My Top 10 Winter Essentials
I totally wanted to do a video on my top 10 winter essentials as a follow-up to my summer faves video here. But the iMovie program on my Macbook is not working for some reason and I can’t figure it out.
Soooo, here’s a blog post on them instead…
Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Oil is something I use almost every night along with some aloe vera gel to thin it. It moisturizes my skin in this dry weather and helps to heal scars and acne.
There’s also another reason why I have not moved my butt to get a video camera to replace my faulty Macbook — my skin is not in great condition and as a beauty blogger, I feel embarrassed to have problematic skin at the moment. One of my resolutions this year (and the year is almost over!) is to be more authentic and I’ll be honest why I’m suffering from pimple breakouts: I came off birth control pills at the end of June and the transition has been a bit rocky emotionally and physically. I took the pill for six years and my mother would be so upset if she read this (but mum, if you are reading this, take it as good news that I’ve finally stopped) because she is very against pouring artificial hormones into the body.
For those who have not been through this experience, let me tell you that it is no less than awful. My emotions are better because I don’t have so much estrogen in my body but I feel flat because my body is not used to having that large amount, too. Skin-wise, it has been sucky — I’m breaking out like a teenager and it makes me feel depressed.
But I know it is temporary and I’m trying the best I can to help my body heal. Let’s go back to my winter love list.
Raffine Solid Cleansing Oil is another staple — the orangey, grapefruity scent is always a lovely thing to smell at the end of the day and it cleanses very well. I’m a big fan of other brands too but this one takes off makeup in a jiffy without using a single piece of cotton pad.
As mentioned, my skin is quite sensitive right now so the Yuskin S-series body cream is a godsend.
I like smelling good so I layer this Korres body lotion, called Japanese Rose, on top of the Yuskin one. Yum…It’s a light floral that strangely doesn’t smell like rose at all. I’m picky about floral scents in body products so I was delighted to find this to be very classy and light.
Keepin’ my lips from being chapped is the ever-so-creamy Yuskin Lip Cream that has perilla leaf (or shiso in Japanese) essence in it which is anti-inflammatory.
To pamper myself after a long day or a hard run, I soak myself in these Kikiyu bath salts.
Oshima’s Tsubaki Oil is such a haircare classic and it’s no wonder why it is. Just a teesy bit on wet hair will make my tresses shiny and soft after blow-drying.
When colder weather rolls around, I ditch my fruity florals for warmer scents that have amber, musk, or sandalwood. This perfume, L by Lolita Lempicka, is a staple for me now. The powdery scent is like a hug in chilly air.
Under my moisturizer, I like to amp things up a bit by using Mandom Barrier Repair Concentrate Serum. I don’t want to use creamy moisturizers now because of my “delicate” condition, so I figured layering the skin with thin liquidy moisturizers would work better than a pore-clogging cream-based one.
Before I slather on liquid foundation, I would put a thin layer of Paul & Joe’s foundation primer to prevent fine lines from showing up when I smile.
So there you have it — my top ten essentials for this cold, dry season.
What’s a must-have in your cosmetics case this winter?
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