Beauty Winter Essentials and Gift Ideas

I always ramp up my beauty routine at this time of year. As temperatures drop I notice my skin suddenly feel tight and dry and it feels good to treat myself to a few great products that will make me look a bit more healthy through the winter season. Here are a list of my top cold weather essentials, ideal as a self care pick-me-up or as a little stocking filler for friends and family this Christmas. Click on the product names to shop, many of which have amazing discounts today and this week.

Skin

Winter beauty

Chantecaille Vital Essence – This beautiful, lightweight product does as the name suggests… offers vital essence to boost hydration help collagen production. It is versatile (good for all skin types) and the clever formula is infused with powerful botanicals to make your skin look smoother and ensure you are hydrated through the colder months.

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Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask – I am a massive Glossier fan… the simple brilliant packaging and the easy to use fuss-free products always satisfy my skin. This soothing face mask is great for lazy winter pampering sessions. It has a creamy texture and the ingredients include Liquorice Root and Lemon Fruit Extract which will visibly brighten and even out your complexion.

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Emma Lewisham Supernatural Hydration Crème – At this freezing time of year my skin requires a potent moisturiser to help combat the cold. Emma Lewisham is a new brand to me, a science-led natural skincare brand which launched in 2019. This deeply hydrating cream promises to hydrate the skin and provide a luminous glow, and even after a few uses my face felt smoother and brighter.

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AHC Aqualuronic Cleanser – This cleanser is a year round must, I love the light foaming formula, which gentles cleans the skin and supercharges your face with moisture from three molecular weights of Hyaluronic acid. My skin always feels refreshed and soft after use.

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Victoria Beckham Priming Moisturiser – I’m seriously impressed with his nifty product from Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader. The packaging is chic and perfect for tucking away in your handbag for when you need a boost of moisture on the go. The cream is lightweight and will make your skin feel firmer whilst reducing pore size and adding hydration thanks to the cell rejuvenating TFC8® technology.

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Vichy Liftactiv Collagen Specialist Firming Moisturiser – This anti-ageing and energising product targets fine lines and wrinkles quickly and effectively. The ingredients include Vitamin CG and collagen-protecting biopeptides which will ensure your skin looks more youthful and supple even in the harshest weather.

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Nimue Winter Shield Trio – This brilliant little trio is designed to protect against environmental damage, especially at this time of year. The set includes the Sun-C SPF40 (a lightweight and moisturising sunscreen), Pre & Post (a hydrating serum which protects the skin whilst also repairing and hydrating), and Element Barrier (a face/body cream which particularly offers protection against extreme temperatures and wind). Ideal size for popping in your handbag to go.

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Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops – Could this be the ultimate winter product? This serum shields the skin from the harsh winter elements while also adding a subtle sun-kissed glow to your skin. Just add a drop or two to face or body moisturiser for a flattering bronzed result.

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StriVectin Barrier Strengthening Oil – A really special treatment oil which will nourish and balance the skin. This face oil is one of a kind, with so many valuable ingredients clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier, it offers moisture without feeling greasy. I found that even after a few days it evened out skin tone and calmed the redness in my cheeks.

Hair

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Ouai Medium Hair Shampoo and Conditioner – Whatever your hair type Ouai have the perfect shampoo and conditioner pair for you. This set is great for hair that’s not fine or thick, hydrating and lightweight, while cleansing and reviving shine. After just one use I found that my split ends were more under control and the frizz wasn’t so noticeable. I’m also loving the Ouai x Byredo bestselling leave-in conditioner which has fragrance house Byredo’s iconic Mojave Ghost scent.

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Kevin Murphy Angel Wash and Angel Rinse – It’s always a treat when you visit a hairdresser that uses the Kevin Murphy products, they smell divine and always give your hair a boost. So I’m very excited to have the products in my own bathroom… the Angel range is great for coloured or dry /broken hair. The hydrolysed oat protein adds volume and body without weighing hair down, whilst the green tea leaf extract aids moisture retention and increases elasticity. The ideal duo for winter-worn, stressed out tresses.

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Osmo Super Silver – Affordable, 100% sulphate free, hair products to restore tone and shine to bleached or grey hair. Gentle and kind on all hair types it’s a great everyday haircare brand.

Scent

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Jo Loves Fragrance Paintbrush – Pomelo is one of Jo Malone’s most iconic scents and I love this fun, portable way of using it. The paintbrushes are the perfect gift or stocking filler, the pen holds the fragrance in gel form which can then be easily brushed on the skin, on the go. I love that it comes with a refill and is small enough to be taken in hand luggage when you travel.

