My Recommendations for Dry Winter Skin

Over the holidays, the husband and I flew out to visit my dad for Christmas. Another Christmas gift? It was first class both ways. I’ve never flown first class before and, if you book far in advance, the extra money is totally worth it at least once in your life. It makes the trip extra special and a little more tolerable since you’re not packed in like sardines.

But no matter where you sit, traveling by plane can wreck havoc on your skin. The stress, the dry air on the plane, and–if you’re super late or early–the lack of sleep. No good!

And my dad lives in Wisconsin, so it was COLD. Like temperatures around the Artic Circle cold. One morning when we were going out to breakfast, the thermometer read -20F (not factoring in wind chill.) That week, it got up to a balmy 4F one day. So with the airplane ride, the freezing wind, the bitter winter air, and the dry heat from the wood fire heat, my skin FREAKED out. It managed to break out in pimples AND be dry and itchy. I was convinced my skin was throwing a tantrum over deciding to go somewhere for Christmas that was colder than where I live, instead of going somewhere warmer like sane people.

The travel skincare kit I got wasn’t doing anything for it, either. I won’t mention it since it’s not something I’d recommend anyway. It barely kept the dry itchy skin at bay and my zits got worse. My Dad’s aloe plant probably saved my skin’s life for those two weeks.

When I came back, I dove right back into my winter skincare routine. My skin came back to life within 24 hours. 

I know what you’re thinking. “Really? You need that many products?” Well no not really. I’m a self-proclaimed skincare junkie, so my routines are always bordering over the top. Plus I wanted to slam my face and skin with as much moisture as I could. For the sake of not having a blog post that’s a novel’s worth, I’m going to be focusing on only certain items. The skincare. I’ll put up a part 2 later on the other products.

First off, you’ll want a cleanser that isn’t foamy, as foam can strip your skin of moisture. This cleanser from pur-lisse is a cream cleanser that does a good job of removing makeup, too. It’s all flat lol. It’s almost all gone and I really do love it. Most importantly, it doesn’t clog my pores. If you do struggle with breakouts even in the winter, find a noncomedogenic yet moisturizing cleanser! This cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

If you use toner, stay away from alcohol based ones. They’ll dry out your face like a mother-. I chose this one by derma-e because it combats the redness on my face that tends to get worse in the winter.

I find that using a serum at least in the winter is a great way to add in extra moisture while combating specific skin concerns. This one by derma-e addresses redness and sensitivity. 

The undereye is one of the most fragile areas on our face, and it doesn’t usually produce much oil, so it needs extra moisture. Plus, as dark circles become more apparent on my skin when I don’t have a tan, a brightening undereye cream helps. I’m using this one by Arbonne. Word to those who struggle with easily clogged pores: Don’t go all ham with eye cream right away. If they’re too rich they’ll cause little white bumps that are tough to get rid off. Stay vigilant with the area you apply it. 

I have combination skin, but I pick a lightweight moisturizer that’s suitable for normal to dry skin since my face is more parched in the winter. I use this one by pur-lisse (psst, it’s in sale on the pur-lisse website right now.)

Want more hydration? Then I recommend this baby. This moisture mask by Nuxe is my Holy Grail when it comes to battling dry skin. It even helped the dry, itchy, red patches that crept up between my eyes as the weather got cooler in the fall and my skin decided to flip out over it. This mask claims to moisturize for 24 hours, and I feel it lives up to this claim! The directions say to apply, leave on for 10 minutes, then massage into the skin. I massage it in right away like I would a moisturizer, then leave it on all night. My skin feels baby soft the next morning and all day, even when it’s below zero! And best of all, my skin feels truly hydrated from within instead of feeling all greased up like with some moisture masks. 

And just because you can’t see the sun behind those snow clouds doesn’t mean UV rays can’t damage your skin. Always wear your spf! I don’t mind this one by derma-e that feels a bit heavier because to me, it’s like an extra soft face sweater to protect my skin from the elements.

