3 Must Have Winter Beauty Items

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Winter is tough on skin. Here are 3 must-have products for winter to keep you looking your best in the cold weather.

In the summer we can just stick your hair in a ponytail, put on some sunscreen, and head out the door. In the winter, our hair and skin need some extra-special care to stay looking their best. Here are my 6 favorite products to keep you looking beautiful through the long cold winter.Image result for lip balm with a bee on the side

1 – Lip balm. My current favorite lip balm is called Lypsyl. It’s extremely soothing and has a light minty smell. The most unique part of this lip balm is the way you dispense it – it has a cute little bee on the side that you push up to expose the product. It’s less than $5 at CVS, Target, Wal*Mart, or any similar store.

Here are the ingredients in Lypsyl:

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Ceresin, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Flavor, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Bixa Orellana (Annatto) Seed Extract

Remember, lip balm is very important in the winter. Lip balm is just like lotion…for your lips! Remember, just like the rest of your skin, your lips and the skin around your lips can also get tiny micro-tears that are painful and slow to heal.Click the picture to see this on Amazon

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2 – Moisturizer. Moisturizer for your face is an absolute must for the winter weather. I am currently using is Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar SPF 30. It’s a lovely thicker moisturizer that is effective and makes my skin feel great. It’s around $45 at Ulta, Sephora, or a similar store.

In addition to moisturizer for your face, I would also suggest a thicker lotion than you use in the summer for your body. If you don’t use moisturizer on your face and a thick lotion on your body in the winter your skin will get dry, itchy, and flaky. You can even get tiny micro-tears in your skin that are painful and slow to heal. Do your skin a favor and use moisturizer on your face and thick lotion on your body. Remember, even though it’s winter, be sure to buy moisturizer with SPF in it to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

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3 – Hair dryer. Your hair dryer is very important in the winter. In the summer it’s fine to let your hair air dry – it’s healthier for your hair, saves time, and also saves electricity. However, in the winter it’s important to dry your hair before you go outside so you don’t get sick. I know, I know, germs make you sick, not cold air – but if you go outside with wet hair your defenses are down and you’re more likely to fall prey to a winter bug.

I recently got a new hair dryer after my old Conair died after many years of faithful service. I decided to splurge and picked up a T3 Featherweight 2i Luxe. It dries my hair a lot faster, and supposedly it causes less damage than a traditional hair dryer since it dries the hair so much faster. Not really sure about that, but if so, that’s great! It’s a little pricey at $250 at Sephora.

I hope that you found this article on my 3 must haves for winter helpful. If you have a suggestion for a winter must have please feel free to comment down below, I’m always in the market for new products!

Make Your Home Smell Like Winter

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Do you ever walk into the craft store and say “Hey! That smells delicious! What is that?”

It’s probably those cinnamon-infused pinecones that I always see there. I love the smell of cinnamon, but I think that those pine cones are a little weird and have too strong of a smell. If you love the cinnamon smell, but prefer something a little lighter that will still make your entire house smell delicious, then try a simmer pot!

 

Making a simmer pot using a crock pot/slow cooker is easy and you can let it simmer all day without even having to watch it, other than to just check in occasionally to make sure that it doesn’t need any more water. I don’t feel that this method spreads around as much scent as if you were to use a pot on the stove, but it’s the only way to go if you have any safety concerns about the stove method.

And let’s face it, if you lead a hectic life like I do, you might even accidentally forget that you have a pot simmering on the stove. Then your house might burn down, and hey, that would solve your problem about a stinky house, though, wouldn’t it?

As for what to put in the simmer pot – it’s up to you! I will include a list of some possibilities, mix and match the ingredients as you see fit.

  • dried orange peel
  • apple
  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cardamom pods
  • fresh ginger
  • star anise
  • vanilla bean
  • lemon
  • rosemary
  • cranberries
  • bay leaf

Directions

  1. Using a small crock pot, I typically put in some apple slices/cores, 5-10 cloves, a splash of imitation vanilla, some clementine peels, and a crap-load of cinnamon.
  2. After the ingredients are added I fill the crock pot halfway with water, put the lid on, and turn it on high setting.
  3. When the lid starts to get a little steamy-looking I take the lid off and turn the crock pot to the low setting.
  4. You can let it simmer as long as you want – I usually leave it for a few hours and then turn it off before I start making dinner so the smells don’t get mixed-up. Just be sure to check it periodically to make sure that it still has plenty of water.

Tips

  • I try to keep the crock pot somewhere between 1/3-1/2 full of water at all times. It’s safer to have too much water than not enough.
  • When I add more water I run the faucet until the water is hot, and then just fill up a mug or measuring cup with hot water and dump it into the crock pot.

Enjoy your delicious-smelling house!

 

Feeling a Little Holiday Let-Down?

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Are you feeling a little glum because all of the fun of the holidays are over, and the spring is so, so far away? Don’t despair.

If you tend to be a little sad after all of the fun of the holidays are over, I feel you. I am lucky because I have many family birthdays spread throughout the winter so at least I have some little kid parties to look forward to, but I still feel a little blue when it’s cold and snowy outside.

Lift Your Mood

The best thing for you to do to lift your mood is to spend time with people you love. If you can’t spend time with them physically, no problem, that’s what the internet is for! Connecting people to people. Happiness begets happiness, so be sure to hang around people who lift your mood rather than stomp it down. Wouldn’t you rather spend time with someone who is hopeful and excited about life? Yeah, me too.

Get Out of Those PJs

When I am feeling a little down I tend to wear PJs or baggy sweats all day. That’s just not a good idea! You should take a shower, fix your hair, and put on something that makes you look and feel great. Unless, of course, going to the gym and working out makes you feel better. If you’re planning on working out, either at the gym or at home, feel free to leave those sweats on!

Feeling better now? You might want to see a doctor if your unhappiness persists. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing, and there are medications to help. Good luck!