Beauty Winter Wonders (Plus a WIN!)

Last week the team from Red Square asked me if I’d like to work with them on a campaign to share some Beauty Winter Wonders.

Since I’m pretty much always up for a challenge I agreed to pick three products from their online shop that I see as winter wonders. But as I was browsing I realised that I didn’t want to do this the way I usually approach ‘winter’ features. Yes, you should use an additional hydrating serum and probably a richer moisturiser. Yes, you should incorporate a body oil. Yes, lip balm is essential. But I’m pretty sure I’ve waffled on about those things enough times now.

And winter isn’t just something to ‘get through’. I’m biased because I do truly like winter, but I’m absolutely baffled when I hear how much people miss out on purely because the temperate drops. I refuse to wilt away at home for four months just because it happens to be cold. While I do appreciate a cup of tea, a fluffy blanket and a good book; I’m all about seizing the day – even if it’s a chilly one.

Which brings me to my Beauty Winter Wonder picks. In winter I dress with plenty of layers, and I also seem to dress edgier – there’s more textures (leather/pleather jackets, chunky scarves, coarser denim) and things like boots with buckles and block heels add to that vibe as well. My hair is messier, I’m more daring with perfume choices – there’s basically no stopping me.

Excited about the last month of winter yet? Not quite? I’ll keep going then. With the above I feel that I can also play around with my makeup more. If I’m lazy I’ll keep my complexion fresh with Chanel CC Cream instead of foundation, slap on mascara and statement lipstick and add glowy highlighting powder as a final touch. Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst (find it here) is great for just that – it’s the ultimate multi-tasker. There’s a little colour, a little bronzing and loads of warmth and highlighting.

bobbi brown smashbox

bobbi brown velvet plum swatch

I do, however, prefer to accentuate my eyes rather than my lips on most days. I love that Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in the shade Velvet Plum (find it here) can simultaneously brighten and add depth to my pale grey/green eyes. It’s one of those shadows that blends so well you can do an entire look with one shade, and I love that it’s a slight variation on my staple neutrals without being too colourful.

My final touch is always perfume. I have an extensive collection and I wear fragrance daily, and in winter I play around with different scents a lot more. On cold days (and especially on cold nights) I enjoy perfumes that smell a little more unexpected and a little more daring, which is where Tom Ford Black Orchid (it’s over here) deserves a special mention.

I didn’t even bother taking a sniff to try out Black Orchid for so many years, because it seemed so overhyped in the beauty world. It’s a scent to experience though – as with the majority of Tom Ford scents it’s unisex, although I’m not sure I’d enjoy it on a man. The composition is pretty complicated so I’m not going to list the notes, but believe me when I say it’s a spicy, slightly floral bottle of magic.

tom ford black orchid

Hopefully I’ve given you some motivation to not be miserable, boring and bland for four months every year. If you need a further kick start to embrace the last month or so, go have a browse on the Red Square site and decide which Beauty Winter Wonders are on your shopping list – there’s a R1000 Red Square gift card up for grabs. Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your top pick would be! 

Competition is open to South African residents only and ends at midnight on Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Terms and conditions apply. Aside from leaving a comment, you’re welcome to complete the additional entry options in the Rafflecopter widget below, but it’s not mandatory at all.

While you’re browsing, keep an eye out for the newly listed Essence, Catrice, Benefit and Bobbi Brown products, which brings their offering up to an impressive 92 brands. A little birdie told me there are also some more new brands that will be listed before the end of the year, but I don’t have any inside intel on those just yet. If you’re more of an in-store browser, apparently the Red Square in Gateway is top notch and the Chanel Beauté counter in Red Square Rosebank Mall is to die for. I look forward to seeing what your Beauty Winter Wonder picks are!

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  1. Mieke du Plessis
    Aug 13, 2015 / 6:29 AM

    The Smashbox bronzer is definitely my favourite winder wonder product! That warm glow is just what I need to liven up my pale skin during winter. Xx

  2. Nikita McShane Nel
    Aug 13, 2015 / 7:26 AM

    I am 100% with you on the Smashbox Fusion Soft lights Bake Star burst! What a beautiful product!

