Saturday, 13 October 2012

Beauty-medicating: How to survive a cold with beauty.

A cold hit two weeks ago. I'm the first person to whine about a cold, and to be fair, this one was quite a doozy.  My throat felt hot and sore like I was trying to swallow cold tar and I had this horrible fuzziness as though I was hearing everything through cotton wool with a fever that left me in various states of undress and overdress through the 2 whole weeks I was plague-ridden.

A cold can make you feel particularly shitty, because you're not ill enough to stay home from work, but not well enough to feel present - and not to mention the constant nose-blowing and people avoiding you and wearing those SARS face masks to filter out your gross germs.  I always feel the need to pamper a bit when I'm feeling nasty, so here are my 4 products to make me feel a little bit sunnier when I'm feeling under the weather.

1. The home spa: Emma Hardie Moringa balm.

When I'm tired or poorly, there's something so comforting about using Emma Hardie's Moringa Balm to cleanse my face off in the evening with a lovely hot flannel to soothe my achey head and a beautiful, decadent feel that doesn't strip my skin bare of the moisture it's desperately trying to grab onto.  I love Emma Hardie's Moringa balm because it's oily and luxurious, but emulsifies into a thick fragrant cream, and when coupled with a hot flannel it just feels blissful and I can kind of feel my whole body stop for a second and relax.

2. Rehydrate: Origins Drink Up Intensive.

My skin feels so withered and worn when I've got a cold and I want to smother everything all over it at once and restore its usual balance and bit of glow.  Origins Drink Up Intensive is a non-oily feeling overnight mask that smells zingy and refreshing and makes me a little more cheerful, mainly because it's one of the only products I own that I can smell when I can't smell anything else.  I love to apply this after cleansing off my makeup and just leave it on to do its job while I sleep, because no effort skin care is my favourite kind of thing when all I want to do is sit in a blanket, accept copious cups of tea made by Kiwi and mope, and it leaves my skin soft and lovely the next day.

3. Moisturise: Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream.*

This has a lovely warm, spicy scent to it and it's a thick, luxurious cream to apply just before going to bed.  I love to massage this in properly and make my skin feel like it's getting a treat, because this is just thick and emollient.  It contains manuka honey and avocado oil, and is seriously moisturising - and also it's supposed to help collagen production while you sleep, so plump, moisturised skin in the morning is a lovely thing to wake up to when you feel shrivelled like a prune.

4. Delicate lips: Nuxe Rêve de Miel balm.

This feels like nourishment in a pot on my chapped lips.  Continually having to blow my horribly red-as-a-postbox nose leaves my nose and lips feeling a little raw - mainly because - well who buys expensive tissues?! Tesco Value tissues all the way.  So anyway - a bad cold always gives me such a sore nose and lips, and this is beautifully thick and non-greasy and moisturising on my poor little sore features without containing weird ingredients like menthol (like Carmex) that burn to the max.  Rêve de Miel is reassuringly thick and lovely, and contains honey and shea butter to help soothe my chapped lips and sore nose - it's a bit expensive for a glorified lip balm - but I adore this.

 Sometimes you just need some seriously luxurious beauty products that will give you that pick me up - and for most people, that's a bath when they're ill! I HATE baths, because I can only sit in them for 10 minutes and then my fingers get wrinkly, I overheat and need to get out and then lie on the floor pathetically.  So for me - it's all about hot face cloths and a lot of balm products.

What's your beauty illness survival strategy?

* PR SAMPLE - all opinions are my own and I'm always honest.


  1. I'm a big fan of the Nuxe lip balm. Seriously dying to try the Emma Hardie but it's tricky to get a hold of here. I hope you recover quickly the aftermath can be just as bad. The Liz Earle brightening treatment is a great pick me up for tires skin too ;) xx

  2. Nuxe lip balm is a definite must have when I don't feel well. When I come down with a cold, I will send Mr. Lov2read to the store for the uber soft tissues. The rest of the time it is house brand tissues! I'm usually an oily skinned gal but with a cold - like you said - all moisture is sapped from my skin. I always have a GWP heavier face cream so will apply that before bed. So as to not scare small children & colleagues - light, slightly shimmery colors to hide the pallor of death that is on my face. Concealer is my best friend! Not a beauty item but I will add some eucalyptus oil to the humidifier to help make it easier to breathe! The Origins & Emma Hardie products look lovely - adding those to my list of things to check out!

  3. These products all sound so nice! I've never tried any of them personally but I've heard so much about all of them, especially the Emma Hardie cleansing balm. It's something I definitely want to try out and I'm glad to hear it feels lovely even when you're sick. Hope you feel better soon! :)

  4. I really like the Nuxe Oil...I got it with my glossy box and now thinking to buy a full version. Never tried their lip balm but after reading your post now I am dying to try it.
    Get well soon xx Snig

  5. I always need lip balm when I have a cold and the Nuxe one is lovely.


  6. Do you reckon the emma hardie balm lasts a long time? I want to get it but the price is putting me off a little bit... Sort of wondering if the boots botanics cleansing balm would do.

  7. I'm glad you're feeling better. Another annoying thing that comes with a cold is that it is impossible to have any make up on your nose lasting longer than 2 minutes...

  8. Great post and nice ideas. very informative and interesting blog. useful blog and lip balm. thanks for post.

  9. I'm kinda funny with baths too... sometimes I like them, but I have to really, really be in the mood! when I'm sick I usually just lie around wilting pathetically. I can rarely bother with masks and skin care and things. But when I'm on the mend I like to load up on the products to help myself feel like I am almost there.

  10. Nuxe has such great products! I'm glad to see you've become a fan of the Reve Miel lip balm as well!
    I've just opened an online French skincare boutique where I stock Nuxe and many other cult favorites, especially those that are hard to purchase outside of France (all at competitive pricing).
    I'd love if you came and had a look!
    Your first purchase will come with a FREE gift!

  11. I don't think the name Killer Colours is particularly creative enough to have been stolen, if that makes sense


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