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.
The holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. Too much sugar, alcohol and stress can cause unwanted blemishes to pop up on your skin, right before a big party. I discovered this little gem at CVS you can use to both reduce a pimple and hide it from the world (and your fingers).
Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots are tiny plastic-like dots made with hydrocolloid and work like those blister band aids. The dot is applied over the pimple, disguises it and draws out the fluid, decreasing inflammation and shortening the life of the pimple. They are supposed to last for eight hours but if you have a larger, more active pimple, you made need to use them more frequently . Spot Dots are also very helpful if you are a picker and will help heal dry spots on your face.
Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots, 30 pcs., $3.49
Each package contains 30 dots of different sizes and retails for $3.49. I got mine at CVS in the K Beauty section, but you can get them online at peachandlily.com.
I have been hearing a lot about the Strobe Genius palette from NYX. The NYX website listed it as one of their best sellers, so I decided to try it out along with a new set of Ecotools brushes. I picked one up at ULTA and used one of their $3.50 off everyday coupons.
First, I would recommend you buy it in person. I saw a a lot people on the NYX site complaining that the palettes arrived broken. You can find them at any well stocked ULTA or CVS. Both of these stores also have great sales/coupons you can use.
The colors are great and can be used for highlighting and bronzing. I bought it for the purple – it supposed to take away that sallow look from skin and color correct. It works pretty well, you just have to watch and not use too much if your skin is fair. My favorite highlighting color is “True Champagne”. The palette retails for $19. Overall it is a great palette for a great price that would work on any skin tone.
The brushes by Ecotools (I may get a commission from this link) were okay. I wanted a more substantial fan brush but this one is too thick and deposits too much color. The other brush is great for highlighting or all over color, $11.99 where Ecotools are sold.
Time for a haircut? Your new ‘do’ can help someone else get a fresh start too. Vienna based salon chain Hair Cuttery will be holding its annual charity cut-a-thon this week in support survivors of domestic violence. On Monday, May 1 and Tuesday May 2, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut for every one purchased at any one of the company’s 900 participating salons.
“It is critical to stand with survivors right now – in every way that we can. We are thrilled that Hair Cuttery continues to support survivors and be a voice against violence,” says Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO. “Our partnership with Hair Cuttery is a uniquely empowering one. The gift of a haircut cannot be underestimated. It allows survivors to save money, which aids in their economic independence, and provides an often rare opportunity to relax and be pampered.”
All you have to do to participate is to head over to your area Maryland, DC and Virginia Hair Cuttery (find one here) this Monday or Tuesday and get a haircut. You may want to call ahead to see if appointments are available.
Hair Cuttery’s Share-A-Haircut program has been going strong for 18 years, donating to charities and causes including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Girls on the Run.
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!