December (so far) has seen me stressing out about finals, spending way too much money on clothes and trying to finish the semester with my sanity still in tact.
While I'm still feeling a subtle cat eye for events and photoshoots, my day to day makeup routine is much lighter this month since I'm trying to heal up my skin just a bit (alcohol and sugar are NOT my friend, so Thanksgiving was like a massacre for my pores.) Bath & Body Works has so many December sales as well, so I included two picks from there in case you want to treat yourself to some holiday shopping of your own or need a way to unwind after finals!
One thing I haven't been able to go without since I went to the beach is my LMN Dangle Choker. I'm wearing it with my chambray off-the-shoulder dress in the photo above, which I styled with riding boots and tall socks in my Chambray & Champagne blog post. It layers very well with my Dogwood necklace and makes me think of the ocean every time I wear it!
Lush, Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask, sold in-store and online ($9)
My skin has honestly been F R E A K I N G out for the past few months, 50% thanks to stress and 50% thanks to the terrible food I’ve been putting into my body on the daily. Benzoyl Peroxide and Sacylic Acid have never been my friend, always drying my skin out and making matters worse. I decided to try a new Lush face mask for a natural fix to my redness and irritation, and I found that this Catastrophe Cosmetic mask did the trick! The consistency is pretty thick and you have to make sure you completely wash it off after the 10 minutes is up, but the blueberries and calamine powder really worked wonders on my tired and agitated skin.
Lush, Full of Grace Moisturizing Serum, sold in-store and online ($16)
After I grabbed my Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask, the woman helping me suggested I grab a Full of Grace bar as well. This bar acts like a serum for your skin, with ingredients like almond and rose oil. You melt a tiny bit onto your face by swiping it across your forehead and cheeks, massaging it into your skin with the tips of your fingers. I can’t let oil sit on my skin overnight, so she recommended using it ten minutes prior to the face mask so my pores would really open up and would absorb more of the healing properties of the face mask.
Bath & Body Works, Spiced Gingerbread 3-wick candle, available in store ($23 regularly, currently $13 on sale)
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect winter candle and I think this one takes the cake (or, the gingerbread house.) Bath & Body Works three-wick candles are some of the most fragrant candles I’ve found on the market. I always try to opt for soy candles since they pollute the air in your home less, but their smell is always too faint for my taste. This yummy candle, however, made my entire apartment smell after burning for just 30 minutes. It smells less like spice and more like gingerbread mixed with vanilla, but if that’s not your pace there are a ton of other new holiday scents as well. Snag one on sale -- they are regularly priced around $23!
Knock Knock, To-Do Pad, sold online ($7)
I’m a list-making fool and this pad really fuels my obsessive compulsive fire. Not only does it look more clean than just a scrap piece of paper with miscellaneous tasks scrawled all over the place, but it separates tasks into four categories: tasks, errands, correspondence and notes. Half of my to-do list regards something having to do with emailing or calling people anyway, and I like how this pad lets me compartmentalize those tasks more easily. You can rip each page off of the pad as well. I like to paperclip mine into my planner or hang it on my fridge.
Bath & Body Works, Sleep Pillow Mist in Lavender Vanilla, sold in-store and online ($13)
When I was a kid, I would constantly run downstairs after my bedtime claiming I couldn’t fall asleep. I think my parents boiled it down to my not wanting to go to bed, but as I got older and I still found myself unable to fall asleep at night I realized it may just be a function of me not being able to turn off my brain before bedtime. My mom first bought me this relaxing pillow mist when I was in elementary school and, even though it doesn’t actually knock me out, it sends my brain the message that it’s time to unwind and start getting ready for bed. I like to spray it on my pillows and take a deep breath of it about 30 minutes before I’m planning on falling asleep.
Laura Mercier, Tinted Moisturizer, sold below
I’ve been trying to be kinder to my skin and moisturizing is a huge part of that. I try not to put too much moisturizer on in the morning since my skin has a tendency to get a little oily, but I tried this tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier and really like using it. It doesn’t feel sticky like BB Creams often do on my skin, but it doesn’t give a ton of coverage if that’s what you’re looking for. I don’t cake on makeup unless I have an event or a shoot, so it’s perfect for me! I suggest going a shade darker than your skin tone, since putting on a lighter tinted moisturizer can really wash you out, and also recommend trying it as a travel size from Sephora’s travel sized section by checkout if you don’t want to drop the $44 without having some time to test it out first.
Bare Minerals, Matte Foundation, sold below
Another product I’m using to keep my skin from getting clogged is a matte powder from Bare Minerals. Once again the coverage isn’t great, but it keeps my skin from getting shiny throughout the day. It’s light on the skin even after two layers and I use a kabuki brush so it goes on a bit thicker and blurs my acne scars. I would definitely recommend going into Sephora or a Bare Minerals store to figure out which shade is best for your skin tone, but if you’ve tried their products before and want something with more coverage than their regular powder then click on the link at the end of this piece!
Benefit, The POREfessional Face Primer, sold below
We’ve already established that I’m not big into heavy makeup, and along those lines comes the great irony of me liking this pore minimizer. While I don’t think my pores will ever shrink to a size comparable to that of models or movie stars, POREfessional does blur my pores out a bit and acts as a great base for days when I know I’ll have pictures taken or will need my makeup to last a long time. This product is actually as smooth as a baby’s bottom and a little goes a long way.
Benefit, Fakeup (concealer), sold below
This has been a go-to product of mine for almost five years now and I will recommend it to friends time and time again because of its multitude of uses. It makes a nice concealer if you want something that's also moisturizing (it has vitamin E!) but I mainly use it for my dark circles. It was upon the recommendation of my brow stylist that I use it for this issue and hardly a day goes by that I don't put this on before leaving the house. I like that it doesn't make the skin around my eyes feel sensitive and it works to alleviate the already tired skin by moisturizing.
Burt's Bees, Res-Q-Ointment, sold below
The first time I used Burt's Bees' Res-Q-Ointment was after I got a Burt's Bees gift package. It doesn't really say what it's good for on the package but I decided to try putting it on a gnarly bruise and it actually started to heal it in a day or two. I've read about people using it for everything from mild skin irritation to Eczema and cuts, but I've had the most luck on bruises (of any kind, mind you) and mild burns.
MAC, Powder Blush in Harmony, sold below
I've never been a fan of blush with pink and red pigment, possibly because of my overzealous use of it for dance recitals and competitions at a young age. I finally found this blush when I was a senior in high school and fell in love because I could use it on the apples of my cheeks for a true blush or I could contour my cheekbones with it for a night out. Harmony is the only shade I've used, but they offer about 18 other colors.
I hope you got some skin-spiration from this post, whether it's for you or someone else!
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