We’re almost there, just one more week and January will be over. I find the winter an endurance – the cold, the darkness – Christmas distracts me, but the crash when it’s over is hard, so I hibernate and make crafty things, cook and watch movies. Clothes wise, it’s just layer upon layer of thermals and cashmere. I can’t bare to look at the lovely spring things online as it will be months before it’s warm enough to wear them, but we have a family wedding at Easter so hopefully some outfit planning will get me out of this rut soon!
It’s all about little treats to make life nicer right now. I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m a hand cream and lip balm addict and I had some lovely new one’s to try in my Christmas stocking…the Aesop Ressurection Hand Cream (thanks to my lovely boy who only needed the tiniest nudge in the right direction) is AMAZING – the scent is divine, I’m hooked now! I also have the Nuxe in my bag at the moment, and highly rate the Nivea CoQ10, it is an absolute bargain and I have tubes in the car and littered all over the house.
I always have a jar of special lip balm by my bed, either By Terry or Dior’s rose balm, but I like to have a stick for when I’m out and about. The Dior Lip Glow is lovely, and the Burt’s Bees are brilliant and really good value, but for the last while I have been using the Fresh Sugar Lip Balms and they are my favourites. I love the Rose and my other favourite is the Coral, which looked too bright in the bullet but is lovely on, just a nice warm glow. The Plum was a little too dark for me, so I gave it to a friend, but I have high hopes for the Cherry which is in the post to me. I can’t get them here, but buy mine from US Ebay or Amazon
I have been using Clarins facial oils on and off since my mum first took me to the Clarins counter as a teenager, when I was kitted out it Lotus oil for my t zone and Santal oil for my dry cheeks, they are such a treat for dry winter skin, but I came across this L’Oreal Extraordinary facial oil, which is gorgeous and a bargain especially as it’s on offer at Boots at the moment. Lisa Eldridge has a video about facial massage and I love doing a version at night.
I was treated to Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream for Christmas. Now my inner sceptic tells me that it can’t perform miracles, but one month on and I like it. For the last year I have been using a lot of retinol and glycolic acid on my face. I’m 45 with very fine skin and it did take a while for the minor tinging and irritation to calm down, but my complexion was looking bright and glowing. Then I read an article about retinols and acids on skin and how we are essentially burning off the upper layer of skin which creates a cycle of sensitivity and in the long term it’s better to use collagen and hyalurons to nourish the skin and create that glowy effect. The Magic Cream has a lot of these ingredients, so I’m giving that approach a try. I’ll let you know if I like it enough to buy myself another pot!