Monday, 31 October 2016

I think October might be my favourite month.

The winter coat comes out, my tartan scarves go on, and I get to make all my favourite comfort food. (Well, I do that no matter what the time of year, but it just feels right.)

I'll be honest, I've got into such a routine now that the days all seem to blur into one, but I do have some October highlights:

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin

Watching the Alvin Ailey Dance Company live.

I saw them at Sadlers Wells and they took my breath away. Six years later and they did exactly the same again; I've never known time to go by so fast. They performed four numbers (including their famous piece, Revelations) and there was never a point where I started to wonder what was next. I was just in the moment - to the point where I forgot that I was sitting in a theatre  and it was a beautiful place to be.

Miss Saigon's 25th anniversary.

Okay, so the actual anniversary was two years ago but they've only just shown the recording in cinemas. It was so worth the wait. I already knew the soundtrack so it was wonderful to put some visuals to the music, and I was very proud of myself for not crying (although there were many close calls!) Favourite parts include the Eva Noblezada's performance in the latter half of Act 1, Lea Salonga's appearance at the end, and pretty much everything Jon Jon Briones said or did.

Finding a dairy-free milk I like.

A small thing, maybe, but buying coconut milk has given me more freedom with cooking. I'm working on some foodie posts to share at some point but they won't be rushed out because I want them to be good quality.

Lush Boo and Sparkly Pumpkin

I watched... Steps: The Reunion and Steps: On The Road Again. I loved a good documentary and I love a good nostalgia trip, so finding these programmes about Steps when I was off sick felt like a lifeline at the time. I remember doing the dance routines when I was younger and wanting to be in a band so badly (the fact I can't sing did not factor into this).

I read... The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, a fascinating look at what makes somebody a psychopath (according to a checklist by Bob Hare) and The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I got through The Girl On The Train in a matter of days and loved it, although for the first time in my life I managed to guess the twist correctly; I guess I'm getting better at picking up on clues!

I listened to... I Remember by AlunaGeorge, Good Grief by Bastille, and Shine by Years & Years.

I bought... Some new pyjamas from Boux Avenue. So damn cosy (and they come in their own little bag!) They were, and still are, on a buy-one-get-one-free offer, so if you need some winter pjs now might be the time to snap them up. 

Blog posts I loved:

Product of the month: It was difficult to decide but I had to go for Lush Big Shampoo in the end. My hair loves it as a once-weekly detox treat.

How was October for you? Let me know in the comments!

Post-Uni Problems: No More Daytime Naps

Sunday, 30 October 2016

No lie, one of the main things I miss about university is being able to nap during the middle of the day.

I can't do that now. I work 9am-6pm five days a week, and napping on the train during my commute just isn't the same as curling up in a cosy bed.

I also don't think my superiors would be too impressed if I brought in a blanket and snuggled up underneath my desk for some shut-eye  I try and wake myself up with a snack and a small screen break instead.

So when the lovely people from Holland and Barrett offered to send me a bespoke sleeping bag full of products to help me sleep better at night and stay more awake during the day, I jumped at the chance, and I'm sharing my favourites with you today.

(I'm a daytime dozer, apparently  you can take the sleep quiz here.)

Holland and Barrett Sleeping Bag

During the Day

Early mornings are definitely my least favourite thing. I'm used to my routine now, so waking up isn't quite as excruciating as it used to be, but I still wince whenever I set my alarm for 5:30am.

At Home

To brighten up my breakfast I've been adding Cherry Active Concentrate* to my pint of water in the morning; it's 100% concentrated cherry juice so I make mine quite weak. It's a nice change from regular tap water and I do feel a bit more perky after drinking it, but I'm not sure if this is because of the juice or whether it's a placebo effect. I don't think I'd seek it out but I'm enjoying trying it out regardless.

Most of the time I shower at night so I have less to do in the morning, but occasionally I need something extra to wake me up, and that's where Miaroma's Peppermint Pure Essential Oil* comes in. If you add a couple of drops to a bath it creates a cooling effect and the peppermint scent is so refreshing. Beware: this is definitely something to do in the morning or in summer when you're too hot. Don't make the same mistake I did the first time and add it to an evening bath  it's not quite the same (read: it gets bloody chilly).

On the Train

Both the Metro and the London Evening Standard always have more than one sudoku puzzle so I work my way through those on my train journeys and honestly, it's such a good way to kill time. Plus the sense of achievement I get from completing one of them (especially the difficult ones) is surprisingly cheering: it's a little victory, but a victory nonetheless.

