Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all other seasons – Jim Bishop.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am no beauty expert. In fact, I know so little about beauty that I’m unsure why I have a beauty tab on this blog sometimes. Sure, I like to wear makeup on occasion and people tell me I have good skin, but I have zero knowledge on all the oxidants, the pros and cons of various products and which are gold dust. I do know about my own skin being combination: oily on my forehead and chin, dry on my cheeks and around my nose and sensitive all over. I am more interested in saving my hair; I need it to be long, luscious and split-end free. Tiny obsession. I care more about it than I do my skin in all honesty. Bad, I know, but true.
Now that the colder months are here, I need to step up my game again and ideally buy a whole line of my favourite skincare products. Alas, I don’t have the money to spend on it, but I do have a couple of go-to ones to tide me over, as well as other beauty items I return to again and again, no matter the time of year. Autumn and Winter mean frostiness, brittle hands, chapped lips and dry skin. There is no more crucial a time to truly take care of yourself. Sometimes, small doses of care is all you need, especially when we have hectic lives and rush out of the door after staying in bed a little too long in the mornings. These are my small doses of care…
A GOOD CONDITIONER
This is all year round. I condition my hair every single time I wash my hair, without fail. The current conditioner in my shower is the Smooth Moringa Oil Conditioner by Herbal Essences. I love Herbal Essences conditioner; it just works for my hair when others don’t. The colder air hits the hair and breaks it, so conditioning it and locking in that moisture is the priority, especially on coloured hair like my own.
A MOISTURISING HAND CREAM
Our hands are our most used body part, right? At least, they are in this day and age with the amount of time we spend scrolling, typing, clicking and texting. It’s a little ridiculous really. That means that we are probably more than likely to embrace the freezing cold whilst we walk in the street or wait for buses. A hand cream will help with the inevitable cracks in the skin. Mine and Mum’s favourite is The Body Shop Shea Hand Cream. It smells divine and you only need the smallest drop to get the most moisture.
THE DAILY MOISTURISER
You should moisturise daily. Twice a day. I tend to forget, but when I do remember, my skin really does feel a difference. I used my favourite, shape-defining one within six months, down to the very last drop. The current one I am using is the Vitamin E Moisture Cream (gifted) which smells gorgeous and smooths the skin to a silky touch. Sometimes, the skin around my nose flakes and grows into a rash. Moisturising daily helps keep that at bay, especially when it is colder.
A SMOOTHING LIP BALM
My lips are the first to crack when the colder days roll around. They become sore and blistered, sometimes bleed if I am not careful. Vaseline is the ideal product for every day. It is cheap and it never seems to dent, no matter how much you use it. I prefer to use a little more luxury for my lips and treat myself to the Dior Addict Lip Glow: it is the only lip product I have used in its entirety which is exactly why I swear by it. I use 001 Pink, but I do really want to try the 004 Coral too. My new one has a shimmer to it and I cannot wait to use it!
A BIT OF FUN
With the colder months come the festive season which means nights at the pub, Christmas parties and staff socials, all before celebrating another successful year – or seeing the back of it. A slick of bright red lipstick is a piece of make-up that will dress up any outfit. It matches the colours of the seasons, too. My favourite is the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 56. It lasts and the colour is my favourite *insert heart eyes*.
What are your go-to beauty products for the change in season? Are you beauty crazy, or as laidback as me?
Love, Faye xo