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Winter is well and truly upon us and it can be the harshest time of year for our skin. Cold weather, dry heat and rain or snow is a recipe for disaster when it comes to keeping your skin in good condition. That’s why it’s so important to take extra care during the Winter months. So, what can you do to make sure your skin stays clear, full of moisture and glowing?

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Switch to Warm

When you come in from the freezing cold at the end of the day, it’s so tempting to run a hot bath or shower to warm yourself up. Of course, there will be times when that’s needed and deserved, but if you really want to take care of your skin, warm temperatures may be better. Going from cold to hot could do your skin more damage than you realize. Try washing your face in lukewarm water with a face cloth at the end of the day.

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Focus on Moisturizing

Moisturizing is never more important that it is during the Winter. You’ll probably find that your skin loses moisture even after washing, so it’s a good idea to moisturize immediately after. You can find some of the best Winter moisturizers at Moisturizers.com. Don’t be afraid to use your moisturizer liberally through the Winter. Your skin will need it!

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Choose Your Products Wisely

Many women use a number of different products on their faces every day. From cleansers and toners to makeup and face wipes. During the Winter months, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients present in your products. For example, some products containing petroleum can work to dry out your skin further. The best products you can use on your face during this time contain natural oils that aid your skin in restoration. Lavender and Chamomile are especially soothing on dry skin.

Protect Your Skin

Your skin needs a little extra help to fight against the elements during Winter. You can keep your skin protected by dressing suitably for the cold weather. Gloves will protect the sensitive skin on your hands and scarves will protect your neck from the wind. If you’re lucky enough to experience some sunshine during your Winter, it’s also important to remember to wear sunscreen. Even if there’s snow on the ground, the sun can still burn.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget about hydration in the Winter because we often switch from drinking water and other cold drinks to drinking teas, coffees and hot chocolates. However, these warmer drinks don’t often provide enough hydration for our bodies. If you notice your skin becoming dry, try switching a few of your teas for bottled water instead. Drinking water during Winter will also help you to steer clear of the flu if your colleagues are coughing and sneezing around you.

Turn Down the Heat

We survive in Winter by turning up the heat in our homes and our cars. However, this kind of dry heat is no good for your skin and you may find yourself breaking out in spots or having difficulty applying makeup smoothly. You can avoid this kind of damage to your skin by turning the heat down or using a humidifier in your home. The humidifier will work to restore the moisture in your home and effectively, your skin too.

Overnight Conditioning

There are certain parts of your body that may become drier quicker than others. These are usually the hands, feet, elbows and knees where the skin is thinner. Luckily, there are plenty of moisturizing treatments to choose from that can work overnight to lock in moisture in your skin. For example, you can buy gloves filled with deep moisturizing creams that you can wear throughout the night and take off in the morning. The same goes for socks and face masks.

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Exfoliate

Many people make the mistake of believing that exfoliating will dry out already dry skin. That isn’t the case. Without exfoliating, your dead skin cells are left to build up and create a barrier against moisture. If moisture is blocked from getting into your skin, your skin suffers. It’s important to exfoliate at least once a day during Winter so your skin is free to accept the moisture from creams and other products.

Go Makeup Free

When you get a day off, and all you want to do is stay indoors in your pajamas, forget the makeup too. Makeup can include toxins and irritants that make Winter skin much harder to manage. Giving your face a day off from the products you usually use will give it the freedom to heal and breathe. Just one day could be enough to give your skin the detox it needs.

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DIY Masks

Sometimes, your facial skin needs a little extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on expensive treatments. In fact, a lot of the best ingredients for soft and smooth skin will already be in your kitchen cupboards. For example, honey is good for calming irritated skin and coconut oil is good for restoring moisture. Find some DIY recipes that suit your skin type and spend an evening pampering your skin.

Eat a Balanced Diet

You are what you eat, as they say. It’s easy to indulge in our favorite foods this time of year, but they aren’t always the best choice for your skin. Don’t forget to get a good variety of fruit and veg in your diet because they contain vital vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to stay as healthy as possible. If you find it difficult to add fruits and veg to your diet around this time of year, try taking a multivitamin supplement instead. That way, your skin is covered even if your diet isn’t.

Pampering skin during the Winter can seem like a full-time job, but if you want to glow your way through all those Christmas parties, it’s something you have to stay on top of. Remember, a beautiful smile is the best accessory you can wear.

