The Skincare Series: Brightening Serums

Brightening Serums

Brightening Serums

While it may be spring in the UK, the weather can be hit and miss. One day wonderful sunshine, the next torrential downpours… Not only does it mean I have no idea what I should be wearing (coat or just a t-shirt?!), but it means my skin’s still looking a tad pastey too. While a bronzer will add a lovely glow, I still like to treat the source of the problem, and a good serum can do this in a jiffy (or, overnight).

While the Clarins HydraQuench Intenive Serum Bi-Phase is primarily for keeping the skin hydrated, this is key for brighter looking skin too. I have oily skin, but even the oiliest of skin needs to keep hydrated throughout the year, especially when the weather and temperature keeps changing so much. One or two pump of this once a week and my skin is looking radiant!

Nars are more well known for their oh-so-pretty makeup line, but I have a couple of their skincare products, and boy are they dreamy! The packaging is wonderfully minimal, but what’s inside is a treat too… the Nars Optimal Brightening Concentrate does what it says on the tin; it really does add a nice glow to sallow looking skin.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum is a relatively new addition to my skincare collection; its prime reason is to give a healthy looking glow to the skin… And that it does! I prefer the Nars option over this one, but it still gives a good glow when I need it.

Last but not least, Wild about Beauty’s Rose Water Illuminating Serum is perfect for a morning boost. If I wake up in the morning and feel like I should have used an overnight mask but didn’t, then this beauty is a life saver. It sinks into the skin quickly and seamlessly, and it smells absolutely gorgeous too!

Have you tried any of these serums?

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Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne Review

Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne

Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne

Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne

Once I had the Jo Malone Sweet Almond & Macaroon Candle, I had been well and truly bitten by the JM bug. So when my birthday rolled around I knew what would be at the top of my list… A Jo Malone Fragrance! I’d sampled quite a few of the scents in the search for the one, so my nose was tingling when I got to Blue Agava & Cacao. But, boy is this the fragrance for me!

Like all the Jo Malone fragrances, Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne is very unique, but the reason I love this one so much is the mix of musk and zesty limes. The description online also lists grapefruit, cinnamon and sea salt in the ingredients, and I think it’s the sea salt which mixes everything together so, so well. Blue Agava & Cacao is perfect for a romantic meal or a special occasion… So far I’ve spritzed this for my birthday meal, a wedding and a romantic meal with the boyfriend. Also, a little goes a long way – 1 or 2 spritzs and you’re ready to roll.

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The Skincare Series: Serums for Problematic Skin


Continuing with The Skincare Series, today is a spotlight on serums for problematic skin. If you missed the previous installment, have a little read about anti-ageing serums here!


If you suffer from redness, whether it’s red cheeks or scarring from blemishes, the Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum is a dream. A pea size amount of this massaged into the skin in the evening really helps reduce any redness, making things easier to control the following morning. It smells soooo good too!

As someone who really hates enlarged pores, the Clinique Pore Minimizer Refining Serum is super helpful to keep things in order. I like to use this in the evening, so when I wake up those pores are looking non-existent. It’s more creamy in consistency than your typical serum, so there’s no worry of over oiliness for you oily/combination skin gals.

What’s your favourite Serum?

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The Spring List



The transition from one season’s wardrobe to the next can sometimes be painful; not being able to let go of chunky knits is my downfall… But as the weathers been warming up I’ve been getting more inspired by those pastel hues. George at ASDA is an affordable treasure trove… delve deep and find some gems!

A year-long staple for me is a midi skirt (or dress for that matter), and this Yellow Textured Midi Skirt looks like it’s perfect for the day job and the weekend too! Something I’d team it with is the Polka Dot Boxy Shirt in Pink, as this combo is super cute and very spring-like. The Ankle Strap Block Heels really caught my eye. This style is really wowing me (any everyone else) at the moment, and they go with everything!

The range of sunglasses which George offer will cater for all; I carry a pair around whatever the weather… You never know when the sun’s going to come out! Throw a Chunky Chain Necklace under the collar and you’re set to go.

What’s on your spring list?

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