3 cold weather beauty problems + solutions

My favorite cold weather beauty products

As the weather cools and the air becomes less humid, I need to switch up my skincare and hair routine. If I’m not careful, my skin will become so dry it flakes or cracks and my scalp will get dry, especially when the Santa Ana winds are in full effect.

Over the years I’ve realized what typical problems come up for my skin and hair during the fall and winter months, and I’ve come up with a few solutions. I have some favorite products for dealing with dry skin, chapped lips and hat hair.

I have been thinking about transitioning to more natural, clean beauty products, but haven’t fully committed to it. The majority of these products have been my staples for years, but there are a few new things I picked up that are more natural/nontoxic.

For your skin

Jergens Soothing Aloe moisturizer
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Trader Joe’s Vitamin E oil
Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream

Problem: My skin get so dry in the winter. I find myself washing my hands often to avoid the spread of germs and that dries out my hands, which isn’t pretty. It can even be painful. I bake more often in the winter, so I have to wash more dishes this time of year too.

Solution: To soften my skin and get a glow, I use make sure to moisturize all over and pay extra attention to sensitive areas like my elbows, shins, and the heels of my feet. I’ll slather lotion on right after a shower and follow it with Vitamin E oil on my cuticles and any dry spots. Last year when I was working at an early childcare center and frequently washing my hands, Aquaphor really helped. The ointment is pretty thick though and leaves my hands a little greasy, so I mostly use it at night. I recently bought this hand cream to use throughout the day.

For your face

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Clinique All About Eyes Rich eye cream
Visine eye drops
Blistex Complete Moisture lip balm

Problem: When you have flaky skin, you may be tempted to scrub it off with a rough exfoliator. That could still be fine once a week, but more often will only aggravate your skin. A change in the seasons can also bring up allergies, causing dry eyes, red noses, and chapped lips.

Solution: I’ve found that the best thing for skin in dry weather is a gentle face wash followed with a toner, some serum if I have it, and a thick moisturizer. I also make sure to apply lip balm that soothes my chapped lips and prevents sunburn. For a gentle, non-abrasive face wash that still leaves my face feeling smooth, I’ve been using Acure Brilliantly Brightening cleansing gel for a few little while now and loving it. I found it from Lucia of The Food Wright’s post on her natural skincare favorites.

For your hair

Herbal Essences Smooth shampoo
Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturing Dry Shampoo
Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner

Problem: In fall and winter, my hair scalp tends to get oily and my ends get dry. I’m not sure why, but it could be because I wear hats more often and I get product buildup.

Solution: Using a paraben-free shampoo helps avoid product buildup. That makes me feel more confident and less likely to hide my hair with a hat. When applying conditioner, I make sure to mostly distribute it from “ponytail area” down. In other words, I avoid my scalp. Also, I tend to wash my hair every other day when it’s cold, instead of every day during the oppressive heat of summer and that seems to help.

A lil lavender love

I guess you could say I’m into lavender lately. My fascination began with a bottle of culinary lavender from Target. It was on sale, and whenever I see herbs or spices on sale, I have to get them because they can be pricey otherwise.

Next came the Angels on Bare Skin from Lush. I love picking up new products from Lush. Rarely am I disappointed. I read somewhere that skin care products with lavender are calming and good for people with sensitive skin, so when I saw the face and body cleanser in store, I was sold on the idea. It’s soft and exfoliating at the same time. I use it as face wash, mostly. My face is left feeling super smooth after every wash. I also like to use it to exfoliate rough patches, such as my elbows, knees, and heels.

Continue reading

My everyday makeup

my everyday makeup routine

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! I’ve been focused on YouTube and the rest of my life but I wanted to stop in. Happy doughnut day, by the way.

In the time I’ve been away from this blog, I posted three new videos to my YouTube channel, including an everyday makeup routine which you can see below.

If there’s anything you would like to see on my channel feel free to let me know. I’ll be back to posting more recipes and photos on here soon.

P.S. I realize it wasn’t too long ago that I showed a makeup routine as a blog post on this site, but I hadn’t made a video. The blog post is more about the products. The video shows the process.

