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Until recently it looked like Florida decided to skip winter this year. Half of my local Facebook friends spent Christmas at the beach in 90 degree heat. Now that it’s dipped into the 50s– and it’s stayed there for more than 48 hours, my tropically-conditioned hair, skin, and nails are just now starting to freak out. Especially with all the traveling I’ve been and will be doing in the coming weeks, I’m becoming a fan of transportability more than anything. Here are my picks for the 10 best winter beauty products:
1. Bobbi Brown Breast Cancer Awareness Blush and Brush Set in Peony, $50 (for every set sold, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation) | 2. Essie Nail Color of Lapiz of Luxury, $8.50 | 3. Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizing Primer, $36 | 4. Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $43 | 5. Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner, $18.99 | 6. Drybar I Heart Road Trips Kit, $32 | 7. Clarisonic Mia Fit, $189 | 8. Shiseido IBUKI Gentle Cleanser, $30 | 9. Black Magic Set of 2 Makeup Remover Cloths, $12 | 10. Wet Brush, $12.99
My love affair with Nexxus continues. Before trying the Nexxus Therappe and Humectress replenishing system, my hair was coarse, dry, and dull– and after only a few washes, it felt the softest, healthiest, and happiest it’s felt in years. It works best for dry to very dry hair, and it’s Nexxus’ most popular wash and care line (there are eight ranges as a reference point)– because it’s awesome and effective. You can read my full review (and see a super cheesy headshot from the Sam’s Club website) here. Also, all this road tripping back and forth between Orlando and Tampa is starting to drive me insane, so I’m all for travel kits and transportability. My family is great, but boy hair gel and dandruff shampoo don’t exactly fit into my every day hair care routine. I love Drybar, and I have for quite some time– so it’s no surprise that the Drybar I Heart Road Trips Kit is a dream come true. It’s a 3-piece travel kit of essentials, including my favorite product, Triple Sec 3-in-1, that costs $32 and, as its name implies, travels with me in my car.
I also picked up a Wet Brush at Target after Ashley Brooke personally recommended it to me, and once again, she didn’t steer me wrong. If your hair easily tangles, this is the best $13 hair investment you’ll ever make. It leaves your hair smooth, shiny, and tangle-free without pulling your hair out– regardless of if its wet or dry.
Since I have acne-prone skin, I don’t usually wear a full face of makeup. I actually don’t usually wear makeup at all. When I need to take professional photos– or when I know I’ll be on stage/camera under heavy lighting, I use Make Up Forever HD makeup from Sephora. Based on a recommendation by my pageant family, I tried their HD foundation when I competed in Miss Florida USA and knew I’d be susceptible to looking like an overdone clown in a zillion pictures and/or on live television. Their products were developed specifically for the film and television industry’s most advanced technology, and the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation and Skin Equalizing Primer duo give my skin the most amazing natural-looking coverage and glow. I also included Bobbi Brown’s Peony Blush Set, which benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, in my list because the pink tone is gorgeous for winter (and for the rest of the year, too) and gives my cheeks the perfect pop of matte-finish color.
And to remove all the aforementioned products, I highly recommend trying a Black Magic Makeup Remover Cloth. Ashley Brooke gave me a set of 2 for Christmas, and although I was skeptical at first, these reusable clothes are incredible, cost-effective alternatives to name brand disposable makeup wipes.
My skin really tends to panic when the weather changes. It gets really dry and irritated, making it even more prone to sporadic break outs. Instead of taming the blemish beast with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide like I do during the rest of the year, I’ve been using Shiseido’s IBUKI gentle cleanser with my new compact Clarisonic Mia Fit— and the results have been amazing. If you’ve never tried any Shiseido products and would like to, I’m hosting an IBUKI Starter Kit giveaway here.
Last but not least, I’m obsessed with the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year, which for the first time ever is a blend of two colors, Serenity and Rose Quartz. Rose Quartz has always been a favorite nail color of mine, but the cool blue Serenity tone is practically perfect for winter. Essie’s Lapiz of Luxury is virtually identical to Pantone Serenity, and I’ve had it on my nails since Christmas.
What winter beauty products are you loving this month? Anything I should try? Recommendations appreciated!