So there you have it! This may seem overwhelming, but it’s my routine that works best for me. Different strokes and all. Keep a look out for part 2 where I address winter skincare for lips and body. 

What do you do to battle wintery dry skin? Leave a comment and let me know!

January 2017 Ipsy Bag Review

Before we get to the good stuff, I want to welcome you to my first post! Thank you so much for taking time to read it. Even though I know it’s going to be a LOOONNNG journey because I have so much to learn, I’m looking forward to the experience.

As I’m learning how to write a beauty blog, I’m learning photography, too. Photography isn’t brand new to me. I’ve dabbled for years. But I finally decided to get serious about it as part of a New Year’s resolution. I ended up purchasing my first DSLR camera. I only wish I did it sooner! I’m already in love with it!

With that, I learned how awful the lighting in my apartment is. My bedroom provides the most space to lay everything out and provides the most natural light, but it’s a very gloomy and rainy day outside. To compensate, I have a table lamp and a floor lamp.

The table lamp is in the most convenient place to stage the products. However, the light bulb gives off this gross, yellow tone. It’s cozy for a bedroom and easier on the eyes, but terrible for photography. The floor lamp on the other side of the room has bright, almost sun-like light, but no place to set up.

I need to do better planning and not photograph on gloomy days. For now, I apologize.

So let’s get to business!

First off, the theme is Metropolis, and the bag design was inspired by city skyscrapers.

I personally think that it reminds me more of the athleisure trend we’re seeing in fashion. It’s like the mesh on a running shoe. I’m not complaining though!

What matters to me most is the stuff inside.

Blush is an essential to me. I’ve tried ModelCo products in past bags and I’ve always liked them. The shade Peach Bellini is the peachy, shimmery color below. Check out that pigment. AND dat sheen.

The streak next to it is this guy from Manna Kamar.

It’s in the pinkier side of bronze.The shade is called Fantasy, and it’s the only color of this particular product. At first glance it looks pretty ordinary, but it does a beautiful job of adding some sparkle to an everyday, neutral eye look. This morning I took a fawn colored shadow stick, smudged it all over my lids, and dusted this on my inner corners and the middle of my eyelid. The results were beautiful! It claims to be a 3-in-1 product that you can use as an eyeshadow, a highlight, and a bronzer.

On to the Camera Ready BB Cream. Because there’s nothing like a good BB Cream on lazy or rushed days, and Smashbox hasn’t failed me yet.

I got the shade light/medium. It looks too dark because my arms are so pale right now, but it actually sheers out very nicely on my face.

Blended out, it gives your skin a natural and lovely no-makeup makeup base. Plus, SPF 35!

These last two products I was so excited about. I’m addicted to both.

Ipsy finally sent me a nail polish! The last time I recieved a polish was December 2015. About time!

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in the shade I’m Not A Ballerina is a loverly baby pink, perfect for spring color. And baby, it lasts and lasts.

That’s after 8 days. A teeny bit of peeling at the edge on my index finger and thumb, but otherwise it looked almost as good as the day I put it on. Opacity in two coats, and not streaky at all like a lot of light colored polishes. And it’s so, so shiny.

Next is one of two masks.

My camera did not want to focus right on this product. But that’s okay, because this product is awesome! Sheet masks are awesome! Especially when they work as well as this one for only $1.50! 10 minutes is all you need with this Sally’s Box Loverecipe Mask. Ipsy gave subscribers two kinds to try: Acai Berry and Aloe Vera (the Aloe one I used pretty much the minute I opened the glambag.) I must mention that your skin might feel a little sticky for a half hour or so, but you’re left behind with baby-soft skin that feels hydrated from within. Plus the little scenes on the packaging are adorable.

I rarely get a bag I don’t like from ipsy, and this one was no exception! I got two products I yearned for and three that worked out pretty well.

If you want to build up your makeup collection on the cheap or want to explore new brands, you really should check ipsy out. It’s a $10 a month subscription service that sends you 5 deluxe sample-sized or even full-sized products every month. As a subscriber for almost two years, I say money well spent.

If you’re interested, check it out here! More info