At Work

As I mentioned earlier, I tend to snack in the afternoon and normally reach for a Nakd bar for a bit of an energy boost. My current favourite flavour is Bakewell Tart (which tastes just like marzipan, heaven) but I've also been enjoying the chocolate orange variety lately. Oh, and they're dairy-free, too!

Holland and Barrett Sleeping Bag products


Once I've got home and had dinner, I shower and get into my pyjamas as soon as humanly possible. I've been trying out Dr Organic Lavender Skin Lotion* post-shower and I have to say, I'm impressed. It's thick lotion but it sinks in unbelievably quickly, leaves skin nice and smooth, and the lavender scent isn't overpowering in the slightest.

Although the Mioroma Relaxing Lavender Temple Balm* is designed for dotting at, well, the temples, I must confess that I don't actually put it there. One of the places my acne tends to flare up is round my hairline and temples, so I make do with the wrists instead. The lavender-scented balm doesn't leave too much of a sticky residue on the skin and while I know not everyone is a fan of the smell of lavender, I find it very soothing at night. I've been keeping this little pot with my hand cream and lip balm so I don't forget to use it.

I always try and make time to read before I go to sleep, even if it's only for five minutes or so. I tend to save anything that requires a bit more concentration (thrillers, for example  I just finished The Girl On The Train) for my commute and anything more lighthearted for bedtime. I'm currently loving Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes, which is a lovely, nostalgic look at beauty products from times gone by.

What did you do to get a good night's sleep? And how do you stop yourself from dozing during the day? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Finding a perfume you love can be something of a challenge.

Finding a cruelty-free perfume you love? Even more so.

So I was delighted when I got the opportunity to try Monsoon Rose Gold* and found myself wearing it every day without fail.

Rose Gold is what I like to think of as a year-round fragrance. It's light enough for summer but it doesn't feel out of place now the weather has turned cold, either. The scent is pretty, fresh, and floral, and it develops really nicely once it settles on the skin. Sparkling lemon is layered with rose, tuberose, neroli, and cyclamen, while the base notes (Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk, and balsamic amber, which sounds like a condiment) balance out the sweetness.

I have to mention Rose Gold's staying power: I spritz it on at about 6am each morning and by the time I arrive home at 8pm I can still smell it. Impressive.

The bottle is simple and classy, with a lid that reminds me of the perfume bottles my nana kept on her dressing table, which is a nice nostalgia trip. And at £24 for 30ml, it won't break the bank.

Have you tried Rose Gold before? What would your ideal perfume be? Let me know in the comments!

When You Graduate and Your Career Becomes Everyone's Business

Monday, 24 October 2016

I've noticed a definite shift in people's attitudes since I graduated from university.

Things are all exciting when you're getting results and going to your ceremony, but once the cap and gown have been returned and the photos have been shared it's back to reality, and it can be grim.

No, actually  scrap that. Other people sticking their noses in can be grim.

When Your Career Becomes Everyone's Business

Some people are interested and supportive and sweet, and I love them for it. Others have strong opinions about what's best for you, no matter how little they know you, and they aren't afraid to share them. Those people can do one.

Well-meaning advice and suggestions are welcome; judgement is not.

A lot of the judgement seems to stem from the fact that my first role in the workplace post-uni is an internship, not a job. The concept of an internship baffles a lot of people, particularly those of an older generation, but I felt like it was the right thing for me.

Post-uni, I decided I wanted experience at a digital marketing agency so I could work on a variety of different projects. I wanted to work as some kind of content writer. I wanted to work in London. My internship gives me the opportunity to do all of those things and I'm learning a lot, without the commitment of a permanent role, which makes it less daunting. I'm discovering what I want and what I don't want from my career.

In short: It's valuable experience that I'm very grateful to be getting.

For some people, this is not enough. They think I should already have a substantial salary, a job role they've heard of, and that I should have moved out of my parents' house (like I wouldn't have if I could!). But these things aren't easy to get, especially when you're only just starting out. And the roots we choose to go down in life aren't as set in stone as they used to be.

I have so many options and I need to think about what's right for me.

Of course, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks  if they disapprove of the decisions I make then that's their problem, not mine. You can never please everyone and I try to remember that when things start to get to me. But I really needed to vent about this, and maybe there are other graduates out there experiencing the same thing?

