Winter Essentials

winter essentials

Winter Essentials

winter essentials

Preparing for winter is a serious undertaking; there are new additions to be made to the wardrobe, skincare choices to reconsider and of course, the cherry on your winter sundae – the accessories that will complete the circle. Unlike the transitional seasons, which can be difficult to navigate, winter is pretty clear-cut. Therefore, let us just dive in and see what are some of the must-haves this season, and believe us, you truly must have all of this for a radiant and stylish winter.

 

 

Warm it up

winter essentials

No, not the milkshake, your wardrobe. Jokes aside, it’s time to warm up and cozy up but still remain cool and stylish. Some of the items you might already own, so either check them off your list or add a couple more to be on the safe side. After all, no such thing as too much clothes. Kick things off with a stylish coat. You probably have a couple waiting from the previous season, but to stay on trend and keep things versatile you simply must on a plaid or a red one, as these are the official print/color of the season. Choose the cut according to your body type for it to be the most flattering. A cashmere crewneck sweater will be your go-to item, so stock up on as a many in different neutral shades as well as popping red and mustard yellow.

While in the knit department, a knitted jumper dress is just what the season ordered. It’s a great way to show some leg while staying warm and toasty. Skinny jeans are still holding the reins, but make sure you get the high-rise dark wash pair as these look the most expensive. If you’re wardrobe is short of a leather jacket, fix that immediately. Even when it’s too cold to rock it alone, this season’s major trend is the double-jacket one, so you can always throw your coat on top, or make the look even more interesting with a large blanket wrap scarf.

 

 

Love me, love me, say that you love me

winter essentials

This is what your skin is singing to you. During these harsh months, the skin truly needs some extra love and devotion, so show the love with five easy steps. As winter is fertile soil for dryness, blackheads and clogged pores, special attention must be paid to skincare. Exfoliate gently, twice a week (no more than that) and use a blackhead removal mask that both sets you free from those pesky spots and leaves the skin smooth and purified. Take things up a notch in the cleansing game and switch your micellar water for something creamier and more nourishing. Add a serum into your routine, as it helps add and retain extra moisture thanks to its powerful active ingredients. Seal the deal with a heavier (but not greasy) moisturizer, such as the Rose Day Cream by Dr. Hauschka. The nights are for Kiehl’s iconic Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and as long as you keep a good lip balm with shea butter in every purse, you are all set.

 

 

Never let me go

winter essentials

Of course, this is what your accessories are telling you to do before you leave the house. The fedora is sadly out, but luckily, there are gorgeous winter hats that are trending this season, so take your pick. There’s the leather beret, faux-fur hats that will have you looking like a royal, as well as the newsboy hat that is totally back in style. In terms of bags and purses, everything goes as long as you stick to structured and solid bags, although when speaking of essentials, a big solid burgundy bag is something you should own. As for boots, keep it in the thigh-high or ankle family – no middle ground this season. Leather gloves are the chicest route to take, so don’t forget these. Finally, when speaking of accessories, keep the minimal – silver and gold, geometric shapes and subtlety are still the guiding stars for winter.

 

winter essentialsMia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
Twitter | Facebook

 

Continue Reading

Product Review: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask

Freemans Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask Review

 

facial clay mask

Since I have been so impressed with the Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful collection, I bought a bottle of the Avocado and Oatmeal clay mask. I have used it twice so far, but I loved it right away. This mask spreads on your skin like butter!

 

facial clay mask

 

The summer is creeping upon us and my skin is feeling it. I have been running outside in the heat and tanning already this year. I started having incredibly clogged pores and breakouts until I had enough a few weeks ago. Acne breakouts aren’t normally an issue for me, but the weather change messed with my skin.

 

 

While I searched high and low on the beauty shelves for an answer, I found a $3 tube of Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask. It’s not the best smelling and it does contain artificial dye. But despite these 2 cons, I still give this mask a 4/5 stars,

After rinsing it off, I noticed my skin was brighter and softer. And it reduced the redness in my cheeks as well as the oily spots on my t zone. It was even more gentle than the other Freeman’s facial masks I bought.

