Thursday, 25 June 2015

Summer Skin | Rehydration

It’s wedding season! And, that means it’s wedding guest season. Which means if you’re like me you’ll be drowning your singleton sorrows in the back row of the church as you watch gorgeous relatives and lucky in love pals tie the knot… Okay, so it’s not all bad. I mean it, there really is no better excuse for a party! For a start, the champers is usually flowing and the Cha Cha Slide will inevitably feature during the festivities, but more importantly, everyone’s happy. 

Recently i’ve been at quite a few events like this, both as a guest and as the entertainment (i’m a singer if you didn’t know already) and it’s been brill. There’s nothing better than an excuse to celebrate, get dressed up and dance! But all this socialising (drinking) has taken its toll on my body and my skin, which is less than ideal when there’s a camera pointed your way! So, recently its been operation rehabilitation. The summer stops for no one and parties/nights out are every other night SO it’s time to fix up to look sharp (see what I did there? ;) ) 

So, time to clear up this skin. My face has definitely suffered recently, full make up and dehydration is a disastrous combination for anyone, especially someone acne prone. I’ve had a fair few breakouts in the past month. THIS routine has been my cure, spritzing Lush goodies in the morning and my Origins clay face mask at night. Usually i apply the masque on when I’m in the tub, i’ll let it soak in and drive the blackheads out. This mask is worth the hype. 

There really is nothing a good pamper can’t cure. I’ve been using these Bumble and Bumble products to rehydrate and restyle my hair over the past month. This gorgeous coconut scented masque has really repaired my tired, sun damaged hair. Secondly, i’ve been using a grooming creme to boost my hairs tired and lank appearance. It’s a gorgeous and easy to use product. Comb it through wet hair to reinstall vitality. 

Basically this post is TLC. If you’re anything like me, this summer has been hugely busy and it’s more important than ever to chill out and treat yourself well. 

What’s your top tip for restoring summer skin/hair?

Lots of love
Katy xoxo

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Summer Glow | Home & Away Haul

Looking out the window, it seems hard to believe it but this is Summer! If, like me, you've got an inside seat and are enjoying today's Great British wind and rain you'll agree that the concept of seasons has become somewhat of a joke, but I promise you, this is that sunshine, legs out, tan time! Don't let the rain stop you enjoying that! 

I jet off to France tomorrow, so i'm hoping to enjoy a well deserved break from this Summer Slump and dip my toe into some real sunshine for a change. In prep for my little adventure i've put together a 'summer glow' haul equipped with a few sunshine enhancers that will brighten up your holidays at home and away! All of these products can be sourced on the high-street, so don't worry gals, you can look like you've been soaking up those summer rays without spending a pretty penny on a plane ticket! Here we go, some simple ways to cheat summer. 

First up, it's the gradual tan. Want to look like you've caught some sun without lathering on fakery and smelling like biscuits? I think i've found the solution. I picked up this 'St Tropez' gradual in shower tan purely through intrigue... I was really taken with the overall concept and I have to say that this product did not disappoint. Combining my usual showering routine with a little pigment saves time, saves on mess and saves my skin from its usual translucent sheen. Don't get me wrong, the product isn't a fast track to Malibu, it really is gradual, but if you take the time to buff it into wet skin over the course of a week it will leave a super natural super radiant finish. 

As you ladies will know, with any fake tan it's important to have a smooth and hydrated skin surface before application. It's essential to scrub the roughest parts of your body so the tan will glide on evenly and with some precision. For scrub, i've converted to the Body Shop's new Mojito range. The scent is fresh and zesty and the product range is one i've really fallen for (although the cocktail infusion doesn't have quite the same affect after a night out!). All jokes aside this range is beaut and the perfect scent for any summer lover.

Summer is all about skin. It's just as important to stay moisturised in the sun as it is in harsh winters. That's why the St Tropez tan is so affective, it's highly moisturising which enhances your skin's elasticity, something that just gets more important as we age, and as we expose ourselves to UV damage. So, face moisturiser is a real necessity - after all, there is no gym for your face, and you only get one - take care of it! This one from the 'Body Shop' is part of the amazing Vitamin range and it really works to combat tired and life abused skin, with the quality of a product double the price. Love this range! Love this brand!

As for make up... Bare faced is beautiful! I know it is, but it's hard enough for me to squeeze myself into a bikini on the beach and i'm really not sure i'm prepared to let everything hang out just because i'm away from home. What I need is natural looking coverage. That summer, your skin but better glow to match my holiday happy-s. AND it's got to be life-proof. There is nothing summer sexy about panda eyes in the pool or tan streaks by a lounger! That's why I was super excited when Mac brought out their latest foundation. The 'Pro Long Wear Waterproof' edition is simply amazing. It's got that mid to full, dewy coverage that I always covet in a foundation and it's ready for the beach! Colour me impressed! (NW15, because bronzer is your best friend).

I've paired this holy grail foundation with a cheeky creme highlight from the Body Shop. This little honey bronze pigment creates a super radiant highlight that is gorgeous in the summer glow when applied to cheek bones. The creamy consistency is perfect with that that dewy foundation finish, plus the packaging is lush and compact. Love it!

So there you have it! Some products i've been using to fake that summer glow in the midst of the Great British gloom.

Hope you enjoyed it and got some tips!

lots of love,
Katy xoxo

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