Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Winter Skincare Products

This week your Top Ten Tuesday team of Beauty Bloggers is sharing our Top Ten Winter Skincare picks. Most of us find the transition to dry winter air and indoor heating requires an adjustment in our skincare regimes. Here are some products that I turn to as my sunlit dewy mornings turn to dark and frost covered ones.

Top Ten Winter Skincare Picks

In no particular order:

Dior Capture Totale One Essential Ultra-Detox Treatment Mask I admit I haven’t actually tried this mask but I have tried the Capture Totale Serum with great results and I have heard amazing things about this resurfacing mask that has the highest concentration of Dior’s Capture Totale detoxing ingredients. I am always on the hunt for a great mask and this is high on my wishlist.

L’Occitane Hand Cream - I use hand cream like it’s going out of style during the colder months. I find any exposure to the cold air without gloves on results in dry, chapped hands for me. I love these L’Occitane Hand Creams and this set comes with an assortment to try in purse perfect sizes.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Recovery Accelerator - I use this product when the eczema on my chin and around my nose flares up to soothe and heal.

Eucerin Professional Repair Body Lotion - I find during the winter months it is important to exfoliate the skin to keep it smooth and free of icky dry flakies. You can use a manual scrub but I am usually too lazy and rushed to take the time to do this in the shower.  Using a body lotion containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like this cream from Eucerin provides chemical exfoliation and intense hydration.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Nursing Mothers - I have spoke many times about my holy grail lip balm. I certainly couldn’t survive the winter without this product. It is also great to apply to any other areas of the skin that get dry and chapped.

Weleda Skin Food - This is an exceptionally rich cream that I love using as a hand cream in the winter and well as on other areas of my skin that tend to get really dry.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil - I adore facial oils and this soothing oil from Weleda feels great on my sensitive skin when it is ravished by the cold air and winter winds.

KORRES Body Butter - I need really rich moisturizers in the winter months but get annoyed sometimes getting product out of the usual tubs and spreading it on my skin. I adore the KORRES Body Butters because the are in a squeeze tube and rub easily into the skin while still maintaining the ultra rich hydration of a body butter.

DIOR Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum - Going hand in hand (pun intended) with winter ravaged hands is ragged and dry cuticles and nails. This cuticle and nail treatment oil from Dior keeps nails and cuticles healthy and beautiful.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - I use cleansing oils year round to remove my makeup and like to follow up with another cleanser. During the summer months I may use a cleanser that is geared towards treating skin issues like pigmentation but when my skin gets more sensitive in the cooler weather I like to keep things as gentle as possible with a non stripping cream cleanser like this favourite from CeraVe.

What are your go to winter skincare products?

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Korres Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel and Greek Yoghurt Moisturising Face Cream Review – Summer Skin Relief!

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No matter how well we protect our skin in the summer months there are bound to be days when, at the end of the day, our skin is sunburned, windburned, or just plain dehydrated and sensitive from the elements. When I’ve found myself yearning for some relief I’ve been turning to the KORRES Yoghurt products to sooth my skin.

The KORRES Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel for Face & Body ($31 CAD) has been residing in my fridge to provide a cooling experience to my skin and quickly heal the ill effects of too much sun with it’s natural source of lactose, proteins, minerals, and vitamins, epilobium angustifolium, and Fennel Extracts that hydrate, refresh, soothe, and repair.

The KORRES Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream ($42 CAD) has seen me through most of the summer. The cream has a somewhat runny consistency almost like real yogurt yet it feels incredible rich and moisturizing, without being overly greasy. Even in summer I still suffer from dry skin so I have been loving this cream that contains yoghurt, wheat starch, natural Vitamin E, Olive Oil concentrate, and Macadamia nut oil to really moisturize and plump my skin.

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KORRES products are available at Sephora and select Shoppers Drug Marts.

