I haven’t done a beauty-related post in quite some time now, and considering how cold it is in Minnesota this time of year, I haven’t been getting out much to do activities worth writing about. The dry air of the winter has done a number on my skin and hair and thus, I felt it would be a good time to write a review of some of the products that have been helping me to survive the winter months, which are now (finally!) coming to an end.
St. Tropez Self-Tanner
Whenever I read about self-tanners, I always think of the nasty smell that I’ve associated with them ever since first trying them years ago. I had seen this product in multiple magazines over the course of several years, always ranked as the #1 self tanner, and finally I decided to take the plunge and try it after returning from my trip to Roatán in order to maintain the tan that I had worked hard to cultivate over the week that I was there.
This self tanner does work wonders and can give anyone an amazing glow with just one application, but careful steps must be taken to make sure that you don’t have a bronzing disaster occur on your skin. I always make sure I exfoliate in the shower before applying this product, and I mix it with the body lotion that I am applying to my skin. It comes out as a mousse foam, and it can be difficult to spread it evenly without using some sort of moisturizer alongside. Wash your hands VERY carefully after using this product too, otherwise it will stain your cuticles an ugly brown color. It’s also not a bad idea to have someone help you apply it to the back and hard-to-reach areas
Bobbi Brown Twilight Lip & Eye Palette
This beautiful palette was a birthday gift from my dear roommate Julie. I’ve always loved Bobbi Brown cosmetics, as the company has a strong commitment to producing cosmetics responsibly, and often donates a portion of sales to various charities. The palette is gorgeous in packaging and the contents are awesome. I particularly like the creamy consistency of the lip colors and the variety of eyeshadows; there is a range of colors but all of them are very wearable- none are shocking or absurd colors like some of the eyeshadows in my Urban Decay palette.
Pond’s Dry Skin moisturizer
This product has been a lifesaver; no matter how hard I try, my skin really suffers from the dry winter air. My daily moisturizer was not enough to help quench it, and using this twice a day has really saved my skin. It is inexpensive and available at Target, CVS, Walgreens and many other similar drug stores. The one thing I do not like about it is that it is in a jar instead of a pump container, so it is super important to make sure your hands are clean before dipping them into the cream.
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
At first, I hated this product. I thought it was clumpy and made my eyelashes stick together. Eventually, when I ran out of the other mascaras that I had, forcing me to use it, I gave it a second chance and ended up falling in love with the results. I’m not sure what it is, maybe the first couple uses out of the tube are just extra thick and do not apply well, but I am glad that I kept giving it second chances because I am very happy with the results now.
This spray-in conditioner by Davines is the newest addition to my hair product collection and I am loving everything it does to my hair. Davines is a family-owned international hair product line that is strongly committed to sustainability in all of their products, which is something very important to me. This spray-in conditioner leaves my hair silky smooth, tames flyaways and is a heat protectant, so I spritz it on before using any heated tools.
LUSH Sandstone Soap
Not only does this product smell amazing, it works wonders on dry, flaky winter skin. The rough sandstone that is integrated into the soap exfoliates like a dream; just make sure to moisturize after using this soap. I love it, I am so happy my roommates picked this up for me for my birthday. By far the best bar soap I have ever owned and used.
This deodorant is not really worth taking pictures of, but if you’re in the market for a new deodorant that is applied a different way from a usual stick, this is the way to go. Spray it on and within minutes it is dry, and I have gotten the best protection from this product than every other deodorant I have ever tried. It isn’t perfect and still sometimes doesn’t work, but I would say I’ve had the most success and would definitely buy this product again.