As I mentioned in my post yesterday, winter is fast approaching which means I am getting ready to hibernate(almost). Even though I am from Russia and I have weathered the weather that hit as low as -15C, I have never been as cold as I was during my first winter in South Africa! The thing is, Russia is prepped for winter- there is central heating in every house, cafe or subway station you turn into. I was always toasty warm inside the house when I grew up in Odessa, and yes the being on the street part was horrible, but you minimize that time to just running to and from the car/bus/taxi. In South Africa, I battle every winter even when I put heaters on all over the house. And the add insult to injury, my skin starts going through havoc. While it’s usually a fuss-free skin during the warmer months, in winter I break out in dry patches, my lips start to flake and my hair goes dry. Sounds wonderful right? Well I make sure to stock up on some of my favorite things to help me through the winter, and today I am sharing them with you. Plus I am giving away a R600 Vaseline Hamper to help you start your winter-survival kit!
PS My Skin-care must haves from last year are in this post, and today I added some new favorites that I grew fond of last winter.
For The Face- Balm Balm Hibiscus Mask and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is no stranger to the blog, as I discovered it during my Change Your Skin campaign with Kiehl’s last year. It’s very rich but exactly what I need, and you can see a difference with it almost overnight. The Balm Balm Hibiscus Mask is a real treat for your skin, although it might look a bit silly when you actually have it on! It has all of the goodness in it with organic ingredients and it is a rice/powder mask which you need to add some water to and then apply onto the face. It goes red and tight on your skin 15 minutes in, and after 20 minutes you wash it off. Your skin feels refreshed and renewed and I try to sneak it in even during the summer every week!
For Hydration- Esse Toner Plus and Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum
A big thing I discovered last winter, was that not only did my skin lack moisture, it also lacked hydration. These are two very different things- moisturizing makes the skin soft and the lack of moisture is what makes your skin dry. Hydration however refers to the level of water in your skin, which drops drastically during winter and makes the skin appear lifeless and dull. I am currently obsessing over mist-toners because they are so easy to use(I will be doing a comparison test soon), and my favorite this year has been the Esse Toner Plus. I didn’t realize how important toner was until last winter! The Esse Toner smells delicious and has ingredients such as aloe vera and a whole bunch of different essential oils that are immensely good for your skin.I spray the toner every night before applying my moisturizer.And in the mornings during winter I like to apply the Kiehl’s Hydro Pluming Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate(they love their long names hey) which keeps my skin looking fresh and young for the day.
For The Lips- Vaseline
Okay seriously, nothing will ever be as good for my lips as good ole’ Vaseline. Made out of pure petroleum jelly, it is the bomb when it comes to helping chapped lips in winter.It is something that I have been using since I was 12, and I even have a few mini ones that I pop into my handbags in winter. Its super cheap, and even if you don’t like the smell of the original Vaseline, they now offer a variety of different scents- the Aloe one is a great choice and this Cocoa Butter one I have been trying out is also pretty good. Nothing will help your poor little lips like these guys!
For Bath Time- Lush,Lush,Lush
Winter time= bath time, and I soak in my bath until I start looking like a prune. I save all of my Lush goodies until winter, because I feel like they are a bit of a waste during the summer for me. These are just a few things that I will be popping in my bath come winter- I saved this Christmas Eve bubble bar, and I have been loving the Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb. Also I recently got this Carrot Soap from the Easter range, and it smells delicious so I am really looking forward to bath time!:)
For The Soul
Fluffy hats, tea and lots and lots of books. Winter is the season to curl up on the coach with a book, sip your Earl Grey and relax. I have super cold feet so my mom always gets me amazing warm and fluffy socks from Moscow, and I also love cute little hats to wear throughout the day like this pink one! On the book front, I mostly read in Russian(if you didn’t know yet), and I am looking forward to finally finishing Catcher In the Rye this winter as well as starting some new books! Do you have any recommendations? And of course- tea! I love both tea and coffee, but during the winter time I take out my biggest mug(how cute is the Ted Baker one?) and keep it filled with tea the whole day.
Also to help you get your winter survival kit started, today I am giving away a R600 Vaseline hamper which includes a whole bunch of goodies from Vaseline to keep your lips and body soft and moisturized this winter! All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me how you plan on spending your last few days of the warm weather! The Vaseline team will pick the best answer next week Tuesday after Easter!:)