many options available, they can also address skin concerns such as acne, oiliness, dryness, inflammation and ageing.
Next you’d apply your water-based serum/s — these usually contain active ingredients targeted towards specific concerns and do most of the heavy work in your routine.
After letting your serum/s sink in for 30 seconds to a minute, you’d apply your facial oil or balm and/or moisturiser to lock in hydration.
This may not be a term many of you are familiar with, but essentially, it refers to mixing your skincare in the palm of your hand before applying to the skin, rather than in individual layers.
I do this if I’m applying multiple products and just want everything to absorb much faster — it can also increase the effectiveness of your skincare, by absorbing into the skin rather than you having to massage it around for 5 minutes.
If you want to use this method, after cleansing, apply spritz your skin with a toner as per usual.
How you mix the following will depend on what products are in your routine, so experiment to see what works best for you.
You can mix your water-based serum with your facial oil or balm (in your palm), then spread over the skin. Resist the urge to massage it in too much, and notice how quickly both products absorb.
If your serum and oil/balm don’t play nicely mixed together, you can switch to mixing your oil/balm with your moisturiser (layering over a water-based serum).
This can work particularly well if you find you have a serum that leaves a sticky or tacky feeling to the skin, often eliminating that issue.
Misting the skin liberally with your toner between layers (so it’s damp/wet) is another method that works similarly to creating a micro-emulsion, without you having to mix the products. I like to do this if I find I have a face oil that is slow to absorb, or I accidentally apply too much and you want it to absorb more quickly!
It will leave the skin feeling silky-soft and you don’t have to wait around for everything to sink in. How do you layer your skincare? Let me know if you try creating micro-emulsions, and how it works for you!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate love — whether it’s with your partner, friends, family or self-love.
For me, Valentine’s Day has never been the exclusive ground of romantically-involved couples —so, whether you’re heading out for a date-night with your significant other, celebrating Galentine’s Day (Valentine’s with your girlfriends) or indulging in some self-care, here’s my top picks to get loved-up and Valentine’s Day ready!
Whether you’re going out or staying in, starting your Valentine’s Day prep with a long soak in a hot bath is guaranteed to have you feeling all relaxed and glowing. Pop on a face mask (Leahlani’s Meli Glow is great pre-makeup for a glowing complexion), add in the Romeo + Madden Coconut Milk, Rose & Ylang Ylang Bath Salts, light a few candles and settle in!
Once you’ve soaked for 15-20 mins, you can give your body an all-over scrub. The H Is For Love LIN Purifying Scrub gently sloughs off dead skin cells whilst moisturising the skin. Follow up with their Glowing Skin Balm for skin that is petal-soft and glowing from head-to-toe.
If you really want to amp up the relaxation, add a few drops of Leahlani’s Bless Essence to your tub, and pulse points afterwards.
For make-up, I always feel like Valentine’s Day is a fun time to create a sweet & sultry look, in hues of soft pink. I love Hynt Beauty’s Pinkbelle Lipstick for a fun pop of pink. Use it on the lips & cheeks for a cohesive (not to mention effortless) look.
Tight-line the lashes using a soft brown pencil, ending in a subtle upward flick. Brown is more subtle and softer than black, and if you use a pencil, it doesn’t matter if you aren’t well practiced at applying eyeliner. Use gentle back-and-forth motions along the lash line to fill it in and give the illusion of thicker lashes — if your hand is quite unsteady, you can then buff or smudge out the edge with a clean eyeshadow brush or your finger. Trust me, this method is fool-proof for all.
Make sure to curl the lashes and finish with plenty of mascara for full, flirty lashes. Hynt Beauty’s Nocturne Mascara is lengthening and dramatic — perfect for Valentine’s!
How will you be spending Valentine’s Day?
We all want a glowing, radiant complexion, the kind you usually get after a tropical holiday when you have a light tan and that well-rested look. Well, here are my little tips to keep that glow year round — and have everyone wondering what your secret is!
