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.
- 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.
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.
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 🙂
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 ❤
- Primer: Laura Mercier radiance Foundation Primer
- Tinted moisturizer: Tarte’s Tarteguard SPF 20
- Eyeshade: Smashbox Matte Exposure Palatte
- Eyeliner: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eye-lining Pen
- Mascara: Diorshow by Dior
- Blush: Tarte Paaarty
- Bronzer: Bobbi Brown in Medium
- Highlighter: Benefit Watt’s Up
- Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Intense Nude
- Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Long -Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
With the arrival of fall, I get new candles (think musky scents, vanilla and cinnamon), switch my coffee to something more soothing and sweet tasting like caramel, pecan or vanilla spice. For me, change in the air is what’s so appealing about fall. This also means, warmer sweaters (#sweaterweather) and ankle boots. However, not so appealing side is the dry skin and chapped lips. So, I decided that today I will share my go-to lipsticks for Fall (new season means new lipsticks too, right?). These are creamier and darker shades that keep your lips hydrated while providing rich color.
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in shade- CHAI
This handcrafted lipstick is a creamy mauve-brownand has a mint/citrus flavor. It’s made with 12 edible oils, which delivers consistent color and moisturization.
- NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Shade- Walkyrie
My go-to shade for summer and Fall. It’s has a velvety-matte finish and is a pencil, so you can line and fill your lips at the same time. It’s a non-drying formula and easy to carry.
- YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Shade- Rouge Tatouage
This is a lip stain and has buildable color.It smells amazing and provides up to eight hours of wear.
- Sephora Rouge Matte Lipstick in Shade- Super Hot
Perfect for a night out, the Rouge Matte has many shades that are perfect for fall.
- Stila Matte’ificent Lipstick in Shade- Bonbon
This is a warm brown shade, just perfect for fall and looks great during the day!
The one thing that I am attentive to every single day is my skin. I would go as far to say that I spend more time applying creams than I do makeup. Makeup excites me, and I believe that good makeup application starts with good, healthy and thoroughly prepped skin. When it comes to taking care of my skin, I avoid skipping any steps in applying products. This is especially true for my nighttime routine, when I take all my makeup off and really take my time to apply products and let them sink in. At night, I can apply thicker creams, moisturizing masks (depending on the season) and not worry about my face looking like an oil producing factory. All the while, giving my skin rest and recovery time for the next day.
Since my makeup routine consists of applying a light foundation every day when I head out for work, I only apply a moisturizer and/or primer and nothing else under my makeup. Sometimes, I am out in the sun as well and I think the environment can take its toll on your skin, so a BB cream cream with SPF or a moisturizer with SPF is a must.
For all the ladies out there, I will share some products that I am currently using and I am hoping you will find the product breakdown helpful. I try to switch products depending on the weather (for example, heavier creams in winter and gel moisturizers in summer). Here is a breakdown of the products:
- Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet: Caudalie is known for its clean ingredients. They are environmentally friendly and do not contain mineral oils, parabens and phthalates among other chemicals. This sorbet is in the form of a light gel cream that dissolves instantly upon application. It smells fresh and is hydrating. It’s good for summer months when you don’t need a lot of moisturizer but something to keep your skin hydrated. Additionally, it has a mild scent and is great for sensitive skin. I believe it works well on dry skin as well.
- Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: The radiance serum is milky and is readily absorbed. I usually apply the serum on my face after cleansing and gently pat it to make sure its absorbed before applying the moisturizer. It helps with dark spots and overall skin tone. It is also oil-free which a plus for me.
- Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Dream: I heard about the hype for this lip product and only recently started using it. I will say that after using it a couple of times, I did feel a different in the dryness levels of my lips. I wake up to baby soft lips and I feel they get dry less frequently. I usually apply this at night and use a regular Chapstick for the day as it has a sheer tint (in which case it can be work alone for a natural look).
- Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil (Ultra-hydrating): I was really excited to try this face oil. It smells nice and is infused wth rose quartz. It readily absorbs in the skin and is suitable for sensitive skin. It doesn’t have a strong floral scent which is what I like about this product. Sometimes, my skin needs more hydration and starts drying out. I apply this on top of the Caudalie moisturizer at night and gently massage it on my face and neck.
- Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment: This is my go to when my skin is feel out-of-balance. It is on the pricier side but a little goes a long way. I feel that it does exfoliate and remove dead, dull skin cells even though it has no obvious beads for exfoliation. It has a strong scent, so I use it only at night and discontinue when I feel my skin is feeling less congested and clear.