Winter Beauty Essentials
Early nights, bone-shivering cold mornings and fighting with the sun to take decent blog photos can only mean one thing; winter. It's no secret that I absolutely despise this time of year and even in the sweltering heat of the summer, I am much more comfortable having my face melt off than wearing layers upon layers in an attempt to keep warm. My body temperature just doesn't like the cold. Anything below 20 degrees and I can't deal! To make this time of year a little more bearable, however, I thought I would compile in a post my favourite makeup products and fragrance for the winter. Of course, these beauty bits aren't strictly limited to the June-August period, but they're the products I have been gravitating towards the most now that the cold weather is upon us.
Some people can really pull off the super matte base, though I don't think I am one of them. I feel that it makes my complexion fall flat and look one dimensional, so I still enjoy a semi-dewy and radiant foundation during the winter. I mentioned these two products just in my previous post, but I'm really loving the combination of my holy grail NARS Sheer Glow and MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. To me, Sheer Glow is the perfect all-year round foundation and together with MAC's Studio Fix Powder, they make the perfect pair for a base that's neither too dewy or too matte. If the Studio Fix Powder is still too mattifying for you, the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural powders are wonderful and I'm going to back to using my compact once Studio Fix has been used up.
This time of year is all about those plum shades and rosy nudes. I try to go for blushes that complement my lip colours and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure is the perfect one for just that. A nude-berry shade, I apply this with a stippling brush and it gives the most stunning soft-focused glow to the cheeks without looking seasonally inappropriate. So worth the hype. The second blush I'm loving is one I have rediscovered within my stash, MAC's Powder Blush in Prism. Unlike the Ambient Lighting Blushes, Prism is a matte finish and as a "soft muted pinkish-brown", it really pairs well with my dark, vampy lipsticks. It may be a little too dark for those of you with fairer skintones, but on my olive, medium-toned complexion, this is a beautiful nude blush.
Now, you wouldn't expect to see a bronzer in a post about makeup for the winter, but I have been absolutely obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow since I first laid hands upon it. With a light-handed application, I think it works really well for the colder months, especially if you want to add some colour back into your skin when things are looking a little lacklustre. At the end of the day, there really are no rules when it comes to makeup, so I'll wear what I please!
Nothing really changes about my eye makeup according to the seasons, but at the moment, I'm really loving smokey brown eyeshadow looks. MAC's Paint Pot in Constructivist is great to wear underneath, especially if you want something a little more bronze and warmer-toned, and in general, I'm a huge fan of MAC's eyelid products, particularly their Eye Shadows. Charcoal Brown, Smut and Brun (which I also use to fill in my eyebrows) are all gorgeous cool-toned shades and I think dark, smouldering eyes really set the mood for the cold weather. Burberry's Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown is usually reserved for special occasions and is an absolutely stunning taupe-brown. From the velvety texture, checkered embossing and to the magnetic closure, everything about this eyeshadow is all so luxe, and I'm quite keen on picking up that Pale Barley shade everybody owns too.
What is winter without a vampy red lip? Although I have quite a few in my collection, my current go-to is MAC's Lipstick in Diva, an "intense reddish-burgundy". It's a deep and sultry red without looking gothic and whether you're fair, medium or dark, I think this would suit almost every skintone. When I'm not feeling the dark reds, like everyone and their mother here, I'm really digging the '90s dark nude lip trend at the moment. I picked up the two lip products I was lusting after in my Wishful Thinking #4: A/W Minimalism post, MAC's Lipstick in Twig and Lip Pencil in Whirl, and I've been wearing the two together non-stop since I purchased them. Both muted brownish-pinks, this lip combination is just beautiful and makes for a semi-low maintenance lip colour.
It goes without saying that you can't go through winter without a good lip balm. In need of something a little more heavy duty during this time of year, I've been reaching for the Grown Alchemist Watermelon & Vanilla Lip Balm. To be honest, I first contemplated purchasing this just to try out the brand, but when Jess raved on to me about how much she loved it and then when it went on sale, I was sold. It has the consistency of a lip gloss more than a balm, which you normally wouldn't think sounds hydrating, but don't let that fool you. Once I've applied my face and eye makeup, this has sunk in beautifully into the lips. They aren't slippery so the lipstick slides from your lips, but instead, supple enough so your lipstick application is smooth and effortless.
I'm not one to reapply the same nail polish colour consecutively as I get bored and love to change things up all the time, but one nail polish I just can't seem to get enough of is Essie's Maximillian Strasse-Her. Described as a "cool grey green", it's the perfect wintery pop of colour, which I think would transition nicely into the spring too. Then there's Chanel's Le Vernis Nail Colour in Particulière, which is a grey/taupe/brown shade. Chanel nail polishes seem to be notorious for chipping easily, though I've never really noticed a considerable difference in comparison to other nail polish brands. It's a creamy and opaque formula, and something a little different from your usual vampy, blackened colours.
Fragrance and candles
I'm trying my hardest to use up old bottles of fragrance (mostly so I can justify buying new ones!) and one I recently rediscovered my love for just last week was Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum. I've had this fragrance in my collection for quite some time now and for some reason, I just kind of forgot about it while concentrating on using up others. It doesn't look like it's been used a lot, if at all, but that's because it's quite a heavy fragrance, you only need the smallest spray of it. With notes of jasmine, rose, patchouli and vetiver, it's a very sensual scent, a little bit musky and something about wearing this makes me feel so grown up.
There's nothing like burning a beautifully scented candle at night and snuggling up in bed while listening to the rain fall from outside. It's a little simple pleasure that brings me joy during the winter. I haven't burnt candles in quite a while, however, due to my housemate's rambunctious little cat always getting up to mischief, and I really miss it! During some quiet downtime in my room, I'm going to begin burning them again, finishing off my Diptyque Baies Candle and starting the Byredo Candle in Gingembre, which was limited edition during the holiday season. A super sweet (without being sickly) ginger scent, what could be a more perfect candle to make you feel toasty warm?
So, there you have it. A roundup of my seasonal picks to make this dreary weather a little more tolerable! For my fellow Southern Hemisphere folk, what are the makeup products you're loving in the winter?