28 Outfits That Make Basics Look Interesting

June 30, 2020 at 11:00AM

Minimalism is really having its moment this season. Thanks to The Row and Bottega Veneta, the pared-back approach to dressing has really taken hold in 2020. However, and perhaps this is more of a personal problem, is that I always struggle to keep this aesthetic looking interesting. Sure, I can dabble with a white-shirt–and–black-trousers combo, but I can end up looking a bit like a waitress.

The thing is, I’m not a die-hard minimalist, so I haven’t honed the skills needed to really understand what it takes to make basics look super cool. And right now, with plenty of us working from home, basics are a must. So how do those who favour the above style keep it looking interesting when working from home? I spoke to four of my favourite minimalist Instagrammers and they all told me their secrets. Keep scrolling for 28 outfits that make basics look interesting, plus some great tips that will make you want to go minimalist full-time. 

“Right now, I can’t do without my cashmere loungewear. I have a few sets and absolutely love them. But to feel more put together on a working day, I’d say putting on makeup, a bit of jewellery (I don’t wear much) and a spritz of perfume help me feel ready. As for helping to draw a line between my working looks and downtime, I try and keep my WFH outfits to ones which don’t make me want to curl up on the sofa! So either a nice voluminous dress or laid-back tailoring, and I’ll always put on some shoes or sandals. Then on more relaxed days, I’ll wear some cashmere loungewear and cashmere socks with my Birkenstocks.”

“I can’t do without a really good pair of socks right now and my Uniqlo cashmere jumpers. (I buy from the men’s section.) I wear them around the house all day, then slip on some trainers to go for a walk. I love the white socks/white trainers combination so I still feel stylish even though I am only going for a walk. I avoid wearing sweatpants all day! I never thought I would be someone who wears jeans or trousers around the house, but here we are. At the end of the day, I put my comfies back on and it helps create some boundary between the working day and time to relax.”

“My advice would be to get out of your loungewear and wear what you would normally wear to work. And, of course, if it’s possible, work in a different room than where you spend your downtime. This motivates me to get dressed up because it feels like I’m going to the office. I’ve been wearing the ‘nice top with blue jeans’ look quite a lot at home lately. It’s casual, but it feels like I’ve made an effort. Also, when I get out of my pjs, I’m not tempted to just chill all day. Also, I’m wearing my earrings and rings all the time now. I never used to wear jewellery at home before, but I feel really polished when I do.”

“As someone who works from home usually, I haven’t noticed any massive changes in my dressing habits (maybe just a few more pyjamas days than I usually would), but what I have found myself doing is shopping my own wardrobe more in a bid to get creative with what I already own. It’s been a good exercise to really dig through everything, styling things in new ways and falling in love with older pieces again.

“Also, when working from home, don’t feel like you can’t still dress up as you usually would for work. I’ve found there to be something quite fun and enjoyable about dressing up for a day of Zoom meetings and then as soon as it’s time to clock off, I put on my cashmere joggers and a comfy sweater. A pair of tailored trousers never fail to make me feel smart. I’ve been reaching for wider and straight leg styles, so I am still comfortable while at home all day. Failing that, I put on a great dress! My final tip would be (even if I have a ‘no makeup and joggers’ kind of day) putting some earrings and a necklace on to instantly feel more polished.”

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know.

Author Elinor Block | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


20 Anti-Ageing Night Creams That Actually Work

June 30, 2020 at 07:00AM

While you might be getting ready to sleep at night, this is when your skin is gearing up to do it’s biggest job—it does its best work at night; restoring, rejuvenating and recharging. That is why, more than ever, your evening routine needs to create the perfect environment for your skin to do its thing. When designing your evening routine, implementing an effective night cream will not only round off your skincare steps but aid your skin to do all the aforementioned work it needs to do.

The products that you’ll more likely see results from are often formulated with stronger ingredients and richer textures to stand the course of several hours compared to a serum or day moisturiser. More often than not we seek a night cream that combats the trials of the day and offers other benefits such as brightening and firmly, and that usually comes in the form of an anti-ageing product. 

To find the perfect night cream for your needs, looking out for key ingredients will help to decipher the most effective and robust creams to see your skin through the night. Vitamins A, C and E will help to fight damage caused by exposure and free radicals. Creating a shield over the skin, antioxidants infused in your night cream will lead to a brighter complexion as well as guard against pollutants. Peptides also an ingredient to watch out for—this small group of amino acids signal and stimulate collagen production. This protein provides the structure for the skin as well as strengthening, hydrating and improving elasticity—essentially making the skin feel and appear firmer. But no night cream is effective without hydrators and their thirst-quenching properties. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerol and shea butter help the skin to retain its moisture and as a result the skin is plumper, nourished and more flexible in structure. 

