Winter can be hard on your skin. Cold weather outside coupled with heat inside buildings can create dryness, itchy skin and sallowness. My usual treatment go-tos are tissue and hydrogel masks, but putting them on in the winter makes you feel like you’re in a cryotherapy booth. Here are three products that will soothe winter skin without making you feel like you dunked your face in ice water.
This pink tinted mud mask is made with youth inducing evening primrose oil, meadowfoam oil, aloe and rosemary leaf extract. It soothes and hydrates skin. leaving behind a faint rosewater scent. Each packet can easily produce least two mask sessions. Find them at Ulta and CVS stores.
Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49 (I may get a commission from this link)
This mask is perfect to use after a day out in the cold. Just peel the tab and feel the mask heat up on your fingers. Natural charcoal helps to draw out impurities and blackheads while heat soothes your skin. Note: This mask is more effective and easier to remove in the shower.
I got a sample of this mask, tore through it and went to buy the full size. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask has this “Moisture Wrap” technology that creates a barrier to hold in moisture for eight hours. You can use it with your favorite overnight moisturizer or by itself. I like to cleanse with PIXI Glow Tonic first to keep oily skin at bay, and then apply the Water Sleeping Mask. The directions say to use it two-three times a week, but if my skin is really dried out and needs a good plump, I use it everyday. Get it at Sephora or Laneige.com.
Applying false eyelashes can difficult the first time, and the second, third, fourth, you get the picture. Here is a short guide to help you in your quest for long lashes.
Choose your lashes based on the look you want to achieve. If you want fullness, choose a more natural look. If you want thick mink-like lashes (a la Housewives) choose a couture lash. My favs are the faux mink lashes from KISS. They can be used up to 10 times too!
Measure and trim the lashes. Use tweezers to peel the lashes from the outer corner then place the strip lash along your lash line, making sure to follow the natural curve of your lashes. Trim from the inner corner if you want to keep the ends long, or trim the same amount from each end for a natural look.
Apply the glue directly onto strip lash with KISS Lash Couture Strip Lash Adhesive. This is my favorite because you can glide the lash on the glue wand instead of squeezing it awkwardly from a tube.Wait a few seconds until glue is tacky before applying lash.
Apply lashes. With a mirror in front of you, tilt head back, looking down and use tweezers or fingers to apply from the outer corner moving towards the inner corner. Press down as you place the lashes onto your natural lash line. As you get close to the inner corner, it is best to look directly into the mirror. Use the back of the tweezer to easily secure into place.
Don’t wear lashes for the first time for a big event. If you are a bride or in the bridal party and plan to wear lashes, test drive them before the big day.
Don’t rip them off! If you have trouble peeling them off, use an oil based makeup remover to help ease them off.
Serovital (AKA Serovital-hgh) is now available at everyone’s favorite e-tailer, Amazon.com. I tried this product when it first came out and love it (see my review here). It has been kind of hard to buy – only available at ULTA, Costco and the brand site. Now you can buy it through the Serovital company via Amazon (I may get a commission if you use this link)for $122.48 including shipping for a 40 day supply. A 30 day supply is $99 at retailers and the website. I am going to try to use Alexa to buy it next time!
Its been several years since my favorite brow wax kit left the market (Anastasia Beverly Hills). Ever since I have been looking for a replacement for waxing at home. I stumbled across this affordable Sweetease kit and ULTA and it has been working pretty well.
Sweetease Face Waxing Kit
The kit comes with eight strips, an instruction card and aftercare wipes. I use two strips (brows and upper lips) each time. I also have a little baby oil and cotton swabs on hand to remove wax residue. I cut the strips in half for easier application and if I’m really feeling ambitious, I trace the underside of my brow on the strip with a pen to get a closer fit. The kit isn’t perfect, but for $3.99 its a nice substitute for a $20 salon wax. Find it at ULTA and CVS stores.
One of my favorite creamy eyeshadows is NARS’ Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess. It’s that perfect rose gold color that wears well all by itself or layered with dry shadows. The only thing I don’t like about it is the price: $28 for .05 ounces. I don’t wear it everyday and it still runs out quick. That being said, it has been difficult to replicate the color till now.
I was walking around Kohl’s with some Kohl’s cash to spend and I came upon theBalm counter. They have a line of creamy stick eyeshadows called “Batter Up” with a color that almost identically matches NARS Goddess. Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in “Moonshot” is a dream come true! The price is still $17 for the same amount of product, but still about 40 percent cheaper than the NARS version. Most of the makeup at Kohl’s isn’t eligible for coupons but you can use the Kohl’s cash you earn towards the purchase of makeup and beauty!