I’m sitting here looking out of my office window and it is GREY! In fact almost dark. There is a Nor’easter heading towards us. Fortunately, I think, we are only going to get pummeled by rain as our temperatures are rising. In weather like this I always love wearing my darker greys and blacks, but when it comes to makeup I want my skin to glow with health! I am drinking a lot of water which helps – but you can’t beat some good moisturizer and makeup products at this time of year! I love treating myself to some little ‘feel good’ cosmetics to beat the January blues.
Here are my favorites which I am using constantly at the moment!
Hourglass have become one of my go to cosmetic brands. Not cheap, but their products last forever and do what they say on the tin. So many people have mentioned recently how good my skin looks and I attribute it to this palette. You can use the powder to highlight and apply it intensely on the cheek bones, or apply it more liberally to give an overall glow.
Buxom lip cream is a favorite of mine. It has an amazing tingly sensation when you apply it which apparently helps to plump your lips. I adore White Russian – it’s a lovely nude gloss that brightens your face.
Recently I’ve gone what I consider to be ‘old skool’ with my skin care. I’ve tried more expensive options but believe me they ain’t worth it. The good old Body Shop comes out tops in my book time and time again. Especially with their Drops of Youth and Oils of Life skincare ranges. I apply this essence every morning after washing and before I put any serum or moisturizer on. It kind of prepares your skin to absorb the moisture.
This serum is lush. I apply it in the morning and before bed. Super hydrating and it smells divine.
I also love the gel cream from the same range. I love the texture – it’s not greasy at all and absorbs in an instant ready for you to apply foundation.
The body shop Vitamin C range has always been a go to line for me – especially when traveling. Nothing gives you a better boost than applying some of this in flight (I often decant into smaller pots for travel). This one really does make me giggle because it is perfect for ‘grumpy skin’!
I’ve just reordered this (if you join the Body Shop rewards program it gives you a 10% discount off each purchase.) I love this and use it each day, with or without makeup.
I don’t wear a lot of foundation – sometimes I just apply a little concealer on after the above glow enhancer. When I do wear it Hourglass is my brand of choice – I love their Illusion skin tint – it is a little heavier in consistency than the name suggests and you only need a tiny amount for a flawless finish.
Most important to me at this time of year is a fab, fab lip color! I am wearing Mac Pink Pigeon today, and my favorite nude color from them MAC at the moment is Kinda Sexy.
I doubt I will ever wear another blusher than this – NARS orgasm – it’s just the perfect hue for a glow winter or summer.
A new discovery this season, for me at least, is the NARS multiple stick. I’ve always been a tad scared about application. I run Copacabana gently along my cheek bone and then Portofino in a line slightly below it, BEFORE applying my blush on the apples of my cheeks. I use a firm angled brush to gently blend the multiple and it leaves a gorgeous dewy sheen.
And that folks is how I get my glow on this winter! Along with buckets of water!
What are your favorite products this winter? A great hand cream is always a necessity and I am still searching for the perfect hydrating, non greasy formula!
Finally here are a couple of outfits from the past couple of days. It’s been pretty chilly here!
Hi Joanna, thanks for the heads up on the new (to me) Body Shop skincare – it’s been ages since I bought anything other than their Shea body butter, must go have a look. My favourite hand cream is the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – lovely packaging, sinks in nicely and smells (I think) very nice indeed.
Thanks for tip! I’ll definitely seek it out – I have a tonne of tubes here but some smell bad, others are too greasy etc!
I’ve heard lots of good things about The Body Shops Drops of Youth….it’s on my list to try! I’m also a fan of L’Occitane like Patricia in the comment above. Their Precious and Divine creams are gorgeous! I am after a bright pink matte lipstick….I know you favour a Mac one but I can’t remember what it’s called. That will perk me up on these grey wintery days! xx
I’ve totally changed my skin care routine following a visit to a lady called Diane Nivern (who incidentally has her practice not far from your home town). She has been bloody amazing. I’ve changed my products and treatments and oh my goodness what a difference. For the first time in years, my skin is glowing in the winter months!