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Morning and evening skincare routine

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I’ve changed my skincare routine completely this year after feeling whatever I was using wasn’t working anymore and my skin is the best it’s been. For me skincare is more important than make up and I am doing all I can to achieve a glowing skin and then let it shine and only enhance it rather than painting a face on.

I believe the products I was using before were good, but you need to change your lotions and potions regularly otherwise your skin gets used to the products and same ingredients. I’ve discovered Kiehl’s which I’m really loving at the moment and definitely want to try more products but overall I decided to try things from different brands rather than getting everything from one.

Other than doing the routine that I’m going to tell you about, I exfoliate once or twice a week (I use St. Ives Apricot scrub which is great and not expensive) and about twice a week (when I remember) I put on a hydrating masque overnight instead of anything else. I’ve been testing these from Peter Thomas Roth and so far I’ve been quite impressed.

I use a Thermal cleansing balm from Omorovicza which is oil based and very good for dry skin.

In the morning after I’ve cleaned my face, I use serum from Kiehl’s (review here) and then depending on what I’m doing that day and what my face needs I either use the Kiehl’s  Glow Formula skin hydrator  (which gives a really nice glow) or if I’m going to be spending a lot of time outside I use the Avene SPF 50. I always always wear SPF 25 minimum. After that I use eye cream and then apply make up. The Avene cream makes your skin quite white so leave some time to soak it in, but I really like it and the protection it gives me, especially during this heatwave.

In the evening after cleansing my face I alternate between the Dior serum and Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate (review of  both here). I seriously love both. With the Midnight recovery you only need a tiny bit. I got this sample ages ago and have been using it regularly and still haven’t had to buy the big size but I definitely will. I use a moisturiser after the Dior serum or before the Midnight recovery. I usually do one evening one thing and alternate the next evening. Once every few days I use a hydrating masque instead. At the moment I’m using the This Works night cream which seem really nice on the skin but I think the serums are the most important .

Have you tried any of these? How do you find them?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

 

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Latest beauty buys

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Today I want to share with you few of my latest beauty discoveries. By now you probably know that I am beauty obsessed in the sense that I love buying and trying new beauty products and I recently started series on my instastories every Sunday, where I share my finds and products I love. And this is an extension of that and more in depth reviews.

I don’t often share hair products and I guess that’s because I haven’t really found my holy grail yet. I must say I usually love all Kerastase products but overall I’m still looking for the one and keep trying new things. The one thing I love though is L’Oreal Elnett hairspray. It’s used a lot by professionals and I can see why. It really is good and such a good price too.

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So first up today is the Dry Shampoo Foam by Ouai. I’ve tried this after watching it on someone’s Instastories and I loved what it did for them. After trying this I was not disappointed.  I love the fact that it’s a mousse so it makes your hair quite wet when you put it in your roots and it feels like it actually gives it a wash rather than just masking it with a powder. It’s such a genius idea! I love it. It doesn’t have a strong smell and I prefer it because some dry shampoos have an overpowering scent and you can tell when someone used them and it can be off putting. You only need very little and I will definitely buy this again.

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Another one by Ouai. These are the only two products I’ve tried by the brand so far but I’m quite impressed with both so will probably try more. I’m not big on oil especially for hair because I’m worried they will make my hair greasy. But this Rose Hair and body Oil is quite a dry oil and when I’ve used it on my ends it gives them a bit of shine without being too much. And it smells amazing! I must say the fragrance sold it to me.. I’ve been using it on my body too and don’t judge me on my heels and it really softened them! I don’t know how about you but my feet get so dry in summer and I get hard skin and this is indulgent but my feet deserve it!

 

I’m sure you know how obsessed I am with lipsticks and glosses. A month doesn’t go by without me buying a few. You may have also noticed I’ve been really into Dior beauty recently and I couldn’t resist buying this Dior Addict lip Tattoo . It’s a lip tint rather than a full on lipstick and perfect for every day. You can layer it as much as you want and it lasts quite well. It gives a nice colour but it’s quite discreet. You can just tell you lips were stung by a bee!

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After lipsticks, blushers and highlighters are my favourite make up products. I think they make such a big difference to your face. I’m not really into strong contouring but a sweep of highlighter and a bit of blusher makes me feel so much nicer. I have a few I use regularly but I was excited to try this liquid blush by Nars in one of their best selling shade Orgasm. It’s like a peachy pink and I believe it suits everyone. The colour is just gorgeous.  A little goes a long way so be very careful when you’re using it. First time I used way too much. The application is really easy, it gives you a nice glow and it lasts all day. I’m impressed.

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Last but not least another lipstick, this time by Tom Ford. I love their lipsticks as they are very moisturising and last very well. Surprisingly this is the first one I bought in ages (possibly because they discontinued my favourite shade Lilac Nymp but also possibly because I’ve been so obsessed with Dior). The colour 87 Playgirl is quite a strong pink but it’s so pretty for summer. I will be wearing it a lot. I have few make up bits from Tom Ford and I love the quality I’ve reviewed some here. It’s a bit pricey but they really are good. Everything lasts really well, they are well pigmented and the packaging is nice too. If you want to buy yourself a little treat TF lipstick is definitely worth it.

