Life-Changing Skincare Products That Defy Winter (And Make You Smile)

There’s no doubt about it – winter wrecks the skin. Now, is the time we really need life-changing skincare products that defy the effects of UK weather. Maybe my face isn’t so bad that people mistake it for a Halloween mask.  But I can tell you, it hasn’t looked its best of late. In fact, just today my son likened my skin to that of an elderly person (worse day ever!).

Sadly, harsh elements outdoors, followed by similarly damaging elements indoors mean your skin doesn’t get a break. For me, (and probably many of you too) my complexion is mirroring a combo of cold weather effects, insomnia and a huge dollop of stress. It’s incredible how just a week of not bothering and too much Red Bull can make you look like total crap! But, thanks to my son’s wily observations and the following super-duper products, these life-changing skincare ingredients worked their magic. Now, my complexion is back to its beautiful and not old radiant self. Phew!

Should you be going through a similar scenario, these skincare products will quickly change the picture back to one with a smile!

1. Vitamin C Serum Fragrance-Free £43 (20ml), www.ecooking.com

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We need ingredients we know will work and this serum ticks every box. Combining the clinically proven anti-aging components such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, the vegan-friendly serum delivers transformative results. Fine lines and hyperpigmentation are greatly reduced, and your skin receives some next-level protection. And thanks to the inclusion of glycerine and sodium PCA that offer massive moisture-retaining abilities, the transformation is complete!

2.Avant Harmonising Rose Quartz Revitalising and Firming Cream, £59.25, 50ml (Was £79), www.avant-skincare.com

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This time of year, we need a great mask that means business. Should unsightly pores be an issue (let’s face it, when aren’t they?) this mask will go a long way to resolving the problem. However, it must be used religiously. Whilst the mask isn’t a magic wand, it does offer significant (but temporary) benefits.

The super creamy mask comes as a luxurious, thick texture loaded with those life-changing and weather-defying skincare ingredients. These include vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and rose. The rose provides a gentle (much-needed right now), yet effective exfoliation. The hyaluronic acid works on those lines, wrinkles and moisture absorption. Lastly, vitamin E supports the skin with super-power healing and protective abilities. Love, love, love!

3.Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour, £69 (50ml), www.omorovocza.co.uk

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Omorovicza continues to be one of my all-time fave brands. This is the go-to weekly mask for those with age, blemish, stress and weather-related skin concerns. Silver is well-known for its immense antibacterial and healing qualities. Silver and niacinamide work in unison, overcoming all of the above annoyances with ease.

Niacinamide has been shown to be a great ingredient for tackling aging, breakouts, hydration, hyperpigmentation, whilst improving skin texture. The hero component (vitaminB3) even aids in the protection against free radical damage.

Also added to the specifically formulated mask are glycolic and salicylic acids. Together, they make light work of eradicating blemishes, returning your complexion to one of health and radiance.

The mask feels thick yet somehow velvety with a strong scent. Apply and leave on for about 10 minutes and then wash away. This treatment should only be used once per week. Those with sensitive skin should apply for 5 minutes. Increase the time accordingly if all goes well. The multi-tasking skin treatment is a true game-changer.

For more amazing products that deliver great results read, “5 Amazing Beauty Products To Carry you Through Lockdown.”

It’s all about the smiles!

Have you tried any of these superior powerhouse products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Saturday. xx

Luxury Beauty Gift Sets To Blow Your Mind

Christmas is now firmly in our sights and boy; do we need a treat. Luxury is the name of the game (well, luxury beauty gift sets to be precise). Celebrate getting to the end of a hideous year by indulging your loved one (and yourself) in sheer pampered bliss. Read on to discover amazing beauty gift sets that are so luxurious they will blow your mind. Turn your attention to any of these and you will soon forget all about the word pandemic.

1.Luxury Beauty Gift Set for Mum: La Mer Restorative Hydration Gift Set, £445, www.harrods.com

Luxury beauty gift sets to blow your mind
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This gift set is ideal for those with damaged, dry or mature skin types. Unzip the bag to reveal La Mer’s globally loved signature cream (la Crème de la Mer). Also included is their best-selling Concentrate Together, these two formulas offer skin transformative benefits. Dry patches are forever banished (at least until the cream runs out anyway), and your complexion will be one of healthy, hydrated luminosity.

With ingredients like their ‘Miracle Broth’, you know it is going to be a special experience for your face. You will need a few minutes to apply this duo set. One minute to apply the Concentrate followed by the Crème. Then, two more minutes to do a carefree dance of utter delight!

