What Products Got me Through January

January always seems like a rough time. Christmas has left me broke, I’m trying to keep up with my new goals, and its only getting more cold and more dry here. However there are some products that have helped me through vacation, dry weather, and just an all around crazy month.

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Currently, my skin is breaking out and I am in the process of switching jobs so I am trying to keep up with life in general so my skincare and makeup have sort of taken a backseat. However, there are a few things that have been helping me to look like an adult that has it all together while I definitely do not.

My Makeup Routine

My go-to makeup routine is to do my brows, liner, and mascara. In the last week or so I have added a touch of concealer under my eyes. This helps me to look like I have gone to bed when the clock still said pm in the last few weeks.

Right now for my brows I use the Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium.  This color is a good balance with my natural roots and my blonde hair. I am obsessed with applicators like this. Pencils are great and powder works fine but gel with this mascara like applicator go on so fast and so even without looking like I filled my brows. I like that it looks like my brows look like they are natural and don’t need to be filled in. This also lasts all day and doesn’t flake or rub off like some other products that I have tried.

For my lashes I use the Too Faced Better Than Sex and Diamonds. This formula is a limited edition from Too Faced and I really hope that they decide to keep it. It is a lot smoother than the original and doesn’t flake off as badly. It works well for both top and bottom lashes. I also love the voluminous and long look it gives to my lashes. On top of all that it has cute packaging with little diamonds on it.

My liner really hasn’t changed much in the last year or so to be honest. I still use the Ulta Beauty fine tip liner and I am still loving it. It doesn’t move once you put it on and I can make the line super thin like I like to. I feel like I have talked about this a ton on my site so I’ll leave it at this.

For under my eyes I am using a different concealer than I usually do. I am using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. This concealer honestly shocked me. I did not expect it to be anything special but I 10000% recommend this to anyone looking for an alternative to Shape Tape. It is a really creamy formula, it isn’t drying, and it is super pigmented. I love it. Please do me and you a favor and go out and purchase this. I put it under my eyes and over spots where I’m breaking out and set it and feel so much better about my skin.

My Skincare Routine

I can’t tell you how many nights I’ll fall asleep on the couch and drag myself to the bedroom and just want to crawl in bed makeup and all. However, I have discovered the Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser. There are two different ways that I use this. Sometimes I will just get some of this on my hands with warm water and take my makeup off and wash my face all at once. This is not my favorite way to take my makeup off and wash my face but some nights its what I do. The other way I use this is just like a normal makeup remover. It takes everything off without being drying and leaving that weird film on my skin like wipes do.

For regular face wash I will use one of two face washes and I love them both equally. I will either use the Simple Micellar Facial Wash or I will use The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Cleanser. I will use the Simple one when my skin is feeling really irritated and dry because it is really gentle on my skin. It helps to clean my skin without striping everything out of it. I will use The Body Shop one when my skin is less irritated and I want a little bit of a deeper cleanse. This one I use more at night for this very reason.

As far as moisturizer I have been using a moisturizer and glow boost combo. The moisturizer I am currently using is not exactly budget friendly but I am definitely in love with it. The Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum is what is helping my skin to make through winter in Idaho. It helps my skin to stay really moisturized without it feeling oily. The glow boost that I am using is this one. It is a Valo Glow Boost that smells AMAZING. If you just purchase this to smell it it would e worth it. It leaves my skin really glowy without being greasy and makes it so smooth and soft.

My Hair Routine

So ever since I colored my hair last month I have had to change things up a bit. Also after spending last week in the sun on vacation I came back a lot more blonde than I anticipated. To help keep my hair soft and silky all week I was using the classic Treseme Shampoo and Conditioner. I did wash my hair everyday because of the salt, sand, and dirt that it was covered in at the end of the day. After I got out of the shower I used the Wet detangling leave in conditioner and then brushed my hair and let it air dry. II seriously cannot emphasize enough how soft my hair was every day. Some nights instead of using a detangling spray I used the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream. This is basically a super sticky hair gel. I would use this by putting it into towel dried hair and running it through with my fingers. I would let it air dry overnight and then style my hair in the morning . It helped it to have a more beach-y look to it and style much easier. Now that I am back I use it the same way on days when I don’t wash my hair.

