Pixi Glow Mist

When I purchased the Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis in the Asos Black Friday sale, I also added a set from Pixi int my basket that came with my favorite Glow Tonic and what was essentially a free bottle of the Glow Mist.

I already own and love the Hydrating Milky Mist, so I didn’t really need a new spray toner, but this looked to good to pass up.

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It is a lightweight formula but really packs a punch hydration-wise with a mix of different nourishing oils.

The liquid separates a little bit in the bottle, so you need to shake it up before every use, but once applied, it leaves the skin feeling soft and silky without any heaviness or oily residue. Since central heating and the cold winter weather have dried out my skin considerably, this has been an absolute treat to use, especially in combination with a hydrating oil afterwards.

I have come to rely on Pixi a lot on my skincare routine and I think my skin has been a lot better for it, so I am itching to try even more from their range soon.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion

While I escaped the harshest days of winter just in time, my poor skin is still feeling the effects of cold temperatures and central heating. I have issues with dry and sensitive skin all year round, but winter is especially harsh and everything from my hands to my feet seems to be yearning for some soothing moisture.

One thing I struggle with the most when looking for hydrating body care is fragrance. My skin flares up immediately if a product is to strongly scented and turns red and splotchy, which is never a good look.

But I think I have finally found a suitable (and affordable) body lotion while scouring the aisles of the drugstore a few weeks back and even though my skin is still feeling the winter blues, it is doing a lot better than usual.

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The Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion in the fragrance free version has been agreeing with me wonderfully and ticks all the boxes with its claims of relieving dry and itchy skin for up to 24 hours. It has extremely moisturizing ingredients like shea butter but it is still very light on the skin, which is nice when you’re wearing skinny jeans regularly.

I’ve had no issues with irritation or exceeding dryness with this lotion, so if you have problems with dry, sensitive skin and have access to the Aveeno range, I would definitely steer you in this direction.

Style Staple: The Wool Coat

I find that the last dregs of winter are always the hardest. There are a few glimpses of spring already, but they are few and far between and the days still seem short and cold, so to make these last frigid weeks a bit more bearable, I picked ip a beautiful new winter coat to keep me warm.

Since coats are something I will only wear seasonally, I tend to get them in classic shapes and colors so they will last me for a fair few years and still look chic and stylish. Usually though, I am a pretty casual dresser, so what was sorely lacking from my collection was a smart, simple wool coat.

I decided to treat myself to the Cocoon Wool Coat by Vancouver-based brand Wilfred (sold in Aritzia) in a classic black as it is the epitome of timeless, classic chic while looking current and on trend.

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(via aritzia.com | seen here in Charcoal)

While this piece has definitely been a splurge, I feel like it will see me through several cold seasons and a multitude of different occasions. Dressed down with a pair of sneakers, a beanie, and skinny jeans, this will look just as good as paired with a nice dress and pretty heels or boots.

It is also the softest coat I have ever felt and while it feels substantial enough for even the coldest of days, it is surprisingly light. Since I picked this up on the post-Christmas sales, I am even more excited about my purchase, but even at full price, I think this coat (or a similar one) is a great investment and a definite staple in my wardrobe.

Saving Winter Skin

Winter is just around the corner and with the dropping temperatures, my skin is yearning for some moisture and comfort.

The first place that shows signs of the cold and harsh weather are my lips. The become dry and cracked to an uncomfortable point, so I try to keep them as smooth and moisturized as possible.

Winter Skin Staples

The Body Shop Lip Buff is the most convenient lip scrub I have found yet as it comes in lipstick form, so it has become a staple in my make-up collection. Especially in winter, I like to wear a matte bold lip, which is always hard on the sensitive skin. I usually swipe this over my lips before using lipstick in order to get rid of any flakiness and dead skin. After taking the residue off with a tissue, I apply a thick layer of lip balm – Nuxe Reve de Miel is still my favorite – and the matte lip color goes on much more evenly without making my lips feel tight or dry.

For my face, I still rely on the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, which packs a punch hydration-wise without being too heavy or greasy. It’s a beautifully convenient balm that can be used anywhere on the body, but for now it is reserved strictly for my face.

Body-wise, I have been using the St. Ives Deep Restoring Body Lotion. Much like the FAB Cream, this is light in formula but hydrates my dry skin nicely. It also sinks in quickly, which is much appreciated especially after stepping out of the warm shower. It does have a light scent, but nothing that lingers too long or feels irritating to my sensitive skin.