2.Dyson Airwrap Styler Exclusive Copper Gift Edition, £449.99, www.dyson.co.uk

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I am still waiting to be sent the Dyson Airwrap Styler for review; however, I have only heard amazing things about this next generation haircare tool. It has literally become a global sensation that all hair craves! Featuring 30mm and 40mm Airwrap barrels, a firm smoothing and soft smoothing brush, a round volumizing brush, a pre-styling dryer and storage case and bag.

The clever technology that has gone into creating this super-duper dryer achieves negative ions for less static, an extra-long cable and a 4 heat/3-speed setting.

Dear Santa…

3.Charlotte Tilbury Dream Come True Pillow Talk Gift Set, £300, www.selfridges.com

Luxury beauty gift sets to blow your mind
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Should you know a true Charlotte Tilbury fanatic, this gift set will seriously make their dreams come true! Combining pretty much every Charlotte Tilbury product you could wish for, the beautifully designed pull out drawer gift box is a must-have.  Luxury – check, pampered – check, huge smiles – check. Job done.

4.Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection Gift Set, £179 (Worth £379), www.feelunique.com

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Gatineau has received much acclaim for its outstanding skincare results. This is a brand I love. The gift set is perfect for any beauty obsessive and is a total steal, boasting an extra £200 worth of product for FREE! The set includes just about everything your skin may need. Exfoliator, moisturiser, serum, night elixir – Gatineau has ticked all the boxes. Just the fact that I have all their most sought-after products at once makes my head spin. The Age Benefit Night Elixir has to be my most favourite of them all!

For more inspo check out my article on Luxury Gift Ideas For A Truly Pampered Christmas

Have you put any luxury gift sets on your Christmas list this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Moisturising Foundations That Wipe Out Winter Skin

Winter may be fast-approaching (in fact you’d be forgiven for thinking we are already there), but winter skin doesn’t stand a chance against a great foundation. Discover some truly incredible moisturising foundations to wipe out any trace of the dreaded winter effect on your face. Better yet, these ones are currently on offer. Double YES!

1.Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturising Makeup SPF 45, £32.40 for 30ml (Was £36), www.boots.com

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Okay, there are SO many good things about this foundation I don’t know where to begin. Firstly, this product doubles up as a great skincare saviour. The formula includes Ion charged water, probiotic technology and chia seed extract. This means it is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties – and guaranteed to give all complexions a seriously nourishing boost.

The natural-looking foundation is totally breathable and lightweight yet provides full coverage and a seamlessly even finish. Those imperfections bugging you are swiftly dealt with. The outstanding makeup offers immediate hydration. It ensures skin TLC and a flawlessly radiant result you will love. This foundation is available in 20 shades, meaning you are certain to find one your skin will adore.

2. Light Wonder Foundation by Charlotte Tilbury, £34, www.charlottetilbury.com

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Should you be concerned about premature aging or battling a spell of dryness, this foundation by Charlotte Tilbury is one to try. The lightweight makeup boasts an array of botanicals. These provide essential skincare support to thwart the onset of winter damage. Charlotte Tilbury’s foundation ensures a natural finish. Furthermore, it wipes away any traces of imperfections in a flash. Expect great coverage and an enviable radiant luminosity.

3.Chanel Les Beiges Foundation, £41, www.chanel.com

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The HEALTHY GLOW AND HYDRATION FOUNDATION AND LONGWEAR has to be my favourite. Boasting a sheer blend of luxury and luminosity, it feels like you are putting something special on your face (and you’d be right). A polymer is included to wipe away irksome imperfections such as fine lines and spots. A second polymer fills in pesky pores. This formula creates instantly smooth and flawless results that last all day long. The icing of the cake is that this fabulous hydrating foundation is available in 35 shades. Yes, you read it correctly – 35 SHADES!!

Better yet, the foundation is brimming with Healthy Glow Booster Pigments. These enhance the skin with luminosity and unveils a satin-esque complexion of dreams!

Kalanchoe extract offers exceptional protection against free radical damage. Humectants ensure the immediate hydration surge is kept where it should be. Expect a healthy, flawless-looking face that glows (and a big smile to boot!).

Have you tried any of these moisturising foundations and which one do you love the most? Leave me a message below. xx

The Best Lip Stains That Actually Last!