 

facial clay mask

 

You really do get so much product for your buck. This mask has already made a permanent spot in my cabinet. I’m looking forward to trying more masks!

 

Which masks are you in love with? Share your thoughts below! 

If you enjoyed the post, don’t forget to share and subscribe!

Peace & Love,

Heather

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

Pinterest

Continue Reading

My Winter Skincare Routine

winter skincare routine

My Winter Skincare Routine Step By Step

Turning 24 earlier this month has opened my eyes when it comes to skin care. It seems like I’m noticing more wrinkles and creases than I did last year. I’m also in an awkward between stage because I also still get acne. My skincare routine is pretty simple, although I wanted to share with you how I take care of my skin. I also understand how unhappy it is to be uncomfortable in your skin. Hopefully, this post will help someone out there!

About My Skin

I have combination skin, but generally, it is more on the dry side. I have very fair skin, so I tend to get redness around my cheeks. My acne scars and scarring on my forehead are super noticeable. My skin can also be sensitive.So, you know I have a great time in the winter. *rolls eyes*

 

winter skincare          

Step 1: Makeup Remover

For me, something feels wrong about putting a cleanser to a full face of makeup. I like to use makeup wipes or even coconut oil to remove the paint first. I highly recommend coconut oil because most wipes and other removers dry out the skin as they contain high amounts of alcohol.

 

winter skincare routine

Step 2: Cleanser

I remember using this cream cleanser by Clean & Clear back in high school and loved it. Since Winter has started, running in the cold has taken a toll on my skin. I switch my facial wash up and use a more gentle formula in the morning. The Aveeno ultra-calming cleanser is awesome for sensitive skin. I use the Clean & Clear at night, especially if I have makeup on. This cleanser goes on creamy and oily but doesn’t wash off greasy. Even if I notice a pimple or two, a few washes with this cleanser and they are gone.

 

winter skincare routine

Step 2: Exfoliant

No matter what skin type you have, you should be exfoliating at least once a week. This helps prevent breakouts by getting rid of dead skin cells, dirt and oil. I am using an apricot scrub by St. Ives. You can also use something as simple as sugar to scrub your face with a few times week.

 

Step 4: Toner

I used to be incredibly confused about toners. But they are actually pretty simple and give your skin lots of benefits. I use an astringent after I cleanse and exfoliate to remove any excess residue the products leave behind. Toners also stimulate blood circulation and balance pH levels of the skin.

 

Step 5: Moisturizer

My favorite moisturizer is the Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming. It’s lightweight enough for day and night time use. It spreads on my face smooth and hydrates any dry areas.

Continue Reading

Product Review: Freeman’s Anti-Stress Dead Sea Mask

dead sea mask

Product Review: Freeman’s Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask

dead sea mask

I busted open my new face mask packet by Freeman after an 8-mile hike the day before. Being in the cold windy mountains made my skin dry and irritated. So, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test if it out. I can tell you that I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My face was angry at me and red from being in the sun for hours. 

The first thing I noticed when I squeezed the blue goop into my hands was the consistency. It’s very thick and creamy, which I love because it’s much harder to make a mess. The mask spread easily on my face like butter! I could feel the mask tighten and tingle around my skin once it started to harden.

I’m not sure if it’s because I have sensitive skin, but I did notice itchiness underneath the face mask for the last 2 minutes. But once I rinsed it off, my skin was calm and refreshed. The only major con I found is that it does contain fragrance and blue dye. If you are going green, this product probably isn’t for you. Despite this little fact, I really enjoyed this face mask and highly recommend to all skin types!

 

dead sea mask

 

With Love,

Heather

Instagram: @heatherwhite17

Twitter: @fitandbeauty_

YouTube: UC_COLpepYm7xR1B6dCl_qwA

Pinterest: @heatherwhitelv

 

 

 

Continue Reading

How To Remove Blackheads With A Blemish Extractor

remove blackheads

How To Remove Blackheads With A Blemish Extractor

If you are anything like me, then you can’t let a pimple or blackhead live out its days on your face. It’s so tempting to squeeze the shit out of them with your fingers. But that is a no no. I did this all throughout my high school career, until one day I discovered the comedo extractor.

remove blackheads

A comedo extractor or blemish extractor is a thin metal tool used by professionals to remove blackheads. And all blackheads are dirt, oil and debris trapped inside the pores.

