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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!