Whilst night creams are small miracle workers, they are also complimented by a good night routine and ritual. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water and you are getting your recommended hours of rest (they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing) and swap out your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase, the natural properties help to nurture the skin whilst you sleep.

Now keep scrolling for our edit of the best anti-ageing night creams…

Working on two microscopic levels, the night treatment is formulated with collagen to correct, target and combat signs of ageing and willow bark to reignite the epidermis and connote a youthful complexion. Together the duo fights back against the most common signs of ageing, boosts suppleness and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A moisture-rich night cream clinically proven to increase the oxygen levels in the skin that assists in the skin’s natural regeneration overnight. Designed to replenish what has been lost during the day, the night cream is formulated with Padina Pavonica, red coral and anti-ageing hexapeptides culminated to support and encourage skin’s elasticity whilst protecting and stimulating cell turnover.

Infused with both hydrating and anti-ageing ingredients, the cream assists the skin in its repairing process, as well as utilising phospholipids to lock in moisture that combined with hyaluronic acid, which plumps and rejuvenates the skin.

Designed with a unique triple action formula that is cultivated with Pro-Xylane 3% and Pro Ceramide, the night treatment revives the skin, combats fine lines and wrinkles as well as reduces the appearance of pores and resurfaces the skin’s texture.

Hitting brightening, texture and tone all at once, Kate Somerville’s multi-tasking night cream is enriched with anti-ageing ingredients. Harnessing retinol and Vitamin C to target the skin’s texture, pigment and fine lines, wake up to your skin looking brighter whilst feeling nourished and revitalised.

Whipped to perfection, this night cream is featherlight in texture but rich in formula. Packed with vital ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, your skin can be rest assured that this treatment will be fighting against the damage of the day whilst nurturing it to recovery.

Focusing on restoration, rejuvenation and refinement, the Multi-Lift Night Cream both strengthens and firms the skin whilst minimising fine lines and wrinkles. Suited for all skin types and designed to treat both the face and neck to reveal a brighter and smoother complexion.

One of the capital’s most sought-after skincare specialists, Sarah Chapman designed the ultimate anti-ageing night cream. With 12 vital actives, this cream reduces irritation and redness, banishes dehydration and strengthens the skin’s natural defence barrier.

Although a slight cheat as this is technically a serum. However, if you’ve ever tried this moisturising product, you’ll know that you wake up looking completely refreshed come the AM. Fine lines and wrinkles will appear reduced, the skin’s tone more even and the complexion looking more youthful.

This more affordable cream is formulated with Matrixyl 3000+, an anti-wrinkle peptide that is cultivated in the most expensive skincare products and Retinyl Palmitate that as a pro-retinol ingredient supports the skin’s renewal process. So what does that all mean? Well, they work in harmony to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while creating the ideal environment for recharge and renewal.

Although considerably lighter than most night creams, the Youth Renewal makes up for it in its advanced technology. Powered by a tri-active formula that is broken down between a fast-acting retinoid, time-released retinoid and a retinol booster, the technology has a boastful time impact when targeting wrinkles and boosting resilience. Replenishing the skin at a deeper level, the peptide rich algae extract boosts moisture levels and lifts the skin revealing a more luminous, softer and tighter complexion.

Combining the force of Q10 and Argan Oil, the night cream deeply nourishes and replenishes the skin as well as helps to retain moisture, elasticity and collagen.

Designed to rejuvenate and repair the skin, the nourishing night cream is blended with three expert ingredients that target ageing concerns: avocado oil, Manuka honey and calendula oil. Avocado oil stimulates collagen production, the Manuka is an antibacterial agent to target blemishes and calendula oil protects against environmental damage and free radicals, whilst dosing the skin with the moisture it craves.

Collagen is a key ingredient when investing in anti-ageing night creams and Algenist’s Sleeping Collagen is powered with the highest concentration alongside alguronic acid and ceramides to transform the skin whilst you sleep.

Providing a mini face lift as you sleep, it harnesses Resveratrol to treat the deeper set fine line and wrinkles as well as Grape seed oil and shea butter to nourish, strengthen and encourage the skin’s protective barrier.

Packed with rich and renewing antioxidants, the Preserve Face Cream sinks into the skin and reverses the damage of the day. Plumping, hydrating and brightening the complexion, the blend of hyaluronic acid, peach leaf extract and lotus leaf work together to comfort and recover the skin, recharging it for the day ahead.

Opting to utilise the plant-based retinol alternative, Bakuchiol, your skin will still benefit from the properties of retinol but will avoid the irritation, especially if your skin is sensitive. Whilst in repair mode, your skin will be privy to the gentle exfoliation, improvement of the skin’s tone and targeted action against fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. 

Improving the skin’s tone, firmness and elasticity, reducing fine lines, hydrating, nourishing and promoting cell regeneration, this is an intensive night cream not to be taken lightly.

