Posts in Skin
GRACE NOTES : MAY 2016

Despite numerous and frequent facelifts, one thing has remained a constant in the lifespan of this blog [which turned three last month!]; the monthly favourites post may have fallen from favour with some, but remains by far one of my favourite posts to compile. And, As a blog reader myself, such features not only indicate a genuine passion for beauty but also demonstrates personality and individuality in a sea of clickbait post titles. Essentially, favourites posts take us back to blogging basics - honest, transparent reviews of the products we love most

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BEAUTY BITES : APRIL 2016

I've been trying to stay loyal to the products I use [in attempt both to streamline my collection and to keep my complexion in check], but in the past month beauty has played a bigger role than ever in my life so it's been hard. I've had increasing exposure to and opportunities to try the latest and greatest in beauty launches - a few of which I've debriefed on below.

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BEAUTY BITES : FEBRUARY 2016

Beauty-wise, February for me is never about extravagant, indulgent beauty purchases - emerging from the rear end of winter with dull skin and frizzy hair calls for products that do exactly what they say they will. The past month has been one of the busiest of my life, and my lifestyle has more than reflected in my beauty picks this month; five products all with one thing in common, the ability to perform at maximum potential with minimal effort required.

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THE VALENTINE'S DAY BEAUTY EDIT

February 14th falling on a Sunday means you can devote the entire day to primping and preening; whether in preparation for date night or by means of luxeing up your 'secret single behaviour'. If your sweetheart has scheduled a candlelit dinner, schedule extra prep time to indulge before arming yourself with with your beauty secret weapons [there's no underestimating the power of lipstick and perfume]. And for single gals? On perhaps the one day when it's not only allowed, but also actively encouraged to splurge on oneself, a few chic upgrades to your regular beauty routine can go a long way. At the very least, today is the ultimate excuse for a girl to indulge during a rare free moment in her overpacked schedule.

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Body, Hair, Makeup, Skin, The AlmanacGrace Day
LESSONS ON FAUX-GLOW IN WINTER

For many years I championed the pale look in lieu of jumping upon the faux tan bandwagon; admittedly, partly from laziness and partly from fear of a category of beauty to which Boots devotes a section larger than that housing toothpaste [an overwhelming enough category as it is]. However, pursuing a career in beauty writing meant that, inevitably, parcels of false tan began to frequent my doorstep, and [after initially surrendering these to the depths of my wardrobe] curiosity eventually got the better of me. I’ve since discovered that, as extensive and overwhelming as the range on offer is, it’s very easy to sort the good from the bad, and admittedly this is a task typically aided by a higher price tag...

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Skin, Makeup, The JournalGrace Day
TOP 10 BEAUTY DISCOVERIES OF 2015

Despite my best intentions, a ‘year in beauty’ post didn't quite make it into the works this year. Given the time I could easily have compiled an exhaustive list of brands and products I’ve used and loved this year, but I’ve edited it down to just ten in order to truly set the elite above and apart. These are the best of the best, each 100% guaranteed a repurchase and a permanent home in my makeup drawers/bathroom cabinet/heart. If you’re a long-term reader you’ll undoubtedly recognise these from numerous posts, and my monthly favourites roundups throughout the year.

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BEAUTY BITES : DECEMBER 2015

December brought with it an explosion of festivity and cheer that couldn't help but inspire me to shake up my beauty regime just a little - see below, a do-it-all primer, a new hue of eyeshadow, and an indulgent in-shower treatment. Similarly, the weather’s effect upon my complexion called for a boost on the hydration front, and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year it’s that moisture can [and should] be sought from more than just one’s moisturiser. This month, replacing my makeup remover with a cleansing oil, followed up by a luxe treatment oil has been just the ticket in restoring a much-needed glow.

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10 BUDGET BEAUTY BUYS FOR WINTER 2015

If the inevitable increased spending activity ahead of the holidays is already giving you an uneasy feeling, and preventing any self-indulgent beauty purchases, then consult this compilation for ten beauty buys that strike the perfect balance between quality and affordability. Because editing your beauty routine for winter [and amping up the the luxe factor] needn't always come hand in hand with an extravagant price tag...

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Skin, Makeup, Hair, BodyGrace Day
SKINCARE DIARY XIII

Like most people, when the weather shifts to winter mode my skin takes on new characteristics; it demonstrates a difficulty in retaining moisture by not playing well with the makeup I apply, and reacts to anything my body disagrees with with heightened sensitivity. My worst hormonal breakouts have occurred in the winter months, and whilst for nine months of the year my complexion is far from dry, come winter, redness and dry patches make their ritual appearance. These symptoms are from from unusual given the seasonal and environmental stressors at play, but call for a powerhouse skincare routine that features tried, tested, and hydration-oriented products.

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10 LUXURY BEAUTY BUYS FOR WINTER 2015

Since I’m a winter-lover through and through, writing this season’s content is one of my favourite times of the year. Come November I relish the chance to shake up my beauty routine; the shelves of department store beauty halls are always crowded with exciting new releases, and old favourites come back into play, bringing nostalgic scents and reaping seasonal benefits.

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Makeup, Skin, Hair, Body, The AlmanacGrace Day
7 SOS SKINCARE HEROES

Those who do daily battle with high-maintenance complexions will be well aware that conventional skincare diktat is far from enough when it comes to offering salvation to specific skincare ailments. In this case, popular 'do-it-all' products sound good on principle, but rarely perform in practice. The beauty of the below is that these products are designed with just one goal in mind, rescue [anything else is an added bonus]. Meet the bolt-on additions that will render your reoccurring skincare emergencies a thing of the past.

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6 SUPPLEMENTS FOR BETTER SKIN

We're often so focussed upon the products we're layering onto our skin to remedy our skincare concerns that we neglect to acknowledge that what goes in to our bodies can have just as much effect upon our complexions. Whilst no pill can compensate for a poor diet or lack of sleep, the case for supplementation is that our lifestyles are packed with variables that are more often that not contributing towards the depletion of those vitamins and minerals vital to maintaining good skin health.

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SISLEY SKINCARE : THE MAINTENANCE ROUTINE

Following my recent Sisley facial, I was prescribed a shortlist of products with which to maintain the results of the treatment. In the immediate days following my facial I suffered from a spout of breakouts [which my facialist had warned me to expect - the successful result of any effective skin detox], which then cleared up to reveal a bright, calm, and healthy complexion [redness noticeably reduced and not a spot in sight]. When it comes to maintaining this post-facial glow however, certain rules must be adhered to. Essentially, vigilant commitment to a dedicated routine, acknowledgement that less is never more in the world of skincare [being frugal with your products is far from beneficial], and above all, an arsenal of products tailored towards your specific concerns.

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Skin, The JournalGrace Day