Winter Skincare Routine

It’s officially the beginning of February, and while I’ve been waiting for winter to be over since before it even started, I acknowledge that we’ve got at least another month of it left. As I’m sure you’re all well aware of (unless you live in the tropics or SoCal), winter does not arrive without notice. From the ungodly weather to the dry skin and chapped lips– it’s a season that is certainly hard to ignore.

This is precisely the reason why I figured there is no time like the present to make a post detailing my daily skincare routine as well as some nifty little tricks and tips I’ve picked up along the way to combat dry and flaky skin. Winter may come and go, but it doesn’t have to get the best of you or your skin.

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Review & Unboxing ♡

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 The beauty world can be a little hard to navigate at times, especially with new trends and old trends coming and going with the seasons. It’s easy to look at all the products on the shelves and feel totally overwhelmed.

Lately, I’ve also been trying to reduce my spending habits and figured that subscribing to a beauty subscription service would help reign in any excess spending. That way, I could look forward to receiving new beauty products every month without going to Sephora with the intention of buying one thing and leaving with ten.

Being the makeup snob I am, I realized that Birchbox or Ipsy just wouldn’t do it for me. I had Birchbox in the past and canceled it as I wanted more makeup and less skincare things. With subscription boxes popping up all over the place, I wanted to find the most bang for my buck. Why spend money with the anticipation of beauty products only to receive testers and small products you may not even love? 

After doing my research, it was down to Glossybox and Boxycharm… but after seeing what they packed in the September Boxycharm, I couldn’t resist. I had to have it for myself. With a value OVER $100, click the read more to see what made Boxycharm the holy grail of beauty subscription boxes.

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Sephora-Haul

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It’s that time of the year again where sweater weather is upon us and all I want to do is stay inside with a warm cup of hot chocolate (and a cuddle buddy, but mine happens to be 480 miles away). Fall is one of my favorite seasons and like the leaves, I was ready to shed some of my old beauty products and welcome in some new brands. Out with the old, in with the new. Tis’ the season of transition, right?

As I’ve recently discovered, the Sephora in Georgetown is infinitely better than the one I had been shopping at before, so much so that it’s become a favorite location. There were so many brands I’d never seen at Sephora before (like BECCA Cosmetics, Guerlain, Jaclyn Hill, etc.), ABH’s entire line of matte lipsticks, and enough Too Faced products for everyone that I was just living. As you could imagine, it felt like passing through the pearly powdered gates of my own personal Heaven.

Ironically, most of my purchases were products that I carried over from my summer wish-list onto my autumn wish-list. I’ve been vibing natural-mattes lately, so a lot of products I bought were nude toned. Below you can find an overview of the items and some of my first impressions! I’ve been using these products solidly for a week now so I have a pretty good idea of their uses. My honest opinions can be found below.

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Those of you out there with dry skin just know the struggle— i.e. putting makeup on and watching it flake off, waking up with patches of dry skin on your face, and getting out of the shower and having your skin just suck all the moisture from your body surface. Believe me, I know how it is… and after browsing the aisles of Sephora in a back-to-school beauty shopping trip, I think I’ve finally found the miracle cure.

Yes, you heard me right. It’s a freaking m-i-r-a-c-l-e.

Let me introduce you to Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Hydrating Boost gel moisturizer.

It’s not just any moisturizer, it’s a cool moisturizer (as in, yes, your face literally feels refreshed from the moment you lift the gel to your skin). Beyond that, this gel moisturizer really is a solution to those plagued by dry-skin everywhere.

Click my read more to see my full review.

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