What I’ve Been Loving
(September 2014)

Having been in England for about 2 weeks now, I can say that Autumn has officially arrived. Up north, the weather has been crazy with humidity-meets-rain-meets-wind-meets-chill. I’m so not used to this, neither is my skin. During the month I’ve noticed my skin transforming in a dehydrated, lack-lustre and chapped mess. I’ve had to change quite a bit in my skincare routine and these were the bits that have dragged me through this month.

When packing for Leeds, I couldn’t bring all my skincare with me so I had to be really picky. As oils tend to come in luxurious glass bottles, I only could bring one, which is the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil. It’s no secret I love Caudalie and their Vinosource line (the best for dehydrated-skin gals) and this oil ain’t an exception either. I apply a few drops on my hand and massage it in upwards, circular motions. Don’t pat it on, as it’ll just sit on your skin. Once you’ve massaged it onto your skin, it simply sinks in and doesn’t leave your skin (looking) greasy or heavy. Whenever I use this, I know that the next morning I’ll wake up with soft and nourished skin. 

Besides skincare, I tried to add some life to my face with Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base. I’ve been wearing this every single day for the second half of the month and it just blurs out the redness of my blemishes and leaves that ‘lit from within’ glow. As I do tend to get quite shiny throughout the day, I’ve been dusting By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder all over my face. It’s such a luxurious and gorgeous product – thinking about the price tag pains me – but it works. I wouldn’t say it mattifies my skin, but it looks like a satin veil has been put over my face and it seals my make up for the rest of the day. Taking into account that I’ve been hiking my way to and from University, that’s quite an accomplishment.

My hands on the other hand, are always dry and chapped —no matter the season. It is so frustrating and I’ve gone through tubes of the stuff. Recently I’ve been loving Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. You can really smell the Mandarin Rind and Cedarwood Atlas in it, but besides smelling real good and looking fab, it nourishes my hands really well. It’s really light and once you’ve worked it into the skin, it’s undetectable. Meaning you won’t have to be the one with the clam and sticky hands (yuck!).