Having tried countless lip stains (each one with as much enthusiasm as the last), I have concluded that sadly, not all lip tints are created equal. Sure, they look the part, but alas, some are just downright disappointing. Some are weak and uneven the moment they dry, and others dry a very different colour to what was expected – and then do NOT budge. Not forgetting the ones that have less staying power than the toy lipstick that came with my child’s doll set.  That said, all is not lost. There are a few lip stains that actually look gorgeous and will go the distance. Colours that won’t leave you resembling someone who has been clobbered in the mouth. Read on:

1.Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint, £32, www.victoriabeckhambeauty.com

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This is no ordinary lip tint, oh no. The multi-tasking formula contains hyaluronic acid and squalene to effectively smooth and plump up your pout, so you can pucker up with confidence. I love a matte finish and this lip tint creates a perfect natural-looking matte. Furthermore, unlike some of its competitors, it is not sticky and passes the test of time. Simply apply, look gorgeous, check mirror 3 hours later and smile! The gorgeous lip tint is available in 2 shades: Cherie (sheer pink rose) and Bisou (a rich nude berry). Bisou is my fave!

2.Benefit Bene tint Rose Tinted Lip And Cheek Tint, £21.65, www.feelunique.com

The Best Lip tints that actually last
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Another fabulous lip tint is this one from Benefit. No matter what you do, it maintains its gorgeous sheer rose finish. However, I do have to say there is a way of applying the product. If you don’t do it correctly you may just be stuck with it for several hours. This stuff does NOT budge. Firstly, make sure the shade suits you. Apply lightly, wait for it to dry and then build it up if needed.

When I first tried this, I was in my car and in a rush. I slathered it on – discovered it was too bright for interview purposes – then to my horror could not remove it. Rubbing and smudging in the sheer panic caused me to look like I had applied my makeup wearing a blindfold. Now I’ve given you the visuals, take heed. This lip stain means business.

3.MAC Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain, £19, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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MAC is the brand that just keeps on giving. If you love the glossy and high-pigment finish, this is the lip stain for you. It is super-lightweight, feels comfortable, glides on evenly and creates a signature glossy look for up to twelve hours. That’s twelve hours of a super-kissable irresistible pout. Game on. You can get this lip stain in 14 equally beautiful shades!

Discover Autumn’s Best New Beauty Launches

2020 isn’t all doom and gloom – the beauty industry keeps bringing us new and unmissable beauty launches to lift our spirits. And boy, they certainly put smiles on our faces. Check out the best new beauty products too good to overlook.

1.Sisley Hair Rituel Nourishing Hair and Scalp Balm, £86 (125g), www.selfridges.com

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One look outside is enough to make us bolt the door and return to our beds. Alas, this is not often possible. One thing we can do is ensure our hair and scalp remain in tip-top condition whilst grabbing a bit of luxury. Sisley’s new Nourishing Scalp and Hair Balm targets those with dry and damaged tresses, restoring your head to a crown of glorious locks – no matter how menacing the weather becomes.

2.Lancôme Grandiose Eyeliner, £25.50, www.lancome.co.uk

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Being a true sucker for a good liquid eyeliner, I couldn’t wait to try Lancôme’s new one that features a bendable wand. If like me, your cat eye is your signature look, this is a must-have. The eyeliner glides on effortlessly in a flash. Furthermore, the flexible wand is perfect for people who suffer from painful joints too.

3.Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30/PA+++, £31 (50ml), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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I’m loving this new tinted moisturiser by Nars. With wintery times well and truly here and skin concerns courtesy of the face mask, we need a product that cares for our complexions. This tinted moisturiser holds the key to true skin goals. Featuring minerals and kopara (a natural sugar) from French Polynesia, the formula hydrates nourishes and protects. Furthermore, this fantastic ingredient is proven to stimulate cell renewal too. Not only that, but you will discover dark spots and pigmentation appear reduced with continued use. Is there anything this tinted moisturiser can’t do?

The oil-free tinted moisturiser comes in 12 gorgeous shades that do not settle and cake. Instead, you can expect an even and flawless finish that’s so light you forget it is on. Simply apply, sit back and wait for the compliments.

4.Elizabeth Arden Exclusive Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum, £45 (30-Piece), www.elizabetharden.co.uk

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We’ve tested and adored their vitamin C and retinol capsules, and now we can go ahead and start falling in love with their newest addition to the skin-saving arsenal. Behold the Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules. Their award-winning formula ensures optimal delivery of scientifically proven ingredients, guaranteeing your complexion looks and feels its absolute best. These outstanding capsules provide skin-plumping hyaluronic acid which is then locked into place with key ceramides. Phew, now I can stop working on that time machine.

5.Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Walk of No Shame, £30, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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This gorgeous universal shade of blusher instantly enhances any complexion with the prettiest luminosity. The latest addition is the berry-rose hue. It is a two-shaded palette designed for the eyes, lips and cheeks. I know what you’re thinking – and YES, you can wear them all together – what is more, you absolutely should! Enjoy.

Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars So Good You’ll Weep!

Beauty advent calendars are my all-time guilty pleasure – and luxury ones are classed right there under the headline, Life Goals. This year may be a total bummer, but the following luxury beauty advent calendars are so good you will weep. Should you be loaded, you will weep for joy. Should you be more like me, the tears will be more of a sad nature. That said, I am now a woman with a new-found mission. On another note, I am on eagerly awaiting to hear about Tiffany’s 2020 calendar (though not quite sure how they will top it).

1.Dior Beauty Advent Calendar, £340, www.diorbeauty.com

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Should you have a spare £350 and gush over Dior’s outstanding products, this holiday season will go off with a bang. Inside this intricately designed, star-spangled calendar are heavenly gifts. Little presents to transform each day of December into sheer bliss. In fact, should you develop a hacking cough, your happiness levels will be such that you probably won’t even notice. I’m talking serious pleasure. Behind each door you will find fragrance, makeup and skincare to set your heart on fire. So, in love!

2.Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar, £395, www.net-a-porter.com

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For those of you who are not familiar with Dr. Barbara Sturm, she is a German aesthetics doctor who is basically a sheer genius. When it comes to anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and healing skincare, this woman totally rocks. Revolutionising the beauty industry with the launch of her bespoke plasma-based cream, she was catapulted her to stardom. The cream uses the body’s own proteins to effectively diminish inflammation and deliver out-of-this-world rejuvenation. If you are lucky enough to be her patient, you can try this! However, you can get a taster of the level of anti-aging and skin-nourishing ingredients on offer with this stellar beauty calendar. Trust me, if you feel like really treating yourself this year, the Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar is a splurge worth every penny.

3. Space NK beauty Anthology, £195 (Worth £630), www.spacenk.com

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Check out Space NK’s exclusive luxury beauty advent calendar, loaded with the most luxurious and precious products from the best brands ever! Including items from the likes of Byredo, Diptique and Barbara Sturm (to name just a few), the calendar delivers ultimate luxury. The best bit is that you are getting all of this for a total steal.

Choosing which calendar to splash out on is torture. Knowing you have to order it well in advance, so you don’t miss out, and then not being able to open it for almost 6 weeks, is mission impossible.

The Shortlist For The Best Blurring Primers of 2020 are…

Let’s take a moment to forget about the hideousness that is 2020. Instead, rejoice over some beautiful products that make life (and our faces) brighter. A good primer can transform your look. However, choosing the right one amongst the vast amounts available can feel as likely as winning the lottery. Don’t panic, here comes the beauty cavalry. Should your skin concern be fine lines, pores and uneven skin tone, this is your lucky day. Here are the best blurring primers of 2020 – and they are worth every last penny.

1.For Lines: Amazing Cosmetics Line Smoother + Primer, £32.34, www.amazon.co.uk

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Check out this product of sheer awesomeness and see just how much effort has gone into ensuring its total perfection. Designed with teeny weeny metal roller balls for optimal delivery of those super-important skincare ingredients, you KNOW this brand is the biz!  It also provides award-winning Neodermyl technology, ensuring incredible results. Combining those all-important botanicals, ceramides and peptides to treat pesky age-related concerns, the product leaves no stone unturned.

This is treatment and coverage all in one easy step. If (like me) you find your foundation uses your lines as a comfy sofa, this primer will have you breathing a HUGE sigh of relief (instead of one of woe). Just make sure you wait for a few minutes before applying your makeup, or it won’t work.

2. Charlotte Tilbury WONDERGLOW Face Primer, £39, www.charlottetilbury.com

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Charlotte Tilbury’s WONDERGLOW truly is a force to be reckoned with. The formula includes a powerhouse of superior ingredients, designed to create a perfectly flawless canvas for your makeup. Discover their florescent Core Light Diffuser and soft focuses which blur and diminish the appearance of imperfections. Also combined within this luxurious primer are outstanding skincare ingredients. Components such as bionymph peptide, wild pansy extract and HA further tackle lines and wrinkles and aid in rejuvenation. Better yet, WONDERGLOW contains my fave component – rosehip oil – which transforms the look of any complexion into one of utter radiance.

