Seasonal Round Up: Winter
I've been looking forward to writing this post for well over a month because writing it means we are heading into Spring - can I get a woop woop!? I mean some great things have happened this winter (hello birthday and new job), but I definitely got a taste for warmth and sunshine again in Byron so cannot WAIT for that to make it's way down here. But before I jump ahead of myself, let's delve into some of my favourite beauty bits from the past couple of months, and a little reflection on patience...
Beauty Bits (& Other Bobs)
Karma Collective Candle. A friend bought me this Coconut, Lime and Elderflower scent for my birthday after I'd raved about the Black Raspberry and oh my word it is gorge. It's the perfect balance of light, sweet and fresh smells. A perfect one to light coming into the warmer seasons.
Hourglass Brow Gel. I wrote about this bad boy in my High End Ethical Makeup Brands, and it is still living up to the hype. It's a buildable, tinted gel that provides some colour and definition to the brows while still being subtle, and I've loved how quick and easy it is to use. No faffing about here.
Esse Repair Oil. This oil has been amazing in winter, not just for my face but also to dab onto any dry cracks on my hands (lovely I know). It has a beautiful blend of a few different oils including rosehip, marula and vitamin E, and the combination is really nourishing but not too heavy on the skin.
Esse Cream Mask. I've been going between this one and the clay one for my weekend pamper, but this took the cake for a spot here because it is such a great treatment for the extra dryness we often experience in winter. The prebiotics in it are feeding your skin with hydration, and you can even leave it on overnight! A beautiful product, especially post-soccer in the wind when my face felt like sand had been tossed at it (and not in the sexy sand way that's all throughout Aladdin).
Face Halo. These reusable makeup remover pads have honestly been SUCH a game - changer. If you read my Ethical Bathroom Swaps post you'll know that these only need water to take makeup off and that they're so quick and easy and fab.
Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm. Another gorgeous birthday present from some friends this year and I've already bought another one as a spare I love it THAT much. It's such a beautiful consistency and smells lovely, as well as being really light to apply so great as a hand cream too.
Winter Reflection: Patience
This isn't just about being patient for the warmer weather, ha! I find winter a tricky season because we want to keep up our drive and push ourselves with goals, but the darker days and colder weather often sees a drop in motivation levels. And I really learnt over the last few months that making the most of those times when you DO feel productive and in a 'Bring It On' mindset means you can accept and be at ease with the times when you're not feeling it and want to blob in front of Netflix. Being patient and kind with yourself is something I have definitely been in the practice of doing, because sometimes you feel hormonal and end up down the black hole of ‘The Office's Best Of' and that’s O.K. You will get your motivation back, and sometimes it comes from you changing up your surroundings or chatting to someone, or it might come from reading a really great quote. I love this one: "There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself” (Lemony Snicket). I really resonate with this because it highlights the importance of balancing action and movement with stillness, and letting go of 'rush'.
I also learnt that juggling persistence with patience is important too; I've got a job that I love and I was persistent because I knew that I wanted it, but I had to be patient in letting the process of getting there unfold. It is easy for me to slip into organising every aspect of my life so that there is a flow to events, but being impatient about a lack of 'doing' is harmful to not only myself but also others, as it can cause tension or unnecessary stress in relationships. Recognising that the absence of impatience helps develop self-acceptance is key to being happy with yourself and others, rather than trying to force yourself into patience when you feel the need to take action, or getting frustrated at not being productive when you really need to slow down. There's definitely a balance, and I don't always nail it, but I am happy knowing that I am getting better at listening to my body and being patient with the process.