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Halloween is over and November is here! Last night was kind of funny- Kendall started a journey back again to Mississippi for drill and because it was Tuesday most of my friends were either meh about Halloween or had after work plans. SO I put on a onesie and headed to Chipotes for a $3 burrito bol and then it took me three hours to write this blog post because tired and bol coma.

So here we are. Happy November!

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My friend was wearing MAC Turquatic Fragrance at a birthday happy hour last week. It smelled AMAZE and I stalked it like the night I got home.

Surprise surprise, my Charlotte Russe perforated booties are totally falling apart after a year and change. Time for an upgrade- perhaps Vince Camuto Kamey Perforated Booties.

I don’t know if I could ever have enough fuzz in my life. I have a great leopard (faux, obvs.) fur coat- pink fuzz may be next on my list, like this MELODY Faux-Fur Coat.

Seeing as how we watched Strangers Things 2 in, what, 2 days? This Netflixing Definition Sweatshirt seems appropes.

I’m not a huge makeup buff, really. But that doesn’t stop me from eyeing pretty things like the new line from MAC, especially the MAC Snow Ball Face Powder.

Holidays are coming (YUP! ALREADY!) which means it’s like 2 months worth of party paws. Check this Deborah Lippmann Glitter Nail Color in Candy Shop.

Kinda just want this ALTERNATIVE Camo Sweater Dress to wear with my thigh high boots.

I’ve been doing some research on chakras and while I’m usual drawn to all things root chakra, it seems like my sacral chakra in in a little bit of imbalance. I feel like I should try 2nd Chakra Balancing Oil.

These Tassel Earrings look a helluva lot like a brand we all know and love… but they’re under $10.

I’m already feelin’ the season’s chapped lips. Enter VASELINE Limited Edition Pink Bubbly Lip Therapy. (Incidentally, I found this one a Millennial Pink list)

What do you have planned for this November?

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It is just now cooling down a bit today here in DC and we know that the cold weather is on its way. Wearing mittens all winter long is never going to be the best thing for your hands all winter. They can help to protect your skin from cold, but it isn’t dealing with the root of the problem. So here is a quick and handy guide to help you deal with the winter temperatures and to help your hands and nails looking at their best.

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There is a massive loss of moisture from our hands and nails in winter. The temperatures are more extreme; going from freezing cold outside to warm and toasty inside. Not to mention the extremes directly on our hands too. Holding a hot latte outside one minute, and then throwing snowballs the next. It is obvious to see that this can lose the moisture in your hands and nails. So look for ways to add moisture to your hands and nails, rather than take the moisture away. Nail polish removers that are acetone based can dry your nails out unfortunately, as well as washing up liquid, and alcohol-based sanitizers. So wear gloves if you’re doing the dishes and use plenty of moisturizer afterward, if you do need to use any of those products.

If you’ve got a nice sparkling diamond from somewhere like 77 Diamonds, then you’re going to want to keep it looking shiny. Not to mention that you want the hand it is on to be looking good too. So there are ways that can care for your hands and nails, as well as your jewelry. Olive oil can be a great natural way to add moisture to nails, and it won’t do any harm to your pretty jewels either. Lotions that contain urea are also a good way to go. It will help to keep moisture in the skin too. Using a hydrating cream is a good way to promote healthy nail growth too. Massage it into your cuticles, and it will help your nails to grow stronger. Another great way to get your hands, nails, and ring fingers looking good over the festive period.

An intensive treatment for your hands and nails is going to be a sure-fire way to lock the moisture in. So it is recommended that you do an intensive treatment around once a week. Soaking your nails in some lukewarm water for five minutes or so can be all that is needed. Then you could coat your nails in olive oil (or a specific cuticle oil). If you can, put your hands in cotton gloves for around an hour afterwards, to really feel the benefit of the treatment. You can usually get cotton gloves in most large manicure sets.

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One last tip is to always have something on your nails. It is a myth that nails need to breathe. They can absorb oils, with or without polish on. But having a coat of armor on from polish or shellacs can really help to keep it away from water, which can dry out the nails more. Teamed with a cuticle oil, you should be good to go!