3.Urban Decay Complexion Optical Illusion Primer, £24 (28ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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This all-singing, all-dancing vegan primer is the stuff of dreams – the best dreams, ever. It feels like you are applying sheer luxury to your face! Should you have fine lines, imperfections and pores you would rather not see, this fabulous primer is your bag. Expect delivery of high-class ingredients and next-level technology. They team up to achieve optimal moisturising, nourishing and protective qualities, before moving on to blur out of all those pesky age-induced concerns. Woo-hoo! This amazing formula is suitable for all skin types and also contains argan, rosehip and meadowfoam oils. Suddenly the sun is shining again.

Tackle Winter Skin With Expert-Approved Moisturisers (That Won’t Break The Bank)

It’s back again for another go at our skin. No, I’m not talking Corona or acne – I’m referring to the dreaded winter months. We need a hell of a good moisturiser (expert-approved, no less) to tackle these arctic conditions. One that can take down a plethora of skin issues that winter brings. And really guys, anything that takes away stress right now, has to be good.

The good news is that we know exactly what form of attack our beautiful complexions can expect, given it’s the same every year. Read on to discover the best winter-tackling moisturisers that beauty experts love.

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Harsh winter weather crossed with over-the-top heating equals a potential skincare crisis. Nip it in the bud before your face starts to resemble last week’s newspaper. Look out for hydrating ingredients (hyaluronic acid), ceramides, peptides and Q10. These proven components all have earned their place in the spotlight. Should your skin be more like last year’s newspaper (like mine of late), look for an emollient to help. The following products are nothing less than awesome:

1. CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £4 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com

tackle winter with the best expert-approved moisturisers that wont break the bank
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CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream just goes to show that you do NOT need to spend a fortune to get those amazing skincare results. Aimed at those with particularly dry skin (or for use in winter), this cream is loaded with all the right ingredients to tackle pesky dryness and all the unwanted skin issues November throws at us. Combining 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, this outstanding formula also brings MVE® Delivery Technology to the table. Basically, this means your face and body get a controlled release of ingredients throughout the day; thus, ensuring your skin stays nourished and hydrated. CeraVe is my go-to winter moisturiser. It’s non-greasy, absorbs quickly into the skin and keeps my complexion super happy all day long.

2. DHC Resveratrol Cream, £7.99, www.amazon.in

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You have probably heard of the antioxidant resveratrol, due to the fact that your red wine is loaded with the potent wonder ingredient. This component’s powers appear limitless. It has the ability to fight a multitude of illnesses and for the past few years, the beauty industry has recognised its anti-aging capabilities too. The antioxidant is like the superhero of anti-aging. Japanese brand DHC launched this cream back in 2014 and it has become a real buzz word ever since. The formula feels luxurious, strengthens the skin’s barrier and provides impeccable protective qualities. Love this!

3. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Face Moisturiser, £24.97 (1.7oz), www.iherb.com

Tackle winter skin with expert-approved moisturisers
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Sometimes you don’t have to go searching far and wide for new luxury creams that promise the secrets of never-ending youth. Sometimes, the tried and tested brands have everything you need. Whether you are tackling aging or preparing for the colder times ahead, Olay’s Regenerist’s Micro-Sculpting Cream has the exact amount of essential ingredients to maintain beautifully radiant skin throughout winter. Including key proven components such as amino-peptide Complex 11 that work in unison with B vitamins, the outcome is amazing. Fine lines appear reduced, the skin is firmer, hydrated, nourished and plump. Start using it now and on Christmas morning you will have another reason for the huge smile on your face. A little tip – Iherb has this priced at £10 cheaper than anywhere else!

Should you have particularly dry skin make sure you are using a good serum and then apply a thicker emollient to act as your skin’s extra shield. Never forget to cleanse (oil-based ones like DHC’s Oil-Based Cleanser). Never, ever forget your SPF – oh, and don’t sit too close to the space heater!

Awesome Beauty Advent Calendars That Make 2020 So Much Better

2020 may have been hideous, but this year’s beauty advent calendars are guaranteed to make you feel that much better. This year warrants some serious pampering for everyone and these amazing beauty advent calendars will return a huge smile to the faces of all beauty-lovers! Let the countdown commence!

The advent calendars are pricey. However, they not only bring sheer joy, but also huge savings. You are getting whole lotta luxury products for your money. So, whether you are a beauty obsessive like me, or know a lot of people who would love gorgeous makeup/skincare products for Christmas, the calendars make an incredible purchase.

