The Double Cleanse

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Now this is all relatively new to me, silly really, seeing as it’s really very logical!

But the double cleanse is literally cleansing, twice! WOW!

Obviously the more you clean anything the cleaner it becomes, but I think the thing that hit me when I found out about this pretty standard beauty process, is how much cleansing once doesn’t really clean your face at all. Obviously yes it takes off your make-up, mostly. But if the cotton pad / cloth is covered in your day old make-up how can it clean your skin and pores? How have I never thought about this before?!

I suppose It’s a bit like when you go to the hairdressers, they always shampoo twice; once to clean your hair, and the second one to clean your scalp. But who actually does this at home? I mean sometimes I’m REALLY bad, usually after a night out and I simply just can’t wait to get into bed, so don’t take my make-up off at all (I know awful), let alone do the whole routine twice.

But in fact I now quite look forward to this little process, granted it’s usually in the week when I go to bed at a reasonable hour. But it feels like I’m pampering myself a little!

First I use Clarins Instant Make-up Remover, which is SO amazing for removing eye make-up – even waterproof mascara, or Bioderma Micelle Solution, which is completely refreshing – I’m actually really looking forward to using this in the summer – so one of these two products on two cotton pads and then I just gently hold them over my eyes for about 20-30 seconds, I do get a little impatient so have to do a bit of wiping, but if you can last a bit longer the make-up just melts off.

I then wipe these over my face. first cleanse done – if you can call it a cleanse now?!

Then I use a cream cleanser, at the moment I have three on rotation; Clarins Cleansing Milk, Liz Earles Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, or a Superdrug dupe of the latter product called Vitamin E Skin Care Hot Cloth Cleanser (honestly I can’t tell the difference between these last two at all). I rub this all over, and into my face and neck, and try and give a really good massage of this into the skin to get the blood flowing – again this depends on how lazy I’m feeling. Then I simply “polish” it off with the muslin cloth supplied with both the Hot Cloth Cleansers, or a flannel. Second cleanse done.

I do like to give a quick wipe over my face with the rinsed cloth/flannel once more, but as this is already in my hands and the water’s running it literally takes around 10 seconds – not sure I can count that as a third cleanse?!

Go on give it a try, you won’t believe how clean and refreshed your skin feels. To test this you can use your normal method of taking your make-up off, then with a cotton pad add some more cleanser and run it over your face – if it comes back brilliantly white then kudos to you, but chances are you’ll be doubling up every night of the week!

For loads more tips on skin care check out either Caroline Hirons or Lisa Eldridge’s blogs! Although I warn you – they’re much more strict than I am, which I suppose is why they literally sparkle!

Which are your favourite cleansers?

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Fashion Icon – 25 years in the making…

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You know the jist, she’s from Croydon, she was spotted by a modelling agency when she was young,  she joined what’s claimed to be the group of original Supermodels, which became known as the ‘Big Six’, she was part of the infamous Primrose Hill set; she’s probably one of the most famous models ever, and she loves a bit of Topshop.

What you may not know, is that today she is 40! WHAT?!? 13 years my senior and she looks better than I do, in fact she looks better than I did at 21!

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Name: As if you don’t know!

Age: 40 TODAY!

Career: Fashion ICON, spanning 25 years in the fashion and beauty industry.

Magazine Covers: 300+

Vogue Paris Covers: 20

Vogue Covers: 34, below! Just click on the picture for a better look!

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Check out Grazia Daily for their pick of Kate’s 25 most iconic covers!

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I don’t think anyone can argue that Kate doesn’t have an influence on fashion trends, she made striped tee’s, like the one she’s wearing above, a must-have wardrobe staple!

She made her Playboy cover debut on the 60th anniversary edition of the magazine, wearing the classic bunny outfit, and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was at the height of her career, this was taken in December last year, 2 MONTHS AGO!!!! I just hope I look even half as good as her at 40! Actually I’ll take that at 30!

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Happy Birthday Kate!

I’d love to know what your most favourite Kate Moss moment/outfit is??
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All photos from Vogue.co.uk

Girl Crush…

So I had a lil’ bit of an unintentional Jennifer Lawrence fest last week…

First off was obviously The Hunger Games Catching Fire, and WOW, I loved this one more than the first. Although I think this was mainly to do with Peta. In the first film I wasn’t sure of his casting for this role. I was so in love with the books – it literally took me a week to read all three – and for me that just wasn’t how Peta looked.

But in the second one he definitely manned up (which always helps ; p), even if Katniss had to save his bum more often than not.

Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games

Photo: Movies.Yahoo

The second was the Silver Linings Playbook, now I tried to read this book and really struggled. To be honest I wasn’t really sure what the storyline was going into it, and I just could not get my head around it, I think I started to feel like I was going crazy! With this in mind, and even though before reading the book I really wanted to see the film, I didn’t have huge expectations for the film, I knew JL had won an Oscar for best performance by an actress, as well as a whole host of other awards, but I thought I was going to be just as confused as I was with the book.

How wrong I was! I loved this film! It’s very rare that I prefer the film if I have read the book/s first, bit The Silver Linings Playbook is definitely an exception. I wasn’t actually feeling great when I watched it and had been off work and in bed all day, but this film really cheered me up! It’s such a feel good film, but still hits a deep and  un-chartered topic.

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Photos: Movies.tvguide.com / Digitalspy.co.uk

But it’s not only her films that are great, she seems to be a really genuine and down-to-earth person, and lets face it at 23 and with all that she’s accomplished you would expect at least a couple of diva moments. But no, she (apparently) picks Bud(weiser) over fancy artisan beers, and even goes to premieres, The Great Gatsby Premiere in New York to be exact, with her hair up and without any make up! Yes you heard me NO MAKE-UP!

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Photo: Without-make-up.com

And obviously she still looked bloody gorgeous!

As well as this she still has the ability to completely transform herself, from the fresh-faced beauty above, to girl-next-door, sophisticated ladeee, and super sexy siren…

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Photos: Nuray PicturesHawtcelebs.com / Wallpaphd.com / Style Bistro / Celeb Bitchy / GQ / Jadore by Design / HD Wallpapers

And this doesn’t even cover her hair…

 Jennifer Lawrence Hair History

Photos: http: Wall 9 / Celebrity Hairstyles / Style Bistro / Hair Finder / Hair Finder /We Women  / Always in WonderJ Hair Reviews / So Feminine / I’ve completely lost the link to this picture but this was at the LA Special Screening of Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence Pixi Hair

Photos: Hollywood Life / Glamour

So what do you think? Blonde or Brunette? Fringe or no fringe? Straight or Curly? Long or her new Pixi do’? This girl can wear it all!

Check out the amazing Jadore By Design for some of Jennifer’s hottest looks!

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