The Autumn and Winter seasons seem to be plagued by extra things to do - there's more clothing on our backs, it's more of an effort to go anywhere outside our homes and there's definitely more of a focus needed on body care.
That time of the year has finally arrived when we've got to pay a little more attention to the skin and hair care regime.
I would love to be one of those people that had skin that was well equipped to cope with the change in seasons, but sadly I am not. I have fair skin that dehydrates rapidly and needs lots of attention. It can be expensive to maintain and I am always hunting for good skin and hair care solutions that are both purse friendly and effective.
I really enjoy writing skin care posts and they've proven themselves quite popular here. Depending on where you are in the world, you might find these previous posts I have blogged of interest as well: Read up on A Winter Skin Care Guide for Families, A Summer Budget Beauty Guide and a BB Cream Review and Buying Guide to find some additional great recommendations I have personally road tested and loved.
Lately I have been using some new and well trusted, brag-worthy products and being a blogger, means that I feel compelled to share and write about them here. All of the items featured in my pick are budget to mid-level in price range and are really pulling their weight in my beauty bag.
And my latest fabulous finds are...(drumroll):
First up, Benefit's Matterial Girl: This lush little find is a matte-finish setting powder presented in some delightfully girly packaging. It is coloured to suit most fair skin types and is ideal for setting your BB Cream or moisturiser or just use it over your bare skin for reducing shine. It's a nifty little size for tossing in a handbag and it's always taken on any outing in my bag if there's somewhere fun to go and I want to feel a little fancier than usual.
Matterial Girl keeps you looking fresh all day and is lightly scented. Inside is a sweet little powder puff for quick touch ups. This product is a personal favourite and is priced at around the $35 mark for a 14gm container.
*Natural World's Brazilian Keratin (pictured below): I have got to say, I am not generally a big fan of hair care products outside of shampoo and conditioner - until I found this beautiful smoothing hair treatment oil and suddenly I am hooked.
This was a recent arrival in my Violet Box monthly subscription box. Having used a keratin treatment successfully years ago (thanks to a hairdresser's recommendation) and then subsequently forgetting all about it, I am so glad this vial of goodness has made an appearance in my life again.
This is a lightweight, leave-in hair treatment oil from Soho London, that helps to smooth and add shine while controlling frizz. It is in no way greasy and you only need the tiniest drop to give fantastic results. (This 25ml deluxe sample size may last me a few years!)
My hair has been noticeably shinier and healthier since I have been using this and the weather is no longer giving me bad hair days either. For problem, dry hair I have no hesitation in recommending this.
No dry skin care routine should be without a practical all round moisturiser that is effective and inexpensive. For everyday use as a family, we love Vaseline Total Moisture Dry Skin. This cream is lightweight and suitable for all over your body. (It's a great non-greasy hand cream too.)
This smaller 75ml tube was a supermarket discovery, (we normally buy the larger bottles so that everyone can benefit) and it a good size for taking anywhere with you. This was an insanely low $4 (or so) buy at the supermarket and it really works. Ward off problem skin patches with a daily application of a good all-rounder such as this.
Zuri by Sleek Skin Care Chapter Five Radiance Boosting Anti-Shine Face Moisturiser SPF30: Since the name of this product just about says it all, I almost don't need to go into this too much.
Buy hey, I will anyway!
This recent day cream discovery has become a firm favourite of mine. It's a priming face cream that moisturises, firms, contains anti-shine properties and a deluxe radiance boost - It has light reflecting particles that really lift the complexion. Best of all, the 30 plus sun factor means that Autumn days of extended sunshine are not damaging to your skin.
This cream is made in Switzerland and comes in a generous 50ml tub. It has a RRP of around $60 however, I picked up several of these on StrawberryNet for an incy $22 each with free shipping - it was a bargain that I really shouldn't be telling you about!
The Body Shop's Shea Beautifying Oil: I really love a good fossick in a Body Shop store whenever I pass one and it usually spells disaster for my wallet too. I never leave empty handed.
My latest find that I am excited about, is this Shea Beautifying Oil. This is a dry oil, (lightweight and highly absorbent) and is suitable for all over use including in your hair! Such a quick way to moisturise those extra dry places and add shine to your hair too. Priced in store at $19.95 this 100ml bottle will last a very long time.
*Murine Eye Mist Dry and Tired Eyes: Not technically a beauty product at all but as dry eyes are a real affliction at most times of the year for me and many, I have popped this excellent cure in this Autumn body care picks post too.
There's nothing worse than making yourself look good and then needing to constantly blink and rub your eyes thanks to seasonal eye dryness. The two just don't go together at all, as an overall look.
A quick spray of Murine over your shut eyes and this Eye Mist goes to work immediately to moisturise and refresh your dry and tired eyes. Heating, computer use and fatigue can all contribute to sore, dry eyes and I am finding this a great way of controlling my irritating problem. You can find this easily at your local chemist.
So there you have it, my latest skin and hair care favourites - I hope there's a new discovery in here for you too.
What steps do you take to combat dry skin in Autumn and Winter?
Have you found any new products you'd like to share in the comments below?
*Disclaimer: These featured items were gifted. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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