Ali and I have a bit of a brand mantra when it comes to every day life. Whether it’s deciding on an outfit the night before so I don’t miss the 09:10am train to London Euston, or spending an hour or two ensuring our meals are cooked and in the fridge ready for when we feel like raiding the chocolate cupboard;
Preparation is key!
You are far more likely to actually do what you plan to do like hitting the gym, eating healthy or actually being on time for once if you plan a head for it and I will gladly take any tips or tricks on board to help me be more efficient.
I’ve recently rekindled my love affair with the 6:30am alarm; I use the word love as loosely as possible in this instance. After two long years I finally have a gym buddy and all is going well. But there are only 30 minutes between my alarm and my feet hitting the cross trainer, so I need to be prepared.
Last week I picked up the new Clinique gift, which saw them collaborate with American Artist Vera Neumann. The statement cosmetics pouch comes complete with the iconic signature butterfly print, both inside and out, with it also adorning the beautiful compact within. The pouch has everything I need to make me look human again after a 7am 5Km run and a grueling weights session and I can just throw it in my gym bag and go!
To cleanse my skin of all the blood, OK I’m exaggerating somewhat, Sweat, but there’s definitely a lot of that, and tears, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t shed a few. I have a super handy travel size of my Clinique favourite, the Mild Liquid Facial Soap.
To follow up we have the Smart Custom SPF15 moisturiser, which is a new product for me to try, but so far it’s doing the trick, all that squinting and teeth gritting is not good for the ageing process.
Another newbie is the Sculptwear Serum, which I am yet to put through its paces but here’s hoping that it helps me achieve those Vicky Secret chiseled cheek bones on the days where I think my only option is to go back to bed.
And finally to finish and add a bit of life and colour to my complexion, we are packing the High Impact Mascara to open up my sleepy eyes, the Long Last Soft Matte lipstick in Matte Suede and the Limited Edition Blush and eyeshadow palette. This means I am able to leave the gym, run some errands and not frighten little children in the process. Win!
This exclusive collaboration for John Lewis is available from 18th August to 3rd September and it’s free when you purchase two or more Clinique products online or in store, making a really great gift for you, a loved one or even your gym bag. For more information click here.
This post is in sponsored collaboration with Clinique.
All images taken on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 .