On those days when I manage to wake up on time – I’m getting there with the early night early morning thing – I like to indulge in a pretty well-rounded skincare and beauty routine, whipping out some of my favourite products in the process.
Kicking off with skincare, I cleanse my face with the Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse – a lovely gel-like formula which cleans your face completely leaving you feeling fresh and bright, without any dryness. If there’s time, I follow this up with a refreshing dose of the Origins Never A Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher, which helps to give my complexion an added boost. Then comes a nice calming toner – Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile – followed by my favourite brightening eye cream, the Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Eye Transforming Cream which peps up even the most tired of eyes.
Treatment-wise, I’ve grown to really love the refreshing zesty-ness of the Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum while the Avene TriAcnéal Treatment Cream takes care of any blemishes or nasties that have brewed overnight. For moisturiser, I’m really enjoying using the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser. The formula is so light, yet really nourishing, so it’s the perfect product to pop on under my make up. Whack on a primer – the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer is a dream – and I’m ready for my make up.
Base-wise, I still haven’t strayed away from my ultimate duo – the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer combined with the MaxFactor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation. This base combo hangs around all ruddy day and is ace at covering up all manner of sins. Plus a quick swipe of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer helps to do an extra great job of making sure those eye bags and blemishes stay hidden! To ensure the maximum make up staying power possible for the long day ahead, I do a quick dusting of the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder before applying bronzer – Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer – and blusher – Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface.
My eye colour of choice at the moment – and for a while now – is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon. This stuff does not budge, even after hours of wear, and, when applied over the L’Oreal Magic De-Crease Eyelid Primer the results are even more astounding. Last up is mascara and for this it’s another recent favourite, the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara which creates a really natural, lasting look, then eyebrows courtesy of the Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner.
And if after all of that I still manage to make it to the office in time, it’s a true miracle.