Beauty Ramblings: Winter Favorites!

March 4, 2015

This winter season has been all about skin for me.  Specifically keeping my insanely dry skin {body} moisturized during these cold months.  And because I like taking reaaaalllly HOT showers and baths when it's cold, I cannot seem to slather on enough moisturizer lately.  Thankfully though, as far as my face is concerned, my skin is as normal as normal gets – never really dry or oily, which I appreciate. I was given the opportunity to try the new LOCCITANE skincare line – the Shea Butter Comforting Collection.   The minute I heard Shea butter, I was allll over it! LOL! :)
I have been LOVING these products.  I have come up with the perfect routine for the softest skin that I've felt in a really long time.  Step one is using the Shea Butter Cleansing Milk.  It obviously has Shea butter to moisturize but it also has licorice extracts to calm the skin while removing impurities. 
The cleansing milk doesn't remove my makeup completely which is why I also use the Shea Butter Ultra-Gentle Face Soap, in step two.  It has the best creamy lather and smells so good!
Step three, which is a new step for me, includes using a bit of the Shea Butter Gentle Toner {applying with a cotton ball} on my face and neck.  It removes excess dirt and makeup left behind. It also works to prep skin to absorb moisturizer more effectively. I love using this and I am hooked!  I am always shocked at how dirty the cotton ball always is even AFTER thoroughly washing my face.
Finally, I moisturize using the  Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream.  The formula has 5% Shea butter which makes it really light and it doesn't feel greasy, which is important for me.  I have been sticking to my tried and true Nivea cream in the morning but moisturizing before going to bed with something light like this feels good.
Link to purchase any of the above products here.  
I have seriously gotten the most compliments on my skin in the last month than I have since the summer – when my skin is always extra dewy and glowy.  I say a gratitude prayer often that I have good skin.  It's definitely in my genes but it is also has a lot to do with skin care. Very important!  

Now one of the benefits of having really soft skin is that my makeup application has been flawless lately.  It looks especially good when I use this Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick {in Bronze}. It gives the perfect shimmer and glow, it seriously takes my make-up to the next level. The product is buildable – I apply a light shimmer during the day or apply more in my t-zone for a golden-bronzey glow for a night out.  It's so pretty!
I also love putting this NYX blush {in Cinnamon} on BEFORE brushing on the shimmer.  It creates the perfect shimmery coral color and gives me a healthy glow that I adore.  Here is a picture of both colors layered.  LOVE!

 Lastly, can we please talk about this mascara.  Thee best mascara that I have ever used.  And I know I use the word amazing a lot but this is AMAZING. LOL!  I have really short eyelashes and I swear none of the normal drug store mascaras work for me.  The brushes are always too fat and don't really grab my stumpy lashes.  But this Telescopic mascara has changed my life! I am so glad I tried it after seeing it mentioned on Instagram.
What beauty products are you loving lately?
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