5 Things You Must Do Before Winter Comes
Posted on 26 November 2017
Not to sound like Ned Stark or anything, but while we enjoy our chai lattes and get excited over Halloween, it’s not a bad idea to remember that winter is coming.
Snow-covered rooftops and holiday decorations are a gorgeous sight of course, but the harsh, cold weather can be quite unforgiving if we aren’t properly prepared. To ensure a smooth, enjoyable winter, we’d like to offer a few tips that should help you remain pretty, stylish, and ready for the challenges of the season.
Okay, let’s get this one out of the way first. Winter is the holiday season, and with Christmas and New Year being an important part of our culture, you can expect that you’ll be spending a lot of money on gifts, parties, food for family dinners, decorations, and more. Don’t let the expenses catch you off guard and have you start the year with dread as you check your bank account. Having a household budget spreadsheet is generally a good idea, but it will be especially useful during winter. Plan out all your costs and you’ll know how much you can afford to spend.
The winds, the rain, the cold – it all affects our poor skin and dries it out. To prevent damage and retain the healthy suppleness, you must update your routine. Switch to heavier, protective moisturizers, apply lip balm every day, and drink plenty of water to help your skin stay hydrated. If you aren’t already, you should consider using a quality serum and eye cream, and you also need to remember to keep applying your sunscreen. Don’t get lazy just because it’s now cloudy outside.
Beauty treatments to make you glow
For healthy, radiant skin, turn to Australian ladies for advice – do a beauty treatment before winter knocks on your door. Skincare procedures have been incredibly popular in Australia over the last few years, and Aussies are indulging in everything from microdermabrasion and chemical peels, to non-invasive body sculpting. Going to a professional beauty clinic in Sydney is something that ladies do to pamper themselves before the cold comes, as recovery is much easier during fall. If even Australians, who have generally mild winters, think it’s better to do it now, then we’re eager to listen to their counsel.
Up your makeup game
Summer is easy because you don’t need much more than a BB cream and some mascara to glow, but fall and winter are where all the fun is. The gorgeous shades of burnt sienna, blood orange, maroon, bronze, and chocolate are simply too incredible to miss out on. You can indulge your inner artist and have fun creating beautiful makeup looks. Learn how to apply eyeshadow like a pro, and then use makeup as your creative outlet. Now’s the perfect time because you can feel free to go a little heavier without having to worry the heat will melt everything off your face, or that you’ll look weird and cakey. Put your oxblood lipstick on and rock your way through fall, lady.
A warm home
Your house will also need some loving care, same as yourself. Bulking up on insulation, cleaning the gutters, sweeping the chimney, checking the windows for drafts – all of this is very important to ensure you come to a warm, safe place every single day. Drain your garden hose as well, and put away the things you won’t be using during winter in a dry place where they won’t get damaged. Wash any dirty winter coats and jackets or take them for dry cleaning, and also make sure you repair the roof. Now’s the right time to go through your wardrobe as well, and donate everything you no longer wear to charity – after all, there are plenty of nursing homes, foster homes, women’s safehouses, and homeless shelters that could use something warm.
The best way to celebrate the holidays and enjoy the snowy streets is to come prepared. Do all this, and you’re guaranteed a fun, easy winter.
Posted by Mia Taylor
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.