Two ingredients within this night cream are Horse Chestnut flower extract and Horse Chestnut escin, the energetic duo penetrate to the deeper layers of the dermis and nourish the skin by improving its micro-nutrient network that weakens as we age and causes the skin to become dehydrated. On the surface, the skin will be left radiant, reinforced and plumper.

Containing Skyn Iceland’s iconic Biospheric complex of pure Icelandic glacial waters, arctic berries and pure oxygen, the skin will be treated to a restoration of tone and texture at an optimal level. With rice peptides to help preserve collagen, yeast extract to moisturise and soothe the skin, will bark for antibacterial protection and calming extracts. Together, they will deliver energy to the cells and help create a radiant and plump complexion by morning.

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends to know. 

Author Nateisha Scott | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


All the Fragrances I Love This Summer Are Affordable

June 30, 2020 at 07:00AM

You can never underestimate the power of fragrance, it’s sweet, woody or zesty notes can transport any individual to a particular memory and boost any mood. The best fragrances linger on the skin and turns heads as you walk down the street. Whilst fragrances are trans-seasonal, there is something about a fragrance in the summer that makes an impact. Whether it’s inspired by the sweet yet sultry setting on the Mediterranean or boasting the zesty notes of citrus, summer fragrances add a little extra energy and vibrancy during the warmer months. And right now, the high street is delivering when it comes to fragrance. It used to be that the only decent scents were expensive but recently, that’s all changed. With the likes of Zara and & Other Stories offering up incredible fragrances, I often turn to the high street for perfume. 

As the fragrance wardrobe is ever-changing, depending on mood, investing in lust-worthy expensive fragrances can seem quite daunting. Hence our edit of sultry, seductive and fresh scents that sustains it quality but are inexpensive and worth the investment. “Pretty florals always prove to be extremely popular especially with the sparkling notes of orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine and rose” says sustainable perfumer, Amy Christiansen, founder of Sana Jardin, exploring the notes that individuals reach for over the summer months. “If I had to choose notes which best evoke the feelings of summer, I would choose lemon, jasmine, ylang ylang and orange blossom, they will transport anyone to an exotic location”.

With that in mind, I suggest you scroll through my edit of the best affordable summer fragrances. 

Whisked away to the Sicilian country, get lost in the gardens that is bursting with the scents of fresh lemons and dried bark. ‘Sicilian Sunrise’ is a zesty and fresh scent that lasts throughout the day and leaves sweet touch on the skin.

With top notes of iris root for an earthy feel and sparkling pink pepper for freshness, ‘You’ is heavily grounded in warm notes that connotes a creamy base. Combined the base and top notes create an addictive musk that adapts to each nose uniquely.

Summer encapsulated in a bottle, the foral and fruity combination makes it not for the faint hearted and if you aren’t into overly sweet scents then this fragrance isn’t for you. If you are then this scent unveils notes of peach, orchid and vanilla, leaving a flirty and feminine scent in the air.

Explosive, sexy, sultry and masculine all at once, a unisex fragrance that from the key notes of pink pepper, orange flower and cedarwood, pulls together a balance of rich yet earthy tones that will leave you wanting more.

If there ever was an iconic fragrance collaboration it would have to be between Zara and Jo Malone, the collection carries the unique notes that runs through the Jo Malone fragrances but with a unique twist. Expressing notes of orange flower, neroli and ylang ylang, Jo Malone describes this as “royal and regal moments to be celebrated with orange flowers”.

If the summertime re-inspires fruity, sweet and zesty memories then this Lime and Basil fragrance is your seasonal go-too. Apart from winning the award for the Best Citrus Fragrance awarded by The Real Beauty Awards, the notes evoke a warmth and sweetness that you will no doubt become addicted too.

Who doesn’t love the arrival of a fresh bouquet of flowers at the door? Imagine that, bottled in a fragrance. This small but mighty perfume is part of the floral family with a light yet feminine bouquet of freshly cut flowers.

For a lighter yet vibrant option, fall in love with the ‘Crush Body’ mist. Ignited with passionate notes of pistachio and salted caramel, this is summer pool parties wrapped into one. Inspired by the infamous Bum Bum Cream, you will instantly be transported to the sun-soaked shores.

Sparkling yet sweet, draw on the holiday destination memories with notes that burst with freesia, lime blossom and lychee. The sorbet-y notes culminate in a sweet but gentle blend that will immediately lift your spirits.

Does summer provide you with a sense of calm? Then this fragrance is the perfect partner for you to achieve the relaxation you deserve. With its calming blend of green cardamom, iris and coriander, the unisex fragrance appeals to the calming senses and immediately draws you away from any stress. Enjoy your summer without a worry in sight.

Catching the shadows of summer, this dark and intense aroma is delicately blended with bergamot, plum, vanilla, amber and patchouli. The cocktail of scents come together to truly transform your notion of fragrance. This is not for the faint hearted.

