Oh yes, we have had an amazing summer… how happy was I! My body is saying a huge 'Thank you!' to the sun as it just loves the heat, and begging it it to stay – it's not welcoming the cold weather at all!
Most days I walk around in light gym gear when at home, being that I am in total denial that the morning chill is here but eventually I have to give in… I have never been a fan of layers of clothes or heavy coats.
I was definitely meant to live in a hot climate by the coast, seeing as most days I walk around in light gym gear or in what my husband describes as 'hot pants and a cami'. In fact, it's yoga/pilates pants and a support camisole. But as you'll see below, I am always prepared!
I am always dancing around to music or trying to create a new exercise and I love the feeling when my body is free and comfortable – I guess it's from being a dancer and wearing dance clothes all day every day!
I know the weather has turned when I start craving a hot bath instead of a shower, Emu slippers instead of my Puma summer flipflops and porridge with natural organic honey and half a banana in the morning! In honour of the change of seasons, here are a few of my favourite winter QVC must haves…
Pictured above are my Elemis essentials! Although I am a candle fanatic I only like beautiful candles with great aromas that create the right mood and I love nothing better than a warm indulgent bath with my Elemis Scent of Spa Candle! Blended with cinnamon, vanilla and orange and beautifully boxed, it really is the perfect Christmas gift. Even better, add a splash of Elemis Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir to your tub: with a herbal tea by my side, I find these two make for the ultimate relaxing bath!
I find that my skin (no doubt like yours) needs extra hydration, so Decleor Body Balm Relax Intense and Creme Exfoliate pictured above are a dream to ensure you get super hydrated skin. I use them all year round, once a week, but up the hydration in the winter months. The exfoliator is gentle yet effective and the body balm is so decadent that I just can't resist it. As I love to keep a bit of colour in the winter, Decleor Body Glow never leaves my beauty regime!
Sarah Chapman's Overnight Body Treatment above is one of my newest finds and is just incredible – a real treat for the body when used once a week! Sarah Chapman's Ultimate Cleanse (also above) keeps the skin super hydrated when cleansing at night and I add either a Vit C course to my regime or boost it with a power-packed moisturiser.
I find that Gatineau Melatogenine Face Mask (pictured above on the right) applied two or three times a week really helps when combined with an eye mask.
Other fabulous cleansing balms I recommend are Emma Hardie's Amazing Face and Elemis' new Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. Although I am not a lover of hand cream, Sarah Chapman's Overnight Hand Treatment - pictured on the left above – is just great.
James Read does the best self-tan for face, whilst the sleep mask is simply superb when left on over night. I also love to use the Daily BB Gradual Tan in Light or Medium as it gives skin a natural healthy glow. Whilst I have yet to try his body self tan, I wll let you know how I find it: if it's anything like the face self-tan I know it will be great!
Although I can't do without my thermals and my Emu slippers, I make sure I always up my vitamin and mineral in-take in the winter. I also change my food shop to ensure my body gets what it needs to survive the QVC bug that hits the presenter team without fail every single year! So far I have managed to escape it!
Here's to keeping healthy and warm during the winter!
Lots of love