The Skin Care Edit | Winter Edition






I’ve been anticipating doing a post like this for a while now but I really wanted to try my new products properly before I reviewed them, and I wanted to see how they worked with the products I’ve been using already.  I’ve never before experienced what it’s like to have dry skin so when my oily skin started going dry, I didn’t have the products to help control it. This obviously meant going on a little skin care shopping spree. I do incorporate other products into this routine such as the Glam Glow Mud Mask and the La Roche Posay but these are products which I don’t use regularly and so I will review them separately. I just wanted to keep the post solely for products that you can introduce into your routine on a more regular basis.


Bubblegum Lip Scrub // Lush

This lush lip scrub works wonders for dry lips. It works like a normal facial  exfoliator. You just rub in circular motions on do your lips and then you can just wash it off. It really does brighten your lips and make them feel a lot smoother. It makes it easier to apply lip products and prevents the horrible cracked lip look.


Ultra Repair Lip Therapy // First Aid Beauty via Feel Unique

My lips become so dry during winter and in the past I’ve been using things like Lypsyll and Vaseline which works for about 5 minutes before you have to reapply. I was on the hunt for something different when I came across this product from First Aid Beauty, a brand which I have never tried before or heard much about. This really is the best solution as it works as a treatment. I apply it twice a day (morning and night) and I can’t explain to you how soft it makes your lips feel. This is a pariticularly good base if you like applying liquid lipsticks because it means that the liquid lipstick does not crack due to it being to dry. This and the lip scrub are a perfect duo.


Tea Tree Facial Wash // The Body Shop

I use this face wash day and night, whether I have oily skin or not, simply because it’s the only thing that I have used which I KNOW is controlling my acne. Every time I use this, I feel as though my skin looks clearer. This is just hands down a holy grail for me. If you have dry skin I would stay away from this but if you have oily/combo skin, it’s definitely so worth it.


Pixi Glow Tonic // Pixi via ASOS

I’ve seen this toner being raved about and it seems to be a blogger favourite. In all honesty, I don’t see a “glow” that it claims to give like I did with the Rose Water Toner Spritz by Botanics  which I was previously using. However, after using this, my skin really does feel clean because it removes make up so well. I think this would definitely be a winner for me if it did have give the natural glow that it claims.


Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser // The Body Shop

This moisturiser smells like a dream. I love it so much! I use it every morning and it’s just so refreshing and hydrating. I’ve actually noticed my acne scarring fading which is supposed to be one of the properties of Vitamin C. I could not recommend this product enough as a lightweight daily moisturiser.


Lotil Original Cream // Lotil*

I was lucky enough to be able to try this cream, because it’s not something I would usually pick up and it definitely wasn’t what I expected. I use it as an alternative to my Nivea Hydration Express Moisturiser which I use at night because the Nivea cream is a bit too lightweight for dry skin. When I see a cream that is for “dry skin”, I immediately assume that it is going to be thick and greasy. Although it is slightly thicker in consistency to what I usually use, it didn’t feel so heavy on the skin and it most definitely did not feel greasy at all. What I also noticed is that when I really massaged it into my skin, it became slightly sticky before it completely set into my skin. I looked at the ingredients and noticed that it had Glycerin in it. If you watch Nikkie Tutorials on Youtube, she uses the Nivea Mens After Shave balm as a primer because that particular ingredient supposedly helps her make up stay longer. I used Lotil  under my Make Up Forever Ultra HD Stick which I reviewed last week, and it did increase the longevity of my make up, and I found that I did not go as shiny as I usually do when using this particular foundation. So it’s definitely something that can be used as a multi purpose product! I’m not sure how it would hold up on my skin during summer months but from the texture, I can’t imagine myself having too much trouble with it because of the texture.

Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil // The Body Shop

According to the Body Shop website, their Vitamin E range is for all skin types and is designed to help protect the skin from premature ageing. In the past I’ve stayed away from this particular range because I found that the products in this range are targeted more towards people with a drier skin type. If you have dry skin, this product is a game changer, and you really need this in your life! It is so moisturising and leaves the skin feeling so soft and smooth. I love that it has a pipette applicator so you can really control how much you are using. Although this is an overnight serum, I was told when I was buying it that it can be used during the day. I would really not recommend this as I found it quite greasy (although it claims not to be), however if you want to add the tiniest drop into your foundation, I can imagine it to bring the most radiant looking glow. I only use this twice a week because as I am someone with quite naturally oily skin, so by overusing this I can go back to being very oily very quickly.


Honeymania Body Butter // The Body Shop

In my opinion, there is nothing really unique about this product other than the smell. All of the body butters smell amazing! It can be so hard to choose which one to go for but I went for Honeymania and I love it! It definitely has a buttery texture which leaves the skin feeling so smooth, but it is quite thick. This is also a replacement for the Nivea Hydration Express Moisturiser, because again this is a bit too light for dry skin. However, if I’ve done any hair removal treatment I use the Nivea after for a couple of days because your pores are wide open after a hair removal treatment, and I just think that the texture is too thick and may clog up pores.


FirmX Peeling Gel // Peter Thomas Roth

Over the past couple of years I’ve had quite a few Chemical Peels to remove my acne scarring. I’ve spent a fortune on treatments that haven’t really done much for me. I saw this peeling gel in one of Nicole Guerriero’s Youtube videos, and I was really interested in trying it out. You basically just massage it into the skin in circular motions and it removes the dead skin which you can physically see on your hands (gross but at least you know its working). I would really recommend this to anyone because your skin really feels renewed, smooth and it leaves the skin tone looking more even. I use this twice a week but really pay attention to your skin sensitivity because it is a deep exfoliator, so it can be quite intense for your skin.


I hope you enjoyed this comprehensive guide to my winter skin care routine.

Let me know if you tried this products. If you have any questions about any of the products, my routine or application feel free to comment below or tweet me.

I’m on Twitter and Instagram both @sonam_lotay.

 Sonam x









  1. Melissa
    January 18, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Trying to step up my skincare, so ill def look into these products.
    Great post!


    • January 19, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks Mel, I’m glad you liked this post! I hope the products work for you. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  2. February 4, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    That tea tree facial wash is hands down the best cleanser! Really intrigued by that peeling gel….! Great post hun xx


    • February 6, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Defo recommend trying the peeling gel. Thanks doll xx

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