It's the small things that really matter

Many times, I have woken up full of vigour to change up my whole skincare or makeup routine in the hopes that I will wake up smoother, younger or more radiant looking.

Let me confess, radical changes rarely bring radical results, unless you head down the needle or surgery route. Let’s assume that you are interested in neither and look at small tweaks you can make to your skincare and makeup to give you a more youthful radiant glow. Sometimes minor additions or even subtractions are worth a shot!

Ditch the wipes and use a Cleanse Off Mitt instead. Wipes dry out your skin, are bad for the environment and rarely remove everything. Did you know that one Cleanse Off Mitt is equal to 90 wipes? The Cleanse Off Mitt can remove your makeup (even your eye makeup) with just warm water. Handy and eco-friendly. What more do you need?

Add an excellent cleanser and you are winning. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (€39.50) is a soap-free, foaming gel that perfectly cleanses all skin conditions without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. This cleanser contains naturally foaming quillaja saponaria to help gently rinse away toxins and debris leaving skin smooth and clean. The lightweight formula is mild enough to use every day, it also features calming balm mint and lavender extracts to soothe the skin. Your skin will not regret the fresh feeling of a nice wash.

Elevate your skincare regime and treat your skin based on whatever your skin concerns are, with Yon-Ka Paris. With four gorgeous oils to choose from, your skin care can be customised, and you can remedy any problems that may arise. There are four different boosters you can add which are formulated with natural active ingredients, designed to customise day and night creams so they can address a multitude of needs and allow you to adapt precisely to what your skin needs whenever it needs it.

They are: Protect - Defense + (antioxidant booster); Hydrate - hydra + (hydration booster); Lift - Lift + (firmness booster) and Nourish - Nutri + (nutrition booster) and are available in Yonka stockists.

If you are working in an air conditioned or warm environment, then the new Nuxe Cream-in mist (€20.50) is sent by the gods. This refreshing spray infuses the skin with 24 hours of moisture. It combines sweet almond milk with an innovative red seaweed extract to strengthen the skin and help it retain water while also protecting it from aggressors, this is great for dehydrated skin. It's a perfect boost to any routine.

Reacquaint yourself with blusher, for a natural-looking flush. Add a pop to the apples of your cheeks to add youth and vibrance. Multi-tonal ones are great for a novice.

I love the newest one from Art Deco Blush Couture in Golden Twenties (€33.40). It offers the perfect combination of three blush shades.

These shades, which flatter all skin tones, can be applied individually, or blended. Enjoy pure colour and long-lasting wear, with a classy, fresh finish. A great tip is to start with the one that matches your skin tone, sweep it over the cheek and add a more vibrant shade for a pop of colour on the apples.

Lip balm is something that has evolved greatly in recent times. Gone are the days of a hairy balm buried in the bottom of your handbag, the lowest priority of all. Dry dehydrated lips are ageing and uncomfortable, but we have such a great array of lip products available now. Image Skincare Ormedic (€25) is still my preferred choice. This ultra-hydrating, polypeptide formula improves the visual volume of lip contours. It instantly replenishes and hydrates to make the lips look naturally fuller.

Invest in some great oral healthcare like the set from Polish London (€35) which contains Polished London Whitening Paste. This has a thicker consistency than traditional toothpaste, due to its unique formulation which provides advanced stain removal, leaving you with whiter teeth, fresh breath and fighting bacteria. Polished London Mouth Cleanse’s unique formula creates a protective anti-stain shield around the teeth while providing deep anti-bacterial cleaning to purify and freshen breath. This vegan, cruelty-free and alcohol-free mouth cleanse is naturally flavoured with peppermint and contains fluoride to care for the teeth.