Current Beauty Faves: February

Since this week isn’t turning out to be all that exciting, I thought I’d share with you some of the beauty products I have been hooked on this winter. A lot of these are products I have been using for years, but a few are new things I’ve added to the ever-changing beauty arsenal.

Note: Links are mostly through Ulta or Sephora. Prices will vary depending on where you shop, especially for drugstore brands.

1. Bliss High Intensity hand cream with macadamia oil and grapeseed extract, $18

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With the cold, dry winter comes dry hands. I have tried a litany of hand lotions, cheap and expensive, and while this one isn’t exactly cheap, it’s the best one I have found so far. The smell, I’ll warn you, is a bit strong and not at all girly. I don’t mind that as long as it works, and it sure does. It leaves my hands soft without feeling greasy which is especially good now that I have an iPhone, and don’t like grossing it up. Just use about half of what you think you’ll need.

2. BB Creams:
L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Fair, $11
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream with SPF 30 in Light, $9

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I have always been lazy about foundations. Even though I have a mild case of adult acne, blotchy skin from years of lifeguarding and birth control (oh, hyperpigmentation…you son of a bitch), and an overall insecurity about my skin, the thought of piling on foundation every day seems like too much work. I like being able to get ready and out the door fast because I’m so damn lazy.

Enter the BB Cream – this stuff is part moisturizer, part foundation, and so easy to put on that I hardly consider it makeup. I am bouncing between the two seen here, trying to figure out which one I like better. The L’Oreal version has a bit more coverage, which I like, but I ended up getting a shade darker than I probably should have, so sometimes it looks a bit dark on me. The Maybelline version feels a little greasy going on, but I’m assuming that’s because of the SPF in it. The coverage isn’t as great, but for something light and with a built-in sunscreen, I kinda like it…especially on days when I exercise outside.

Since I haven’t used BB cream before now, I haven’t ventured into the more expensive brands. I might though, when I get the time to do some more research. Or if you lovely readers have found one you like, let me know!

3. Moisturizing Lip Products:
Revlon Color Burst Lip Color in Candy Apple, $7.50
Sugar Rose and Sugar Lip Treatments with SPF 15, $22.50 each (travel size shown in photo below)

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With the cold, dry winter also comes chapped, dry lips. The Sugar products I have been using for the past few years, and while they aren’t cheap (I know, $23 for chapstick seems like a lot), they are the only products I use on my lips every day. I have the regular size versions of the Rose and Passion in my purse right now. I use them until they’re gone, which I can’t say for plain ol’ chapstick.

The Revlon Color Burst was something I tried after every single beauty guru on YouTube recommended it. If that many high-end makeup hoarders love it, it’s worth checking out. I have an aversion to lipstick, but this stuff doesn’t feel like lipstick, so I fully endorse it for the lipstick-phobes out there like me. I also have an aversion to red lipstick, but since this product really lets you control how red you go, it’s great for when you just want a little, or you can pile it on for a louder red.

4. C. Booth Multi-Action Body Lotion in Coconut Fig, $10

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I’m sure you’re starting to see a theme here – lots and lots of moisturizing! I have had this since June, and it’s almost gone, which is a good testament to this lotion. I used to be one of those women who had a dozen half-empty bottles because I got bored with them so quickly. This one stuck around, and is pretty much the only one I use. It’s great for treating sunburns (which is why I originally got it), after shaving your legs, and for everyday use. The smell isn’t that strong or girly, which is great for me because it doesn’t compete with perfumes I usually wear.

5. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original, $8

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Have I mentioned that when it comes to getting ready in the morning, I’m lazy?

I have tried quite a few dry shampoos over the past couple years. Since I have dark brown hair, I can be quite picky since a lot of them leave my hair looking like I have grey roots (so uncool). This is a nice mid-price option, doesn’t leave my hair looking grey, and does the job. Plus, it’s from England – and since the Europeans have been privy to dry shampoo for years, I trust they know their shit.

I have also tried the $20 per bottle Klorane and Ojon versions, and they work the same (but cost a LOT more). I have also used the Tresemme Fresh Start dry shampoo, which is only around $5, and I it works pretty well too.

Well, there you have it – my beauty must haves for winter! Let me know if there are any products out there I should try, especially BB creams – I’m still a novice when it comes to those!

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