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  • Aug 5

Our Top 5 Make-up Tips This Summer…

1. It’s all about that base..

dermaYour daily skin care routine is just as, (if not more) important as your make-up. Catering to your skins needs does all the hard work for you when it comes to make-up application. There are many different products out there to cater to different skin types from dry to oily. One brand you will find in our toolbox is Dermalogica. Try their ‘Speed Mapping’ to see which of their regimes would best meet your skin’s needs.

As most of you may already know, skin types are usually divided into 3 categories; dry, combination and oily. There are of course sub categories that cover more specific skin types, but these are how most brands categorize their products. During hotter weather many people suffer with an increase of natural oils, what once was combination skin may now be more prone to oily and so on. A good way to tackle this is to switch your daily moisturizer to a ‘light’ or ‘oil free’ version of your preferred brand. However, if you’re one of the lucky few who can get away with it, a brilliant way to lighten up this summer is by using a tinted moisturizer.


2. Prime Time

Investing in a good primer is a sure way to help your make-up routine all year round, not just in summer. Primer creates a thin layer between moisturizer and make-up, helping smooth out creases, lines and even some acne scarring. Primer powers do however really shine through in summer months when make-up would otherwise slip and slide without it. With primers finally getting the credit and ‘coverage’ (excuse the pun) it really deserves, there are now many out there that cover different skin types from deep pores to mature skin. Here are a few that can be found in our kit..















3. Building Good Foundations

hd-powder-70908As we spoke about before, with the right base, your usual foundation should hold on tight. If however you are still finding oiliness creeping up on you throughout hot days, switching to an oil free foundation is the next step you should try. Many brands now offer oil free alternativ604214851108_allnighteres so ‘season proofing’ your make-up bag from Winter to Summer should be pretty easy. We do of course always recommend setting your make-up with a translucent powder and/or setting spray, this should help absorb any excess oil and keep your make-up in place.

4. Cream Of The Crop

Firstly, let us state that the list of beautiful powders we use here at Catherine Elizabeth is endless, but for some, with hot weather comes powder incompatibility. This applies specifically to eyeshadows and blushers, in hot weather, even the best brands can sometimes bake into lines and creases, which does not help get us that ‘sun-kissed’ and ‘glowing’ look this summer. If this sounds familiar, try changing things up and switching to cream blushers and eyeshadows. Have a little look below at some of the products we use on our clients..

bobbimac blush












 5. Most Importantly..

If you take one piece of advice from this post, please let it be this…

SPF, SPF, SPF, please make sure that at least one of your base products contains SPF, whether it be your moisturizer, primer or foundation, protecting your face from harmful UV rays is a must. It is not hard to come by, there will be an SPF option in one of your products and can be easily added into your daily routine. Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget your lips, the skin on your lips is easily damaged by the sun and there are many balms available on the market that provide SPF.

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The Catherine Elizabeth Team x

P.S. All images will link you to the brand websites, happy shopping!

  • Jan 28

At Home Herbal Facial Stream

At Home Herbal Steam Facial

This soothing treatment is simple to do yourself and offers your skin and senses a host of benefitsFacials are one of the most popular spa offerings for good reason: Not only are they incredibly relaxing, but they offer a number of beauty benefits, including clearer pores, softer skin and a glowing complexion.

Benefits of Steam

A steady stream of warm, soothing steam does more than instantly relax your body and mind. Steaming your face also:

  • Boosts circulation. Exposure to warm steam increases perspiration, helping your skin’s blood vessels to dilate, which improves blood flow.
  • Hydrates and oxygenates your skin. Moist heat revives dry, tired-looking skin thanks in part to that fresh, oxygenated blood.
  • Loosens debris and unclogs pores. Warm steam softens the skin’s surface, which makes it easier for bacteria and dirt to exit pores.
  • Promotes a healthy glow. That boost in circulation beneath the skin, combined with a blast of hydration to the surface, will help you look refreshed.
  • Calms your nerves with herbal aromas. When you add herbs and essential oils to your facial steam, it works as aromatherapy to help soothe your mind and body.

