As we head into winter there are a few beauty products that have been seeing me through the colder weather and I'm sure will be favourites over the festive period. Let's dive into my latest seasonal edit...
- SKINCARE -
My go-to cleanser when the weather is cold and my skin is feeling drier and more sensitive is the Kate Somerville DeliKate Soothing Cleanser* | £33. This is a gentle lotion-emulsion cleanser that doesn't foam up and strip away moisture, making it perfect for compromised skin. It contains moisturising ingredients like cucumber oil and also ceramides, which help soothe the skin and contribute towards healthy barrier function, which in turn assists the skin with water retention. During the winter, exfoliation is really important, but I like to go for a very gentle option like the Medik8 Press & Glow Daily Exfoliating PHA Tonic with Enzyme Activator* | £25. This is one of the few exfoliating toners that says it can be used daily and that claim is actually true for it! I really recommend PHAs for dry winter skin; they have a large molecular size so work on a surface level to remove dry skin cells. They can also be quite hydrating and are very gentle and non-irritating on the skin. This formula combines them with prickly pear extract, acai extract and soothing aloe. It's fantastic for gentle, non-irritating exfoliation that keeps dry patches at bay.
One of my go-to serums since the weather cooled down has been the Dr Dennis B3 Adaptive Superfood Stress Rescue Serum* | £75 | full review. This is on the pricier side, but I genuinely love it, though there are obviously cheaper alternatives out there if that's what you're looking for. This niacinamide-based serum is also formulated with lots of non-fragrant fruit and plant extracts, hence the name, which are rich in antioxidants to protect the skin against environmental damage. The niacinamide is amazing for skin barrier repair and there are various lipids within the formula, which make it fantastic and replenishing. The Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream | £49 | full review | is amazing as a day cream and / or a night cream for my dry winter skin. It actually has a lovely texture that feels light and doesn't smother my skin but still provides deep nourishment and calming benefits. It's fragrance-free and full of ingredients to replenish and strengthen the skin. In the evening, I do often like to top off my skincare routine with a face oil and one that's perfect for this time of year is the Kyushi Power of Ten Face Oil* | £39. This face oil is formulated with nourishing hemp seed oil and argan oil, as well as plant oils with antioxidant benefits like cucumber, watermelon and prickly pear seed. It's fragrance-free, if your skin gets a little more reactive in response to the cold weather. It's an amazing dose of added moisture and always leaves my skin soft and nourished by morning.
- MAKEUP -
A recent discovery for me that's a classic for many is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser* (4N1) | £35. I honestly have no idea why I didn't try this sooner! It's a beautiful light-coverage tinted moisturiser that gives my skin a natural glow but isn't too dewy and has great longevity. It's enough to even out my skin's tone but it isn't at all heavy. The hydrating formula makes it a great option for the winter months. I'm all about cream cheek products these days and particularly during the winter, it's nice to use something that feels moisturising and looks fresh and dewy on the skin. The Kosas Colour + Light Creme in Tropic Equinox* | £32 | is a staple for me. The champagne highlight and rosy nude blusher are perfect to pair with a deep or berry lip. I love this formula; it's emollient to get that dewy skin look but the pigment is still there and it's very long-wearing. You can honestly just dab them on and blend out with your fingers and it takes a few seconds!
On the eyes, I've been enjoying a bit of festive sparkle with the Huda Beauty Gold Obsessions Palette* | £28. I absolutely love the foiled metallics in this palette; you simply pat them on the lid with your fingers and bam: stunning, opaque glitz that lasts all day. These sorts of gold tones are right up my street and the mattes are very blendable and easy to work with too.
I love a deeper lip colour during winter - it's not exactly party season right now as it would typically be, but I'm still rocking the Ofra Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano | £15.50. As the name suggests; this is a long-wearing liquid lipstick formula that's comfortable to wear and doesn't flake or make a mess as I reapply it throughout the day. This is a warm, deep red-brown colour.
- BODY & EVERYTHING ELSE -
I have the driest skin ever in the world at the best of times, and winter doesn't help that. Body oils are a great way to lock in the nourishment and I like to up it to an extra-intense formula for the colder months. I really love the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil* | because it provides that incredible nourishment without feeling greasy or slippery on my skin. It also comes in a spray bottle, which makes it quick, easy and fuss-free to apply.
I'm pretty sure I featured this in my autumn edit but I don't care; it's my jam. The Maison Margiela Replica by the Fireplace Eau de Toilette | £98 | is autumn / winter / festive perfection! It has warming, cosy notes of vanilla, chestnut, wood and balsam. Finally, I have a nail colour: my perfect winter shade is OPI's Dressed to the Wines Nail Lacquer* | £13.90. I love how opaque this is from the first swipe; you could honestly get away with one coat of this and it's pretty long-lasting on my weak, abused nails that usually see polish chipping within 24 hours! This is a gorgeous deep wine purple with red undertones.
What are your beauty must-haves for winter?