June Nailbox Subscription Review

Nailbox is a monthly subscription service similar to existing beauty boxes e.g. Glossybox but instead it focuses solely on new nail products which is perfect for people like me as I tend to change up my nail colour more than I have hot dinners!

I was sent the June nailbox to review (after regularly having my nails ‘shellaced’ for around the last six months) so I was looking forward to trying some new polishes on the market. When the box arrived I was also surprised to see, along with 4 polishes, I had been sent an Elegant Touch professional cuticle clipper as I was only expecting the box to contain polishes but every month you can also receive nail accessories which I didn’t realise at first.

The cuticle clipper is very useful to me, I will continue to use it as I tend to my nails at home with professional products (e.g. CND) and only go to the nail salon to have colour reapplied. Perhaps I should consider investing in a UV machine to set my own polish but I also like visiting the nail salon as it feels like a treat and I can have a coffee, chat and just relax!

However, I digress! So, I will use the cuticle clipper – it’s sharp, accurate and comes with a five year guarantee. As for the polishes, I was so excited to see both bright summer colours and a nude. I like bright colours but on a daily basis I like to wear quite neutral tones on my nails and was looking forward to first trying the Nails Inc polish in ‘Colville Mews’ – a gel effect polish that cures in natural daylight and the first polish I had tried of it’s kind.

I was so disappointed! The colour is much flatter on my nails than it looks in the bottle and the opacity was very poor. I had to do three very thin coats and I found it fairly hard to apply. It felt very flaky and didn’t even last two days before most of the polish had peeled off which was such a shame as I had such high hopes for this beautiful looking varnish!

Next up I tried the Essie nail lacquer in ‘Roarrrange’ – a jewel toned bright orange and it was beautiful to apply, the brush was slightly on the large side but the formula was so very easy to apply and gave a clear even coat in just one application. It lasted very well for just under a week and was easy to remove (a huge plus point for brighter colours), but did leave some residue on my fingers rather then the nail themselves. Either way this gets a huge thumbs up from me!


Also included in this month’s box was a classic red nail polish by Tanya Burr called ‘Mischief Managed’. I’d heard very good reviews about this polish including a recommendation from my nail technician herself so I was a little disappointed by the texture of the polish as it felt a bit of a budget polish, like a supermarket’s own brand. The colour was bright and fairly easy to apply as it had a smallish brush and overall I was happy with the colour but it did take three coats to get the even coverage I desired.

My box also contained a bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which was very fast drying but wasn’t as hard wearing as I anticipated and flaked off within a few days. However as it’s just a clear polish I will continue to use it as I will still get a lot of use out if it.

Nailbox seems like a good idea – you get a mixture of products from premium nail brands and the subscription cost is between £13.50 and £15 a month – a bargain as the products contained within are valued at much much higher. Also I think it’s a great way to try new colours and stay on trend across the seasons. Unfortunately not all the nail polishes were for me (I don’t think I’ll be wearing the nails inc again unless I only want it to last a few hours!) but I’ll definitely be using all the other colours and the cuticle clippers.

You can also get a 15% discount at nailpolish.co.uk by entering “NAILBOX” at the checkout, if you want to order a colour that’s arrived within your box or the same nail polish but in another shade. Each Nailbox is set to be delivered on or around the 21st of each month.

*Sponsored Post* A Quick Look at Different Types of Skin Tightening Procedures

If you are looking into skin tightening treatments, you should know that there are different levels of skin tightening. In other words, some treatments are better for treating the early stages of sags and wrinkles. Others can successfully treat deeper or more prominent wrinkles and sagging skin.

Methods to Use Early on Before Problems Worsen
The earliest line of defense against annoying sagging skin is having a good daily skincare regimen that involves creams or lotions specifically designed for your skin type. If you find the right cream and apply it regularly, you can often delay the process of wrinkles and fine lines popping up.

The next thing you might want to try, if that doesn’t work, is getting some sort of home treatment kit, such as an IPL device, which uses pulsed light to treat wrinkles. If that isn’t sufficient, a clinical IPL appointment could help, or you could decide to have another painless but potentially helpful treatment, like ultrasound or radio frequency therapy.

Both ultrasound and radio frequency procedures use sound waves to bombard your skin. The sound waves are more or less painless and harmless, but they can get your skin to make more collagen, which can strengthen it and give it back some of its elasticity.