 

remove blackheads

I only use this tool about once or twice a week before I go to sleep. The tool will leave you with red pressure marks on your face. So, plan for a night of skin recovery. You should be very careful and make sure you are using your blemish extractor correctly. I wanted to share with you a step by step guide to remove those pesky blackheads! I also have to admit there is something so satisfying about watching the gunk come out of my skin.

 

remove blackheads

Step 1: Cleanse and steam your face or place a warm wet towel on the area you are extracting. The heat and moisture will help loosen up the bacteria.

Step 2: Wash your extractor tool before and after every use. I also like to rub alcohol on the tool as well as my skin before I start.

Step 3: Press down gently on your skin with the tool. Be careful not to press too hard, and wiggle from side to side until the debris comes out.

Step 4: After you are finished extracting the heck out of your face, apply a natural essential oil or toner to the area. Toners and astringents will help cleanse off extra residue and restore your skin’s ph balance.

 

Continue Reading

5 Steps To Follow For Beautiful Hair During Winter

5 Steps To Follow For Beautiful Hair During Winter

By Emma Lawson

beautiful hair

All ladies want their hair to be healthy, strong and beautiful. Still, winter time can prove to be a tricky season for effortlessly gorgeous hair. So, when the weather is colder and the air drier, there is a possibility of your hair getting damaged. In that respect, you might want to change up your beauty routines and some lifestyle habits. The following tips will undoubtedly help you keep your hair looking great during the harsh winter weather.

Don’t use heat too much

Heat styling products such as flat and curling irons are the enemy of your hair all year round. Still, during winter, hair can get damaged a lot more and easier even if you use heat protecting sprays. Therefore, it would be best to accept your natural hair and stay away from heat products. Blow drying your hair can also have similar negative consequences. It would be best to reduce your hair washing to twice or three times per week. Of course, when it’s cold outside it’s essential that you dry your hair properly. If you have to, style it with a round brush as you blow dry it. Don’t forget the heat protecting spray. It might not be as damaging as styling irons, but a blow dryer can also damage your hair.

beautiful hair

Deep condition your hair

In order to keep your hair nice and strong, you need to keep it moisturized. You might find that your regular hair products are not enough to live up to this task. Because of that, it’s highly recommended that you use some kind of a deep conditioning treatment once a week. You can use store-bought masks, keep things simple with oils or make your own DIY hair treatments. Make sure to apply it before bed so that your hair can soak up the moisture overnight.

Protect your hair from the cold

Apart from the products you use, you should also consider physical protection from the cold. This is especially important in places where winters are really harsh but you still have to go out. Therefore, get yourself a nice hat that would properly keep you warm, your hair safe from the damaging cold and your overall appearance stylish. Still, if you think that hats cause too much frizz in your hair, you can always use a silk scarf to wrap your hair before putting a hat on.

beautiful hair

Keep your body hydrated

Drinking a lot of water is a universal health and beauty tip that’s relevant throughout the year. Still, some people neglect drinking a lot of water during colder months. In order to make yourself drink water regularly, you can keep a bottle next to you with a ready cup as well. Hydrating yourself from the inside will keep both your skin and hair in good condition. Also, some bad habits can dehydrate your body, so definitely reduce your alcohol intake and do your best to quit smoking.

Proper diet

Like water drinking, proper and balanced diet plays an important role for the quality and condition of your skin and hair. In order to make sure that your hair can withstand the winter weather, you should eat a lot of fruits and veggies as well as omega 3 fatty acids that you can get from fish and nuts. Moreover, taking vitamin supplements will not only boost your immune system during the cold season, but will also improve the health and appearance of your hair and nails. For example, Vitamin B12 is on the top of the list when it comes to healthy and strong hair.

