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When it comes to make-up, I like mine as neutral and as natural as possible. I’m never one for a full-on face of make-up, and this time of year makes me want to embrace all things fresh-faced. So, when a tube of Erborian’s iconic CC Creme Clair appeared through the letterbox, it felt like perfect timing.

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Released a good few years ago, I feel like Erborian’s was the OG CC Creme. Claiming to visibly perfect, illuminate and enhance skin whilst providing SPF 25 protection it’s a multi-purpose product which makes skin look flawless. If you’re looking for a quick-fix product which is going to get you out the door in the morning, this is the CC Creme for you!

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Smoothed on after moisturiser, the Erborian CC Creme Clair is shockingly white out the tube – I like to dot a little of my forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin, and smooth in with my fingers. Once it gets into contact with skin, some sort of magic kicks in, and the cream magically changes colour to reflect your own skin tone. I’m not quite sure how the cream does it, but the effect is a finish which gives skin a lit-from-within glow.

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The creme has a rich, hydrating feel so it’s perfect for dry skin like mine. Once it’s on, it creates the perfect base for a quick swipe of concealer too. Skin is given a healthy glow, and imperfections are subtly blurred. The effects last all day long, and it doesn’t feel like anything is on the skin once applied. It’s a perfect product for long days when you need to look the same at 8pm as you did at 7am.

Erborian CC Creme Clair is priced from £17 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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When it comes to investing in great makeup, I’m always prone to picking out neutral shades. They’re the ones I know I’ll be reaching for day after day, so the cost per wear really becomes surprisingly affordable. So, if you’re in the market for a gloss which you’ll be reach for each morning, By Terry’s Lip-Expert Shine in 01 Baby Beige is your best shot.

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Packaged in the brand’s sleek bullet-like casing, the gloss is a beautiful cool-toned beige which feels both chic and understated. The whole lineup feels beautifully effortless, and the formulas could not be more comfortable to wear.

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I’ve been wearing No 1 Baby Beige on a near daily basis since getting my hands on it. The  cool-toned beige is a perfect pairing with naturally smokey eye, but I even love smoothing a little on, on days when I’m just wearing a little bronzer as it makes me look and feel a little more polished.

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The formula is super comfortable to wear – it’s silky smooth, and feels lightweight yet surprisingly hydrating on the lips. Smoothed on with the doe foot applicator, the gloss gives lips a sheer wash of colour which lasts around two hours per application.

By Terry Lip-Expert Shine Lip Glosses are priced at £29 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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When it comes to skin, I like mine as soft and as glowy as possible. Living in Scotland and  having dry skin, it’s not always possible. No matter how many acids, scrubs and masks I use, I feel like my skin can always use a bit of TLC. So, in my efforts to get the best skin possible, I’ve been visiting Zen Lifestyle every two to three weeks for one of their DiamondTome Facials. Designed to resurface and rejuvenate skin, it’s a microdermabrasion treatment which gets skin feeling like brand new. I started treatments in January in a haze of New Years Resolutions, and I’ve been returning on a three-week basis as the results have been so incredible.

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The treatments can last either 30 or 50 minutes, and they’re a perfect way to carve out a little ‘me’ time during a busy week. The Hanover Street salon feels like a true sanctuary, so getting to lie down and relax for a bit, is a real treat. The facials start off with a thorough cleanse to get rid of any makeup or pollution – I don’t wear makeup on days when I’m getting the facials purely for ease. Once skin is cleansed, the therapist DiamondTome machine – quickly works the wand over the face, neck and décolletage.

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‘llSince the therapist can see your problem areas, you can really target any issues, and it’s so lovely to be able to lie back and just zone out for a bit. If you’ve chosen the 30 minute treatment, once you’ve been exfoliated, skin is treated with a range of serums and moisturisers by MediKate and Murad, and you’re good to go. If you’ve opted for the longer treatment, you then get to enjoy a gel mask, and red light treatment. The light treatment works to promote healing within the skin, reducing redness. Once it’s finished, skin is treated with a curated selection of serums and moisturiser, and you’re good to go. Skin feels absolutely incredible, and the results last for a good few weeks. When I get home, I tend to layer on a rich cream (Weleda Skin Food is a favourite) and I’m good to go. It’s an incredible treatment to have before a big event, as it smoothes and perfects skin, meaning I don’t need as much makeup as usual.

The facials have made such a difference to my skin, and I am a complete convert!

DiamondTome Facials are priced at £55 for a 30 minute facial and £85 for the 50 minute treatment.

 

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When it comes to products, I’m guilty of sticking to a pretty neutral (and repetitive) colour palette. If it’s eyeshadow, it’s going to be a cool-toned taupe, if it’s mascara it’s black, and if it’s a lipstick or gloss, it’s usually clear or nude. It means getting ready is easy, but every so often, I can feel a little bored with my old faithfuls. So, when stunning shades like By Terry’s Orchid Cream pop up, it can feel like kismet. Especially at this time of year, when I’m starting to add a little more colour into my every day.

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One of 16 shades available in the By Terry Lip-Expert Shine collection, No 11 Orchid Cream is a stunning purple/pink shade which is just aching to be worn on sunny spring days. Slightly blue in tone, if you were a fan of Mac’s Snob lipstick, this feels like it’s more grown up (and glossier) cousin. Described as a ‘vinyl lipstick’ by the brand, it’s a gloss where you can very much control the colour payoff. Applied to the lips and blended with a finger, the Lip-Expert Shine leaves lips with a subtle wash of colour and shine, whilst applied directly with the doe foot applicator, The wear-time, for a lip gloss is excellent, especially when applied directly – I can easily get two or three hours of wear before needing to reapply. On the lips, the formula feels glossy and balmy, yet it’s incredibly lightweight and not at all sticky or gloopy. It also smells divine – a lightly floral, violent scent.

All in all, By Terry’s Liquid Lipsticks are among my favourites! They’re priced at £29 each and available here (UK) and here (US)

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When it comes to skincare, my favourite thing in the world is a truly great exfoliation. It leaves skin soft, smooth and glowing, but I also love to feel silky softness a good scrub gives skin. So, I absolutely jumped at the chance to try the rather iconic ExfoliKate – an intensive exfoliating skin treatment.

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Since Christmas, I’ve been getting salon exfoliation treatments every two weeks or so, and in the meantime, I’ve been using the ExfoliKate to extend my results. Once or twice a week, when my skin is starting to feel a little dull, I make sure to give my skin a good cleanse, then slap on the ExfoliKate. It’s not called a ‘Hollywood Facial’ for nothing, and if you’re not a fan of products you can feel working, this might not be the scrub for you. I love a product which tingles though, so it’s right up my street. Rather than relying on physical or chemical exfoliants, the ExfoliKate has both.

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The green formula includes lactic acid as well as fruit enzymes, which work with the gritty texture to leave skin radiant. It only takes two minutes to get to work on the skin – I tend to massage it into the skin for the first 30-40 seconds or so, then leave it, then wash off using warm water and clean flannel, following the treatment up with a good whack of an intensive moisturiser (Weleda’s Skin Food is a real favourite). The result is skin which looks and feels fresh and glowing. Since the ingredients are pretty active, I wouldn’t use it any more regularly than once per week without fear of causing a flareup, but it’s perfect to use the night before an event or meeting, and I wouldn’t be without a tube of it now!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate is priced at £72 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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