As we are in the middle of winter, keeping my complexion from looking like a parched, flaky, blotchy mess is my main beauty priority. Skin quenching masks and serums help one battle the icy winter chill, preventing irritation and chapped skin and keeping it dewy. Also, as the holidays are coming up, party preparation is in order and there is nothing like a glittering eye shadow or luminescent blush and bronzer set to transform one into a winter goddess. Stay warm, moisturized and lovely this winter.
Hydration is key to healthy skin. I have combination skin and I used to be weary of moisturizing my skin because I had the common but wrong idea that if my skin was too hydrated it would break out. Now that I moisturize my skin regularly, I notice that my breakouts have decreased and my complexion is a lot more balanced (when skin is irritated and dry it overproduces sebum to counteract this dryness). This light as air serum is chock full of aloe, licorice root, and ceramide (a component that time releases moisture). It protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier, keeping it plump, hydrated and soft. After cleansing with coconut oil (it sounds counter intuitive but oil cleaning does wonders for removing makeup, dirt and oil from the skin), I will spritz on some ylang-ylang floral hydrosol and then follow it up with this serum. It sinks right in and I swear, since using this my skin hasn’t been dry once and its the middle of December.
As a self-proclaimed mask addict, I love indulging in a luxurious face mask at the end of the day. Nothing is quite as refreshing or satisfying as melting away the day’s grime with a cleansing, nourishing mask. Usually it is recommended that one only uses a mask a maximum two or three times a week. I tend to use them more (and have had no issues, but everyone’s skin is different) and usually alternate hydrating masks with deep cleansing so that I am not irritating or drying out my skin. What I love about this particular gem by Peter Thomas Roth (a new favorite of mine – I also adore the brand’s anti-aging cleansing gel as well) is that it is so gentle I can indulge in my daily mask habit without any fear of my skin freaking out. With an abundance of antioxidants and fruity extracts of cucumber, chamomile, papaya, pineapple, sugar maple, bilberry, aloe, lemon and orange, this ultra-hydrating mask soothes, cleanses and nourishes, giving the complexion a plump, quenched appearance and dewy glow. I keep mine in the fridge so its even more soothing after a long day.
This shimmery shadow trio has become a favorite of mine. They glide on easily with a creamy texture and are highly pigmented. My favorite colour is Day Trip (a soft shade of fawn) and it is great for every day as just a pale, glimmering backdrop for curled, mascaraed lashes or paired with ruby red lips for a glamorous, Hollywood siren look.
My complexion is quite fair and I like to add a bit of bronzer just to keep my skin looking warm, healthy and awake. I used to spend more money on my bronzers because I wanted to avoid the artificial, orange, shimmery look that so many bronzers give. I have tried higher end brands like M.A.C, Urban Decay, Estee Lauder, and Benefit and yet this cheap little palette outperforms them all. This bronze has a light shimmer which initially put me off of purchasing it but after a coworker of mine (who always has the most gorgeous, glowy face) recommended it to me (and told me that it was only five dollars) I bought it. The shimmer is fine and just lends a soft, illuminated look that is actually very natural. With a bronzer, peachy blush (that mimics a natural flush), highlighter and a darker, soft chocolate shade for contouring, this compact has everything one needs to create a warm, natural looking glow.
My hair is ridiculously dry. I have very curly, fine hair and it’s prone to damage if I so much as blow dry my hair. To keep my hair from looking like torched straw, I go out of my way to hydrate it, using loads of conditioner, coconut oil, and this rich, protein rich mask. Protein, keratin and amino acids make this formula as nourishing as it is hydrating. My hair routine is as follows: moisturize hair with coconut oil the night before I wash my hair (I wrap it in a bun and sleep with it in my hair, letting it soak in), I condition my hair before I shampoo (seriously), I shampoo my roots and leave the ends alone, and then I run this mask through my hair like any other conditioner, put a shower cap over it and let it soak in for ten minutes and then I rinse it all out and put leave in conditioner in. It’s all very high-maintenance, I know, but it does keep my naturally dry, curly hair as soft and hydrated as it is ever going to get. I find this mask even reduces the amount of split ends I get in between hair cuts. I am not crazy about the scent (it smells like an older man’s cologne mixed with eucalyptus) but it works so well that I can forgive it. Curly haired ladies, this is a must try.