Creating Your At Home Herbal Facial Steam

You don’t need a pricey facial steam machine, like those that aestheticians use, to reap the many benefits of this treatment. Simply find a metal pot or mixing bowl and follow these other set-up steps:

Step 1: Boil water and add enough to almost fill a plastic, ceramic or stainless steel basin.

Step 2: Add a few pinches of the dried herbs of your choice to the water in the basin and allow to draw for a few minutes.

Step 3: Sit at a table with a towel over your head and cover the basin of hot water in front of you. Keep your head at a comfortable distance above the water so the steam reaches your face. You may prefer to keep your eyes closed if you think the steam may irritate them.

Step 4: Sit for 5-10 minutes with your head in the ‘tent’ and allow the herbs and the steam to do their work. You can use the bathroom sink instead of a basin – just take a chair into the bathroom so that you can sit comfortably

Step 5: Gently rinse your face with cool water to remove any sweat and debris that’s loosened from your pores, and pat your face dry with a clean towel. Then choose your favorite hydrating serum or moisturizer and massage a small amount into your face. Just as a professional would do during a facial, take some time to massage your jaw, cheeks, temples, forehead and nose. while taking the steam.
Choose the Right Herbs

Knowing which dried herbs/plants or herbal essential oil is best for you can help you make the most of your at-home facial steam:

Dried_Chamomile_Flower.jpg_140x140  Chamomile Flowers to soothe irritated and sensitive skin.




394788622_071  Lavender Flowers as a good tonic for all skin types.




Valentine heart of dried nettle on white background  Nettles to cleanse pores on oily skin.




21  Peppermint leaves to close pores, tone and clarify the skin.




wedding rose petal confetti real ferrari ducati formula 1 moto gp  Rose Petals to help with acne and oedema.




Fotolia_5300629_Subscription_L  Rosemary to tone and restore elasticity to the skin.




bigstock-fresh-sage-leaves-on-white-bac-43698121  Sage as an astringent and antibacterial toner.





Nurture Your Skin

  • Oct 9

Keeping Your Skin and Hair Healthy This Winter

Keeping Your Skin and Hair Healthy This Winter

Even though we are still in summer we need to be ready to take care of our hair and skin during the winter.  Your hair and skin respond differently to cooler temperatures, so with winter around the corner, it is important that you adjust your beauty and hair routine accordingly.

The harsh winter elements and colder climates that we have in the height of winter, have a harmful, drying effect on skin and hair. But by following these simple tips, it is easy to have healthy, glowing hair and skin all year round!

Tips for healthy winter skin

1. Exfoliate

Going from the cold winter wind and moving into a heated room, it has

a major drying effect on the skin. Exfoliating your skin will remove layers of skin, allowing for new skin cells to develop.

2. Moisturise

In the colder months it’s a great idea to switch to heavier moisturising creams this is vital for keeping your skin glowing and smooth. Ingredients such as green tea, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, grape seed, melatonin or vitamins C and E all contain antioxidants which help reduce damage caused by winter sun and leave.

3. Use a gentle cleanser

In winter it is important to be much more selective when choosing a cleanser. A scented anti-bacterial soap can be extremely harsh and often will strip the skin of essential oils that it needs however using products with natural oils and ingredients, are much more recommended as they are absorbed more easily.

Tips for healthy winter hair

1. Use a gentle shampoo

Winter hair care includes using a shampoo that won’t strip your hair of its natural moisture. It is very important that in the colder months to cut down on frequent washing, as it will dry out the scalp and hair more easily.

2. Use a deeper conditioner

Richer heavier conditioners and leave-ins allow for more protection on your hair as they provide lubrication which will prevent damage and stops the hair becoming too fragile by rebuilding the hair structure which helps it grow and shine.

3. Use a weekly treatment

It is common for hair to experience breakage in the colder winter months, so to ensure this doesn’t occur, a protein-rich treatment should be used at least once a week this will ensure that your hair stays soft and healthy.

Ingredients to avoid when choosing skin and hair products are mineral oils such as Petroleum, Paraffin, Parabens, Comedogenic By following these simple tips you can be sure to have soft skin and hair all year round!

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