Weathering the storm: my top picks for winter 2018-19

Weather got you down? Not enough sunshine to help you get through this winter? Well here are my top picks in skin care and cosmetics to help you brace winter 2018-19!

Burt’s Bees Wax Almond & Milk Handcream

Hands down, this is by far the most amazing hand cream I have ever tried. I get really dry and cracked hands during winter and this product is a life saver. Really, a little bit goes a long way with this one. It has a very hard texture, almost wax-like, but once you apply it to your hands it melts like butter, seriously. It’s very moisturizing even on the coldest of days. Retails for about $13.00 CDN.

Kosmea Australia Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Someone once told me try rose hip oil as an alternative to expensive serums. Rosehip oil is meant to stop the signs of early aging, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars and help reduce sun damage. Within days of starting this product, I noticed a huge difference in my skin- it looks brighter and more vibrant. Even some of my acne scars started to fade. I love this specific formula made by Kosmea for its pleasant smell as opposed to other rose hip oil products that have a stronger smell. This product goes for about $14.90 CDN for a 10 ml bottle.

Revlon Kiss Balm/Beauty Treats Sugar Lip Scrub

This duo is a must to battle chapped lips during winter. I get super chappy lips to the point I need to use a scrub to get rid of all the dead skin cells. Look no further than to the Sugar Lip Scrub, available at Ardene. After I scrub my lips, I lather Revlon’s Kiss Balm with coconut oil. It acts as a nice barrier between myself and the cold. It also has 20 SPF so it’s great for summer time too. Plus it has a super silky finish that’s superb!

Beauty Treats Sugar Lip Scrub retails for about $6.00 and the Revlon Kiss Balm is about $5.00.

Considering Christmas is only a few days away I couldn’t help but share my favourite shades and cosmetics for the winter season.

For my day-to-day make-up, I keep it simple and like to wear a nice BB cream that is hydrating and gives minimal coverage. L’Oreal has a product that does just that- Magic Beautifier BB Cream. It’s super affordable too, retailing at about $19.00 CDN.

On the other hand, if I am going out for dinner or if I have an event, then I’ll go for a foundation that has a bit more coverage that lasts longer. Lancome’s Teint Idole is by far my all time favourite foundation. Why? Because it gives your skin the right amount of coverage without feeling too heavy. It’s hydrating and it has SPF 15. Talk about a winning combo! This foundation is so good, it feels like silk! It costs about $57.00 CDN.

Lately I’ve been really feeling the Roller Lash Mascara by Benefit ($30 approximately). I really like it’s curved brush and the bristles get to every lash. It leaves my lashes looking nice and long, and gives the effect that I curled them, without any clumps.

Can’t you tell that I love MAC? I love the quality of their products and that they literally stay on your face all day long. During winter, I am drawn towards darker shades such as burgundy and plum. This pallette by MAC, Burgundy Times Nine, retails for about $42.00 and has a lovely combination of both matte and shimmer shadows in my favourite winter colours. I also love MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Sweet Enough, which gives nice coverage and colour. This specific shade gives a nice rosy colour to your cheeks. This product retails for about $33.00 CDN. Finally, I am obsessed with Creamsheen Lipstick in Party Line. This colour is great for a holiday party, or when I just feel like wearing dark lipstick. This gem retails for about $23.00 CDN.

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