First things first, give your skin an all-over golden glow with Eco Tan Invisible Tan. The aim here is for it to look as natural as possible, so if you’re quite fair, mix it with your body lotion before applying to the skin to dilute it — this is also a handy tip for newbies or those that want to avoid an overly bronzed look! I do this whenever I want to add a bit more colour to my skin (like after winter), but don’t want it to look overdone. The result is a subtle glow no-one will guess is faux.
If you’re not into using a self tanner, you can also up the glow-factor by applying a light-reflective balm such as H Is For Love KINU Glowing Skin Balm to legs, shoulders and décolletage.
Before makeup, give your skin some extra TLC - whatever this is that works for your skin, whether it be a face mask, 5-min facial massage (I do this with my cleanser and it really gets the blood flowing!) or extra moisturiser.
Use an illuminating moisturiser as your primer, or mix a little highlighter with your base.
Then, apply concealer sparingly to only the areas that require coverage. I love Hynt Beauty’s DUET Concealer for this as it works brilliantly to spot-conceal, but you can really sheer out the edges for a seamless finish. If you prefer all-over coverage, mix a small amount with your moisturiser and apply as you would a foundation.
The key here is to go as sparingly as you possibly can - only apply full-coverage on spots where you need it and leave the rest as sheer as possible. It should be undetectable.
Next, apply a lip balm or press lipstick, using your fingertips, onto the lips. Choose a soft, natural shade, no more than one to two shades darker than your natural lip colour. A shade like Hynt Beauty’s Tierra Blush is universally flattering, as is H is For Love’s Lip Glace.
Use your fingertips to dab the lip colour onto your cheeks, tapping it out in circular motions. This gives the illusion of a naturally flushed cheek and ties everything together.
You can finish the look by filling in brows and curling eyelashes, adding a layer of defining mascara. I also like to add a touch of cream highlighter to the high points of the face - cheek bones, inner corner of the eye and cupids bow.
The best thing about this look is it quick, simple and fresh-faced — and appropriate for all occasions. If you want to dress it up, you can by simply switching up your lipstick shade and adding shadow or liner to the eyes.
Do you have any favourite glow-inducing products or tips? Share them below!
After a recent incident that resulted in a powdered face mask turning into a soupy mess, I was reminded how tricky it can be to master the art of the Perfect Face Mask - even when you've had lots of practice!
Whilst there are many great brands on the market, not all I’ve come across include as-great instructions, so here is my fail safe guide for the perfect powdered face mask, every time.
I know this sounds long and looks like a lot of steps, but in reality, it takes me 2-3 mins to mix and apply a face mask — hardly any time at all!
Now, once the face mask is dry, I prefer to take mine off in the shower as it can get messy, but here’s what I do for the best results and ultimate glow =
I do this at least once per week, often twice. It’s like an at-home facial and keeps my skin wonderfully soft, smooth and clear.
If you have any tips to share on mixing the perfect face mask, let us know!
Me at various stages of my acne journey to now; with clear, healthy skin
Do you have an effective bedtime routine or any tips you’d like to share? Which of these ideas do you think you'll try? Share your thoughts below!
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I LOVE to bake, but I’m often short on time or fancying a sweet treat at the last minute – so any recipe that’s quick and with a simple ingredients list is right up my alley. I adapted this one from the Taste website, but I cut back on the refined sugar and added some protein & omega-3s from flax seeds. I hope you enjoy it!
2 cups of self raising flour (wholemeal if you have it)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 heaped Tbsp flax seed meal
1 large banana, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsps milk (more if needed)
1/3 cup greek yoghurt
Large handful of fresh or frozen blueberries (if they’re frozen, let them thaw for 30 minutes or pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds, so they’re not cold when you put the muffins in the oven).
1 Tbsp each of oats, sunflower seeds & brown sugar (for topping individual muffins).
Combine dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients, stirring as you go to combine. Finally, add fruit.
Spoon a (very) heaped Tablespoon into muffin tins (should make around 6-8 muffins). Top each muffin with a sprinkle of oats, sunflower seeds & brown sugar.
Bake at 180C for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.