Winter Essentials

If there are any gentlemen reading, I'd advise you to switch the tab on your browser over to Netflix Instant Streaming, (I know you're in the middle of marathoning either Breaking Bad or Orange is the New Black) because today's blog post is even more girly than usual.

Every time I ask Siri how cold it is outside, she responds with a shudder-inducing number in the single digits that makes it hard to get out of bed. So to compensate for the dreadful chill of January, I've been turning to some of my favorite products and media to make that trek across campus a little less miserable. If you're still trying to desperately cling to your early autumn routine, girl, it's time to make a few switches, your skin and your attitude will seriously thank you.

1) A good foundation and moisturizer duo.
As someone with skin prone to dryness even in July, I get unsightly dry patches on my cheeks and jawline this time of year, and just covering that up with a thick powder every morning only makes the problem worse--not to mention 10x more obvious. If this sounds like you, try a liquid foundation that sits lightly on your skin; the less you can feel it, the better. But first, remember to apply face moisturizer morning and night. I swear by the Olay Complete All-Day UV Moisturizer for sensitive skin, because it has sun protection (which you absolutely cannot neglect, even in the dead of winter) and doesn't have an overwhelming powdery scent. If my skin gets particularly wind-whipped one day, though, sometimes I'll go ahead and apply a pea-sized drop of Cortizone 10 to dry patches right before bed. It sounds gross, but that stuff your mom rubbed on your bug bites when you were little actually makes your skin baby soft in the morning. If all that sounds like one skin product too many or if your skin is oily year-round, opt for a BB Cream that gives light coverage and has all the benefits of a moisturizer. I like Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream personally; with a little concealer and a baby pink blush, it gives you a completely natural-looking dewey complexion.

2) Brown Sugar and Honey
You heard right, folks. I bet you have both in your kitchen cupboards right now, and they're both untapped sources for your best DIY project yet. Mix equal parts brown sugar and extra virgin olive oil then add a squirt of honey and voila! You have a lip scrub that'll slosh off that unsightly peeling, chapped skin. Follow up with a medicated lip balm to ensure the skin you just exposed stays hydrated and your lip products will go on much smoother. Speaking of lips...

3) Ditch the Lip Stain.
This time of year lip stains just settle into the crevices and cracks of your lips and feather in a really undesirable way. Instead, try to use moisturizing lip products that also give good color-payoff. I know a lot of you are probably under the impression that these products never come in fun colors, but I'd beg to differ. My favorite lipstick range is the Revlon Lip Butters. Sure a lot of the colors are pale but if you're after a good orange, red, violet, or hot pink, you won't be remiss. My favorites from the line are the obnoxious in-your-face colors that sit especially well on my beyond pale skin. I own and constantly wear Candy Apple, Red Velvet, Sugar Plum, and Lollipop.

4) Let It Snow
Okay sure, Christmas is over, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for festive holiday stories year-round, and since it's at least winter, I feel like I can get away with this one. Let It Snow is a compilation of three short stories written by acclaimed young adult authors Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. Each story is barely 100 pages, if that, and tells a sweet romantic tale you can easily digest after a long day of work or school. This year, try reading for pleasure at least one night a week instead of using the computer or watching TV. It may sound annoying, but you'd be surprised how enjoyable snuggling up with a good read can be after a tiring day. Plus, books don't radiate any harsh light that'll keep your brain buzzing until 4 AM. Start with Let It Snow and then find yourself making a "to-read" list a mile long.

5) A Good Gym Playlist
Getting exercise this time of year seems difficult now that warm comfort food is even more enticing, but if you throw together good songs to listen to, you'll be surprised how much you get into your cardio routine. Think about how long your workout will be then make a playlist that's about 5-10 minutes longer all total. For example, if you're working out for half an hour, make your playlist at least 35 minutes. Why? Because studies have shown listening to music before a workout makes your brain more readily active by the time you climb onto that elliptical and conditions your endorphins to start pumping. Think about the beat and meter of songs and arrange an order that reflects the warm-up/work hard/cool down pattern of an ideal workout. If you're feeling uninspired, here's my current mix:
Tennis Court by Lorde
Pop Danthology 2013 by Daniel Kim
Pompeii by Bastille
Friday Night by Lady Antebellum
Chocolate by The 1975
Dark Horse by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
Nobody Compares by One Direction
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift
Drops of Jupiter by Train

For now that's it. I hope you enjoy these next few weeks--though frigid--and we'll talk soon!

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  1. Great post. A good timing for me to read it, when i have just started my blog a couple of days before. Keep sharing the tips :)
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