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.

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I was sure I wasn’t going to have any resolutions this year and this isn’t really a resolution as such but just more of something I am going to put a little more effort into.

I’m awful at using masks and last week during my clear out I noticed that they had all really started to build up. I’m not sure I have ever finished a mask in my life which means that either a) I have too many and too much choice or b) I don’t use them enough. Actually I think it’s probably a combination of the two.

I think I am yet to find a mask that really caters to my skin and needs, plus I just don’t like how messy they are or that they have a time limit- I’m pretty much always late too everything, including removing the mask which often leaves me with ridiculously dehydrated skin.

I’ve tried lots of masks, especially cult classic mid-priced masks. Two of the most famous ones I have tried are Glam Glow and Sisley Black Rose mask, both of which were just okay. The Glam Glow Exfoliating Mud Mask is a great one for anyone with oily skin but since I have quite dry skin it was probably a silly option for me however I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Sisley Black Rose Mask is far more catered to my skin type and I like it, it does what I want it to but it doesn’t do anything to warrant the price tag of £95.50.

My current favourites would probably be the Liz Earle masks, they’re reasonably priced and …. but just not quite enough for me to want to spend 10 minutes and getting my hands dirty.

But the quest continues…

Last night I used Argan 5 Lift & Renew Clay mask followed by Neal’s Yard Antioxidant facial mask and have been really impressed with the results. Although my skin is dehydrated it can be quite congested which is why clay masks work great, I just Neal’s Yard Antioxidant facial mask which might become my favourite mask as it really added life back into my skin. I did apply with a foundation brush and I think that would probably help me use them more.

What masks have you tried recently? What would you recommend?

Last week I touched on my trip to Spain in a blog post (here) but since my vlog is up too I thought it was a great time to talk a little more in depth. I went with SantaVerde an Aloe Vera based, natural skincare brand which recently celebrated 25 years and is based in the south of Spain (although the business/brain side is based in Germany).

The truth is that I don’t know a lot about organic or natural skincare and, if anything, it has always scared me a little so it was a great opportunity to learn. We arrived on the plane in Malaga and headed to Estepona where the Santaverde finca is based and run by Kurt and his wife Sabine.

They welcomed us into their beautiful house and shared both food and their stories with us. They originally bought the Estepona fina as a holiday home but later learnt about the power of aloe from a Texan neighbour who gave Sabine some to try on her own skin. After falling in love with the effect the aloe had and with their entrepreneur background the couple thought it would be a great business opportunity.

They spent a long time researching, experimenting, planting and harvesting the raw aloe vera and although their initial plan was to sell it on to cosmetic giants they realised that the big worldwide brands were misleading and using barely any aloe in their aloe products, often opting for aloe powder, knowing that it wasn’t as affective.

Instead of helping the leading companies mislead their customers they decided they we going to both grow the aloe and manufacture the products on their finca as a 100% natural, organic and honest brand.

The finca is now filled with aloe vera plants and a glass building used to harvest and process the aloe. Whilst we were there we got to witness the harvest and I even got to pick my own leaf. We then got to help the lovely girls with the washing and peeling, which looked far easier than it actual was. It gets prepared to be sent to Germany where the products are made and the companys business side is run from.

Unlike most aloe products the final results are pure, it doesn’t have bulking agents or powdered aloe and is designed to really work rather than to mislead people. All the products are unisex and don’t catered to a certain skin type. Santaverde is certified organic, cruelty free and vegan!

The finca is compleltey opened to the public and to it’s competitors (so if you’re ever in Estepona- it’s a great place to go) really showing that they don’t have anything to hide or a fancy recipe,  I learnt so much on the short trip and has really made me think about were my cosmetics and skincare items come from, what in them and how good they are for the enviroment,

Santaverde is available online and in Harvey Nichols  

The evening has to be my favourite time of day (especially bed time) so naturally I thought I would share my night time get un-ready with me routine.

The lovely people over at Witch Skincare are also helping me giveaway ten Overnight Clearing Serums to help those of you, that like me, might be struggling a little with their autumn skincare routine. I have been using the Overnight Clearing Serum for a few months now and have found that it really helps reduce blemishes and spots  as it has witch hazel, whilst also hydrating the skin and helping it look more radiant.

Open to those 16 and over, or 13 and over with parent/guardian permission. 
UK only. Closes 22.11.15. 

I’ve been struggling a little with blog post ideas this week so I thought that I would share with you some of the products I have been loving over the last couple of days. I love these sort of posts as they’re a nice way to talk about a range of products that I’ve really been loving.

Last week I met with two of the Murad girls, I think sometimes I need to feel someones love and passion for a brand before I too can get into it, especially with a brand that’s more science than luxury. I’ve used items from Murad before but their AHA/BHA Cleanser scared me a little as it sounds quite intense but after hearing the girls talk about it I literally got home removed all my makeup and used this. It’s a little different to most other cleansers I love, it’s an exfoliating cleanser with Jojoba beads, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid so it’s definitely not one to be used to remove eye makeup and instead more of a second cleanse. Since my first use I have been using this every 2/3 days and really fallen it love, it really helps get rid of that dull look my skin gets every so often and leaves it smoother and healthier looking. I’ve also tried using this as a quick face mask and left it on for a couple of minutes, it’s not really what it’s recommended for but works beautifully at waking up the skin. I would say that it may not work for people with sensitive skin but I’ve fallen in love with it quite quickly.

I had a beautiful pale pink gel polish applied about ten days ago but last night I really had the urge to paint them a darker more autumnal colour. I’ve never painted over gels but it worked surprisingly well! I didn’t want the normal burgundy wine autumn shade and therefore was automatically drawn to this Soigne shade in Mysterieuse. I love khaki nails as an alternative to more traditional autumn shades and this one in particular is just perfect as it has a hint of grey.

The Sisley So Intense Eyeliner is one of the most expensive eyeliners I own and I know that it isn’t for anyone but it’s by far the best liner I have tried in years. This is one of the first time Sisley has made liners but they’ve done it so well! It’s a super intense black felt tip, with a sturdy nip and packaging too. Although I think there isn’t often a huge difference between liners there are some awful ones and some great ones with this being the best of the best. It’s easy to apply and lasts all day without any movement which is exactly what I want. If you’re a Tom Ford Eyeliner lover I would highly recommend swapping over to this one as it really outshines the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.

Another recent discover is black toothpaste, Curaprox makes Black is White toothpaste designed to whiten the teeth which is black in colour. Admittedly it is very strange to brush your teeth with a black paste and almost looks like coal but I’ve actually been really enjoying it. It came with a great toothbrush which has it’s own little lid which I love and I’ve actually found my teeth to be a little whiter, not anything drastic but I haven’t been using it for very long but I will update in a few weeks time.

My current favourite fragrance which was also in my September favourites  is the Jimmy Choo Illicit Fragrance, I’m awful at describing scents but I think it’s a floral/sweet scent which I find really comforting for Autumn/Winter. If you’re looking for a new fragrance than I would recommend checking this one out, I’ve hardly been wearing anything else!