As the seasons change, so do out beauty essentials. At least mine does. I go for heavier products in just about every aspect of my beauty products. I won’t ramble, so let’s just get to it.
- Exfoliate: One of the biggest parts of beauty is skin care. In my experience exfoliation is the perfect way to get a smooth canvas for make up application. With or without make up, I reach for my St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It’s rough enough to get that layer of dead skin off but gentle enough that it won’t cause any harm to your skin. It’s also great for blemish control.
- Hydrate: Next to exfoliation, keeping your skin hydrated is equally as important. When your skin is desperate for hydration it does the opposite of what you would expect. Instead of making your skin look dry it will produce more oil. No one wants to look like a grease ball right? In these cases I reach for my GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Mask. It’s light weight and can be left on the face all day. For a pamper day, I reach for my When The Last Choice Sheet Mask. It’s super hydrating and after you leave it on your 20-30 minutes whatever is left you simply rub it in.
- Moisturize: Moisturizing is clearly important all year but your skin is SCREAMING for this in the Winter months. The air can be quite harsh on the skin, so it’s very important (IMO) to switch to a heavier cream during this time. On days when I want a light level of moisture I can reach for the Coconut oil. You can get this ANYWHERE! It’s cheap and last for ions. On more brisk days when I need something heavier, I reach for my Pond’s Dry Skin Cream. It works wonders, isn’t greasy, and doesn’t take long to settle into the skin.
- Exfoliate: The E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator is my go to, to get my lips right. Dry lips are the absolute worse, and the winter air doesn’t make it any better. This is the best $3, I ever spent. It’s rough enough to get everything off, taste good, and once your done you lips are kissable soft.
- Hydrate: Lip the average female, I have an abundance of lip balms. From classic Blistex or Chapstick to my love the Smith’s Rosebud Minted Rose Lip Balm from Sephora. This is the best thing since sliced bread. It last for a few hours and you lips feel great with it on and once it soaks in.
- Matte Bold Lip Colors: Nothing screams fall more then a matte lip color. Especially a bold lip color. I won’t go into a million brands of liquid lipsticks but they are great for winter. They stay put, last all day, and range in price from high to low. Tip: Put a little lip balm underneath. They will apply super smooth and you lips won’t dry out.
- Exfoliate: You see the trend here? Exfoliation is super important to rid your body of the dead skin. Under the dry dead skin, is new fresh skin! Exfoliate your body for smooth skin, closer shave, and usually they make you smell delicious. You can get body scrub from anywhere. Ulta has a great selection, get one here.
- Moisturize: Just like with the face, you should reach for something thicker in the winter months. Help that body stay hydrated. I reach for body butters. They smell delicious, blend well and keep you “anti-gray” all day!
- Foot Care: You may have no idea what exfoliating your feet, using some old school vaseline, and some nice comfy and cozy socks will do for your feet. You will wake up with baby smooth feet, perfect for rubbing up on your boo ;).
- Hydrating Primer: My favorite hydrating primer is the Too Faced Hangover Rx. It’s super light weight, smells good, hydrates your skin and doesn’t make you matte or dewy. It just makes you look hydrated. I love this all year long but especially in the winter months.
- Pore Filling Primer: I have canyons, yes canyons on my cheeks. Pore city! No matter what I do, they won’t shrink. It’s a gene thing, so I do the next best thing. I fill them right on up. The Too Faced Primed and Poreless is my go to for this issue. I used to use the Benefit Porefessional which works just as good but I tried the TooFaced one and never looked back. It blends well, has no color once set, and it does a great job at making my skin smooth for make up application.
- Foundation: I’m personally not one for full coverage foundation any time of year but in the winter I certainly reach for foundation in general. Studio Fix Fluid is a super popular foundation from MAC. It’s heavy but light on the skin (IMO) if that makes any sense. It can be built up to make you flawless or sheered out with the right products to cover up just enough. I’m more of a BB Cream person in the warmer months because it’s just too hot for life lol. Foundations are great in the winter. Especially a matter finish. Super popular in the colder months.
And that’s all folks!! I hope this helps someone. What are you winter beauty essentials?? Let’s chat about it!
Until next time…BE FABULOUS!