Winter Beauty Favorites.

I know it’s not officially Winter here in Boston, but my skin feels like it is. I wanted to round up some of my favorite Winter beauty products to share on the blog.

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Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub reminds me of Andes Mint candy and is perfect for keeping your lips soft. I rub a little of this scrub on my lips before hopping in the shower to exfoliate any dry skin. It will help prevent dry flaky lips especially during the colder months here in New England.

Vitamin E Eye Balm. This is a year round beauty favorite of mine and I use this every single night before bedtime. It’s super hydrating and you can read a more detailed review about it here that I posted earlier this year. This is definitely a must for everyone.

Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub.  Rub this on your hands dry or wet and then rinse it off. If you want a more serious exfoliant, rub it on your dry hands. My hands are always super soft after I use this accompanied with hand cream.

Lush Salt and Peppermint Bark Body Scrub. I use this exfoliating bar in the shower and it smells like Heaven. I love using peppermint smelling exfoliants because they provide a nice subtle tingly sensation on sore muscles while leaving your skin silky smooth.

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Lush The Olive Branch Shower Gel.  This stuff smells so good and can be used year round. I definitely find it easier to hop in the shower on a dark freezing cold day when I have something to look forward to like this gel. I wrote more about it here on my blog too.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser. You can read more about how I use this product here, but this is such a luxuriously rich Oil Cleanser that feels great on my dry sensitive skin. It makes makeup removal effortless and relieves parched skin. I have been using this product in rotation with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. This is definitely a must try product for anyone and is like liquid gold for your face.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask. This is hands down my favorite face mask ever. I apply this to my face, neck, and decolletage after I follow my regular nighttime beauty routine. I leave it on overnight while I sleep and wakeup to plumper, more moisturized skin. You can read more about it here on my blog, but it’s definitely a skin savior and worth purchasing. I like to use this every single night during the cold weather.

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Lush Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion smells nice and is great to apply as an all over body moisturizer at nighttime. Simply apply after getting out of a nice bath or shower and slip into some cozy pajamas afterwards. Snuggle up with a cup of tea and feel like a Princess.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 comes in so many colors and is a must for your lips during the Wintertime. It will keep your lips soft, comes in a wide variety of colors, and will protect your lips from the sun with SPF 15.

Rosebud Salve is a bedside beauty staple. Keep this on your nightstand and apply to your lips, any cuts, dry patches, scars, burns, zits, or cuticles before bed. A must for all!

Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm is another bedside beauty staple that I keep on my nightstand year round. I massage this into my hands and cuticles every night before bed and wakeup to nice soft hands in the morning. This is my most favorite hand cream that I’ve ever tried. Definitely try this out. Your hands will thank you.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum Review.

I was so excited when I heard about Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. It sounded like the natural miracle serum that I had been searching for this year to even out my skin tone and bring some youth back into my face. When I finally bit the bullet to try it, I started using it morning and night before applying my moisturizer. This was too much for my dry sensitive skin and I was having more red flare ups on my face.   After scouring the internet, I realized I should cut back on my applications and ended up reducing my use to night time only. I follow their push and press technique  and then finish off with my nighttime moisturizer.  I think I’m the only person on the internet that is not in love with this product. Maybe if it cost 1/4th of what I paid for it, then I’d feel differently. However, an expensive product that is not a miracle worker is not worth repurchasing for me unless I have some serious money to burn!  It does leave me with a more youthful glow than what I would look like if I skipped serum, however nothing dramatically better than more affordable options on the market. I haven’t noticed a decrease in wrinkles or my skin tone evening out much.  I much prefer Om. Oroma Company’s serums that are a lot more affordable and hydrating. I will do a post about their serums separately from this.  I will continue to use up my bottle slowly, but don’t plan on repurchasing it.  For frame of reference, I’ve been using this since the beginning of October.  Do any of you have some natural skincare serums that you love and recommend?img_6502

**Update 12/21/2016. I started mixing a drop of this serum in with my foundation and/or tinted moisturizer before applying it to my face. This helps the product go on little smoother, but it’s not a drastic enough difference for me to continue repurchasing.

Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye Review.

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I first heard about Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye through the beauty blogging world. I have been on the hunt for a daytime eye cream that would help hide dark circles, fight under eye puffiness, moisturize, and prevent the appearance of aging. Natura Bisse seemed to fit the bill for this. I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed using this product and it’s great for me because I usually don’t wear concealer or foundation during the work week. This helps moisturize, partially hide the circles under my eyes, and can be layered under makeup if needed. It works really well on my sensitive skin and does not cause any stinging, burning, or blepharitis upsets. Here is a no-makeup picture of me with it on (don’t mind my messy non-styled hair!). I like to provide the no-makeup pictures so you can see how much coverage the product can provide.

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For comparison sake, this is what I looked like using a non-tinted under eye product. I think Natura Bisse helps hide my under eye circles better than the Andalou Naturals Gel I was using before. Once I run out of this product, I’m tempted to try some of Tata Harper’s eye products for comparison sake. Do any of you have a daytime under eye moisturizing product that you absolutely love and recommend for me? Comment below if you do!