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Winter Essentials

Winter Essentials

I'd wager that I feel the cold more than your average twenty-something, and it shows. The skin on my hands gets cracked, my lips get sore, and I find myself reaching for moisturisers that are a lot, lot richer. Winter products may be very functional, but they are by no means boring, so I thought I'd share some of my favourites with you all.
Heat Holders Wool Socks*
I never really accept any kind of clothing to review, but I had to make an exception for these because a) They're fluffy socks, and b) My feet get absolutely freezing in the winter; anything that can help them is worth a go. Heat Holders are apparently eight times warmer than regular cotton socks, too, and while I have no way of measuring that I can confirm that they've been keeping my feet cosy at night. I thought the wool was going to be itchy, but the lining is soft and fluffy  these are the most comfortable socks I've ever worn. 
Where can I buy them? The Heat Holders website

Superdrug Intensive Vitamin E All Over Body Cream
The extra-strength version of my favourite body cream has been a godsend. It feels exactly the same as the other one, to be quite honest with you  thick, non-greasy, quick to sink in  but the moisturising effects last for that little bit longer, and that can make all the difference. The tub is huge, so it'll last you for ages; not bad for £3.49!
Where can I buy it? The Superdrug website

Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Hand Cream (v)
As I mentioned in the intro, my hands get terribly cracked and sore when it's cold outside. This cream is gorgeous  it has a light, silky texture, but don't let that fool you, because it leaves skin soft and smooth. Best of all, it doesn't take forever to sink in, which means you can use it whenever you like and then go about your day. Plus, it smells of marzipan, so it's suited to the season.
Where can I buy it? From Naturisimo, or the Weleda website

Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life Smoothing Body Scrub
I love a good body scrub, but I tend to want something a little less abrasive in winter. The Scrub of Your Life isn't as gritty as Flake Away or The Breakfast Scrub, but it still does its job admirably, buffing skin gently to get rid of any flakes. I've yet to find anything from Soap & Glory's bath and shower range that I don't like; they do it all.
Where can I buy it? From the Boots website

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
A good lip balm is essential no matter what the weather, but I especially love this one because it leaves a lovely berry tint, and if berry shades aren't wintery/autumnal then I don't know what is. The balm itself is very soothing for cracked lips and feels so moisturising on. Low-maintenance lip care at its finest.
Where can I buy it? The Burt's Bees website

LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel (v)
To the shock and horror of, well, most of you, I hadn't actually tried Snow Fairy until recently. And what a mistake that was! I bloody love it. It smells of cough syrup and cupcakes and doesn't strip the skin of moisture  I plan to buy a bigger bottle before it's too late. Dreamy.
Where can I buy it? The LUSH website (but only up til Christmas!)

What do you reach for in winter? Do you feel the cold as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!

(v) = vegan

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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