In an ideal world I'd cheerily be able to tell anyone who looks down their nose to fuck off and mind their own business, but I can't (and won't) because I'd rather be polite than confrontational. So how would you/did you deal with this type of situation? And can you relate to it? Let me know in the comments!

Two Vegan Halloween Buys from Lush

Sunday, 23 October 2016

My favourite thing about Halloween is definitely buying Lush products.

Halloween has never been a holiday I've loved, particularly. At uni it meant throwing on a pair of cat ears and scrawling whiskers on myself before going out to make the most of the cheap drink offers.

Now I'm working, going out out on Halloween is not an option and I fully intend on having a soak in the bath with a bubble bar.

LUSH Boo Bath Melt

Boo (v), £3.50 

I couldn't wait to use Boo after I bought it; I had such high hopes. And it's lovely. I always get excited when I find a Lush bath product that contains cocoa butter, which is the main ingredient of this bath melt, because it really works to soften the skin.

The scents are subtle and gorgeous too  bergamot, geranium, ginger, sandalwood, mandarin... all in the form of oils for extra moisturisation. Grab yourself a Boo (or two!) before they're gone.

Sparkly Pumpkin (v), £3.95 

Of all the bath products I tried last autumn, Sparkly Pumpkin is the one that stuck in my mind so I was thrilled when I found out Lush were bringing it back! Normally I'm not into any of the glitter (or lustre, as they call it) that Lush seem to be putting into more and more of their bath products, but I'm happy to make an exception for this.

Sparkly Pumpkin is a bubble bar  you simply break off a chunk and crumble it underneath the hot tap to create lots of lovely bubbles. Juniper, lime, and grapefruit combine to create a refreshing citrus-y scent with a little bit of warmth, which makes it ideal for pretty much any kind of day. I'll be using mine in the evenings when I need to wind down after work.

Have you tried any of the Lush Halloween products? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

(v) = vegan

A Month Without Meat and Dairy (Sort Of)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Four weeks ago I told you all how I'd decided to cut meat and dairy out of my diet, so today's post is an update on how that's going and everything I've learned so far.

I can't remember the actual date I started and in hindsight I kinda regret not making a note of it, but my feelings were (and are) that I didn't wanna pile too much pressure on myself. I think this approach is working well so far!

Tucking into bruschetta-inspired tomatoes on wholemeal sourdough toast. It was absolutely delicious but I stank of garlic for the rest of the day!

Giving up meat has been easy

At the start I thought I would miss pepperoni pizza, pulled pork, and chucking chicken into my pesto pasta. But actually, I haven't really found myself wanting to eat meat much at all. I very nearly caved when I went to Honest Burger with my colleagues (even my head of department, who's pescatarian, admitted that their burgers were worth slipping up for) but my friend Rachel, who's vegan, told me to 'Think of the face' when I'm tempted, and it works. So I had the veggie burger instead and you know what? It was lush.

Giving up dairy? Not so much

I'm finding dairy so difficult to cut out  it's everywhere! So rather than imposing a blanket ban, I'm taking one food at a time and finding an alternative (I'll be compiling a post about substitutes once I've build up a good list of them). Sacla make a dairy-free pesto which tastes exactly the same as their regular one, so that was easy, and since I've found dairy-free butter and coconut milk I've been working on a recipe for vegan cheese sauce.

Dealing with cravings can be tricky

Normally I crave savoury foods like nachos with salsa and houmous with crackers, so they're easy to cope with. But the other day I really, really wanted some chocolate  proper milk chocolate  and nothing else would do. I'll admit, I eventually caved and bought a bar of Lindt Lindor, but I also asked my fellow #cfbloggers what they do when the cravings strike. The conclusion? I need to stock up on Vego bars, dark chocolate, Booja Booja ice cream, and mango sorbet. I'm also planning to subscribe to The Vegan Kind's monthly box to see what else I might like.

I haven't found a vegan cheese I like yet...

Lots of you recommended Violife so I bought a block, but it didn't taste good when I tried to make cheese on toast  in fact, it tasted like plastic. I haven't tried it straight out of the fridge yet (my first experience has put me off a bit) but I haven't given up hope that I can find a dairy-free cheese I love.

... but Sainsbury's have released some vegan Gary

Yep, Sainsbury's have a whole range of vegan cheese, including my favourite of all-time, Wensleydale with cranberries. I have a feeling this is going to make Christmas a hell of a lot easier.

