The weather in London has suddenly gotten a lot colder, it was -1 this morning, far colder than I’d like and far colder than my skin would like. The change of season and the cold always send my skin into a mini panic but I have been replying on three products to get me through.
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For days when I want something that will remove my makeup and not irritate my skin further, I have been relying on Olay 2-in-1 Hydration Balancing and Purifying Cleansing Refreshing Facewash. It’s not the fanciest, most luxurious cleanser but it’s a great one to have on hand for days when you need a no-fuss cleanser that won’t dry out the skin. I love the smell of this cleanser, it’s weirdly comforting and it’s the perfect affordable cleanser for any of you double cleansers.

Totally different end of the price spectrum but I have been using the Le Metier de Beaute Ultimate Hydrator. Quick disclaimer, it is expensive. I was sent this and there is no way I could afford this product but it is good and I have been using it every single day for the last three weeks. It’s a great booster over moisturiser to ensure skin is well hydrated, I’ve been using it morning and night and am starting to see a real improvement.
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But my saving grace has truly been the Trilogy Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil, it’s one of my all time favourite oils and it always saves the day (or my skin). I’ve been reaching for it both morning and night, I’m more generous with it in the evening and use it sparingly during the day but my skin seems to love it and nothing hydrates my skin more. If you’re struggling with dry/dehydrate skin than I can’t recommend this oil more, it really helps keep my skin balanced and affordable.

What are your favourite autumn/winter skincare additions?

outfit monochrome winterI’m a summer gal, I love bare legs, summer dress and an arm stacked full of brightly coloured bracelets. However, I live in London and summer days are rare and instead I’ve had to learn to dress for winter. Winter can be long so I’ve had to learn to love it (well like it) and to dress for it. I think the clothes you wear can really affect your mental attitude and I know that as soon as I wear an ill-fitting dress I don’t feel at my best. I’m excited to be working with Weight Watcher’s again on this post and I really hope it helps everyone on their journey to be nicer to themselves. Again, if you haven’t seen the #WomenKind video then do click here, watch that and then come back here so you have a better understand of what I am talking about.

1.Invest in a great coat
In winter your coat is often one of the only things that gets seen when you’re out and about on a daily basis. Coats can be expensive but it’s worth investing in one that will last you, look stylish and keep you warm. I personally love longer woollen coats as I think they’re really versatile and look effortless. If you’re investing in more than one coat then I would recommend a parka which will keep you extra warm on more casual winter days.

2. Don’t forget to layer
Layering seems to be a bit of a winter trend every season and it’s clear to see why, it’s pretty cold outside and it’s the most stylish way to stay warm. Don’t be afraid to really pile them up; a shirt under a jumper, under a jacket, under a coat, under a scarf.

3. Get creative
It’s easy to get bored of winter clothing, especially coats which are often worn almost daily, so get creative. Add a belt to your favourite coat, a different colour ribbon to your favourite fedora or even get the buttons changed on a coat you’ve fallen out of love with.

4. Add prints or colour
It’s much easier to wear black and grey all winter but adding pattern can really help brighten up your outfit and your day. The easiest way to do this is by adding a fun scarf or even a red lip.

5. Make sure it fits
This isn’t just a winter tip but more of a life one, don’t buy a smaller size in the hope one day it will fit or buy it slightly bigger just in case. Buying the right size will insure that it looks as good as possible and therefore you will feel as good as possible too. If you’re usually a size 12 but a size 16 fits better in a particular style of trousers then get the 16 and vice versa.

6. Have fun
You’re outfit isn’t permanent, at the end of the day you’ll be taking it off so have fun with it. Play with different styles, colours, prints and just have fun!

Since I am working with Weight Watcher on helping women feel confident on the inside and out I would love to hear your advice for your fellow WomanKind in the comments below!

WWI am super excited to be working with Weight Watchers as their beauty and fashion expert for their My #WomanKind project. If you haven’t seen their video then click here as it’s a must see and really got me thinking about how mean we can often be to ourselves. It’s heartbreaking to think we call ourselves names that we wouldn’t dream of calling other people and concentrate on being nice to others but forget to be nice to ourselves. Since developing a better relationship with ourselves needs to start both inside and out, today I am sharing my skincare tips for anyone who is struggling with the winter weather, I’m suffering with the winter blues myself.

