My Winter Essentials

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Ahhh Winter how I love thee, from statement coats, scarves, gloves and chunky knits, to just curling up on the sofa with a warm blanket and some good old tea and cake….bliss.  When it comes to this time of the year there are some things that I turn to time and time again, they are warming, comforting and just make me feel good so here goes:

Even though you are meant to be all practical with your winter accessories, in my eyes that doesn’t have to mean boring, so being the girly girl that I am if it has bows and gems on it then it is so meant for me and these gloves which I bought from New Look and this Accessorize beret help me beat the cold in style.

Also, nothing is more warming than a blanket scarf and I use this one from Aldo more as a blanket than anything else.  It’s so soft I can’t get enough of it.

Of course for me winter would not be complete without a hot water bottle.  Yes a hot water bottle, and this teeny one I picked up from Sainsbury is super cute and I’m loving the slogan “It’s all about me…”!

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When it comes to makeup and beauty I love a warming perfume something like those mentioned in my party perfumes post here or Dior’s Hypnotic Poison.  This is a bold scent with notes of bitter almond, sambac jasmine, vanilla and musk.  It epitomizes winter in my opinion and is the kind of scent that will linger for ages….perfect for spraying on your scarf.

A darker shade on the nails is something I tend to reserve solely for this time of the year.  I like those vampy colours that verge on black but not quite black, something like Tanya Burr’s Nail Polish in New York Night pictured above.

When it comes to lips I love a good red lip but for something a bit deeper Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Chunkiest Chilli is a brown red which warms up my complexion.

With dry chapped lips always appearing during winter I like to have some trust worthy lip balms to hand and my favourites are Kiehl’s Lip Balm and the cult classic Nexe Reve De Miel Lip Balm, both of which are very moisturising.

My other essentials for winter?  Well, a good book, reading blog posts or catching up with some of my TV Box Sets is a must and at the moment I am really into Scandal.  I think I am late to join the party as usual but this show is just the best amongst, Arrow, Gossip Girl, Made In Chelsea and the like…..did I tell you I am a bit of a home buddy?

So what about you?  What are your winter essentials? x

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  • Sarah Dickinson

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    • Thanks so much, you have made my day xx

      • Sarah Dickinson

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  • lovely pictures .Loving that Tanya Burr nail polish ! perfect for winter really . 🙂

  • Arya Elsa Jose

    Such a lovely post! The photos are just stunning. The Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Chunkiest Chilli is my life in winter! What camera do you use??

  • This hot water bottle looks so cute! Love Hypnotic Poison too. It’s my favorite scent right now (:
    Nati xx

  • Oh! the winter hot bottle is essential, The dior fragrance is very enchanting. Really a good post, keep sharing more.
    love, sia |

  • Kiki Rampone

    Your photos are so gorgeous! I wish I could get mine to turn out like that haha! Lovely post 🙂

    xo Kiki

  • This is such a lovely post with beautiful photographs! You’ve just made me feel all snug and warm.

    I am loving my hot water bottle this year, definitely an essential!

    The Makeup Directory

  • Claire Cavanagh

    The Chubby Sticks have always appealed to me, they look so pigmented and lovely 🙂

    Claire | xx

    • I know and the intense versions are really nice and pigmented x

  • Charlotte

    I always use my hot water bottle in the winter it’s my love!
    Charlotte //

  • Love your photography style, it’s just so pretty. That Aldo blanket scarf looks so cosy, I love it. I also got my hands on Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm this winter and it’s been a saviour for my dry lips x

    Beauty with charm

    • Oh i just love my Aldo blanket scarf I use it everyday as soon as i get back from work I wrap myself in it! xx

  • Loving everything you posted here, though I have yet to try anything XD I know my lips get chapped during the winter so I will have to pick up the Khiels lip balm you mentioned, though so far, Burts Bees Soothing Balm has been working for me :B

  • your photography is so good! i love the products you included too 🙂

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  • Sally

    The nuxe lip balm is the best thing ever!! And also I love your pictures xx

  • These are absolutely gorgeous photographs, and ooh, good reading material is defo essential! The Clinique lippie looks wonderful!

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin’

  • Trang Do

    Love your essentials!! Great post!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • trend-mixblog

    Oh what a fun bunch of goodies! I love winter accessories too, those gloves are too cute with those bows. 🙂

  • It’s summer here in Australia right now, but your post made me super excited for Winter! x


    • Ahh so luck you are in summer although saying that I love Winter xx

  • The Sunday Mode

    That’s such a cute little hot water bottle! In winter my essentials are usually big fluffy socks and any kind of berry lipstick (such a cliche but true) haha

  • Darker nails and lips, oversized scarfs and cosy jumpers make me very happy in Winter 🙂 Love your beret, so pretty! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  • I adore this perfume, such a beautiful scent for the winter. I love your header it’s so pretty !

    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

  • Adalias C

    A scarf and gloves are my winter essentials! xx

  • A dark lip and a dark nail are a must for me in winter as well! You picked some good ones and I love the sound of that perfume! I also love your hot water heater cover! It’s so cute! I’ve been looking for a cute one like that!

    Shannon Sage

  • Hot water bottle and a cosy blanket are on top of my winter essentials 🙂 Also lately my lips are getting really dry no matter how many layers of lip balm I apply. I should really check out Nuxe one, I’ve heard a lot about it! x

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Can’t get enough of hot water bottles – they are so comforting. The Nuxe lip balm is great, you should check it out x

  • Antoinette Frances

    Well it’s summer over here now! But I would say for winter, exfoliation and hydration are everything! I use the Bossy Cinnamon Lip Scrub before bed and then coat with loads of lip balm, then in the morning my lips are really plump and hydrated! Love it x

    • These sound so great, love a good lip scrub and must use that before I go to bed xx

  • I LOVE the NUXE Reve de Miel Lipbalm – it’s my all time favourite lipbalm xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Nuxe Rev De Miel is such an amazing lip balm for the winter time – I apply this every night before I go to bed and it leaves my lips so soft!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • I know this is such a great lip balm I remember when I first tried it I thought it was a bit gritty but now i get that the texture is what makes this stuff really work x

  • Lip balm and hand cream are my absolute winter essentials & I always amp up the oils too! You have some great picks here – that hot water bottle is so cute! xx