  3. Lize Hartley
    Aug 13, 2015 / 8:19 AM

    I’ve just run out of my Chanel Coco Noir, which is definitely a winter wonder for me! Other than a great winter fragrance I love a really great mascara, and I’ll always go for Lancoôme Hypnôse (it’s a cult product for a reason!), and a cream blush – I love Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Rose, it is the most natural-looking, flattering shade.

  4. Megs Hartwig
    Aug 13, 2015 / 8:20 AM

    Ooh la la…such a divine giveaway 😉 If I win I will be spending the voucher on a bottle of Honey Eau De Parfum Sprayby Marc Jacobs which I have been “eyeing” for a quite some time now and also the Clarins Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm which will nourish and repair my lips from the harshness of the Winter! Holding fingers and toes big time 🙂

  5. Marcy Loubser
    Aug 13, 2015 / 8:36 AM

    If i win then my top pick def be the bobbi brown long wear cream shadow 🙂

  6. Nicolene
    Aug 13, 2015 / 9:57 AM

    Oh wow i would defs choose the Smashbox Fusion soft Lights. It looks Amaze xxx

  7. Ayesha Bhayat
    Aug 13, 2015 / 10:04 AM

    My winter essential other then my skin care has to be a good highlighter to give my skin some glow. I love the Girl meets Pearl by benifit.

  8. Ashley
    Aug 13, 2015 / 10:19 AM

    Wow! What a prize! For me, I would run right out and grab Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub AND they’re amazing face cream (the DDL+). Skin can get so dried out in winter, and dry skin makes wrinkles easier to appear! Other than that – you can NEVER have enough lipstick!

  9. Aug 13, 2015 / 10:20 AM

    During winter it’s all about skin care for me so I would go for the Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone cream.

  10. Jeannette
    Aug 13, 2015 / 10:25 AM

    My Top pick for Beauty Winter Wonders will be : The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Boosting 5Minute Facial to get my skin ready for summer. With the money left over I would grab some Gosh Light ‘n Shine Lip Glaze in Raspberry to celebrate that winter is nearly over and we can start the countdown to SPRING! 🙂

  11. Jyothi Laldas
    Aug 13, 2015 / 10:38 AM

    Benefit Fine One One – because a pop of colour on my cheeks makes winter a lot less dull!

  12. Nicole Baikie
    Aug 13, 2015 / 10:46 AM

    I LOVE online shopping! I would defo go for the Benefit They’re real Mascara.

  13. Lindie Spies
    Aug 13, 2015 / 10:49 AM

    I would love to try the Estee Lauder night repair serum! I have read so many good reviews on this. A great mascara would also be lovely – keeping these lashes from drooping 🙂

  14. Lizelle
    Aug 13, 2015 / 11:09 AM

    I’d love to try any of the Clarins Facial oils.

  15. Vanessa Cousins
    Aug 13, 2015 / 11:11 AM

    Elizabeth Arden night moisturizing cream is just amazeballs and does wonders for your skin overnight. Mine is nearly finished so will certainly love to win this voucher for a top up.

  16. Linda Potgieter
    Aug 13, 2015 / 11:24 AM

    As we move into the cold winter months, the cold weather can be brutal on the skin. The Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Creme is one of my favourites. It helps boost my skin and ideal for dry and dehydrate skin.

  17. ursula
    Aug 13, 2015 / 12:06 PM

    HI there! So, I’m no poppie but I would love to stock up on essentials from Benefit and love me some Moonbeam! I’m using hand me down from my mom because it didn’t suit her skin tone. I’m on a very very tight budget to pay of credit card so my beauty routine has taken a back seat for now. THIS would me oh so happy!

  18. Aug 13, 2015 / 12:09 PM

    I’d definitely grab the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – I love a good facial oil and this one sounds perfect for my dehydrated winter skin. And I’d maybe throw in a pretty lil something from Benefit while I was shopping 😉

  19. Janet
    Aug 13, 2015 / 12:11 PM

    If I won, I’d splurge on Elizabeth Arden, especially the 8 hour cream. Amazing stuff.