Easy on the nose and non-offensive, Philosophy’s best selling fragrance is light, femimine, flirty and perfect for the breezy summer days. Exposing a fresh yet floral scent, this fragrance is light hand you need during the warm days.

Blending essential oils with plant extracts, the phyo-therapy benefits are astounding. Uplifting, Refreshing and Captivating, float through the fruity zests and get lost in the memoriable scents of wild rose and wood. All of the feelings that come with a fresh scent wrapped up in skincare benefits of beech, sorbier and blackcurrant bud extracts to moisturise and soothe the skin.

Taking in that fresh sea breeze air, if there is nothing else that reminds you of a sea-front destination and getting lost in the picturesque sunsets. ‘Turquatic’ features anemone, lotus, orris and Corsican blue cedar, the intricate blend of notes will whisk you away to the warm and sweet memories of walking along the beach

Author Nateisha Scott | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


These Are the Products Emily Ratajkowski Swears By for Glowing Skin

June 30, 2020 at 06:30AM

Right now, we must admit that scrolling through Instagram doesn’t seem like the healthiest of ways to spend time. With workout videos, home tours and book reviews galore, it’s all too easy to fall into a comparison trap while scrolling through your feed. However, there is one particular Instagram movement happening right now that we think everyone can benefit from, and that’s the one where our favourite celebs show us what’s in their bathroom cabinets, including their go-to beauty products.

With literally everyone in their homes at the moment, even the A-list can’t resist giving us a little glimpse into their everyday routines. While we all appreciate a good nosey into anyone’s beauty collection, there is a handful of celeb routines that we are itching to see. And as if the social media gods are granting us one beauty wish at a time, the queen of glow, Emily Ratajkowski, recently took to Instagram to share her go-to skincare products of the moment.

In a quick Q+A session with her followers, one beauty buff wanted to know more about the model’s skincare routine. And just like so many of us, it turns out EmRata’s skin isn’t enjoying being locked up indoors much at the moment either. “My skin isn’t amazing right now. I’ve been picking a lot because I’m at home, but this is what I use,” she said before sharing an edited selection of products.

Don’t worry if you missed it—we’ve got you. If you’re as in awe of Emily’s perpetual glow as we are and want to know more about the beauty products she swears by, keep scrolling.

This rich cleansing balm removes makeup and impurities in a matter of seconds to reveal luminous skin. It’s no wonder it’s such a fave, really.

Developed by the A-list’s favourite dermatologist, Dr Dennis Gross, this particular moisturiser contains both retinol and collagen to help combat signs of ageing. And if Emily’s a fan, we reckon it’s worth trying out. 

It might be a little pricey, but this wonder oil is jam-packed with antioxidants and hydrating natural ingredients for a plump, glowing finish.

Well, isn’t this quite the surprise? This spot treatment contains salicylic acid to help unclog pores and minimise the appearance of blemishes. The fact that Emily Ratajkowski actually uses a £4 spot treatment is extraordinary. What’s more impressive is that it hasn’t sold out yet. 

Next up, the six affordable skincare brands that actually work.

Author Shannon Lawlor | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


I’m Convinced This Summer Dress Colour Suits Everyone

June 30, 2020 at 06:00AM

As someone who’s worked in fashion for quite a few years, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked for wardrobe advice. One area in particular that people want to know about is which colours suit them. While I always think you need to just work out what you love and go from there, I do know that there is one colour that suits everyone.

A few years ago, my colleague and Editor-in-chief of Who What Wear UK Hannah Almassi wrote a piece on how red, and in particular primary red, is actually the most universally-flattering colour and suits all skin tones. Despite this, I’ve had a lot of people tell me that this colour isn’t for them.

While I’ve always been a fan of the hue, I hope that any red naysayers will be encouraged to opt for it, now presented with the above evidence. And my favourite way to wear it right now? In the form of a summer dress. Because, trust me, you’ll wear it every year from now on. Keep scrolling to see how Grece Ghanem is wearing red summer dresses then shop my edit of the best…

Style Notes: Bold red with white stilettos? Yes please. 

Style Notes: How elegant does this red halterneck look with mules? 

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends to know.

Author Elinor Block | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


The One Place I Turn to For Luxe Summer Outfit Ideas

June 30, 2020 at 06:00AM

Working as an editor on a fashion publication, I am always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration, particularity when it comes to putting together a winning outfit. In the saturated world of social media, it’s all too easy to get lost in a hole of cookie-cutter ensembles and variations-on-a-theme influencer feeds. The trick is to look to places that might not seem obvious, and for me that’s Net-a-Porter. 

It’s simple: if I’m struggling to think of new ways to style something I’ll simply search for similar pieces on the site and it’ll come up with countless examples professionally styled outfits. Or, if I just need some general ideas for new pairings, I’ll look in the new-in section and see what takes my fancy. Plus, as someone who always struggles more with high summer fashion, Net-a-Porter has been a godsend over the last month, with so many fab warm weather looks filtering in. 

