So this week has not been a good week for me! First, I came down with an awful stomach bug (right before Valentine’s Day, typical!) and was pretty much confined to my bedroom. Finally, after three days of lying in bed with a hot water bottle pressed to my tummy, living off a diet of plain toast and chamomile tea, the bug seemed to pass. Then, after two days of feeling better, I was struck down with a cold! How bloody annoying, hey? I think it’s my karma for bragging to my parents a few days earlier over how I’d managed to avoid the dreaded “January flu” that seems to hit all uni students. So anyway, what are my essentials for those weeks when you’re just feeling downright crap?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I hate how my skin looks and feels when I’m not well. I’m either an unpleasant shade of grey or I turn bright red like a tomato! Either way, this is not a good look on anyone. If it’s the former, I try to keep my skin hydrated by drinking lots of water and using a facial oil. At the moment, I’m loving the Botanics Organic Facial Oil which contains nourishing rosehip. If, on the other hand, my skin is red and blotchy, nothing works better than a purifying clay mask. Right now, I’m still enjoying the Warming Mineral Mask from The Body Shop. The spontaneous warming sensation feels really relaxing.
Of course, when you’re ill, entertainment is necessary to take your mind off it. This is not the time for War and Peace type novels, but fun, light books which aren’t going to tax your already tired brain. Personally, I love anything by Maeve Binchy or Lisa Jewell. Both authors write excellent what I call “holiday books” with good stories and memorable characters. Being ill is also the perfect time to binge-watch an old favourite like Friends or Sex and the City.
Unfortunately, as I’d already missed three days at uni, I couldn’t really afford to miss anymore and had to haul my sniffling, coughing butt out of bed. When you have no choice but to leave the house, even though you’re looking and feeling rubbish, I have three makeup products for you: concealer, red lipstick and eyelash curlers. Nothing will disguise the bags under your eyes and the redness around the nose like a highlighting concealer such as Clinique Airbrush Concealer (although the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer is a great drugstore alternative). Pair that with nicely curled eyelashes to open up the eyes and some red lipstick (which makes teeth look whiter and naturally brightens up the face, taking attention away from dull skin). I personally love the Models Own Curlers and the Topshop Rio Rio Lipstick, which is a beautiful orange-toned red. Finally, another recommendation for giving skin a natural glow is an illuminating balm, such as the Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm. Wear it alone or under moisturiser to just give your skin a much-needed pick-me-up.
What beauty products do you bring out when you’re feeling ill? And what about non-beauty products?
Thankfully, I’m all better now and can enjoy the weekend! Hope you all do too! Thanks for reading,