My skin is naturally quite dry so this time of year is a nightmare for me because I have to work extra hard to keep my skin feeling soft and not like a snake skin. I try to keep my skincare routine as simple as possible so here’s what I’ve been loving this season.
This one is no surprise if you’ve been reading my log for a while now. I am obsessed with the hot cloth cleaner from Lacura! Honestly, it is on par with Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish and always leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft. I use this everyday as it’s so gentle and doesn’t aggravate my skin.
Face masks, face masks. I love a good sheet mask so always make sure I have a good stock pile to keep me going. I use these about once a week for a treat and to make sure my skin has extra hydration. My all time favourites are the Sephora ones.
What are your winter skincare must haves?
This time of year is stressful enough but then add on the shopping! I always try to make the whole experience as stress free as possible so I thought I’d share some of my top tips.
- Write a list – I love writing lists and keeping organised and this definitely helps me stay as relaxed as possible. I usually write down everyone that I need to buy for with a few ideas and a budget so I can make sure I pick accordingly. It’s great because then you know who is done and who is left and honestly, is there any better feeling than physically crossing something off of your to-do list? No.
2. Avoid peak shopping times – If I am venturing to a shopping centre, I always try to do it in and evening after work when it is quieter than normal. I mean Christmas shopping on a Saturday is a no go for me, I find it way too over whelming but doing it in an evening is much more relaxed. Also, the shopping centre near me stays open until 11pm so I know I have more than enough time to get everything done.
3. Shop online – Probably the best idea is to shop online. I mean whats better than growing the whole store from the confront of your sofa and pyjamas and then to have it delivered to your door; perrrrrrfect!
It’s no secret that I love scented candles, I mean who doesn’t so here’s a peak at some of my favourite festive scents.
Yankee Candle ‘Christmas Eve’
Marks and Spencer’s ‘White Apple and Spice’
Avon ‘ Winter Spice’
Ralph Lauren ‘White Pine’
I am a self confessed Grandma who loves a night in so when you can make it festive then why not. Usually, any night in for me will include a good skin care routine, I love that squeaky clean feeling and you can read all about that in Blogmas day 14
Usually then, I will go to the kitchen and make a hot chocolate and grab a snack which of course had to be a mince pie for this time of year. Drinks and snacks go, and it’s time for films and TV; which Netflix have been great for recently; I’ve already watched Elf and The Grinch countless times. Sometimes, if I want to give myself an extra pamper, I’ll also do my nails too, currently they are painted with the CND Shellac in ‘Tinted Love’
The once I am ready for bed, the fairy lights get turned off and the pillow pray comes out. Pillow sprays are one of those things I never knew I needed but as soon as I tried them, I was hooked; now I struggle to sleep without one. My favourite 2 at the moment are from Feather and Down and Marks and Spencer.
What makes your perfect night in?
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than watching Christmas films. I have so many that I love but these are my go too favourites
I love being able to help the environment in any way I can so when Paperless Post* got in touch with me about alternatives to physical Christmas Cards, I was very intrigued. Paperless post is an amazing website that allows you to browse hundreds of themes and designs for not only cards but invites, flyers and posters for any time of year and occasion.
I was completely blown away by the choice of cards and actually struggled to pick one to design but I love a pun card so when I saw the ‘Peas on Earth’ design, I knew that had to be my first one. Once you have have chosen the design, you can begin customising it to suite your very taste.
You’re able to change the backdrop that your card will appear against and there were so many brilliant patterns and colours. I wanted to keep mine as simple as possible to make the card stand out but you can get really creative with it. No detail is too small for Paperless post; you’re even able to customise the lining on the inside of the envelope and the stamp/postage marks!
Once you are happy with the design, you’re able to chose who to send the card too; I surprised my mum with the first one and she absolutely loved it. I’m so excited to send the rest of my family and friends their own specially designed cards and the best bit about it; it’s perfect for those of us that are looking out for the environment as there is no worry of them being thrown in the bin in the New Year!
– Hannah X
*Dislaimer – This post contains gifted content.