MONTHLY OBSESSION

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

WINTER ESSENTIALS

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.

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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.

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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.

HOW-TO: HIGHLIGHTING

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My amazingly talented cousin Claire, 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 wear highlighter.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

If you’re missing that dewy summer skin, it might be time to add some highlighter to your daily routine. Dull, dry skin will get an instant boost with a subtle glow. Keep it simple by dabbing a little liquid highlighter in a few areas for amazing, luminous skin.

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