Bracing Your Hair and Skin for Winter

With temperatures dropping and leaves falling we know winter is around the corner. That normally means duller hair, patchy skin, scaly hands and maybe even some extra fine lines around your eyes. Start updating your beauty routine with these hydrating essentials to keep your hair and skin moisturized, refreshed and glowing the whole winter season.

Cold weather doesn’t have any mercy when it comes to wreaking havoc on your hair. The hair naturally stretches while wet and shrinks while it gets dry. If your hair becomes overly dry, it can easily break during the drying process. That’s why it helps to limit the usage of artificial heat, such as blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons since they all make our hair susceptible to splitting and breakage. The best way to dry your hair is air drying it or using a hair towel, which is a light and gentle on tresses. Bamboo towels are better for the hair than terry cloth towels. Towels made with terry cloth can cause hair breakage, split ends, tangles, and hinder shine.

Using a shampoo that is free of sulfates, such as VOLAIRE's Weightless Volumizing Shampoo ($32), is another way to ensure healthy tresses during the cooler seasons. This unique oxygen-infused formula creates a lightweight foam-lather that lifts the hair as it cleanses, leaving hair and scalp clean with silky, soft strands. Botanical extracts like yarrow and chamomile help protect hair from environmental conditions, and aid in strengthening hair from roots to ends.

Follow up with their Weightless Fortifying Conditioner ($32) to help repair dry, damaged, winter hair with this innovative volumizing conditioner, which delivers the ultimate lightweight hydration for even the finest and thinnest hair. ProVitamin B5 infuses strands with lightweight moisture, while Omega Fatty Acids in the conditioner lift and protect. Avocado oil helps moisturize uniquely; it’s highly penetrative, designed to seal in moisture, and creates buoyant, luscious, weightless locks. Actress Kristin Davis was so taken by the VOLAIRE hair care line that she became a brand ambassador for them.

This winter, reverse summer skin damage with a gentle and lightweight cream that is designed specifically to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I'm currently using the PRIORI Skin Renewal Cream. ($66). In addition to providing advanced moisturization, this skin cream also offers multi-layer skin renewal and antioxidant protection while both exfoliating and hydrating the skin.

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Beauty Blind Spots

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No one is perfect, but there are some timeless beauty blunders that we all make that are too small to notice with the naked eye. Whether it is dim lighting, or a mirror 5 feet away as the cause – here is a list of classic beauty blind spots and the best defense to tackle them.

Dark Spots & Uneven Skin Tone

Fun in the sun and even birth control can leave women with discolored and uneven skin tones and dark spots. Examine your skin carefully each month to make sure you don’t need to pay a visit to your derm. We suggest Jerdon’s Lighted Makeup Mirror, equipped with LEDs, an adjustable back stand, optional battery power and both 1X and 5X magnification. And for daily coverage, try The Skin Saint’s Clear Defense Oil-Free Tinted SPF 46. The universal tint provides a smooth and even complexion, effectively masking imperfections, for beautifully radiant skin.

Cakey Makeup

Ah, that orange dot on your face trying to cover up a zit but inevitably making it stick out like a sore thumb. We’ve all been a victim of much-too-heavy-makeup days. Lighting is key. With natural looking light, like that from an LED, you’ll be able to witness what your concealer looks like outside the confines of your bathroom. Try Jerdon’s cordless Rose Gold Vanity Mirror with halo LED lighting.

Large Pores

Pores are quite literally all over your face, but often it’s too hard for us to see what’s right under (or on top of) our nose. Large pores can ruin the look of otherwise flawless skin. So stop ignoring your pores, and use a toner to help remove dirt and control oil. The Skin Saint Poreless Tonic is blended with Salicylic Acid 2% and activated Papaya Enzymes, to slough away dead skin cells and control excess oil. Get up close and personal with yourself to figure out if you need to tame those bad boys. Jerdon’s iPad-esque Selfie Mirror comes with an adjustable spot mirror with 10X magnification, perfect for viewing pin-sized pores and stray eyebrow hairs.

