For the past week I’ve been battling through an attack of the stuffy sniffles. One minute I’m struggling to breathe through my nasal passages, the next I’m fighting to find my pack of tissues at the bottom of my bag as there’s been an nose explosion that’s making its way down my chin. That latter scenario happened in public. In front of a wave of pointing and staring school children. Nice. My mucus levels may not be able to make up their mind but two things have stayed constant – an incessant red nose and a Barry White-esque tone. But you know me and of course there have been some beauty bits that have come to the forefront to cover my ruddy nozzle, make things a little more breatheable and polish me off for public consumption. Enter the ‘I’ve Got a Cold Edit’…
Lets take note of the passage pleasers first. Before bed, literally every night (I will look at our next water bill through partially covered eyes) I’ve been bathing in a tub with a hefty lug of Aromatherapy Associates Support Peppermint and Lavender Bath and Shower Oil. Probably one of the best smelling products ever and one that is indispensable when you’re feeling under the weather. Paired with a dab of the This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less Rollerball which contains similar whiffs, on my pillow – I haven’t found dropping off to be too much of a chore. Another body product that’s been called into action is the Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream which has been tending to any dry patches my cold has conveniently amplified. Lips, face, legs (colds are a funny thing).
Now onto the makeup and as my face currently resembles a rotund, puffy, red hot mess it’s all about the base. A swipe of mascara, dab of lipbalm, something light over the eyes and a bit of brow maintenance of course – but the base is where I require the most work. The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream in 01* is a new acquisition but one I’m pleasantly surprised by. Now I wouldn’t put this strictly into the BB category as it begins as a white/grey cream that changes into a skin-like tint during blending – a bit like Origins Vitazing – but it manages to hit the right balance of glowy, with an everyday suitable coverage and the colour match is spot on. Something a little hardier is needed on my nose to survive multiple nose blowing episodes; so out comes Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover in 6 and for a bit of bronze to counteract the rouge I dust on Jouer’s Bronzer in Suntan*.
And an insider slice of gossip for you fellow cold sufferers out there – it’s all about the Vick’s Vaporub, copious amounts of fresh orange juice and catch-ups of Catfish. Enjoy.