These products helped me through what I think is the toughest month of the year. Let me know what you guys do to help get you through January and check back next week for my lazy girls guide to skincare!

Beauty Goals for 2019

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I have always heard that writing down your goals is the best way to keep them. Maybe sharing them with all of you on my site will keep me extra accountable for them.

When it comes to beauty being stagnate is a huge fear of mine. I feel like this is where pictures such as me from my senior prom where I still didn’t know how to do brows come from. Trying new things was scary so I just didn’t do it.

Seriously where were my eyebrows in this pic? Maybe hiding behind my beautiful mother.

Be more creative with my eye makeup

I have pretty much stuck to the same routine when it comes to eye color for the past few years. I really want to try to mix things up and see what bright colors and maybe even fake lashes look like on me. Essentially my goal is to be able to look back on pictures of myself and know that I tried everything that I wanted to try.

I think the pallet I want to try is this Morphe pallet.  The colors are so pretty and not too crazy for someone who is a bit of a beginner like me when it comes to colors that aren’t nudes. The colors will also nicely compliment my green eyes.

Try more natural brands

One of my personal goals for the last few months has been to be more eco-friendly. I want to try more brands that are natural so that I am not creating more waste that cannot be used. On top of knowing that my skin reacts really well to natural products, I think that this will really help me to keep this goal of being more natural overall.

One brand that I am exited to try is Alaffia. It is a super affordable brand with eco-friendly packaging. I have heard all good things about it so I’m really excited to get my hands on some.

Wear makeup more often

This sounds super weird considering there are probably people who have the exact opposite goal. Mostly wearing makeup helps me to see the things about my face that I really like and how to highlight them. I also love trying products and I have a whole box of products that I have purchased that I haven’t tried yet.

Be nicer to my hair

This goal has a lot with the fact that my hair is still recovering from going blonde. Before I colored my hair it was so healthy. The stylist told me that it was some of the healthiest hair she had seen in her 12 years of working in salons. Now I have it colored and it is pretty dry and dead. With blowdrying it everyday and occasionally curling it, my hair doesn’t feel like it used to so I really want to get it back to feeling shiny and new.

These are my biggest beauty goals for the new year and I am really excited to let you guys know how they go. Let me know what you guys think and what your new years goals are!

What I Have Learned From Going Blonde

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My wonderful husband gave me a fantastic early Christmas present and funded me getting a balayage. I have wanted to dye my hair for a long time but I put it off until after the wedding. I didn’t want to be uncomfortable with my hair or unfamiliar with it on the day when my hair needed to be the lesser of my worries.

I have been blonde for just over a two weeks and I am in love with the way it looks. This is something that I had been warned before that it might wash me out but I took the chance and I absolutely love it. Sometimes I still get confused at the blonde hairs on the couch but I’ll get used to it.

To help combat the dry and sometimes frizzy hair that is super different from what I’m used to; here are a few products that I use to help it look and feel a little healthier.

Shampoos and Conditioners

When you color your hair you have to change up your hair care routine a bit. For me, I have found that I need to wash my hair a little less than I normally do and I condition my hair every single day.

Paul Mitchel Extra-Body Shampoo and Conditioner

This shampoo-conditioner set is not specifically for color treated hair so it doesn’t have some of the benefits that those shampoos do but it helps when my hair is starting to get frizzy. The shampoo doesn’t create the best suds to wash your hair but the conditioner helps the frizzy ends when the dryness starts to get to my hair.

As far as cost goes this is not the most wallet-friendly product but I get mine at JCP where they usually have a good sale going on. These ones I bought on black Friday when it was buy one get one half off so I got them for about 20$ total.

Maui Moisture Color Protection + Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner

This is a shampoo-conditioner set that is meant for colored treated hair so it has ingredients that help your hair to stay healthy with color. I like this brand a lot because it is a more natural brand that is vegan, sulfate free, and made with pure coconut water. It is also pretty kind on your wallet and works like professional salon brands.

This shampoo and conditioner have some great minerals that help to protect your hair color and bring some moisture back into it. They bring some natural shine back into my hair so that it doesn’t look dull or dry. As far as cost these are pretty good. Depending on where you get them they can be between 8 and 9 dollars. I got the ones I have right now from Ulta Beauty for 9 but I know that Walmart also carries the same product.

