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WINTER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

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Today, I wanted to share with you my secrets on how to maintain healthy, glowing skin throughout the bitter-cold winter months.

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Over the weekend, I visited a few of my cosmetic favourites at

Westfield Doncaster

, including (Mecca Cosmetica, Mecca Maxima and David Jones) to also get some expert advice on how best to look after my skin.

For me, I generally keep my makeup to a minimum, preferring to concentrate on beautiful healthy skin. To start my skin-care routine, I always exfoliate. Not only do I love the way my skin feels after a light exfoliation, but it is also a vital step in removing dry dead skin, in order to reveal that coveted healthy glow. I've only recently discovered an incredible product by

Mac

,

their 'Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator' (5)

. I love this product, because it unclogs my pores instantly, and works perfectly across my entire body.

Following a good exfoliation, I love to moisturise my face, with

Kiehl's

'Abyssine Cream +'

, a super hydrating and light moisturiser (7)

.

Next up in my routine is an absolute favourite and must have beauty product of mine -

Mecca Cosmetica

'

Soft Focus Smoothing Primer

' (3). A Mecca make-up artist first introduced me to this product, and I've been hooked ever since. This beautiful primer helps your foundation glide on smoothly, and also has a gorgeous illuminating glow, which on it's own looks gorgeous on the skin. A hint, I was told by the staff was also to mix a splash of my

Nars

Laguna illuminator (2) with the primer, to add a healthy glow, to sometime dull winter skin.

The secret to a year-round glow is my 

Nars

Laguna bronzer for that natural, sun-kissed look, my

Urban Decay

Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette (1) adds definition to my eyes, and a touch of concealer (

Urban Decay

Naked Skin) (9) finishes off the look.

For final touches - lips and cheeks, I love to use

Nars

lip pencils (6), Bolero is my favourite shade of neutral pink and my

Mac

lip and cheek colour in 'Have A Nice Day

'

(8) adds a gorgeous rosy glow.

And there you have it. My secrets to keeping your skin healthy and glowing.

What are some of your beauty must-haves?

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STREET STYLE | TRAVEL ESSENTIALS



As a fashion and travel blogger, style and technology go hand in hand.

When packing for a trip, I'm drawn to quality pieces that not only look great, but will also stand the test of time.

Here are a few of my travel essentials.

STYLE ESSENTIALS

+ Comfy shoes - for all travel and transit well worn in flats are essential. At the moment, my Valentino rockstuds are on high rotation. Once I hit the street, a pair of classic black pumps take-over.

+ Travel bag - a great small cross body bag is another essential of mine. Chanel is my everyday go-to. I love a cross-body style when travelling because it is a more secure option and it also leaves your hands free for signing documents, handling cash, or importantly taking that perfect photo.

+ Sunglasses - a classic oversized style is a saviour after a 16hr flight, especially when your eyes are a little worse for wear. Prada cat eyes are my style of choice.


TECHNOLOGY ESSENTIALS

+ Quality headphones - these are a MUST for all flights and will not only help you enjoy your inflight entertainment in style, but they are essential for blocking out additional cabin noise. 

BOSE are my go-to headphones every time, I love their styling - they are sleek and compact (great space-savers when packing) AND best of all they are bluetooth compatible, which means I don't have to rely on cords or cables.

+ Laptop & Camera - I don't travel anywhere (even for a day), without my laptop and camera. I always shoot on a Nikon, and rotate between my DSLR and compact cameras depending on my destination and how long I'm away for.

+ Portable speaker - This BOSE SoundLink portable speaker is the newest addition to my carry on and I am in love! It's small and compact, which is extremely practical for travel, and, as with the headphones, these also operate via bluetooth.

I love that I can now take my tunes down to the beach or pool and the sound is absolutely incredible - perfect for an impromptu summer beach party.

What are your travel essentials?

I'm wearing: Bose headphones, Zara knit, Seven For All Mankind jeans, Jimmy Choo pumps, Chanel wallet on chain


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BEAUTY REGIME

Having naturally combination skin, sadly I'm not immune to blemishes, which is why I try and maintain a really simple, but systematic beauty regime.

I never wear a lot of make up so clean and clear skin is most important. Recently, I've been starting my beauty routine with 

pHisohex

facial wash to cleanse my skin.

What I love most about this daily cleanser is that it cleans and unblocks my pores (gently), without drying out my skin. It helps me maintain blemish-free skin.

If you're prone to break-outs, 

pHisohex

is a good ph balanced product to try.

Next, I like to refresh my eye area with a great eye cream, Clinique is my brand of choice and helps tackle any dark circles. I love to keep this product refrigerated as this creates a lovely cooling effect on tired eyes.

A great tinted moisturiser is next and helps even-up my skin tone and also provides me with SPF skin protection throughout the day. Nars is my go-to because it is super light-weight and provides barely there, natural coverage. 

Finally I complete my daily fresh-faced look with a splash of luminance thanks to YSL Touché Eclat, a sweep of bronzer (my Nars Laguna/Orgasm duo is a MUST), then a dash of Dior Addict gloss to protect my lips.

And that's my daily beauty regime - what are your beauty must-haves?

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