Your winter survival kit

Winter is a bit rubbish really isn’t it? And that’s coming from a winter baby! I don’t particularly enjoy the cold weather although I enjoy the fashion; I’m all about wrapping up cosy and wearing big jumpers with jeans and ankle boots. I also love toasty nights in with hot drinks and candles… Anyway. This weeks post is all about helping to make your battle through the Winter months that bit easier so read on to discover what you need in your winter survival kit!

I don’t know about you, but my skin is never the best in winter. The brutal weather really attacks and as such I’m left with dry skin and lips. This is actually my second tub of Origins GinZing moisturiser and it’s been my favourite for quite a while now. You only need a small bit for the whole of your face, leaving your skin incredibly hydrated and radiant. It melts into your skin instantly so you aren’t left greasy and it’s very light so you can barely feel it at all. The scent is orange and oh so fresh, a real welcome on a groggy morning. I actually find only applying this before I go to bed suits my skin and I haven’t seen a dry patch in months!


Now comes a bit of a cult product, the one and only Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I’ve had this a couple of years ago and at first while I wasn’t the biggest fan of the smell, I soon began to appreciate it a lot. While it’s original purpose was to restore and relieve cracked skin, it is now so much more. It will rescue your dry cuticles, soften cracked heels and soothe sunburn amongst much much more. I personally find it a lifesaver for my sore and chapped lips where a drop will do just the job to leave my lips smooth and protected. Admittedly it is fairly heavy and a bit sticky but definitely worth it.
If you’ve been around Summer Recipes for a while now, you’ll understand all about my love of candles. And there was no way I couldn’t include just one in a winter survival kit! My choice of the month is for once not a Yankee Candle but my very first WoodWick candle! If you’ve not heard of WoodWick, the candles essentially offer a crackling sound as it burns, as if you had your very own log fire! I’ve always wanted a fireplace but unfortunately am yet to own one so this candle is the next best thing. It gives our home a really snug, cosy feeling when outside it’s miserable and cold! Naturally, the scents are gorgeous too and this particular one is a trilogy of summer fruits where each layer is a different flavour: apple, currant and cherry.

It’s likely you’ll find me curled up with my Kindle which I’ve had for about a year now. At first I was dubious as I do love the feel of a real book but a kindle is just so much more convenient. It’s wonderfully light and slips into any bags I own, not to mention I can keep hundreds of books on such a small device which kind of blows my mind. The lack of weight also allows me to read in any position that suits me and I don’t have to worry about a heavy arm. I’m currently reading Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst which is my favourite genre of book – psychological thriller and I’m finding myself fitting in reading whenever I can just so I can read on!
Now you can’t not have a hot drink with your book can you? Winter opens up a window of warming beverages on offer and I love the feeling of feeling warm both inside and out. Why not purchase yourself a luxury hot chocolate drink? There are such a huge range of choices and it’s so much cheaper than buying one from Starbucks all the time! In our house, the drink of choice is a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Whittards! Served with lots of squirty cream and marshmallows, please! Failing that, you can’t go wrong with a good old cup of tea and maybe a biscuit or two!

Slipping into a warm bath at the end of a wintery day has to be up there with one of the best feelings. Save from the bitter weather, being engulphed by the hot water is incredibly relaxing and made only better by the presence of a bath bomb. Or failing that, a luxurious bubble bath or sensual shower gel, just anything to make the experience even better after you’ve battled whatever weather has been occurring that day. My choice recently was the Shoot For The Stars bath bomb from Lush which I picked up in their Boxing Day sales. The design itself is beautiful but let’s be honest, it’s the inside we care about right? This particular bath bomb is full of orange and bergamot oil, so all in all very sweet as well as partnered with a touch of cocoa butter and almond oil so it’s a great addition to your winter bath time to nourish your skin.


Last but not least, there are plenty of clothing extras which we find ourselves pulling out our wardrobes once winter hits: scarfs, gloves, hats…but what about when we scurry in from the great outdoors? We usually swaddle up in a snug dressing gown but let us not forget the humble slipper! I remember when I was younger and the options were a lot sparse but now we are simply spoiled for choice! After a day at work, I love tearing off my socks and sinking my grateful feet into fur lined slippers. This year, I’m all about these glorious boots from FatFace, courtesy of my in-laws which are an instant hug for my feet.

If you think I’ve missed anything, I’d love to know what else you think should go in a Winter Survival Kit and what you’re actually quite looking forward to!

Rosalie Horrocks x

  • I'm a winter baby as well and I also think winter is rubbish. The cold weather is definitely not fun but toasty nights in with hot drinks and candles are definitely good. That LUSH bath bomb looks and sounds lovely! They really make the best bath bombs.

  • The perfect read right now as we are in the COLDEST month of the year in NYC! I am certain you can relate!

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  • Kindle, bathbombs, hot chocolate and slippers are all you need in life!

