Moisturize

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Winter is always impossibly hard on our skin, and I’ve been noticing the palpable dryness more than ever in the past week.  Obviously, the first solution for this should be to drink more water, a habit I am constantly trying to pick up (I fill up my S’well bottle all day long), but the right products can make a world of difference.

I’ve never been one to use a separate night cream, but when I was experimenting with various Yes To products last winter for this post, I tried the calming cucumber night cream, and was amazed at the results I saw after the very first night.  My skin had never felt so soft, hydrated, and calm during the middle of winter, and I was instantly hooked.

I’ve used all sorts of lotions, from Bath and Body Works, to Aveeno, to the LaMer samples from Sephora (you guys rock xo)- and this L’Occitane shea butter body lotion is by far the best for its price.  I use it for everything, and it does a fantastic job moisturizing without an overpowering scent.

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For specific body lotions, Burt’s Bees does not disappoint (as usual).  I love this coconut foot creme and the almond milk beeswax hand creme.  They are both stronger than a regular body lotion, and do wonders for renewing and moisturizing those extra dry parts.  The best part: you can find both of them at Target for under $10- which is a dealmaker if you go through lotions as fast as I do!

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This Rosebud Salve is the greatest and most hydrating lip balm ever.  Hands down.  You all know how much I love my Burt’s Bees lip balm, but this gives a bit extra kick and is extra soothing.  I usually only keep them at my desk, since it’s not always appropriate to apply a lip balm with your finger, but it’s always a relief when I get to apply the soothing balm on my chapped winter lips.

What are your favorite hydrating products to use during the winter?  I’m always looking to try new ones, so sound off in the comments below!

xo, C

Beauty Routine: Cleanse

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Over the years I’ve gone through the struggle of trying countless beauty products and being disappointed in them over and over again.  However, in this search I have been able to find a fair amount of products that I love and truly believe in- and I think it’s only fair to share these products with you!  My first selection is the beauty basics, the every day products that no one should ever settle with. IMG_6603

I have been using bareMinerals’ Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser and Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for about five years now, and I cannot say enough good things about them.  It shouldn’t really be such an excitement that an exfoliating cleanser actually exfoliates AND cleanses, but it is.  I have a hard time recounting exactly the differences I noticed when I first started using it since it was so long ago, but I do know that my pores shrunk and my skin evened out quite noticeably in the first few weeks that I started using it.  I only use it once a day because my skin would dry out way too much if I used an exfoliating cleanser twice a day, but I know a lot of people do have success with using it every morning and night. IMG_6599

I recently read somewhere that the skin under your eyes ages exponentially faster than the rest of your skin.  I had never used an eye cream at that point, so naturally I panicked and ran out and bought three different eye creams at Ulta that very week.  I used the fact that I’m only 23 to justify the fact that I only bought eye creams that were under $20 (because it’s a bonus that I’m using any at all, right?!), but in reality I knew I couldn’t shell out $60+ dollars for eye cream on a regular basis.  Luckily for me, this Burt’s Bees Renewal eye cream fit the bill perfectly without, well, a hefty bill.  The skin under my eyes has been firmer ever since I started using it and the dark circles and bags I chronically have from sleep deprivation are less visible than they have ever been before.  At under $20, this one is a definite keeper, my friends.

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Burt’s Bees lip balm is hands down my number one beauty product must have.  I have one in my purse, car, desk, and vanity at all times.  It’s the most soothing and refreshing lip balm I have ever used and I can’t say a single bad thing about it.  The traditional peppermint is my personal favorite, but the superfruit pack is pretty great as well!

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I have never found a makeup remover wipe that I liked until tarte’s fresh eyes waterproof makeup remover wipes.  For starters, they smell great, which is the opposite of most makeup removing products I’ve tried.  But they also manage to take off makeup really easily, without any vicious scrubbing, and they never agitate my skin- but actually soothe it while removing even the heaviest of eye makeup!  Nothing about these is not great, and the fact that they have converted me into  a makeup remover believer after 8 years of resistance is really saying something!

Stay tuned for more of my favorite beauty products, coming soon!

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

xo, Caitlin