Choosing the Perfect Statement Coat

Stylish woman in coat and hat

With the colder months creeping up on us, it is time to update your wardrobe to reflect the changing seasons, and this means adding in some fall and winter coats. While neutral colors and styles may be great to wear year upon year, a statement coat is always fun to have, as this will instantly brighten up your cold weather outfits, and help you to stand out from the crowd.

Bold but Classic Colors and Prints
While you want your coat to make a statement, you do not want it to appear too trendy, as this will mean that you will not be able to wear it next year. When it comes to choosing colors and prints, opt for ones that are bold and vibrant, but still elegantly classic, such as stripes, checks or animal prints. These patterns tend to not go out of style, making your statement coat quite the investment piece.

Smiling woman in brown coat

Dramatic Silhouettes
Not everybody enjoys wearing bold colors and prints, and, if this is the case for you, then you can always look to the silhouette of your coat to make a statement. There are so many different styles out there that can really add some drama to your outfit, even if they are in neutral colors, such as oversized coats, vintage-inspired coats, and exaggerated details, from zippers to buttons to pockets. However, when it comes to picking a silhouette, you still need to make sure that it suits your body shape. Those who are taller can go for longer styles of coats, while those who are more petite should opt for styles that are shorter and well-tailored.

Try Out Different Fabrics and Textures
The majority of winter coats out there will be made from a waterproof fabric, as winters tend to be wet. However, do not be afraid to opt for alternative fabrics and textures when it comes to picking out a statement coat, whether this may be leather, tweed, cashmere, faux fur, or a knit. If the choices are too overwhelming, try to consider the types of outfits that you will be wearing your coat with, and opt for a fabric and texture that will contrast with this.

Smiling woman posing in colorful wool coat

Do Not Forget About Warmth
While you are thinking about color, print, silhouette, fabric and texture, you need to ensure that you do not forget to pick out a coat that will provide you with sufficient warmth, because this is, after all, its purpose. When it comes to warmth, wool coats tend to be the warmest, but, if you have opted for a cooler fabric or cut, you can still make sure that the coat features a warm lining, whether this may be fleece, shearling, or another cosy fabric.

A statement coat is a great way to add some attitude to your winter outfits, but you need to ensure that you pick one that not only flatters you, but also complements the rest of your winter wardrobe. Do not forget that when wearing a statement coat, you should try to keep the rest of your accessories simple, as this will help your coat to really stand out.

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Warm Up With These Winter Cocktails

While ice cold drinks are always refreshing, there is nothing quite like the warming feeling that a hot winter cocktail brings. From the classic hot toddy to a warm rum punch, give some of these cocktails a try this holiday season.

Hot Toddy
Hot Toddy
A hot toddy is a classic winter cocktail in Ireland and Scotland, and typically features whisky, hot water, lemon, honey, and some herbs and spices. Often considered to be the antidote to the winter flu, this cocktail can be modified in many ways. Rather than using whisky, give rum or brandy a try, and play around with the herbs and spices that you include, from cinnamon to cloves. For those that enjoy fruity cocktails, add a few different fruit slices to the drink along with the lemon, opting for a colorful variety to make the cocktail even more visually appealing.

Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is another classic winter cocktail, and is an easy one to make at home. Simply heat some red wine and then mix this with sugar and spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Top this off with some orange and lemon slices, and, if you are feeling adventurous, spike this with a hit of brandy as well.

Mulled Cider

Warm Cider and Rum Punch
A warm cider and rum punch is the perfect cocktail to make if you are having a festive gathering, as it is always a crowd pleaser. In a large pot, combine apple cider, apple and orange slices, cinnamon sticks and ginger, before cooking for about five minutes. Once removed from the heat, stir in the rum and then transfer this to a punch bowl, making sure to serve it all up while it is still warm.

Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
Mint and chocolate make for a tantalizing combination, and spiking this with some tequila really adds some zing to this cocktail. Make the hot chocolate first, by mixing cocoa, sugar and salt with a melted chocolate and milk mixture, before gently whisking it together. Add some tequila, as well as some peppermint schnapps, before topping each cup with a dollop of whipped cream and a scattering of fresh mint leaves.

Winter Julep
Winter Julep
The Winter Julep is quite a new cocktail from Atlanta, and is not only deliciously warming, but can also be served up in a beautifully elegant manner. To begin with, brew some peppermint tea in fresh boiling water for four minutes, before removing the infuser. Add some bourbon and brown sugar syrup, which you can make in advance with dark brown sugar and boiling water, and then stir it well to ensure that it is all properly mixed together, before garnishing with a fresh sprig of mint.

Winter cocktails are the perfect way to warm up on a cold evening, and while you likely already have your favorite, these cocktails are each worth a try. From the luxuriously decadent tequila mint hot chocolate to the elegant Winter Julep, these cocktails are perfect for both an evening curled up by the fire, or for a night of entertaining friends.

How to Apply Makeup to Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry skin is the most common skin issue during the winter months, and, as this worsens, skin begins to turn flaky, making it extremely tricky to apply makeup, as well as ensure that your makeup lasts throughout the day. To keep you looking your very best, OROGOLD is here with some useful tips on how to apply makeup to dry and flaky skin.

Skin care

Prep Your Skin
If you have dry and flaky skin, you can’t just begin to slather on the makeup without first taking the time to prep your skin, otherwise, your makeup will end up sitting on the skin flakes and caking in dry areas, emphasizing your flaky skin rather than covering it up. Before applying any makeup, you need to try to remove as many of the flakes from your face as possible, and the best way to do this is by using a light exfoliant, followed by a rich and hydrating moisturizer.

Liquid foundation.

Choose a Liquid or Cream Foundation
Once your skin has been exfoliated and moisturized, it is time to apply your foundation. Powder and mineral foundations are best avoided in the winter, as these tend to clog pores, leading to a pasty appearance. Instead, OROGOLD recommends a hydrating liquid foundation, making sure that the foundation is warmed to body temperature before applying it to your face, as this means it will absorb into your skin and blend much more naturally. While some prefer using a brush to apply their foundation, others tend to use their fingers, as this allows you to work the liquid into your skin, avoiding any patches that are still quite flaky. OROGOLD suggests experimenting with both methods to see which works best for your skin.

Woman applying makeup.

A Creamy Eyeshadow and Blush
Just like with the foundation, it is best to avoid powdered versions of eyeshadow and blush, as these will cake up on dry skin, drawing attention to parts that you usually want to hide. A primer on your eyes will help any shadow you apply to last throughout the day, while preventing it from creasing or smudging. Opting for a cream blush instead of a powder will give your skin a natural, dewy, rosy glow, hiding the fact that you have dry and flaky skin.

Woman applying lipstick.

A Perfect Pout
Dry and flaky skin affects your lips just as much as it does the rest of your face, and chapped lips are not what you want when striving for a flawless finish. To begin with, you need to exfoliate your lips, which is easily done with a soft toothbrush. OROGOLD suggests doing this regularly, as you do not want dead skin cells to build up on your lips. Once these flakes have been cleared, make sure that any color that you apply on top is a formula that is hydrating rather than drying.

It’s always quite tricky trying to apply makeup to dry, flaky skin, and, even once you do, chances are that the makeup won’t stay on all day. It is important to be aware of the products that you use and the way in which you apply them, focusing on hydrating and moisturizing products to give your skin the extra nourishment that it needs in the winter.

Makeup Changes for Winter

Woman examining makeup

You adjust your skin care routine to the colder months, so why leave your makeup routine behind. Every makeup routine should also undergo a few essential adjustments to keep your skin healthy throughout the winter. To help you to do this quickly and easily, OROGOLD has put together a few helpful tips on the makeup changes that you should be making for winter.

Layering
In the winter months, layering should apply to your makeup as well as your clothing. You should be layering your skin care and makeup products to protect your skin as much as possible. If primer is something that you usually forget about, you need to make the effort in the winter to always apply a layer of primer if you are going to be using foundation or eyeshadow. OROGOLD would also suggest applying a hydrating serum before the primer, to give your skin an extra layer of moisture.

Hydrating foundation.

A Moisturizing Foundation
The winter months are extremely drying on the skin, which means that you will need a richer foundation that contains moisturizing and hydrating properties. Formulas that have mattifying properties are also drying, so it is usually best to avoid these in the winter. OROGOLD also reminds you to keep in mind that since you will be spending less time out in the sun, your skin may lighten by a couple of shades, so it is important that your winter foundation takes this into account.

Cream Eyeshadow
If you tend to usually opt for powder eyeshadows, OROGOLD suggests trying a cream eyeshadow in the winter. These dry months will ensure that the cream stays in place, avoiding any embarrassing smudges or creases. Don’t forget that when it comes to cream eyeshadows, a little goes a long way, so apply it sparingly to begin with.

Woman applying lipstick

A Hydrating Lip Formula
Many lipsticks end up drawing moisture away from your lips, so it is essential to make sure that you are using a hydrating lip formula in the winter months. These will ensure that you can still enjoy your favorite shades, but avoid having to deal with pesky chapped lips.

Waterproof Formulas
Depending on where you live, it may be helpful to switch to waterproof makeup formulas in the winter. This means that no matter what you do, whether it be getting caught out in a torrential shower or frolicking around in the snow, you can be sure that your makeup will stay in place.

Woman with rosy cheeks

Rosy Cheeks
In the summer months, most people will tend to opt for a sun-kissed appearance on their cheeks, giving their complexion a bronzed glow. However, this doesn’t really suit the colder months. Instead, OROGOLD suggests skipping the bronzer and opting for a cream blush, which will give your cheeks a subtle highlight, as well as a rosy glow.

Adjusting your makeup products and routine to better cater to the winter months will ensure that your skin remains fresh and healthy throughout the season. From opting for cream-based formulas instead of powders, to maintaining your skin’s moisture levels, these winter makeup tips will keep you looking your very best.

What to Add to Your Winter Diet

Research has shown that the food that you eat in these colder months has a significant impact on the way in which your body, as well as your mind, deals with this harsher weather. To keep you in the healthiest shape possible, OROGOLD has put together a quick guide on what you should be adding to your winter diet.

Clementine

Winter Fruits
There are certain winter fruits, especially of the citrus variety, that bring the body some amazing health benefits. Clementines are packed with vitamins, nutrients and plenty of fiber, all of which help to boost the immune system – something that is needed in the winter. Grapefruit is full of antioxidants, and will also lower cholesterol and curb hunger, while stimulating collagen production for fresh, glowing skin. Pomegranates are another fruit that help to stimulate collagen production, while lemons contain some powerful electrolytes.

Walnuts.

Nuts
Nuts are low in saturated fats and high in vitamins and minerals, as well as the mono-saturated fats that are required for a healthy heart. OROGOLD recommends stocking your pantry with a variety of nuts, from walnuts to pecans to almonds, and incorporating them into as many meals as possible.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal
A warm bowl of oatmeal is a fantastic snack during the winter, as oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that is high in fiber, meaning that it will give you more energy for longer. Winter is also the time of the year when the serotonin levels in our body are quite low, as this feel-good chemical needs sunshine for maximum production. Luckily, certain foods, oatmeal included, are able to boost serotonin production within the body, helping to restore the levels in your brain to what they were at the height of the summer.

Beet salad

Root Vegetables
Root vegetables are able to warm the body, and most of them contain high levels of beta-carotene, which is essential for your immune system during the winter. Beets are packed with nutrients, and also contain tryptophan and betaine, two chemicals that are able to create a sense of happiness within the brain. Sweet potatoes are another root vegetable that have so many different benefits, and since they have a relatively long shelf life, you don’t need to eat them all straight away. Many root vegetables are also able to withstand the cold, meaning that you are likely to be able to find fresh produce throughout the winter.

Broccoli.

Broccoli and Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are both packed with vitamin C, which your body needs in large doses throughout the winter t keep your immune system in top shape. These two vegetables are a great defense against those pesky winter sniffles, and even if you can’t find them fresh, OROGOLD advises that you still look for frozen varieties, as these are still extremely nutritious.

With a slight adjustment to your diet, it does not need to be hard to stay healthy this winter. From incorporating a range of winter fruits into your daily diet, to sticking to healthy snacks, such as oatmeal or nuts, these winter foods are guaranteed to get you through even the coldest of months.

Winter Skin Care Tips from OROGOLD Cosmetics

Dewy skin might seem to be a fantasy in the dead of the winter. The frigid and dry air on the outside, the horrendous heating on the inside, icy temperatures and harsh winds makes it very difficult for your skin to repair itself. And unless you do something about it, it soon ends up becoming a vicious cycle and leaves your skin looking dead and dry. So, in order to prevent your skin from drying up during the winter season and ensuring that it keeps looking dewy and beautiful, you need to adhere to these simple winter skin care tips that OROGOLD Cosmetics has to offer.

Add Salicylic Acid in your skin care routine

Make sure that you add a lotion or cleanser that contains salicylic acid into your winter skin care routine. This helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells from the outermost layer of your skin, gives you a thorough cleanse and diminishes the appearance of those bumps. The use of Salicylic acid further prevents a common winter skin issue known as keratosis pilaris, also known as rough skin.

Handle your skin with care

Start using moisturizing soap-free and alcohol-free cleansers and hand sanitizers to prevent chapping or parched skin. These products are less drying when compared to soap and also work wonders in preventing the skin from losing its moisture content. It is also important to lather on some lotion right after washing.

Cover up

Anything that creates a barrier and prevents your skin from coming in direct contact with the external environment works wonders during the winter months. Slip on some cotton gloves over your moisturized hands to prevent the appearance of parched hands. Don’t forget to add mufflers and scarves either.

Make the most of honey

To soften those horrible patches on your knees and elbows, all you need to do is to use a mix of honey and sugar. Studies show that applying honey on your skin helps to diminish inflammation and sugar increases the circulation in your skin. This can be particularly helpful during the winter months as the blood flow typically gets diverted to keep the body core warm.

Use products that contain lactic acid

To prevent scaly looking skin, add products that contain lactic acid. The use of lactic acid dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptian civilization and this ingredient works as a powerful exfoliant as well as an effective moisturizer to help you get rid of scales.

Use gentle exfoliators

Switch to using gentle exfoliators or gentle deep peels that allow you to exfoliate your dead skin cells without removing moisture from your skin.

Keep your showers short

Long hot baths might seem to be extremely relaxing during the winters, but they strip away the moisture from your skin. Restrict your showers to a maximum of 10 minutes and don’t bathe more than once a day during the winter season.

Wear the right pyjamas

The softer your pyjamas, the better your skin. You don’t need silk. All you need are tightly woven fabrics like cotton flannels and cotton. Stay away from blends of synthetic fibers and cotton as they can really irritate the skin.