Treating More Developed Skin Wrinkles and Sags
If your skin problems have gone from minor annoyances to obvious and possibly embarrassing, you may need a stronger treatment. Luckily, there are many new and used medical lasers in clinics across the country that offer the next level of wrinkle removal. Lasers come in various types and strengths, and they each are meant to perform specific types of treatment. That means that finding the right laser to treat your wrinkles may not be as easy as it sounds. You will need to consult your doctors, as well as the clinic technicians. Those experts should be able to recommend a treatment, but keep in mind that one session won’t be enough. Any laser treatments will need to be ongoing, otherwise your fine lines and wrinkles are likely to return.

As long as you choose a type of laser that is healthy for your skin type, your side effects should be limited to a little redness and minor discomfort for a short time. However, there is always the low possibility of blisters occurring during the procedure. Discuss any concerns you have with your laser technician ahead of time.

Other Treatment Methods for Wrinkles
Stronger ablative lasers are available. So are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and other treatments that are considered to be a bit invasive. But all of those procedures are best performed as last resorts when nothing else is working, usually. That’s because they come with risks, especially the risk of post-procedural skin infections.

It all comes down to comparing your skin problems with the way each treatment works. Add that to any budget concerns you may have, as well as concerns about your skin type, and you will quickly find out which option might work. It will be easy to quickly rule out certain options and put others on your short list. Then you can take that short list to the experts and formulate your healthy skin plan.

Summer Beauty Giveaway *Closed*

Welcome to my Summer Beauty Giveaway!

Looking for a way to spruce up your summer make-up look? Read on for your chance to win this fabulous summer beauty bundle!

Details below for your chance to win:

Jemma Kid Make-up Masterclass book rrp £22.50

Jemma Kid Make-up Masterclass book rrp £22.50

The Feel Good Factory on Looking Gorgeous book rrp £9.99

The Feel Good Factory on Looking Gorgeous book rrp £9.99

e.l.f. natural radiance blusher in Flushed £2.50

e.l.f. natural radiance blusher in Flushed £2.50

Susan Posnick Colorflo Bronzer with SPF 26 rrp $68

Susan Posnick Colorflo Bronzer with SPF 26 rrp $68

Ahava mineral makeupcare deadsea algae compact powder in SAND medium light

Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm £3.69

Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm £3.69

That’s a total of around £112 worth of beauty products you could win!


To be in with a chance to win this competition simply follow me on:

bloglovin’ OR Twitter OR Facebook OR Pinterest OR Instagram

AND Leave me a comment below to say where you have followed me!


The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.

A winner will be chosen from all valid entries using random.org.

Competition closes 9pm Monday 11th August.

The competition is not sponsored by any of the above brands, it’s just for fun!

Good Luck and Thanks for Reading,

My Make-up Collection and Storage

I love seeing blog posts and youtube videos about people’s make-up storage. And there’s nothing more satisfying than getting organised and having a make-up spring clean. I’ve needed to have a cull for SO long as I forget about products that I do truly love and it’s lovely to rediscover some old favourites. After a bit of searching online I found a storage system that works for me and to make things a little different today I filmed a video to give you a sneak peek into my make-up collection. Enjoy!

*Disclaimer: Yes, I own a lot of make-up. I’m the first to admit it’s a lot of products but to some people it might be loads or hardly anything by way of comparison. I do a lot of work with beauty brands so I get sent a fair few samples. Equally I buy a lot even though I don’t need them, it’s an entirely irrational want for pretty things! Anyhow I’m not trying to ‘show off’ how many products I’ve got or how much I may have spent *hangs head*, I just happen to like make-up products and thought this might be a nice way to show how I like to organise them as inspiration. I hope it is :D

Backstage Make Up Trends With Pat Mcgrath At Dolce&Gabbana: Milan Fashion Week

Take a sneak peek backstage at the Spring/Summer ’14 make up trends with Pat McGrath for DOLCE&GABBANA at Milan Fashion Week

At the Spring/Summer 2014 Ready to Wear show in Milan, Dolce&Gabbana presents a collection evoking traditional decorations and superior handcraftsmanship. Backstage, The Designers’ inspiration of an imaginary journey to rediscover ancient Sicily, where history and myth come together was brought to life by the brand Creative Advisor Pat McGrath using Dolce&Gabbana Make Up.