Have you used any of these products? What are your latest beauty discoveries?

Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Top 5 serums for dry skin

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I have mentioned many times that I have dry sensitive skin. The one product that has made a huge difference is a serum! I don’t know how I lived before them..

Over the last say 5 years I’ve tried quite a few some better, some not so good. Today I want to share with you 5 that really made a difference and I would definitely buy them again and again and 100% recommend them.

1.) Clarins double serum was my first one ever and I loved it so much I used about 4 or 5 of them. The only reason I stopped using it was because I believe you should change your skincare routine every so often, otherwise your skin gets used to the ingredients and they become less effective. It has two separate parts that come out together and you can feel it working instantly. It smells amazing and really works. I recommended it to few friends and they all loved it too. I haven’t got any picture as I haven’t used it for a while but now that I’m writing about it I’m thinking about purchasing it again soon.

Correction: I’ve just noticed the serum has changed since I last used it and doesn’t have two separate parts any more but I hope and believe it works just as well.

2.) Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro serum. Again I’ve used 3 or 4 bottles and loved it. They call it Intense replenishing hydration for a reason. It’s got tiny microbeads that hold massive amount of moisture and it really does make a difference. I really like the Chanel Hydra range and used few of the products and definitely recommend them. They smell amazing too. I wrote more about them and all of the products below here.

I also use the Chanel Le lift serum occasionally. It’s more for an older skin, it’s quite heavy but prevents wrinkles and I use it as a precautionary measure once in a while.

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3.) Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose . I started using this in March when my skin was in desperate need of some TLC. After the tough winter it was so dry I was desperate to try anything. By lucky coincidence I was invited by Dior for a facial and try to Prestige range and was hooked straight away. It’s quite pricey so I’m keeping it just for my evening routine. Overnight all your skincare is the most effective because when you’re sleeping your skin is repairing and renewing. This product definitely helps with all of that. You will feel it working straight away. Read more about my Dior facial and review of this serum here.

4.) Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing ConcentrateI’ve only discovered in recently after being given a sample. I was impressed after first try and purchased it immediately. Having very dry skin, many products don’t feel right and my skin often feels tight. After this the skin felt great immediately. I love the fact that it’s got Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C – two ingredients that are great for skin. They have brightening properties and help to keep moisture in. I  can honestly tell you my skin is at the best condition it’s been in ages and it’s big part to this. I’ve changed my routine completely this year and will do a post soon about all the products I use in the morning and evening but I can tell you know this has definitely made a difference. Hooked

5.) Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate. Again this is a recent discovery but I am hooked. I guess it’s more of an oil than a serum but put it on before going to bed, it gives you instant glow and you wake up with radiant skin. It feels amazing on skin and really does work wonders. Can be used with our without moisturiser and it’s a great size for travelling. You only need very little – I’m still using the sample I got few weeks ago but I am definitely buying the full size. This is going to be my new must have for years to come.

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Top 5 lipsticks for Summer plus new skincare products discoveries

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Last Sunday on my Instagram instastories beauty series I talked about lipsticks (my favourite beauty subject) and wanted to recap the whole thing in case you missed it (you can also catch up on my highlights on the whole series).

Not surprisingly all these lipsticks are pink. Yes it is my favourite colour but also I feel I’m too pale for corals and I only love wearing red around Christmas time. But I really enjoy trying different shades of pink and different textures. Not a month goes by without me buying at least one lipstick and these are my current favourite all perfect for Spring and summer.

I am going from lightest to brightest. All these lipsticks are shiny. I don’t really wear matte lipsticks much. I prefer something hydrating.

1.) Dior Lacquer stick in Lazy. This actually happens to be my favourite. I’ve come to discovering it by complete coincidence. My good friend actually bought it but realised she didn’t like the colour that much and gave it to me. I, on the other hand, love it! I’ve just repurchased because I’ve been using it so much it ran out. I love the texture, it’s very moisturising, feels very nice on the lips and the colour is kind of dusky pink and it’s perfect for every day.

2.) Dior Lacquer stick in Bubble. I’ve only purchased it recently because I really love the Lacquer sticks and actually want to buy more shades. They are seriously addicting! The colour Bubble is named aptly as it’s a bubble gum shade. It’s fun and playful and I’m loving it. Perfect for adding colour to your outfit especially in summer. I’ll be wearing this loads!

3.)  Chanel Rouge Coco in Ina. Again I’ve been wearing this one a lot. It’s for those days when I want bold colour but still not too much. I’d say it’s a happy medium. Very moisturising and stays on well. It’s a really lovely shade.

4.) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 50. The brightest of them all but still appropriate for day wear. I don’t wear this as much as the other 3 but I keep it for those days when I need a pick me up colour. You can layer it and have it really strong or go lighter but it still adds more colour to your lips. When my outfit is really pale this is the one I reach for.

