Skincare Routine

img_2325A few of you have asked what my skincare routine is and after several years of dropping lots of money on pretty, well marketed bottles of serums and masks, I’ve finally found a routine that suits my sensitive skin. As much as I would love to have gorgeous bathroom shelves of Creme de La Mer it’s just not cost effective (and questionably not skin effective).

I started meeting with Sam from NuYu, who, if you’re in London, I highly recommend. She sat down with me and went through every product I was using on my skin, looked at all the ingredients with me, and we threw out a bunch, kept some, and replaced a few. I’ve started being a lot more considerate about what goes onto my skin, and using brands that come from physicians, dermatologists, and although the packaging isn’t as glam, my skin defintitely is!

The way Sam looks at skincare is like this: Cleanse – Prevent – Correct – Protect.

Cleansing
, Sam recommends an AHA
Prevention, a vitamin C serum (anti oxidant)
Correction, a retinol (vitamin A)
Protect, a B5 serum, SPF 30+

Cleanse

+ Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (US/UK)
+ Obagi Foaming Care Cleanser
+ Nature’s Aid Rose Petal Toner
+ La Roche Posay Serozinc Toner

I use Cetaphil in the mornings and most evenings, swapping out with the Obagi cleanser a few times a week depending on what my skin needs. The Cetaphil is so gentle and the Obagi I use for pore unclogging and to make breakouts go away faster. The Obagi is so cooling on the face, it feels amazing, but it can dry you out so make sure to ease into it by using it a few times a week to begin with. I switch off between the rose petal toner and La Roche Posay, just to remove any leftover makeup or residue. Both feel amazing on my skin {these cotton pads are the best for toner}.


Prevent

+ Medik8 Vitamin C Anti-oxidant Serum
+ La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (US/UK)

The vitamin C serum by Medik8 is a total game changer – my scars and pores have diminished, my skin is super soft, and makeup goes on so much smoother. The Effaclar Duo is perfect for treating spots and large pores, it was recommendd by a French dermatologist we came across while in Greece and I’ve been using it ever since. I use these daily, and the vitamin C serum I use both morning and night.

Correct

Currently waiting until my skin gets stronger to start on a low dose of retinol. It’s something you have to ease your skin into (especially if you have sensitive skin like me), but I’ll be looking at Medik8 for this.

Protect

This can be in the form of a B5/Hyaluronic acid, but I’m trying to find one that works {currently testing out Glossier’s version but not sold just yet}. Sunscreen is also extremely important and I’ve been using this under my makeup.


Masks/Treatments

+ Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque
+ La Roche Posay Hydraphase Masque

I’m currently alternating between two masks: I use the Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Masque as a spot treatment and it normally zaps pimples in 1-2 days (right now it’s too much on my skin to use as a full mask). The La Roche Posay (can you tell I love this brand?) Hydraphase Masque is perfect for winter when my skin is a little more dry.

And that’s it! I’m all about fewer products that work and and though everyone’s skin is completely different, these are all gentle enough that they should have a positive impact on your skin. If I had to pick one from this list that I would bring with me on a deserted island it’d be the vitamin C serum – can’t say enough good things about this.

What are you holy grail products? I’d love to know!

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Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales Guide

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If shopping from your laptop cozy at home is more your thing {rather than fighting crowds and lines and the cold!}, here are the sales I’ll be perusing and everything you need to know:

J. Crew – 40% off with code HOLIDAY

Madewell – 25% off with code THATSALE

Reformation – 30% off select items

Shopbop – save up to 25% off with code GOBIG16

Missoma London – 30% off

Glossier – 20% off everything + free shipping

Banana Republic – 50% off 5 regular-priced items with code BRFIVE

Topshop – 50% off select items

Asos – 20% off with code GOGOGO

Gap – 50% off with code TGIF50

Feel Unique – 15% off with MAKEITMAGIC

Happy shopping! xo

Autumn Updates


Sweater // Leather Jacket // Jeans // Belt // Highlighter // Concealer // Face Lotion // Loafers // Clutch

Loving this simple look for Fall – that sweater looks so cozy. The concealer is a new find and the best I’ve tried- perfect for dry and sallow undereyes that the cold weather inevitably brings.

xo

Lately

 P 01. + 03. We spent ten days in LA recently, and I had to stop by The Apartment by The Line – talk about apartment goals! So much inspiration and the best place for homewear and gifts. 02. Alfred Coffee – the best for celeb spotting and overpriced coffee ;-). 04. The beautiful exterior of the Isabel Marant shop on Melrose. {I’ve been stocking up on cacti to emulate this in our London flat}. 05. Back in London, the cutest bakery in Camden. 06. The cafe at the Wallace Collection is a total dream – it seemed quieter than a lot of London museums, like a little oasis in the middle of the city.

And some things worth sharing that I’ve been loving lately:

+ I just found this dainty ring on Etsy and I love it – looks way more expensive then it is and would be the perfect addition to a stack of rings.
+ I really love this Instagram account – beautiful art plus Danish interiors make for a perfectly curated Instagram.
+ Recent purchase: this. I’ll be doing a full skincare routine on the blog soon!
+ Have you seen the Kate Moss x Equipment collab? I bought one during Shopbop’s big sale and it’s becoming my go-to piece.

xo