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When it comes to skincare, I love a bit of a routine. Each Sunday I love a good face mask. I feel like it undoes a bit of damage from the past week, and preps my skin for what’s coming. It’s because of this that I tend to opt for products which really cleanse skin, and my latest find is the Natural + Cleansing Pink Clay Mask from new Scottish skincare brand Exfolin.

Packaged in a chic screw-top jar, the mask comes in a powdered clay form, so all you need to do is add water to your desired thickness, then apply to clean, damp skin. Since you’re in charge of adding the moisture, depending on how much of an exfoliation you’re after, you can make the mask as thin or as thick as you like!

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In addition to the Pink Clay, the mask contains Rosehip and Hibiscus which work to reduce fine lines and pores, and the formula’s vitamin content helps to improve cell turnover, leaving skin look as youthful and dewy as possible. The formula is completely natural and animal-product free, so if you’re looking for a new vegan alternative, this could be the mask for you!

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The powder formula is also perfect for travelling – it won’t add to puny liquid allowances, and instead, you can just tuck it into your carry-on and enjoy great skin for the whole of your trip!

Exfolin Cleansing Face Mask is priced at £10.99 and is available here

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I know I’ve just spoken about embracing spring, and loving all the influx of colour the season brings, but this time of year, might just be the last time you can really embrace a dark lip until autumn. It still feels luxurious at this time of year, and with dark evenings, makeup can stay sultry. Which is why I wanted to star my posts on By Terry’s Lip Expert Matte line with 16 Midnight Instinct. It’s a stunning shade – if you’re a Rouge Noir / Vamp fan, it’s a must have.

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The blackened red feels incredibly grown up and glamourous. This isn’t the lipstick for nights when you want to blend in. The Lip-Expert Matte is a real pop of colour. Applied to the lips directly using the doe-foot applicator, you get a real shock of red. It’s intense in the best possible way. The colour payoff is truly phenomenal – it’s completely opaque, and it dries to a soft, comfortable velvet finish. One word of warning though – when using the lipstick, you’re going to want a steady hand, as once this is on, it’s staying there. The Lip-Expert lasted through drinks, dinner and well into the night without crumbling or wearing away, and it took quite a lot of cleansing oil and scrubbing to get it off at all.

By Terry Lip-Expert in 16 Midnight Instinct is priced at £29 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Over the past couple of years, the beauty of great skin has really been brought to the fore. From Glossier’s ‘Skin First’ mentality to the love of the-shinier-the-better highlighters, it’s been all about skin for a while now, and I have to admit, I love it. Even though I’ve never been a full-coverage kind of a girl, even trying out old foundations which I used to covet, leave me feeling almost claustrophobic. Pass me a skin tint and concealer over foundation any day.

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Of course, the lighter the makeup is, the better your skin has to be. With light formulas and glossy finishes, there is nowhere to hide. Which is exactly why I’ve really stepped my skincare regime up over the past year or so. Yes, I’ve always cleansed, moisturised and dabbed on serums and eye creams, but now I’ve incorporated regular dermabrasion, peels and products with a bit more punch so I can get away with as little makeup as possible. It was actually at my dermabrasion appointment where I was recommended adding some Vitamin C into my regular skincare routine to add a little added glow.

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It was at this point that the stars basically aligned, and Omorovicza very kindly sent over their new Vitamin C Serum. A milky serum formula designed to be used both in the morning and at night, it stimulates the production of collagen, leaving skin looking younger and plumper over time. It’s also an oil-free formula, so it means all skin types can reap the benefits!

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Adding the serum into my routine couldn’t be easer – each morning and night, I cleanse my face, pat it dry, then massage a few drops of the serum in. It feels lightly hydrating on the skin and sinks in quickly, leaving skin prepped for your moisturiser of choice. It’s got a light, almost fruity scent which disappears on application, and within a week or so of sing the serum twice daily, I could already see a real improvement.

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I’ve been using the serum for about a month now, and couldn’t be happier with my skin. It definitely feels healthier and glower than before – it’s really evened everything out, and left skin looking a bit juicer than normal. Basically, the results feel like you’ve had a facial – skin is nourished and glowing. For this time of year especially, when you’re dealing with post-winter skin and heading into spring, it’s perfect for undoing the damaged caused by the past season.

Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C serum is priced at £85 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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There have been a few really very exciting releases recently, and I’ve been moving seeing my makeup bag change in the run-up to Spring. Even though I tend to keep my makeup light, even in winter, it’s fun to see a little more colour and new formulas popping up in my daily rotation.

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I was very kindly sent a selection ByTerry’s brand new Lip-Expert line – a collection of 16 matte liquid lipsticks and 16 glosses which run the gamut from punchy corals, show-stopper reds and perfect nudes. I figured it would be easier to post about each shade individually, but if you’re interested in a new lipstick, you can go wrong with the line. I just love the fact you can opt for a shiny or matte finish, and the shade selection is vast.

I’ll be going through the shade this week, but if you can’t wait, you can find the Lip-Expert line at SpaceNK here (the lipsticks and glosses are £29 each) and they’re available in the US here.

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Kate Somerville is one of this brands which gets people seriously excited. I can’t even tell you how many people have recommended it to me, and it’s been on my hit list for a while. So, when it launched at SpaceNK a few weeks back, it felt like the perfect time to give the brand a shot.

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There are a few ‘lines’ within the Kate Somerville range, one of the most talked about are the Goat Milk products. You can pick from cleansers, creams and balms, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a way to hydrate and nourish dried out skin.

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Packaged in a gorgeous purple pot, the Goat Milk Moisturising Cream is a product which can be used both morning and night, and it’s perfect for intensely hydrating skin. For skin which is dry like mine, which has been made worse by living in central heating, it’s a real lifesaver! Apparently Goat Milk has long been known as an effective moisturiser, so it makes sense to be included!

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The first (among many) of the features of the cream, which I absolutely love is the push dispenser. Rather than digging around a pot with my fingers, a simple push delivers an application’s worth of product, which I smooth on each morning. The cream is surprisingly lightweight, and my skin absolutely drinks it up. Thanks to the aloe vera, jojoba and avocado oils, the cream feels incredibly nourishing.

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It doesn’t leave skin feeling tacky or sticky, instead, skin just feels nourished – a sensation which lasts all day long. It’s a perfect base for both makeup and non-makeup days, as it feels so calming and soothing. It cuts down on skin’s redness too – meaning I can get away with wearing the lightest of base products, rather than have to load up on foundations and concealers.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream is priced at £55 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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