The Skincare Series: Serums for Problematic Skin

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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!

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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

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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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The Skincare Series: Anti-Ageing Serums

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I love skincare. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy putting my makeup on in the morning, but there’s nothing better than taking it all off when I get home after work and letting my skin breathe. I thought I’d start a little Skincare Series here, so lets start off with one of my favourites, The Serums.

I have oily skin. It’s always been oily, I’m prone to spots and my pores can look enlarged on a bad day. So skincare is a massively important part of my day-to-day routine, because I have needy skin. If I don’t take 5 minutes each morning and evening to take care of my skin, it will hate me, and I will pay for it. While serums are often oil based, it’s still really important to use face oils and serums because those oils are what your skin actually needs. More often than not, oily skin is a result in dehydration, so the skin produces more oil than it actually needs. Serums are a quick way to get that goodness back into your pores and help clear things up.

The Anti-Ageing Serums

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Anti-ageing properties can usually be found in a serum, and these 4 youth-inducing skincare saviours are often reached for in the evening. I love Clarins Double Serum because my skin always feels rejuvenated in the morning; I’ve gone through two bottles of this stuff in the past few years! A more recent find is the Omorovicza Gold Flash Firming Serum, which sinks into the skin like a dream, and creates an illuminating glow simultaneously.

Other notable mentions: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II / Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus

Coming soon: Brightening Serums, Eye Serums & Serums for problematic skin!

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Something I’ve always dabbled in, but often failed at, is self tanning. So when I heard about the new Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster I knew I had to give it a whirl, not only to see how fool-proof it was, but to give my skin a much needed glow too! This little beaut from Clarins is something completely different; instead of applying the fake tan directly to your skin (which more often than not will result in unwanted streaks), you use three drops in your daily moisturiser to create a natural tan which suits you!

I started off with three drops into my Clarins Gentle Day Cream (which is perfect for oily skin, by the way!) for the first two days, and gently massaged into my face and neck as normal. I didn’t notice any fake-tan-biscuit-smell at all and it didn’t alter the texture or consistency of my moisturiser either. After the first day I noticed my skin looked much less pastey (I do live in England after all!) and instead had a subtle glow, with no streaks at all! After two days I took the drops down to two instead of three, which really maintained that glow. After 2 weeks of constant use, I haven’t seen any patchy areas or streaks, and I’m still receiving compliments – Have you been on holiday?!

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster really is a fool-proof way to give your skin a healthy glow, which I’m sure most of us need after a long winter, and I’ll continue using it every day! You can pick it up at John Lewis for £18.

Have you tried Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster?

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