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Winter Skin Solutions

According to about 90% of beauty blogs, magazines, etc., I’m not alone in suffering from flaky, dry, dull skin during the winter months. My dreams of looking like a baby vampire are never far from my mind, so my skin can be reigned in for the most part now that I treat it right. Things like cold winter air and unforgiving car heaters can throw a wrench in it though. This collection of products are what I’m using the combat my winter skin.

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Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask // This isn’t my favorite mask of all time (I’ll explain why in a second), but when my skin needs hydrating, this calms and soothes while moisturizing. You apply a generous amount like a regular mask and then you’re supposed to let it absorb in for 10-15 minutes before wiping off the excess/rubbing it in. It starts with a thick, creamy consistency that has that fresh clary sage smell, but it’s the excess/rubbing in part that always gets me. I feel like it doesn’t come all the way off or absorb completely, and what’s leftover is more waxy than creamy. Sometimes I’ll apply a thinner layer 30 minutes before bed and just leave it on to sleep.

boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel // When my skin’s already dry, the last thing I want to do is use a cleanser that’s going to leave my face feeling tight and awful. This oil-gel cleanser smells like roses and can remove light makeup/everyday grime without stripping natural oils. I love how popular oils and oil cleansers have become because they really are wonderful, even for people with oily or combination skin.

Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil & Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil // Did I mention I love oils? Here, have some more oil love talk. I add three-four drops of the 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil to my regular Cetaphil in the morning to give myself a boost of moisturizing power during the day. I save the Creamy Oil for my evening routine. On top of being good for my skin, I’ve also been able to add them to my nail and hair regimen. I’m so happy I saved up the 500 Beauty Point things at Sephora and got the Josie Maran deluxe sample set.

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask // Sleeping masks are great because you can just wake up looking great. This one is amazing because it helps seal in your nighttime moisturizer while adding its own benefits. It has hyaluronic acid macromolecule (one of my favorite acids!) for hydration and nine essential oils that smell amazing and promote a feeling of comfort and restfulness (or so they say).

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask // This is the one I’m on the fence about. I included it because I am currently using it because my lips suffer most during winter. It has great reviews and it does feel good when I apply it before bed (after exfoliating gently), but I just don’t feel like it’s the holy grail of lip masks I read about. A little goes a long way, but it’s way too expensive (I had a coupon and was desperate). I hope it comes back and surprises me. To be fair, my chapped mouth is 70% from biting and licking my lips subconsciously and less from chronic dryness, so any improvement is quickly chewed away.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil for Hair, Body & Face // I’m less a fan of this particular dry oil and more a proponent of any sprayable dry oil. My legs just absolutely kill and itch and burn after a shower in the winter even if I don’t shave (which is basically never at this point in my life – freedom!), but if I spray this on before I hop into the shower, my leg skin is less itchy and sad afterwards. I don’t really advocate this particular one for hair and face, but for a body oil, it smells good and doesn’t feel greasy. Works as a great moisture barrier to keep shower water from leeching any hydration from my legs!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater // My love! This isn’t just for winter, but since it’s a big part of my skin care year round now, it wouldn’t be fair to leave it out. When I first wake up, I spritz this on before applying my morning moisturizer. Skin is most receptive when it’s damp, so if I haven’t conveniently just stepped out of the shower, this is the best alternative. It smells lovely and feels so refreshing, plus it can be used to set or refresh makeup as well. Would recommend for everyone forever.

P.S. Today is my birthday! I’m actually writing this the day before my birthday, but it’ll publish when I’m hitting the insignificant 2-7. I really love my birthday (and birthdays in general) and I always try to keep with the idea that getting older isn’t something to be scared of, especially the notion that you need to be at a certain place in life by a certain time. Between older friends and family, I have so many fantastic examples of how age is not a limiter in any way, and it may seem silly to be thinking about it so much when I’m only 27, but I also know how terrifying it is for a lot of people my age (and younger!) to think about growing older. Sometimes when I’m eating boxed and cheese in my onesie cat pajamas, I can’t believe that I’m considered an adult at all. I don’t even know what I’m rambling about any more, but happy birthday to me and any other December babbies!

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Uncreative Title About Fun in the Sun

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It’s hard to tell from my pasty white skin, but I actually enjoy being outdoors and summery activities, especially if they involve water. I have a lot of weekend trips planned this summer (try every weekend until the end of September, ahhh!) and a good chunk of them include pools, lakes, or rivers. I think it’s not very practical to do full (or even half) makeup if you’re expecting to be in the water, but that doesn’t mean I don’t prep to get my sun/water time on.

