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5 Beauty products to see me through the winter

Winter 2015 has been pretty mild so far but that hasn’t stopped the annual traditions of chapped lips, dry skin and a spotty chin at the hands of too many chocolate coins, from creeping in. Here are a few of my favourite winter beauty products that will save me from drying out and cracking up Mother Willow style this Christmas. 

 

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1. Lush Lip Scrub

This stuff has absolutely salvaged my poor lips this winter. Yes, it’s a little bit overpriced (£5.50 for what is essentially flavoured sugar) but, it works a dream. I’m especially prone to dry lips so I pop it on underneath a lip balm and it exfoliates away all of the horrid peely bits leaving my lips smooth and ready to moisturise. I maybe wouldn’t go for Bubblegum flavour next time though, it smells great but the taste is questionable, kind of how I imagine bubblegum dipped in a bowl of fairy liquid might taste. Fear not though, there are loads of other flavours to choose from.

 

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2. Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips 

For the sufferers of dry skin out there, this stuff is gold. My flatmate first introduced me to it and although it’s another pricey item at about £11.50 I am desperate to get my hands on some (hint, hint, Father Christmas). Not only did the tiniest amount of product moisten and soften up my lips but it can also be used to treat burns, cuticles, eczema and sore nipples and boasts a total of 20 different uses on its website.

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3. Soap and Glory Pulp Friction Body Exfoliator 

Purely because it smells so unbelievably incredible. I really think you can’t go wrong with Soap and Glory at this time of year, it smells fruity, the labels are punny to read in the shower and you can count on a good bargain every year on the Soap and Glory products in Boots in the Christmas Gifts section.

 

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4. Bleach London Reincarnation Hair Mask 

The dryness of winter means that despite piling the dark hair dye onto my over-bleached hair, my locks are still sometimes left looking and feeling a little frazzled. Leaving my hair in a mask over night is essential for me to avoid being the hair-double of Mia Thermopolis before she got her perfect blow dry (and crown). Most hair masks are a bit on the steep side but the Bleach London one comes in at only £6- bargain! This mask is also great if you’ve messed around a bit too much with colour and want to do a little bit of damage control.

 

 

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5. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser 

Although this last one is great for all year round as it’s just a simple old facial wash, I thought it was worth a mention. In winter when my face is feeling extra spotty it’s important for me to totally get rid of all the excess dirt and makeup that is lurking around (I’m pretty bad at this most of the time but when the spots march in I sort my priorities out). This cleanser is just great at getting rid of all that dirt. It leaves my face feeling smooth as a chinchilla’s coat (but usually less hairy) and replenishes the moisture in my winter-weakened skin.

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So there you have it, my top five beauty products that I’ll be using this winter. Fully moisturised and protected, bring on the cold and snow!

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Mel

    I absolutely love Kiehl’s cleansers. It has helped me make it through the Canadian brutal winters (talk about cracked skin generator!). What are your suggestions for natural makeups that won’t dry out your skin. I heard great things about Mineralissima foundations (http://www.mineralissima.com/) before…what’s your experience with “natural” makeups like mineral based ones?

    March 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply helloitsparisa@gmail.com

      Yes! Exactly. And the Kiehl’s moisturiser has been a god send as well. I actually really love Nars’ tinted moisturiser as it gives a good but natural coverage that keeps your skin soft! I’m definitely open to trying a more mineral based makeup though, particularly from companies that are a bit more environmentally friendly! Thanks for your comment! x

      March 25, 2016 at 7:25 pm

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