Happy winter! NOT. Last winter in Minnesota, we had a wonderful few months where it rarely dipped below 35-40 and didn’t snow very much. This year, however, karma got us back; it’s either bone-cold or snowing like crazy. I hate winter. Makeup makes me happy, so here’s what’s keeping my spirits up as the temp drops.
Holy grail lip balm Malin + Goetz is the only thing I trust to keep my lipstick-wearing mouth moisturized. I put it on at night and it’s still there in the morning. I like (but not love) the Fresh Sugar lip balms too.
For someone who has over 50 nail polishes (OK, who are we kidding. It’s closer to 70.) I have been using the same three over and over. Essie Lollipop is forever my favorite bright red. Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Beso matches perfectly, and it REALLY stays all day. I put it on at 9 AM and was still wearing it 12 hours later.
A recent bout of too-intense cleansing left my skin flaky and dry. My friend Tyra at Sephora recommended Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs as a more moisturizing option. I adore the creamy mint color and its silky texture. I like to use it alongside Clarins famous Beauty Flash Balm; I’m not really sure what it does exactly, but I always feel prettier and glowier when I use it. I love that the directions say DO NOT RUB IN. Well, I do. (Not pictured: my sample bottles of Clarins Blue Orchid Oil, which I love to smear all over my face like a mask.)
I bought a great deal of the Marilyn Monroe MAC collection, for obvious reasons. One of my must-haves was the Beauty Powder, even though I’m still not exactly sure what beauty powder is. I like to swirl a big fluffy brush in it and sweep it all over my face.
On a Walmart beauty supply trip (Psssst! dry shampoo, Am-Lactin lotion … things only found at Walmart lately) I spent a few minutes perusing Drew Barrymore’s new makeup line, Flower. It is ADORABLE. The nail polishes are beyond cute in a perfect palette, the mascara legit (I tried the Extreme Measures lengthening) and the lipsticks surprisingly great for $6.98. This one is Get to the Poinsettia. (They all have flower-theme names, to up the cuteness ante.) All of Flower’s products are made in the US. I would definitely recommend stopping at a Walmart and grabbing a few, because they’re only sold there. Say what you will about Walmart, but I LOVE Drew and am super intrigued by the rest of the Flower line.
I rotate perfumes regularly; lately I have been using Serge Lutens hay-tobacco Chergui, Chanel No. 19, by Killian Black to Black and now, Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. Yeah, I decided on Eau Premiere vs. the real No. 5. It just felt right at the time, and I really, really love it. Catching a whiff of it on my clothes at the end of the day is delightful. It feels appropriate in the winter and I know it will be even better in the springtime.
(Other essentials as of late: It’s a 10 Leave-In, GHI flatiron, Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha-Beta Peel)