Lately it’s been colder than usual in the UK. Granted the meteorological people of the world will inform you that the moving of the jet stream has an awful lot to do with our weather systems but I just accept the fact that most of January and February will be cold. Calling for more layers, more hot drinks and an abundance of stews, soups and casseroles, oh and the odd hot water bottle to get through the cold nights.
Over this chilly period (read: the last month) I’ve got myself acquainted with some new products, and fell back in love with things I already had in my drawers. One of the new products, and that has quickly wiped all its competitors to the side is Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm (£9.50-M&S). I really struggle with dry lips on a daily basis (clearly I sleep with my mouth slightly open and the house dehumidifier really dehydrates them) but this little beauty hydrates them for hours: you have to scoop a tiny bit out of the jar and rub the matte balm over your lips before you leave it to settle and you’re left with beautifully soft lips for hours afterwards. The jar is cute but is also perfect for traveling and I’ve been using it daily for well over a month now and I’ve hardly made a dint. This lip balm is most definitely worth it’s expensive price tag. Well you know, expensive for lip balm.
A product that I’ve reignited my love for is the Nivea Daily Essentials Night Cream (£4.19 Boots), it’s thick and hydrating texture (that soaks into the skin super quickly) has really got my skin looking plumper and more hydrated than when I go without. To say it’s been a life saviour this winter would be an understatement, but I probably would have really dead looking skin if I wasn’t using this little gem nightly.
Now my face is lovely and hydrated I like to concentrate on staying as warm as physically possible. I love this bobble hat (look how big that Pom-Pom is!) from M&S as it has a fleece lining so your head is toasty warm for those long days out shopping and pining over all the summer outfits trickling into stores, and there’s nothing like pairing it with a thick parka and a good scarf and gloves to ensure you don’t feel that chilly North wind.
I’ve also been a fan of layering to keep my core warm, Primark cozy tights and long sleeve ribbed tips have been a saviour in ensuring I stay cozy whether I’m indoors or waiting for a bus/ walking to work. These kind of pieces are fantastic staples to put under any type of clothing or outfit. I also layer under blouses and tees with simple vest tops, it’s amazing how much difference a thin, tight layer makes to really keeping your core warm.
Oh and my favourite winter meal? I’ve been loving my tomato soup and my mum’s home made pastas, there’s nothing better than a big steaming bowl non?
Have you found any winter essentials I should know about? How have you found winter where you live? According to the meteorologists there’s high pressure on its way in that’s moving the jet stream so temperatures will gradually increase- until I see this happen I’ll still carry my scarf with me everywhere…