As you can see, your hair will benefit a lot if you take proper care of your health. Not everything can be resolved with special products and treatments. That doesn’t mean that you should neglect your hair care routine by any means. Make sure to change it up so that you don’t have to fear the cold and your hair keeps looking amazing.

 

Emma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding healthy lifestyle. She also strives to suggest innovative home remedies that can help you lead a quality and long life.

Twitter @EmmahLawson

Continue Reading

Aussie Moist-One Brand Hair Care

Aussie Moist

For the past several weeks, I have been using one brand of products on my hair. I’m trying the Aussie’s Moist line and wanted to share my results. My hair is incredibly damaged and dry. I wanted to use something very moisturising. The formula in these products are thick in consistency, so they probably work best on thick or curly hair.

About My Hair

Every woman’s hair is different and my hair has certainly changed over the years. I’ve tortured and killed my beautiful locks with bleach, styling tools, and heat. I have deader than dead ends and deal with frizz on the daily. My hair is thick, just past shoulder-length, and dyed platinum blonde. I have been avoiding heat in my hair routine, so I let my hair air dry 95% of the time. Although I’ve done so much damage to my hair, it’s still incredibly voluminous and has a lot of texture.

(photos of hair)

Aussie Moist Hair Products

img_0152

Shampoo: I’ve noticed a lot of shampoos either make my hair feel tangled or greasy. I was surprised to find that my hair was smoother than I expected while I worked in the product. It was non-greasy and I can go without washing my hair for 4-5 days using this product. This is mainly because shampoos are drying and tend to strip the hair of its natural oils. I try to go as long as I can without cleansing my scalp anyways.

Conditioner: I left the conditioner in for about 6-7 minutes before I washed it out. It’s a very creamy and hydrating conditioner that leaves my hair soft and silky. The only con about the conditioners is that they contain silicones.

img_0149 (selfie with conditioner)

Deep Conditioner: I love leaving this in my hair for at least 15 minutes. Sometimes I like to heat up a wet towel and wrap it around my head with conditioner still in for half an hour. Either way, this conditioner makes my hair more manageable and really reduces the frizziness.

img_0150aussie moist

Instant Freeze Mousse: I was hesitant about using this mousse because the “instant freeze” products have made my hair crispy in the past. I have to say I liked the definition it gave me without making my hair feel hard.

img_0151

Awesome Volume Gel:

Continue Reading

DIY Crop Top Tutorial- No Sew

No Sew Crop Top Tutorial

Have you ever looked at your closet and felt disappointed? All of those clothes, but nothing to wear. The good news is that you don’t need expensive clothes to update your wardrobe. All you’ll need is a loose fitting, short sleeve t-shirt and a pair of scissors to make a stylish diy crop top.

diy crop top

Step 1: Cut along directly outside of the hemline of the collar.

img_7316

Step 2: Cut along the hem of both the sleeves.

img_7318

Step 3: Measure how short you want the top to be.

Step 4: On the back side of the shirt, cut a straight line across.

img_7324

Step 5: The front side of the top will be used as the tie. Make a cut up the center and then cut at a diagonal. You should end up with two triangle shaped sides. Optional: You can also cut a small “v” in the center of the collar.

img_7321img_7325

What clothes have you refashioned lately? 

Continue Reading

November Drugstore Makeup Favorites

My Current Favorite Drugstore Makeup

Hey, guys! My name is Heather and I wanted to go ahead and share my top drugstore makeup of the month. I have never tried these products before this month, but I would repurchase and recommend them to you. It’s easy to get a stunning makeup look without high-end products. I spent about $30 on all of this makeup combined. Feel free to try these yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below.

*This post may contain affiliate links.

