Rosie, who has worked all over the world, likes to be behind the lens sometimes too and enjoys keeping an air of mystery about her. Read her tips for all of you in your forties.
Clarisonic Aria Sonic Cleansing Brush, £155
I’ll be honest, I’ve always thought that electronic beauty gadgets are a bit of a gimmick. There’s a big sales pitch, lots of technical jargon you don’t understand and the results are often hard to notice. So yes, I was wary of the Clarisonic Aria and fully expecting to be thoroughly under whelmed. And then I tried it. One word: wow.
Before I wax lyrical about the beauty benefits of this nifty little tool, and why you must, and I really mean must, buy one, what is it? In a nutshell, this baby delivers high-performance cleansing. We all know the first step to a great-looking complexion is clean skin and that’s what the Clarisonic offers: it is six times better than manual cleansing and no-one can argue with that.
The brush has three settings and a choice of changeable brush heads. I have fairly sensitive skin so I’m using the sensitive brush head once a day on the lowest setting. Change settings as and when you need to, to address individual skin conditions and concerns. The oscillatory movements per second don’t change – only the distance in which each bristle moves from side-to-side.
There’s a handy adjustable times that beeps when you need to move the Clarisonic from the forehead to the nose and chin and then onto the cheeks. It only takes 60 seconds to do the whole face. There’s plenty of battery power too, I only charge it once a month.
It can be used in the shower but I prefer to use it at night before bed. My routine is a double cleanse: first removing make-up, then using the Clarisonic to deep cleanse. The results: my skin has never looked or felt better. It is positively squeaky clean, which means any breakouts or spots disappear instantly and, more importantly, serums, masks and moisturisers sink right in and get to work immediately.
I won’t deny it, the hefty £155 price tag is a sizeable downside but on balance I feel I am using a lot less serum and moisturiser, so pots of products last longer. And I have stopped using exfoliator twice a week as my skin just doesn’t need it.
Look out for a tie in with Lancome that offers for £125 the Clarisonic Mia 2 and Lancôme’s anti-ageing Visionnaire skin corrector.
The Clarisonic is great for all ages but I really would recommend it for anyone in their 40s. There is a difference to pores, fine lines and wrinkles and the difference is skin tone speaks for itself.
Get it on your wishlist… from www.clarionic.co.uk.
BareMinerals Pure Transformation Day Treatment, £45
Inspired by the Pure Transformation Night Treatment, this is an advanced daytime mineral treatment that also offers a sheer tint to the skin and instantly diffuses the look of discolouration and imperfections. A bonus as we head into better weather, there is SPF20 while the brand’s magical moisture minerals keep the skin hydrated and targets signs of ageing.
I switched onto bareMinerals last year when the usual liquid foundations I had been using just weren’t doing it for me any more. They had no staying power, dried out my skin and just left me looking blotchy. The complex of minerals in the foundation improves the skin over time and I really can see and feel the difference.
Back to the Pure Transformation Day Treatment. I use this daily below foundation, though if you want a sheer hint of colour on a no make-up day it would work for that too. Used over time it improves luminosity and make-up stays in place all day. From www.qvc.co.uk
Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Make-up, £29
For days when you want a fresh look but don’t want to wear too much make up, try Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup, £29. That’ll be the school run. Check. Nipping out to the shops. Check. Even trips to the gym if you can’t imagine going out bare-faced. Check again.
The only BB cream I’ve tried that doesn’t leave skin dry and chalky looking, it offers sheer coverage with a lovely dewy, fresh-faced finish. And the SPF30 makes it perfect for spring.
It has all the usual benefits of a BB cream, erasing minor blemishes and boosting radiation, but this time with all-day hydration that really is second to none.
Choose from eight shades for an even skintone that does what it says on the tin and actually lasts all day. If it’s just a bit too glowy for you, dial it down by dusting a little powder on top.
Alternatively if you want BB benefits but need more coverage, layer under foundation. From www.esteelauder.co.uk
Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss, £14
This season’s make-up is barely there, a natural look that shouts healthiness and vitality at the top of its voice. If you haven’t already discovered the Naked collection from Urban Decay, it is the perfect place to dip your toe in this style.
Lipglosses were banished to the furthest regions of the fashion world for a while but now they’re back. They are the perfect way to nail a new trend without having to spend a fortune.
Urban Decay has nine shades to choose from, I’m particularly liking Nooner, a light neutral nude, and Lovechild, a medium pink. Try coral peach Streak when you’ve been out in the sun and have a bit of colour or the wonderfully named Walk of Shame, a pale nude pink with a micro shimmer, when you want a bit of va va voom.
If that’s not all, special ingredients boost the skin, including hyaluronic filling spheres, vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter. Rosehip seed oil provides an extra hit of vitamins and antioxidants, including vitamin A and vitamin C.
Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss, £14, from Debenhams and House of Fraser.