Today, I’m sharing my WINTER BEAUTY BUYS!
I don’t know about you, but I kind of have to tweak my hair, skin and makeup routine just a bit as the seasons change. A little lighter in the summer (and sweat/humidity resistant) and then more moisturizing in the winter. I thought today, I would share what I’m using now in case you wanted to try something new.
Guys, I love trying new beauty products! Over the years, I have subscribed to different monthly beauty boxes and always get so excited when one arrives at my house. Right now, I’m using Sephora Play Boxes and each month, I’m like “Eeeeeeks! Beauty Samples!”. I could also read blog posts about beauty stuff every day too. #obsessed
I’m really excited because today’s post includes my new favorite brand. I slowly started incorporating this stuff into my routine 18 months ago (at the suggestion of my sweet friend Ashley) and now, these are staples (ESPECIALLY IN WINTER!)…
Okay, I have never considered selling any sort of product like this before, but I did, at one point, tell Andrew that I wanted to sell Beauty Counter because I loved it so much. I mean…I don’t think I need one other thing to work on in my life, but that’s how much I love this stuff. I’m not selling it, but I’m a total FAN! I have tried a lot of different products over the last year and a half and most I love, but some I don’t…these right here are my faves and are incorporated into my winter beauty routine…
#1: Instant Glow– Now, you’ll see another glow product below that I love because it has an SPF in it, but this one is so nice too and I use it a little differently. I use the other one (see below) under my makeup, but this one, I just add a little with my moisturizer on days when I’m not wearing makeup, headed to the gym, etc.
#3: Brightening Vitamin C Face Oil– Yesssssss! I have been adding a drop of this with my moisturizer every morning! Again, it smells nice and citrus-y, but in my opinion, it makes my morning moisturizer (see below) just that more hydrating.
#4: Balancing Charcoal Facial Mask– This thing is a cult-classic. You apply a thin layer of the mask (it comes out black), your skin tightens up just a bit and then after about 10 minutes, you remove it with warm water. I love to put it on before I hop in the tub and then take it off when I get out. Love!
#5: Sugar Body Scrub– I bet I’ve bought at least 4 of these over the last 18 months! I just scrub some on while I’m in the tub/shower and it really smooths out my skin (especially in places where I get dry skin like my arms and feet).
#6: Body Butter– I love this in the winter months!! This body butter smells like orange peel and reallllllly moisturizes! I apply a thick layer after each shower/bath. I’m obsessed!
#7: Cleansing Balm– Okay, I adore this. I have been using this cleansing balm daily for the last 6-ish months. It removes all of my makeup including my eye makeup without drying out my skin. Like all of it. I take about a pea-sized amount, rub it all over my face and then wipe it off with warm water. Everything comes off…even my waterproof eyeliner and mascara! It smells so nice and is so HYDRATING!
So, I’m a huge Beauty Counter fan these days. I realllllly wish they would come out with a deodorant because as you know, I’m on a quest to find one. If you haven’t heard “their story” about why they make their products they way they do (all-natural, free of all that junk!), click HERE. One last thing that I’m loving from them before I share a few other faves…
So, a little Beauty Counter in my routine and these products too…
…give me #alltheserums! ALL OF THEM.
I’ve told you about the SK-II and the Advanced Night Repair before. I use them year around. Right now, the serum is sold out, and I can’t find it anywhere online…so if it doesn’t come back, I’ll have to try something new. I have started using the Good Genes about twice a week. It’s really strong, so I personally can’t wear it daily. I use the SK-II every morning after I wash my face before I apply my moisturizer and then, I use either the Advanced Night Repair or the Good Genes at night after I wash my face before I apply my moisturizer. I love the Good Genes because it tingles a bit when you apply it and honest to goodness, I think it gets rid of all of that dull skin that sits on top. When I tried using it more than twice a week, it made my skin red, so I stopped. This trio is fantastic!
Speaking of my moisturizer…
…I still swear by this stuff both morning and night. It’s so hydrating! You feel your skin plumping up every time you apply it! I wear it year around and ALWAYS love it!
I’ve mentioned this Moisture Surge from Clinique before. It’s an overnight mask, so a few nights a week, I apply it over everything right before I go to bed. I swear, I totally feel like my skin is more hydrated when I wake up. It’s kind of crazy how great this is. I love that it’s clear too, so that you can’t see it.
My two faves for making my eyelashes look good year around…the Neulash that helps them grow longer and thicker (I swipe it on at night) and my Laura Mercier eyelash curler. They’re the perfect combination!
These two are what I use for my “foundation” every morning. This Primer Plus Radiance goes on first followed by my foundation stick (in natural). They don’t get chalky and dry out my skin, plus, the radiance gives me just an extra boost of healthy looking instead of dry and dull looking.
Speaking of my “normal” eye shadow, I use this…
…all the pretty basic colors in one palette!
Okay, for my hair. I started using this stuff last year…
These three are my cocktail for frizz-free hair. After I wash it, I towel dry my hair and apply the Mistress (it smells like coconut!) to my hair followed by the Mai Tai Sea Salt Spray. Then, after it’s dry, I use the Moroccanoil on it before I curl it.
Whew! Okay, lots of things today! What is your number one favorite winter weather beauty buy??? I’m always looking to try new things!! Comment and share!