5.) Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in 677 Disco Dior. The boldest and brightest and definitely not for every day (at least not for me). Has an amazing staying power. High shine, glitters and perfect for evening. I wore it to the ballet this week (see my look here). Love it for those special occasions.

I also quickly wanted to mention two recent beauty discoveries. The Kiehl’s serum I was given a sample of recently when I was buying something at the airport and the minute I tried it on I knew I had to have it. It’s amazing! When I was buying it I was given another sample, this time of the Midnight recovery concentrate and again loving it and will be definitely buying it soon. Great two products for dry skin and I will do a proper review soon.

Have you tried any of these products? What would you like me to review next?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

 

 

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Beauty: Dior facial

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In March I was invited by Dior at Harvey Nichols London for a luxurious facial and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It was just after the freezing spell we had with lots of snow (which played a havoc on my skin) and my trip to Barcelona (flying never helps a dry skin..) and before my birthday (when you always want to look your best).

I’ve said this here before that I have a very dry skin and shared my routine here, but I realise you have to change your skincare regularly because otherwise your skin gets used to it and the products become less effective. As mentioned above all those circumstances had a really bad effect of my skin and it was in a desperate need of some TLC. So when the invitation came I couldn’t have been more excited.

I was actually planning on trying some new products to really give my skin a hydration boost and after my Dior facial I purchased the Rose serum which has been a lifesaver. I’ve been using it over a month now, mostly at night because that’s when your skin rejuvenate and active ingredients are most effective and I can literally see the difference! I even have a bit of glow which is a rare for me and few people have noticed and commented. If you have a very dry skin, whether always of after this very long and tough winter, you should give this a try.

During my facial Anja (the therapist) mainly used 3 Dior products from the Prestige range. It was the serum that I ended up buying, Nectar and Hydration cream and I got some luxurious samples of those to take home as well and I can tell you I love the whole range. It is a bit pricey, but if your skin needs a boost it’s worth the investment. As I’m getting older I am definitely paying more attention to my skin and pamper it more because it really does make a difference.

Usually this facial is £150 redeemable agains products purchased on the day from Dior and it’s really worth it. I’m already planning to go in May, because regular facials are so important and to get a free facial while purchasing your favourite products from your favourite brand makes a good sense to me.

The whole experience is very relaxing too and who doesn’t need a bit of me time. Anja also gave me a bit of a massage of my shoulders and neck with the Dior oil and it felt heavenly. After you will be glowing I can guarantee you that because I was and my skin is usually very dry.

I must say I’m really into Dior skincare and make up now. I’ve bought quite a few bits from them recently and I’m very happy with them all. I am currently using their foundation and have quite a few lipsticks so will do a review soon.

Have you tried any Dior products? What is your favourite?

This is NOT a sponsored post. I genuinely love these products.

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Hair heros

I am very low-maintenance when it comes to beauty. The less products I have to use the better. That’s why it’s even more important to me that they work well.
 
My hair is very dry after years of dying it and using hot styling tools so a good moisturising hair mask is essential. I swear by Kerastase products and have been using this mask for years. I also sometimes treat myself to their shampoo.
 
Bumble and Bumble is another great brand. The Curl conscious defining cream is the best if you’re curling your hair. But be careful not to use too much. A little goes a long way.
 
Bed head After party is a leave-in conditioner I have been using for about ten years. It smells great, but mostly it’s a miracle worker. You can put it into wet or dry hair any time you want and it makes it feel great but doesn’t grease it or weight it down. It’s the best! I don’t see them much in salons any more (cry), but you can get them at ebay at great prices.
 
L’oreal Elnett are known for their quality. I use the heat defence spray and hair spray to keep my hair at check. High street products with high end qualities.
 
What are your hair heros?
 
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My beauty secrets

I’m 32 and my skin is generally in very good condition. Recent tests proved that, so I decided to share my secrets.
1. Drink loads of water. It sounds cliché, but it really is very important. I drink on average 3 liters a day.
2. Cleanse your skin daily. I swear by the One-step gentle exfoliating cleanser by Clarins. It is my favourite Clarins product along with the Nails and hand cream – I have been using both for years.
The cleanser removes all make-up and makes my skin feel super soft after. I can’t imagine my life without it any more. I would love to say I use toner regularly too but I don’t. Really want to get into that routine though.
3. I use SPF on my face daily. The Hydra Quench lotion is everything my skin needs. I used to use the Multi-active Night cream , but now have been given the Vital Light Night to try, so far so good.
4. I was advised by a beautician to use eye cream daily and have been using Eye Revive Beauty Flash ever since.
5. The Hydra Quench Cream mask is new to me. I’ve only used it couple of times so far, but know I’ll buy it again. It smells divine and does exactly what it says.
 
These products may seem pricey, but you only need to use very little and they last me for up to 6 months. Also I often buy these when they have offers on and you get extra products too. Saves pennies plus you can try new products. I believe your skin is worth investing in and after years of trying I realised this is what works for me.
I am also planning to buy the new Double serum. I was given quite a few samples and loved it.
 
What skincare do you use? What products do you swear by?
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