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Three Celebrity Skincare Routines to Help Inspire Your Own

With skincare routines at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, we rounded up the routines of our favorite celebrities including Victoria Secrets’ Kelly Gale, Grammy Award winning, actress and singer Zendaya, and Oscar-winner, Kate Winslet.

Kelly Gale

According to Harpers Bazaar, Kelly Gale, the Swedish Indian and Australian model for Victoria Secrets, uses a makeup removing cloth from Face Halo to remove all of her eye and face makeup first before she starts her routine. The make-up removing cloth has been hailed as ‘game changing’ by InStyle and adored by beauty brands for example, Refinery 29.

Gale follows this step with the Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, that she applies four times a week.



While the mask dries, Gale dry brushes her entire body starting from her feet to increase circulation and break down cellulite. Once the mask has dried and been washed off, she applies Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum from L’Oréal Paris to keep her skin hydrated, and then the routine is finished with Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance moisturizer.

Alongside non-abrasive alternatives to removing make-up and nourishing the skin, her routine uses products that have been promoted by esteemed beauty brands such as Cult Beauty and InStyle and revives a natural, holistic approach to skincare through the practice of dry brushing.


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The first step in Zendaya’s nighttime skin care routine, as per her blog entry is removing makeup and dirt from her face with Shea Moisture African Black Soup Facial Cleansing Wipes; step 2 involves toning her face with a rose water and witch hazel blend.

The routine is finished off with Vitamin E serum from The Body Shop. The serum has a five-star rating and an affordable price of $21.

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 Kate Winslet

Vitamin E is favorite of Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet. In an exclusive interview with Vogue, she discusses her skin care routine, make-up tricks, travel beauty tips and, as a mother of two daughters, the influence of social media on beauty.

Kate Winslet describes her skin care routine as “pretty fast because it just has to be” and her product list starts with the Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser, which she applies on a daily basis across her face and neck.

After cleansing, she treats her dry skin with Lancôme Toner Comfort and slathers up with Advanced Genefique Sensitive. “Shake, slather, done,” she tells Vogue.

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Our Must-Read Novels for World Book Day

From Modernism to Post-Colonial writing and Science Fiction, the literature canon has forever been evolving; however, today we’ll be bringing to you our top must reads from Penguin’s Classics for World Book Day.

1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (1970) foretells the journey of a young black girl and her struggle to fit into the era’s dominant Eurocentric ideals of beauty. The protagonist, Pecola Breedlove’s inability to fulfil these ideals, which forms the titular “The Bluest Eye” paves her descent into madness and is chronicled by the novel. Her characterization is juxtaposed with other black female characters such as Claudia, who resist and repudiate the placement of these ideals onto them by mainstream culture.

The Bluest Eye is a must read for those interested in exploring Intersectional Feminism further or want to learn more about the internal effect of racism within families in the 1970s and today.

2. The Bloody Chamber and Other Short Stories by Angela Carter

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Published in 1979, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories promises a Gothic retelling of the original Brothers Grimm Fairy tales or as Carter puts it, ‘extract the latent content from traditional stories and to use it as the beginnings of new stories.’

The Bloody Chamber itself plays upon the classic fairy tale Bluebeard, the story of a nobleman who murders his wives and places their bodies in an isolated room within his castle.

However, Carter’s analysis of the male gaze, female masochism and rejection of traditional fairy tale archetypes such as: the damsel in distress or the saviour Prince puts an eloquent spin on the story, accentuated further in the resolution.

The Bloody Chamber is an additional fantastic read for Women’s Day with its coming of age narrative of a young woman and evaluation of the panoptic, male gaze’s influence in society.

3Kindred by Octavia Butler

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The 1979 novel Kindred is a Speculative Fiction novel, whose publication following the Golden Age of Science Fiction, challenged and revolutionized the Science Fiction canon of predominately male writers.

In Kindred, the past is brought into discussion with the present as the Science Fiction genre enables the protagonist of the novel, Dana Franklin, an African American writer to travel to her ancestral past—a slave plantation in 1815, Maryland.

The novels share some parallels with the popular Spanish Netflix series, Always a Witch, known as Siempre Bruja to its Spanish audience. Both observe the practice of slavery; however, while the Spanish series is set in 17th-century and present-day Spain, Kindred takes place in 1970s California with the protagonist time travelling to save Rufus Weylin, her white slave master ancestor in order to ensure her own survival in the future.

4. Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis

The 1984 novel Money: A Suicide Note explores the effect of the neoliberal movement in the 80s defined by privatization, cutting down expenses spent on social welfare and deregulation, thereby placing all responsibilities on the individual.

Margaret Thatcher’s famous quote: “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no governments can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first’ became a defining statement to describe neoliberalism..

The freedom given to the individual is observed through a cultural, pornographic excess in the novel. Pornography encapsulates the environment of the protagonist, John Self, from the tiles of restaurants: ‘Long Whoopers’ and ‘Big Thick Juicy Hot One’ to the description of his girlfriend, Selina Street, who looks like ‘a nude magazine’.

Martin Amis’ satirical projection of the 80s via the antihero, John Self, is relevant to topics discussed even today, for example the depiction of masculinity and the ‘crisis of masculinity.’

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