To complement The Designers’ creative vision Pat created a make up look with a combination of warm golden tones alongside rich red accents. To achieve a flawless base Pat applied Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation using the foundation brush. She started with a small amount of the foundation, applied to the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and blended it from the central point of the face outward, until the product flowed seamlessly to the hairline and jaw. Perfect Luminous Concealer was then used to add extra coverage and achieve an illuminated look, especially under the eyes. Finally, Pat created a veil of perfection with a dusting of the pressed powder on the nose and chin. To complete the face, Pat blended the blush in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach, adding a light smudge of the eyeshadow duo in Fortune to the cheekbones and temples for a subtly sculpted finish.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

Turning her attention to the eyes, Pat applied the lighter shades from the eyeshadow quad in Golds and Desert to create a deep, gilded look. Pat then applied the eyeliner in Chocolate and Nude to the upper and lower eye, adding a bronze flecked liquid liner on top of the lash line, for further definition. Finally, layers of Passioneyes Duo Mascara in Terra were applied for volumised and curled lashes, giving models a luxurious yet playful gaze. Pat then applied the brow liner in Soft Brown for a natural, tailored brow.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

On the lips, Pat used Classic Cream Lipstick in two dynamic new shades, set to arrive at Dolce&Gabbana Make Up counters from Spring 2014. The new colours, Bellissima and Traviata, were mixed to add warm decadence to the look. The color was applied with greater intensity at the cupid’s bow for better definition and striking finish.

To complement the look Pat chose the nail lacquer in Pure Nude for a final touch of luxury.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

Product list:

the foundation
Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation

the concealer
Perfect Luminous Concealer

the blush
Luminous Cheek Colour in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach

the powder
Perfection Veil Pressed Powder (available from Spring 2014)

the mascara
Passioneyes Duo Mascara: Curl and Volume in Terra

the eyeshadow
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Fortune
Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Golds and Desert

the eyeliner
Crayon Intense in Chocolate and Nude

the glam liner
Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Baroque Bronze

the browliner
Shaping Eyebrow Pencil in Soft Brown (available from January 2014)

the lipstick
Classic Cream Lipstick in Bellissima and Traviata (available from Spring 2014)

the nail lacquer
Intense Nail Lacquer in Pure Nude

May Favourites 2013 And Beauty Giveaway!

It’s June again – it means it’s half way through the year, the summer is almost here and it’s my birthday month so there’s lots to be happy about :)

Throughout May I have been using a lot of new beauty products as the weather is crazy weird – one minute scorching hot meaning my make-up has been sliding off my face and the next minute so cloudy, cold and wintry I’ve been back wearing fluffy jumpers and curled up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea. I mention the weather as it seems to really affect my skin, let alone my mood, so on warm summery days I’ve been playing with more colourful eyeshadows and make-up items and on cooler days really making an effort with skincare and haircare instead.

This month I’ve been loving:
Michael van clarke 3 more inches pre-wash treatment
Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Pre-Wash Treatment

This has been a fabulous treatment to use when I’ve been out in the sun and has left my hair feeling much more manageable and in better condition after only a few uses. I can’t comment on whether I think it’s making my hair grow faster (which it claims to do) as I haven’t been using it long enough yet. I’m not keen on the fact it doesn’t really have a scent but my hair was left much smoother and softer after use.

Carmex Lip Balm

I’m normally a big advocate of vaseline but find my lips still dry out as I use it frequently and think my lips are used to the formulation so this little tube of mentholated balm is a treat. It’s very moisturising and I can feel it actually working (maybe that’s just me but I swear I can as it’s sinking in!) and it’s good for dry parched lips in the winter and dry, sun exposed lips in the summer.

mac face and body foundation
I’m absolutely loving this at the moment as this gives a light creamy coverage and isn’t too heavy so when the weather is warmer it doesn’t slide or melt off too much! It’s buildable if you have any areas that need more coverage but I’m finding this to be just perfect for my skin at the moment and it gives me a really healthy natural complexion.

H and M Lipstick Dare to Bare
h&m lipstick
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any H&M make-up, particularly the lipsticks. Dare to Bare is a neutral nude colour with a hint of golden shimmer. It’s a light, creamy formulation and swatches completely differently from the colour in the stick! It’s a really pretty colour and I think it’s such a good colour to wear in the summer. If you like the look of this lippy scroll down to see how you can win one of your own :)

It swatches like this:
H and M Dare to Bare Swatchhm lip swatch dare to bare


Re-Gen Cream
Re-Gen Cream

I have started using re-gen cream as I’d heard it is good for reducing scarring and for brightening the skin. I’ve been using this in conjunction with Alpha-H Liquid Gold and it has made a big difference to the look of my skin and I really notice a difference in the morning if I’ve applied this before bed. It’s quite a cheap product too so a good complexion booster for sallow or dull skin.

