How to Keep Skin Moisturized All Winter Long

As soon as winter’s dry, cold air sets in my skin knows exactly what to do! If I do not take proper care of my skin, it gets extra dry and even starts peeling. It is not pretty! Now, that is what happens if I don’t do anything to prevent this terrible reaction from occurring. So without further ado, here are the key ingredients to keep skin moisturized all winter.

Key Ingredients to Keep Skin Moisturized

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#1 Almond Oil – I talked about this stuff in one of my first blog posts. Eighteen months later and I am still using it all over my body.  I cannot say enough good things about Almond oil. It is super affordable, soothes dry skin instantly, diminishes fine lines and reduces dark circles under your eyes, all without causing breakouts)! Before you try one of the many expensive oil-based products out there, try this stuff.

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#2 Humidifier – The dry heat that comes from heating your home can be a big cause of dry skin in the winter. Personally, I put off getting a humidifier for a long time because I did not think it would make much of a difference. But, I was so wrong! With all the time we spend indoors, humidifiers are a worthwhile purchase to keep skin moisturized in the winter. I have noticed a major difference with my skin since getting one.

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#3 Water Bottle – If you are not carrying a watter bottle in the winter, you are doing it all wrong! Skin is our largest organ. So, if you are dehydrated, skin is one of the first things you will see effected. Sure, you should drink plenty of water every day, all yearlong, but this is a crucial step to maintain well moisturized skin. My advice – opt for a cute water bottle because you will be much more likely to bring it along throughout your day.

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#4 Hand Cream – Similar to our faces, our hands get a lot of exposure to cold, dry air in the winter. My hands get dry quickly if I do not use a good quality hand creme. I keep some at my desk to put on while I read e-mails. Lately, I have been using a new hand cream I got in my winter FabFitFun box. It has a lovely light scent, absorbs quickly and doesn’t make my hands feel greasy. What more do we need, right!?

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#5 Chapstick – This is a no-brainer, right!? Chapped lips in can quickly turn into cracked lips in the winter.  To prevent that, I get a couple extra chapsticks – one for my desk, one for my car and one for my purse. Burt’s Bees Coconut & Pear is currently my favorite chapstick. It’s super creamy, smells great and has good staying power.

In addition to the key ingredients above, keep in mind that a healthy diet and vitamins can also drastically improve the appearance and health of your skin.

Recently, I have thought about taking collagen supplements for better skin and hair in preparation for my wedding. Have you tried those or do you take them now? I would love to hear your opinions, if so!

I would also love to know if you have any tips or tricks that have improved your skin. Do you use similar products to keep skin moisturized during winter’s wrath? What is your winter skin care routine? Share in the comment section and let’s discuss.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Friday Favorite: FabFitFun Winter Box & Code for $10 OFF

Hi friends! The official start of winter is next week, and just in time arrived one of my favorite things of the year (eek!). So for my Friday Favorite, I will show you all what’s inside the FabFitFun Winter Box. If you don’t know, FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription program that sends you a box full of items valuing well over $300! All the items relate to beauty, fashion, and/or fitness. Also, FabFitFun boxes have a different design for their box each season. How pretty is this winter one!? It is inspired by their charity or the month, the American Heart Association.