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

I had my nails painted red for Halloween to match my Captain America costume. I rarely have colors on my nails, so the red looked very shiny and bold. My roommate picked this matte top coat out and I decided I would give it a try. I painted the matte top coat and it really reduced the shine of the polish. It did take a while for the polish to dry and streaks are easily visible. The glossiness of the polish shown through within a few days. However, I love how this top coat adds an interesting texture to my nails for a reasonable price.
img_7376

img_7358img_7359

 

Revlon Color Stay Foundation

After hearing so much hype about this foundation, I’m glad I listened. It comes in a variety of shades and formulas specifically designed for your skin type. A lot of foundations oxidize, or change colors after you put it on your face. I didn’t notice any discoloration and the shade matched my fair skin tone perfectly. Revlon claims that the color will last for 24 hours. Although this is an exaggeration, this foundation lasts longer than any other drugstore makeup on the shelves. The liquid sets dewy on the skin especially when you apply it with a beauty blender. My new favorite foundation is full coverage and easy to layer, however, it comes out streaky if you use a brush.

img_7372

 

 

Elf Baked Eyeshadow Trio

I haven’t had a lot of good luck with cheap eyeshadows, but the pigments in this trio are impressive. The colors are pigmented and easy to blend. I like to wet the tip of my brush and gently blend, starting with the transition shade. Applying these shadows wet will also intensify the colors and give you a metallic finish. I love creating a neutral smokey eye with these eyeshadows.

img_7374

 

 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara

I was hesitant to purchase a mascara in a big tube. In the past, I’ve experienced huge brushes that only made a mess. Fortunately, the brush is a perfect size and one of my favorite things about this product. One side of the brush has tiny bristles, which help to volumize your eyelashes. The other side has larger bristles, which help to lengthen and define your lashes. I noticed right away that it gave my lashes a nice curl with only 2 coats. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about mascara.

img_7373

 

 

Elf Tone Adjusting Face Primer

My skin doesn’t get oily. The problem is discoloration on my face and scarring on my forehead. Sometimes, foundation and concealer aren’t enough. I searched through the elf cosmetics section and bought this Tone Adjusting Face Primer by e.l.f.. I was hesitant about using a primer because I heard they can cause your makeup to slide off your face. After all the warnings, I tried it and loved it. The formula is smooth and makes my skin feel like velvet. I noticed that not only did my makeup look airbrushed and last all day, but my blemishes and redness appeared to be gone without a trace.

img_7371

What makeup products are you using this month?

Continue Reading

How To Apply Eyeshadow The Right Way

how to apply eyeshadow

How To Apply Eyeshadow Correctly

Applying eyeshadow will always be somewhat of a challenge for me. I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the years that helps me achieve a basic look. Remember, practice makes perfect and I am by no means a makeup artist. What are your tips on how to apply eyeshadow?

Step 1: Primer

Never underestimate the power of primer. This seems like an annoying extra step, but it helps create a base for your eyeshadow to lay on top. You can use primer or concealer to prep your eyelids. You don’t want your natural lid color to peek through your shadows. The effect will make your eyeshadows show up on your lids true to color. If your primer dries a little tacky, you can apply some translucent powder over your primer.

how to apply eyeshadow img_7353

Step 2: Transition Shade

It will make your life a lot easier if you use the lightest color in your crease. You can use a light brown or even your bronzer. The transition shade gives the other colors something to build around and creates a gradient appearance. Use a fluffy brush to disperse the eyeshadow evenly. Remember to hold the brush closer to the handle. Start out with a small amount of product and work the brush lightly in small circular motions inside your crease. Avoid packing on a lot of color, instead add layers until your desired results.

img_7354

Step 3: Medium Shade

The second lightest eyeshadow shade should be applied with a tapered brush. You’ll need to use a brush with a smaller tip, for more precision. You’ll want to go directly on the inner crease of your eye with a light hand.

img_7356img_7355

Step 4: Darkest Shade

Before you go in with the darker shade, take a clean fluffy brush to blend everything and finish any harsh lines. Use the tapered brush to trace a small “v” shape in the outer corner of your eyes. Blend the darker color into the lighter shades with small circular motions to keep the color in place.

Step 5: Lid Color

Take a flat makeup brush and apply a shimmery or light shade of eyeshadow on your lid, just before the crease. However, if you are going for a dramatic or smokey look, you can use a medium shade. It’s important to pat the color onto lids instead of rubbing it in order to prevent fallout.

img_7357

[tweetthis]Click here to learn how to keep your eyelids colorful! [/tweetthis]

Continue Reading