Winter SavioursWednesday, 23 July 2014
Winter has rolled around once again (does anyone else always forget how cold winter actually gets? It's like I've never experienced a winter before...), and I'm finding this year to be particularly harder on my skin. Sydney is definitely colder this year than the past few years, and I'm finding myself changing up both my makeup routine and my skincare routine in order to adapt to these colder months.
I've never considered myself a dry skin gal, but I am finding my skin completely lacking in moisture lately, especially post cleansing. That tight feeling is not a feeling I am used to, and I cannot get my hands on my Origins 'Night-A-Mins' Moisturiser quick enough. Rich and moisturising, this leaves me skin feeling nourished and supple, and smelling deliciously of oranges.
I've also been reaching for the old Hydraluron lately, smattering this on my particularly drier areas before moisturising. It makes a noticeable difference the next day, and over consistent use. I really find this helps lock in the moisture for longer.
My lips too have been suffering from probably a mixture of the cold, dry air, and the constant air conditioning I'm in at work. I've never suffered so badly from dry lips before, so I finally caved and purchased the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm from Feel Unique. This has absolutely lived up to it's hype, I've never used a lip balm so quenching before! The texture is also bliss, I'm not sure how to describe it but it definitely makes my lips feel like velvet after application (read: not slippery, not sticky, but not drying either).
The absolute gem that is the Lush Lip Scrub is a saviour when it comes to flakey lips (ew, I know) and nights out. Lipstick and dry lips is a definite no-no, but a quick scrub of this delicious (mine is in the Mint Julips flavour - chocolatey mint!) sugar scrub leaves your lips free of dead skin, and feeling moisturised and ready to go (hint: don't wipe this off, lick it off, trust me).
Australia is not known for it's dramatic winters (at all), but I definitely find my makeup routine changes. Whilst in summer I want the lightest, longest wearing and dewy makeup, in winter I feel like I get to play around with my makeup more, and bring out a few more products to add to my routine. My two favourite foundations these past few months have been on the heavier coverage end - my HG Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. Both foundations I would normally only turn to for nights out in summer, I get to use these babies whenever I feel like now, which is great as they are both absolutely stunning on the skin, and both are very suitable for any dry skin types. For every day wear, I only need a small amount buffed really well into the skin, and to continue the look into the night, I can easily top them up with a little extra coverage.
Speaking of coverage, there are two concealers I primarily use in the winter months - the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. I still tend to suffer from the occasional chin spot in winter, so I still need a heavy duty concealer to help me out without drying my skin too much. The NARS concealer is perfect for this, and I've been using the Rimmel offering instead to highlight under my eyes, as I find it has the perfect amount of illuminating qualities and ability to block out dark circles.
For the cheeks, there is the ever present MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in 'Soft and Gentle', still my go-to highlighter and a must need in winter months when my skin definitely appears to be quite dull and lifeless. It adds a bit of life to the cheeks, and when paired with the beautiful Stila Convertible Colour Blush in 'Petunia' creates a really soft warmth to the face. I've been forcing myself to learn how to apply this cream blush after buying it over a year ago, and finally discovered that using my Real Techniques Face Brush to apply it with is a dream. Take note all cream blush newbies.
Whilst I keep my cheeks quite subtle, I definitely am a bit more adventurous with my eyes. I've been loving my By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Stick in 'Brown Perfection' lately, as it's so easy to apply and doesn't budge the entire day! So easy to create a quick and simple brown smokey eye which is one of my absolute favourite looks this winter. Similarly, I've gone back to re-loving my MAC Paint Pot in 'Constructivist' which is a fairly similar dark brown shade, although slightly darker and slightly easier to work with. This works great as a base, but I usually just wear it on it's own, as it has great staying power and can easily be worn quite sheer, or compacted on for a really intense brown pigment.
I've also been quite into my liquid eyeliner recently, in an attempt to practise my application of winged eyeliner! I've been loving the Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner, it's ridiculously cheap and has incredible staying power considering. Application is super easy, I almost never make a mistake with this one!
As per usual, I finish my look off with a nude lipstick, always. I've pulled out an old favourite recently, the Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in '03', which is a really versatile browney nude, neither matte nor shine. This range of lipsticks is truly amazing for drugstore lipsticks, I've always been quite impressed with their formula!
Lastly, I always reach for my absolute favourite perfume at the moment, the Escentric Molecules 01, but in the winter moments I have definitely been using a few extra pumps because I am still just loving it, and the scent is just perfect for colder weather. To me, it's so moody and dark, and woody too, and it just makes me think of fresh, cold air, and fireplaces and candles and everything amazing about winter!
Phew, that was quite long! Are there any products that you find yourself reaching for more in winter?