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Makeup Wars ~ What This Beauty Blogger Packs for Vacation

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So I’m not really going on vacation. Oh how I WISH I were going on vacation. Even just for a weekend. It is just not in the cards right now, nor will it be for quite a long time. Given that in years past my hubby and I have gone on a few tropical winter getaway vacations, including our wedding, I am not unfamiliar with how I pack for these things, so were are going to exercise a bit of imagination here.

Now when I go on vacation, and I mean a week long proper vacation, I don’t really concern myself with packing light when it comes to my beauty essentials. If I am on vacation it means I am going “out” far more often than in my usual life of drudgery. What better time to make the most out of all the beautiful makeup I own? So when I am packing for vacation I use these basic “rules”.

  • Pack my favourites (of the moment).
  • Make sure those favourites will create a variety of looks without a tonne of products
  • I (try t0) make sure those favourites aren’t limited edition.

What this means is I pack my favourites regardless of whether they are pricey or not. On my last vacation to Mexico I packed primarily Chanel. I will tell you that I did break the limited edition rule because I remember packing my Chanel Tentation Cuivree Quad because it was a favourite smoky eye look at the time. (I just had a massive meltdown realizing I sold this in a blog sale. What the heck was I thinking *sigh*). Since I like to bring my “good stuff” on vacation I do pack it in my carry on. maybe this isn’t the best use of space but really, makeup doesn’t take up a tonne of room right?

So lets say I won a vacation and had to pack up to leave tomorrow. Here are what my choices would be. These items would be packed in a makeup bag I purchased at Winners many years ago. We are taking possibly a decade. I used to use it to actually store my makeup collection before it got way out of hand. Hard to imagine most of my stuff fit in there at one point! Ridiculous really. How do people live like that? LOL It is from a brand called Murval. I never even really looked at the brand name on it before creating this post but it looks like they bags, apparel, and home products. I absolutely adore this bag because it is so compartmentalized and keeps all my things well organized, visible, and easy to find. There are multiple removable, and fixed, mesh zippered pouches. There is also a section for makeup brushes but I prefer to keep them protected in one of the zippered pouches.

Most of these products have been linked to their original reviews, (which took me forever!) so I encourage you to click on them to see why I find them travel worthy companions!

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The first zippered pouch holds some compacts to offer a variety of eye looks and colourful cheeks:

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The second removable zippered pouch holds an assortment of brushes (mostly MAC, Real Techniques and bdellium). I should have took a picture of them all out to show you as most are hiding.  It also holds any eye and brow pencils.

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The center zippered pouch holds:

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The final large zippered pouch contains most of my face and skincare items:

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I weighed my packed makeup bag and it weighs 4 pounds. Quite a hefty portion of my carry on luggage but that is a sacrifice, as a beauty lover, I have no trouble making. There is actually still room in my fabulous travel makeup bag so I can guarantee you that there would be some last minute additions before I left. The one item I would likely add is the Yves Saint Laurent Y Facettes Eye Palette from Spring 2013. It breaks my LE rule but it is so colourful and perfect for a tropical vacation. I also would likely throw in some nice skincare samples. I also forgot fragrance so some of my decants and samples would be added as well. It may seem like I packed an excessive amount of lip products and I should probably cut back given I packed more things than days I will be on vacation…but I would probably throw a few more in my handbag including my Lancome Baume in Love in Urban Ballet.

Well I hope you enjoyed my emotionally scarring experience of packing for an imaginary winter getaway and having to take photos of said imaginary packing outside in -20°C/-4°F weather. I’m off to go warm up with a hot coffee and Bailey’s and try to forget about my longing for a beach.

Make sure to check out the Travel Picks of the other Makeup Wars members. Just click on the thumbnails below or use the Previous and Next buttons at the top of this post. If you have missed out on the previous Makeup Wars be sure to check them out, including some of my favourites like our Valentines Day LookHoliday LookHoliday WishlistsFavourite MascarasFavourite Fall LookFavourite Red LipFavourite Makeup BrushFavourite Fall Nail Polish, and Most Expensive Makeup Look.