I thought I’d share with you some of my winter essentials. I’ve seen a few posts about Spring already but since it’s only January and the worst of the weather is yet to come I definitely still consider it to be winter. I’ve broken it down into 3 categories: style/keeping warm, skincare and makeup. I’ve also thrown in a fragrance for you as well.
Having lived in Aberdeenshire for 10 years I know a thing or two about keeping warm while trying to look semi-stylish. My top pick for winter style has to be a good pair of boots. This year I have the Mine boots from Topshop. I love the buckle detail and the gold on the inside of the heel. They are real leather and are actually really good quality so should last. If you’re interested they are available on the Topshop website for £80.
My next pick is a cosy hat. Mine is from River Island last year, I love the cute fluffy bobble detail. There are loads of cute bobble hats in the shops just now, this one from ASOS is really similar and a really good price.
My final style pick has to be an oversized scarf. Mine is from Zara last year (I think everyone had it) and it is so big and cosy. It can even double as a blanket if you need the extra warm. I think that a big oversize scarf can look very stylish with a simple outfit. There are loads of oversize scarves in the shops just now. I like this one from ASOS.
For me, skincare in the winter is all about keeping hydrated. With the cold weather, the wind and central heating all drying out your skin it’s really important to use products which will keep skin moisturised and hydrated.
The first pick is Clarins HydraQuench Cream, I’ve been using this as my daily moisturiser the last couple of months and I’m really liking it. It’s a lightweight cream which is absorbed easily, yet is so hydrating. Perfect for dehydrated winter skin.
For those days where moisturiser just isn’t enough, I use Origins Drink Up-Intensive overnight mask. I love this stuff and have gone through so many tubes. This feels so thick and moisturising when you put it on yet sinks in easily meaning you don’t look like you have a mask on. It also smells gorgeous – my husband often comments that I smell nice after putting this on. Your skin feels really hydrated in the morning. It is also ideal for use when travelling, I use this on the plane to prevent my skin drying out during the flight.
Lastly, I thought I would include something for your body. I’m loving Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion just now. Like the face cream, it is light weight and absorbs quickly (important in winter) and is really moisturising. It definitely has improved the texture of my skin – I used to get lots of little bumps at the tops of my arms and these have disappeared since using this.
For make up my first pick is a pretty common one, but there is a reason for this – its Rimmel’ Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 107. It’s a lovely deep dark red/maroon colour which is perfect for winter. I’ve only recently gotten into wearing bolder lips and have really enjoyed wearing this shade, it’s bold enough to stand out but not too in your face for day wear. I like the matte finish and it lasts well on the lips. The only thing I don’t like about it is the smell but I can live with that.
My second makeup pick is a NARS blush in Torrid, this is a deep coral colour which may not seem like a winter choice but I think I’ve been reaching for this over the last month. It gives that rosy cheek look without being too heavy.
My final makeup pick is my MAC quad (top left – Antiqued, Top Right – Cranberry, Bottom Left – Mulch and Bottom Right – Woodwinked). I think these four shades are perfect for winter, they look good worn individually or blended together. If I had to recommend only one to you it would be Antiqued it is the perfect winter shade.
Finally, I wanted to share my favourite winter fragrance with you. Recently I have been loving Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir. It is quite a grown up, sexy scent which I love during the colder months. I’m no good at describing fragrances so recommend you pop along to your nearest Jo Malone shop or counter to have a smell.