The weather has changed, and while I’m glad it’s wintery, my skin is not so happy.  My face is in desperate need of moisture, but I also need to be careful not to go too heavy or I’ll break out. Lame, I know.  Since loading up on a heavier night cream is out of the question, I’ve opted for a face oil instead. Most face oils are light enough to use year ’round but I’ve found my favorite one that not only gives me moisture but also balances my skin so that break outs are a thing of the past.

Beautycounter’s Lustro Face Oils smell and feel amazing.  They even have 3 different formulas designed for different skin types, and are completely void of any harmful chemicals linked to human health issues. Score! I opted for number three, which aids in balancing out skin tone and helps with everything from acne, to rosacea and eczema. The second face oil is more of an anti-ager and for people with very dry skin.   And their number one face oil is geared towards the super sensitive.

All three are thin enough to apply morning and night but you can reapply throughout the day for added moisture.  I even use it as a makeup primer – leaving my skin supple and soft – the perfect canvas for foundation. pdp-faceoilcollection_selling-shot_528x962


It’s getting coooold. My skin is chapped, my hair is dry, and my lips are a wintery shade of flaky pale (hot stuff, I tell you). In the winter time, as the temperatures drop and the air changes, I need a change in my routine as well.  Creams get thicker, lip balms get more intense, and I find myself concentrating more on my skin care and less on my makeup.  Below are some of my favorite things to keep my skin dewy and hair shiny, even though the weather would rather suck the life out of me!

kiehls-creme-de-corps-soy-milk-and-honey-whipped-body-butter1040do071011Kieh’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter – There’s a reason why this stuff is a best seller.  It’s thick, rich formula leaves your skin buttery soft and the scent is heavenly.


Kiss Mix by Eve Lom – This super moisturizing lip balm leaves a subtle sheen on your lips and is perfect on it’s own and leaves lips crack free when topped with a bold lipstick.

121124_fpx.tifLaura Mercier Créme Brûlée Honey Bath – I take more baths in the winter time and this creme smells so amazing and leaves my skin super soft.


Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque – This hair mask might be on the pricey side but it definitely delivers results. After leaving it on my hair for 5 minutes, I’m left with soft, shiny, bouncy hair.
s381145-main-LheroBliss High Intensity Hand Cream – Did I mention I’m a hand model as well?  No joke – I am a child-size hand model (random, I know!) and keeping my hands smooth and crack free is a must.  This cream is super moisturizing but doesn’t leave me with butter-fingers.
30ml_beautifyingfaceoilTata Harper Beautifying Face Oil – I wish I had a big enough wallet to try all her amazing 100% natural products.  This fast absorbing face oil works for any skin type – even mine, which is combination and prone to break outs.


My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you how to build the ultimate Mother’s Day beauty basket.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!


While a spa gift card is always appreciated, a homemade Mother’s Day gift basket is a little more personal and perfect for everyone from your best friend to your mother in-law (hello brownie points!).  I’ve compiled some of my favorite “mommy must-haves”, that are a notch above and a little extra special.  Everything from rose-scented face oil to dry shampoo – these products are definitely luxurious and special for all moms.


1. John Masters Organics Rose and Aloe Mist – this is a great hydrating toner and can be used throughout the day to refresh the skin.  It comes in a small container that is perfect for her purse or diaper bag.

2. Rodial StemCell Facial Oil– A few drops of this rose-scented face oil adds moisture to tired, dry skin and brings out a dewy but not greasy complexion.  It’s a bit pricey (about $80), but Badger Organics Damascus Rose Face Oil can be used on all skin types and comes in at around $14.

3. LuvAJ necklace – This super affordable and adorable necklace is simple enough to wear everyday.

4. Leonor Greyl Jasmin Hair Mask – This jasmine infused hair mask will leave hair silky, shiny, and strong.  For similar results and half the price, you can also pick up DryBar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask.

5. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat  – This handy pen has a wonderful formula that offers coverage, while brightening the eye area at the same time.  While it’s price tag is a bit high ($42), it’s worth it, especially for mature skin.

6. Perricone MD Firming Eye Cream  – It’s creamy formula isn’t too rich that you can’t wear it under makeup, but is thick enough to really hydrate and firm the eye area.  You can also pick up Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream at most drug stores for a lot less.

7.  Burt’s Bees Beeswax Hand Cream – This little pot is so cute on a dresser and really great for dry, chapped hands.

8. Lavender Oil – A few drops of lavender oil in a bathtub will force even the busiest mom into a calm, relaxed state.

9. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Rose Scented Soap – Although simple, this little bar of soap is perfect for the shower or the sink and smells amazing.

10. Tarte Matte Lip Tint in “Exposed”  – This nude pencil/lipstick combo works on a variety of skin tones and is great for everyday.

11. Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in “14-Mystic Eyes”  – It may seem like a steep price, ($60) but this quad goes the extra mile.  All 4 shades are super wearable and can be blended together to go from day to night.  For a similar and much cheaper option, check out Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in “Bed of Roses”.

12. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – This texturizing spray and dry shampoo has an amazing scent and is great for second (or third!) day hair.  It can also be found in a travel size!