Getting color is cool. Burning is not. It’s painful and awful. The only good part is when you get to peel your own molting skin off (if you’re into that… and I am). That’s why I lube up with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum 100+ SPF Sunscreen. I’ll touch up during the day with cheaper sunscreen, but I always start with this stuff. It dries quickly, feels good on my skin, and it protects against UVA and UVB rays. I know that SPF higher than 45 starts to seem a little ridiculous, but if it doesn’t hurt me, I’ll wear my stupidly high SPF products to make myself feel better. I also use this on the backs of my hands, neck and any exposed chesty bits on an everyday basis so I’ll have vampire skin when I’m old.

Foundation and tinted moisturizers tend to fade or look weird once I’m water logged, so I just focus on covering any obvious blemishes and my dark eye circles with Tarte’s Marajuca Creaseless Concealer because it doesn’t settle into my fine lines and it’s waterproof. A little of this goes a long way. I think they made it intentionally hard to squeeze out of that tube so people don’t go crazy with it.

Waterproof mascara is a must for me. I haven’t found my holy grail product for this, but L’oreal Paris’s Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black mascara is the one I’ve been happiest with. I wasn’t getting the volume I wanted, so my friend recommended applying the second coat while the first is still wet and then brushing through the lashes, and I’ve gotten much more impressive results that way.

Now if you had so much fun that you forgot to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or if your skin is just feeling bad after battling the summer elements in general, it’s important to listen to your sad skin and do something for it. Aloe vera is good, but I love Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother with Aloe & Linden Flower. It’s like a moisturizer that also cools your skin. If you have that dried out after pool feeling or you got a little pink on the shoulders, this feels amazing. It’s even better if you keep it in the fridge and apply it when it’s nice and cold.

Of course after this I thought of tons of products that I wish I’d added, but them’s the breaks. Hair suffers under the sun too, so products like Bamboo’s Color Care UV+ Fade-Proof Fluide is good to help protect your hair from UV rays (even if your hair isn’t colored). Lip products with SPF are important too. I don’t have a favorite, but Soft Lips is the one I have in my bag/travel case right now.

What are your favorite summer-time products?

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Burt’s Bees Haul

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A while back I found a set with these three Burt’s Bees products on sale. They were in a honeycomb-shaped box to boot, so of course I got them. I was so excited, but unfortunately this story has a mediocre/sad ending.

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme – First off, the cloying almond scent is waaaay too sweet. It hits you in the face from the moment you open it. It looked nice and thick though, so I had hope that I’d get over the smell if it was really creamy and moisturizing. It had a really odd grainy texture to it, like there were bits in it. It made my hands feel oily for a long time, and my hands actually felt like they had a dry film on them. I wanted to like it so much but it fell flat.

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E – Not as big a disappointment as the hand creme, but this wasn’t outstanding either. The coconut smell is more pleasant than the almond but it’s still strong. This isn’t a lightweight cream either. You better be putting this on with an intention of putting on socks and tucking into bed because it completely coats your feet. My feet do feel good in the morning after using it (I use it twice a week usually), but I dread applying it. I have to wash my hands like crazy because they feel so sticky afterwards.

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – My one glimmer of light in this sea of dashed hopes. While it’s not a holy grail cuticle cream, it has a great lemon scent and I like how easily it goes from solid to oil when you swirl your finger in the tin. It’s lightweight, so if you’ve got really dry cuticles this might not be a solution. It’s more for lightly moisturizing my cuticles when I’m switching polishes and need something that doesn’t take forever to absorb.

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Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream Review

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After finally going through all the anti-aging eye cream samples, I decided to pick up a nice, simple eye cream. Since I don’t have any deep wrinkles yet, I never see any results from anything. I just wanted an eye cream that would keep that delicate skin around my eye hydrated without breaking me out or irritating my eyes.

This is a great mid-priced cream that absorbs quickly and leaves me eyes feeling hydrated. I have light, light crow’s feet creases that I can see starting, so I want to do what I can. I feel like moisturizing ends up being the solution to everything.

This has a light scent from the Clary Sage, but I think it’s pleasant. The plastic tip has a little X cut into it so there’s precision application. I put 5-6 little dots on my outer orbital rim and pat it in with my ring finger morning and night.

Bottom line: Good purchase! Will buy again until I need something stronger.

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