The Winter '18 Beauty Edit

OK, so I am almost too afraid to write this because I don't want to jinx anything but... my skin has been really good lately. At least, on my face (my hands are a different story).

This is kind of huge for me because the skin on my face usually hates me in the winter. Last year was particularly bad — in February my skin went through this awful cycle of inflammation, redness and itchiness, followed by severe dryness and finally, shedding.

I really hate showing these photos, but you guys need to understand what I'm talking about...

By contrast, here's my skin now, sans makeup, sans filter (don't mind the blemish on my forehead):

Like I said, HUGE.

So what changed?

For starters, probably less stress. I mean, life is kind of stressful right now as I prep for my school audition, and try to take two psychology courses after not studying for seven years, but overall, I'm happier and more settled. I also think my Dyson humidifier (which I wrote about here) and air purifier are making a huge difference. I was lucky enough to have them both gifted, but honestly, I would pay for them again because they are totally worth it.

Diet probably has something to do with it too. Since learning more about my gut, I've been diligent in taking my probiotics, drinking a ton of Kombucha (which is making my wallet sad but my skin and stomach happy) and taking plenty of Omega-3 (my fave is Genuine Health omega3+ joy as it also really helps with my mood).

And then, of course, there's skincare. I've found a really good routine that *touch wood* has been working for me. It's essentially the same as my summer routine, but a few ~*magical*~ additions.

SKIN - MORNING

I still start my day off with Consonant's Foaming Face Wash. It cleanses and tones and just leaves my face feeling fresh. Afterwards, I apply SkinCeuticals Serum 10 AOX+, a good vitamin C serum for sensitive skin, which I've been using faithfully every morning since June. Somehow, I still am on my first bottle... but I've almost run out. After this I'm going to switch to SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic since I have a couple of new bottles lying around and I don't want them to go to waste!

Next, I use SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator, which I added to my routine in December and has made a huge difference. It simultaneously exfoliates and moisturizes skin and it literally has no burning effect on my skin whatsoever, even when it's super inflamed. The bottle is fairly small, and I'm already on my second, but it's another forever product for me. Of course, I can't go without my SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel which I truly believe has transformed my skin and is what keeps any redness or inflammation from coming back.

After that, I use some sort of moisturizing serum. I still love Vichy Mineral 89, but when I need an added boost, I'll use Consonant's HydrExtreme. I only save that for certain occasions though, when my skin really needs a treat. Then I'll slather on some SkinCeuticals Emollience cream. The good thing is, with all the other products, my skin is already pretty plumped and hydrated, so I don't need much of this.

I've kind of stopped with my whole anti-aging eye routine out of pure laziness and now just use Avene's Soothing Eye Contour Cream. It's not too expensive, and it's really effective.

SKIN - NIGHT

Not much changes here. I still use Bioderma Micellar water to remove my eye makeup. If I'm wearing a heavy face of makeup after a night out, I'll use Dermalogica's precleanse balm first, before cleansing again with either the Consonant face wash or Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser. Then I tone with my beloved Biologique Recherche Lotion P50T, before doing the Phyto Corrective Gel, Vichy Mineral 89 and Emollience combo (I skip the vitamin C serum and Retexturing Activator since I'm using P50T).

Then... ready for this? The real game-changer: Egyptian Magic. I was reluctant to buy the tub at first (it's $50 at Whole Foods!) but then finally just bit the bullet and did it since I was experiencing some pretty bad dryness, especially around my eyes. And guys, ever since using it, my skin has been next-level good. Clear, hydrated, plump. I barely need to wear makeup anymore! It's great for sensitive skin and eczema and I highly, highly recommend it.

Then, if I remember, or am not lazy, I'll put Homeoplasmine on my lips.

I haven't done very many masks lately, but if I do, it's either Charlotte Tilbury's Goddess Skin Clay Mask (my forever fave) or Consonant's DHE Mask.

MAKEUP

Like I just said, I barely wear that much makeup anymore since my skin has been so good and I don't want to cover it. I've been using a lot of Glossier lately because, let's face it, when you have good skin, Glossier looks amazing.

I start off with Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich or Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream as my primer since they add even more hydration to my skin in the day, then use Glossier Stretch Concealer in a mixture of Medium and Dark to cover up any redness or discolouration under my eyes. If I want to even out my skin tone even more, I'll slather on Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark. On days that I need extra coverage, I use Chanel CC Cream in 30. I actually forgot I had this but found it at my mom's house and loved it so much, I brought it back with me. It has good coverage that's still light and natural-looking, and it gives you a good glow.

I'll powder my T-Zone with Glossier Wowder (also in dark) and add some highlight and extra dew with Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. I've started using Haloscope in Topaz as a bronzer of sorts and then putting Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk on top. If I want more colour on my cheeks, I'll use Bite Beauty Multistick in either Cashew, Mascarpone or Almond.

For eyes, I still use Benefit's They're Real! Gel Eyeliner Pen for my tightline, though it always smudges. I can't seem to find a tightline eyeliner that doesn't, so if you have any suggestions send them my way. For lashes, I curl with Shu Uemura's Eyelash Curler then use — and this is another game-changer — Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing mascara. It is honestly the best best best mascara I've used in a long time — it makes your lashes look unreal (long, thick, voluminous) and lasts all day long. I don't even need to use the They're Real! Primer anymore, unless I'm going out and want even more drama.

If I want a bit of a cat eye, I'll use Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper and I'll finish things off by swiping some Glossier Boy Brow in either Brown or Black, since Benefit's gimme brow was on recall (but apparently it's back!!).

For lips, I prep with Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Magic then usually put on some sort of liner — either Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk or Bitten Kiss and/or lipstick (I'm liking Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Stoned Rose). Then I add some Fenty Gloss Bomb since I'm more into glossy than matte lips lately and finish things off by spraying my face with some sort of mist (I've been reaching for Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist lately).

HAIR

Honestly, I don't do much with my hair, mostly out of sheer laziness. I wash with Sisley's new Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo with Camellia Oil and condition with the Restructuring Conditioner with Cotton Proteins. After washing, I'll apply the Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for Scalp to my roots and then spray Ouai Leave-In Conditioner (formerly Smooth Spray) and brush it through. I'll blow dry with my Dyson Supersonic and then add some texture with Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray.

AND THAT'S IT.

Obviously, this changes if I'm going out or to a special event, but this is just my every day. I'll do a roundup of my go-to makeup and hair looks for evening another time!