Here in England, the icy-cold chills of winter that I’ve been in denial about for so long, are most definitely upon us. Rather than fight it with longing thoughts of summer in my mind – it’s time to embrace it! Seasonal changes are a great excuse to switch up your make-up, and while it’s the perfect time to try deep, moody lipstick shades and maybe even go darker with your hair, I’m a big fan of blue-toned pinks to add a pop of happy colour on a frosty day.
Burt’s Bees Lipgloss in Ocean Sunrise – £6.99, burtsbees.co.uk
I LOVE burt’s Bees! And this gorgeous natural lip gloss comes in 12 different shades. Sunflower Oil is the main ingredient which means the formula glides on easily and is super nutritious. Don’t worry about the oil though as it is easily absorbed and won’t leave skin feeling greasy. Even better, it’s rich in the essential fatty acid, Linoleic Acid, as well as Palmitic and Stearic Acids – which basically means it’s totally nourishing. I picked this nudey shade Ocean Sunrise which is quite sheer but gives a sweet slick of natural colour.
Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon – £17, clinique.co.uk
When they were first released, everyone went crazy for chubby sticks. It took me a little while longer to jump on the band wagon – but I’m glad I did. This is my favourite desk product. What I mean by that is I literally keep this in my pen pot at work as it’s so quick and easy to apply a quick dash of colour without worrying about no-mirror application. I chose the shade Woppin’ Watermelon which is a delicious pink. The colour is easily buildable, so you can have one layer for a sheer tint, or keep going for a deeper shade. The Chubby Sticks are actually labelled as ‘Moisturising lip treatments’ and promise to relieve dry, cracked lips and provide immediate moisturisation – I would definitely agree with this, they have a balmy texture which ,Ames them perfect for winter.
Ciaté Nail Polish in Amazing Grace – £9, ciatelondon.com
I got this pretty little nail paint pot in my Ciaté advent calendar at Christmas and fell in love with its ballet slipper pink tone. The full size 13.5ml bottle can be bought online, where I discovered that it was actually named after Ciaté founder Charlotte Knight’s young daughter Gracie. The great thing about these polishes is the multi-wearability. Use one coat to add shine and cover any nail imperfections with a rosy tint, or layer extra coats for a sheer pink tint – which is also ideal for a classic French. Pretty, pretty, pretty.
L’occitane Cherry Princess Hand Cream – £9.99, Amazon.co.uk
Hand cream is a total must-have to stash in your handbag throughout winter and I tend to have multiple options on to go to make sure there’s always one in each bag I use. This one from L’occitane is actually now discontinued (arghh!) in place of their Cherry Blossom alternative. However I found a good stash available at a decent price on Amazon. Cherry Princess is a delicately perfumed, conditioning hand cream with moisturising shea butter to shield and soothe hands which I find as with all L’occitane hand creams, quickly dissolves into hands without leaving any kind of greasy feeling. I love cherry everything and this fragrance has a sweet scent with floral undertones so isn’t too overpowering.
SEVENTEENS Cheek Stamp Blush, in Blushing – £4.99, boots.com
How cute is this packaging?! I’m a sucker for products that come hand-bag ready, and these dinky cheek stamps have a little mirror on the lid so you can apply touch-ups easily when on the go. Available in 5 shades I chose this light pink option in ‘Blushing’. The instructional video found at boots.com advises you to use the sponge applicator to stamp onto the apples of your cheeks and blend with fingers. I don’t like using my fingers to apply make-up and prefer instead to blend this out with a brush. I always have a mini brush in my make-up bag anyway, so no fuss. But if you’re caught short and need that flush to your face, give the sponge applicator a good tap, and blow the excess of and your should be fine.
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer Pressed Powder – £24, Debenhams.com
I’m a huge Too Faced fan. With beautiful packaging and cruelty-free products, what’s not to love? I got this powder for Christmas and its quickly shot up on my favourites list. The product is a a multi-use matte powder which can be used under foundation to cover pores and prime the skin, or on top of make-up to set your look. Or of course for those with perfect skin, you can use this this on its own for a super-polished finish. I wouldn’t however recommend using as a primer for those with dry skin, but instead opting for a creamier base. I have quite pale skin and this powder suits me perfectly, while its not coloured – it is pale, so darker skin tones beware! With a beautiful velvety feel, it banishes the appearance of pores for a soft-focus effect that’s great for combating any harsh lighting (the office!) Infused with a cocktail of vitamins A, C & E for antioxidant benefits, and mulberry extract for a brightening effect, it’s fragrance free, and without parabens and oil. .