    Lauren x

  • I need these slippers, they look incredibly comfy! I am not the biggest fan of winter either, I only like the time between the beginning of winter and Christmas to be honest. But hot chocolate and a good book are definitely a must for the cold season. I'd also love to try the moisturiser you mentioned, my skin is way too dry at the moment xx

  • It's so cold where I live right now, thanks for sharing this!

  • Woah this is definitely an ultimate guide through winter! We don't have winter here in the Philippines so seeing wintery posts always makes me jelly. I would definitely enjoy a winter weather since I hate summer. Haha! I'd love to read Before I Let You In — since it's a psychological thriller.

    Love, Fads

  • I hate winter. Other than Christmas, I find it dreadful. Although my fiancé is a winter baby, he was born in in late January. It's extra dreadful because we are having a bad storm where I live, and some flooding. My winter essentials are coffee, hot cocoa, slippers, and scarves. Lots and lots of scarves.


  • I don't like the cold much either. I didn't know about the moisturizer and cream, they sound really nice and helpful. I really have to get myself a Kindle. They are so practical and I'm really trying to do more reading this year. The rest of your list is great and practical too.
    Have a great week ahead Rosalie Horrocks 🙂
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  • I´ve had my kindle for the past 6 months and I couldn't be happier its just so convenient. I was also a bit scared that I wasn't going to like it as I love the feel of physical books, but the kindle is just amazing.
    Great post!

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  • The 8 hour cream needs to be mine! x

  • I'd love to try that Origins moisturizer! I tried the cleanser from this GinZing line, but I think it broke me out due to the SLS. I was so bummed though because I LOVED IT. Maybe I would have better luck with the moisturizer. I love the way they smell!

    -Rosalie Horrocks

  • OMG, craving a hot chocolate with marshmallows right now – someone get me to Whittards! As for the Origins moisturiser, if it doesn't leave you shiny that's me sold. Like you I was put off the smell of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream but I do it works wonders to keep cracked lips at bay. Thanks for sharing lovely xoxo

  • Such cute winter finds! I wonder if that Elizabeth Arden cream would work to repair the cracked soles of my feet. And I just got a new bathtub installed so you know I'm going to need some bath bombs soon. The one you picked is super cute! Happy new year babe! Hope you're staying warm 🙂

    xx Yasmin

  • I love these suggestions! Winter tries to do a number on my already dry skin. Will definitely look into these products. I haven't tried them before. I moisturize like crazy during this time. That hot chocolate looks delicious.

  • I love Whittard hot chocolate and lush products! Great suggestions x
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  • OMG! Salted caramel hot chocolate! That is all I need for the cold months (we don't really have winter where I live). haha! No seriously, thank you for sharing this to us. I love going on vacation to colder countries during winter and I have seen my skin crack all the time! So this list is definitely helpful. Thank you! 🙂

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  • I feel the same about winter, it has its pros and cons – that's for sure! I love the cosiness indoors, though my skin suffers like yours. Brrr! Whittard's Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is delicious and the Fat Face slipper boots were a lovely gift from your in-laws 🙂

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  • My sister is obsessed with woodwick as she also doesn't have a fireplace but she loves listening to the sound of her candle as she falls to sleep ! I also thing a good hot chocolate is the key to happiness in winter , snuggled up with your kindle and a hot chocolate, there is no better way to live 🙂

    lots of love, marianne xxx

  • You've reminded me that I need to purchase the 8 hour cream again. I tried it years ago it's amazing! xx

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  • I'm not the biggest fan of the eight hour creme either! It smells like an old scent! I need to try the origins cream!

    I'll read through the rest of your posts now!

    have a wonderful evening & maybe you'd like to stop by my blog too!
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  • Not a fan of winter too and I'm a winter baby as well, haha. It's just too gloomy and cold for my liking. I love your survival kit and mine would be quite similar, a good candle, slippers, a book, few bath bombs and a cup of hot chocolate. What can be better? 🙂 x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • I bought the exact same hot chocolate from Whittards, as well as a white hot chocolate and oh my goodness it is so divine!! Can't wait to get my hands on more, there's nothing more comforting than a hot cup of hot chocolate. 🙂 I dislike winter, also, the main thing I hate about it is that I never get to see any sunshine! 9-5 job i get to miss all of it, lol! Thanks for sharing, lovely. <3 xoxo


  • Ooh these all sound amazing! I'm the same I get really dry skin and lips in the winter its horrible! I write this whilst sporting my own slipper boots 😉 haha. I have that lush bath bomb too I have yet to use it though, should really get a move on shouldn't I haha.
    Also that hot chocolate looks an absolute dream!


  • I absolutely love the Origins moisturiser, and it smells amazing!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • I hate winter too. I love your survival kit, it's perfect and I love that Origins GinZing moisturiser.

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