The Edit: Post Cold Saviours

So the first cold of 2013 has finally bitten the dust, it would be time to celebrate but unfortunately i’m dealing with the post cold aftermath that is my face. If I didn’t have the makeup and skincare knowledge I’ve gained over the past two years I probably would have had a little cry at the sight of my face: dull skin, dry cracking skin (especially around the nose) and just generally lacking a little in the wow factor. Not to worry though, for me there are 6 items that have been helping to combat the zombie look i’m currently sporting…

01. Hydraluron – Why is this number one? Rewind a few months and i’d be asking myself the same thing, but I’ve been using this on a regular basis, at least once a day, since Christmas, and at first I never really felt like I could see any benefits. But now I find that my skin stays moisturised and feels healthier for much longer if I’m using this consistently. If the situations really bad e.g. nursing cold and flu bad, it will go on twice a day, but for every other day, I just smooth it over my skin in the morning after cleansing.

02. Origins Drink Up Intensive – For super healthy plump looking skin, there’s no better mask than this – in the summer this is a no go-er but in the depths of winter when your skin needs something to add life and moisture – this will do it. I apply this last in my night time routine, about 15 minutes before bed to let it soak in a little (save it all rubbing off on my pillow!). I also take it to work with me if my skin is really dry, and pop a tiny amount over those pesky dry areas that can form around my nose.

03. YSL Touche Eclat Foundation – When I first purchased this, it just about got a thumbs up from me, I liked it, but was it my holy grail? No. However this was when the months were milder and I wasn’t a sick little bunny, and now I need dewy and I need glowing. And voila! It makes my skin look so much more youthful and dewy, and steers me away from looking like an illustration from The Zombie Survival Guide.

04. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – I’m branching out into the world of concealers in 2013, or that was the goal I set myself anyway. The Rimmel Concealer works perfectly alongside the YSL foundation, reminding me slightly of the Origins Plantscription Concealer ever so slightly due to it’s more natural and uncakey finish. Beaut!

05. Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask – using this on a normal day when my skin is generally happy would be generally pointless. For some reason I’ve only really seen the benefits of this mask when my skin is seriously dull. Over the past few weeks this has definitely had the chance to work its magic and it has helped to make my skin look a little brighter which is great as it means I’m not having to rely on (and apply less) makeup.

Rimmel Blush in Santa Rose – This is a beautiful natural blush which I pop on to bring some life back to my cheeks. It’s lovely and natural, so I don’t look too made up. Just normal and healthy!

Now I look healthy on the outside, it’s definitely time to give the inside some TLC… Pass me the vitamins and a plate of veggies please!


  1. Jenny
    16 Jan 2013 / 3:58 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! I've brought out the Shea butter for my poor, cracked nose x

  2. charissa
    16 Jan 2013 / 4:05 pm

    My HG products during the cold winter season is definitely the REN radiance renewal mask also, as well as my origins vitazing moisturiser! xx

  3. Leanne Rachel
    16 Jan 2013 / 4:13 pm

    I love the Drink up intensive mask, it's great! Lovely post xx


  4. LuxeLifeAspirations
    16 Jan 2013 / 4:26 pm

    Dying to try that Ren mask, have read so many good things about it. Hope you're feeling better 🙂

  5. Millie
    16 Jan 2013 / 4:41 pm

    Great post! I have always wanted to try the Ren mask, sounds like such an amazing product! 🙂 ♥

  6. Kate
    16 Jan 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Great post, I was just getting together my post flu necessities. I feel your pain! Hope you feel better 🙂

  7. Naghmeh
    16 Jan 2013 / 5:18 pm

    Great post, I'm at home nursing a cold now as I type this and my skin is hating it. I've been trying to get my hands on that Origins mask but I cannot find it, the search must continue!

  8. elin likes...
    16 Jan 2013 / 5:33 pm

    Definitely going to try out the origins drink up intensive, my skin has been terrible since it got colder xx

    xoxo elín

  9. Ellie
    16 Jan 2013 / 5:34 pm

    This is a great post! I really want to try the YSL Touche Eclat foundation… sounds so gorgeous. Origins Drink Up Intensive is something I've been reaching for a lot this winter!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

  10. Maddy
    16 Jan 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Hope you feel better soon, and thanks for the tips! xxx

  11. nataliestubbs
    16 Jan 2013 / 5:43 pm

    I ordered the Origins mask the other day; can't wait to try it out!

  12. Catherine
    16 Jan 2013 / 6:00 pm

    Definitely with you on the Wake me up concealer, I've just been ill too. I'd love to try the masks. xo

  13. Cherry
    16 Jan 2013 / 7:50 pm

    I've just bought the Origins mask, it's lovely.

  14. Leanne Marie
    16 Jan 2013 / 8:14 pm

    I basically want to try everything you have mentioned in this post. I need to get me some Origins and Hydraluron!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  15. Lacey
    16 Jan 2013 / 9:35 pm

    I have just got a sample of the YSL foundation and wow it is beautiful! I need to purchase the full one – it is great this time of year!! 🙂
    LaceyLoves x

  16. Michaela Tegg
    16 Jan 2013 / 9:44 pm

    Such a great post Suzie! I'm just coming to the end of it and feel disgusting. After reading so much about it I think I may have to give Hydraluron a go! I've been relying on copious amounts of hot lemon water! X

  17. Katherine xo
    17 Jan 2013 / 1:01 am

    love the YSL foundation on down days! x

  18. Gem
    17 Jan 2013 / 10:47 am

    I love this post! The Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask sounds wonderful.

    P.s. I hope you get well soon!!

    Gem x

  19. kittymakesup
    17 Jan 2013 / 11:26 am

    Love this post hope your feeling back to normal! xx

  20. hannah maggs
    17 Jan 2013 / 2:48 pm

    this is such a cute post suzie 🙂 I've been meaning to try that origins mask for ages now, everyone always raves about it. thing is ive been dissapointed by a couple of things that everyone seems to like, so im abit scared to try it now!
    really want to try the ysl foundation too. youve got such a great little mix of products here 🙂 x

  21. Fern
    17 Jan 2013 / 10:37 pm

    I really want to try the origins mask, I've heard such good things about it. I need to get my YSL out again, we 'fell out' for a bit but I'm feeling ill and run down, and it's definitely the perfect foundation for waking you up x

  22. Michelle
    18 Jan 2013 / 11:08 am

    Love all of your picks, I want to try that Rimmel concealer and blush, I've heard good things about both! xx

  23. rebeccalouiseee
    20 Jan 2013 / 6:10 pm

    This was a really helpful post! I've been really miserable all weekend as I'm coming down with a serious cold but you've inspired me to go and have a good pamper session this evening and try and get some moisture and radiance back into my skin as well as make me feel a whole lot better and fresher! I've only tried the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask but I love it, I'm sure all of your picks would significantly help me… online shopping is definitely something to cheer me up!

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