Inside the FabFitFun Winter Box

  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – $75
    • Now, this is the most expensive item in my Winter Box. I have never used this exfoliator, but I know Kate Somerville has great skin care products. So, I was excited to see it in my box and try it out! The best thing about this exfoliation product is that my skin looked brighter and felt softer after my first use.
  2. Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks – $19
    • All subscribers will receive one of three colors. Colors will be randomly selected. Cozy, fuzzy socks! What a perfect Winter box item! I’m already picturing myself curled up with a book, these socks, and tea in my new mug! FabFitFun recommends washing them on the cold setting and tumble dry low to ensure the aloe infused part lasts 25-30 washes.
  3. Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug – $16
    • Subscribers receive one of three designs. This cute mug is 15 oz and microwave and dishwasher safe! The “coming in hot” design really works for me, since I tend to be rushing (read: running behind!) in the mornings!
  4. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream – $33
    • How perfect for winter? This cream has been working wonders on my hands so far. While it is super rich and hydrating, it doesn’t leave my hands greasy since it absorbs into my skin very quickly.
  5. Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Energizing Eye Masks – 8 for $16
    • This eye mask set is the beauty product I chose. All subscribers had the opportunity to pick  these eye masks or Nelson J. Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask in Coconut. I LOVE eye masks and these ones work really well! They stay on very well, and I could see after one use that skin under my eyes was smoother and more hydrated. The formula  includes collagen and minerals that fight fine lines, puffiness, and under eye circles.
  6. 8 Other Reasons 9 Lives Choker in Rose Gold– $58
    • I had not heard of this brand, but this necklace might be my favorite piece of jewelry I have gotten from FabFitFun so far. I don’t have anything like it, which is always a plus! The choker also has a 4-inch extender, so you can wear it as a necklace. 8 Other Reasons has some beautiful similar necklaces if you are in the market for something like this.
  7. Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Smokey – $70
    • This palette comes in Nude or Smokey, and I picked the Smokey shade since I don’t have a palette with a darker hue of colors. There are 5 shimmer eyeshadows, 3 matte eyeshadows and a shimmery highlighter. A couple of the colors did not show up well on my skin, but the eyeshadows and highlighter seem to have good staying power.
  8. FabFitFun TV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michales Videos – $16
    • I chose this fitness ball as my wellness item. Subscribers could pick this ball or the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by ThisWorks. Working out from the comfort of my home is always nice, so I love any product that encourages me to do so. Even better, FabFitFun pairs the ball with exclusive workouts from Jillian Michaels that you can watch on FabFitFun TV. Tools to inflate and deflate the ball were also included, so traveling with it will be a breeze!
  9. BB Dakota Poncho – $70
    • This poncho is available in 3 different colors – black, charcoal and mulberry. Since I am an annual subscriber, I got to pick my color and chose mulberry. It feels like wearing a blanket and is also reversible. Take a look below at the two designs of the poncho I got. This is my first poncho and I love layering pieces, so this was an exciting find in my box!

This box has a retail value of $373! On top of that, I happened to choose the least expensive products! I am always amazed at the quality and selection of products in my FabFitFun boxes, but this one might just be my favorite.

Now, here is the scoop on FabFitFun:

  • Price = $49.99 per box
  • COUPON = Click here to get $10 OFF your first FabFitFun coupon!
  • Value = more than $300 in products
  • Good news =
    1. You can still get or give this box! FabFitFun gives you the option to pick various products for your own winter box. There are a few items from the fall box you can choose as well.
    2. In addition to the box and all its contents, subscribers get access to beauty tips, workout videos and coupon codes for the box’s featured brands
  • Verdict = A great-valued subscription box for consistently awesome products!

I have honestly debated whether or not I will renew this box for next year, and I feel like for now, it is worth it. I love getting things that I would not normally think to buy for myself. Do you think it is worth it?

A subscription box like this can be a perfect gift for the holidays, too, especially when you have someone on your list who’s hard to shop for. How do you like the items inside the FabFitFun winter box? Do you love it as much as I do? I would love to know if you enjoy this subscription box or any others, too.

Cheers and happy holidays!

Sarah Camille

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A Blush Crush: Valentine’s Day Style

Pale pink, blush, baby pink, rose… whatever you want to call it, I am majorly crushing on this color lately. Blush is a perfect color for a Valentine’s Day look as well. Here are a few crush-worthy blush pieces that are particularly fun for the holiday, whether you are staying in or going out.

ModCloth Button-Up Top in Puff, $50

NYJD Ami Release Hem Stretch Skinny Jeans, $114

Halogen Tie Neck Sleeveless Blouse, $59

Lush Split Neck Shift Dress, $46

525 America Off-Shoulder Sweater, $96

ModCloth Pleats as Punch A-Line Skirt, $50

NYDJ Henley Blouse, $88

I personally love pairing blush with blush are army or olive green and grey. For example, the Modcloth skirt above would look great with a light grey and white striped shirt. The 525 America sweater would also look chic with grey or olive jeans and pumps. Olive green and grey tend to be more unexpected than your navy or black palettes, but blush on blush is also a hot trend. If you want to keep your whole look neutral, you could pair the ModCloth blouse with the NYDJ jeans.

Do you have any favorite clothes in blush that you are loving? Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day?

I prefer to stay in on the day of Valentine’s Day and keep things low key. Restaurants tend to get a little to crazy for me, going out a couple days before or after the holiday is a nice way to spice things up. This year, Will and I will celebrate a little early since I have a surprise planned for him! Let me know what you have planned.

Cheers!

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