My current favorite beauty products

I published my second video on YouTube a few days ago, so go ahead and take a look. It’s a little embarrassing and low quality. It was fun to make though. I did it all by myself and just filmed on my laptop. No fancy set up yet, but I’m figuring out how to be a better one man band.

I’m sharing my favorite beauty products as of late, which includes skin care, makeup, and a few other things.

Summer 2015 Favorites

Summer 2015 favorites

Favorite movie: Out of all the movies I saw this summer online, on DVD and in person, Ant Man would have to be my favorite. The cast made it good for me. I’m not usually a fan of action movies in general. But if it’s got hotties who are awesome actors like Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Bobby Cannavale, then I’ll watch it and love it. Side note: Ant Man was actually the only movie I saw in theaters. I enjoyed the others from home because I’m a homebody.

Favorite TV show: Okay, so I watch a lot of TV. I watch too much TV really. I’m trying to cut back and focus on living life. Some shows I watched this summer include East Los High, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Twin Peaks, The X-Files and Switched at Birth.I’m a sucker for teenage soap operas. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say I most enjoyed Switched at Birth. I like getting to know the characters and the different dynamics involved. In case you’re wondering, I’m pretty sure I’m a combination of Kathryn and Bay, but more Kathryn than Bay.

Favorite podcast: I listened to five episodes of The Lively Show in one day and I’m sure I’ll listen to more soon. In fact, I started this post last night and had written four in that last sentence, but now I’m up to five. I’m listening to one of the episodes right now. I enjoyed hearing entrepreneur Jess Lively talk with Gretchen Rubin, Caroline Rector, Becky Murphy, Joy Cho and Jessie Artigue.

Favorite music: I like all the music I’ve heard from Courtney Barnett so far. The music is pleasing and the lyrics are beautiful, relatable poetry. They’re even a little silly. My favorite song of hers is Pedestrian at Best.

This blog post was inspired by Diana of the our.city.lights blog who does similar posts, as well as The Lively Show and all the YouTubers who do monthly favorites.

My skin care products + routine

It’s taken me years to develop a skin care routine that’s actually a routine. Meaning, I haven’t stuck with caring for my face with the same product or even similar products until this year. Now that I’m almost 25, I’ve managed to get a system going.

I use kind of a lot of products, but I don’t use them all at the same time. As you can see in the photos below, I’ve arranged them according to height and popularity. (That’s a little humor for you M*A*S*H fans.)

Continue reading

Links I love v. 4 (fashion and beauty edition)

In the new Aerie Real campaign, all the photos are (supposedly) unretouched. The author of this AD week article says that her favorite part are the changes to the website. It must be pretty popular because I can’t get the website to load.

USA Olympics uniforms

I’m loving these Team USA opening ceremony Olympics uniforms by Ralph Lauren.

cool Disel model

Fashion blogger and Fashion Week regular Jillian Mercado is among the cast of 23 models featured in Diesel’s campaign. Jillian, who was diagnosed with spastic muscular dystrophy,  is one of those freakin’ amazing people my age working her ass off. Just read the bio on her awesome Tumblr style blog and you’ll see what I mean.

“I woke up like this. I got morning face.” Just watch it already.

Besides those Aerie models, many people in media get Photoshopped. Especially for magazine covers. That means Nicki Minaj and Lina Dunham too. So, does it really matter? I think it does, but this NPR story had me doing some serious critical thinking on the issue.

Joan Rivers is just a jerk and babies aren’t excluded from her not so witty jokes.

So, what’s so bad about needing/wanting to wear makeup and look pretty any way?

Wanting to? Nothing. Needing to? I kind of hate that. That’s why Dove keeps making videos like this Selfie one, which I still don’t 100 percent agree with. I have so much more I want to say about all these issues, so I should really write a long article soon. Consider this an early draft.

Yes, it can be hard to stay positive sometimes and not just because of beauty standards in the media. This article was a friendly reminder to me earlier in the week that we need to be kind to ourselves.

Side note: This Buzzfeed listicle “14 Emotions You’ll Feel While Job Hunting As Told By Mean Girls” is so on point.

Want to see more links I love? Follow me on Twitter (Erin_writes). And hey, while you’re at it, you can also follow Take Comfort Project on Bloglovin,’ a website that makes following blogs easy.