Q&A with Libby Dawson, Beauty Co-Editor

WHAT CHANGES THE MOST ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY REGIME IN SPRING? The best thing for me about the change in season is that I get to strip everything back down to basics. During the warmer weather I much prefer to embrace my natural hair and natural skin; I don’t like to reach for the fuller coverage… Read more »

by LibbyDawson 4 days ago

WHAT CHANGES THE MOST ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY REGIME IN SPRING?

The best thing for me about the change in season is that I get to strip everything back down to basics. During the warmer weather I much prefer to embrace my natural hair and natural skin; I don’t like to reach for the fuller coverage makeup products and because of the fresh Spring air, I like to let everything breathe.

I haven’t worn makeup for months during lockdown, now I’m worried about my skin when I put it back on.

I think this is definitely going to be a problem for lots of people, as many of
us have been embracing the natural look during these lockdown months. I think I’ve definitely forgotten how to apply makeup, so I really need to get back into a rhythm with it too. My advice would be that we are (hopefully) going to be coming out
of lockdown during the warmer months, which is a blessing! We can ease our skin back into makeup gently, and start by using BB creams, tinted moisturiser and products that aren’t as heavy. One of my favourite things about the summer months (as I’ve mentioned briefly above) is that I don’t feel like I need to wear lots of makeup as I much prefer to let my skin breathe. By using these products and not going straight back to full coverage heavy makeup, this’ll definitely be better for your skin and give it a chance to get used to products again. It’s also important to remember your skincare and get into a good cleansing routine too.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT AT THE MOMENT?

At this current moment in time, my favourite beauty product has got to be between the Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer and the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Balm. I’ve never really used concealer before but this Revolution product is great, and I’m really enjoying dabbing it sparingly on my face and blending it out as a base. Then, the Coconut Balm has been great for restoring my dry ends. I’m going on a bit of a journey at the moment with my hair and this has definitely helped me to keep it feeling nourished and soft.

I’m feeling anxious about heading back into the beauty salons when everything re opens.

Again, I think this is something that a lot of people are going to be feeling so you shouldn’t feel alone with this. Whilst it might feel important to support these businesses when they re open, it’s even more important to do what you feel most comfortable with, and you shouldn’t feel pressure to book in your haircut, nail appointment and wax all at once! I’m sure that everyone is going to be working their hardest to ensure everything is 100% safe for when you feel ready to have your beauty treatments.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE NAIL COLOUR?

I will admit that I am incredibly boring when it comes to my nails, and my favourite colours do depend on the season we are in. I love a classic all white, or a simple white tip, especially throughout the summer months. As well as that, I love a simple nude/baby pink/beige, and my favourite colour at the moment is a creamy oatmeal colour; I’ll have these colours 90% of the time but especially in Spring and Summer. Then, in the Autumn and Winter months I like to spice it up with a bit of burgundy or a dark red wine shade. You won’t catch me with a lime green, any glitter or nail art, I like to keep it very basic and plain.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR HAIR IN GOOD CONDITION?

As I’ve said, I am currently on a hair journey myself, and trying to keep it in its best possible condition is definitely not easy! My top tips are to, drink water, try not to wash your hair regularly, keep the heat off (easier said than done), brush your hair from the bottom up to avoid breakages, treat it regularly / use oils to ensure the ends stay nourished, and ensure you’re getting enough omega3, protein and iron. If you’re like me and are struggling with your hair and potential loss, please remember to speak to your GP, because your body could be lacking in many things that can contribute to hair problems. And with that being said, keep reading to find out how one of our beauty writers has transformed the condition of her hair!