However, a word of warning – these heavenly boxes are in high demand and sell-out faster than loo roll in the midst of a crisis! if you really want one, pre-order while you can.

1. Cult Beauty Advent Calendar, £199 (Worth £930), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

Awesome beauty advent calendars that make 2020 so much better
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This year, Cult Beauty has truly outdone itself. Inside this explosion of joy (otherwise known as their advent calendar) are spectacular products worth a whopping £930! Better yet, they donate £15 from each sale to the charity Beauty Banks. When you open the calendar, you will be wowed with 32 (yes, that’s more than the normal 25-piece sets) luxury best-selling brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Oskia and Dr Barbara Sturm. And when you have reached down and picked your jaw back up from the floor, you discover even more excitement: One lucky buyer will find a golden ticket worth £1000 for Cult Beauty products. Let it be me, let it be me, God. Please! Available to pre-order now.

2.ESPA No Place Like Home Advent Calendar, £145, www.espaskincare.com

Awesome beauty advent calendars to make 2020 better
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Should you be smitten with the outstanding brand that is ESPA, this will feel like some kind of ethereal bliss. Included in this heavenly calendar are magical treats like their Optimal Skin Rejuvenating Night Booster, 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser and Positivity bath and Body Oil. The limited-edition collection will ensure your mind, body and senses are looking and feeling incredible for the foreseeable! Love this!

3.Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, £85 (Worth £460), www.lookfantastic.com

Incredible beauty advent calendars make 2020 better
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Available to pre-order now, this awesome luxury calendar is set to launch on the 12th of October. The genius creators of this calendar have thought of everything and then included the lot! A superior mix of iconic body care, skincare, haircare and cosmetics, the box of wonders will be more sought-after than Narnia’s Turkish Delight! Hidden behind the doors are treasured treats from brands such as Elemis, Rodial and Tan-Luxe! If you can bring yourself to give any away, they would make incredible Christmas gifts. Will I be giving any away? No, they’re mine I tell you, all mine. Now where’s a good place to hide those safe keys?

The Best Cruelty-Free Foundations That Can Withstand The Face Mask

Seven months into the pandemic and I’ve had it with my face mask enjoying more coverage than my face! With this in mind, the game was on to find some outstanding cruelty-free foundations that can withstand regular removal of the pesky face mask. Here are the best:

1.Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, £20, www.glossier.com

The best cruelty-free foundations that can withstand a face mask
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Glossier has made quite a name for itself for being a brand that rocks. If you don’t want full-on foundation face, but still yearn for the coverage, this is a little gem for you. I love a dewy finish to counteract my dry skin, and this cruelty-free, vegan formula works like a dream. Providing a breathable and super-thin tint, it evens and smoothens the skin’s appearance like no other. Included is Diamond Powder, which achieves a soft-focus effect, blurring out imperfections with picture-perfect results. Expect a flawlessly radiant finish that doesn’t come off with your mask. Hooray! Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint is available in 12 shades too.

2.PUR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation and Concealer, £25.60, 30ml (Was £32), www.lookfantastic.com

the best cruelty-free foundations that can withstand a face mask
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Another A-MAZING cruelty-free and vegan product I am totally smitten with is the PUR 4-in-1 foundation and concealer duo. Featuring the anti-aging powers of Ceratin Complex along with an ‘Energy Complex’ that are bursting with antioxidants, you can consider this to be an outrageously good skincare product. Your skin will also benefit from the combined unique blend of ginseng, green tea and vitamin B. These ingredients work together as an awesome team, delivering remarkable revitalising and rejuvenating nourishment.

This product offers really good coverage that ensures your complexion looks instantly flawless – and it stays put too! The bottled perfection is available in – GET THIS – 100 vegan-friendly shades, so you will be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t match your skin tone. Love, love, LOVE!

3.INIKA Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation, £33, www.naturismo.com

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This cruelty-free and vegan foundation has to be my favourite (although it’s very close indeed). Although it is only available in 6 shades, it combines so many ingredients that greatly improves my skin. Included are components such as argan and rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid, and magnitude of antioxidants and minerals to guarantee nothing less than incredible results.

My dry/dull complexion quickly looks like I’ve had an hour with a skincare specialist and makeup artist. Seriously. The foundation does not smear off with my mask (which is such a relief). Once applied, I do not have to think about checking my makeup for hours, whilst my skin feels nourished and radiant. YESS!

Have you tried any of these foundations and what are your thoughts?

Have a happy Friday and stay safe. xx

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