I have combination skin that’s very prone to dryness and dehydration, particularly around my eyes and cheeks. About two weeks ago my skin started getting hit hard by the changing weather and colder, drier air and I’ve needed to adjust my skincare in a big way. Dry skin generally requires more care than just a heavy face cream, and I’ve developed a handful of strategies for alleviating tight, irritated, and generally sad winter skin. Here are five main ways I approach dry skin, and a bunch of my favorite products I’ve found in each category.
It’s buying season and I recently ordered some of the special releases from Colourpop, including the My Little Pony eyeshadow palette ($16), My Little Pony Super Shock Eyeshadow in Posey ($5), and the Element of Surprise eyeshadow palette ($16). Both of these collections feature very attractive shades and there are definitely some really interesting shadows in both. Beyond that, I continue to be really pleased with the quality of Colourpop eyeshadows.
I am a massive sucker for mystery boxes. I didn’t jump right as I first heard about Makeup Geek‘s mystery boxes released for Halloween, but a reminder email wore me down and I ordered mine. These were $50 boxes that were advertised to be full of $100+ worth of makeup. The contents were to include a full face of makeup, with highlighter, contour, bronzer, blush, eyeshadows, and lip color, and boxes were available in 3 versions tailored for light, medium, and deep skin tones.
Over the past couple of weeks I happened to be waiting for an interesting Sephora gift with purchase offer to arrive in my inbox before submitting an order, and Sephora just happened to suddenly launch the new Fenty Beauty line and released a gift offer for the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation at the same time. I jumped on it and got this nice sample bottle of the foundation in shade 150 to try out. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation advertises a lot with its name―long-wearing, imperfection-blurring, matte finish―and it’s available in a staggering range of 40 shades.
I don’t quite remember where I first heard of Luckyscent, but I recently started exploring their huge collection of fragrances and went down a rabbit hole of sorts. Luckyscent exclusively focuses on niche fragrances, and offer a lot more of these brands than I realized were out there in the world. I’m really picky with fragrances and have been trying to learn more about how to understand and talk about them and figure out what I like, and something that’s really helpful about Luckyscent is that they offer samples of just about every perfume that they sell, which is really conducive to exploration.
I’ve filled up another little bag with empty products that I used up over the past season. As is typical, most of the bag is full of skincare—I managed to go through 6 serums, actually, which is some sort of accomplishment. There’s also cleansers, moisturizers, a little bit of makeup, and some hair and body care. In general, I really liked a lot of the stuff I used up, too!
I’ve made two orders from ColourPop this summer and have bought a lot of different things to try. So far, I’ve only talked about the Crystal Liquid Highlighter, but over the two orders I’ve also collected a couple of lip colors, 7 pressed powder eyeshadows and a magnetic palette, a pressed powder highlighter, a pressed powder bronzer, and a Super Shock eyeshadow. These products and I have had some time to get a little acquainted and I have swatches and thoughts to pass along.
In the past few months I’ve started trying some mail order menstrual products, and these days there seem to be a good number of options available if you’re looking to have monthly supplies sent to your doorstep. Personally, I’ve also developed an interest in products that are more natural than those found at the drugstore. In a nutshell, I’m looking to buy these necessities from a brand I actually like and feel good about supporting. The first brand I feel fully ready to speak on is Lola, which uses 100% organic cotton, non-toxic adhesive, no synthetic or added ingredients, and no fragrance. They offer customizable boxes of tampons (with or without plastic applicators) available in 4 strengths, ultra-thin pads with wings in 2 strengths, and ultra-thin liners.
I have another treatment from The Ordinary that I want to talk about, this time it’s the anti-aging Matrixyl 10% plus HA. Like much of The Ordinary’s product line, this is an affordable serum with a specific ingredient focus and target. Matrixyl is a peptide, and in the case for this serum, there are two generations here: Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6 at a combined concentration 10%. The “HA” in the title refers to what The Ordinary calls a specialized hyaluronic acid delivery system.
ColourPop released a set of crystal-inspired products recently and I went ahead and placed a small order the day I received the promotional email about the launch. I didn’t go crazy, I just decided to get the Aquamarine shade of the Crystal Liquid Highlighter to try the formula out. At this point most of the stuff is out of stock on the website, but as I write this Aquamarine is the only Crystal Liquid Highlighter that’s still available. I think people may be underestimating the beauty of a bluish highlight, though, because I think it’s really nice.