Matrix Total Results Brass Off Color Obsessed Shampoo and Conditioner

So if you, like me, have decide to go blonde then your hair has needed toner. However, toner fades over time and the way to keep it a little longer is to use special shampoo like this one. It is usually a deep purple/blue color that you don’t have to use very often at first but you increase frequency as you time goes on. This shampoo does make my hair really soft and it suds really well. However, if you use it too soon after ding your hair it can turn it a little blue so the general rule is to wait about two weeks.

As far as cost these shampoos and conditioners are a bit more pricy but my recommendation is to invest in something good. It is going to be less expensive than getting a touch up more often because the toner fades. Invest in your hair color and you will see results. I also got these from JCPenny for about 13$ each but I have found it to be a good investment.

Leave in Treatments

Living in as dry of a climate as I do leave in products are a must. They keep my hair soft and smooth between washes and help my hair to hold in moisture better.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

So weather or not you have colored hair I still recommend this product.  It does amazing things for your hair that you can’t really get anywhere else. It is a spray but it is the consistency of conditioner. It makes my hair so soft and also helps with being a heat protectant. It adds a lot of moisture to my hair so I have to be careful with how much I use or it will start to feel like there is a lot of product in it. It helps to detangle hair a lot so that when you brush it you aren’t ripping out enough hair to create a wig for yourself. The next time you’re running to Target or Walmart or wherever you like to run errands pick up a bottle and look at the list of things that it does for your hair on the back. They are all 100% true for me and my hair type.

The best way to use it, for me at least, is to spray 3-4 sprays on towel dry hair and use a comb to brush it through all of my hair. I usually blow dry it after because I am a morning shower person and if I leave the house with wet hair in winter it will literally freeze before I get to my car.

As far as cost this is not the most friendly to the wallet, I’m not going to lie. It is an amazing product but the next leave in product I’m talking about is just as good and I recommend just as much and it is more budget friendly if that is what you are looking for.

Wet Brush Time Release Detangler 

This is a product that the stylist recommended to me when I got my hair colored as a good leave in product to use. The first thing I noticed when I used it is how good it made my hair smell and the smell lasted all day. This is definitely something that I reach for super often because it helps my wet hair to be detangled and it also has heat protectant in it so I can blow dry my hair after using it as well. It has keratin that helps my hair to be stronger to help the wet noodle feeling that I talked about earlier. I also don’t notice the feeling of hair feeling like it has too much product in it like I do with the previous product. I think this is because it is not as thick like that one is.

As far as price this one is a little lighter on the wallet. And honestly I think it is amazing and I reach for it just as often as I do the It’s a 10 product.

Pharm to Table Coconut Argon Hydrating Leave-In

This was something that I picked up at TJMaxx and I have really fallen in love with it. It smells amazing and the coconut oil in it really helps my hair to have some great shine and moisture. It also has argon oil and bamboo extract in it which are things that my hair always really loves. It makes it really soft and helps to repair some damage. It doesn’t have heat protectant in it so I will use it on days when I don’t have to go to work in the morning or when I am staying home for the day and when I can let my hair air dry.

Coconut Oil

So for this one I don’t think that it really matters what brand you use. Sometimes I will use whatever I find at the grocery store in the jars with the cooking stuff but the one that I am loving at the moment is the Shea Moisture Coconut Oil.

The way that I use this is at night I will coat all of my hair in it and put it in a towel with a towel on my pillow and sleep with it in my hair. I wash it out in the morning like I would normally wash my hair and it helps give my hair so much life. I heard of this when I was watching some interview with Kim Kardashian and she mentioned that this was something that she did with blonde hair to keep it healthy. I figured why not give it a shot and it really works.

 

Beauty Things I’m Still Not Good At

I have been doing my makeup since I was in like the fourth or fifth grade and I have had skin issues in all different climates, I have had really long hair and chopped it off more than once. Somehow there are still things that I really suck at. 

I don’t know that there is anyone out there who really have the whole beauty thing figured out. (If you are one of those people please message me, I have questions.) As much it may feel like I have things figured out or even look like I know exactly what I am doing I still feel like a novice. 