How did you cope when you first gave up meat and dairy? Do you have any dairy-free snack suggestions? Let me know in the comments!

A Hair Detox

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Sometimes my hair is the bane of my life.

A little overdramatic, maybe, but it never does what I want it to do and despite my best efforts, it insists on frizzing up at every opportunity.

The solution, I've decided, is to stop fighting it. My hair will never be sleek and silky, but I can do a wavy, mussed-up bed-head reasonably well.

I'm also trying to take better care of my hair by reducing the amount of heat-styling I do (not always easy in winter, admittedly) and treating it with good quality products. I want products that contain lots of natural ingredients and won't make my hair dry out (or go the other way and make it look like a greaseball).

Enter LUSH.

The Scalp Treatment: Roots, from £10.75 for 225g

I'll be honest, I wasn't even looking for this, but I got chatting to the assistant at the till and upon hearing about my hair woes, she insisted I try a sample of Root she was convinced I'd love it. And I do!

Roots is a treatment which you apply to your scalp and the roots of your hair and leave for twenty minutes. It contains three different types of mint (peppermint, spearmint, and a mint infusion), extra virgin olive oil, honey, and nettle. I find it very soothing on the scalp and although its formula is quite thick, it doesn't weigh my hair down or leave greasy patches. If anything, I've had fewer problems with greasy hair since I started using this.

The key to washing Roots out, I've found, is to apply shampoo and then wet the hair, so that the treatment has already been loosened up a bit when you start to rinse it out.

The scent is a blend of neroli, grapefruit, and sweet orange oil but the mint really comes through, too, which is refreshing. Definitely buying the full-size version!

The Shampoo: Big (v), from £6.75 for 100g

The ultimate detox shampoo. Big is a bit too drying for everyday use, but used once or twice a week (depending on how often you wash your hair) it works a treat at getting all the gunk out of your hair  especially useful if you're working in a big, polluted city.

Key ingredients include sea salt and sea water for volume, coconut oil and seaweed for softness, and lemon and lime for shine. Sounds too good to be true, but I've found that Big really does bring out all those qualities in my hair.

This is also the only shampoo containing SLS that has never caused any irritation for me.

You only need a tiny bit and the pot is huge, so I expect I'll be using Big (and loving it) for a long, long time.

The Moisturiser: R&B (v), from £11.95 for 100g

I tried a small sample of this ages ago and I finally, finally got myself a full-size pot!

R&B is just the most joyful hair product I've ever tried in my life  it smells of Christmas (yep, I said the C word). If you have thick, dry, coarse hair you can use it as a treatment, and if you have fine, dry hair like me you can apply a little bit to the ends for a moisture hit and some subtle definition.

A word of warning: You only need a tiny bit, otherwise your ends will go from looking defined to stringy. But don't let this put you off trying it! The oat milk, avocado, coconut oil, and jojoba oil all go a long way to helping your hair feel a little more alive.

What do you use when your hair needs a detox? Have you tried any of these before? Let me know in the comments!

(v) = vegan

I Swapped My Flannel for a Konjac Sponge

Monday, 10 October 2016

I've tried tonnes of different skincare products over the years but I've rarely switched up the method I use to wash off my cleanser.

Until now, that is.

For a while I was a slave to the muslin cloth, then I switched to a regular flannel and never looked back (I love the exfoliation).

But even so, I couldn't resist trying out this Bamboo Charcoal Face Sponge* from the Konjac Sponge Company.

Bamboo Charcoal Face Sponge

I have spot-prone combination skin with plenty of oiliness on the T-zone, so the bamboo version was ideal. According to the Konjac Sponge Company, bamboo charcoal contains minerals that 'enhance absorptive ability', a rather eloquent way of saying that they help to mop up excess oil.

Bamboo charcoal helps to fight bacteria (which can cause acne) but it shouldn't upset sensitive skin  thankfully I didn't notice any irritation while I was using the sponge. 

The sponge itself is 100% natural, made from konjac, and free from colours and additives. It's biodegradable, so you don't have to worry about its effect on the environment once you're done.

This is probably my favourite thing about the Konjac Sponge Company; I'm always very impressed when a company takes environmental issues into account as well as animal rights (often the two go hand-in-hand).

I did worry about the sourcing of the bamboo (gotta take care of the pandas!) but since it's grass it grows at a fast rate and the company assure their customers that it's sustainable.  

