Winter is here, it is cold and gloomy. The shift in weather tends to make my lips and skin change and become very dry. I have found a lip balm and a hand cream that has changed that. I know I'm not alone with this problem so I thought I would share them with you.
Typically I don't tend to have a problem with dry lips, I use any lip balm I have at hand every morning and will keep one in my bag just in case they begin to feel a little dry. A few weeks ago they all of a sudden became very dry, I found myself applying lip balm every hour and none of the ones I had were doing much for them. After a bit of research I found that Nuxe Rêve de Miel came up a few times in my search, a little pricey compared to the average lip balm but I was willing to try it and see if it helps. It is a French product and specifically for dry or chapped lips so I was hoping for the best. The ingredients include honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence, so very natural and you can smell the honey and grapefruit when you put it on. It feels quite rich and smooth so you only need a small amount and that small amount works wonders. Normally I don't see a dramatic difference after trying a new product but by that day my lips felt so much smoother, not as dry and I did not feel the need to put more on every hour. It's been over a week now and I use it every day.
Last year in the Winter sales I went to L'Occitane because I have been wanting to purchase their hand cream because I heard a lot of good things about them and I managed to get a good deal with the travel size tubes and over the past year I have used it every now and then until recently. So much so that I ran out of 2 of my tubes that I was using alternately and my Mum kindly gave me one she was given as a gift but did not use yet. The L'Occitane Hand Cream includes shea butter, honey and sweet almond extracts, I think shea butter and honey are a winning combination for dry lips and skin. Anti-oxidizing vitamin E in the cream helps nourish the skin and what I like most about this is that it is not a watery liquid that is difficult to rub in completely, it is buttery and smooths out over the hands well, a small amount is all that is needed.
Are there any products that have saved you this Winter?
Lately I have been listening to a lot of music, buying new and old albums, rediscovering artists I've had in my music library for a long time and of course Spotify has been my best friend (I'm dreading when my listening limit for the month ends). Music is a gift that man created and some very talented people have been able to write their experiences and express their feelings through this art. The same that many of us have and I believe finding something that reminds you that you're not alone and gives meaning can help more than we think. It is more than true for me. No matter how I'm feeling, happy, sad, confused or just neutral, every single day I put on some music and everything feels right.
On this cold December morning I thought I would share with you some of my favourite songs at the moment. I hope you love them as much as I do.
And another season has arrived, the air is colder, the daylight disappears earlier and we begin to bundle up warm. In Winter I find that I can be lazy with the clothes I wear, mostly because I just want to be warm and I know I will be putting my coat on over whatever I wear but this year a few items have caught my eye and I'm reminded that Winter is one of the best times of the year for clothes. Here is a selection of items that I love.
It has been a slow but fast November for me, I would describe it as the hours in the day have gone by very slowly yet the days in the week have just disappeared. At the start of the month I had a bit of a cold and all I did was go to work and stay at home wrapped up warm then I got into the comfortable routine of doing that for most of the month, I've also been lacking in writing blog posts (sorry!). Very bad and unlike me but I've let myself re-charge and I'm eager to be a little more productive with my time.
The darker and colder Winter days have arrived and that leads to less time for my little rabbit to hop around the garden, when it is dry and light I try my best to sit outside for a little while. I don't tend to re-read books, mostly because I have plenty I haven't read and it's never the same as when you read it the first time but I had the sudden desire one day to read The Time Traveler's Wife again, I first read it almost 4 years ago and ever since I have wanted to read it again and now I'm half way through it. It's actually more interesting this time around, even though I know the story very well it is slightly different this time. I suppose as you grow up you experience and learn more so certain aspects become more prominent than before and you discover something new to love about it. I highly recommend this book, it's my favourite.