Wearing glasses with foundation

The first thing that I feel like I am still really bad at is wearing glasses with a full face of makeup. I wear glasses most of the time but sometimes I dont them. I also wear sunglasses pretty much every time I am in the car so I always end up with two bear spots at either side of my nose. I have tried carrying a beauty blender with me but I feel like there is a better method that I just don’t know about.

Eyeliner

Most mornings I can manage what would appear to be a pretty precise flick but it is with the help of patience developed over the years and a lot of q-tips. Someone told me once that liquid eyeliner can smell fear and I am here to tell you that it is 100% true. 

Getting a good hair washing schedule

I know that it is definitly not just me but just once I would like my hairwashing schedule to line up with when I have things to do. I also seem to either not wait long enough or wait too long and I really wish my hair could just tell me when it was going to get unbearably oily the morning of something I need to do. 

Taking care of my nails

So I have always had pretty weak nails that break really easily. It also seems that I have a habit of chipping off nail polish as soon as its dry enough to do so. Basically my nails suck at being nails and I really don’t know how to fix it. 

Being adventurous with makeup

Pretty much any time I go to watch a beauty guru makeup tutorial I get super self conscious. I always feel like my eyelids are the wrong shape for a lot of shadow and my face can’t handle too much contour and a million other things. I also hold to my current makeup routine pretty tightly so when it comes to changing up the way I do anything I basically avoid it like the plague. 

Doing a messy bun

Please someone teach me your ways. My buns always turn out too clean or too floppy. There is no in between. If you have ever seen me in public with an acceptable looking messy bun please know that it probably took texturizing spray, 50 bobby pins, and lots of hairspray to get it that way. 

Although I write a beauty blog and I have a lot of beauty knowledge there are still things that I really can’t do. This list has changed over the years but some things I think will always be the same. 

Let me know what beauty things you guys think you’re still bad at so that I don’t feel like I am totally incapable as a human. 

Dealing with my Anxiety During the Holidays

I want to interrupt my normal beauty blogging to talk about something that effects me very personally. My anxiety. If you prefer my regular beauty posts as opposed to posts like these then feel free to check back in next Tuesday to read about beauty things that I still suck at. 

There are thousands of people whose mental health effects them in some way during the holidays. Even with Thanksgiving already being behind us the time between now and Christmas and even New Years is really difficult for me. I want to really focus on my personal experience because I know that everyone experiences anxiety differently and I can’t speak for everyone. 

Some of my biggest struggles

One thing that makes the holidays difficult for me is traveling to visit family. There are kind of two parts to this one. I never really know when a panic attack is going to strike so it is really hard to always be prepared for it. I know that Chris can help me to calm down sometimes but what if we are around family that doesn’t understand what is going on? What if we are in a place where I can’t do some of the things that help me to cope? What if they think I’m crazy? 

These are some of the things that go through my mind when we are traveling. The biggest thing is that I can’t really explain what’s going on when I get anxious like that and the people around me will think that I’m crazy. 

Are these fears irrational? Probably. Do they keep me from wanting to travel and just stay home where the only person who can think I’m crazy is Chris? Yes. 

There are certain triggers that can’t be avoided in some situations. For example, I work in retail so when I get to be irritable because of my anxiety I have to bury that under a deep layer of a customer service smile and fear of being fired. 

What I do to try and help

One thing that I do is I write this blog. I hope that maybe it will be a little easier for people to understand that I can’t do constant activities or when I am feeling anxious I can’t just calm down at the drop of a hat. 

Another thing that I do is I keep a panic attack emergency kit with me when we are traveling or when we are going to be around family/friends for extended periods of time. For me this includes lavender/ginger tea packets, unscented lotion mixed with calming essential oils, and headphones. These things will usually help me to calm my anxiety enough to get to a place where I can do some breathing exercises and go for a walk. 

With Christmas around the corner it can feel like an obligation to visit family and friends and to not feel like an inconvenience. Traveling and visiting can be stressful for me and I am sure for others. It is tempting to just stay home and send a card. If that is what you need to do to make sure you are in a healthy place I will be right there with you! 

When your parents want you to come downstairs and talk to Aunt So-and-so or when your family wants you to go caroling on strangers doorsteps anxiety can rear its ugly head. Sometimes going out to distract yourself is the answer but sometimes staying in and focusing on yourself is the best thing to do. For me, I just have to take it one thing at a time so that I can do what it best for me. 

