The season for cosying up by the fire, living in chunky knitwear, and giving our drier more sensitive skin some much needed TLC!

With having a combination skin type myself, I get overly excited about stepping up my routine this time of year! Autumn/Winter weather allows me to be able to layer my skincare, and use more nourishing products that my skin would find too much in spring/summer.

Just like you switch up your wardrobe seasonally, you should also switch up your skincare/makeup routine. Here are some tips for escaping that winter dehydration and holding onto that glow.



As the temperature drops  outside there is less moisture in the air, and inside we are surrounded by the dry heat from central heating. This massively dehydrates our skin, and a dehydrated skin holds onto a lot more dead skin cells than usual.

Use an exfoliator 2 to 3 times a week to remove those excess skin cells. This will not only leave a brighter looking skin, but also boost the performance of your moisturiser and the staying power of your foundation due to the smoother texture of your skin.

One simple step, triple the benefits!

I couldn’t live without my Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains! A jar of super fine natural grains that you simply sprinkle into your cleanser to create your own natural exfoliant.

TIP : Mix some buffing grains into your lip balm and use as a lip scrub. A must for Bold Lipstick Season!


Invest in a face oil

A face oil is one of the dreamiest products you can have in your autumn/winter skincare wardrobe, it instantly improves your skin condition no matter what your skin type! Face oil intensively nourishes a drier skin type, whilst balancing the oil production of an oilier skin.

Cleanse and tone as usual, and then add your oil as an overnight treatment alone or layer with your moisturiser if you’re on the drier side for extra moisture. My skin always feels at its best the morning after sleeping in face oil!!

TIP : Press face oil onto your cheeks over the top of your makeup for a plumper more glowing finish instantly.


Switch up your base makeup formulas

My foundation stick for winter vs. Tinted Moisturizer for summer

The lightweight formulas you use in the summer, most definitely need stepping up when it comes to the colder months of winter….

Foundation – Go for something slightly fuller coverage than you would usually go for. During the winter our skin is a lot fairer, therefore imperfections are more visible so a higher coverage is needed for that even base.

When it comes to foundation, don’t forget to get a winter shade match. A woman’s skin tone changes around 4 times a year so make sure you are purchasing the correct shade.

I LOVE : Skin Foundation Stick in Shade 3.5 Warm Beige. 31 shades available.

Blush – Cream blusher all the way!! There is nothing prettier than a fresh pop of creamy colour on your cheeks giving added hydration and glow.

Layer it on top of your foundation to the apples of your cheeks with either your fingers or foundation brush.

If your skin is on the oilier side, you may prefer using a powder blush first then add a hint of cream blush on top in a similar shade. This will still give you the glow, but layering with the powder blush will ensure your blush stays put for longer.

A few blush combo suggestions as pictured below : from left to right

Peach – Clementine Powder / Calypso Coral Cream Blush

Pink – Pale Pink Powder / Pale Pink Cream Blush      My winter favourite!!

Nude – Nude Peach Powder / Uber Beige Cream Blush

Double Blush combinations



I hope you’ve found these points useful, comment below anything you love to do or use on your skin in the winter?!

After writing this post, I’m off to exfoliate and cover my skin in face oil before bed!

Have a great week,

Ashley x










  1. Ruth Gillespie
    4th December 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Love this!! Definitely some great tips for new make up and skin care ideas! Can’t wait to try the combination of a cream blush over a powder blush!

    Ruth xx

  2. Chanella
    4th December 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Love this! Such good tips!

  3. Sharon Winning
    4th December 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Love this 🙂 Good luck with the blog.

  4. Victoria Mountford
    4th December 2016 / 9:57 pm

    How wonderful!!! I’m going to invest in a face oil!

    Victoria x

  5. ashley
    4th December 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Thanks for all your help and support!! Love you x

  6. ashley
    4th December 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Thank you beauty!! xx

  7. ashley
    4th December 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Thanks so much x

  8. ashley
    4th December 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Oh Vic you would love it! Looking forward to seeing you soon xx

  9. Charlotte
    5th December 2016 / 2:23 am

    Loving your top tips Ashley! Your blogs will go far! Plus I have the face oil and highly recommend it – a little goes a long way, a definite must!! Hope to see you soon Ashley xx

  10. Ms Nomer Presents (@MsNomerPresents)
    5th December 2016 / 6:28 am

    Ooh like the idea of cream over powder blush. Look forward to reading more.

  11. Sue Metcalf
    5th December 2016 / 7:47 am

    Even at my age, I’ve learnt something new.Im excited about the oil, and going to try it. Keep the hints and tips coming. Looking forward to the next ones xxx

  12. ashley
    5th December 2016 / 8:59 am

    thanks so much! Oh I’m obsessed love it! x

  13. ashley
    5th December 2016 / 9:00 am

    Thank you! Definitely give double blushing a try! Your blusher stays put so much longer xx

  14. ashley
    5th December 2016 / 9:00 am

    Ah thanks Sue!! I will do xx

  15. Rebecca
    5th December 2016 / 7:23 pm

    A great read and looking forward to further tips plus lifestyle updates. Do you have any plans to complete make up tutorials? They would be a massive help to me.

  16. ashley
    5th December 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Thanks Rebecca for your comment! I will definitely be posting about my makeup routine and lots more skincare/makeup tips. xx

  17. Justyna
    5th December 2016 / 10:59 pm

    Ashley I love ❤️ this is amazing! Love the photos as well as tips you great!! All the bestest!! ❤️

  18. Joanne lucas
    6th December 2016 / 6:49 am

    I love this Ashley! Bobbi skincare is honestly the best I’ve ever used. How about your winter lip routine? How do you keep them plump and moisturised, and what are your fave colours this season? Xx

  19. Gemma Rattigan
    6th December 2016 / 9:26 am

    Fab tips Ash il be trying a oil on my skin definitely xxx

  20. James
    6th December 2016 / 10:17 am

    Love this Ashley. Loving the blusher suggestions, and the Face Oil reccomendayion. Good shout! ❤️❤️

  21. ashley
    6th December 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Thanks J! Miss you!!! Hope all is going well xx

  22. ashley
    6th December 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Thanks Joanne. It is isn’t it!! totally addicted to all the skincare. As I mentioned in my post I love mixing buffing grains into my lip balm. You have inspired me to do a post about winter lips so I will post more about this soon. xx

  23. ashley
    6th December 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Yes Gem!! You would love xx

  24. ashley
    6th December 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Thanks James!! Hope your well xx

  25. Nikki
    7th December 2016 / 2:27 am

    Love the grains and oil advice. Im always looking for ways to give my mature skin a glow!!

  26. ashley
    8th December 2016 / 10:22 pm

    Thank you! I will be sure to keep sharing skin glowing tips for you all xx

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