Winter Beauty

{1. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter BB cream with SPF 15* 2. Physicians Formula blush palate 3. New Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 'Sweet Tart' 4. Bobby Brown chocolate shimmer ink gel liner worn pushed into roots of top and bottom lashes 5. Revlon nail enamel in Midnight Affair}

If summer beauty is all about a bronzed glow then winter is the time to celebrate the incredibly flattering pick-me-up qualities a rosy flush can bring to a simple, polished make up. This is the look I love this time of year, and since I prefer to keep my morning prep at the mirror short and sweet choosing the right products is key. Right now I'm relying on make up that is both hydrating and has built-in sun protection, is foolproof to apply, stays put all day, and comes off easily at night. I also included my favourite nail polish of the moment, a slightly shimmery deep navy blue, that makes every outfit from jeans and a white t-shirt to a woolly jumper over a sun-dress feel perfectly seasonally appropriate.

  * Last summer when Garnier's Miracle Skin Perfecter was the buzz of the Aussie blogoshpere I tried to love it but couldn't commit. It made my skin too glowy in person, looked downright shiny in photos, and just melted away in the Queensland heat. If you had the same experience and didn't throw away your tube I'd suggest bringing it out and trying it again.  For me, in winter, Miracle Skin Perfecter is wonderfully hydrating and gives just the right glow even in photos. Is it the light? the heat? I don't know, but it's cheap and easy and it works! I also recommend picking up both the light and medium shades and mixing them together to get the colour right unless your skin is really very pale or really very tanned. At $7 a pop, it's not too much of an investment and the results will be far more natural.