Looking after your skin when the weather is as cold and dull as it is right now, can be difficult. This year, however, I refuse to let the January blues get me down and have instead been focused more on organisation, both in my personal life and in the products I use. It’s definitely a case of out with the old and in with the new this month as I try out new beauty and fashion products that may not have always been my first pick. Broadening our horizons in general life and in our style and beauty regime can make for a more exciting January and hopefully help get you off to a great start for 2014.
Transformulas Diamond Lift & Hydration Gold 
Diamond Lift is an exclusive light refracting , lifting formulation containing diamond powder, vitamins, minerals, along with the phenomenal anti-ageing and youth boosting ingredient Gaultine Expression. All these supreme ingredients work synergy to optimize long term results, helping the skin to look youthful, lifted and toned, whilst creating an immediate translucent opaque flash illusion to the skin.
Hydration Gold: Get ready for 23-carat skincare. This luxurious, gold–infused cream combats lines and wrinkles while leaving skin with a radiant glow. Formulated with a blend of easily absorbed vitamins, minerals and age-defying Hyaluronan, this new treatment firms and nourishes to produce smooth skin with an instant line filling illusion.
I have been using both of these products for the past 2 weeks and found them to be an excellent, luxurious way to keep my skin looking healthy and highlighted in dull weather. You can use these alone to give the skin a boost across your cheeks, under your brows or wherever needed but I prefer to mix a little with my foundation to create a dewy, subtle shimmer that looks absolutely beautiful! Find them at www.boots.com / www.transformulas.com
Seascape Peppermint Lip Balm 
Contains 100% natural Peppermint essential oil with Jersey Beeswax, Jersey Honey and Jojoba Seed Oil to moisturise and protect dry, chapped lips.No parabens, no silicones, no SLS, no petroleum, no artificial colours, no artificial fragrances.
At the beginning of the year when the weather is still cold, damp and windy, a good lip-balm is a real ‘must have’ product to keep handy. I’ve fallen in love with this peppermint lipbalm by Seascape which smells minty and refreshing as well as keeping my lips from getting dry or chapped.
Find it here: www.seascapeuk.com
Bare Faced Beauty: Natural Mineral Lipsticks 
Barefaced Beauty Natural Mineral Lipsticks are 100% naturally derived, they are free from chemicals, alcohol and synthetic dyes and are not pigmented (as in many other brands) with Carmine – which is made from dried, crushed beetles!
These lipsticks are great for when you need a pop of colour this month, but want to take care of your lips at the same time. The Bare Faced Beauty natural mineral lipsticks are beautifully presented and come in a fantastic colour range including everything from nudes, to sensual pinks and berry reds. Packed with vitamin E and plant extracts they will keep your lips soft and nourished!
Get them at: www.barefacedbeauty.co.uk
Botanics Triple Age Renewal 
The NEW Botanics Triple Age Renewal Range is the latest addition to the Botanics skincare range, which includes a key super serum, the Triple Age Renewal Super Serum which is scientifically proven to improve skin firmness in 4 weeks. Also part of the range is a Day and Night cream and an Eye Serum which have been formulated specifically to target 3 key signs of ageing for women +35 years and include some of the most effective ingredients Mother Nature has to offer.
Purple Orchid extract – Developed in collaboration with The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew is the lead extract used in the range, which helps to maintain a youthful appearance. The natural extract from Purple Orchid flowers, rich in Saccharides (moisturising sugars), and Polyphenols (antioxidants) help smooth and protect the skin surface. Each formulation in the range can help to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles in just 4 weeks.
The products work wonderfully on my sensitive skin and have given me no problems at all, which is great. The Day and Night creams work particularly well for me, hydrating my skin and making it feel firm and refreshed. A little goes a long way, so you won’t be constantly replacing them and the night cream in particular is luxurious and leaves skin decadently soft when you wake, without being overly greasy.
Available from www.boots.com
Skin Cleansing with Sampar 
Life in the city can take its toll, with the weather and pollution all having an effect on the health of your skin. Whatever your skin type, cleanse and detoxify morning and evening with a deep cleansing routine from SAMPAR. All of the cleansers are enriched with the Urban Advance Complex and the innovative formulations act at the heart of cells to “wake-up” and reactivate the skin’s vital functions, helping to recover a state of equilibrium.
I have been using the Sampar cleansers since just after Christmas and I love the way they make my skin feel. The Sampar Urban Express Mousse is a particular favourite as it leaves a refreshing, deep clean feel, without drying out or irritating my sensitive skin.