Top 7 Make Up Essentials For Winter 2014

cosmetics smallThere are so many fantastic products constantly coming out, and the make up companies really do know what they’re doing. But every girl has her own needs, and every season asks for not only its own colors, but different  products as well! The winter dries us out, from our skin to our hair, and makes for troublesome make up combinations. Here are some helpful products to fight the cold!




1. Fight Dry Skin:
In the winter cold, our skin just dries out! For full body moisturization, there’s a great new, unique product! It’s a lotion – in spray form! This means that if you are showering at the gym before/after work, or heading to a slumber party, you can throw this in your bag without worrying about a messy explosion that might occur with a tube of lotion. Also, it’s fast and easy to apply! Try St. Ive’s Fresh Hydration Lotion this winter, 2014.

In the winter cold, if you are walking around, or biking to your next class or job, then your hands are definitely getting dry and chapped. Keep your hands soft and feeling great with this great moisturizer: Hand Cream with Argan Oil. Argan oil is the new miracle product everyone has been talking about. It is super light and non-sticky as a cream, but it instantly relieves cracked and dry skin. It also has a light rose scent so while it’ll keep you smelling nice, it won’t clash with your perfume! Try Argan oil moisturizer called Tree Hut Renewing Hand Cream!

2. Avoid Dry Hair:
Washing your hair every day dries it out and strips your hair of its natural oils, especially in the wintertime, when your scalp is already dried out. So this winter, try to avoid washing your hair every day and try out some dry shampoo. This lets you skip a day between washings and it gives your hair extra texture! It comes out transparent, and has a fantastic scent that will keep you smelling great. Try Alterna Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo.
Another product to keep your hair moisturized and looking great this winter is Moroccan Oil. There is a reason this product continues to stay popular! It is also rich with Argan oil, which is antioxidant-rich, and it helps strengthen proteins and gives a shiny boost. It helps keep your hair healthy and counteracts those negative winter effects. Try the classic Moroccan Oil or L’Oreal’s Mythic Oil.
Winter also means wearing lots of hats and combine that with dry hair? You get Frizz! To avoid frizz and overly dry, cracking hair, you should dry some super conditioner! This is especially important for the ladies with thick or curly hair. It is an extra moisturizing hair masque but it does it with the efficiency and speed of a regular conditioner! Try Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner to fight the frizz and keep looking great even in the winter months!
3. What To Do With An Oily Face:

Sometimes, in order to overcompensate for the dryness of our skin, our face produces extra oil in order to return to balance. Sadly, this may cause overproduction of oil, leading to breakouts! One make up product you are definitely going to want this winter is a Toner. Avoid slathering on the acne cream (which may cause further dryness and lead to even more oil production and breaking out), and inset toner into your routine to reduce redness and absorb excess oils while fighting dry flakes. A great toner is the Multi-Action Toner Combination to Dry Skin.

You should also consider the GlamGlow Mud Mask set that comes with the Supermud clearing treatment that helps fight all common skin concerns, and the Youthmud exfoliating treatment that contains super antioxidants and minerals that help tighten, brighte, exfoliate, and resurface your skin to help you keep it clean, even, and moisturized (and not flaky!) all winter long.
4. Prepare Your Lips For Winter:

All that cold wind blowing can really dry up your lips! And then whenever you want to smile, it cracks and hurts. But you really need to find that right chapstick for you because some of those lipglosses and new chapsticks just make things worse. So first of all, try out the Sugar Baby Gift Set of Lip Scrub and Treatment. This set comes with a gentle exfoliator to scrub off dead skin, and then two different lip treatments to fight flaky lips, as well as a tinted balm with SPF and a high-shine gloss that keeps you moisturized for 6 hours.

If you don’t feel the need for the full set, you can also try out Vaseline’s Limited Edition Pink Bubbly Lip Therapy, which comes in a pink champagne addition. You can moisturize and feel pink and bubbly simultaneously!

When it comes to picking out lipstick colors for going out this winter, it’s all about the bold and the dark. Go far strong, deep reds and reddish purples to create that light skin with accents contrast. No light, bright colors. The new matte lipsticks are all the hype today so shoot for matte and classic dark colors this winter, 2014.

5. The Foundations for Facing the Cold:

To keep up with the toner and the moisturizing, you’re going to want a matte cover up for your face as well. Try Frankie Rose’s Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation for all day, flawless matte coverage! It comes in nine different shades. The matte is important because the winter cold can make us shiny, as can the constant movement from heating to the cold.

The cold can also drive the blood away from our skin, causing us to look paler than normal, or when the wind hits, causes our cheeks to brighten up like tomatoes! So apart from serious cover up to keep us looking calm and collected, we also need great contouring to help keep us looking revitalized and lively! Try Anastasia Beverly Hills’ new contour kit that comes with 6 different powders to help you define, sculpt, and highlight your features.

6. Winter Make Up Trends:
This winter, you want to use the dark colors to create contrast and live up the drama. Winter means it gets dark early, so the darker colors are more suitable for everyone’s moods. But during the day, try for darker neutral look. Try out Urban Decay’s Naked for the natural, not-bright colors that are suitable for the winter months.

But for the smoky eye make up and the majorly bold lipsticks that are the winter fashion colors, you are going to need some major make-up removing wipes. But you want make-up removing wipes that will not only remove heavy duty dark make up, but that will also keep your skin moisturized. For that delicate balance, try Olay Fresh Effects S’wipe Out! Refreshing Make-up Removal Clothes.

7. Nail Polish For The Cold Months:
This winter the nail polish colors you should be wearing are dark purples, dark reds, greys, blacks, cold colors and neutrals. But it’s 2014 and just because it’s winter and the colors are dark and bold does not mean you should not have some fun! Mix and match with the matte vs shiny fads that are occurring. Try out Essie’s new textured nail polishes, and throw in some fun accents with glitter nail polish as well! Shiny and Matte metallic colors are all the rage. The best companies to look out for are Essie and OPI, but don’t be afraid to venture out and try something new!

2014 is all about mixing and matching textures on your nails, matte EVERYTHING from nails to foundation to lipstick, and keeping moisturized! So stay warm and stay beautiful with these great products.