Wednesday, February 26, 2014

winter beauty favorites

Today we are continuing the seasonal denial as I share my winter beauty favorites. These products have been great to my skin, but I'm ready to move on to bigger, better, springier things!



We've got a shampoo, nail polish, lip balm…all sorts of fabulous things! Let's get started!

First up? This body lotion from Philosophy. I've needed extra hydration and this body lotion is perfect! It's smells SO GOOD, and sinks into my skin quickly so I don't feel sticky. I've used lotions from Philosophy for quite a while, and this one is by far my favorite scent. 




To battle dry skin further, I've been using this body scrub 2 to 3 times a week in the shower and following up with the Philosophy body lotion above. I'm a huge fan of Soap & Glory's body scrubs, mainly because of the texture. Their scrubs are never too thin, and always have a good amount of "scrubbers" to balance out their thickness. This one in particular smells exactly like key lime pie, but the rest of their scrubs smell fantastic too. Definitely try one of these if you're looking for a good scrub. 




Raise your hand if your lips are in bad, bad shape…yeah, I see you all raising your hands. Let me suggest this lip balm to you. It's really saved my lips this winter, along with the scrub I will mention below. I discovered this through a subscription service that I no longer subscribe to, but I'm really glad I got this gem before I canceled it. First, the balm smells like roses, which I thought I would hate, but I really don't. Second, it's sooo hydrating. I've been using this sparingly because a full-size of this is $27 (which I think is a little much) so I will only coat my lips before bed. I wake up with perfectly hydrating lips, and they haven't peeled at all!




I also got this lip scrub in a subscription box, and it was a huge sample. I'm not sure I will get through this whole thing. Anyway, this is the lip scrub from Sara Happ in the Vanilla Bean scent, but it really smells and tastes like french toast to me…yum! I've really loved the texture of this scrub. It's thick enough to scoop out and spread evenly on my lips without all the scrub slipping off, but not too thick. I use this first and then follow with the Dior lip balm I mentioned above at night! Your lips will be super smooth when you wake up!



I think I've lived in this nail polish all winter. It's the shade African Tea Rose from Revlon's Parfumerie line of scented nail polish. To be honest, when I first saw the display of scented polishes in Walmart, I was very skeptical and thought they were a little gimmicky, but I saw this particular shade on one of my favorite youtuber's channels and bought it immediately after I discovered it was a drugstore polish. The formula of this polish is really great, stays shiny, and I can usually go almost an entire week before I have to touch it up. Surprisingly, I love the scent, this one smells like rose, but it only lasts for about a day before it wears off. The line has lots of colors, and I've seen really great reviews about all of them! 




So, skincare is something that is really important to me, and I'm willing to save up and buy great products if they are worth it. I did a lot of research before I bought Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and it definitely has not disappointed me. I was looking for something to keep my skin hydrated and healthy and this serum does both of those things to perfection. The first night I used this serum I woke up, looked in the mirror and my skin really looked more hydrated and healthy. Plus, it helps to keep my skin comfortable throughout the day too. I haven't experienced any tightness or dry patches, and I've received lots of complements about my "glowing skin". This stuff really works, and a little goes a long way. If you're looking for something to help the texture, hydration, and overall health of your skin I highly recommend this product. 



Last but not least, this clarifying shampoo from Pantene. I use dry shampoo in my hair almost every day and that can cause a good bit of build-up in my hair. I use this shampoo once a week followed by a deep conditioner, and I can tell a noticeable difference in my hair. It leaves my roots super clean, but my lengths and ends remain hydrated and soft. I always have fantastic hair on the days following the use of this product. Plus, it smells refreshingly minty. Yeah!

Now, it's time for new Spring products! Woo! Does anyone have anything they've been eyeing lately for Spring? Share below if you do!

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