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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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BB Cream Showdown

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I’m coming to the end of a massive BB cream hunt. I settled on Revlon Nearly Naked in Ivory for my foundation, but I prefer a BB cream for everyday. Of course most of these are American BB creams, so they’re really just pumped up tinted moisturizers. Anyway, on to the reviews! I did some drugstore brands and a few higher end. My skin is dry, especially around the nose and mouth, so I always apply regular Cetaphil moisturizer before I put on BB Cream.

L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Fair // It worked the first day or two and then something happened. It settles directly into my pores and fine lines and dries out my chin, mouth and nose really bad. The formula itself is okay, but I didn’t love it. It comes out white with little color crystals in it? When you blend it in it becomes the light color which I felt matched pretty good, but it just made my dry patches look so bad! It also has no SPF so that’s a bummer. I usually wear sunscreen anyway so it’s not a huge deal. All the others have SPF though so it stood out that it doesn’t have it.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light // This was my second favorite of the batch. It was a little watery but it sank in without making my pores look big. It dried my nose out a little around the nostril area. The color was a good match and it gave decent coverage. It gives a nice dewy look without being greasy, but it faded out by the end of the work day.

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Fair/Light // I looked everywhere for this in my shade, and it’s just okay. I wanted to love it because I tried a sample before buying the full size and it was light and velvety. I thought it was more pink toned, but it’s definitely warmer. In the summer it might work but for right now I feel like it’s a bit too dark. It’s the most moisturizing of the bunch but it mainly translates as greasy. The coverage is good but not full, so if you need to cover up blemishes you’ll still need concealer.

Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light // This is the one I’m keeping and using as my main BB Cream. If I properly moisturize before I use this, there’s no problem with my skin drying out. The color is a little more warm-toned than I’d like, but the coverage is sheer enough that it’s not glaringly obvious on my skin. Even though it’s sheer, it still evens out my skin tone. If I’m broken out, it lessens the redness but I still need a little concealer. It’s the creamiest of these four so it blends well. It gives that dewy effect without being greasy. I love Revlon in general so I’m glad that this worked out. It was actually the most impulsive buy because I did zero research. I don’t recommend that approach but I’m glad it paid off this time.

Not pictured are the high end brands that I tried and have since returned:

Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 // This is the only one on this list that can be called a real BB Cream, and I’ve liked other formulas from Dr. Jart but, with all due respect, this went back to Sephora so fast. Too sticky. The single tone adjusting BB Creams don’t ever work on me aaaand this was no exception. I know they’re supposed to self adjust but I was paranoid about looking like a floating head. I had a weird cast on my face, and oh my god I need moisture, but I felt like this BB cream was sticky and shiny the entire day. Not in a dewy, fresh way. I looked straight up sticky.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen in Fair // This felt more like a primer than anything. It was very velvety at first but dried down to an almost powdery texture. It gave almost no coverage. I love Tarte because they use very natural ingredients and high reviews so I feel like I’m missing out on something. I wanted to like it but the formula just and this particular product got such great reviews. It just didn’t agree with me.

Aaand that’s it. I sampled a pretty wide array of BB creams and I forgot how nice it is to have a product you know and love. Looking for new products sucks, even though I love the rush of trying a new beauty thing.

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