5 Winter Essentials

For New Zealand this winter has been wet and pretty miserable (for me at least) but thankfully spring is around the corner and that means pastel colours and *hopefully* a little less rain. These are some of the products that I have been reaching for this winter.

1. The Body Shop Body Butter in Candied GingerImage

This stuff is like heaven in the winter! I got this for half price ($20 NZ) as I assume it was part of their Christmas stock but in NZ Christmas is in the summer and I think this is much more appropriate for the winter time! The scent firstly is incredible…makes me smell like sweet ginger bread. The cream itself is thick and highly moisturizing (like most of their body butters) and thus I tended to use it more at night time before bed but it wouldn’t be too greasy for the daytime in Winter (in my opinion). I have dry and sensitive skin and this didn’t cause any irritation and did a great job at preventing dryness.


Image2. Nivea SOS Hand Balm

So I have a great love of hand creams and go through them like wildfire. This was the latest one that I have been using the past couple of weeks and I think it worked great! My hands are always subjected to dry skin but this was highly moisturizing yet it wasn’t too greasy to use on the go during the day. There is no scent to it which didn’t really bother me and it was pretty reasonable in price (under $10 I believe). As you can see from the photo I have truly destroyed this and have been squeezing tiny amounts out the past couple of days. I think I need to go buy a new hand cream…

Image3. MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara

This is the only makeup item I have here as I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup for the past while. Anyway, this mascara is amazing! It might be a bit much for some people to wear during the day but in winter I love dramatic eyes so the volume this mascara brings to my lashes is great! Also, wearing glasses means I can wear more makeup on my eyes without it being as obvious (both a blessing and a curse…more of a curse I would say). I love the way this mascara brings heaps of volume to the lashes without any clumping. I also don’t feel like I am wearing heaps of mascara on my lashes (I forget I’m wearing mascara at all!) and with makeup wipes the mascara comes off extremely easy.

Image4. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme

So I’m sure that I don’t need to say much about this, it’s definitely a favorite among nail polish fanatics and I feel no different. A good cuticle creme of any kind is important especially in the winter and this has been the one in my bag this winter. Not too greasy and a lovely lemon scent!

Image5. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

I love this brand! Finally a brand that caters to those with sensitive skin! Unfortunately their products aren’t cheap here in New Zealand so the Lip therapy was all I could afford for the time being haha. Nevertheless this lip product is quite unique. The texture is silky in a weird but very pleasant way and I find a little goes a long way in soothing dry, chapped lips. Not very cheap but I actually think this product is worth it! I have gone crazy with lip balms lately and was feeling pretty disappointing in many of them (apart from good old pawpaw ointment) until I tried this! I recommend everyone goes and tries this product!

Well there are 5 of my most-used winter products!

See you next time!