Tangle Teezer Pink
Tangle Teezer

Now I’ve got a tangle teezer I’ll never go back to brushing my hair with a regular hairbrush! It’s really gentle on my hair and I also use it on wet hair and it’s completely pain free to use. I have been using a lot of new and nourishing haircare products recently but I feel using this has really helped improve the texture and condition of my hair for the better.

I’ve also been loving this month –
Music: Flaws by Bastille, Liquid Lunch by Caro Emerald, La La La by Naughty Boy
TV and Film: The Aviator, Fresh Meat, Waking the Dead
Food and Drink: Rocky road, Cocoa Orange Nak’d Bars, Bellevue Teas

h&m lipstick comptition

How to win a lipstick!
If you fancy getting your hands on the gorgeous Dare to Bare lipstick send an email to
e.randell@gmail.com with the SubjectDare to Bare” along with your name, address and email address which we will use to notify you if you win.

Competition is open to UK residents only.
Competition closes on Sunday 23rd June at 10pm (my birthday!!!).
One entry per household only.

The Body Reset Diet – Phase I: Review And Results

If you know me, you’ll know I like ‘reviewing’ diets. Mostly because of my endless struggle with those few last pounds but also for my genuine interest in nutrition and how the food we take in affects our everyday lives – often more than we know. Recently I have been keeping up with the Kardashians or one Kardashian in particular – Kim. And no I’m not here to condone her *reasons* for being, ahem, “famous” or to discuss her recent pregnancy fashion faux pas (although seriously – what was she thinking with that highwaisted peplum skinnies and poloneck combo?!!) BUT oddly I feel I have more in common with Kim K than most other celebs as we share the same body type – curvy to the point if you put on so much as 3lbs you start to look chunky. So I started to keep tabs on her exercise habits and turn a new leaf by getting a bit more active.

Simultaneously I was looking for a new way to kickstart a bit of weightloss. Exercising was all well and good but I wasn’t even shifting a pound and was sticking 100% to a well known slimming group program. It was disheartening and I wasn’t seeing any difference no matter what I did. Then I got a lovely email asking if I’d heard of The Body Reset Diet by Harley Pasternak
(I hadn’t) and if I’d like to give it a try (why not!). So I got my hands on the book and then discovered Kim K follows this diet along with other celebs like Megan Fox and Hilary Duff. Not another Hollywood diet I thought and my heart sank. But as I read the book I realised it’s not just another ‘diet’ – it’s actually good sound nutritional advice and it promised the things I was looking for – weightloss that shows, weightloss that won’t leave you feeling hungry and that you’re going without plus a minimal exercise program.

IMG_2556Berrypina colada
smoothies l-r: cucumber lime, berry, pina colada

The diet is divided into three phases and in phase one you have three smoothies a day and two snacks plus it’s recommended you walk 10,000 steps a day. Each smoothie (recipes given in the book) is made up of all the nutritional requirements your body needs like fresh fruit, milk and salad greens. The emphasis of phase one is on speed (each smoothie or snack takes less than 5 minutes to prepare), nutrition (fresh or frozen ingredients are pulped to allow for easy digestion of vital nutrients) and cost (easy to find ingredients are included in all recipes and costs significantly less than meal replacement products and no more expensive than everyday meals).

smoothies l-r: chocolate, sweet spinach, pb&j

If you don’t like smoothies then this diet is not for you – as with any diet or eating plan there are pros and cons but this is a pretty big necessity if you intend on following the plan! I anjoy smoothies, I tend to have them fairly regularly anyway so this wasn’t such a huge leap for me. Harley promises you won’t feel hungry on the diet because there is protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer in every one of your 5 ‘meals’. I was hungry on days two and three late in the evenings but after that my hunger subsided and I got used to having less but I didn’t feel like I was going without. And I liked the smoothies – as you can see here they all look vibrant and appetising – and they all tasted very nice. Each day in phase one was one white, one red and one green smoothie to make sure you get all your nutritional needs and I found them quick and easy to prepare plus I found them appealing and wantedto drink them.

raspberry lemon dropmaxwell mochaapple pie
smoothies l-r: raspberry lemon drop, maxwell mocha, apple pie

Nice tasting smoothies
Easy to find ingredients
Quick and convenient (you can make smoothies before work or going out and keep in a flask)
Suitable for people who are new to exercise or those who haven’t exercised in some time
Improved skin complexion and brighter eyes
More even energy levels
Walking is easy
Support is given for both diet and exercising effectively
I lost weight!

