Winter beauty: The BEST new beauty products I have tried for that perfect festive glow
'Tis the season to get your glow on.
And to be fair – after months and months in yoga pants and slippers with zero makeup on, I think we are all ready to put our best face forward this festive season – be it to (finally) go visit family, catch a dinner and drinks in town with friends, or simply stay at home in your pjs – but looking the glammest you have in months!
Doing what I do best, I have over the past few weeks tried and tested a mountain of new beauty product, all with the holiday season and that dreamy festive glow in mind. And having it narrowed it down from SO many products, here are my 10 absolute favourites:
Having seriously pared down my beauty regime over the lockdown periods this year, I am now down to pretty much just using an eyebrow pencil and a touch of mascara in my day-to-day life. However, come Christmas, I will be wanting to add a little festive flair, and what better way to do this than by a lick of perfectly red lipstick?
Right now, this gorgeous new L'Absolu Rouge Intimatte Matte lipstick from Lancome is my new favourite, leaving a soft, matte colour while also keeping my lips perfectly soft and moisturised.
2. Sothys Express Eye Patches
Tired eyes be gone with the Sothys Express Eye Patches. Ifused with a skincare formula that provides instant freshness and an immediate smoothing effect, these super-handy eye patches minimise any sign of fatigue, and I love how they contain natural ingredients like Passion Flower Extract, Vitamin C Derivative and Quinoa Seed Extract
Sothys is available in selected salons and spas nationwide.
I rely on this for my skin, which now hardly ever gets covered in makeup anymore.
No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate is No7's first ever night concentrate created with a combination of two of the most powerful age-defying technologies in skincare in one expert formula. And what this means, it that this supercharged concentrate actively targets the visible sign of ageing and dullness to kick start surface skin renewal from the very first application, working night after night to deliver visibly younger looking skin.
Now that my makeup routine has been pared back to the bare minimum, I rely on good brows and lashes – and this amazing new Eyebrow Artist Plump & Set from Loreal Paris has been a life-saver.
The gel adds volume to the hairs, helping them to appear bigger and bolder, and the spoolie brush tool is angled to ensure effortless application, I love how you can apply delicately for a more understated 00s brow or keep brushing until you feel like Cara Delevingne.The gel is available in six shades.
5. Seoulista Beauty Let it Glow! Moonlight Bright Collection
This festive trio of gorgeous, nourishing masks will pamper you from tip to toe, meaning it is, of course, perfect for the holiday season, when we all want to look our msot glowing and gorgeous.
PS: Needless to say, but this also makes a perfect gift, of course!
Pretty much the ONLY mascara I will wear these days. I love how this castor-oil enriched mascara is made for sensitive eyes, meaning the gentle formula will not irritate my eyes throughout the day, even though I spend hours and hours in front of a computer screen.
Blended with Cornflower Water, the mascara soothes and calms the eye area castor and rose oil nourish and condition. I also love the super-soft brush, which separates my lashes perfectly without tugging. And the best thing? My lashes have never looked fuller and more dramatic.10/10!
7. Kiehls Glow Formula Skin Hydrator
Honestly, trust me when I say this – you NEED this product in your life! I call it my secret glow-in-a-bottle, and it really does exactly what it says on the tin – and gives your skin an instant, glorious glow.
This moisturizer hydrates skin to smooth and soften while imparting a soft, subtle facial glow, and whenever I have remembered to use mine in the morning, I always get compliments for my skin. Infused with Pomegranate Extract, this formula provides antioxidant protection and also boosts radiance over time for a lasting glow.
The perfect hit of colour in winter, this lightweight pressed bronzer from Lily Lolo instantly gives the skin a natural-looking, long-lasting, sun-kissed glow.
Being a big fan of 'clean' cosmetics, I love how this bronzer is vegan-friendly, and contains anti-ageing Argan oil, with natural antioxidant and anti-bacterial protection.
This sophisticated hue is perfect for winter and the festive season.
I am a big fan of Nailberry and their long-wearing shine and the oxygenated and breathable formula that keeps nails looking and feeling healthy underneath your polish.
A great day-cream for the festive season, as it makes an ideal make-up base that perfectly adapts to any complexion.
This brightening cream, thanks to light-reflecting pearl micro pigments, provides a spectacular soft-focus effect, reducing the visibility of pores, wrinkles and imperfections, and the innovative luminescence technology makes the skin radiate a natural glow, looking refreshed, radiant and clearly rejuvenated.
Bonus? It contains all natural and good-for-your-skin ingredients too!