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Thursday 17 October 2013

Current Winter Beauty Essentials #1

Hello My Lovelies,

Hope you are all doing well! Even though i love the Summer i must admit i do enjoy the Autumn / Winter time too...especially because my Birthday is in November. I have really been enjoying layering up and changing up my outfits, i have whipped out a few of my favoured knits and i love paring them with my beloved UGG boots haha. I love nothing more than cosying up, with a few candles burning and relaxing in the evening or on the weekend. So i though i would share a few of my current winter beauty essentials that i am really loving right now, especially with the whole weather changing scenario in the UK at the moment, i couldn't think of anything better to share with you all. These are all products that will be part of my winter beauty regime and i hope you find something that you might love to give a try during the colder months. I will be adding a few more instalments to my winter essentials including a few makeup, fashion and more beauty goodies. Hope you enjoy lovelies!

The Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask is a powerful regenerating mask that contains antiseptic Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender Essential Oils, which synergistically rebalance and purify the skin, making this the ideal mask for skin prone to congestion. I absolutely love applying this all over my skin as a mask whilst relaxing in a pampering bath and letting it work it's magic on my skin. The directions say to keep it on the skin for around 10-15 minutes and you are good to do - when i purchased the product around 6 months ago now the Sales Assistant even told me you could apply a thin layer on problem areas on your skin overnight and simply wash it off in the morning.  It is an all round products which aids with keeping my break outs at bay, keeping my skin moisturised and fresh whilst it gives off the winter warming aroma from the herbal ingredients - I personally love using it all round but it is definitely going to be a favoured winter product during the colder months. 

The Nourish Protect Hydrating Moisturiser has a combination of Vitamin C and phytoactive plant oils which restore natural lipids and quench thirsty skin. This wonderful moisturising cream is a fortified signature blend of rich antioxidants that helps naturally to protect your skin with organic Rose-hip oil, organic sunflower oil, organic Orange and Mandarin oils. The Nourish range is still quite new to me but like i always say i do love venturing out and trying out new skincare goodies that will make my skin look amazing. Even though this formulation is for Dry Skin Types as the weather is changing and it gets colder sometimes skin will need a little more moisture and TLC to avoid dry patched on your skin. This is the perfect cream to use during my night time skin care routine as i find it really works throughout the night time and i wake up to 'nourished' and almost revitalised skin. 

The Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream is a product i have been using throughout the past months and have actually done a full review on which can be seen here. The unique blend of exceptional moisturisers help skin back from daily wear and tear. It is so effective Balance Me even suggest using it on dry patches all over your body. Along with fatty-acid and vitamin-packed Shea Butter and sweet Almond Oil Balance Me have added two ancient therapeutic skin conditioners; the Egyptians' emblaming agent Benzoin and Yarrow, which legend says Achillies used on his wounded soldiers in the Trojan war - how amazing! Patchouli is a calming essential oil for weathered skin, Carrageenan Gum gives skin a smooth texture and Kukui Nut Oil makes even problem skin super supple. I never used to worry much about hand creams but since using them more often i can tell a difference in the condition of my skin. This hand cream alongside 'Soap & Glory Hand Food' are a few of my favourites that will be getting me by during the colder months haha.

Oh my goodness these are some of the best bath and shower oils I have ever come across. You can experience the ultimate therapeutic splendour with this multi-award winning Miniature Bath and Shower Oil Collection. Complete with all the Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oils in mini 3ml bottles - they are so cute! As soon as you open the box you are met with a beautiful aroma of essential oils and even more so when you emerse them into a hot bath. Even though they can be used both ways i do prefer to use them in the bath to get the full benefits they offer. Even though i am a huge lover of my Lush Bath Bombs and Bubble Bars these Aromatherapy Oils are something a little different to use and are perfect throughout the winter months. They are so relaxing and really work their magic on the skin - my favourite so far is the 'De-Stress Mind' and it has been perfect with all the University stress i have right now haha. They recommend that one mini bottle can do an entire bath but i actually think that half a bottle is just fine and you can get more uses out of them. 

The Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory is something i always have to have stocked up in my beauty collection. I first got introduced to this and a few other Soap & Glory products when i was gifted a set for my birthday a few years ago. The Righteous Butter is something i really love, works amazing on my skin and is a great combination with the bath oils above. It is an award winning body butter with softening Shea butter and aloe vera and it leaves a beautiful scent on the skin. The fragrance lingers on your skin all day long and leaves your skin feeling velvety soft despite it being such a thick and heavy consistency, it really melts into your skin which is perfect for those winter months where skin needs extra moisture. 

The Body Shop Mango Beautifying Oil is an all round product that can be used on your body, face and hair. Even thought it is extremely versatile i personally prefer using it on my skin to lock in moisture after a relaxing shower or bath. Occasionally i will mix up my body moisturising products depending on the weather and how i am feeling. Sometimes a thick body butter is a little dubious to moisturise into the skin and sometimes all you want is a quick fix and this oil does exactly that. I have used the oil twice now and have really loved the way it has left my skin, smelling super yummy, moisturised and non greasy as it is a dry oil product. As you can see from the bottle itself it has hardly made a dent in the product, you need the tiniest amount as it really does go a long way. 

Lip balms are a must product for me especially during the winter time to ensure that my lips stay healthy during the winter months. The lip balm allies the expertise of Dior research in nutrition to the delicate smoothness of rose petals. All its nourishing powers come from the rare and precious Damask Rose essential oil extract together with an anti-aging complex and Shea butter. I was really sold on this product as Elle - All That Glitters raves about it all of the time. This is my first time branching out into a Dior lip balm but i am so glad i did as it is such a beautiful product that actually does work. Interestingly enough i think i might have found a dupe for this product so i will get that over on the blog really soon too. It has a thick, non sticky texture that applies like a dream onto the lips leaving them feeling extremely moisturised, smooth and plump. Not only is is a great lip balm in itself, but it is also a great lip primer product before applying a lipstick or lipgloss!

Another lip balm to add to the mix but you can never have too many during the winter time! The Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid is an ultra rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil to naturally exfoliate, leaving the lips fresh, soft and moisturised. The Citric acid in the organic lemon oil acts as a natural exfoliator on dry, dead skin; when applied you might feel a slight tingling ont he lips but have no fear it is just the ingredients working it's magic. Lanolips was another brand i had always heard of but never actually tried as much previously, this is a great little lip balm which is also paraben, petroleum, mineral oil and sulfate free. 

What is a winter essentials post without a candle?! I am really been loving and enjoying the Bath & Body Works candles that i picked up whilst i was in LA (post can be seen here). I love the limited edition scents that they do in the cute mason jars as they really add to the whole Autumn / Winter theme. The Pumpkin Pecan Waffle scent is absolutely dreamy and really fills the room with a beautiful warm and cosy scent. I have always loved candles but i am so obsessed right now haha - what are your favourite scents during the colder months?

I hope you all enjoyed this current winter beauty essentials and a few of my current favourite products to use throughout the winter time. I would love to know your thoughts on any of the products and anything you really love to know what your winter essentials are! Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you and i make sure to read every single comment...they really make my day!



  1. I love The Righteous Butter. I have pretty dry skin so it's a god send. I really want a Bath & Bodyworks candle. That one sounds amazing.

    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  2. This post is incredible and so informative, definitely want to test out some of these products now! Brilliant post yet again Sophia!! Adore your blog!

    1. Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment sweetie, it really means a lot! So glad you enjoyed the post :) xx

  3. That candle sounds lovely! :)

  4. I really want to try Lanolips, preferably the banana one! The balance Me product sounds good too, I must check out some more of their products soon.

  5. that candle looks so amazingly scented LOL :)

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  6. Pumpkin pecan waffles sounds delightful and I've seen some of those body shop oils in all different scents must pop in their next time.

    ~ Essence of Jess

  7. I just finished up my Righteous Butter from Soap & Glory and this reminded me that I need to pick up a new one! It sinks into the skin SO fast, I love it!

    xoxo, Abundance of Erica

  8. The Elemis Mask is amazing and the Dior Lip Balm as well :D I got one at duty dree <3 amaze post honeeey

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  9. great post as always Sophia. I must check out that Dior lipbalm in the morning. I really need to try something from the Balance Me range. Its on my list :-)
    The Lanolips sounds great too :-)

    Rachael x
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  10. LOvely post - the Aromatherapy Associates | Minature Bath & Shower Oil Collection look beautiful. They would make the nicest gift!

  11. just discovered your blog! its so great and really interesting xx


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