Not suitable if you’re a fussy eater
Preferably you need a blender so an extra cost (I already had one so didn’t make any difference to me)
You still need willpower and motivation – it wasn’t easy making dinner for everyone else and having something different from them each evening

During the first phase (5 days) I stuck to the plan 100% and found it easy to stay motivated and not be tempted by foods not incorporated in the plan. During this time I lost 7lbs which is a fabulous start to the diet and exactly the motivation I needed to keep up with the rest of the plan. Reviews and results for phases 2 and 3 of The Body Reset Diet will be up soon!

The Body Reset Diet is available now and is published by Simon & Schuster UK, priced £12.99.

Current Beauty Favourites

In 2012 I had a spending ban on all beauty products and to instead use up my huge stash of make-up and skincare items and I did really well – I only bought things like deodorant and cotton buds etc that I needed but no new products (apart from 3 items from Rodial back in the sales – it had to be done) were bought! This year is a little different and I am buying a few new products each season but I’m not going overboard on new purchases like I used to. Progress has been made!

Obviously I am still using up my beauty products and now I have a few new items that I love too so here are a few beauty products that I am currently loving.

garnier bb cream

If you don’t know what a BB Cream is – it’s an all in one moisturiser with added vitamins and minerals, an spf, a hint of colour (somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation) and generally they smooth out and ‘blur’ skin imperfections. Garnier BB Cream is my life saver! I had tried a few BB cream samples and wasn’t too impressed – they made my skin patchy and really shiny but I went online and ordered the free samples from the garnier website and the first time I used it I was gutted I hadn’t found this product before! It is the perfect colour for me and smooths into my skin nicely, giving a light coverage. It gives a sheer and subtly glowing effect (not hideously sweaty looking!) and I love it for days when I want lighter coverage and weekends. I have had compliments on my skin EVERY time I’ve worn this so far and it smells really nice to boot. Needless to say when the sample ran out I bought the full size version. I have a guilty feeling for not using more Garnier products as a result.

boots extracts mango sugar scrub

This sugar scrub was part of a Christmas present and when I saw it was a set of mango products I was apprehensive of using them as I don’t like fake fruit smells in bath and body products but I was so surprised when I used this scrub – it smells sweet and sugary and naturally fruity plus it leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturised from the ingredients of shea butter and mango. As it’s a sugar scrub the grains are fine and it really feels like my skins being scrubbed clean without any harsh abrasiveness. Big thumbs up for this scrub. I want to eat it. But I won’t.

alpha h liquid gold

This little beauty is Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid and is for ageing or older skins but there is a huge group of younger women using this after discovering the wonderful effects it has on brightening dull or tired looking skin (which can happen to all skin types at any time of life) and reducing scarring – which was my predominant use for it to begin. My skin isn’t too bad but we all have problem areas and I wanted a product containing glycolic acid as I knew this was the best way to refresh and renew skin cells and reduce scarring and blemishes. But using this has done more than that for me – each time I use this on a night time, I wake up the next morning with glowing skin and I really notice the difference on days when I use this.

moroccan argan oil

Super amazing things happen when I use this Organix renewing moroccan argan oil intense moisturizing treatment hair mask. My hair gets all soft, sleek and shiny, it looks healthy and it smells incredible. I have been using this Organix product around twice a week and I see a huge difference in the condition of my hair every time I use it and it makes it much easier to style and manage. Everyone raves about argan oil as it has nourishing properties to restore and moisturise your hair so I think this is a pretty good inexpensive way to treat your hair on a budget.

Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes in night calming

Another product which makes my beauty regime a little bit easier are these Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes in night calming. They are super quick and easy to use after a long day if I don’t have the energy to do a full cleanse and polish ;) I tend to use two wipes which sufficiently cleans my skin of all make-up and they have a lovely relaxing scent which is nice before bedtime.

Soap & Glory's Hand Food

Another little favourite of mine is the 50ml version of Soap & Glory’s Hand Food which is perfect for chucking in your handbag and I use mine when out and about and then last thing at night. I love the fragrance and as with most soap and glory products it smells amazing, somewhere between floral and fruity, plus it’s thoroughly moisturising without being greasy.

samy fat hair thickening spray

I’ve been using this Samy Fat Hair 0 Calories Thickening Spray for some time on damp hair before blow drying to give some lift at the roots. But I hadn’t used it on dry hair until a couple of weeks ago when I discovered just how volumising it can be. (It does state on the bottle you can use it on dry hair – I was just in a routine of using it only on damp hair). Spraying it into the hair before and after drying is fantastic and I found using it even on dry hair alone was much more effective than just on damp hair. This has a yummy apple scent and is easy to apply in a spritz bottle.

