It feels just like yesterday that I was talking about my summer essentials, but the older you get, the faster time flies. I now suddenly find it even harder to get out of my snuggly warm bed in the mornings and catching the bus to work in the dark when you start at 7am is not fun. I hate the rain, I hate the cold and the fact that the sun sets quicker makes it harder to take nice photos for the blog. Nevertheless, I absolutely adore coats, tights, scarves and boots with a seasonal makeup and skincare mix up.
If you're anything like me and spend ages under the warmth of a long, hot shower, keeping the skin hydrated is very important. In the summer, this product tends to melt a little, but in the winter, Emma Hardie's Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm stays its lovely balmy consistency. With the texture combined with the subtle fragrance, this product feels absolutely luxurious on the skin and as I massage it in, I could almost fall asleep doing it because it's so relaxing and comforting. To moisturise, I like to use Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré on my face and Caudalie Divine Oil on the body. I reserve using Lait-Crème Concentré for nighttime use as I find it quite heavy, but when you wake up in the morning, your skin feels so supple and smooth. Although I use Divine Oil all year round, to me, it smells more like winter than summer. I love to spray and massage this into my legs and arms, especially on my elbows, which are always quite dry. Lastly on the skincare front, you can't forget the lips. Nuxe Rêve de Miel is a gorgeous orange/chocolate scented lip balm that keeps your lips nourished and smooth all day long. It's also the only lip balm I know of that doesn't add gloss or shine to your lips.
I like to wear dark and vampy lipstick and nail polish shades no matter what season, but I've included some of my favourite picks for this post. I love MAC lipsticks as the colour range is so extensive and such good quality. Viva Glam I is one of my favourite reds to wear in autumn/winter as it's darker than your standard retro 50s red and despite being a matte finish, it doesn't dry out the lips whatsoever. My second pick is the newest addition to my collection, which is Rebel. It's a beautiful deep plum colour with pink undertones, but you will need a lip liner as it does stain the lips. My choice is MAC's Beet Lip Pencil, which I also wear under Viva Glam I. You can't go past MAC lip products, really. After reading Rebecca rave on about this nail polish shade, I knew I had to have it. I love my deep, vampy red shades and Bordeaux by Essie is no exception. It doesn't have pink undertones like my favourite, Lotus Rouge by Chanel, does, but that's what I love about Bordeaux. It's just the most perfect true deep red ever. In something a bit less classic and more fun, I think Sephora's It's Time To Rock! is another great nail polish colour to wear in the colder months. It's an absolutely stunning shimmery charcoal shade with pink and blue flecks of glitter running through it and sort of looks like a galaxy on your nails.
On the cheeks, MAC's Notable blush is my go-to colour. It's a muted brick rose shade that gives that gorgeous flush to the cheeks like you've just spent hours in the cold. Highlighter isn't probably a product used often in the colder months, but I just love the radiance it adds to the face. I chose Topshop's Crescent Moon as it's more sheeny than shimmery. It lifts the cheeks and enhances the face without looking like an out of place summer glow. I mostly prefer fresh and light scents, but YSL's Parisienne is a lovely fragrance for the autumn/winter period. It's woody and powdery, yet also fruity, which makes it a deep, but fresh scent to perfectly complement this time of year.
Lastly, if you can afford it, you can't go past Diptyque candles. The scents are unique and just divine. They're heavily fragranced, but not too overpowering like some brands can be. I love the minimal design of the brand and the jars act as a beautiful piece of decor on my bedside table. I love having one burning while I'm all snuggled up in my bed at night. Perfect.
What are your essential beauty products to use in the winter? And if it's summer where you live, what are your summer staples?
Side note: this will probably be my last blog post until I'm in Sydney next week! I'm freaking out, but so excited! I should probably start packing now...