Why hello there Bloggettes. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I’m going to be doing my beauty necessities. The 101 survival guide on how to protect and help your skin survive even the toughest of winters.
An introduction to “Sweater Weather” and general Rambles!
(If you don’t want to read my rather insightful winter rambles and want to get straight to my Holy Grail of beauty… scroll down to the red writing) 🙂
Seeing as the weather is changing from the rather unusual (but pleasant) warm(ish) Summer and heading through to Autumn/ Fall. Its time to crack open your Carmex and smother your Vaseline all over your lips because right here, right now is when our skin is tested the most. Personally I love the colder seasons (or the sweater weather seasons as I like to call them) , there’s nothing nicer than having a hot chocolate when its raining outside and your all snuggled up in your duvets, warm and comfy, watching the world go by.
Unfortunately if we do wander out the comfort of our homes in the sweater weather seasons, we easily forget all about our facial skin. We wear coat, scarves and snugly socks. Its very rare you’ll see someone journey out the house (at this time of the year) wearing hot pants, toms and a strappy vest top from Primark. We cover ourselves up to keep warm and to protect from the cold harsh winter winds. More often than not we just simply cannot be bothered with makeup or SPF (sun protection factor) in the wintery months and therefore our skin suffers due to our general sluggishness. You’re probably thinking, “SPF when its raining… you mad person why would I need that now?!”. Well my dearies, quite simply because even went we cant see the sun there are still harmful rays lurking about ready to strike a poor defenseless SPF-less face. Its better to be safe than sorry my bloggettes. Just pop a bit of SPF tinted moisturizer on there and were good to go. Do something today that future you will thank your for. Even something as small as that may have a big difference the skin..
and *breathe*…AUTUMNAL RAMBLES OVER…. BEAUTY BITS SHALL BEGIN!….
MY COLD WEATHER “LITTLE BEAUTY” SAVIORS”!… (products I just couldn’t live without..)
THE BEAUTY BIT. …Be ready for the wind!
I have been loving many a product thought the many winters I have faced and a majority of them I couldn’t of faced without these products on my face……FACE (is it just me that thinks the word face is starting to sound weird now anyways.. )*ahem*
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot cloth cleanser….
I’ve been using this on my face for almost a year now, I can honestly say after trying many cleansers from many brands) I have come to the conclusion.. Liz Earle is the holy grail of makeup removing and general cleansyness. I’ve used a variety of different cleansing products that range from Clinique’s 3 step Anti-Blemish Solutions to Simples kind to skin Face washes and cleansers and none of them are a patch on the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. It removes every morsel of makeup from your skin and leaves it clean and (I think) visibly clearer. ( I may or may not do another blog post on the Cleanse and Polish?)
It comes in £13.00 a tube so I ask you this. If you haven’t tried it,.. WHYY?! they’re even doing festive packaging! 🙂 http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-and-polish-limited-edition.html—- festive packaging (limited edition)
http://uk.lizearle.com/liz-earle-for-men-cleanse-and-polish.html —- one for the males
Rosy lips Vaseline..
Again I cannot stress to you how much I love this!
Vaseline is available world wide and is basically petroleum jelly adapting to certain smells and “flavors” (e.g. the coca butter Vaseline that gives off a faintly chocolatey aroma) The Rosy lips Vaseline (as well as moisturizing the skin) also tints it a slight pink colour. Its truly a great product! I also tend to use it as a highlighter above my (slightly non-existent) cheekbones.
THE “MARILYN MONROE” TREATMENT
Another little tip… if you’re going to a special event or just fancy a change to your usual daily skin care regime. Marilyn Monroe was a big fan of doing this this… This is believed to be what gave Marilyn her dewy glow. Apply some original Vaseline all over your face and use it as a kind of protective film/ night moisturizer on your facicals that will protect it (briefly) from the harsh winter winds … It works wonders. Marilyn used to apply a layer of powder then Vaseline..and repeated.
****IF YOU SUFFER FROM OILY SKIN OR CLOGGED PORES I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND PUTTING LOADS OF VASELINE ON YOUR FACE****
At £2.00 for a tin you really cant go wrong! Just give it a go!
http://www.superdrug.com/search?q=rosy+lips+vaseline—– all the Vaseline your heart could ever want..
My Liz Earle Colour Sheer Skin tint (with SPF 15)
Clinique moisture surge CC cream (with SPF 30)
Now I did purchase these products separately but I must say they work rather well together! I have fair skin and auburn hair so obviously its always going to be hard to find a base to fit my needs. Unfortunately I also have blemishes and therefore always believed foundation was the answer to cover up, that a heavy foundation was required. Oh how wrong I was! Its not how much you put on, its how you put it on! The reason I mix these products (that do work rather well by themselves) together is that I have a very odd skin tone. Its quite an uneven skin tone, some parts with yellowish undertones and others with pinkish ones. Mixing these together (seeing as they both have different undertones) they create the perfect base.
