14 December, 2016 Winter Beauty Must-Haves and a Monthly Faves Mashup
Today’s post is a bit of a mish-mash. I’m combining October, November and December beauty favourites, and I’m also sharing the winter skincare and makeup must-haves I love to use at this time of year – expect lots of gold and glitter. You’ve been warned. Onwards dear chums!
Winter beauty must-haves:
A gorgeous facial oil – this is non-negotiable at this time of year, as my skin is not a fan of going from the freezing cold to the Saharan heat of my office on a daily basis, and becomes a shrivelled prune the minute I cleanse and rinse my face. I’ve been loving the Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil* – it’s light, incredibly moisturising and nourishing, and has a glorious scent. You can use it under makeup, as an intensive treatment oil before bed, or mixed in with your foundation. It’s pricey (£51 is the cheapest I’ve seen and is linked above), but well worth it if you want an instant boost of hydration.
A champagne-toned highlighter – I have many highlighters in my collection, but the one I always rely on at this time of year is MAC’s Soft & Gentle. The pink, gold and copper flecks in this cream-champagne highlight create the perfect wash of radiance on my cheeks, without looking opaque, glittery or overly glossy, and you can build and build with no fear of getting it wrong. It will also look beautiful with a tan, making it a great option when you’ve been in the sun.
A woody perfume – my friends often mock me for my love of all things ‘woody’, but there’s nothing better (in my opinion) than a musky, rich and slightly spicy fragrance in the winter. Fresh’s unisex scent Cannabis Santal is my top pick (it dries down a lot better than when you initially apply it), and I also love Jo Malone’s Velvet Rose & Oud, as well as the new Tom Ford Velvet Orchid.
A hard-working concealer – as a true beauty obsessive, I get super excited over new beauty launches, and Tarte’s Shape Tape was so hyped I signed myself up to just about every mailing list going. QVC carry it exclusively in the UK, and on the second restock I managed to pick up Light Medium. For oily skinned girls with the occasional dry patch, this concealer is a gift from the gods. Creamy, pigmented and forgiving on lines, pores and texture, it quickly tidies up all your imperfections sets to a lovely velvey finish. It needs a little powdering, but once it’s on, it’s on.
A glitzy gold eyeshadow – nothing says Christmas like a bit of glitter, and I can’t get enough of bronze, copper and gold hues in the winter. For an eyeshadow topper, the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette has a fabulous oil-infused shade that highlights any base shadow and makes it pop, while the Sephora single eyeshadow in Hawaiian Beach is lovely for an all-over wash of colour.
Collective October, November and December faves:
I’ve used this hydrating lotion on and off throughout the second part of this year, and love how moisturising and cooling it is – it’s the perfect post-cleanse treatment, and seems to perk up my skin when I need a touch of glow.
Praise the lord for The Ordinary – this brand has essentially demolished the myth that quality skincare has to be pricey, by coming out with targeted treatments to suit just about any complexion concern – at around £5 a bottle.
This is a simple, no-frills hyaluronic acid serum that instantly absorbs, doses my skin up with moisture, and makes a great base for makeup. I’m expecting big things from this brand in the future, and once I build up my collection and have tested more products out, I’ll write a full range review and treatment breakdown.
I never hear people talk about this product, but I really, really enjoy this primer. Spackle has a watery texture, absorbs beautifully, and makes for a great smoothing base, without feeling silicone-heavy or greasy. It helps foundation blend nicely, and although it doesn’t dramatically extend the wear of my makeup, it does make colours look a brighter.
Why did it take me until 2016 to try this foundation? Alas, we’ll never know, but this stuff is my new go-to work base for winter, and I LOVE it. The colour is a little too yellow for me, but as I’m super pale and a little grey, I need all the warmth I can get.
If you get oily, you need these powders in your life. They don’t show in flash photography, they instantly absorb oil and set makeup, and they’re so finely milled they never look caky or patchy. Plus, they’re £8. I have about 10 backups in my stash, and I’m not even sorry.
My lovely friend Hannah brought this back from America for me, and I forgot how good it was! I love that it’s not a felt tip – and so won’t lose the shape or texture – and it really helps to create a sharp and precise wing. You do need a few coats to get a super dark effect though.
When I attended the Beauty Bay Carnival in October, I received tons of goodies from Gerard Cosmetics, and these liquid lipsticks have REALLY impressed me. Iced Mocha is a cool-toned mauve with a hint of brown, and 1995 is more of a warm rose with hints of terracotta and peach. Both are beautiful, and comfortable enough to wear throughout the day without the overwhelming desire to remove them with sandpaper. We’ve all been there.
After a lot of hinting on my part, my parents bought me this palette for my birthday, and since 2nd December I’ve been using it religiously. The colours are beautiful, and I love the bronzer and highlighter especially. The all-over powder is a little too glittery for my tastes, but I find it makes for a nice highlighter base to build on. I plan on using this on holiday and when travelling, as all I’d need is a matte bronzer and my base products, a few lip options and eye bits, and the marble packaging is just stunning!
My boyfriend genuinely deserves an award – he always gets me the most beautiful birthday gifts, and this year he schlepped into town with me to choose my present. This gorgeous clutch caught my eye, as I wanted something with colour, and I love the gold accents and long detachable strap. I’m saving it for special occasions, but have worn it when running errands too – it’s too pretty to keep hidden!
Which winter beauty essentials have you been reaching for? I’d also love to know which products have been in your October, November and December favourites. Get commenting!