  20. Wanda Augustyn
    Aug 13, 2015 / 12:58 PM

    If I won, I would have to put the bobbi brown long wear cream shadow to the test. Nothing, I mean nothing stick to my eyelids.

  21. Johline
    Aug 13, 2015 / 1:02 PM

    I will definitely splurge on Bobbi Brown or some Mac.

  22. Danette
    Aug 13, 2015 / 1:20 PM

    I am a make up artist, I if I win, I would so get the Smashbox bronzer, as my bridal. Lie to would love the extra glow! And what yummy names the product have! Stunning!

  23. Aug 13, 2015 / 2:01 PM

    From your picks I would choose the Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights because it looks like it would be great as a highlighter or bronzer.

    If I could have anything it would definitely have to be the Smashbox Double Exposure palette. It just looks amazing and the claims that it transitions into different shades when you add water just sounds so exciting.

    Fingers crossed!!!


  24. R Fourie
    Aug 13, 2015 / 2:09 PM

    Definitely the Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst. I love Winter and this bronzer seems like the best to “warm” the cold months. I would love to add this to my Holy Grail shelve

  25. Vivella
    Aug 13, 2015 / 2:26 PM

    I would love to try Benefit Gimme Brow and Estee Lauder Perfectionist Serum, or even one of their new Colour Envy lipsticks.

  26. Aug 13, 2015 / 2:39 PM

    I would really love to get the Bobbi BrownLong Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15. Been on my wishlist for far to long. 🙂

  27. Nicola Meyer
    Aug 13, 2015 / 2:55 PM

    Top pick would be Estee Lauder pure colour envy sculpting eyeshadow – too divine!

  28. Monique
    Aug 13, 2015 / 3:26 PM

    I’m keen to try the Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum

  29. jade
    Aug 13, 2015 / 4:22 PM

    SMASHBOX Step By Step Contour Kit and the LANCOME Make-up: Blush Subtil 🙂

  30. Natasha
    Aug 13, 2015 / 6:13 PM

    My winter go to…and believe me when I say my hands, feet and lips go down in flames without it, as my wonderful, loving and so observant husband remarked, is the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour beauty range. My favorite is the 8 hour skin protectant, which I apply to my heals, hands, cuticles and lips…uhm and I’ve even applied it to my dried and flaky eyelids after a few days on a winter bush trip!

  31. Aug 13, 2015 / 6:39 PM

    Ooh la la! Best giveaway ever!
    I would kill to win this! Literally ? I’ll ship my firstborn to you as payment ?
    Living in SA is and will always be…challenging dur to our country’s ehm poor financial state & so basically everythings a heck of a lot more expensive for us…sadly.
    If i win this (which i soooo wish that i do please cross your fingers for me) i would definitely splurge on some high-end beauty products to accompany my lonely Benefit & Catrice products ☺️
    A MAC lipstick, Benefit mascara, Stila eyeliner, Bobbi Brown eyeshodow & more ?…could no longer be distant dreams with this prize in hand! (I sound like a commercial lol)
    Anyways keep up the great work representing SA in the beauty blogosphere ?

    • Amy
      Aug 13, 2015 / 6:40 PM

      *my lonely Essence & Catrice products

  32. Nicola Meyer
    Aug 13, 2015 / 7:02 PM

    I love the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow

  33. Candice Spammer
    Aug 13, 2015 / 7:42 PM

    My pick would be a good bronzer in order to give me some colour, I become quite pale in the Winter. Hoola by Benefit or a Cream Bronzer from Chanel ♡♡♡ Would LOVE to win this and spoil myself a bit xx

  34. Samantha
    Aug 13, 2015 / 7:55 PM

    I’ve just gotten the Smashbox fusion lights and I’m enjoying the subtle glow in the paler winter months. Winter staples for me are lots of deep berry shades and red lips. I’d looove to pocket the new Smashbox Double Exposure Pallette 😉

  35. Tiffany
    Aug 13, 2015 / 10:42 PM

    I am a fragrance fanatic so it’s only fitting that my Winter Wonder would be Tom Ford’s Black Orchid.

