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Friday
Dec132013

What's in My Handbag: Winter Essentials.

Although winter does not officially begin until next week, the cold temperatures are here. I have already changed up my skin care products, but just switched out my handbag and stocked it with winter essentials to get me through the season. Here is what I am toting around with me this winter:

Winter Essentials in My Handbag

Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss - I love this tin of lip butter. It soothes and moistens my lips. I apply a layer of this prior to applying lipstick or gloss to keep my lips hydrated. I love the way this one tastes and smells.

Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion - I use this on my hands when out and about when needed. This hand cream is an emollient rich formula that seals in moisture to heal and protect skin.

ChapStick - This is more for my kids and husband than it is for me. Yes, they share; they are boys and don't care. They love the new candy cane scent and I carry it with me everywhere.

Ricola Cough Drops - I hate having a dry mouth and throat that I get in the dry heat of winter and like to have a soothed throat. I keep Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops in my bag to soothe my throat when dry. I am using the new Ricola Extra Strength Cough Drops in Glacier Mint for when I want even more relief. These combine a unique blend of ten #swissherbs and natural menthol for powerful cough relief. They totally soothe my throat and even seem to clear my often stuffy nose with the menthol. The soft soothing syrup center is unexpected, yet gives the relief that works. They taste good too.

Winter Essentials in My Handbag

Sunglasses - I wear sunglasses outside year round. I feel the sun is even stronger in the winter when it is reflecting off the snow, so they are definitely important. We have already had some snow here in Massachusetts and it is extra bright out.

Gloves - Obviously these are a must because I don't like to be cold. I wear gloves as soon as the temperatures go below 50.

PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Sanitizing Hand Gel - This is essential to keep hands fresh and clean on the go.

COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara - I always carry this with me. I've been using this mascara since this summer, and though I keep trying others, I keep going back to this one. I can honestly say that I really never have the need to touch up my mascara, but I am always afraid that I am going to have to at some point, so keep it in my handbag "just in case".

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo - I use this in Nude Nº 1 for the perfect nude lip. I keep it in my purse becasue no matter what makeup look I'm wearing, a nude lip will obviously go.

CHANEL Glossimer Lipgloss - I keep 347 Allegorie in my handbag as it looks beautiful over the Hourglass Nude Lip Stylo above for the ultimate nude lip.

Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo - This is an odd one, but my hair goes flat in the winter due to the cold and dry heat mix. I spray dry shampoo at my roots to get more volume when needed; I swear it gives me more volume than hairspray. This one smells so fresh and it leaves no powdery residue.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - This is my go to for touching up discolorations and undereye circles on the go.

Emi-Jay® Hair Ties - These come with me everywhere, just in case my daughter or I decide to put our hair up while out and about.

Boscia Fresh Blotting Linens - I don't need touch up powder in the winter because my skin is drier than normal, but I do keep these in my handbag just in case I need to blot away any excess shine.

To help get you stocked with your winter essentials, my friends at Ricola are offering up a special #swissherbs prize pack to one lucky reader. The prize pack includes:

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. While I was compensated to write a post about Ricola, all opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclaimer page.

Tuesday
Nov052013

Top 10 Moisturizers.

Best Skin Creams

Moisturizing the skin is an important step in maintaining healthy skin. It is that vital final step in your skincare routine both day and night. It needs to be applied daily (both day and night) to keep skin hydrated and basically working properly. Moisturizers do so much more than hydrate; they protect sensitive skin and improve skin tone and texture.

I have a number of moisturizers that I use and depend on. Here are my top ten most recommended moisturizers. Click on each moisturizer to learn more about it.

1. La Mer Crème de La Mer

2. Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15

3. bliss The Youth As We Know It Moisture Lotion

4. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

5. Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream

6. Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer

7. Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer

8. L’Oréal Revitalift Triple Power Day/Night Cream

9. Philosophy Hope In a Jar

10. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Tuesday
Oct222013

Top 10 Makeup Palettes.

I own more makeup palettes that any other makeup. Well, except for maybe lipgloss. Or lipstick. No, make that mascara. Or eyeliner. Well, you get the point. I have a lot of makeup. I buy a lot of makeup palettes because it's where I get a lot of bang for the buck.

I change my makeup palettes out seasonally and always wind up buying one or two more each season.

The Best Makeup Palettes for Your Money

Here are my top 10 favorite makeup palettes.

1. Stila In the Light Palette

I am on my second Stila In the Light Palette. Though I do have so many simialr shades, I really needed them again. I love the formula and the shades and use them for everyday looks.

2. Bobbi Brown Antigua Face Palette

This is one of my go to palettes for travel and it comes with me whenever I go to Florida. It has everything I need for day or night looks.

3. Urban Decay NAKED Basics

This basics palette is perfect in every way. I use it often, as it is a "basic" palette and have bought one for my daughter as well. I'm sure I will be replacing this one too.

4. Too Faced 
Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Palette

This is another one of those that I am sure I will be replacing. I use it for everyday makeup looks when I want  a little bit of a kick of shimmer.

5. Anastasia She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette

This is another more natural shade eye shadow palette, but with more rich shades, some shimmer and some matte. I really like the long wearing formula.

6. Bobbi Brown Tortoiseshell Eye Palette

I used this all summer long for the last three years and really wish I had a replacement because I am at the bottom of a few of these warm shimmering shades.

7. Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

For smokey eyes, this is my go to eyeshadow palette. These are so ultra blendable and perfectly pigmented.

8. NARS Hearts New York City Eye & Cheek Palette

I bought this on a whim earlier in the year when traveling and I am so happy that I did. It is one of those that travels well and has everything I need for an everyday look.

9. MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Palette

This is another summer palette, but I used this for summer nights out.

10. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette

An oldie but goodie, I love these baked shadows. The super soft shadows are beautiful in color and formula. I really need her to make another one.