Wednesday 19 October 2016


In a polite society, a well maintained skincare routine is one of life’s great successes – Violet Grey.

My favourite topic in the world. Yes, I’m talking skincare! Whoop! Let’s get started shall we! 
Before you start planning your deep, dark, dramatic hues of makeup looks for this autumn. (I’m ready to bring out my blackcurrant lipstick as I type) - What’s going on with your skin though? 

I get questions all the time on how I get my skin looking so plump and radiant throughout the autumn season. You know how it goes, your skin will be amazing all summer long, then as soon as it gets cooler in weather, it takes a turn for the worse. I’m talking dull, flaky skin or chapped lips. It’s been known to always switch up your skincare routine depending on the season. Lighter products in the summer and richer products in the winter.

I decided to share with you my autumn essential skincare products that I swear by during the autumn season.


Let me start with the cleansing! My love affair with Clarins started when I was first introduced by my mother (the skin queen) to the Clarins Daily Energiser Cleansing Gel. I have been using this product since I was 13 years old and I regularly look forward to using this morning and night. It effectively removes all traces of makeup and pollution. This smells divine and over time, I noticed it left my skin feeling fresh, bright and a overall luminous appearance. I use this all year round, so it doesn’t solely have to be used for the cooler season, as it is suitable for all conditions. What makes this cleanser even better, is that it’s for all skin types. I’ve put my friends on this bad boy and they absolutely love it!


My new found favourite! The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. I purchased this product about a month ago and if I was to sum up this mask in words it would be: 

‘having a spa treatment in your home’

This mask is everything to me! A Chinese inspired, it contains ginseng extract, rice extract, sesame seed and creamy exfoliating beads. I've used this twice a week and already I can see a difference in how my skin looks. I particularly love the cooling sensation you feel once the mask is applied, as you can really feel it penetrating into my skin. The best bit, washing the mask off in a circular motion, so you can get the exfoliating beads to work its magic! Leaving your skin soft and supple 
Perfect for the colder months when you want to strip away dead, dull skin and uncover a fresh appearance.

I like to throw in some K-Beauty into the mix just before a night out, if I want a quick boost! I'm talking South-East Asia's very own sheet masks. I am notably loving the range from My Beauty Diary, a Taiwanese brand who specialise in hydrating, moisturising and brightening the skin in one mask. All the stress your skin may be exposed to due to the cold weather, this mask helps bring your skin back to it’s original zest and youthfulness.


I use the Boots Rosewater and Glycerin Toner and I put this on after I’ve cleansed and just before I put on my moisturiser. I love how soft and plump this leaves my skin. I pour out 3 pumps of the toner onto my cotton pad, apply it to my face and there you go! Instant, glowing and dewy skin! The rosewater has a lovely smell and I can’t get enough of how refreshed I look afterwards. I’m not going to waffle on too much. ugh, it’s just amazing!


Yes, another Clarins product. Do you see a pattern here…? I do love them. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm has always been a favoured product of mine. I feel my daily skin regime is not complete if I do not reach for this. The balm gives me an instant radiant flash and dare I say it, a life saver for times when my skin needs a pick me up. The beauty balm helps moisturise, tighten and brighten my face. It smooth’s my skin’s surface, whilst reviving my youthful glow. It’s a nice prep for make-up as they go well together. 

Guy’s, forget highlight, this is the luminous shine you need!

Eye Cream

This step can often be left out, but it is fundamental to give your eye area some care and protection against dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. With the harsh autumn/winter weather looming, your eye area needs all the attention it can get. This is where the Kiehls Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate comes in. 

This has been a new addition to my beauty wardrobe recently. I've always wanted to try out Kiehls products and I have been on a hunt for a really good eye cream. Kiehls have all types of eye creams depending on your skin type and needs, so I would advise you to speak to a sales advisor for more information.

I was advised to try this particular one and its only been 3 weeks and so far, I like how bright my eye area has become. For me, I get really puffy eyes during winter and when I apply this, it’s almost as if I put nothing on because it sinks into my skin so well, leaving my eye area super soft, puffiness reduced and revitalised. This is perfect to use day and night! Since this is a new buy, I will be seeing how this product works for me over the course of time and keep you all updated! 


We know how the weather can make your lips dry and chapped during the colder months. It happens to me all the time when I haven’t used anything. When I started using the Malibu Lip Care Balm, my lips became moisturised, with no issues with dryness. I like to wear it just before I go to bed, so it can work overnight. It has an SPF 30 sunscreen protection, which is so important whatever the weather. My recent trip to Thailand, I experienced serious sun damage to my lips and this lip balm helped cure it. 
I can’t leave the house without this stuff!

Hope this post was helpful :)

When it comes to autumn/winter, what skincare products do you swear by?

Bernie xx

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