Beating the Winter Blues
by Andrea Lara, style expert, for Real Life 101
If you are as sick of the snow, ice, wind, and the general winter ick, as I am, take a look at some of my favorite things to combat these winter blues. Not only will these products help perk you up, they will help revive and protect your skin and hair to keep you looking as fresh and rosy as Lindsay Vonn, instead of some poor soul who is on day 6 of their climb up Mount Everest.
First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream is a life saver for dry, flaky, dehydrated skin. We are in the middle of winter and unless you are extremely oily – meaning oil on your entire face not just your T-zone – you are dehydrated, and you need a product like this, guaranteed. It has a creamy texture, but it absorbs into the skin right away. It is gentle enough to use on your face, but it can also be used on the body. It has a great price, $15-$28, but best of all, it hydrates and protects your skin without clogging it. Hallelujah!
We often forget that our lips need at little t.l.c., and not just the latest color-of-the-moment. Who can live without Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment? It has a cult following, has won countless awards, and it really works! It moisturizes your lips with brown sugar not petroleum which is a barrier product – no moisture out, but none in either. It has an SPF of 15 which is vital as the sun can directly contribute to chapping, and it comes in three fabulous colors: Sugar Rose, a beautiful pink, Sugar Plum, the newest of the trio and the deepest shade, and just plain Sugar which is clear – perfect for bedtime. I am addicted to the Sugar Rose at the moment, but tomorrow, who knows, maybe Sugar Plum.
Something that is sure to put a smile on your face, or at least make everyone else think that you are in a great mood despite the fact that you feel like you are living in a frozen tundra, is Vintage Peach blush by Bare Escentuals. This color is out-of-this-world gorgeous. It is peachy without being too orange with beautiful, almost microscopic flecks of gold in it. I like to apply it directly to the apple of the cheek and sweep it up along the cheek bone. Just a bit, though; we don’t want to get too Joan Collins with it. Love does not begin to explain how I feel about this color.
P.S. If you want a great angled brush for applying Vintage Peach, try this one from MAC:
Staying comfy and cozy isn’t always the most stylish, though completely necessary in winter weather. I have a thing for “bedtime” socks, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered these adorable, springy, and shea butter infused socks from Bath and Body Works. They come in a variety of colors, but the pink, white, and orange pair conjure up dreams of warmer days to come. Slip these babies on, and be prepared for warmth, comfort, and softer piggies.
The shower is often my winter escape, or maybe my escape from life in general. Tropical scents in the shower transport me to my fondest vacation memory; Hawaii 2007 – wow that seems like a long time ago. This Coconut Milk Shampoo by Organix is to die for! Not only is the coconut smell heavenly, it has just the right amount of lather and gives my hair a boat-load of moisture. Yum.
Happy shopping kids, and here’s to warmer days.