My skin is dry-as-a-bone. I also suffer from patches of eczema at this time of brrr-year. Here are two products that have served me well all year and are still holding their ground in the chill.
//Haus of Gloi's Pumpkin Butter "Aether".
Scented with the pureness of "absolute nothingness" and formulated with the goodness of shea butter and pumpkin seed oil,this is my favourite body butter for serious moisturising.
This has a creamy, yet smooth and silky texture. I find that this glides onto my skin is quickly absorbed leaving little greasiness. Don't frown at my grease! I need this to keep my skin moist.
Pumpkin seed oil is an excellent source of antioxidant cartenoids, essential fatty acids and zinc.
//Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion:
This is my lighter alternative to the Aether butter mentioned above.
It is scented with an interesting slightly earthy, citrus, herby waft that may not be everyone's cuppa tea but it suits me fine as it doesn't linger for too long.
This is a very thick lotion and I am surprised that it is packaged in a pump bottle. This doesn't apply as silky smoothly as Aether but it does pack a good moisturising punch, and it leaves my skin soft and irritation free. This is an excellent after-sun for me as it adds a subtle radiance to my skin without being too greasy.
Both the above potions work very well to keep my skin moist for many hours. They also succeed in keeping any irritation and itchiness at bay.
I just dunno why the husband thinks it's fun to take photos of me with random sale sign posts.
I also just dunno:
Why I am loving the Frozen Planet series on the Beeb when I despise coldness, hell is a frost bucket// I dunno why running makes me angry//Or why I love natto (Japanese fermented beans)// Why do I think better whilst hula-hooping? I DUNNO.
Burgundy cords from GAP + Snood from Topshop+ Shirt by Supreme + Cardigan from PRESENT + Bag from See by Chloe + Lipstick is Tongue Tickles by Rouge Bunny Rouge.
//Listening to: "Giving up the Gun' by Vampire Weekend
"Your sword's grown old and rusty Burnt beneath the rising sun It's locked up like a trophy Forgetting all the things it's done"
I can't wear nude lip anything! It makes me look quite ill in a crack-head sort of way. Utterly inelegant and perfectly wrong. The closest that I can comfortably get to nude lips is a pale but sparkly gold, and no one does this better than CHANEL.
Once in a while Chanel bring out a golden gloss and this year they wooed us with Sparkle D'or.
Strip away all the jazz-hands-coz-it-is-CHANEL and what you have is actually a clear gloss packed with golden shimmery bits. Now bring the jazz-hands back and add some table-top fireworks because the shimmer is ever so refined. No chunky gritty bits here! This gloss catches the light ever so nicely. Think pretty almost ethereal wowness.
This works well over nude lippies. It's like magickness and it works to bring the shades to life. I do this with //MAC's Shy Girl and //D&G's Nude.
I bought this in Selfridges. It is a Limited Edition Item...BEWARE!
I like soap. I especially like handmade soap. Wanderlust is a persistent infliction of mine.
I have recently used up a bar of Future Primitive's Wanderlust soap.
Future Primitive's website description of the scent: ❝ A late summer cargo from distant shores. Cologne-splashed Englishmen in starched ivory linens and panama hats bring bushels of citrus fruits, wooden crates filled with Rosemary leaf, oaken barrels filled with West Indian Bay oil & rich perfumery from old town apothecaries.❞
I think that the scent description is very accurate. This is certainly a unisex scent that Hiro and I were happy to share. It has a lingering spicy freshness with bursts of citrus that hold these contrasting elements together nicely.
This is a generous bar that lasted us a few months providing a good lather despite London's hideously hard water. A remarkable point to note about this soap is that it does not go slimly and disgusting in your soap tray. A wonder indeed!
I look forward to trying more soaps from Future Primitive's interesting range of bars and I am actually eyeing up the Inches Lane hand made soap as I type.
It is estimated that there are approximately 4000 abandoned buildings in Lisbon (last counted in 2008), add to that the glaring truth that this is also one of Europe's fastest shrinking urban populations and what you have a harvest of neglected deserted edifices scattered throughout it's limits.
See what we saw:
Our obsession with abandoned, neglected decaying buildings soared to new heights in Lisbon. I have to be careful what I say for it wouldn't be right to give away too much detail about these locations. Seek and ye shall find.
The immense trepidation and overwhelmingly claustrophobic mix of anxiety, fearful inner disquiet, and at times utter disgust I feel whilst exploring the interior of such places is almost explosive. I wont deny that leaving each place is followed with a tremendous sense of PHEW!!! Relief! Combined together, somewhere within is the thrill of why I do this. I am addicted. Big love to Hiro for the smashing pictures.
✈ Currently listening to: Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun.
"We are always running for the thrill of it thrill of it Always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it On and on and on we are calling out and out again Never looking down I’m just in awe of what’s in front of me"
Winter drains the colour from my face and I turn into a creature that much resembles a walking corpse. I attempt to combat this sallow pallor by slapping my cheeks real hard with some pink blush. In my mind this adds just a bit of pinched-by -the-frost colour.
Cream blush is my choice in winter as my skin is parchment dry around now. I have but two creamy pinks lurking in my kit and they are formidable in terms of their hue, quality and finish.
//Canmake Tokyo Cream Cheek in #8 Marshmallow Pink
A soft pretty pink of pure girliness with a peachy twist. This does contain a very fine shimmer that helps to add some pearly va-va-voom to my complexion.
Canmake Cream Cheek blushes are STILL among my most favoured cream blushes. The creamy gel-like texture is just brilliant and makes it so easy to apply and blend these into the cheeks. These are also fragrance free and are formulated with vegetal origin squalane which really does up the ante in terms of retaining my skins moisture levels.
//Illamasqua Cream Blush in Sob
This is a true pale pink that imparts a healthy dewy look without any shimmer. The blueish under tones can be a bit peculiar during other seasons but it works brilliantly during winter. This applies and blends smoothly and is long lasting on the cheeks. My only gripe is it's sweet fragrance.