Winter is a time of year that can wreak havoc on your skin, and here in the UK, we’re in the midst of it. Going from hot to cold throughout the day is never good for the old pores, and chapped areas seem to increase in their size and numbers when the temperatures plummet. Today I’ve rounded up 14 of my Winter saviours that I can’t live without in the colder months.
1. Vaseline (Rose and Almond Oil)
Vaseline becomes my saving grace when the temperatures start to get a bit colder and I love that this one has a slight rosy tint to it if I’m just not feeling lipstick that day. If I’m going out out or to somewhere when I quite fancy a bit of a stronger colour, I’ll usually apply this before I start my makeup so they have a bit of time to absorb the rosy goodness and make it easier for my lipstick to stay put.
2. Soap and Glory Hand Food – £6
Without sounding like a middle class aristocratic woman, this hand cream smells absolutely divine. I usually carry this round in my handbag as it’s the perfect size and then I’m ready for all occasions. I find this one is slightly thicker than some others I’ve tried, but it doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy or risk you dropping your phone after 0.265 seconds.
3. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Madrid) – £5.50
If you’re looking for a deep red/berry shade for the Winter months then look no further. I found this shade in my local boots and after swatching about 6 slightly different versions of it, I treated myself to this one. It’s a little bit darker than something I would usually go for as a pale girl, but I feel like you can get away with shades like this when the festive season starts. One of the reasons I always go back to NYX is because of the applicator: I find that you don’t need a lipliner because you can be quite precise, and they last for hours without needing to reapply (ok that’s two reasons…)
4. Aveeno Daily Moisturiser – £7.65
I tend to suffer from quite dry skin in general, but more so when the weather gets colder. I started using Aveeno a few weeks ago and I already love how soft it makes my skin feel. I usually it as an all over moisturiser after showering and secretly hope that it’ll turn me into Jennifer Anniston.
5. Aussie Reconstructor Oil – £9.99
I don’t know if anyone else finds this, but my hair hates winter. I have dry hair in general, but I think the mixture of being in the cold and then going inside to heating doesn’t do it any favours. I find this Aussie oil doesn’t make my hair look greasy when I use it, but I tend to only use it on damp hair and then blow dry.
6. Sally Hansen Miracle Cure – £9.99
Is it just me who finds their nails don’t cope well with the cold weather? I was bought this as a present a few years ago and loved it, but only reaffirmed my love of it recently as it isn’t a cheap product, but I really think it works much better than others I’ve tried. Treat yo self!
7. Urban Decay Naked Palette – £38.50
I tend to reach for this Naked Palette more than the other two in general, but especially when I want a more goldy, smokey eye look for Christmas. For everyday makeup I tend to use ‘Buck’ and ‘Naked’ all over the lid and normally leave it at that, but for a more festive look, I go for ‘Sidecar’ and ‘Half Baked’.
8. Benefit That Gal Primer – £22.50
I received a sample of this a couple of months ago but kept it in my ‘sample box’ (cringe) as I was in the middle of another primer but I picked it up the other day to give it a try and loved it. I’ve only been using it for about a week, but I will definitely be purchasing a full size one when I’ve run out of the current one.
9. Garnier Ultralift Day Cream – £10.49
Ever since a beauty therapist told me you should start using anti-wrinkle cream at 25 (I’m 26 and apparently late to the game…) I’ve been on the hunt to find one that I like. Although I haven’t noticed a drastic change in my ‘fine lines and wrinkles’ (although at this point I’m hoping this is more of a preventative measure) I do love how thick this moisturiser is and nourishing on the skin.
10. Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream – £25
I’ve tried all measure of products to get rid of my dark circles, and although this cream doesn’t specify that it does that, I’ve really enjoyed using it for Winter puffiness. I tend to get quite sore, red eyes when its cold, and this is a good cream to use when you just want a bit of soothing. I tend to mainly use it at night after I’ve taken my eye makeup off.
11. Nivea Eye Makeup Remover – £3.89
I picked this up at the end of summer when a lovely woman in Sainsbury’s recommended it to me after my usual Simple one was out of stock. I usually don’t take my mascara off every night because quite frankly, it takes me too long and I’m lazy, but with this dual effect formula, it literally takes seconds. And bonus… I don’t wake up with mascara smeared all down my eyes.
12. Revlon Primer – £12.99
Until I tried this as I had read some positive reviews on people’s blogs, I had never really tried anything by Revlon. It’s one of those brands that you see in Boots but never really feel the need to wander over to because you know what you like, but in all honesty, I really, really love this primer. It’s not as heavy as some of the other ones I’ve tried, which I really like, goes on easily and lasts all day.
13. Original Source Shower Gel – £2.30
Original Source have done a lot of work recently with some familiar faces in the blogging world, but it was actually my boyfriend who picked this up (manly right?) If I can say one thing about this shower gel it would be that it smells good enough to eat, but please don’t… I don’t want to get in trouble…
14. LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel – £7.95
Keeping with the topic… What can I say about Lush that you don’t already know? If you haven’t smelt Snow Fairy before, take this as your warning that you just need to!
I’d love to know your favourite Winter essentials!