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By Jenny Brownlees, Nov 6 2019 06:07PM

Your home is your castle and the place you head to after a long day, so it makes sense that it be a comfortable and relaxing space. Plus, the colder the weather gets, the more excited I am to stay home—chilled out, cosy and warm with our favourite face mask on. To create surroundings that are your very own little haven, you needn’t spend big. The high street is jam-packed with can’t-believe-it’s-not-designer interiors at the mo.

So many of my go-to stores: H&M, River Island, Urban Outfitters and more are now offering chic homeware without the hefty price tag.So if like me, you often gaze at influencers’ stylish bedside and dressing tables, wishing your own space was a little more put-together, look no further. I’ve curated the best affordable buys to create welcoming rooms with luxe-looking style and comfort. After all, a cosy room is a calm one.

Click here to shop my favourite homeware picks.

By Jenny Brownlees, Nov 6 2019 05:55PM

I spend a lot of my time poring over and writing about bold (and sometimes questionable) beauty looks from fashion week and Instagram, and makeup artists such as Katie Jane Hughes and Terry Barber are two Insta favourites who aren’t afraid to rock the beauty boat and push the boundaries. If you aren't already obsessed, Barber takes inspiration from mundane objects like kitchen sinks or cold cuts of meat to whip up all manner of looks, while Katie makes a case for vinyl orange lids, glitter lips and sunset eyeshadow. Neither artist conforms to the 'usual' beauty ideals we see on social media – there are no uniform cut creases or sharp winged eyeliner here. Everything is much quirkier.

I look at these creations in awe and am floored by the skill, creativity and effort. But after browsing, I put my phone away and apply the same 'basic' makeup look I’ve worn since my teenage years. So I got to wondering how the alternative makeup looks I’m impressed by would translate into everyday life. Could they inspire me to be bolder? Would I feel embarrassed, liberated, or both?

By Jenny Brownlees, Nov 6 2019 05:50PM

While an old T-shirt, mismatched shorts and no moisturizer might have previously sufficed as a nighttime routine, but as I near the end of my 20s it just won't cut the mustard. I've noticed all my favorite influencers have not only been upping their before-bed skincare game, but they've also been posting snaps of their luxe pajamas and relaxing candle set-ups. Personally, I want to follow suit. It seems evening wear (and, no, not the black dress kind) is having a moment.

By Jenny Brownlees, Nov 6 2019 05:45PM

I love party season, but am not a fan of the accompanying hangover. A late-night with too many refills wreaks havoc with my skin (dark circles, dryness, redness—the works). Luckily, I’ve found a few lifesaver beauty products that’ll come to the rescue when you’ve overindulged. Whilst you’re drinking water by the gallon these revitalizing, energizing buys will have you feeling better in no time (or faking it till you do.) Whether you have time for a shower, a bath or neither, your skin will thank you for the extra effort.

Click here to shop my miracle buys.

By Jenny Brownlees, Nov 6 2019 05:37PM

My mum is 62, and I'm 29. Generationally, we have completely different approaches to shopping for skincare. All I know is that her skin looks so amazing that she's regularly told she looks younger despite never having Botox, fillers or the like.

e set ourselves a challenge: to step out of our set skincare ways and swap our favourite beauty brands. We’d each introduce one another to products we think we’d benefit from but never usually try.

The woman that taught me everything I know about caring for my skin (and everything else) loves a department store and is a regular at the beauty counters of brands she's been loyal to for years. She's found what works and has stuck to it. I'm more likely to shop my skincare online, happily hunting down a product because I liked the look of it on a beauty influencer's Instagram #shelfie.

Whilst I'm daring with treatments and trends, my mum's classic through and through. As an internet-dwelling millennial, department beauty counters slightly intimidate me, and to be perfectly honest, I’d written off more prestigious brands as only catering for anti-ageing customers. I naively suspected there was nothing there for my acne-prone self.

This was one Glossier obsessive versus 60+ years of skincare wisdom here. And whilst we definitely have different skincare needs, trending ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and A, glycolic and salicylic acids actually benefit both our skin types. For her, they exfoliate and rejuvenate mature skin, but for me, they encourage my acne-scarred complexion to renew.

I was surprised that quite a few of my mum’s cult favourites have become a permanent fixture in my makeup bag. (I guess that means she's right… again.) I, too, got my mum on board with some cult newbies. What made it into our makeup bags permanently? Click here to find out...

By Jenny Brownlees, Nov 6 2019 05:32PM

Despite the buzz around Primark's products, there's still a stigma attached to low-cost beauty – especially make-up. Sure, it's forgiving on the purse strings but are the formulas and pigments as good as those available elsewhere? Where do they sit in relation to the prestige beauty buys we return to for their reliability and, of course, shade ranges? Are they as inclusive as the brands we know and love? Intrigued by the buzz, which has only multiplied since launching its Urban Decay-esque eyeshadow palettes, I swapped out all my usual makeup products for Primark alternatives. Here's what I thought.

By Jenny Brownlees, Feb 20 2019 08:57PM

If you have worn glitter eye shadow to death, rocked glitter roots and tried your hand at glitter lips, I'm about to let you in on all the new ways to wear a sparkling look now. Inspired by backstage beauty and expert makeup artists, these are the fresh ways you can work this glitzy beauty trend.

After all, a little sparkle never hurt nobody.

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