With its cold dark days and spring seemingly so far off, it’s easy to start feeling a little blue in January. This year, we’re fighting back, embracing winter and helping ourselves to feel good. Spring will be here before you know it.
Make a Change
A beauty switch-up can help usher in the new, and brighten your mood. If you’re one for dark and dramatic eyes, why not try a rich red lip instead? Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick in I Crave offers moisturising colour in covetable, retro Hollywood packaging; one slick is just enough to lift low spirits. If you’re tired of your grey, wintery pallor, a shimmering highlighter offers an easy short-cut to radiant skin, we love Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder. If you prefer a liquid formula try the buildable Cover FX Customer Enhancer Drops which can be relied upon to add luminosity to even the most browbeaten complexions.
Winter can wreak havoc on skin thanks to the constant fluctuation between drying winds and stifling central heating, but if you’re planning on staying home more in January, take advantage of quiet evenings and enjoy warm baths and nourishing beauty treatments. Exfoliate from top to toe before your soak to condition and smooth dull, winter-worn skin.
We like Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish and Mio Double Buff Smoothing Enzyme Exfoliator, both of which hold the promise of smoothed, energised skin after just one scrub. Follow with a silky body oil to lock in moisture and protect skin from central heating and freezing temperatures. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil and This Works Energy Bank Body Makeover work to re-balance and energise both your skin and mood.
Hidden underneath hats and ravaged by hair dryers and windy days, our hair suffers at this time of year. Deeply nourish and regenerate dry, lacklustre hair with a transformative moisturising mask. For thicker hair try Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Reparative Hair Pak enriched with avocado oil and lemon. Boost delicate thin hair with Leonor Greyl Masque Fleurs de Jasmin which works to leave hair shinier and fuller.
Bring on Spring
Fragrance can be a real mood booster, and in the short, dark days of winter, the scent of fresh spring flowers can raise spirits. Try Diptyque Do Son EDT with its bright aroma of tuberose, orange leaves and musk. Created from centifolia rosebuds handpicked in Italy between May and June only, Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile EDP is an uplifting reminder of warm spring days.
To make the most of this time of year it’s best to bid a fond farewell to the dazzle of December and enjoy cosying up at home instead. Invest in a new lamp, blanket or candle; we love the fire smoke scent of Diptyque Feu de Bois or Mauli Sundaram & Silence Candle, created especially to encourage moments of stillness – ideal for our relaxing January plans.