Now that the temperatures are starting to hit the mid-twenties, it’s time for me to get my fix of new season fashion inspo. At the top of my list is Nicholas’ achingly-cool knitted vest and longline shorts get-up that I plan on recreating with my chunky Birkenstocks. I also have a serious crush on Bondi Born’s terracotta-coloured bikini and trousers set, which will look just as good for sunbathing in the park as it will on your summer holidays in 2021. Scroll down to see the four outfits that caught my eye this season and shop the looks. 

Style Notes: I love the terracotta hue of this matching bikini top and trousers. I’d just throw on a white tee to make it weekend-ready.

Style Notes: I mean, you really can’t go wrong eith a floral midi dress in the summer months, and this one caught my eye with its stunning ruffled, square neckline. 

Style Notes: This has got to be my favourite look out of my selection. The knitted vest feels very ’90s, but the longline shorts kick it into 2020. 

Style Notes: The minimalist dress is fast becoming the fashion girl’s go-to this summer and I can certainly see why. This floaty maxi will keep you cool in every sense of the word. 

Author Joy Montgomery | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


Small But Mighty: 51 Summer Buys From the Coolest Independent Brands

June 30, 2020 at 06:00AM

Whether you’re a shoe hoarder or a jacket fanatic, a dress lover or a bag addict, it’s safe to say that there is an independent brand to cater to your wardrobe needs.Thanks to word of mouth and the power of social media, theever-diversifying fashion industry is finally allowing niche labels to come to the fore. Big brands don’t have a monopoly over the landscape, as many customers are wanting to invest in original design and lesser-known styles.  

Sadly, some of these labels are being hit by the current crisis, and as a publication, we’re doing our very best to support the talent we love in any way possible. That’s why we’ve dedicated our end-of-month shopping gallery to these independent brands. Honestly, we were spoilt for choice, and we wish we could include every brand we came across online (although that would turn into a long article), but we managed to whittle it down to 51 summer-ready pieces.

Of course, we understand that many of you are tightening the purse strings right now, but we would love for you to show your support by giving your favourite independent brand some airtime on social media, posting a nice comment on its feed, or even just giving it a like—every little bit helps! But if you happen to be in need of a little fashion-based pick-me-up this month, scroll down to see the pieces we’re loving this summer. Enjoy!

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know about. 

Opening Image: @lucywilliams02

Author Joy Montgomery | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


10 Affordable Trends French Girls Are Wearing This Summer

June 30, 2020 at 05:00AM

It’s no secret that we’re enamored with French-girl style over here at Who What Wear. From the effortless basics they wear time and time again to the lingerie brands they love and the beauty products they swear by to their low-maintenance hair cuts, we love to delve into how to achieve that effortlessly cool, unconventional yet refined French-girl aesthetic.

So now that summer is here, we’re honing in on the affordable trends that french girls are wearing and loving this warm-weather season. From classics such as straw bags to runway-approved trends such as crochet, french girls are serving us some seriously chic style this summer. Scroll below to shop all the chic trends for under £150.

Effortless slip dresses are a staple in every French-girl wardrobe. This season, we’re seeing milkmaid gathered styles trending with delicate spaghetti straps. 

When it comes to swimwear, retro-inspired silhouettes reign supreme—think high-waisted bikini bottoms and balconette styles.

Shop matching Leopard-Print Underwired Bikini Top (£75).

Espadrilles remain a stylish and versatile classic in practically every French woman’s warm-weather wardrobe. They work well with dresses, skirts, and shorts alike.

French girls have been leaning into the prevalent ’70s crochet trend we saw all over the S/S 2020 runways—exuding a free-spirited summer vibe.

Straw bags practically define French-girl summer style. Whether you opt for a raffia tote or wicker basket bag, they are the perfect finishing touch to your summer ensembles.

Along with basic button-downs, tanks and tees, pretty vintage-inspired blouses are prevalent in a French girls summer wardrobe. Opt for one with exaggerated collars and billowy puff sleeves. 

A hair scarf is the It accessory of summer 2020. French girls have been embracing them—adding a chic retro touch to their summer looks.

There’s no question French girls have an affinity towards cardigans, even in summer. Opt for a lightweight, cropped cardigan to take on the trend.

When it’s too hot to wear straight-leg jeans, French girls opt for denim shorts instead. Prevent the casual shorts from looking too beachy by pairing them with chic accessories, polished flats, and a sophisticated handbag.

The free-spirited ’70s trend continues to be winning over French girls this summer, with oversize retro sunglasses reigning supreme.

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends to know.

