Winter is a coming !

Although looking outside at the beautiful blue sky and the sun, I do wonder !

Anyway, at some point the weather will turn so be prepared 🙂

2 things I will carry around with me, handcream and gloves 🙂 and the one thing I will do when I get home, moisturise 🙂 Some of my winter faves……

Handcream- always have some to slather on 365 days of the year to be honest, some new products.

I am loving my Bodyshop  Absinthe Purifying Hand cream

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Available in 30 ml or 100 ml this moisturising fresh scented cream is delight to use. Easily absorbed this leaves hands feeling soft. Gorgeous.

NZ prices start from $23.90 100ml

UK prices here

I have also just finished a sample of the newly updated Mecca Cosmetica signature line range and this is just absolutely amazing .

Let me introduce you to

Hands On Transforming Hand Cream

OMG this stuff is to die for, be warned the price tag is up there, but the product is amazing. As I said, mine was a sample, but as with all samples from Mecca, the tester has enabled me  to have this on the go for about 2 weeks, now the only problem is I want it !


The cream is infused with  skin nourishing Mecca Elixir Luxury Oil, making this an incredibly rich and luxurious cream with out the grease. I have been applying this at night and my skin feel beautiful the next morning.  The scent is a blend of hyacinth, crisp green apple and vanilla. Ahhmmmmmm.

Mecca Cosmetica Hands On Transforming Hand Cream $54  here


This would make a fabulous Mothers day gift, pure luxury !

Another great brand that tend to fly under the radar

Weleda Skin food


Skinfood is a multipurpose cream that is great for hands. In fact the product is so good the formulas is still the original from 1926. Ingredients are 100% natural and include extracts of organic chamomile, calendula and wild pansy. Suitable for vegetarians

Because of the intensity of this product, I have used this more as  treatment on my hands and my feet. After applying pop on some cotton gloves and socks and either leave on for a few hours and remove before bed, or apply just before bed and leave on over night.

Weleda is stocked in supermarkets and health shops nationwide $21.90 nz

UK 9 pounds 95 pence.

My other winter must have leather gloves. My nan bless her bought me some 13 years ago and yes they are still going strong. Black leather with a fleece lining, gorgeous.

Some of faves around at the moment

Dents Keyhole Driving Gloves

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NZD$ 96.18 N

Made from real leather, Soft, supple finish, Perforated detailing, Keyhole cuffs, Press-stud fastening. ASOS here

TOP TIP, buy out of season , you can get some amazing bargains and you don’t have to compromise quality. You can also splurge on investing in some other colours  I bought some long gloves  2 years ago in a soft mink colour – reduced from $175 to $38 . they have enabled me to wear 3/4 sleeves jackets all year round.

Marks and Spencer UK

Have a  great pair of leather lined gloves  available in 5 colours, including, fuchsia, claret, brown purple and navy.


Leather stitch detail gloves here  17 pounds 50 pence.

Free postage if you spend 30 pounds, throw in some 100 denier tights the page with colours and fits is here

Animal Print Fleece Lined Leather Gloves, Brown


John Lewis Reduced to clear Was  £50.00, Now  £25.00 here

international postage is available.

The best place to spend an hour having look at leather glove is your local department store. Check out Kirkaldie and Stains – Wellington and Smith and Caugheys  Auckland


Buying on line – If you are not sure about your glove size, measure the hand you normally write with at its widest point in inches (excluding the thumb), then round down to the nearest half or whole number – this will be your glove size.

Make sure your face is well moisturised in the winter, it can take a battering.

Origins rink Up Intensive Overnight Mask $45 perfect .007987-1-Origins_DrinkUpIntensiveMask

I always have a tube a of this at hand, its a perfect all year round product.

This intense moisture replacement mask with Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil deeply and instantly leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. I leave this on all night and don’t tissue off. And it lasts a long time, you really don’t need much, mine is approx. 7 months old and its still going. Perfect for flights too !


HydraQuench Cream Normal to Dry Skin


light yet moisturising, this cream refreshes and hydrates and is  rapidly absorbed, Even thought I have oilier skin I find this perfect in the colder months.

Available at Clarins counter nationwide $83

Kiehls Utra Facial cream

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 this is a great no nonsense hydrating moisturiser. Rich but again great for Winter, their lighter moisturiser is perfect in the warmer months. If your skin is really dry , there is an intense version and also a lighter gel version for the warmer months. A great price point $54 nz at Kiehls counters.

Kirkcaldie & Stains and Smith and Caugheys have counters and give great samples too 🙂

I have collected a few and will be sharing my thoughts on the products soon 🙂

Anyway some great ideas for Mothers day !



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