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We certainly don’t feel it right now, but we still want to look healthy, fresh and glowing. And it is possible, as even the smallest of changes we make can really make a big difference to how we look and feel. After the season of ‘too much’ why not try these ten simple swap overs for a new ‘little less’ beauty regime.By Georgina Hardiman
Swap your winter foundation for a skin brightening BB creamBB Creams are the big news product of the moment and we can see why. Combining moisturiser with foundation it gives you all the coverage but with a more natural real skin, fresh finish. A real one stop beauty product which also hydrates, soothes and protects. Remember a little goes a long way with the BB cream!
PS – Look out for Dior’s brilliant new Nude BB Cream which launches later this month – we love it!
Swap your sexy wintry scent for a fresh, uplifting fragranceChanging your perfume can really make a difference to how you feel. After wearing the sultry scents that get you noticed at Christmas and New Year parties, during the next few months why not try a light and pretty scent to give you an instant uplift. A lighter scent will leave you feeling invigorated and much fresher. We love Ô de Lancôme – the citrus and floral mix that smells beautifully refreshing without being too light for this time of year.
Swap your morning after concealer for brightening eye dropsA red carpet favourite, eye drops instantly revive dull and tired eyes leaving them looking brighter and you looking younger. For glistening peepers it’s a beauty no-brainer!
Swap your everyday shampoo for a shine enhancing clarifying shampooOur hair can be pretty resilient, however the constant fog of hairspray, dry shampoo and volume sprays we have been using recently will have left it looking very dull and lifeless. A quick tip for reviving lifeless hair is to use a fabulous clarifying shampoo, an extra deep cleanser, it removes the backlog of products from root to tip and leaves hair shiny, soft and ultra clean.
PS – Taking it back to the old school, vinegar rinses are making a comeback! An age-old beauty technique your grandmother will remember. Simply add a shot of apple cider vinegar to water for your final rinse and clean thoroughly after.
Swap your glitter highlighter for a flawless skin primerAs the season of sparkle and glitter is well and truly over, it’s time to invest in a brand new primer. We love bareMinerals Prime Time for healthy looking skin with a luminous glow. It not only keeps our foundation in place all day but it’s also perfect for smoothing out and plumping up the skin for a flawless finish every day.
Swap your normal night cream for an overnight skin treatmentA good night cream should already be a staple part of your skincare regime. Although over the next few months with the cold, wintry weather our skin is going to need some extra TLC. Adding a super boosting night treatment to your regime helps keep the skin healthy, nourished and luminous.
Swap your golden bronzers for perfect peachy blushesDuring January and February make-up should be fresh, glowing and minimal. A gorgeous dewy complexion with a dusting of peachy blusher to give the cheeks a little bit of colour injection is pretty much all you need.
Swap your party polish for nourishing nail oilsIt’s likely your nails have taken a bit of a battering over the festive season, whether from a different colour polish every night or broken nails working through the piles of washing up. Treat yourself to a gorgeous conditioning oil to help heal and rehydrate and get your nails back on track. The Jessica Phenomen Oil is also perfect for strengthening and growth.
PS – Nude nails are back for spring. Make sure you update your colour collection with some new season polishes. Check out Mavala’s Trio sets – tester sized pots to help you find your perfect nude.
Swap your everyday cleanser for a DIY radiance boosting scrubOne of the simplest ways to update your current cleansing routine
is to create your own gentle face scrub. Try mixing your everyday
cleanser with a deep cleansing facial scrub, it will help to get rid of
any dry, flaky patches and really gets the circulation going, giving
the skin a healthy, rosy glow and because it’s a ‘diluted’ scrub you
can use it more regularly. Treat yourself to a mini facial scrub
every other day for a week for a radiant skin boost.
Swap your glamour party tan for a radiant glowNow the New Year has arrived the need for a quick tanning fix the night before an event is out the window, however it’s still a confidence booster to have a bit of colour during the pasty winter months. Try swapping your instant tan for a gradual one instead; St Tropez’s new gradual tan for the face is the perfect New Year upgrade for a healthy looking glow with added skincare benefits.
PS – for paler complexions try Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow cream – a fabulous skincare and tanning product in one. Our top tip is to use the product before you go to sleep, so you can let it develop overnight and wake up gorgeously glowing.