Top 5: Winter Beauty Essentials


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1. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
For me, the colder weather almost always brings with it a bout of dry skin. Regular exfoliating helps to keep this at bay, but on days when I'm in need of something extra the Drink Up Intensive mask from Origins is a bit of a saviour. It's a thick, moisturising cream which not only smells amazing (apricot Petit Filous, pretty much), but also does exactly what it says on the tin: "quenches skin's thirst". A little goes a long way and, despite being quite thick and intensive, it doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. In the moring you'll wake up with plump, smooth skin and not a dry patch in sight.

2. Betty & Walter Elderflower and Lemon Hand Cream*
Next up is another dry skin helper, this time for hands. This Handsomely Hydrating Hand Cream from Betty and Walter is the perfect addition to my winter beauty routine to keep my hands nice and soft. It has a really nice non-greasy formula which quickly sinks into the skin, leaving it smooth and feeling lovely. I really like the Elderflower and Lemon scent too; it's fresh and slightly sweet without being too overpowering. Betty and Walter products are part of the Boots 3 for 2 promotion, so you can treat yourself to a little something whilst doing your Christmas shopping!

3. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Baked
It would practically be a crime to do a winter beauty post without including something sparkly, right? I never really wear eyeshadow, but glitter eyeliner is something I can definitely get on board with. This Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner has been a favourite of mine for years. The shade Baked is the perfect warm gold colour, fit for any Christmas party. I'm also partial to a little bit of Pyrotechnics (a frosty white-silver) and Stage Dive (an emerald green). These liners are packed full of glitter so you don't need to spend ages trying to build up the colour.

4. MAC Lipstick in Rebel
The cold, dark nights are the perfect excuse to dig out all your deep red, pink and purple lipsticks which have been relegated to the back of the drawer during the summer months. Rebel by MAC is one of my all-time favourites; it manages to look both dark and bright at the same time and can be built up or tamed down for either day or night wear. It's a Satin finish which makes it a bit more forgiving than some lipsticks, and the deep pinky-purple shade is just b-e-a-utiful. See my full review of MAC Rebel here.

5. Leighton Denny Be My Berry Nail Varnish*
Although I'm not a big nail polish fan (a mix of laziness and a long-standing nail biting habit, I think), I find myself digging out the nail varnish much more during the winter. I got this teeny wee sample sized bottle of the Leighton Denny Be My Berry nail varnish in a goody bag from Pure Spa recently and I love it. It's the perfect Christmassy shade, a vampy, metallic true-red shade which looks super shiny when applied. This is definitely going to be my winter nail polish of choice this year!

What are your favourite winter beauty essentials?

Gillian x


  1. Nice to see your Winter essentials! I agree, hand cream is a must have for winter! I literally can't leave the house without my Soap & Glory Hand Food!
    I've heard so many amazing things about the Origins Overnight Mask, as a sufferer of dry winter skin I think I may have to bite the bullet & buy it! Mac Rebel looks so amazing! Its been a want of mine for ages & seeing this has made me want it even more haha!

    Charlotte xx

  2. Great post, I LOVE Rebel, especially at this time of year.

  3. The Mac lipstick is beautiful, I really do like that colour :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  4. Would loooove the Urban Decay Stage Dive eyeliner!! I love emerald green, it is so perfect for the season and I'm sure it would look just perfect in eyeliner form! Gotta try it

  5. I keep meaning to try the Drink Up mask but never get round to it! Live the Betty and Walter packaging too :) x

  6. ooh I might have to try that mask! It sounds delightful, and I'm definitely one for dry skin too! Don't you just hate it?!

  7. I so want to try out that mask from origins and the hand cream! x

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

  8. I love the Origins mask, great winter essential!

  9. I've gotten about 6 uses so far out of a sample of the Origins mask, a little really does go a long way! I'm definitely going to buy the full size as it's absolutely amazing!
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  10. I keep meaning to try MAC rebel as it looks amazing. I really am loving darker, vampy shades lately. x
    Heroine In Heels

  11. I really want Rebel every time I see it online, but every time I'm actually near a counter I get side tracked by something else. Totally agree about the Origins drink up intense, definitely a winter staple!


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