My winter beauty essentials

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Winter beauty essentials
I don't remember the last time I shared any beauty tips here, but believe you me, these are my staples for winter. These three are my absolute rocks for taking care of myself over the cold, harsh months and they're absolutely worth using. This is not a sponsored post.

The Body Shop Hemp Intensive Hand Butter was a recommendation from several people, the only one I recall being my hairdresser who swore by it. My hands are prone to suffering badly over winter and when I say suffering, I mean it. When I hear people complaining about how dry their hands get I can't help but smirk as they have no idea how much worse it gets than that. Over the years my hands have taken a beating over winters; the dry skin getting so bad it splits in a zillion places and bleeds. They scabbed over in tiny segments. Washing hands hurt but don't even get me started on antibacterial gel. I could clench my hand and could drip blood. Gruesome, but true-some. Previous years' attempts with hand cream had been frittered with lapses. I lost interest. I used products that didn't work. However, this year I wanted to look after myself better. I wanted to make the effort. In late summer/start of autumn I made sure I went into the Body Shop store and bought the hand cream designed for very dry skin. It's £12 for 100ml in a sturdy pot. I've conscientiously applied it to my hands and wrists every night; as I sit here and stroke my hands I can report that they're soft as silk and utterly beautiful. If you suffer from very dry hands then I would recommend this for you without question.

My second recommendation is the Tony & Guy Prep Leave In Conditioner which is £6.99 for 100ml online from Superdrug although I've always bought in in Boots for £9 for 2 tubes in store. I use a 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner to wash my hair with, towel scrunch so that my hair is no longer dripping wet, apply half a walnut size blob of this stuff all over my hair then sometimes I then use up to a tennis ball size lump of fairly strong hold mousse before letting it air dry. This seems to work best for me. My hair has been coping with winter better than usual.

Last of all we have Burt's Bees Lip Balm. I have two from Holland and Barrett; Burt's Bees Lip Balm with honey and the variety with mango butter. Both are brilliant and I grab which ever is nearest to hand to reapply after a few hours. they're not tinted but leave a good strong protective layer on lips which stop them cracking and keep them feeling good. I've not really worn any lipstick this winter and instead stuck to balm. These are £3.69 each for 4.25g from Holland and Barrett but currently on a 'buy one get one half price on mix and match' offer. Well worth it.
Have you tried any of these? I love them!


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  1. I do like a good beauty post, I rarely buy anything that I haven't read a blog review of these days.
    The Hemp hand cream is good! I have it in a tube, but my hands don't suffer in the cold like yours do - ouch! that sounds so painful. My Dad has very dry hands and I recommended this to him and he really likes it too. Normally I can get away with slathering on any old hand cream before going to sleep at night, so anything will do me just fine. Most of my hand creams come as magazine freebies, I can't remember the last time I purchased one.
    I always found that normal lip balms didn't really do enough for me, so I purchased Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm (£9.50 from Boots) it's pricier than any lip balm I've bought before but one application before bed and my lips are so much softer, and they stay that way throughout the day. I top up with a Blistex mango balm, which is cheap and cheerful, during the day, but that's mainly because I like the taste and smell more than anything :)


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