How to Use a Konjac Sponge

  • Wash the sponge thoroughly, making sure it has fully absorbed the water.
  • Gently massage the face in a circular motion (you can add a little cleanser if you want a deeper clean).


  • It's easy to use.
  • You don't always need a cleanser.
  • You don't have to remember to chuck your flannels in the wash.
  • There are different versions for different skin types.
  • It costs £8.99, so it won't break the bank.
  • It lasts for several months.


  • It doesn't mix well with my acne cream in the mornings.
  • I was never sure if my skin was completely clean, especially at night.
  • The sponge doesn't dry out fully and I'm at work during the day, so I can't turn it over to ensure both sides get an equal amount of air.
  • It doesn't work very well with balm cleansers (the balm clogs up the holes).

I love the idea of a konjac sponge in theory but in practice it just didn't suit me  Ultrabland and my acne cream have to take priority.

Have you ever tried a konjac sponge before? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

3 Ways I'm Updating My Content

Sunday, 9 October 2016

It's time to mix things up.

I bloody love beauty and I've learnt to be completely unapologetic about that love, but I'd just like there to be a little more variety on this blog now, especially since a lot has changed for me in 2016.

Basically, I want Toasty to reflect what's going on in my life a bit more, so there are three main topics I'll be blogging about from now on.

Updating My Blog Content

1. Cruelty-Free Beauty

There'll still be a tonne of cruelty-free beauty, with the usual honest opinions about products for every budget. I've been leaning more towards high end recently but I'd like to include more high street options again, although it can be quite difficult to think outside the box! I'll do my best and let you know what I find. 

2. 20-Something Life

I'm hoping to write more posts about life as a newly-graduated 20-something because, well, I'm a newly-graduated 20-something sticking my nose out into the real world for the first time, and it's scary. And yet there's so much possibility out there that sometimes I forget to be nervous (only sometimes though!) Sharing my experiences will hopefully make them less daunting  chances are someone else will be going through the same thing.

3. Food

Finally, there'll be some food posts. I recently made the decision to cut meat and dairy out of my diet and I'd like to document the process, sharing recipes and What I Ate in a Day posts with you. I'm going to be figuring out how to make meat-free, dairy-free versions of my favourites, too, so I'll let you know whether or not they're a success.

That sums it all up, I think! Is there anything you'd like to see on the blog? And what do you do when your blog needs a refresh? Let me know in the comments!

Bold Autumn Lip Colours

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

There's something about autumn that makes me want to abandon all my nude lipsticks and go straight for the darkest colours the beauty world has to offer: reds, purples, and (this year) browns.

Since trying my first dark lipstick two years I've been adamant that they can have a huge effect on your mood. Dark shades make me feel like I've got my shit together  a feeling I like to cling to at the best of times, but especially when I'm extra busy (and trust me, full-time work has been a shock to the system. If wearing a lipstick can put me in a good mood then damn it, I'm gonna wear the lipstick).

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown, £23

Brown is a scary colour for a lipstick but I decided that if anyone knew what they were talking about, Charlotte would, and I braved it. I was right: Birkin Brown is a proper nineties shade that allows you to embrace the brown lips trend, but it's also warm enough to liven up the complexion, thanks to the hint of dark red. The matte formula isn't drying in the slightest and glides smoothly over the lips. If you're looking to invest in a brown shade of lipstick then I can't recommend this enough.

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Dare

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Dare, £4.99

This is the lipstick that once survived a full English in Spoons (pre meat-free life). A matte burgundy red, Dare is dark and warm and a teeny bit gothic, and I love it. Seriously, this stuff barely budges (maybe a teeny bit of fading in the centre of the mouth) when you're drinking or eating, although it doesn't survive a sloppy avocado sandwich quite as well. The matte formula isn't quite as slick as the Charlotte Tilbury one but it's consistent, not patchy, and it doesn't dry your lips out very much.

Sleek Gloss Me in Phoenix Rising; Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Foxy Brown

Sleek Gloss Me in Phoenix Rising*, £4.99

I know it's said that lip gloss is the easiest way for someone to try out an intimidating colour but if anything this is the product that takes me out of my comfort zone the most. It's a gloss. It's glittery. It's basically everything I would normally avoid. But there's something so mesmerising about all the glitter in the tube and it doesn't look particularly sparkly once it's on the lips  just nice and shiny with a subtle hint of shimmer. It's not sticky either, and it fades evenly when you're eating and drinking. Not something I would have picked up myself, but I'm glad I tried it out! 

