I don’t dress up an awful lot but part of that is because I don’t have a huge amount of dresses I love and I don’t always have the time to do it properly. Christmas is that time of the year when I do love to make an effort as there’s the big day when me and my family like to dress up. There’s New Year which is the epitome of party, especially as this year I’m going to a hotel dinner/ dance with my boyfriend and his family. Plus I have three of my closest friends’ who all have birthdays within a week surrounding Christmas so we love to go out and dress up for the event.
I’m not great with my general skincare/ body upkeep routine so when I go out it’s an excuse to spend about a week getting ready for the event so here are some items which I love using to prep myself ahead of party season.
A good mirror
Now the first item isn’t directly a skincare/ beauty item but it’s a massive must need in the process of getting ready. In my bedroom I had a cheap pink plastic mirror above my chest of drawers which had needed replacing for a long time so when I saw this stunning gold framed vintage mirror* from Melody Maison I knew it would be the perfect replacement.
I have a bit of a gold theme going on in my bedroom so the colouring was perfect and with the vintage feel it isn’t a brassy cheap looking gold colour, it’s a simple looking mirror but looks perfect in my room. I always use a mirror in this spot to do my hair as I have my hairdryer and brushes located here so I need something with a good size to be able to do this. It’s also very sturdy as there are two hooks on the back to keep it secure on both sides.
As I said above I am rubbish when it comes to a skincare routine but one thing which I always use is moisturiser. As I approach my 30’s I have started to think about youth protecting creams so I have been using the Botanics Radiant Youth Protecting Day Cream* as it sinks into my skin well, gives it that little bounce and it has SPF 15 in it. I know people always say you should put SPF on your skin regardless of the weather and until recently I’ve been so bad at this. Alongside this I try to use the Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream* as I am convinced that this is the area for me which will age the most.
In the lead up to party season – and to be honest throughout the year – I try and use the Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish* once a week as it’s a skin polishing formula which is designed to gently remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin which boosts skin brightness and luminosity. I am pretty bad when it comes to scrubs but I can just about manage this once a week, especially knowing that the extracts of the Gingko plant included in it are meant to wind back any visible signs of aging.
I sometimes suffer from dry skin – especially in the winter months – mainly on my forehead and around my nose but this Botanics Organic Super Balm* has been a life saver as it adds a touch of hydrating to my skin. It melts into the skin and works both underneath and on top of makeup so I always try and have it on me.
John Frieda Haircare
I’m at a point now where I no longer wash my hair every single day and instead have moved to every other. This might still sound like a lot but it’s a huge jump for me that I am very happy with and alongside this I now condition my hair once or twice a week especially when it feels like it needs an added hydration boost.
John Frieda is a haircare brand which I have used for years flitting between the Radiant Red collection when I have freshly dyed hair or their other collections when I’m sporting a faded auburn look. The Frizz Ease collection is perfect for this time of the year and I try and make sure I always use the Heat Defeat Protecting Spray* as I do sometimes worry at the damage that blow drying my hair could do. The spray is designed to replenish my hair leaving it smooth and moisturised and I always find my hair feels a bit more polished whenever I use it.
Some Body Tea Detox
I’ve been a huge fan of tea detox’s as I do find that they’re a great way to make me feel less bloated so when Superdrug unveiled their new Some Body range I gave the Teatox 14 Day Detox & Cleanse* a try and I’ve been really pleased with how it’s made me feel. When I know I have a night out planned I try and pre-plan to do a tea detox a few weeks before alongside cutting out fizzy drinks and ready meals as I find this clears my skin up as well as leaving me less bloated.
The new range which includes protein powders, popcorn, natural bars, water, and supplements are everything that you need to power an active lifestyle.