~ MY WINTER SKIN SAVERS ~ During the Winter my skin always feels really dry and needs an extra boost of hydration and moisture. Winter is when I bring out the big guns of skin care to keep my skin plump, soft and radiant. And (as usual) I drink A LOT of water. It's the best way to keep the skin clear and the eyes bright. Here are my Winter Skincare Savers...
CLEANSER: During Winter I swap my gel cleansers for creamy ones that hydrate the skin and keep it plump. I love my La Prairie Foam Cleanser because it hydrates and leaves the skin really soft and smooth. It's THAT good.
MASK: Once or twice a week I apply a glow-enhancing mask which gives my skin a huge hydration boost. I love my Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot Radiance Boosting Mask. I leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it off to reveal lovely smooth skin.
EXFOLIATOR: In the winter months I make sure I exfoliate my skin at least 3 or 4 times a week. Dead skin cells prevent your moisturiser from penetrating deep into the skin, so it's important to buff all that away. Yes To Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub is a wonderful scrub and gentle enough to use everyday.
TONER: I'm a huge fan of toners. I love the way they clean the skin of impurities. And they are incredibly refreshing. I love, love, love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It has lots of anti-ageing properties and just feels (and smells) great.
SERUM: A brightening face serum that corrects sun damage and targets pigmentation is a must in Winter. I apply my Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector under my moisturiser every morning to brighten my complexion and reduce any fine lines. It's no wonder this serum has cult status. It's a complete skin saviour.
MOISTURISER: My skin gets so dry in Winter and it needs lots of TLC. So I love using my Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing and Protecting Cream, which is specially formulated for dry skin. It smooths, repairs and hydrates. It's the total package. Truly gorgeous.
EYE SERUM: The area around my eyes always seem to need extra attention in the colder months. I use Jurlique's Herbal Recovery Advanced Eye Serum, which is amazing and contains anti-oxidants to really penetrate, hydrate and soothe that delicate area.
LIP BALM: A conditioning lip treatment is a must. Burt's Bees Lip Balms are brilliant, and I have an army of them. They are so nourishing and taste really fresh and fruity. Yum.
Amanda Mondale is lookin' so comfy wearing a mix of cozy oversized knits, warm long socks, fitted stripy skirts and relaxed lacy pajama shorts in this editorial photo shoot for the August Issue of Cosmopolitan Australia. So cute. Love, Elle xo
HOW TO GET THE PERFECT (LOW) BUN IN FIVE MINUTES FLAT! The ballerina bun is my go-to hairstyle when I'm running late for work and don't have time to do anything else with it. It's a breeze to maintain, and easily takes me from the office to an evening event. The ballerina bun makes any girl look amazingly polished, and it only takes 5 minutes flat! STEPS:
All you need is a hair tie and some bobby pins
Sweep hair into a low ponytail that sits at the nape of your neck.
Once you've tied your ponytail, wrap/twist the length of your hair around its base.
When you've completed you bun, secure with some bobby pins.
Finish with a light spritz of hairspray.
I love using these hairsprays: Morrocanoil Luminous Hairspray ~ enhanced with argan oil, this gorgeous spray really adds shine and smells incredible. Bumble&Bumble Thickening DrySpun Finish ~ creates volume and holds with an airy texture. Love it! John Frieda Sheer Blonde Crystal Hold ~ such a pretty hairspray that looks fab over blonde hair.