New Zealand winters tend to be rainy and cold, so to keep your spirits up I’ve put together a few things to brighten your mood.
I always find that color has a huge influence on my mood, my overall spirit and confidence. There are times when a basic/nude palette is needed, but every time I want to unleash my creative spirit color is my go to.In the spirit of winter solstice, here’s a few tips on how to brighten your days when the sun sets at 5pm.
1. Invest in a quality candle.
Winter time is about creating cosy and warm atmosphere at home: reading a book on a rainy afternoon or having friends over for dinner and drinks by the fire. Candles are great for setting the mood and ambience. Here are a few tips on how to shop for quality candles:
- Check the candle wick. Is it a cotton, wood, or lead wick? You should always be looking at the safest options: wood or cotton. See that your wick size is large enough to provide ample hot scent throw. If you’re after a large candle check how many wicks are inside. One wick will usually not provide a clean burn or good scent throw. Having the right wick will provide a the proper burn pool and will help with the scent throw. A small of a wick will create a small burn pool, which will create a ‘tunneling’ effect leaving a rim of hard wax around the outside.
- Pick your wax. Soy wax, coconut wax, beeswax or paraffin wax? It is a personal preference but please keep this in mind: parrafin wax is made as a by-product of gas and shale production, so it’s not eco-friendly. It’s a cheap and therefore popular wax but it has terrible burn time. Paraffin has a high melting point, if it spills on you it will most likely burn you and stick to your skin. Paraffin is extremely difficult to remove from jars, so it’s harder to reuse and upcycle your containers. Soy wax is made from soy beans, and most soy candles are 100% natural. Soy is a natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable wax. It burns much longer and at a cooler temperature with a low melting point. Because of that spillage will not result in burns. Soy was is easy to clean from containers so it good for recycling packaging.
- Fragrances used. What was used to scent your candle? Was the candle made with phthalate-free fragrance oils? Are the fragrance oils of superior quality?
- Check the container. While a lot of containers may look nice and fun always make sure of the quality. Is the glass too thin? Can your candle overheat and explode? Is the container made of flammable material?
2. A little pampering can go a long way.
Get yourself some statement earrings. If you only have time to toss your hair in a messy bun and thrown your favorite leather jacket on in the morning, don’t forget your earrings. When it is cold outside and you’re bundled up running errands or commuting to/from work, accessories like earrings remain visible throughout the day. I am in love with these earrings by Zoe and Morgan.
Hydrate your skin and your body. It is one of the things you can’t go wrong with. Though winters in NZ are not as harsh as other places your skin is still more prone to dry out. Thanks to the South Korean and Japanese cosmetics industry you can find any kind of sheet mask or cream for any budget. Innisfree is one of my favorites.
4. Keep yourself happy, underneath!
Nothing boosts your confidence as much as a well designed set of lingerie.
5. Keep a travel hand cream.
I love this hand cream by Innisfree. It is small and convenient to carry even in a small purse. It comes in different scents and leaves your hands silky and smooth.
6. Drink up!
Sometimes colder weather makes it harder to drink those 2 litres of water a day. Switch it up with some green tea or ginger root with lemon and honey to keep your immune system running.
This scarf is another great accessory that is neutral and can go with lots of outfits.
8. Minimal make-up, blush
This Glossier Cloud Paint blush to adds”a healthy, flushed-from-within glow.” Color to your cheeks on rainy days. Plus that packaging is everything!
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