How to Travel on a Beauty Budget and a Space Budget

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If it were up to me I would be allowed to bring a whole extra bag on trips just to make sure that I have everything I need for any skin/makeup/hair emergency. However, Chris would probably think I’m crazy and also be upset because its heavy and I would make him carry it. 

Even when we just go to his parents for the weekend I still overpack beauty items before I go back and reign myself in. Will I actually use texturizing cream, hair oil, hair masks, and color enhancer? Probably not but when I’m packing all I think to myself is “What if I really want to have wavy textured hair with this dress and I don’t have the right size curing wand or my sea salt spray??????” Honestly, its not a big deal and I know that Vacation Kate probably won’t want to put in that kind of effort anyway. 

So how do I balance Beauty Addict Kate and Traveler Kate? 

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Major Skin Don’ts and what to do instead

Doing the things you know you should when it comes to skincare is great but if you are still doing things that you shouldn’t its kind of like taking one step forward and two steps back. 

I have tried so many skincare remedies and methods but when it comes down to it some advise is downright awful.

Don’t use an apricot scrub

So I am definitely someone that is guilty of using this. However, apricot scrubs generally are made from apricot shells which leave tiny micro cuts on your skin which can end up leaving you with more acne. I am not an expert on the exact science of this so ask your local dermatologist or skincare expert if you are curious about how exactly this works. 

Do still exfoliate

Sometimes you will still end up with dry skin and exfoliating can still have some good benefits for your skin. I recommend finding a more skin friendly sugar scrub or exfoliant with those little beads in it. My favorite is the Vitamin E Facial was from Soap and Glory. The beads are perfectly round so there is no skin damage!

Don’t skip moisturizing (even if you have oily skin)

If you skip moisturizing then your skin will only want to produce even more oil to compensate for being dry. I used to only use toner when my skin was really oily but that only made it worse. If you have oily skin and you want to lesson it skipping moisturizing is not your friend. 

Do try a water based moisturizer instead

Your skin produces oil to try to make sure it has all of the nutrients that it needs. Sometimes if you have oily skin and you use an oil based moisturizer then it will just sit on top of your skin instead of soaking in. Try using a water based moisturizer. They will have less oils in them and can help your skin to get the nutrients that its looking for. I personally don’t use a water based moisturizer so I don’t have a good recommendation but most brands such as Neutrogena, IT Cosmetics, Clinique, and Glossier make water based moisturizers that have some great reviews. 

Don’t over wash

It can be really tempting to wash your face way more often than you need to. However, as someone that has definitely been there I highly recommend that you don’t. When my skin was really bad I would wash it a ton because I thought that it would help but it was actually contributing to my acne. 

Do wash morning and night with a good face wash

So when I say good face wash I just mean one that is right for your skin type. Sometimes store brands work perfectly well as long as it has what your skin needs. I used Noxzema for a long time and it worked really great for me but when my skin became dry it was not what my skin needed so now I use something totally different. 

Don’t wear your makeup to bed

I don’t care if you are so tired that you can’t hold your eyes open or you have come home drunk and are on the verge of passing out. DON’T DO IT. There are so many gross gross things that can happen with bacteria when you don’t take your makeup off before bed. I am, once again guilty of this and I will testify that taking your makeup off makes a difference

Do take your makeup off even if it is the only thing you do

If taking your makeup off is the only skincare thing you do before bed it is so much better than leaving it on. The majority of the time you should still be doing a good skincare routine that works for your skin but if there happens to be one night where you just can’t do it at least take off your makeup. 

There are definitely a lot more things that I could cover but I feel like these are some of the big ones and maybe in the future I will post a few more of my tips. 

Another Skincare Secret and a Personal Life Update

(Also here is a wedding picture because it is one of my favorites.)

Personal Update

So my anxiety has been in a super weird place lately so I have been trying to focus on my mental health so my beauty website has had to simmer on the back burner lately. After a near-hospital experience, several panic attacks, and a lot of anxious pacing I feel like things are starting to balance out again. It took a lot of natural oils and encouragement from my parents and Chris to get me to this point because I could not have done this without them. 

