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Today we're doing the traditional seasonal beauty edit featuring my top skincare, makeup and body products for the winter months...
My skin leans towards dryness at the best of times, so it's probably no surprise that winter exacerbates things, but I have a few trusty products in my arsenal to get me through the coldest season. Firstly, I like to use a really gentle, moisturising, non-foaming cleanser like the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk* | £25 | full review. This is a creamy cleanser with a fluid-y formula that can remove light makeup or act as a really non-stripping, nourishing morning cleanse. It always leaves my skin soft, happy and residue-free. I follow my cleanse with the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Wild Oat Toner* | £20 | full review | to lock in hydration. This is a weighty toner that actually feels a little more in the style of a Korean essence; it has a milky but light and non-sticky consistency. It's formulated with soothing oat extracts, hyaluronic acid and glycerin to draw in hydration, squalane to replenish the skin and honey to nourish.
The Niod Modulating Glucosides | £27 | full review | serum is something I repurchase every single autumn because it never fails to help my skin get through the winter. This milky emulsion serum is formulated with lipids to moisturise and peptides to soothe the skin, along with the most calming components of some amazing antioxidant extracts. It's amazing for seasonal dryness. redness and sensitivity. And my moisturiser of choice for this time of year is always the Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Cream* | £69 | full review. I think I'm on my fourth tub of this stuff because it's one of those products that's great for my skin, it's fragrance-free, it's barrier-restoring, but it also feels amazing. It's pure delicious luxury whilst being functionally amazing with ingredients like ceramides and peptides to nourishing and strengthen the skin.
In terms of makeup, I'm all about the rosy berry tones and shades of gold, paired with glowing skin for winter. For that fresh, dewy skin look to counteract the dryness and dullness I'm prone to around this time of year, I like to use my Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum* (060) | full review. This is a hydrating, humectant-based serum with spheres of pigment that release as you blend it in, to give you a light, natural bit of coverage. Of course highlighter is a must too, and I like creams and liquids for a dewy, wet-look finish. I really like the Rose Inc Solar Radiance Hydrating Cream Highlighter in Prismatic | £24. I like to just apply this with my fingers for a soft, sheeny, natural gold-toned highlight.
In terms of colour products, a great quick, easy, one-swipe glam eye formula is the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Foil | £28. This is a foiled glitter eyeshadow with a creamy base that can be swiped directly onto the lid with your fingers; it doesn't have fallout and lasts beautifully on my eyes all day (or night) without creasing. You can just use this on its own and it looks gorgeous! For the cheeks, I have the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Blush in Rose Latte | £21. I really love this formula; it has the exact right level of pigment, it blends easily and smoothly, and it lasts really well on my skin. You can apply it with your fingers or a synthetic brush for a natural flush of warm rose. Then on the lips, I have a moisturising formula in a pretty shade for this time of year: the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in 09 Chocolate | £21.50. A lip oil is perfect for nourishing dry winter lips and this product contains a natural wash of colour. The shade Chocolate is a deep reddish-brown that can be used alone or to top off a similar-toned lipstick.
My body skin is honestly even drier than the skin on my face, so it needs all the help it can get! I like a less-foamy, more nourishing option like the L'Occitane Vanilla Amber Shower Cream* | £33. The creamy lotion texture gently lathers but doesn't strip my skin and leaves it soft and happy. The delicious scent also lingers beautifully on the skin, so perfume isn't totally necessary, but you can fragrance-layer with it if you like. After showering or bathing, I like to reach for the Keys Soulcare Rich Nourishing Body Cream* | £35. This is kind of the 'big guns' option for me, packed full of fatty acids, shea butter, coconut butter, ceramides and oat extract. This is all great for nourishing and softening the skin, as well as preventing irritation and loss of hydration from the skin.
My go-to perfume is currently the Kayali Vanilla Royale Sugared Patchouli Eau de Parfum Intense* | £79. The original Vanilla fragrance has been a favourite of mine for a few years now, and this is its headier, richer, more decadent older sibling with notes of vanilla orchid, almond, rum, jasmine and more. It lasts so well on my skin and just has this delicious aroma to it!
What are your go-to winter beauty products?