Love the Skin You’re In (and Treat it Right!) — Winter Beauty Product Faves

Love the Skin You’re In (and Treat it Right!) — Winter Beauty Product Faves


Hey readers!

I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty products as of late. For the past 7 months, or so—since graduating college, moving to NorCal, and just generally changing—I have noticed a difference in the look and feel of my skin. I have had some breakouts and clogged pores, and for a while nothing seemed to be working! But switching up my skincare products has really changed the appearance and feel of my skin. I’m so happy about it!

I have also included a couple of makeup favorites of mine, both of which I have been using to achieve a glowy look. My skin has looked quite dull, and these items makeup bits totally help alleviate that.




IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination: I’ve been using this face powder so much lately! It applies like a dream, has build-able coverage, and doesn’t look too matte on my face. I love how it gives my complexion a slightly glow-y finish without looking shiny—it is perfect for these winter months, when my skin can look so dull! I love applying it with a light hand using my Ecotools sheer powder brush. This brush is great because it allows me to apply my makeup lightly, so it doesn’t end up caking on my face or accentuating any dry patches I may have.

Laura Gellar Easy Illuminating Stick: This has been my go-to highlight for a year now, and it it absolutely stunning. I originally purchased it when I was first experimenting with cream and liquid highlight and contour products, and I fell in love with it! It is so easy to use and is totally blend-able and build-able. This Gilded Honey shade is the cream form of their bestselling powder highlight, and even though it is a golden shade, it does not look too dark on my fair skin. Definitely check this one out if you want a natural yet noticeable cream highlight!




CosRX Moisturizer: I started getting into Korean skincare last summer when I knew I needed to make a change in my skincare routine. This moisturizer is one of the products that has definitely stuck with me! It is very moisturizing but not too thick, and I love the feeling my skin has in the morning after I apply this overnight. My skin really really likes this stuff! If you have dry or combination skin and want a moisturizer that is not greasy, can double as an under eye moisturizer, and wears well under makeup, then this will be your best friend! Bonus: it can double as a moisturizing mask. How cool is that?!

Mario Badescu Acne Products: A common theme of this post is finding products that my skin loves. And Mario Badescu skincare products totally take the cake! While I have used the drying lotion in the past and loved it as a spot treatment, this winter I was looking for products that would really help with my pores and blackheads. The buffering lotion and silver powder have definitely made a difference in my skin. The buffering lotion is great for nightly use (or as needed), and I can tell that it has cleared up my under-the-skin clogged pores before they get out of hand. And I love using the silver powder as a mask.


Let me know what products you’ve been using, and if you have any recommendations! 🙂

Winter Beauty Favorites

Winter Beauty Favorites

Hello my readers! Today I wanted to do something a bit different and share with you my Winter beauty favorites! One of my new year’s resolutions is to take pride and take my time when putting myself together in the morning. I find that wearing a bit of makeup and spending time getting ready really makes me feel so much more confident throughout the day. Maybe this isn’t for you, and that’s okay–but this truly does make me happy. And I think that is great! Most of these products are affordable, and even the ones that are high-end are not outrageously expensive. I try to have a mix of types of products and only spend money on things I can truly see myself wearing often and loving. By making conscious and mindful purchases, I ensure that I love everything I own–including my beauty products.

Starting at the top is my NYX tinted brow gel. This stuff is definitely a game changer for my eyebrows. It locks them in place while still adding some tint, and on days when I am just wearing the tiniest bit of makeup, I always enjoy applying this. I think it makes a big difference and does the quick trick!

I have been loving my MAC blush in “Breath of Plum.” It is a sheertone so the pigmentation can be super light but also build-able. I think it is a great Winter shade but I can definitely see myself wearing this year round. And I LOVE that it is matte because I can wear my highlight and not feel that my face is too shimmery. Shoutout to my lovely boyfriend for treating me to this!

The Benefit Roller Lash mascara is my all-time favorite. It lengthens and I don’t even use a curler with it.

I have seen numerous bloggers rave about the Mario Badescu facial spray…and I finally know why. I use this before and after my makeup to hydrate my skin and feel fresh and dewy. And it is super affordable, too!

I saw this Maybelline quad in “Chai Latte” at Ulta one day when I was looking for a small palette with a matte brown shadow, and this one really does the trick. I also saw JAMBeauty89 talk about it (check her out–you won’t regret it!) after I purchased, and I instantly got so excited! It is such a great quad for every day, but the gold shadow is awesome for transitioning to a date night look.

This Revlon lipstick is my new go-to for day and night. It is natural enough but it still gives my lips some life, and it doesn’t dry them out at all. 

The Stila “Kitten” eyeshadow is a cult favorite…and for good reason. It is so shimmery and so buildable at the same time, and soon after purchasing it I became hooked. I especially love this shade for winter because it brightens my eyes and gives them a glowy look. I know there are so many drugstore dupes for it, but this was a little gift to myself, and I know if I am careful I can make it last.

Finally, the NYX HD translucent pressed finishing powder is amazing. I am new to translucent powders for setting my undereyes so I wanted to start off with one that was pressed and not messy. And I am so happy I did! This is finely milled and helps my concealer not crease. I have loved using it in areas where I get a little oily during the day, while omitting it from areas where I want to loon more fresh and dewy.

If you like this style of blog post, please let me know! I am trying to expand my topics more and make this blog have a little something for everyone. Thank you for reading!