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Six Products to Beat the Winter Pasties

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Well the winter is here, and as I sit here I can feel the cold, horrible air outside and the hot skin-drying air of the heater inside.  For you West Coasters, things may be getting only slightly mild, but for those of us on the Eastern seaboard, that winter chill is settling in here but good.

Aside from a lack of sleep and possibly overconsumption of alcohol, few things fuck with your look like the weather.  Humidity messes with your hair, extreme heat melts your make up off and causes you to sweat like a pig, and the icy windy winter makes everyone look like a pasty, pale washed out and miserable version of themselves. If it were at all possible  I would just burrow into some flannel pajamas, put on an eye mask and sleep until April when I would awake refreshed, brush my teeth, throw on a sundress and go out to greet the world.  Sadly, I can’t sleep for the next four months, so in order to fake that lovely glow that the winter wind and ice rob from us, I have several products in my arsenal.

1. Sunscreen

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We’ve all heard it a million times-you need sunscreen in the winter.  Even if you can’t see the sun, it’s out there and especially when the snow is causing UV rays too bounce all over the place and cook up your skin, it is crucial that you apply this stuff to your face neck and the back of your hands which are, apparently, the first things to go.

Splurge: Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40

Save: Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70

Make sure you get the area around your eyes, too, to avoid looking like Kelly from Real Housewives of New York, or Kim Kardashian

2. Tinted Moisturizer

It’s the easiest way to get the moisture your skin needs in the winter while also throwing a little color up there, and it’s sheer enough that you can reapply it throughout the day without looking like you’re caked in foundation.  Ew.

Splurge: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Save: Sephora Brand Tinted Moisturizer

3. Touche Eclat by Yves Saint Laurent.

Yes, it’s expensive. But it also makes you look pretty goddamn close to perfect. A little under the eyes and around the nose can really improve the state of your look.  Quite possibly a very worthwhile investment.

4. Tarte Cheek Stain

There’s a shade for every lady, it goes on like a dream and has a sheerness that really makes it look like its coming from within. A lovely young genetleman at Sephora actually clued me in to the fact that fair skin girls like myself should hit up Blissful, a peachy orangey tone.  I never would have considered that, so my advice is to test them all and find your perfect shade.  It makes you look warm and cozy and glowy; a true delight in the desolate cold.

5. Pinky Peach Lip Gloss and a Nude Lip Pencil

You know how they say there’s a perfect red for every woman? There’s a perfect pink too, and its just as effective.  If you’re trying to create a look that channels the summer even in the winter, you can’t go wrong with this combo.  A nude lip pencils give an almost bronze base to the lip while the gloss helps to bring into a prettier, less severe territory.  Take a stroll around Sephora until you find the perfect match. Stila’s Lipglaze’s are nice, but the drugstore ones work just as well in a pinch. I particularly like Revlon’s glosses since they don’t tasete disgusting.  That’s more than I can say for L’Oreal, sadly.

6. Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion

I have super dry skin and swear by this shit. It comes in a ton of sizes, in SPF or non, and you do NOT want to leave your home without it this winter.  There’s something about that colloidal oatmeal that just locks in moisture. Trust me.

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1 Comment

  1. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    December 8, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I buy that Aveeno stuff in BULK every year