Liz Hambleton

Combining a love of all things beauty with daily horseriding sessions, Space NK’s Head Of Beauty Editorial & Creative Content Liz Hambleton’s Sunday routine blends relaxing rituals with restorative skincare. Add festive candlelit baths and cuddles with Coco the cat into the mix and you’ve got her perfect Christmassy Sunday night. Read on to discover more…

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On Winding Down

I start winding down at around 9pm on a Sunday night. I’m usually very tired and ready to chill, after having had a very physical weekend with my horses and a long motorway drive back to my cottage in Buckinghamshire.

On Candle Obsessions…

My Sunday night features loads of candles. I have a bath in candlelight and then don’t have any lights on for the entire evening to keep things cosy and zen.

On Festive Bathing…

I’ll add some wellness boosting bath salts to my bath, just something to help ward off any illness and give my body a boost.

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On Quality Chill Time…

I don’t play any music while I’m relaxing and am much more likely to be watching something like Made in Chelsea or Real Housewives of Orange County to help me just switch off. I tend to drink lots of Yogi tea on a Sunday night and normally chill upstairs in my bedroom with Coco my cat for the entire evening. She’s my favourite Sunday evening companion.

On Christmas Wishlists…

My friends are obsessed with Diptyque so I’ll be buying them all matching candles and room sprays this year; Feu De Bois and Figuier have been requested. I’d love to find a Suzanne Kaufmann Bath Oil in my stocking.

On Restorative Skincare…

My skin is good generally but can be a little tight after being out in the elements riding all weekend so it needs a little TLC. I do a light cleanse with a light gel cleanser and then follow that with an acid based exfoliating cleanser. Next I’ll pop on a face mask. I have learnt the hard way and through 12 years in this industry that sticking to a simple regime is best for the skin and although I do switch up serums sometimes, I never change my cleansing routine as I find this is far more important to the quality of my skin than my serum. I always want to look glowing and fresh and I know by now know what works for my skin.

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On Pre-Bed Yoga…

I do yoga before bed about three times a week and have always done a regular self practice. On a Sunday I will stretch out but not do a full session. I get into bed at 10pm and generally watch TV to chill out.

On Bedside Table Essentials…

Before lights out I love a spritz of This Works Deep Sleep Plus + Spray, as well as a relaxing candle and a little extra layer of body oil.  I sleep well and fall asleep easily but I am not good at going to bed early. I get sucked into boxsets and pottering until 1am at least. Oh, and I can’t sleep unless Coco is on the bed and sleeping next to me!

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On The Night Before Christmas…

I’m always up and out early on Christmas Day to ride, so I apply a bit of fake tan the night before to give me a bit of a Christmas Day glow as I won’t have time to do anything in the morning.

On Monday Mornings…

I have a super early start on Mondays so I know I will need all the help I can come morning. I always think a few clever tricks done the night before can really make the difference, so mostly my routine is about making me look and feel relaxed and rested; glowing skin is always the aim with the products I use. I have a 6am alarm on a Monday morning and although I wish it wasn’t so, I’m a snoozer and always feel tired and like I want to go back to bed! Because of that I always have a strong black coffee as soon as I wake up. Then I put some chicken in to cook for Coco and do three heart opening yoga moves or backbends. Then I wash my face and the day starts.

On Christmas Day Makeup…

My Christmas Day face is pretty minimal as I spend most of it outside. For Christmas lunch I’ll pop a bit of tinted moisturiser on, Chantecaille Just Skin is my current go-to, and then lots of bronzer like RMS Buriti Bronzer.

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