My anxiety isn’t something that I talk about a lot publicly. There are few people that I talk about it with so I like having an outlet that I can talk about it. Now, onto my skincare post! 

My Little Skincare Secret

So I only call this a secret because it is something that I didn’t know about until I was probably 19.

WASH YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES.

This is probably is no surprise to a lot of people but to me I only washed my brushes and sponges when I felt like they were dirty. It wasn’t about my skin so it was hurting my skin. 

How often should you wash them?

So I read somewhere that brushes used for powder should be washed every 3-4 uses and brushes used for liquids should be washed every other use. I have no idea where this came from but it is about how often I wash mine.

How do I wash my brushes?

I use a Johnson & Johnson baby wash to wash my brushes. I have found that it is really easy on my skin and it smells so good. I also use a brush washing mat that I got on Amazon. I wash them and towel dry them and let them finish air drying over night. Usually by the next morning everything is dry and ready to use. 

If you aren’t in a place to spend money on a brush washing mat and brush wash then there are options! For the longest time I washed them with just my hands and unscented hand soap. This worked for me and I really only tried other things out of curiosity. I have yet to try bruh cleaner so stay tuned for that one. 

Why should I wash my brushes?

So this one is really the big question. The biggest reason is that makeup brushes can build up bacteria that can cause acne and infections. Between the moisturizer and the primer and foundation there is a lot of places for something to worm its way in and cause problems with your skin. 

When I was still suffering from bad acne I was using so many products to try to cover it up. The more that I kept my brushes clean the more that I noticed less surface level acne coming up. 

Let me know what you guys think and what your brush cleaning routine is like! 

What It’s Like to Have Dry Skin In Winter… In Idaho

I can’t speak for the experience of every dry skinned person in every dry region but I feel like there are probably definitely some people who share my struggles. In my last post I talked about some things that I do to help with winter skincare but in this post I also want to recognize the things that happen that suck. So, here is a list of the things I experience as a person with dry skin in a dry region during winter. 

1. A lot of redness, irritation, and pain

For me, whenever I use a moisturizer or lip balm it BURNS. No matter what I do things burn a lot. It makes my skin red and irritated and look like I just tried a failed face mask. When its windy it makes my skin chapped and basically everything hurts. 

2. I have extra lip balm and lotion EVERYWHERE

I am pretty sure that during the cold winter months I could single handedly keep the lip balm and hand lotion industry in business. I have some in my car, my purse, the pocket of every pair of jeans I own, my makeup bag, on the coffee table, and also literally in my hand right now. When it gets cold my hands and my lips crack and bleed. I also have to recognize that I use a lot of hand sanitizer as well. I work in retail and I am constantly handling money and people basically sneezing on things before they hand them to me so I use it a lot which means I also use a lot of hand lotion. 

3. I get to try lots of new products

Since I go through moisturizer, hand lotion, and lip balm pretty quickly I also get to try more of them. I don’t like repurchasing a lot of products so I really like to try different products for my hands and skin. Right now I am using some Zoella products that I am loving but by next week I could be trying something totally new. (This isn’t necessarily something that sucks it kinds just happens.) 

4. Snow makes my skin even worse

Usually you would think that with snow comes the extra humidity and I get a little break with the dryness. I honestly wish that were the case. The snow makes it super weird and for my skin its not snow its more like sNOw. I know that this isn’t super helpful but for me I know that my kin gets more irritated and more red. 

5. Indoor heating is my enemy

Going from the cold outdoors to a warm heated building makes my skin more, you guessed it, dry. It makes it really tight and irritated. For example at work when I go inside the skin around my mouth and eyes gets really tight and even starts peeling and flaking. Not like right away but throughout the course of my shift it gets this way and by the time I take my lunch break it really effects my skin when I go back outside. 

6. Wearing makeup is really hard

Any moisture that is in my primer/foundation gets sucked up by my skin within a few hours of application. My skin around my mouth and eyes are yet again my biggest problem area. They start to peel and flake under my makeup and then I end up with red patchy spots. My makeup also oxidizes very quickly. My lip color also really struggles because my lips are cracked and peeling as well. 

Yes I realize that this post sounds a bit complain-y but I just want everyone else who struggles with dry skin to know that you are not alone. The little things that frustrate you frustrate at least one other person! 

