It seems like the longest Winter ever, doesn’t it? I know it's coming to and end and Spring might be just around the corner but I wouldn’t count on good weather until a couple of more months yet! I’m extremely grateful that we didn’t get snow but it has been so icy and frosty and just like most people, my skin has been suffering because of it! We’ve battled with the windy, cloudy weather and got nothing but flaky skin to show for it!
I’ve been trying to get my skin back in to a good condition and with the amount of beauty products I apply, it’s working! Here are some of my favourite beauty products that I’ve been using this past 3 months:
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food, £2.50 for 50ml
Sugar Crush is a delicious, mouth-watering scent from Soap & Glory and you can now but it in the form of a hand cream! Hand Food is an award-winning formula of shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow to soothe dry and chapped hands. I’ve got Hand Food in Soap & Glory’s Original Pink scent (bergamot and rose) and also Smoothie Star (a foodie blend of almond, sweet vanilla and pistachio) which I got in a Christmas gift set - I can’t get enough of it!
Whenever I can, I prefer to swap a rich body butter for an equally moisturising lotion that’s lighter in texture. This is a loooooovely body lotion that feels light and refreshing like water! I find that Gingembre Rouge isn’t an overly gingery scent. Whilst it’s a warm fragrance, I don’t actually think it hasn’t got a spicy kick (am I describing food here or a body lotion?!). It’s a fruity, floral, exotic fragrance enriched with aloe vera and pomegranate oil - but the best thing about it is consistency and how it sinks it to your skin without that annoying, greasy, sticky feeling. It’s also ever-so lightly pearlised to give skin a subtle illuminous glow.
Trind Softening Hand Mask*
I’m very familiar with a facial mask but have you ever heard of a hand mask? When hand cream isn’t doing a good enough job during Winter, why not try a hand mask! When it’s cold and my skin looks like it’s aged about 10 years (ugh, depressing!), a good old mask usually sorts it out. Trind Softening Hand Mask contains panthenol and macadamia nut oil to care and regenerate the skin on your hands. It’s a rich cream that you slather (slather. good word.) all over your hands and leave on for 5 minutes. To remove, simply run your hands under cool water.
My skin has always agreed with Claudia Louch products so I was excited to use this to get rid of all dem dead skincellz, yo! << How I reacted with excitement. Anyway………… this is a mint exfoliator that also contains apricot oils, lemon, apple, allow vera, green tea, sugar cane and seaweed. Sounds like an ingredients list for a crazy loaf.
The mint in the exfoliator felt very refreshing on skin but beware not to accidentally get this in your eyes (major ouchies). It’s gentle enough for all skin types and can be used up to 3 times a week, but I suggest using half the recommended amount if your skin is a bit sensitive. I found the scrubby bits a bit scratchy when my skin was going through a sensitive phase but other than that, it worked well to polish and smooth my skin.
This is an exciting product because it was part of a project that involved bloggers. Bee Good launched a competition last year calling for help from beauty bloggers and vloggers to submit their dream lip balm scent. The Great British Lip Balm flavours were shortlisted and opened to a public vote to find the eventual winner. I voted to Joseph Harwood’s creation, who was finally voted as the winner. Joseph’s Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm smells delicious and authentic.
LUSH Blousey Banana Shampoo*, £9.75
This is the first time I’ve tried a hair product from LUSH and I’m glad it was with Blousey! This shampoo is made from bananas and you can tell this from the texture, appearance and the smell. It’s all very…. banana-ry! It even has those strongly little black bits from the flesh of the bananas - which I thought would get stuck in my hair which sometimes it did, but can be combed on when you’re blow-drying. It doesn’t foam up but it is surprisingly cleansing and light on hair. No signs of build-up or greasy hair after using this. AND it leaves hair feeling clean even after the 3rd day! This is quite a small pot but it lasted about 8-10 washes, I think. In that sense, it's quite expensive and I can't afford to buy it all the time but I'll get it when my hair needs some TLC. Blousey is great for dry, colour damaged and fragile hair.
Models Own HyperGel in shade Paradise Pink, £5
This soooo isn't a winter essential, of course, but it popped up in my photo because I thought I was taking pics for a ‘Monthly Favourites’ (and so I’m sure you’ll see it again very soon!). My mistake! But I mean, it could be a winter essential. Afterall, you've probably been using a lot of hand cream recently (and a hand mask, in my case), you'd probably want well-manicure nails to go with it? Maybe?!
I wanted a cheaper version of Essie’s Fiji - a creamy white pink. Whenever I’ve looked up images of Model’s Own Paradise Pink online, it always seems more pinker than I’d like but when I saw it in person, it’s whiter than expected. A nice match for Essie’s Fiji, I’m happy with it and it makes a great ‘Winter white’.
What effective beauty products do you recommend for Winter or cold weather?