Winter essentials

While some people love winter time and really enjoy the cold weather and wrapping up warm, I much prefer summer and spring, warmer months with lots of sunshine. I do need quite a few stuff to help me through the cold days of winter and everything that comes with that. The thing I really like about this time of the year is cozying up and pampering. So I decided to gather together my “winter essentials” , all the products that help me survive, until the warm weather comes.

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Hand creams

Definite must haves. I use them all year around anyway, but I definitely reach for them more this time of the year. I absolutely can’t stand when my hands are feeling dry, and I need to moisturize them straight away. I have been loving the Zoella Beauty Winter Wonder Hand hand cream. I have one on my desk, one next to my bed and I also bought another one for when I run out. I love the smell and it sinks is quite quick and leaves my hand feeling super soft. I also like the original hand cream by Zoella Beauty, and I also have to mention another favourite of mine, which is Hand Food by Soap and Glory.

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Body Butter

I have been getting into the habit of using body lotions and butters a lot more last year, in fact I can’t even go on if I don’t use them. And in winter I am more likely to use a body butter, which is thicker and heavier consistency, than your usual body lotion. I use it after taking a shower in the evening, and it helps to make my skin feel better in these drying month. My go to has been The Daily Smooth body butter by Soap and Glory. Love the smell and it doesn’t take ages to sink in.

Hydrating mask

Now my face is oily in the T-zone for sure but on my cheeks I do get dry skin, so I what I found works best for me is a hydrating mask. I really like using The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Sleeping Mask. Put it on after I’ve done my skin care routine for the night and I let it work its magic. I find it sinks in a bit, but you can definitely feel it there in the morning too. I really like how soft my face is after using it. Another thing I use is a cream by Thermaliv, which I received in January’s Birchbox. It is a night cream which also made to hydrate the skin during the night and it slowly becoming a favourite of mine.

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Lip balms

I saved my absolute essential product for last. I am one of those people that live in lip balms, I have it on all the time. Expect when I’m actually wearing something on my lips. Just like I can’t stand the feeling of dry hands, I can’t stand the feeling or dry lips, possibly even more so. I have lip balms scattered around the house, in my bags, on my desk and next to my bed. I love Baby Lips especially, also have a few of Zoella Beauty ones too. I also enjoy using the simple blue Nivea one too.

Hope you liked this post! What are your winter essentials?

xx, Agota

Tanya Burr’s Chasing The Sun collection picks

I can begin the post again by saying how excited I was to get some new Tanya Burr Cosmetics products, because it’s just true. I love the brand and all the products are so good quality and I’m always ready for more!

So let’s start with the products this collection consist of. This collection has two contour sticks, three highlighters and three lip balms. I chose one of each to get but I can already tell, I’m going to go back and order the other highlighters as well.

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Peonies Please Highlighter

I absolutely love pink toned highlighters in general, so I had to pick this one! I like how pigmented the product is, gives a real base for the shimmer in it. Goes on smoothly onto the skin to give the most beautiful highlight. I’d also use it on top of the blush if you really want to go into town on a night out for example. I need to mention how much I also like the packaging which looks quite luxurious. Simply just pretty to look at. Love love love!

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Contour Stick in light/medium

My go to contour powder for months has been the one from Tanya’s Beautifully Defined palette. Ever since I got at Christmas I’ve been using it non stop. So no surprise that this contour stick is definitely up there with that powder. I never really use creamy products on my face, find them to hard to work with sometimes, but not this one! It is a matte a shade, easy to blend in and the colour is perfect for fair skin. Time to switch up my powder for this one!

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Strawberry Milkshake lip balm

I basically live in lip balms. If I had to to take 3 things to a deserted island lip balm would honestly be one of them. Yes. It is that important. First of all I like how creamy it is for a lip balm. The colour is not too heavy on this one which makes it perfect for wearing it really just any time. My favourite thing about it that it sits on my lips for quite a long time. I love the fact that I don’t need to reapply it every ten minutes. Smells amazing too! Who wouldn’t wanna put on some strawberry milkshake flavoured lip balm honestly?

And here is the swatch of the highlighter and the contour stick:

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I hope you liked this review of the products I chose to purchase from this collection. If you tried them as well comment me what you think!

Have a nice day/night! xx