It always seems like I rely on my beauty products most heavily when the temperatures get extreme. I’m far from a beauty product junkie–I like to keep my makeup to a minimum, I have highly sensitive skin, and just don’t have enough space for a ton of products in general. However, there are a select few products I keep going back to again and again, especially during the winter months, which wreak havoc on my skin, hair, and body. These products are a girl’s saving grace.
Glossier phase 1 set
From the makers of Into The Gloss comes a line of facial products I can’t get enough of. These three are part of the Phase 1 set (c/o) which also includes a really light, tinted moisturizer (not pictured). I loved the way it felt on my skin, but I need a little extra coverage, so that’s why you don’t see it here. For those gals that don’t like a full coverage foundation, I would highly recommend that you try it! All products in the kit are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, appropriate for all skin types, non-comedogenic, non-irritating, paraben free, alcohol free, and not tested on animals.
My favorite of this bunch is definitely the buildable, priming moisturizer. It’s a facial lotion and primer in one. It goes on so smooth, it makes skin feel like a velvety soft canvas. The lip balm is a close second–how can you resist a name like “balm.com”? Think of it as similar to Aquaphor, but a little thicker in texture. I use the rosewater facial mist right when I get out of the shower, but also can’t wait to use use it in the summer months for a quick cool-down.
H20+ face & body
Every H20+ product I’ve ever tried smells like complete heaven. I have a hard time with breakouts, so the anti-acne clarifying wash is great for breakout-prone, sensitive skin. It’s ultra-gentle, but smells amazing! I use it with my Clarisonic (see below!) Their lavender products are no different, the scrub is great for smoothing dry winter skin, and the rich, lavender lotion feels like a spa treatment in itself.
best of HAIR
I slather my hair in Moroccan Oil after every wash to keep it hydrated. I usually let my hair air-dry, so it’s is key to achieving my soft waves without the frizz. I also use my teasing brush anytime I style my hair to help keep it in place, regardless of whether I’m doing an updo, or a curled down-do. These brushes are key–SO much better than the plastic “teasing combs” that you’re tempted to buy at CVS. They are not created equal!
Sole Serum is an amazing weapon that you may not have heard of yet, but it’s definitely a big helper when it comes to those days where you happen to be in heels, constantly on the go (or at night when you’re going out on the town.) I don’t wear heels much anymore (because I’m a total grandma and don’t go out that often) so when I do, my feet aren’t as conditioned to being smushed and bruised like they used to be way back when, so this stuff is a lifesaver.
I’m not really a brush fanatic, but there are two brushes that I really couldn’t live without: my Clarisonic, and my Real Techniques powder brush. If you haven’t tried the Clarisonic yet, I couldn’t gush about anything more. It really does make a big difference in your skin! It definitely comes with a hefty price tag, but I think it’s worth it. My Real Techniques powder brush feels and works just the same as more expensive brushes I’ve owned from Sephora and M.A.C., but it only costs $10 (plus, you can pick it up at your local drugstore)!
I’ve been really trying to drink more liquids this winter, as it immensely helps with skin and makes your body feel better overall, but I’m not really into plain water. Luckily, I discovered David’s Tea! I put down a LOT of this Coconut Oolong, which is good for you and helps with the whole liquid-consumption-when-you-hate-water thing. I’m also starting to prefer it over coffee, which helps avoid the afternoon jitters.