Winter Skincare

So as it starts to get more dry and cold here my skin starts to dry up like a raisin. However, I kind of like that it gets kind of dry because then I get the chance to try out new products and tell you guys all about them. 

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Face Wash

So I am still using my Soap & Glory Face wash and I am loving it however, I am lonly using it at night now. In the mornings I am using the Garnier Skin Active Clean + Pore Purifying 2 -in- 1 Clay Cleanser/Mask. This really helps my skin to feel really good all day without stripping it of any of its natural moisture. I feel like my body in general really likes charcoal so when I saw this I thought it might be a really good buy for me. I haven’t had a trouble spot or acne since I started this face washing routine and I am really loving it.

I feel like the constant change from the cold dry weather outside to being inside where everyone has the heat turned up can take a tole on my skin and this is part of what helps it to stay balances as far as moisturizer goes. I think it also smells clean and makes my face really glow! 

The other face wash I use is the

Makeup Remover

I know that there are a lot of people that just take off their makeup with their face wash but I am not one of those people. I feel like that doesn’t get all of my makeup and is just a recipe for getting clogged pores. On days when I wear lighter makeup I like to use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I tried a small travel size of this first and really liked it so I decided to get the full size. I was a little skeptical about cleansing water at first but once I tried it I really liked it. I found that it didn’t dry out my skin, which makes it perfect for winter. I don’t have to rub my eyes too much to get off anything including waterproof mascara. 

When I wear a full face of makeup I like to use a makeup remover towelette. For this I like using the Botanicals Collection Green Tea Makeup Cleansing Wipes. For me this doesn’t make my skin as dry as a lot of other makeup remover wipes. What I really love is that the wipe itself is really thick and I feel like that helps me get all the makeup off my face. In the winter I feel like its really important to keep my skin as clean as possible because when my pores get clogged my skin just gets more dry and irritated. 

I know that this brand makes a lot of varieties of this and this is the only one that I have tried and I am really excited to try more.

Moisturizers

So I do some face masks and other treatments for my skin but my two biggest moisturizers are the Loreal Active Daily Moisturizer and the Soap & Glory Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse

I use the Loreal moisturizer in the morning and I feel like it really makes a difference for my skin. I never really understood the term baby smooth until I tried this moisturizer. It makes my skin soooo soft. It has the perfect amount of moisture where my skin doesn’t get red or dry but it doesn’t leave my skin oily either. I can apply makeup over it and it stays really well. I love this for winter because I feel like with wind and rain and snow its hard to keep my skin happy but this seems to be really helping. 

At night I love to use the Soap & Glory moisturizer. I was a little confused and hesitant with this when I first bought it but I have really fallen in love with it. When I picked it up it felt almost empty but when I opened it up when I got home I realized that it was because it is a lightweight mousse moisturizer. I love this stuff because it doesn’t take much to really feel like my skin is well moisturized overnight. During the winter I still keep the window open a bit in our bedroom overnight so I love that this helps my skin not dry out. It feels like it creates this moisturizing barrier between my skin and the outside world that is really beneficial. 

Another reason I really like this is because I really struggle finding a good overnight moisturizer that goes on well over my prescriptions and doesn’t irritate my skin around my mouth and eyes. This one does a great job at fixing both of those problems and it smells great. Honestly, I have no idea why it is called speed plump and what that had to do with overnight moisturizer but whatever. 

Lip Care

Pretty much everyone I know has a car chapstick, purse chapstick, pocket chapstick, makeup bag chapstick, and home chapstick for during the winter. Since the skin on the lis is so sensitive this area has a lot more work to do to stay moisturized. I have approximately 400,000 chapsticks but the one that I get in the winter is the Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips. I bought this at first because I love the smell of anything rose and I know that everyone tells you to put vaseline on dry skin so I figured it was a match made in heaven. Little did I know that I would really fall in love with this. It smells AMAZING and seriously keeps my lips feeling soft all day long. Even when I am eating and drinking and talking to customers all day. 

I never used to like anything that I had to put on my finger and then on my lips because it left my finger greasy but this one doesn’t. 

Side Note:

I also drink A TON more water in the winter. I have no idea if this has anything to do with my skincare routine but it seems to make a difference for me.