By Cassy Anderson
The start of a new year means the start of new fashion and trends. Exclusive fashion weeks in London, New York, Paris and Milan have revealed one of the main beauty trends of Spring/Summer 2014 to be natural, bare faced beauty.
For some females, the idea of going completely bare faced in public is enough to petrify them. But the secret to bare faced confidence is a good skincare regime. We all know the three golden rules for good skin: cleanse, tone and moisturise. Products can be pretty pricey but there are cheaper alternatives to consider.
Personally, I love the Simple skincare range because it’s suitable for all skin types. Their slogan “we believe in goodness” is reflected in the ingredients of their products. And they’re affordable on any budget. Their moisturising face wash contains vitamin E, which helps to improve the skin’s condition and pro-vitamin B5 which softens and smoothes the skin. This product doesn’t contain any perfumes or colours but packs a good enough punch to remove even the toughest of waterproof mascaras. It can be found on shelves for between £3-£4. The soothing facial toner helps to remove the last traces of any makeup after the washing and cleansing process. It’s 100% alcohol free and has witch hazel to help tighten and tone your pores, plus chamomile to help gently soothe the skin on your face. Again, with a reasonable shelf price of around £3-£4.
Straying away from my Simple loyalty, I’ve followed in the footsteps of my mother for this product as she’s used this all her life. For an older lady, age not to be revealed, she looks fantastic and I’m hopeful this is the secret. My everyday moisturiser is Olay’s Classic Beauty Fluid. It’s a lightweight moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling hydrated without leaving behind that horrible, greasy feeling. This product can be bought at any high street store or supermarket for around £5 per 500ml bottle.
Last but not least is lip care. Chapped lips are a nightmare, especially in the winter months. To combat this, I am a massive fan of the lip scrubs from Lush: the handmade cosmetic highstreet store. These little pots of joy contain sugar crystals and jojoba oil which help to prime and moisturise the lips whilst removing the old, dead skin. They come in quite a few flavours, from bubblegum to mint and cost just £5.50.
For everyday care of my lips, I use the lip balm Carmex. The main ingredient is beeswax, which conditions and soothes the lips leaving you with a slight tingling sensation. Most shops and supermarkets sell a tube or small tub for around £2-£3. And it lasts forever!
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