Now they are quite pricy but they’re very much worth it, especially if you feel like having a lazy makeup day… slap some on and your good to go! 🙂
http://uk.lizearle.com/sheer-skin-tint-spf15.html —— Liz Earles Sheer Skin Tint
Now as the wintery months fall our skin gets dryer.. I suffer from Excma and dry skin so I find that moisturising is basically my winter staple product…
Oliatum—– is mainly for my Excma, it clears it up really well and reduces dryness
The Daily Smooth™ Body Lotion By Soap and Glory smells glorious—–, (I suppose the typical S&G smell) and does the job beautifully.
Hand Food, also by Soap & Glory—— is absolutely fantastic and is by far the best high-street hand cream (in my opinion) . It smells gorgeous and leaves hands luxuriously soft! what else could you ask for?
Garnier Intensive 7 Days Daily Body Lotion with nourishing MANGO OIL for Dry Skin—- (bit of a mouthful) is also a body moisturizer. Whereas The S&G body moisturizer smells gorgeous and has a thick consistency and the Oilatum has a odd smell and ultra thick consistency the Garnier has a light consistency and still smells fab. All of them are very different products but the Garnier is the CHEAPEST and at £3.14 you cant really go wrong!
and lastly my Liz Earle Skin repair LIght moisturiser—- This was absolutely free as I got it as a sample. I can honestly say its worked wonders on my face! Its free and a fantastic product.. You cant really go wrong…
and im not putting a link to the Liz Earle face cream because you can just go to your nearest Liz Earle shop and ask for a sample, the worst they can say is no! My sample has lasted me around a month(ish)
http://www.boots.com/en/Oilatum-Cream-Pump-500ml_981685/—- Oilatum– smells odd–does the job
http://www.soapandglory.com/the-daily-smoothtm-body-lotion —-Daily Smooth-smells fab–slightly pricy
http://www.soapandglory.com/hand-food-trade-mini —- Hand Food–smells amazing!–cheap as chips-an all round good egg!
http://www.boots.com/en/Garnier-Intensive-7-Days-Daily-Body-Lotion-with-nourishing-MANGO-OIL-for-Dry-Skin-250ml_1189087/ —– Intensive 7 day body lotion–smells lovely–ridiculously cheap
Gel de douche
( a more entertaining way to say shower gel)
I know it sounds trivial but the little things in life are what really counts. Doing a seemingly normal thing like having a shower can become so much more! Also women (on average) spend 136 days in there LIFETIME getting ready! 3,276 hours in a girls lifetime is spent applying make-up, having a shower and dressing up! So in my opinion we may as well waste our lives in style! (haha). So yeah basically, I really find these shower gels do an uber good job, they re all by original source who have brilliant ethics and equally good products, my personal favorite is the mint and tea tree oil one. It leaves your skin tingly and soft (plus the scent is amazing!)
http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/Shopping/FindProducts.aspx?Query=Original%20Source%20Shower%20Gel%20mint%20and%20tea%20tree — The tea tree and mint Shower gel! This scent never goes out of fashion! I really think its an year rounder product! It also has 7,927 mint leaves in, has natural fragrance, is recyclable, tested on the creators and has a tingly sensation when lathered onto the skin!
http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/Shopping/FindProducts.aspx?Query=Original%20Source%20Shower%20Gel%20vanilla%20and%20rasberry —- The Raspberry and Vanilla shower gel! 82 brittish sunrises went into making on bottle! Its a strong, sweet fragrance. Its tested on humans, is recyclable, made in the UK and is vegan! Its also a moisturising shower gel which is always a bonus for your skin!
http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/Shopping/FindProducts.aspx?Query=Original%20Source%20Shower%20lemon%20and%20tea%20tree — The Tea Tree and lemon shower Gel! 10 lemons were packed into one bottle! Its tested on humans, has natural fragrance and the bottle is recyclable! has a zesty fragrance and has an uplifting scent..
ALSO DID I MENTION ALL THEESE 250ML SHOWER GELS ARE £2.20 FROM ASDA?! ()R UNDER £3.00 at OTHER RETAIL SHOPS)
I TRULY CHALLENGE YOU TO GET ONE RATHER THAN BUY THEM YUM YUMS FROM GREGGS, SAVE UP! YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU!
There is no better accessory than a smile! I know the winter months can be gloomy but keep your chin up and smile, enjoy the winter months because soon enough they’ll be gone and we’ll be back to complaining its too hot (ha not likely)… But seriously! Enjoy it! and have a great October guys! 🙂
AND THAT JUST ABOUT CONCLUDES THIS POST!
xxxx !See you all soon! xxxx