    A little side note: I absolutely love the way you spoke about how much more adventurous we tend to get in winter! It’s a fabulous upside to a rather grey season. I’ve also noticed that I tend to exaggerate my make up a bit more – bold is brilliant in winter!

  36. Jasmine Ho
    Aug 13, 2015 / 11:16 PM

    I am currently in love with the Bobbi Brown CC cream. But would love to give Chanel’s one a try as well!
    Another favourite is the Lancome Grandiôse. I cannot live without it when going for a night out.

  37. Leandra Bothma
    Aug 14, 2015 / 10:44 AM

    I would love this voucher as I can spend the R1000 gift voucher on Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate as my bottle just finished this morning!

  38. Henriette
    Aug 14, 2015 / 1:03 PM

    Lovely giveaway! Soooo many options to choose from but I must say my heart has been yearning for the Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair for the longest time! ?

  39. Chantel
    Aug 14, 2015 / 1:08 PM

    I would pick Clarins Double Serum Hydric & Lipidic System. I have heard so many great things about it, which will be especially great for Winter-skin!

  40. Aug 14, 2015 / 1:20 PM

    I die every time I smell the Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum Spray. (It’s the pink one!) It might not be very wintery but it makes me want to brave the cold. I have been coveting it since forever.

  41. Aug 14, 2015 / 1:21 PM

    If I won I would stock up on Elizabeth Arden hour cream and then I would spend a lot of time trawling the website to decide what else to buy… there are so many new (to me!) products around at the moment I would have a hard time choosing 🙂

  42. Danielle
    Aug 14, 2015 / 1:49 PM

    Wow! What a great giveaway! And stunner unique post from a completely different perspective! I’m with you! Let’s kick winters butt! 🙂
    It was my birthday yesterday and I am in serious need of my lovely goodies. I would rush out and buy the Poco Robanne Lady Million Fragrance as it makes me feel incredibly kicking all winter blues away and then some longtime lusting Benefit products especially the Brow zing.


  43. Roshan Heuvel
    Aug 14, 2015 / 2:27 PM

    It would have to be without a second thought Tom Ford Black Orchid!!! If I smell utterly divine and feel sensuous like the ambience of a sizzling log fire amidst all the lovely aromas of a cold winter night, like steamy decadent pudding and hot chocolate, then perfume is certainly my Beauty winter wonder…. 😉

  44. Tanusta Jainarain
    Aug 14, 2015 / 2:42 PM

    My top pick would be Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream

  45. Falon Harris
    Aug 15, 2015 / 9:20 AM

    I would love to purchase and try the Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil by Clarins. I’ve heard it’s a wonderful product for dehydrated skin types and leaves the skin looking refreshed and hydrated.

  46. Aug 15, 2015 / 9:47 AM

    I’d love to use this voucher to try Benefit’s range of goodies, especially the ‘They’re Real Mascara’

  47. stephanie videira
    Aug 16, 2015 / 10:09 PM

    What a great giveaway 🙂 would love to try out the Bobby brown eye mascara, the Loreal Paris triple active scrub and

  48. Lynnith Andreou
    Aug 17, 2015 / 10:41 AM

    Thank you for a lovely giveaway! I would most definitely chooseTouch of Pink by Lacoste fragrance, absolutely divine, and the one I have is almost empty!

  49. Lynette Van Zyl
    Aug 17, 2015 / 1:18 PM

    Right, so you’re expecting me to leave a comment telling you what the first product I would want to buy is… But the thing is, I’ve never tried anything high-end! So there are LOADS of things I want to try! Including, but not limited to, EVERYTHING from Benefit 🙂

  50. Lara
    Aug 17, 2015 / 2:50 PM

    I’d love to get the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette 🙂 Your blog has really helped me gain confidence in experimenting with makeup over the past year (I’m 28 and only started wearing makeup about 2 years ago!) Eye shadow is probably the most daunting for me for some reason.

