Travelling abroad can do wonders for your skin, especially if you’re heading to a beach destination, but the change of atmosphere on and off the plane, early flights and change in diet can sometimes irritate your skin’s natural balance. Here’s a few tips on how to revive your holiday skin so you can stay glowing.
Deep cleanse: Giving your skin a deep cleanse generally helps to remove impurities, but it is especially important after travelling abroad to get your skin back on track. Including a deep cleansing face mask as part of your post-holiday routine will give you added glow and help to thoroughly remove impurities.
Exfoliate: Gently exfoliating your face and body after travelling helps to remove dead/peeling skin and reveal the more vibrant, healthy skin underneath. Using a facial/body exfoliating brush with either homemade or store-bought exfoliants gives your skin that extra boost. – If you’re on a beach holiday and want extra amazing results, take the opportunity to exfoliate your feet in the sand and rinse off in the sea!
Moisturise: Replenishing your skin’s moisture is important for its overall health and quality (especially after flying). Using natural oils and products like shea butter and olive oil to seal in moisture after cleansing, helps to naturally nourish, condition and smooth your skin.
Following my perfect shade of nude lacquers for chocolate skin, I wanted to also share a few great nude lip colours for chocolatey skin (for the same reasons). I’m someone who for the past 3 years has worn the same nude lip because 1. it was perfect for me, and 2. because I have major trust issues about how nude lip colours are advertised (in terms of accommodating darker skin tones). I know you’re probably thinking “you could have swatched colours in store” but I find that makeup stores have lighting that makes colours look slightly different to how they do in natural light. But nevertheless, I took a chance and bought a few that I can’t wait to share with you all.
The trick to bringing out the best in these nude colours is to use a warm brown/dark brown lip liner before you apply the colour. My favourite lip liner is Mac’s Chestnut liner but I sometimes use Rimmel’s black/brown eyebrow pencil to give my lips some extra depth (so I don’t get that ice ring donut lip look). *Disclaimer* it is not imperative to only use Mac lip products, I personally find this brand gives my lips the best amount of pigment to compliment the tones in my skin. Other brands work well for other areas and functions. These nude lip colours all bring out and compliment the warm undertones in chocolate skin when worn with a good liner:
(Available at Mac Cosmetics) Lust Lipglass, Boy bait cremesheen glass, Stone Matte lipstick, Cherish Satin lipstick, Taupe Matte Lipstick
Growing fresh herbs, root vegetables and spices is a great way to add style and personality to your kitchen as well as making sure you know where the food you eat really comes from. If you don’t have a garden don’t be disheartened as you too can grow your own fresh veggies and herbs (most can be bought ready to plant in your local supermarket). I’m going to show you some great ways to recycle root veggies and create your own green space for fresh herbs and root veggies in your kitchen.
Regrow your scraps of green onion by placing the roots in water and changing the water every couple of days. To take the element of recycling even further, you can use old tea-light/candle holders or acrylic storage to keep your sprouts looking stylish.
Make the most of your celery scraps by leaving the large root in water. Green leaves will begin to grow which can be used in soups or salads for extra flavour. To regrow the sticks, place your celery root back into soil in a small pot. The same can be done with garlic, and the sprouts can be used in a stir fry or salad.
Save your chilli seeds! Replant them in soil, or a damp paper towel/cotton wool (to help germinate) and water regularly. Once your sprout turns into a little plant, place it in a larger pot and watch it grow. Chilli plants are self pollinating so will produce chillies in your kitchen.
This can be inexpensive, I’ve recycled my acrylic nail lacquer storage to regrow carrot greens (by cutting the tops off carrots and leaving them in water). You can also recycle old containers, water bottles, egg shells/cartons, jam jars and much more to give your green space a personal touch.
I came across a quote last week that stated: “If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn”, and it really made me think about how different areas of life change and adapt in conjunction with nature. It also made me feel quite empowered and encouraged to deal with life’s adversities with a fearless, more resilient approach.
It’s safe to say we can finally give spring a warm welcome as the trees are full and the weather is good- hopefully for long! Just as nature renews itself during spring, we too should seek to renew ourselves inside and out. From our hair, skin and bodies, to our minds, social lives and all aspects of life that shape who we are, it is a great time to extend the notion of “spring cleaning” into these areas. In addition to encouraging us all to be more resilient in times of hardship, hopefully spring teaches us to also be mindful of the things we allow to enter our precious spaces (mind, body and energy). Whatever you do this spring, let the trees full of blossoms and the brimming flower beds remind you of renewal, resilience and positive change.
Spring products I recommend for renewing skin, hair and energy:
- Sanctuary White Lilly & Damask Rose body wash – smells like spring and leaves your skin feeling completely revitalised
- Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask – refreshes and renews skin, and is perfect for all skin types
- Pantene Pro-V Perfect Hydration Conditioner- highly moisturisng but lightweight, perfect for warm weather
- Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Candle – light, sweet scent that creates a relaxing vibe in your space
Anyone who knows me knows that nude nails are my absolute favourite, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Finding the perfect shade of nude for brown-chocolate skin can be tricky because as we know, not every popping nude looks the same on everyone. So to stop you spending ages swatching and wiping off nail colours, I’ve tried and tested 6 nude lacquers that look fabulous on dark skin. Whether your nails are long, short, natural or extensions you’ll love these!
A tip for choosing the right nude lacquer is to find a shade similar to the tones you can see in your skin, or to match it as close to the colour of your nail bed colour as possible. (because what shade of nude is better than your own?… none!). I also find that some nude polishes don’t bring out the warm undertones in dark skin the way they should, which can leave hands looking cold and dry. These nudes are all great because they DO bring out the warm undertones in dark skin, and give your hands a soft, elegant glow.
OPI shades (left to right): Bubble Bath, Passion, Tickle My France-y
Essie shades (left to right): Limo-scene, Vanity fairest, Not just a pretty face.
(Vanity Fairest has a slightly shimmery glittery finish)
(Passion dries as a more sheer pinky-nude, especially on acrylic nails see photo below)