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

Author Judith Jones | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


This Under £15 Skincare Brand Will Change The Way You See Your Skin

June 30, 2020 at 04:07AM

It often takes a minute for beauty to catch up with conversations that have been circling in social media communities. Skin acceptance and skin positivity movements have been making their way around for a while, but there’s not really been a brand whose been able to capture it in an authentic way. 

Yes, un-retouched photographs of models are a huge deal but this authenticity needs to follow through in all areas of the brand. I’m talking everything from prices to how they’re engaging with their audience.

So, enter Skin Proud with their call to have us all embracing our skin. Not just one type of skin either, as the brand has made it a priority to make the products and language they use as inclusive as possible. Not a single person or skin type will be left behind and in an industry with so many barriers, it’s seriously refreshing. 

Skin Proud back all of this up with an affordable range of products under £15 that are cruelty free, 100% vegan and focus on transparency. 

Already crushing? Well, wait until you try the products. I was already fan-girling when I read up on the brand, but once the products landed on my face, it was a game-changer. 

I tried out the entire range of products that are super easy-to-use, look great in my bathroom cabinet and actually work. As in, after using Skin Proud my skin is softer, bouncier and more radiant than it was before. I’m well aware that I sound like I’m auditioning for a 3 minute TV advert here, but trust me, this is some good stuff. 

Want in on the action? Keep scrolling to read my review of the products.

I don’t know if I ate too much jelly and ice-cream when I was younger, but I’ll buy any beauty product that has a jelly-like feel. This moisturiser melted into my skin and felt like a breath of fresh air on an uncomfortably hot fan-free day. It honestly feels like splashing your face with water and the soothing rose flower and hyaluronic acid provide all the bouncy skin results. 

This serum is gentle yet oh so effective. If you’ve been nervous about giving retinol a go, then this serum that’s also filled with rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid and 0.5% retinol, might be just what you’re looking for. 8.5 hours of sleep later and my skin was exfoliated, tighter (in the best way) but still super supple. 

Thanks to the insufficient thickness of my yoga leggings, I’ve got a very sad case of dry patches on my knees. Luckily, this balm came into my life at just the right time and I’ve been slathering the jojoba and coconut oil base all over my sore knees ever since. They’re back to normal now and I credit this all-rounder with the transformation. 

It’s always a risky move when you try new skincare the night before hosting a Zoom event but the scent of this overnight mask reeled me in. In case you’re wondering, it smells like berry sweets in a bag of pick ‘n’ mix. That’ll be the nourishing cranberry seed oil and raspberry extract. 

I usually like thick, mascarpone-like masks so I wasn’t sure how well this super lightweight texture would fare. All I have to say is that I woke up to dewy skin that felt deeply hydrated and somehow changed how well my makeup application went. Sold. 

I haven’t been riding the hyaluronic acid wave and it’s for no reason other than that I got distracted by other ingredients. I always got the hype but there’s one too many half full bottles of the stuff taking up space in my bathroom. This one is set to be a keeper though as the refreshing gel is the perfect texture and as it delivers so much glow and hydration, I’ve not needed to use as many other products.

I must admit, I don’t rate eye creams at all as I am yet to find one that delivers on its promises. But, my under-eyes have been getting pretty dehydrated recently, so I put my skepticism to one side and tried this. With the mighty trio of shea butter, vitamin C and niacinamide (my ride-or-die); my hayfever eyes feel much less irritated and more moisturised. 

The texture of the cream is so light it disappears instantly when you applied; from this day onwards heavy eye creams are no longer welcome. 

Up next, how to make your skin routine more mindful. 

Author Giselle La Pompe-Moore | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


I’m a Beauty Editor, and This Is My Daily Beauty Routine From Start to Finish

June 29, 2020 at 06:30PM

I have to admit that by beauty editor standards, my beauty routine is relatively low-key. Don’t get me wrong—I love an at-home beauty treatment just as much as the next person, but finding the time to sit down and spend hours upon hours tending to my skin, hair, nails and makeup isn’t so easy. And besides the time aspect of things, I also find myself getting bored very quickly. If you ask me, I’d say that my daily beauty routine is just like any other person’s, but perhaps with just a bit more product variety.

Then, every so often, I get a reality check. It turns out that actually, for most, a structured beauty routine doesn’t go that far beyond a daily cleansing (often just with a face wipe or micellar water) and moisturising. But that was before. Now, everyone seems to be itching to invest some of their recently freed-up time in their beauty routines.

As a result of this, I have been inundated with messages from friends and family wanting to pick my brains on exactly what beauty products I’m using during this trying time. And while I haven’t massively switched up my daily beauty line up, I have been taking advantage of having an extra couple of free hours in the day for a bit of pampering. Along with the rest of our lives, it’s reasonable that over the past few weeks, our beauty priorities are starting to shift too. For instance, I have pared my daily makeup routine right back and have found myself reaching for moisturising formulas that I would never usually favour.

