Growing up in Montreal Canada, I’m a big fan of the holiday season, winter sports, and all that white stuff falling from the skies. When a arrive in Hong Kong I told myself “this is nothing compared to the sometimes -25 degrees you’ve known”. I was particularly excited to finally be able to trade out my puffy goose for lighter winter fashion Vogue style. Well, I was almost right.
You see in Canada we love our heating and Montreal and Toronto are equipped with a good network of undergrounds that allows you to pretty much stay in all day. So you can rock a light cotton silk cardigan from COS or a fine knit merino wool roll-neck top with leather leggings under your artic ready winter coat. In Hong Kong and Taipei, it’s a bit of a different story. You do get your fashionably layered wool with an oversized scarf. And if you are a die-hard fashionista, you even get to finish that outfit with a pair of gorgeous open toe platforms. It’s like having 4 months of autumn! Every fashion enthusiast dream!
The challenge is really once you get to your office. Hong Kongese people love their AC and even in winter, it’s on. The morning walk+MRT accumulated warmth quickly fades, and you find yourself thinking about that duvet of a coat you once were just too eager to retire.
So here’s my survival kit for winter – good for Canadian and Hong Kongese lifestyle!
The Roll-necks, or turtlenecks
Well well, it took me quite some convincing to adopt them in my wardrobe. You see I have a pretty round and square face with big cheeks, so I need all the neck I can get – V-necks all my all time best friends. I must say for the autumn and winter season a light knit rollneck or an oversized one just ads a touch of sophistication – paired with a pair of ripped jeans or with stacking bracelets. The roll-neck makes it also super easy to layer colorful cardigans and jackets at the office (for Asia).
P.S. If you still feel insecure about not having Karlie Kloss’s perfect neck, you can pair it with doubled up pearls or a long pendant necklace.
I love love love faux fur! It’s fun, it’s big, it’s fluffy, it’s so warm and people always want to hug me! Zara did have been making those massive faux fur scarf in all colors for a few fall/winter seasons now. It’s just so easy and effortless to wear, and it transforms any normal wool coat into a wow fashion outfits! For the office girl, it becomes easily a discrete blanket! You really need one in your life!
It seems like the last thing you want to add to your beauty regime when you have oily skin like me? Believe me, when I say you need to go buy it and try it for winter (no matter your skin type). One of the first misconceptions about cream-based makeup is that it will be heavy for oily skin and add unnecessary moisture. Well, that’s only part of the story.
First, you need to know what’s the difference between cream-based product and liquid-based product (this did take me all my adult life to understand). Cream based products leave a smooth hydrated finish, and it can be either satin or matte (yes matte). It tends to be an easier option to apply on for dry skin, but this doesn’t mean that it’s will over moisturize oily skin type. Ultimately it’s not only the makeup but also your skin care that needs some winter tweaking (the perfect excuse to go beauty shopping :P).
During the summer I tend to only use a bb cream or cc cream, which is already very moisturizing. Naturally in the winter paired with a more protecting moisturizer, seems like overdoing it, however contrary to what I’ve always believed depending on the product, a creamy foundation can be much lighter than a bb cream. In addition, it blends like a charm with cream blushes and eyeshadows! I picked up the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in 2 shades – porcelain ivory and light beige, simply because it’s got good reviews and it’s not a bank breaker, perfect for the septic oily skin dive for a trial!
What do you think of my top 3 winter survival tips? Tell me what are your winter fashion beauty tips!
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