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Over the last few decades our awareness of moving back to natural ingredients and organic living has increased tenfold.  We all know the importance of selecting fresh ingredients, taking care to ensure that our products aren’t tested on animals and staying clear of nasty chemicals.  However, sometimes products that tick all the right boxes from the natural front, are slightly lacking on the luxe front.  I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging but I’m starting to really go for more natural products- like the oil I use instead of drugstore moisturizer now. Beauty comes from within, right? Treat your body well and you’ll be glowing.

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A few years ago the world went mad for Matcha green tea.  This was a powdered tea which was packed full of antioxidants and made an excellent replacement to your morning coffee.  Matcha gave you an alkaline caffeine fix which was far better to the body than the acidic kind you get from coffee and black tea.  Well, move over Matcha because there is a new tea in town.  Brand wise Ashitaba is like the Armand de Brignac of the tea world.  Beautifully packaged with a Japanese chic, you will love bringing this out when you have guests over.  However it is the ashitaba health benefits which are incredible, these include more potent antioxidants than matcha, a neuro growth factor, it rebuilds DNA and is packed with chalcones and vitamin B12.

When it comes to our skin we need to be more aware of the contents included, which is why it is a great idea to go for natural and organic products.  However there are very few truly organic products on the market.  We searched the globe and found the incredible La Creme Beaute products.  These stunning creams are made by a former British model who realized there were no 100% organic products on the market and those that were nearly there, didn’t have that luxury feel to them.  Le Creme Beaute now offer a huge range of beautiful products including Bee Venom from organic bees!

Votary Cleansing Oil

If you prefer oils to creams then the beautifully packaged range from Votary will tick all your boxes.  Unlike many natural oils the ones developed by Votary are light enough to use under your makeup.  We think the lavender pillow spray and the super seed oil are fantastic.  The packaging will look stunning in any luxury bathroom and would make a stunning present.

Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple & Gemstone Wet Mask

The brilliant guys and girls at Herbivore Botanicals have produced a must have face mask for anyone wanting to give their face a stunning natural glow without worrying about chemical or processed ingredients. The brand is absolutely flawless with a really delicate minimal feel and stunning typography.

The more we use natural and organic products the higher the demand will become, this will mean that our designer favorites will be forced to start producing ranges like this.  So maybe it won’t be long before Chanel cosmetics go au natural and give you the gentle products you need for your body!

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With technology what it is, and social media ruling most of us, we’re more in our heads than ever. Is it any wonder a lot of us are unhappy? As our entertainment options have increased, we pay less attention to the world around us. Stripping your life of distractions can work wonders for your mind. There’s a reason simplicity is so highly regarded in the Buddhist lifestyle. The good news is, there are methods you can take to help yourself find peace in a loud world. Here are a few of the best things you can do!

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MEDITATION

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to relax your mind. We all know the concept. The idea behind meditation is that you silence your mind to bring yourself to a new level of awareness. Most of us have probably even tried at some point. Even so, few of us keep up with the practice. The trick to getting the hang of meditation is perseverance. It can be an alien concept if you’re not used to it. How can you sit without thinking for ten minutes, let alone half an hour? Remember that changing the way your mind works is going to take time. With regular meditation practice, you’ll find the process takes on a life of its own. Meditation is the perfect way to make time for a little peace in your life and mind. Why not give it a go and see where it takes you?

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YOGA

If meditation doesn’t work for you, it might be worth giving yoga a try. The basic idea behind yoga is the same, but it’s a more structured way to reach enlightenment. Instead of sitting and trying to conquer your mind, you will learn exercises that need complete awareness. Yoga focuses on balance to help you achieve a more peaceful mind state. Most yoga practices include some periods of meditation, too. If you want to get fit on your quest for a calmer mind, yoga will do the job.

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AROMATHERAPY

If you’re less after awakening, and more after a relaxing experience, why not give aromatherapy a shot? Aromatherapy concerns the burning of essential oils. Stock up on your favorite essential oils and a diffuser to get the smell into your room. Set up a particular place, so that your mind relaxes as soon as you enter the space. Then, sit back and let those gentle smells wash over you. Taking the time to have a moment out could make a huge difference to your mental state.

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MINDFULNESS

If you don’t think you can make time for calming your mind during the day, take your practice with you. The best way to describe mindfulness is to say it’s like meditation on the go. The practice concentrates on becoming aware of your surroundings at all times. Too many of us walk through life with our eyes closed. Get a book about mindfulness to see how different your experience of the world could be!

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