My Winter Must Haves

I'm gonna go on the record right here, right now and say that this time of year is my very favorite. There only downside or fall/winter is that it wreaks havoc on my skin. This is particularly annoying because this is the time of year we take photos for Christmas cards that we mass distribute to friends and family. Not to mention the endless parties that happen over the holidays. So, I have put together my list of must haves for the season. You will be dazzling and ready for any photo or party in no time.


Philosophy's Hope In A Jar Moisturizer $39 

This beauty is a lifesaver. I discovered it when I moved to Seattle years ago. It has enough moisture to keep skin looking dewy, but it never feels or looks oily. A jar is $39 and will last you all winter. A cult-favorite and for a good reason.


Baby Lips by Maybelline $3.99

This lip balm does wonders. It packs enough moisture to keep lips soft instead of rough or peeling. There is just enough of a tint to double as your lip color. Plus, it isn't waxy like a lot of other products. I keep them stashed in all my purses.


DIY Body Scrub

I discovered this one last winter. Mix equal parts olive oil with sugar. I mix up a little batch about once a week and scrub my hands with it. It would be fantastic as an all-over scrub, but I'm just too lazy. However, it does leave my hands exfoliated and incredibly soft. Perfect for that Christmas party manicure. Speaking of nails...


Essie Nail Polish: Size Matters & Gold As It Gets $8

Sparkle is everywhere during the holidays and it should be on you too. If you are a 12 year old girl then you can pretty much put glitter anywhere and get away with it. Once you are over the age of 18, I suggest keeping glitter on your nails only. Paint your nails with Essie's Size Matters. After it dries, put a coat of Gold As It Gets topcoat on. The result is the perfect red manicure with a subtle gold shimmer. Classy & party-friendly.


Nars Blush $28

Don't skip the blush. Unless of course you like people asking if you feel unwell. Look lively and youthful with a touch of color on your cheeks. Nars blush is probably the best I have found. It is pricy, but highly pigmented. This means you don't need much product to get the desired color result. That means it lasts longer AND  you will avoid the 'cakey' look many people have when they have too much make up on. For a natural flush...Nars is the way to go.


Hoola Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics $28

No one likes being pale, but winter is not the time to look like a Tahitian goddess either. This bronzer gives you more of a warmth to your face instead of an awkward tan. It works on pretty much any skin coloring and comes with a great brush. Again, it is a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for.


ColorBurst Lipgloss by Revlon $7.49

The holidays are a perfect time to wear a bold color on your lips. A lipstick can look really elegant, but it can also be a bit flat or draw attention to chapped lips. ColorBurst has the color pigment of a lipstick, but the texture of a gloss. There are numerous colors and can be used alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. A great budget-friendly item.


New York Color IndividualEyes $4.99

Smokey Eyes are a great look for holiday events. But, they can be intimidating. This compact takes all the work out of it. It matches coordinating colors together, gives you a primer & highlighter , and tells you where to put all of it. The colors are really flattering and stay put like a champ. Nothing not to love.

Hope these were helpful.

What are the products you can't live without during the winter months? I'd love to know!