So for those looking to expand their beauty horizons (or simply if you’re feeling a little nosey), keep scrolling for my current working-from-home beauty routine, from the minute I wake up to the minute I hit the hay.

I take three of these beauty supplements as soon as I wake up, and three before I go to sleep. I am by no means a huge supplement fan, but I have seen a few people rave about these on Instagram and thought I would give them a go. They are packed with skin-loving ingredients such as firming COQ10 and brightening vitamin C. I’m about three weeks into the four-week course and I can definitely say that my skin is in good shape at the moment. However, it is worth noting that I stopped my pollution-filled commute a few days after I started taking these too. As far as how I feel about supplements, in general, I’m still on the fence, but if my skin is happy while I’m taking them, then I’m happy. 

I always opt for a more gentle formula for my morning cleanse than I do for my evening one. I have naturally very congested pores so I need a cleanser that will work against grime and buildup but won’t leave my skin feeling dry and tight. This jelly oil cleanser is one of the best I have tried in a seriously long time. With some firm massage, the thick balm-like formula turns into sumptuous oil that leaves skin glowing beyond belief. Plus, the added massage really helps to plump and firm. 

My eyes are plagued with dark circles, even at the best of times. At the moment, with my sleep pattern all out of whack, my eyes are in a really bad way first thing in the morning. To help take down puffiness and boost radiance, I pop these super-affordable tissue masks on straight after cleansing and leave them on while I drink my morning cup of tea. Just 15 minutes later my eyes are visibly brighter and appear less sunken in.

I have really sensitive skin and my skin absolutely loathes vitamin C. I, therefore, get incredibly jealous when I see the out-of-this-world radiance and glow that it gives to other complexions. This morning mask, however, is pretty much the only vitamin C product that doesn’t leave my skin red and patchy. It’s a thick balm with exfoliating granules, and while I wouldn’t usually do a morning exfoliation, this leaves my skin so radiant it would be a crime to go to sleep and waste it. 

With a distinct lack of vitamin D, my skin is looking a little dry and lacklustre at the moment. This super-lightweight serum doesn’t clog my pores but gives my skin a well-deserved drink of hydration. Jam-packed with hyaluronic acid and glycerin, it’s one of the best affordable hydrating serums I’ve ever got my mitts on. 

People seem surprised when I tell them that I’m still wearing SPF every day during the lockdown. I can’t stress enough how important it is to wear SPF. At the moment, I’m working from my lounge, facing towards to big windows that the sun is shining right through. Sure, the UVB rays responsible for tanning (and burning) skin can’t penetrate the glass, but the UVA rays that cause ageing can pass straight through. This new formula from The Body Shop has fast become my daily favourite thanks to its second-skin, non-greasy finish.

After one week of going sans perfume, I recently picked up my daily spritz in a bid to make me feel a bit more human, and boy did it. This particular perfume is by far my most worn and most complimented since I discovered it last summer. It smells exactly like the name would suggest: fresh skin. Smelling as though I’ve just stepped out of the shower and wrapped myself up in a fluffy, freshly washed towel, a few spritzes first thing in the AM gives off the vibe that I’m a little more pulled-together than I really am—and that’s making all of the difference. 

I’d be lying if I said that I’ve been wearing a base every single day. However, for days when I have a few more Zoom calls than normal (or for our weekly Who What Wear UK Dress-Up Fridays), I like to give myself a hint of coverage. One pump of this skin tint makes my skin look juicy and dewy while helping to blur blemishes and pigmentation at the same time. 

New concealers come and go, but I will never, ever be without a pot of this stuff. I would never go to work without at least dabbing some of this heavy-duty concealer under my eyes, and why should that change just because I’m working from home? If you have dark under-eye circles like I do and hate the way that so many concealers create an attention-drawing sheen under the eyes, I urge you to try this. In fact, I urge everyone to try this. No concealer compares. 

Every beauty editor that I know has one particular product that they are so set on, any other samples that come their way in the same category get ignored. Mine is this. This matte bronzer is so perfect that I really don’t care for any other powder bronzer on offer. Lightly dusting this around the hairline and under the cheekbones in the morning gives skin a bronzed depth that I firmly believe only the actual sun itself could also achieve. Seeing as I’m not going to be basking in direct sunlight any time soon, this compact and I have never been closer. 

I’m not sure if you’ve guessed yet, but my current makeup situation is all about breathing some life back into my isolation complexion, and this liquid blush is no exception. It gives skin a dewy, glossy finish that looks so natural, it could just be real. 

I have never been one for pencilling in my brows, but with salon trips for waxing or threading totally out of the question, I’m using this putty-like gel to fix my unruly brows and get them under control. 

My eyelashes are naturally poker-straight and quite short. While the majority of my days are spent inside, I won’t be spending too much time on my mascara application. However, this super voluminous mascara only requires a couple of layers to make all of the difference. After just one zig-zag through my lashes delivers the boost of confidence I need to get started with the day. 

