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Sneaky little ways to look & feel like a million bucks when it’s gross outside.
Thu, 21 July 2011 10:26AM
As I type this post, it’s pouring rain outside, so I figured we could all do with a little winter pick-me-up. Here are my favourite tips that are guaranteed to boost your mood on a wet, windy, winter’s day.
1. Pop on a bright polish: So, you may not be ready for a coral lippie, but a coral nail shade? Bring it. Adding a pop of colour on your nails is the easiest way to make a drab, all-black winter wardrobe look instantly chic. Plus, it’s a much cheaper take on this seasons trend to team monochromatic outfits with punch-bright accessories, like a bag, clutch or bangles, for impact.
My vote goes to Revlon Nail Enamel in Siren (part of the Fire and Ice collection, hence the old-school Revlon label), $13.95.
2. Slather on some fake tan: It’s a fact, slapping on a bit of faux tan is just as effective at boosting your mood as a trip to the Bahamas. Or a pay rise. And unlike fake tanning in summer, you only have to hit up the visible spots, like your arms and decolletage which takes next to no time.
3. Treat your hair to a treatment: If you go to the effort of switching up your skincare routine to tackle the cold weather, it makes sense to show your locks the same treatment. Especially seeing as though we tend to blow-dry/tong/heat-style our hair that much more in winter.
4. Keep an all-purpose balm/cream handy at all time: Sometimes, I’m in such a rush to get out of the house in the morning that I have to skip moisturising the limbs. Enter an all-purpose balm. This one, Steam Cream, softens and smoothes dry elbows just as brilliantly as it hydrates the sensitive skin on your face.
Somehow, it’s clever creator managed to make it super nourishing, without ever feeling greasy, plus, a little goes a long way so it’ll last you near forever. I suggest you keep a pot in your handbag for touch-ups on the go. The name is: Steam Cream, $24.95 from Kit Cosmetics, kitcosmetics.com.au.
5. Keep some coin from your tax refund to invest in a face illuminator (or 3!): If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and your skin is starting to suffer, try blending an illuminisor all-over before layering your foundation. Or, use it as a highlighter to play up the high points of your face, like above the brow-bone and cheeks, for a well-rested-looking glow.
This latest set from St Tropez, St Tropez Skin Illuminator, boasts three variants, Violet, Rose and Gold, to suit all skin tones, and at $29.95 a pop, I recommend you buy them in bulk.
Handy hint: Try adding a pea-size amount with your everyday body or face moisturiser for a subtle glow.
What little tricks do you have for winter?
Do you use a face highlighter?
How often do you treat your hair to a conditioning treatment?
Are you over this weather?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe