Things to make you feel luxurious when life is drab

We could all use a pick-me-up sometimes.

It’s fair to say this winter hasn’t been normal by any means, with many looking to have a solo Christmas in light of new covid-19 restrictions and fears of infecting vulnerable relatives.

Being stuck at home for the foreseeable can be a fast track to losing the motivation to do simple tasks – such as getting dressed in clean clothes each day – which over time add up to having a big impact on mental health.

Having a lack of things to look forward to can make this worse and make life feel empty.

So what if instead you take time this winter to indulge in something new with a luxe vibe and allow yourself to feel excited about that?

These products (big and small) help to brighten a drab day and aid a feel-good mood when life otherwise doesn’t feel so good.

Origins Hello Calm Face Mask

This mask claims to be good for relaxing and hydrating the skin, but where we really think this wins is in how it soothes mild inflammation. One of our team had an irritated patch on her cheek, and this took the heat right out of it.

Price: £25

Get it from Origins.

UGG Fluff Yeah Slide Slippers

Doing nothing but walking around your home in bare feet? Put these on. The furry material will keep you warm, while the elastic strap and thick cushioned sole will mean these don’t slip and slide off.

Price: £100

Get it from ASOS.

Azurina Black New Croc Leather Pouch

Nothing elevates a product quite so easily as a classy monogram, and Azurina offer this service for free. Get your little bits and bobs organised with this large leather pouch in a timeless croc style.

Price: £30

Get it from Azurina.

Sunday of London Beyond the Pines Candle

Sunday of London are based in Hackney and are known for their scent combinations using essential oil blends. This one smells like a pine tree, but with a twist due to the added eucalyptus.

Price: £26

Get it from Sunday of London.

Hotel Chocolat The Velvetiser

Hot chocolate will never be the same again with this barista-grade maker. The Velvetiser has been so popular its sold out, but Hotel Chocolat are taking pre-orders for January.

Price: £99.95

Get it from Hotel Chocolat.

Chitè Tank Top in Satin Red

Hailing from Italy, Chitè put luxury back into sleepwear. This red satin top has shorts available to match and feels silky across the skin. Who says your can’t wear luxury lingerie or PJs when you’re home alone?

Price: 85.50

Get it from: Chitè.

Astrid & Miyu Sun Necklace Charm in Gold

Switch up an old necklace by changing the charm. This gold sun is giving us happy vibes and will look good layered with other necklaces.

Price: £35

Get it from Astrid & Miyu.

Aurelia Overnight Recovery Mask

Before probiotics were all the range, Aurelia were already making it the pillar ingredient of their brand. This overnight mask does a good job of replenishing dry skin – you’ll likely notice a difference in the morning.

Price: £58

Get it from Aurelia.

Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum

This niche fragrance brand appears luxe vintage with its heavy embellished brass tops, but its scents are modern and joyful. Florence is one of their bestsellers with its pear and tuberose notes. Their packaging also comes with the reminder to ‘Love yourself’.

Price: £68

Get it from Liberty.

Paisie Adjustable Face Mask

Paisie are a luxury clothing brand but when the pandemic hit they started selling masks at cost price, made using material scraps from their other items. The masks sit comfortably, have an adjustable nose strip and look chic. They also offer free shipping for mask purchases.

Price: £6

Get it from Paisie.

Allies of Skin Prebiotics & Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster

Allie of Skin are a brand trusted for their scientific approach to skincare. Containing 10% niacinamide, this serum will help to curb breakouts (be it from masks or stress). The brand are currently offering a 25% off discount too.

Price: £65

Get it from Allies of Skin.

Pat McGrath Celestial Divinity Luxe Quad

It’s in the name. Pat McGrath is known for her high quality eyeshadow formulations housed in heavy, luxurious packaging. This quad is no different with its mix of textures (matte, glitter and shimmer) and bright pops coupled with neutral classics.

Price: £55

Get it from Pat McGrath.

Al!ve Magnesium PLUS Body Recovery Bath Flakes

If you have the luxury of owning a bath tub, use it right. These bath salts aim to ease muscles that are sore – be it from a home workout or general pain.

Price: £8

Get it from Al!ve.

Rituals Sweet Jasmine Parfum d’Interieur

Keep the air smelling clean at home with this jasmine room spray. The heady floral freshener will help to lift the room and will make for a pleasant sensorial experience.

Price: £29.50

Get it from Rituals.

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Inner Shine Supplements

Deborah Mitchell has branched out into supplements, and these ones contain 5000iu of Vitamin D. While we’re spending most of our time indoors, it’s important to maintain your Vitamin D intake. Signs of deficiency include fatigue, mood changes and muscle aches.

Price: £37

Get it from Heaven.

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