Friday, January 11, 2013

Brrrr...Cold Weather Beauty Essentials

Winter is, bar none, my least favorite season.  I am not one of those bloggers who is going to sit here and wax nostalgic about snowfalls and cold noses and cozy scarves.  You tell me that and all I see in my mind is slushy dirty puddles, chapped runny noses, and itchy wool choking me.

I'm basically counting down the days until spring hits again.

But, until we get to light jacket weather, I have to tough it out like the rest of the world.  And I've discovered a few beauty tools to make the short days go a little faster.

Winter Beauty Essentials

Aquaphor.  This stuff is like life to me.  It's greasy and thick and pretty gross, but damn, does it work.  I try to put it on my hands before bed to minimize the slick door handles and toddlers slipping through my grasp.  I also use it as a lip balm, spot treatment for dry spots, and before long runs to prevent blisters.

Creme de Corps.  Aquaphor is kind of like the napalm of moisturizers.  It's the big gun.  And, as such, it should be used strategically.  It's also NOT what I would use before a date or at any point where I would need to hold onto anything.  For those scenarios, I turn to Kiehl's and their Creme de Corps line.  The regular is great, but I prefer the texture of the lighter version.

Lip Stain.  Picture this, you are strolling down the sidewalk and the wind is whipping around, like tiny icicle knives in your face. You pull up your beautiful cream colored scarf and then realized you put on lip gloss and now have stains on your scarf and fuzz on your lips.  Sweet.  You can always skip lip color, but I think the alternative (playing up your eyes) is harder, so I'll opt for lip stain like Revlon's Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm.  The stain stays on and pretty under a protective slick of clear lip balm like Rosebud Salve or the aforementioned Aquaphor and you don't have to worry about getting a bezoar from eating the lint off your scarf.

Leave-In Conditioner.  As hilarious as Reese finds it when we shock her with static electricity, I'm not a huge fan of what it does to my hair.  I'll come in from the cold and find myself with enough flyaways to audition as the next Muppet character, especially since I've still got my post-baby baby hairs growing in.  At my last haircut, my stylist recommended a leave-in conditioner, like Aveda's Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother which can be used every time I wash my hair.  She also mentioned that a deep conditioner every week or so can also help keep hair from standing straight up.  I'm a fan of Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner and have been since I read about it on Capitol Hill Style.  I apply it before I shave my legs and then rinse it out after. Unfortunately, both of those things had become quite rare.  But I'm back on the wagon after Reese dissolved into a fit of giggles the last time I took of my hat.

Waterproof Mascara.  While I'm not the sentimental type (I don't cry at weddings or at Titanic), I have majorly watery eyes.  I set out into the cold and it's total waterworks.  Honestly, I haven't found a perfectly waterproof mascara that I lovelovelove, Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterpoof Mascara is a solid choice.

So, those are the products stocking my shelves for the next 67 days.  What about you?  Anyone from an actual cold weather area with some tips?  Any waterproof mascara recommendations to knock my socks off?


  1. If you like LashBlast, I suggest trying their 24 Hour. My problem with regular LashBlast waterproof is that it rubbs off the tips of my eyelashes in a matter of hours. 24 hour stays ALL DAY (and some of the next if you're lazy!). Give it a try!


    Here's the link to my above recommendation!

  3. Nice post - I am totally with you, winter is a challenging time of the year, and our skin can suffer as a result. I also have some products that help a lot with dry, flaking, itching cold-weather skin. I use essential oils - just Emu Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil as spot treatments before bedtime. You will wake up with really hydrated skin and a clear complexion!

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  5. Every good boater knows that checking the weather before you go boating is the best safety precaution you can take. Having some high tech marine electronics on board helps a lot too. Owen


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