If I’m going to be washing my hands countless times a day, you can bet I want it to be an enjoyable experience. This cannabis hand wash might sound a little odd, but it smells incredibly citrusy and fresh and also contains amino acids to help prevent drying. 

With excessive hand washing comes dry, cracked hands. I’m trying to apply hand cream whenever I can to help soothe them and get them back to how they once were. This thick, nourishing cream from natural brand Haeckels not only smells absolutely heavenly and calming, but it’s also formulated with the brand’s signature seaweed extract for ultimate hydration. 

While I’m not usually a huge misting fan (I try to avoid putting any unnecessary product on my congestion-prone skin throughout the day), I can always make an exception for this stuff. Perfect for those with irritated skin or skin prone to redness, a few sprays of this mist over your face will offer instant relief. It’s calming sure, but it’s also full of moisturising goodness that leaves skin refreshed and dewy. 

I love this lip cream. It’s so calming and really helps to inject some moisture into my dry, chapped lips. However, my biggest gripe with it is that it’s a white cream which leaves behind a very unsightly cast. Since working from home, however, I have been slathering a thick layer over my lips at every given chance. 

My evening bath is seriously important to me. Not only does it give me an excuse to indulge in my most luxe beauty products, but it also ensures I set aside some relaxing alone time before I go to bed. My favourite bath salts for this are Goop’s The Martini. However, with everyone running themselves baths right now, it’s proving a little tricky to get hold of. To help fill the Goop-shaped hole in my heart, I thought I’d give these pre-bed salts a go instead. It’s safe to say I have not been disappointed. Filling the room with the most calming lavender and sandalwood aroma, leaving me totally zen, I never want these salts to run out. 

I know I said that I usually reserve my evening bath time for the more luxe products in my collection, but I make an excuse for this stuff. Costing just a tenth of the price of most other sleep-inducing body washes, this affordable option smells heavenly and leaves skin equally as soft and supple. 

My hair is long. It was already too long when I had to cancel my cut and colour appointment that was booked in two weeks ago. Now it’s out of control. While this range actually promotes more hair growth (not something I need right now), it also offers strands unrivalled nourishment without any unwanted weight. It’s like it was made for me. 

I really don’t enjoy moisturising my body, but I know I have to do it if I want soft, supple skin from head to toe. I find so many fragranced body creams irritating and other hypoallergenic formulas to be too thick and uncomfortable. This gem, however, as the three bears like to say, is just right. Post-bath, I massage a small amount of this into my limbs and it leaves them soothed, comforted and glowing. Plus, it fully sinks in with no greasiness by the time I climb into bed, which is more than I can say for some others I’ve used.

I’d love to say that this is the most expensive beauty product I own, but there is some ludicrously overpriced skincare out there. The Airwrap, however, is not overpriced. While the brush and cylinder attachments offer an extraordinary at-home blow-dry finish, it’s the smoothing brush attachment that I use every single day. After I have washed my hair, I give it a quick blast with the dryer attachment until it’s more or less dry and then I finish it off with the smoothing brush. It takes down any frizz and means all I have to do come morning is run a hairbrush through my lengths and I’m good to go.

Have I mentioned that my skin is super congested? While I do appreciate a great detoxifying mud mask and a gentle scrub from time to time, without using an effective salicylic acid cleanser in the evening, my blackheads get out of control. This particular cleanser has virtually cleared up my blackheads, helped reduce the size of my gigantic pores and costs under a tenner. 

Sensitive skin and glycolic acid don’t tend to gel too well, and my complexion is no exception. These clever pads work to gently exfoliate the skin using probiotics and natural extracts instead of aggravating acids. 

I am so pale right now that I am slathering on virtually anything and everything that promises glow. This new launch from St. Tropez has wormed its way into my daily routine thanks to its natural-looking finish and stellar hydration ingredients. Because I’m looking for all of the bronze that I can get, I apply this directly to my face and neck and let it sink in. Come morning, my skin looks so glowing I have to remind myself that I haven’t actually been to St. Tropez. Sob. 

If you haven’t heard of Curél before, I won’t shun you. However, I urge that you look it up as it’s Japan’s leading skincare brand for sensitive skin, and it’s wonderful. I have been working my way through this giant bottle of moisturiser for at least a month or two now and I’ve barely made a dent in it. Not only does it house my favourite hydrating and sensitive-skin-friendly ingredient ever (ceramides), it’s also excellent value for money. 

With the skin on my hands feeling particular sore right now, it’s prone to cracking around my knuckles. To keep cracked skin free from infection and to help soothe it, I apply a slather of Sudocrem to affected areas every single night.

Next up, 23 beauty products I turn to when I’m feeling out of sorts.

Author Shannon Lawlor | Whowhatwear
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