Early summer is the best beauty month–any girl can attest to this. Your skin is glowing from time spent outside, your hair is behaving (this is early summer, remember? No humidity yet) and you’re probably in pretty good shape (coughbikiniseasoncough).
Your skin? Pasty and not a spec of glow in sight.
Your hair? Probably out-grown, positively over-due for a dye job and possibly in a ponytail (or maybe that’s just me…)
Your bod? Well…that’s what over-sized sweaters are for.
Case in point: if there was ever a time to build up on your beauty aresenal, these dreaded winter days would be it. Here’s a few products that help me make it through the four month freeze.
Laura Mercier moisturizer cream with SPF 15
I’ve tried lots of moisturizers, and still not one has come close to competing with this LM skincare classic. It quenches dry winter facial skin all day while leaving it soft–and not greasy–such a plus.
Aveda Rosemary Mint Body Lotion
The rosemary/mint combo in this lotion makes me feel like I’ve just left the spa (it’s got that smell…you know, the spa smell…No? Ok.) It also somehow keeps at bay the dry winter skin I inherited from my mom. Thanks a lot, genetics.
Nars Blush in Orgasm
I apologize for the decidedly inappropriate name of this blush. However, I am unapologetic about my love for this product. I swear, I will probably never use another blush again. Why try to compete with perfection? Brush on this iridescent powder and you’ll look EXACTLY like you just spent the whole morning outdoors (jeez…what did you think I was going to say?)
“All Hail the Queen” Nailpolish by BUTTER London
Winter is supposed to be all about dark nail polish, but somewhere between my third and thirteenth shade variation of maroon, I start to get a little sick of it. This BUTTER London shade has been my go-to shade when I want to bring in a little light.
ExfoliKate Exfoliating Treatment by Kate Somerville
Don’t let the hefty price tag deter you; this is absolutely worth its weight in gold. I’m sure you’ve heard buzz about facial and skin care guru Kate Somerville–and for good reason. This gentle-but-powerful facial exfoliate sloughs away dead skin, leaving you glowing. A winter (and really, all year-round) staple.
MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
Just because the snow is white, doesn’t mean you have to carry the neutral palette over to your beauty routine. I recently purchased this amazing saturated red lipstick from MAC in order to add a little pop of color to my winter beauty routine. Ignore the fact that I have yet to muster the courage to wear it–I promise I will. Hold me accountable please.
LOFT Lace Dress, in stores now
While not exactly beauty related, this has been one of the best “winter” pieces I’ve snagged recently. Apparently, it’s very popular (i.e. sold out in store and online), so I must be onto something. It’s the perfect LBD with a twist, and I plan on jazzing it up with a metallic belt for holiday parties. Maybe I’ll get really crazy and add a red lip. Yikes!
Flower Bomb by Viktor & Rolf
I’m a terrible scent person. I usually can’t even step foot into a Yankee Candle without acquiring a massive migraine. The idea that I would switch from the ONE perfume that doesn’t bother me (the ever-charming Kate Spade TWIRL) made me laugh. Then I stumbled upon Viktor & Rolf’s Flower Bomb and changed my mind. While the scent alludes to fields of blooms (and hours of headaches, naturally) it’s actually much more woodsy and vanilla than you would initially think. This scent is warm and unique, perfect for cozy winter nights.
Voluspa Candles available at Anthro
While we’re on the topic of scents, I might as well expose you to the greatest thing since Yankee Candle (which I can’t go in–see above). While perfumes may bother me, candles make me positively ecstatic. Early winter is scented by the traditional Christmas Cookie or Balsam Tree candles, but what to turn to once Christmas has past (sigh, I don’t even want to think about it…)? Enter Voluspa Candles, sold at Anthro, among other locations. These. Are. Wonderful. And they burn forever. Don’t listen to me, just go get one.
There you have it, folks! What are your favorite winter beauty staples?