Beauty

My top creams for dry, winter hands

It’s not unusual to see changes in skin when winter arrives. One area of the body that tends to get ignored often are the hands. The skin gets dry and flaky, and if it’s not moisturized properly, there are dry patches around the face and body. It’s always a good idea to start moisturizing before the dryness occurs, however, sometimes, the moisturizers don’t seem to make a difference. It’s not because they don’t work. It’s mostly because for winter we need something more heavy-duty, such as creams and butters as lotions work best in summers. After spending a few winters in Boston, I wanted to share some of the products that work in extreme weather (-15 F) and keep your hands soft and moisturized.

  1. The Body Shop Vitamin E Body Butter: This is a heavy-duty body butter. It can be used all over and does not have an over-powering smell like some other body butters. It hydrates for 24 hours and consists of Vitamin E and Community Trade cocoa butter.

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2. Lano Rose Hand Cream: This cream has a light texture and it absorbs readily and easily. It’s super nourishing and makes hands soft and hydrated instantly. The rose smell is a treat for the senses. This cream is cruelty-free and also free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone and talc; also free of PEGs.

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3. Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief: I mostly use this at night, it consists of Vitamin E and Shea Butter. It smells amazing but is on the greasier side, which is why a little bit goes a long way. Perfect for use while in the office when you need some aromatherapy 🙂

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Beauty · Fashion · Skincare and Makeup

Makeup: Day to night look

During the weekdays, it’s hard to apply a full face of makeup. Sometimes, it’s because you do not have enough time in the morning to do a full face of makeup, at other times, you feel it’s too much work. However, for days where I have activities planned through the evening, I came up with a quick makeup routine that takes me from morning to night. It’s not too much for the day and perfect if you are going out for dinner/drinks after work.

I start with applying a moisturizer, blend it in and make sure it’s absorbed. Then I apply a light primer (this is an extra step, but it helps the makeup stay put and last longer). I let it sit while I do my eyebrows and eyes. For eyes, I use brown or nude eyeshadow, apply a very thin eyeliner (mostly just at the lash line) and apply 2 coats of mascara.

Then I use a little bit of foundation (medium coverage-it’s better if you are only using it on a few spots) to conceal the under eye, nose or any spots that need it and blend it thoroughly. Sometimes, I switch it up, and only apply a tinted moisturizer along with some highlighter. If you have puffy eyes in the morning, I am linking a product by Clinique below that really helped with it. Next step is blush, which I apply lightly on the apples of the cheek and a bit of bronzer below the cheekbones. For the last step, I apply two coats of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipstick.

I am linking all the products below ❤

  1. Primer: Laura Mercier radiance  Foundation Primer
  2. Tinted moisturizer: Tarte’s Tarteguard SPF 20
  3. Eyeshade: Smashbox Matte Exposure Palatte 
  4. Eyeliner: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eye-lining Pen 
  5. Mascara: Diorshow by Dior
  6. Blush: Tarte Paaarty
  7. Bronzer: Bobbi Brown in Medium
  8. Highlighter: Benefit Watt’s Up
  9. Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Intense Nude
  10. Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Long -Lasting Makeup Setting Spray