So that’s the run-down on my most recent beauty product favourites – have you tried any of them and what are your thoughts? Share your current beauty favourites in the comments below – I’d love to see your recommendations!

What’s next? You tell me!

If you’re a regular follower of the blog you may have noticed that I haven’t been updating or posting regularly for a while. I’m really overwhelmed at the moment and have so many things I could write about I actually can’t choose where to start! But at the same time I feel really disheartened about the blog as the only comments I seem to receive are spam and as much as I write this blog for myself, it would be nice to know if someone is actually reading this, so if you are please leave a comment below saying what sort of posts and subjects you would like to see more of :)

Here are some ideas to get you started…
Make-up tutorials
Fashion hauls
Nail art designs
Skincare reviews
Jewellery collection
Beauty tips/Q&A

Please let me know if you’d like to see more! I’m heading towards my third blog anniversary next month and I’m hoping to run a whole host of competitions and fun things to celebrate. I really hope that I don’t have to give this up before I reach the 3rd year mark and I’d love to hear some advice if you are a fellow blogger (or not) about how to kick-start back into blogging properly and the type of content you’d like to see.

Skincare Interview with Annet King – Director of Global Education for Dermalogica

On Monday I took part in an online interview with UK born Annet King from skincare brand Dermalogica. I was really looking forward to this as she is a massive skincare guru who has been with with brand for 15 years (and is now living in LA) so I was hoping for some good skincare tips and the interview did not disappoint!

About Dermalogica:

Dermalogica is currently available in 83 different countries, is 27 years old and owned by a husband and wife team, unlike many other beauty brands which are owned by conglomerates e.g. Procter & Gamble.

Dermalogica products promote the optimal health of the skin and combine science and nature within their ingredients and manufacturing.

Q & A to Annet King:

What are your must have products?

(for a lady in her 40‘s) The AGE smart line for treating ageing skin and skin resurfacing cleanser to use every other day.

Also c-12 concentrate – a serum to put under your moisturiser to reduce hyperpigmentation, pure light moisturiser with spf, pure night and the ChromaWhite TRx system.

Annet also recommends using an spf 30 and up (for all skin types)…and remember to reapply throughout the day!

What age should I start thinking about using skincare products?

You should start a skincare regimen as soon as you start wearing make-up, even if it’s just a gloss or mascara, you should learn how to take it off so anytime in your teens and tweens.

What products do you recommend for eczema?

A few are UltraCalming complex to calm and soothe and calming mist, which is also good for rosacea.

What mistakes do women make in their skincare routines?

Undercleansing and over moisturising! Double cleanse using a dual face cleanser or a light creamy gel for sensitive skin (twice a day so thats four cleanses a day!) Don’t use alcohol based toners after cleansing, they can lead to congestion in the skin and stripping the skin.

Using too much product – you need only a pea sized amount of foaming cleanser, a quarter size (the size of a 2p coin) for moisturiser, spritz toner of 3 spritzes and more sunscreen! Use a teaspoon for the face and shotglass for the body.

Good things about toners

– if you apply a toner before moisturising you use around 40% less moisturiser so you can save money. It is also the first layer of hydration – skincare is about layer moisturiser to seal it in. Toner is also good for moisturising your legs, the ends of the hair, used over your make-up and use on flights to stay hydrated on a plane.

Does Dermalogica have any cleansing wipes or intend to bring them out?

The cost price of cleansing wipes would be too expensive for the market but we have skin purifying wipes that help to control oil during the day that contains calming and soothing ingredients and that are anti bacterial.

What is the newest upcoming ingredient for anti-ageing?

Peptides which create chains of amino acids. They do have the ability to change the structure of the skin, increase collagen and elastin. And retinol which stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid which helps to lighten pigmentation. And vitamin c, it helps pigmentation and stimulate collagen.

What do you recommend for a woman in her 20’s with combination skin who wants to get rid of spots and who is also concerned with anti-ageing?

Use a foaming cleanser, a toner, a treatment for spots and divide your face up into zones. Treat different areas differently – anti ageing eye cream, spot treatment, moisturiser and serum.

Annet is also supporting the campaign www.joinfite.org – putting 25,000 women into business around the world through opening or growing their own businesses.

You can follow both @AnnetKing and @Dermalogica on twitter.

*This interview is taken from a transcript from an online interview and therefore does not contain direct quotes*