    Thanks for an awesome blog xx

  51. Aug 17, 2015 / 3:15 PM

    DEFINITELY the Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights, I absolutely adore this product! Everyone needs that subtle glow <3

  52. Gabi Garb
    Aug 17, 2015 / 3:18 PM

    My top pick for winter would be Benefit Watt’s Up! It adds a subtle, natural glow that is perfect for dry winter skin 🙂

  53. Losh Kisten
    Aug 17, 2015 / 3:33 PM

    Filorga Detox Body Treatment – This would be awesome for me # totally divine for total body treatment improved & rejuvenated skin #what my body needs #love it ..p.s” not mandatory but I thought I’d share this FAB comp…

  54. Rochelle Kay
    Aug 17, 2015 / 5:08 PM

    I may just spoil myself with a Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline fragrance! It is so expensive but smells so amazing!!!!!

  55. rehana seedat
    Aug 17, 2015 / 6:48 PM

    I’d love to try any of the Clarins Facial oils.

  56. Tracy Jacobs
    Aug 17, 2015 / 9:55 PM

    Lancôme Hypnose mascara and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream love them both.

  57. Arrie
    Aug 18, 2015 / 1:05 PM

    The Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream shadows look amazing. But if I think about winter then my pick would have to be a fragrance! I’ve been lusting over My Burberry ever since it was launched so it would be my Winter Wonder pick. Or a Clinique Cheek Pop in the shade Ginger. X

  58. rehana seedat
    Aug 19, 2015 / 12:34 AM

    The Smashbox bronzer is definitely my favourite winder wonder product!

  59. Aug 19, 2015 / 12:02 PM

    SO many awesome things on Red Square… I just wish it would expand to include other high end brands like Dior, Chanel, etc… but maybe it’s best for my wallet if they don’t…

    My top picks from the Red Square website are: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Gift Set or the Radical Hydrating Cleanser (oh my!)

    But basically, the one thing that has been on my wishlist since the beginning of time is the Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme EDP *sparkly eyes and hearts*

  60. Leanie
    Aug 19, 2015 / 1:48 PM

    One of the things on my list would be essence mini lipgloss set, my lips would be so happy!

  61. Lizelle Van Rooyen
    Aug 19, 2015 / 5:56 PM

    I would definitely go with the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow 😉

  62. Brenda Monyebodi
    Aug 19, 2015 / 6:36 PM

    Definitely the Smashbox bronzer and Bobbi Brown mascara. I am totally out of fragrance and my signature fragrance is Narciso Rodrigues Musc Collection. i will be elated if i win this gift card. Thank You for an awesome competition.

  63. Noleen Dawson
    Aug 19, 2015 / 7:07 PM

    If I win this prize I would definitely purchase some Estee Lauder Night Repair Serum. I tried a sample and found it absolutely divine.

  64. Amyyy
    Aug 19, 2015 / 9:12 PM

    I would love some quality brushes & maybe a MAC lipstick ♥
    Thank you…love your blog! 🙂

  65. Ashini
    Aug 19, 2015 / 10:35 PM

    I love the Clarins multi active skin renewal serum. Even though I have oily skin, winter dries it out. This product is great. Would also love to try the Smash box Double Exposure palette. Sounds awesome.

  66. Daniela Cardoso
    Aug 19, 2015 / 11:55 PM

    definitely a bottle HUGO BOSS Boss Femme Eau de Parfum Spray

  67. Cathy Badenhorst
    Aug 20, 2015 / 12:04 AM

    No1 pick would be the Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate

  68. Alexa Pohl
    Aug 20, 2015 / 7:06 AM

    I’d also love to try one of the Clarins treatment facial oils or the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleanser, since they discontinued my beloved Balm… #BeautyWinterWonders

  69. Tanya
    Sep 7, 2015 / 4:51 PM

    Holding thumbs. #LaVieEstBelle

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