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Acqua di Parma Eau de Parfum – I think a beautiful bottle of perfume is one of the best presents you can buy someone, and the Acqua di Parma scents are classic and alluring. Oud & Lily of the Valley are two of the Acqua di Parma signature scents, and these Eau de Parfums will (impressively) stay on the skin all day. Oud has a warm and intense scent while Lily of the Valley is a lively citrusy fragrance that I find addictive! These beautiful bottles would look wonderful adorning any bedroom mantelpiece.

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Diptyque Christmas candles – I love all the Diptyque scented candles but there is something exciting about the annual Christmas flavours. This Sapin (Pine tree) scent will ensure your home feels and smells festive. A limited edition fragrance that will give a warm, aromatic scent, a combination of mountain pine trees and wafts of a roaring open fire.

Gifting

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Drunk Elephant Hair and Body minis – The ideal introduction to the Drunk Elephant Collection. All encased in a fun neon orange make-up bag this set of seven miniatures includes some of the brands best-loved products. I’m really enjoying getting to know the haircare range, a brilliant wild marula tangle spray, cocomino shampoo and conditioner and the invigorating hair scrub which helps with scalp health. I’d love to find one of these sets under the tree this year!

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REN Day and Night Moisture – This definitive duo is the perfect skincare set, including the Overnight Recovery Balm for nighttime and Global Protection Day cream for all day use. These products are particularly good effective for sensitive skin, I have found they have reduced tightness and red pigmentation caused by harsh cold weather. The night time balm is transformative, even after one night I woke up with renewed and repaired skin, exactly the effects I hope for from a product like this.

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ilapothecary Face the Day set – The ilapothecary products really work. This luxurious set will nourish and moisturise dehydrated skin, my legs were particularly thankful for the Keep Calm hand & body lotion. The Beat the Blues Room Spray is a great addition, I recommend spraying it in the bathroom before having a bath – the powerful essential oil uplift emotions and create a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere.

This blog post includes some gifted samples.

Gift Guide with La Jolie Muse

It feels like everyone has done a home renovation in the last two years. The Covid pandemic has meant so much more time spent indoors and so it feels more important than ever to surround yourself with beautiful, functional things.

La Jolie Muse is a brand I discovered recently, an online brand selling everything you need for an elegant and luxurious home. Conveniently they have bases in the UK, US and Europe so can ship items quickly and efficiently to clients in all those destinations. The company was founded in 2015, with the philosophy that the smallest details can turn a house into a home.

They work with artisans from all over the world to make timeless design pieces that are accessible to all. Each piece is created with meticulous care, and is made using only the highest quality materials that are carefully sourced.

I’ve browsed through the whole website, admiring the items and have selected these three products as my favourite gift purchases. Head to the website yourself to find the perfect presents for your family and friends, or just for yourself!

Pillar Scented Candle – Frasier Fir

La Jolie Muse

Uxo White & Desert Cotton Rope Laundry Basket

La Jolie Muse

Kulu Brown Paper Rope Storage Baskets Set of 3

La Jolie Muse

This is a paid collaboration with La Jolie Muse, find out about their full range here. You can use the code milly15% for 15% off.

Recipe – Indulgent Scrambled Eggs with Parma Ham & Chives

Scrambled eggs with Parma Ham and chives

Parma Ham

Ingredients

(For two people)

Four medium high quality eggs (extra yolk if you want to make it extra indulgent)

4 slices of Parma ham

A few sprigs of chives

25g Butter

S+P

Sliced sourdough of Farmhouse bread

Parma Ham

Method

Get everything ready before putting the eggs on the heat as they cook quickly and need to be eaten immediately.

Toast bread and lightly butter. Fry the slices of Parma Ham on a low head until they crisp (they won’t take long and don’t need oil in the pan). Leave in the pan until you are ready. Get some kitchen scissors and cut the chives into very small pieces.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Put the 25g of butter in a pan on a low heat, when the butter is completely melted pour in the egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon, lifting and folding it over from the bottom of the pan.

Continue stirring until the eggs are softly set and slightly runny in places. Remove from the heat and leave for a moment to finish cooking.

Serve immediately on buttered toast and top with the crispy Palma ham, chopped chives and season to your taste with coarsely ground black pepper and sea salt.

Parma Ham

Recipe as part of paid collaboration with Parma Ham.