Wahhh New York holiday is over :( Sadface but haul forthcoming. Remember how I said that I was a liiiittle sensitive to the cold? It was a blizzard, yo. -15 Celsius/ 5 Fahrenheit; an assault on my body, these are the products that saved
my sanity the day.
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
This is a real wince-worthy purchase at 158USD, a ridiculous figure by most standards. With an emollient cream consistency, Sisley Black Rose Mask can be used overnight, tissued off, mixed with your moisturiser to amp up hydration or slathered liberally for long haul flights. I made my way through a deluxe sample of this softly rose scented cream before purchasing a full size, the defining factor: I’d finally found an emollient cream that doesn’t congest my skin. Overpriced? Without a doubt and I would fork it over again; mixed with my daily Chantecaille Vital Essence, I experienced no wind burn on my delicate facial skin, despite wind chills nearing -22 Fahrenheit (?!?!).
Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm
I need to confess to an irksome anxiety-induced habit: I touch my lips. When I’m bored. When I’m deep in thought. When I’m nervous. So basically, every waking moment. As a result, my lips are perpetually dry and cracked; I had just about given up on any lipbalm. Enter Reve De Miel. The texture is reminiscent of raw shea butter and the scent an unobtrusive honey (with a dash of citrus?) but that’s NOT IMPORTANT: Reve De Miel is a healer (hallelujah! *cue choir music*). A slightly waxy formula that thins out upon application yet resists slip n slide, it is nothing short of a miracle on my lips. Y’all know how I love to debunk hive-mentality hype, turns out the Youtube gurus were right on this one.
Lush Dream Cream
I am far from a Lush groupie. To be frank, if the sheer smell of the store induces a migraine then it’s probably no good for my skin either. I’ll make an exception for Dream Cream, hailed as the cure for eczema and dermatitis. New York bitter weather paired with new detergents and soaps had me break out in sore dermatitis (of which I am prone, dagnabbit), it was a bit of an emergency state. I did what we all do; I consulted the internets and received a prescription for Dream Cream, which I slathered on every morning and night – the discomfort (and diseased appearance) quickly dissipated. Does it smell heavenly? No, a strange herbal-floral infusion. Will it sink in in 2.67 seconds? No, what’s the point in that?
Burberry Fresh Glow Fluid
My lone winter wonder in the makeup category. I envisioned New York to be all glitz and red lips but in reality, it was a minimal makeup affair – with my Rudolph nose and my streaming eyes, I was a defeated woman. A last minute decision to pack a small sample of my Burberry Fresh Glow Fluid proved to be handy; I dabbed it on the high points and while ultra subtle (no sparkle in direct sunlight- could even be used as a primer) and imperceivable to the general public, I knew it was there… Catching the light in all the right places… Making me feel less drab – c’mon, give a girl a little glamour.
Colour Color Save Hair Mask
Recall my less than enthusiastic purchase of this hair mask while at the Salon? I take it back! Never did I think that my hair could look glossy and frizz-free sans some sort of heat styling tool. A small sample kept my ultra long hair manageable in the windy NYC weather. Everytime I took off my damn beanie, my hair rose to the heavens. Wella Colour Save helped tame the static, along with…
I love silicone is my makeup but I’m wary of it in my hair. In essence, silicones are makeup for the hair; masking the problem as opposed to nourishing the situation. Phyto 9 is like a face moisturiser for your locks – an emulsion of oils that treat dryness and static, so you can feel like you’re doing something good for your hurr (because gurl, that MoroccanOil is just primer, foundation and concealer for your mop). I’m happy to report that my tresses came back down to earth and I’ll continue to use Phyto 9 in this blistering Australian summer; it’s lightweight and I genuinely can’t feel any product in my hair (HATE that sensation, I just want my hair to feel clean).
What are your tried and tested winter wonders? Share your wisdom!