Cosy Winter Essentials 2019 + Winter Recipe


Ahh, the dreaded season that is winter..

As much as I love Christmas season and all the festivities, I don't like the cold weather that comes along with it. My hands and feet are permanently frozen this time of year, which leads to dry skin and itchiness - which is a big fat no from me. However, there are a few things that bring me joy this time of year that don't include Christmas, such as being wrapped in the biggest, cosiest jumpers 24/7, drinking gallons of coffee and hot chocolate on the daily and eating all the comfort food. So, it's not all bad.

As you have probably noticed, my blog has made a drastic change over the past few months as it has quickly gone from a beauty blog to a food blog, but that doesn't mean my love for beauty has suddenly dissapeared. So, today I wanted to switch things up a little and go back to when I would share my favourites with you, today being my cosy winter favourites - or rather, essentials!

P'URE Papaya Care Skin Food* -
This brand certainly isn't a new discovery of mine as I have been using their products for the past two years or so. I would also be lying if I said I didn't use their vegan-freindly papaya skin food every day throughout the year. What I love so much about this product is that it can be used for so many things, my favourite being for my knuckles and my lips as that's where I suffer from dry skin the most! However, it can also be used on other areas such as your elbows, heels, cuticles etc.. so is the perfect all rounder product.

Skin food also uses Australian Fermented Papaya, Australian macadamia oil and shea butter, which just so happen to be ingredients that I look out for in pretty much all of my skincare routine as they really help to keep my skin feeling as soft and hydrated as possible.

You can purchase Papaya Skin Food in-store at Revival UK and Whole Foods UK.

Lea Michele Christmas In The City -

Who wouldn't want to have this album on full blast this time of year? Lea Michele has the most beautiful voice and I just love this new album, full of some of my favourite Christmas classics. It's definitely worth giving a listen if you're feeling the Christmas spirit. It's also the perfect background music for baking all of your favourite festive treats, which is what I'm going to be doing a lot of!

Cosy Vegan Winter Salad -

A salad? In winter? at one point this would have been a no go, but I can't even begin to tell you how yummy and comforting this recipe is! It's also ridiculously easy and has quickly become my go to lunch for something quick and healthy.

Serves: 4

You will need:
- 250g pearl couscous
- 1 butternut squash, cut into small chunks
- 1 large handful of mixed lettuce leaves (I also like adding spinach and rocket)
- 1 tbsp Italian seasonings
- 1 tsp dried garlic granules
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into tiny chunks
- sesame seeds, optional
- 1/2 lemon

For the Dressing:
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup


1. Pre heat oven to 180C.

2. Peel and deseed the butternut squash. Cut it into small equal chunks and place them on a baking tray. You may need to use two separate baking trays so they all cook evenly.

3. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil on top of the butternut squash and use your hands to mix it around so they are all well coated. Sprinkle the Italian seasonings and garlic granules all over the butternut squash, once again using your hands to coat them all evenly.

4. Place the butternut squash in the oven for 30 minutes.

5. While the butternut squash is cooking, start making the pearl couscous. Your packet instructions may be different to mine, but I added 1 litre of water to a large saucepan with a pinch of salt and allowed it to boil. Once the water is boiling, add the 250g of pearl couscous to the pan and allow it to cook for 15 minutes.

6. In four separate bowls, lay a bed of mixed leaves in each one. You can use whatever lettuce you like, but I think baby leaf, spinach and rocket work the best in this salad! Dice the red bell pepper and sprinkle a small handful into each bowl.

7. Once the couscous has cooked for 15 minutes, drain the excess water and pour the couscous into a colander and pour cold water all over it. Allow this to sit and drain for a little bit while the butternut squash is cooking.

8. Once the butternut squash has finished cooking, remove from the oven and place a handful of it into each bowl along with the pearl couscous.

9. Prepare the dressing by adding all of the ingredients into a small bowl. Mix them all together well so that it doesn't separate and drizzle it on top of each bowl.

10. Finally mix all the salad together so that the dressing coats everything. Cut a lemon in half and then into quarters. Squeeze each lemon wedge on top of each bowl and mix again. This step is completely optional, but I think it makes such a delicious addition. You can then also sprinkle a small amount of sesame seeds on top for some extra crunch and flavour.

What's your favourite winter essential?

Love Always,
Shannon x

This is a paid collaboration with P'URE Papaya Care.


  1. This is for sure tasty!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. That looks and sounds delicious! I also love the sound of that vegan Papaya skin food, I'm trying to use more vegan products now too xx

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  3. The salad looks very yummy!! And I didn't know that Lea Michele had plans for a xmas album! awesome

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