Bold Autumn Lip Colours - Swatches
L-R: Birkin Brown; Dare; Phoenix Rising; Foxy Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Foxy Brown, £16

The best way to keep your lip line defined and stop your lipstick from bleeding. It's slightly darker than Birkin Brown but not to the point where you're rocking that awful Light Lips/Brown Liner trend that should never have seen the light of day. Foxy Brown is firm but won't give you that horrible dragging feeling when you apply it and it lasts all day long.

What lip colours do you like to wear in autumn? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

Top-to-Toe Cruelty-Free Skincare for Cold Weather

Monday, 3 October 2016

The autumn/winter season is a tricky one.

I love this time of year. My skin, however, does not. It's tempting to go mad for the heaviest moisturisers I can find but to be honest, most of them end up being far too greasy for my liking.

Thankfully I'm well on my way to building a collection of products for face and body that I can rely on  mixture of new discoveries I was very lucky to be sent (PR samples are marked with a *) and old favourites I always repurchase. Let's get stuck in.

Winter Skincare from Top to Toe

Soap & Glory Flake Away (v), £2.50 for 50ml or £8 for 300ml

The body scrub I always come back to, no matter what. Flake Away is grainy without being too harsh on the skin and it really makes a difference to dry areas like elbows and knees in particular. The fruity, musky scent is lush too.

Lotil Foot Cream*, £6.94 for 114ml

A cream for the feet which is actually more like a thick balm and smells a teeny bit like almonds. The skin on my feet is ridiculously dry but this stuff is incredible, and works a treat at softening the many (many, many...) rough patches my feet seem to have. I like to apply a tonne of the Lotil Foot Cream and then put a pair of socks over the top before I go to bed.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter (v), £10 for 300ml

There's something oh-so-satisfying about embracing a full-on Soap & Glory scent. This is actually one of the few body butters I can bear to use because it sinks in reasonably quickly, doesn't feel sticky, and keeps your body moisturised for hours and hours. The scent is the same as the Flake Away one, too, so you can layer up.

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba*, £12.99 for 30ml

This natural oil can be used on your face, on your body, on your skin, and even on your hair. I do love a multi-purpose product! Personally, my favourite use for it is all over the body after a shower, or on my cuticles as a treatment before bed. I find the consistency quite thick for an oil but it sinks in reasonably quickly and I think there's something quite luxurious about applying oil to the skin. Jojoba has plenty of benefits (it's antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory) and since it's an oil, a little bit goes a long way, especially with the pump dispenser. I'll definitely be investing in a bottle when this one runs out.

Balm Balm Tea Tree Organic Lip Balm Tube* and Fragrance Free Lip Balm Tube*, £5.50 each for 10ml

These moisturising balms are a welcome addition to my collection of lip-care products. They becoming strangely runny after a while so I don't like taking them out in my bag, but I'm happy to keep them at home for overnight use. The Tea Tree version is a particularly favourite  I just really like the scent and tea tree has antibacterial properties too.

Balm Balm Rose Geranium Organic Face Balm*, £8.95 for 30ml

I'll admit, I was a little wary at the thought of trying out a balm on my face  would it be too thick and clog my pores? Luckily it melts beautifully upon contact with the skin and hasn't upset my acne at all. This Face Balm sits really well underneath make-up and hydrates any dry patches (which unfortunately start to appear at this time of year).

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask*, £21.99 for 75ml

A soothing spot-buster that softens the skin. I adore this mask because it does pretty much everything you could wish for: it calms down spots, hydrates the skin, and gives it a lovely, healthy glow. Pricey but so worth it.

Yes To Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturiser, £11.99 for 50ml

My morning essential. Yes To are one of my favourite high street brands for reasonably priced cruelty-free products and I was lucky to grab this while it was reduced to £7.99 (Boots have Yes To on offer quite a lot so it's worth keeping an eye out!) This moisturiser is so soothing and yet so light at the same time, and it doesn't upset my acne, even when I'm having a flare up.

Soap & Glory Hand Food (v), £2.50 for 50ml or £5.50 for 125ml

I own so many hand creams but Hand Food is by far the one I reach for most! I'm so bad at remembering to use hand cream so I try and keep it in places where I might see it and pick it up. This one lives by my bed and makes me smile every time I sniff the girly vanilla/musk scent.

What products do you like to use when it's cold? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!

(v) = vegan
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