As the seasons get colder and heating comes on, naturally my skin decides to play up a bit and go a little haywire. As I've gotten older my skin has changed in general, but it still tends to get very dry and dull when the winter months come along. September and October are also dreadful months for allergies for me, so that's an interesting element to throw into the mix. Usually I'll wake up with super dry, irritated and itchy eyes, and very dry lips. Real cute when you're stumbling around in darkness, trying to make yourself look presentable for work. Cheers, genes!

So, first up on the roster is a fairly new (to me) discovery - this Boots Botanics All Bright Eye Roll-On*. I'm actually working with Botanics over on Instagram for the next year, but this review and what I'm about to say is entirely unsponsored - the partnership is purely for Insta, but I didn't want to not share this with you guys! When I received this I gave it a good go and found that this actually does wonders for my hayfever-y, inflamed skin around my eyes first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The cool rollerball feels amazing but very gentle, and the hibiscus extract really helps to depuff and calm down any irritation around my eyes. I would absolutely repurchase and pay money for this as the results were more or less immediate! A great one to try if you, like me, suffer with puffy eyes in the autumn.

A staple for dry, cracked lips, as well as generally chapped and sore skin on my face (this is amazing on dry and cracked noses after a cold!) is my Lucas Paw Paw Ointment. No fuss and no frills, this stuff is just good at what it does - it's a silky smooth, pleasantly thick but not gloopy balm which sorts parched and delicate skin out in one treatment. I am never without this stuff and it's a staple in my night time skincare routine as an overnight treatment for my lips.

Another ride or die product for my is my Hydraluron serum, which I've spoken plenty about over the years, but it bears repeating - this serum helps treatments sink into my skin like nothing else. I don't tend to use it over summer, but in autumn and winter I apply this right after toning and before my night cream, and where my night cream could sometimes sit on my skin and be a little irritating in how heavy it was post-cleanse, Hydraluron just helps to make everything work better on the surface of my skin and make sure everything gets absored. A lifesaver I couldn't be without.

Finally, my absolute favourite face mask right now - maybe ever! The Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Mask acts like a reset button for my face - it gives me baby, bouncy, glowing skin every time. A pink clay mask, it both cleans out pores and detoxifies, as well as moisturising and softening skin. It never completely dries down and hardens and doesn't really give you a 'tight' feeling, but it is tightening and uplifting, and when you remove this it kind of emulsifies into a thick moisturiser, which then comes off to reveal glowing, plump skin beneath. I don't understand how she does it, but Charlotte? THANK YOU, BABES.

What products make your transitional must-have list?


  1. Good to learn about the Botanics eye roll-on, must give that a try! Dry, itching eyes are a real problem with ageing too. As for CT, well anything that tightens and lifts, on any body part these days is a must have!!

    1. You can try some of mine when you're here :) CT is good for most things, it's true. And now we'll finally have a shop in Oxford, so you'll be able to browse at your leisure. T xx

  2. The Lucas Paw Paw Balm is probably my favourite lip balm ever! x

    Lauren | Dose of Wardrobe


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