Winter is Coming

Or more accurately, I am going to Winter.

In less than a week I shall be returning to the land of tea and biscuits (hopefully I won’t get Fresher’s 15 again…) which means that I need to stock up on health and beauty essentials.

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I initially bought this self-tanner in order to even out my disastrous tan lines but I will probably bring it along to the UK to maintain my tan. The thing about my skin is that I tan really easily but I also lose my tan really easily. It doesn’t seem to be doing much right now but then again there is a huge contrast between my tanned and untanned skin so maybe it takes a while.

Gradual self-tanning body lotion ($16)

2. Vitamin faCe

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetVitamins aren’t just good in your food, they’re good in your skincare as well. The tube on the right is the Vitamin C microdermabrasion which is a weekly exfoliation. I personally don’t really like exfoliating my face too much but it came in a package with the skin reviver so I figured I might as well try it. It leaves my face soft and it feels really clean though I would probably not buy it if it didn’t come with the skin reviver. The pump dispenser on the left is the skin reviver and was what I was really after – it’s a light gel that makes your skin feel and look smoother. It creates a perfect base for foundation though I usually just went without because I felt like the skin reviver did the job. Plus the fresh citrus scent was perfect to wake me up. I was obsessed with it last winter and it’ll probably remain one of my favourites for a long time.

Vitamin C Skin Reviver (£15) and Vitamin C Microdermabrasion (£14)
The Body Shop

3. Hands up for this hand cream

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt smells heavenly and keeps your hands as smooth as a baby’s bottom. What more can you want? If that doesn’t convince you then let me just read you the description: non-greasy hand cream with shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. MARSHMALLOW! I reapply so often just because I love the smell but for normal (non-obsessive) people, you probably only have to reapply every few hours to keep your hands silky soft.

I only got the 50 ml but next time I’m definitely going for the 125 ml tube.

Hand Food (£5.50)
Soap & Glory

4. Claws out

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI feel like I neglect my nails in the winter just because I can’t paint them in my favourite bright varnishes or my pretty pastel ones. Decided that this had to change so got myself some winter shades from Guardians (from top to bottom): Caught on the Red CarpetGenius in the Bottle, Hugo Moss and Shopping Day at Bluemingdales. Not only do these polishes have super cute names but they’re cheap, last for ages and really easy to apply.

Catrice Nailpolish ($5.90)


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I’m proud to say that I have never ever in my life pulled an all nighter for work – ain’t nobody got time for that. You would think that in uni you would have to but nahhh, I’d rather have my beauty sleep. In terms of the other kind of all nighters, I have stayed up until dawn various times if that counts (party till the break of dawn), the most recent beingMay Day (such an eventful night/morning), and in these cases this eyeliner is perfect. I just upgraded from a pencil formula to a twisty one just because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to sharpen the pencil. They both have a creamy formula that draws intense black lines that are smudge proof and long lasting. The only thing about the twisting eyeliner is that sometimes the end gets a bit blunt and you then get much thicker lines. I’ll probably opt for the good old pencil formula one next time though – I like sharp, defined lines.Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

All Nighter Eyeliner ($28)
Urban Decay

6. Aesop Bandwagon

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My face wash running out in the middle of my Australia trip was a  happy coincidence as that meant I was guilt free when picking up face wash and moisturizer from Aesop. I specifically asked for products for dry weather and ended up getting the Fabulous Face Cleanser as well as the Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. Haven’t used either of them yet as I’m still in the tropics but I’ve heard good things and can’t wait to try them out myself.

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7. Na, na, na, diva is a female version of a hustla

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetSaving the best for last. Whilst I do not feel like a female version of a hustla (what is that anyways), I do feel quite diva-ish when I wear this lipstick. I’ve always loved dark lip stick and for ages I used Burt’s Bees plum Lip Shimmer which was great except the colour did not last for long. This lipstick, Diva, is an intense reddish burgundy and is part of Mac’s matte collection. It has a creamy texture and is so easy to apply, giving an amazing coverage. I love the boldness of the colour and it is definitely my favourite lipstick thus far (not that I have a huge collection). Because my lips get quite dry, especially in the winter, I apply the Mac lip Prep & Prime – a colourlessbase which adds moisture and smoothes your lips. I also put on Vaseline about 15 minutes before applying the primer and lipstick. This gives the lip balm time to be absorbed.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetA14 Diva – Matte ($28)
Prep & Prime ($28)

Vaseline with Cocoa butter (£2.18)

That’s it for now, Tiff x