1.Watch what you eat and drink
A little boring I know, but what you eat and drink can really affect your skin. Avoid too much sugar, alcohol and salt but make sure you are drinking lots of water. Swap a cup of coffee for a cup of lemon water to really help your skin.

2) Avoid overly hot water
Since it is cold it’s very tempting to stand under a hot shower for longer than is necessary but this really adds to dehydrating the skin so it’s best to avoid it. I’m not suggesting you have cold showers but warm is better than boiling hot.

3) Avoid over cleansing
In summer when skin can often be very oily double cleansing is great but in winter I like to take a less is more approach and use an oil and balm cleanser as these are often less stripping and more hydrating on the skin. You still want to make sure you are removing all your makeup but you want to do this without also removing all the moisture from the skin. My personal favourite cleanser is the Omorovicza Thermal cleansing balm.

4) Swap to hydrating face masks
Most people use clay face masks in the hope that they will help decongest/oily the skin but in winter when skin is already dehydrated it’s much better to swap over to a more hydrating one such as the Clarins Hydra Quench Mask.

5) Add oils and Serums
More than at any other time of the year serums and oils can really help the skin, my favourite is the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil or the Oskia Get up & Glow Serum.

6) Don’t forget the moisturiser
Just because you are adding oils and serum it doesn’t mean you can skip moisturiser, instead layer it on top to really inject moisture and life back into your skin

7) Lip Balm
Since your lips don’t have oil glands you should really be taking care of them all year round. Avoid licking your lips and instead use a lip balm like By Terry Baume De Rose or Nuxe Reve De Miel.

I’d love to hear all your tips in the comments below and check out my interview with WeightWatchers here.

Since it’s party season I’ve been braving the cold and joined Wilkinson Sword in their #ditchyourtights campaign. When it comes to LBD’s (or any dresses for that matter) I always find they look that little bit more glam with bare pins but since my legs have been in jeans for a few months now there are always a few tips and tricks I like to use.

Apparently I’m not alone and two-thirds* of women also prefer to go bare-legged at special occasions and are fed up of tight problems. For me it’s because of the aesthetic look, I just love the look of a polished, tanned leg with any sort of dress and I guess that’s why we rarely see tights on the red carpet.

I like to start by exfoliating my legs to get them looking healthy and remove any dead skin, I usually go for exfoliating gloves as they’re inexpensive and really get the job done.

Most importantly for me is shaving my legs, especially as they may have gone a little unforgotten recently. My favourite razor is the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk, is has 5 curve-sensing blades that adapt to your legs and a water-activated moisturising serum for a close but hydrating shave.

Since my legs haven’t seen the light of day in a while I love a little bit of fake tan, nothing to dark but just enough to add a glow and give the illusion of slimmer pins. My go-to is the Bondi Sands lotion as it’s not too dark, applied evenly and really hydrates the skin too. Before leaving the house I add a little bit of shimmer or bronzer down my shins and I’m ready to go…

And if you’re really worried about the cold, just throw on a long coat and a scarf which you can use as a blanket over your legs in the car, I promise it’s worth it!

To get your £1.50 Wilkinson Sword Razor (usually £9.99) check out the Wilkinson sword website. All the details can be found on this page, but you’ll receive a confirmation once your razor is on the way to you!

* Wilkinson Sword used the independent online research company Fly Research who surveyed 1,000 women aged 16 and over, during November 2015

Post kindly sponsored by Wilkinson Sword

It’s no secret that I have fallen in love with MAC lipsticks now more than ever and my collection is ever growing. I recently picked up seven new shades ranging from a bright red to darkest plums and nudes. I picked up some from Debenhams and others from Fragrance Direct which is a great place to look for a slightly discounted price.

I’d love to know what your favourite MAC shade is in the comment as I have bought most of the ones I was originally after and need to add some more to the wish list.