So today is end of February, an enlightening thought as, whatever the weather is saying (at the moment that’s grey and drizzly) in my book, winter is over.
That means today is the perfect opportunity to a list a couple of my winter favourites from 2013-14.
This would probably have been more helpful at the beginning of winter but you’re just gonna have to deal with it… sorry.
1. Lush FUN in the scent ‘RED’…
In winter what could be better than relaxing in a nice warm bubble bath? Well, I have the answer to that. Relaxing in a nice warm bath with bubbles made of this baby. I have to say it’s definitely one of lush’s best products. When you open it, it like a putty that you can mould in your hands and make into shapes! (I’m just a big baby on the inside, but come on, it’s called ‘FUN’ for a reason). When you’re finished playing with it, you can either run it under a warm tap to create a bubble bath, use it as a body wash in the shower, or even wash your hair with it! I honestly love it and it’s amazing value for money. It costs £5 and lasted me for 6 baths. That’s less than a pound a bath, so really it’s a waste not to buy it! That’s what I tell myself anyway…
2. Scented candles…
Another must have for the winter months. Not only are they essential, pretty and warming to the soul, they make everything smell like Christmas! Come on, what more could you want?
Anyway, I have had to narrow my wide selection down to two favourite candles, and they are ‘fireside treats’ and ‘firewood fig’.
Fireside treats is a my first ever Yankee candle that I got for Christmas this year. It smells amazing! The best way to describe it is smores. Yeah, it smells like smores but not in a gross sickening way, in an ‘oh my it smells like smores I must eat the entire room’ kinda way. I agree that Yankee candles are expensive, a small one costing around the £8 pound mark, but they make great presents in the winter seasons.
Firewood fig is less of an expensive luxury. It’s from Primark. Yup, Primark. I think it cost somewhere between £1 and £3 so a complete bargain and a waste not to buy. Anyway, I got it home and lit it, not expecting much. However, it actually smells really good and surprisingly strong. It smells like going for a walk in the woods on a crisp winter morning. Mmmmmm….
I have had two favourite perfumes this winter, Yves Saint Laurent ‘Manifesto’ and Body shop ‘vanilla’.
I’ll start with Manifesto, my first proper perfume. I got this for my birthday in December and I adore it. I love it like it is my child. When you first spray it, it’s kind of sweet and fruity but as it settles onto your skin it becomes more of a vanillery scent which lingers (no, I couldn’t think of a prettier word) all day. Also, I kid you not, every time I’ve worn it I’ve got compliments about how I smell. Granted they’ve been from the boy who has had a vague obsession with me since we met but still, I blame the perfume.
My second favourite perfume is vanilla au da toilette from Body Shop. I have loved this perfume for 2 years now and have gone through four bottles of it. As the name would suggest, it smells of vanilla, but not in a sickly sweet cake mix way, in a subtle and dare I say sophisticated way. I do like to carry this one round as it doesn’t linger (ugh there’s that word again) as long as Manifesto.
4. Garnier Hand Intensive Seven Day Hand Cream…
Hand cream is a massive essential in winter due to cold weather and central heating drying out our precious hands. I will admit to being a bit of a hand cream whore. I will go shopping and come home with 5 hand creams and no money. I like to scatter them around. Make sure I’m never more than 5 metres away from one.
However, this is the best hand cream I’ve ever tried. I picked up the mango one in superdrug because, well, what’s one more hand cream gonna harm? I got it home, tried it, and immediately went out and bought 3 more, one for my school bag, one for my hand bag, and one for the bathroom. I have a problem.
5. Nail varnish…
I’m also known as a bit of a nail varnish whore. In my opinion, there is nothing more satisfying to buy than nail varnish. As you can imagine, I have a very, very wide selection of colours but have narrowed it down to two for the sake of the length of this post. They are Rimmel London 60 seconds range in the colour ‘Rapid Ruby’ and O.P.I Nail Lacquer in the colour ”OPI on Collis Ave.’
I’ll start with may favourite, Rapid Ruby. Its a really gorgeous dark red colour that I just love for winter. The Rimmel London 60 second range are also fantastic as they dry very quickly (not quite in 60 seconds but I can’t complain) so they’re perfect if, like me, waiting for your nails to dry is like, well, watching paint dry.
I’ll let myself out.
Moving swiftly on, my second favourite nail varnish this winter has been OPI on Collins Ave. This is a beautiful dark pink colour that, just like rapid ruby, dries very quickly and only needs two coats. It also stays on for 5 days, with absolutely no chipping. This is perfect for me as I am very, very anal when it comes to nails. They can’t be an uneven shape, they can’t be smudged and they most certainly can’t be chipped. Although O.P.I is an expensive brand, they make great presents and, if you want a good quality nail polish, it’s worth the money.
I’ve never been a fan of leggings as I tend to feel a tad exposed. However, I hate jeans as I find them so unbearably uncomfortable I can’t wear them. This has left me shivering in the wind and rain in my uniform of skirts and dresses on more occasions than I care to admit. I have also had a number of skirt blowing up incidents that I would rather not discuss… *cringes inwardly*.
Anyway, in January I decided to take the plunge when I spotted a lovely pair of black and white gingham leggings in Topshop and, I have to say, I’m converted. They aren’t like leggings I’ve had before as they are thicker, warmer and have a pattern to disguise any nicker line/ pink pants showing through thin leggings incidents. I loved them so much, I bought another pair of patterned leggings, this time a houndstooth pair from New Look. I must say, since I’ve invested in a couple of pairs of leggings, the chilliness scale has gone down dramatically.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my wintery favourites, and have maybe been converted to patterned leggings?
Thanks for reading!