This winter made history! And, I would barely call this spring, despite it being April 2nd. Not only am I ready to say goodbye to my kid’s winter coats and boots, but I need to get ready to break out my own tank tops and shorts (well, okay capris are about as short as I go). But what was really giving me pause is the health and appearance of my skin and hair.
I don’t know about you, but this winter has taken a toll on my appearance. My hair was dry, dull and full of static and I kept hearing that I looked tired and rundown. When someone told me I looked pallid, I decided it was time to tackle the situation. So I went on a mission at the local drugstores and makeup counters to look for solutions. Here are a few of my must have beauty products that have made all the difference.
BB Creams came on the market full throttle a couple of years ago and quickly lost their popularity. I rarely ever hear people talk about them (and I am a makeup junkie). So I was hesitant to try one when a makeup artist suggested that I try Jane Iredale’s Glow Time Mineral BB Cream. I did and now I’m hooked.
Think of this cream as your magic wand (no, I’m kidding)…but seriously this is now your foundation and your concealer. It will also reduce how much bronzer you need to wear. This cream is a full coverage foundation that is light and feels great on the skin. It also has SPF25. But it’s the glow that it gives your skin that is what really has me hooked. It almost looks like you are airbrushed (and who doesn’t want that). So many foundations look heavy and cakey but not this one. You just need a pea sized amount of this cream (I suggest applying it with a sponge) and you’ll be amazed how it awakens the face and evens out any imperfections. It comes in six different shades in a squeeze tube. It’s $48 but since it can replace your foundation and concealer it makes it totally worth the money. You can purchase it at Salon Duo in Chicago or online. I swear since I started using it everyone has been telling me how great my skin looks.
Lips: I have two recommendations for lip balms.
First, is Rosebud Strawberry Lip balm. This lip balms smells really good, is very hydrating and definitely softens and relieves chapped lips. And at $7, it’s at a very reasonable price point and gets the job done better than most other lip balms. I keep a few around the house, one in my bag and I even drop one in my kid’s backpacks. It’s available all over at Sephora and even at Anthropologie. You can also get it online. Where it falls down is the packaging. The top of the tin can be difficult to remove and I’m not a huge fan of having to apply lip balm with my finger. Enter, recommendation #2.
BY TERRY Baume de Rose is an incredible lip balm & SPF that comes in a bottle with an applicator, but is a huge splurge at $53. But, if you like a pale rosy lip then this balm can double as your lipstick (which is how I use it ) and that begins to justify the price. You will literally be wearing it 24/7. The tube is long lasting as I still have my first one and I bought it mid fall. The balm smells like roses, makes your lips feel smooth and hydrated, and leaves a gorgeous subtle pink color on your lips. It’s available at Archapothecary in Chicago among others or online.
I don’t like a whole lotta fuss and muss when it comes to my hair. As my mother likes to tell me, I have twelve year old girl hair. I wear it long, by the end of the afternoon it’s lost all style and by nightfall I have incredible tangles. It’s also dry, often looks dull and I have more split ends than I care to tell you about. I was complaining to my colorist recently and she gave me this amazing and super simple tip that has totally restored the shine and health to my hair. She recommended Biolage by Matrix Conditioning Balm.
This balm can be found at any drugstore and generally retails for around $27 for a 16oz jar (which is a lot of conditioner). One night a week, take a palm full (and I mean a generous one) and slather it through your hair really making sure it gets in there. I then use a comb and comb it through. Put your hair up in a bun using a scunchy and leave it on for as long as possible. I actually put it in my hair Sunday night, and sleep in it (just cover your pillow with a towel), and then rinse out in the morning. You’ll be amazed how soft your hair is. No need for fancy conditioning treatments anymore! I use it in Little’s hair as well now, especially when she’s been in a pool a lot. I lather it in her hair, and then out it up in a bun, while she plays in the tub. It’s done wonders for her hair as well.
If you have any good winter beauty products I’d love to hear about them. Hopefully, it’ll just be a few more weeks until it truly feels like spring!