Channel Lucious and Cookie Lyon with the Empire Fragrance Line

March is here! It will not be long before Empire returns on Wednesday, March 22nd. In the meantime, gear up for the return of everyone's favorite show by channeling your inner Lucious and Cookie Lyon with the Empire Fragrance line.

Lyon's Truth ($59.50) is the perfect balance of sumptuous femininity, unwavering confidence, unapologetic sophistication. This floriental fruity fragrance is beautifully composed of top notes of juicy blackberry and velvet plum; middle notes of Bulgarian rose, vanilla orchid, and violet blossom; and base notes of creamy sandalwood, rich vanilla, and softtonka. I love that Lyon's Truth is refreshingly light and delightfully intoxicating at the same moment. I also love how the fragrance lingers on throughout the day without pulling a Houdini.

The bottle is just as beautiful as the fragrance, featuring an Empire “E” pendant.

Lyon's Legacy ($56.50) is a vigorous and sophisticated fragrance that is a harmonious blend of bergamot and lemon water with an atomic heart of lavender buds, crisp geranium, and clary sage. The dry down is enriched with dark mysterious notes of warm amber, vanilla suede, and tobacco leaf. I’m not keen on strong fragrances, but this one is masculine and powerful without taking one’s breath away. My husband normally doesn’t wear much cologne, yet he loves this fragrance!

You can find the Empire Fragrance line at HSN, Kohl's, Macy's, and Bon-Ton.

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How to Get a Pixi Glow This Winter

Nothing takes away a beautiful and dewy complexion more than the cooler seasons since our skin is more susceptible to dryness. The cooler seasons can also cause quite a stir with other skin ailments like itchiness, dry, patchy skin; breakouts, and irritation. Pixi Skintreats has a wide range of products that are formulated with ingredients that will revive and reset the skin. It is an affordable luxury at its finest!

A facial oil like the Rose Oil Blend ($24) is the perfect candidate for dry skin when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy glow. The Rose Oil Blend has a botanical blend that is infused with a powerful complex of youth-preserving oils to help improve skin's texture and elasticity. It wields the power of a facial cream, yet has the capability to penetrate deeper into the skin since it's lightweight.

I usually prefer not to use night creams because of the possible breakouts that can occur, but the Beauty Sleep Cream ($24) is perfect for sensitive like mine! This remarkable fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich nighttime essential helps to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin while you sleep. It's made with 100% natural mango butter, oils of lavender, lemon and bergamot and other ingredients that are nourishing for the skin!

A facial mist like the Glow Mist ($15) is perfect for any season! It can be used as a toner or makeup primer, but I primarily use it as a mid-day refresher. 13 natural oils as well as propolis, aloe vera, and fruit extracts aid in giving my skin warm, healthy glow. In addition, it gives my skin the hydration that it craves for without making it shiny in the process. It always makes my face feel refreshed in-between cleansing and moisturizing!

The Glowtion Day Dew ($22) is a refreshingly lightweight and quick-absorbent moisturizer that soothes while blurring imperfections and giving a lit-from-within glow. It is also ideal for my unpredictable and sensitive skin. The key ingredients are lavender oil, kaolin, and mica that are beneficial in giving dull skin a boost while imparting a natural-looking radiance.

Lastly, I received the 24k Eye Elixir ($22). I experience puffiness underneath my right eye every now and then since that's the side I mostly sleep on, thus an eye elixir like the 24k Eye Elixir is a must-have. While, sadly, it doesn't help puffiness pull a Houdini, it does help minimize the appearance! It's made with age-defying ingredients to refresh eyes and battle the signs of fatigue. Collagen helps to repair the delicate eye area, peptides plump fine lines, and raspberry tones skin. The cooling rollerball applicator soothes and encourages circulation around the eye.

About Pixi Beauty

Pixi was started in a small London boutique 12 years ago by Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand. Her main mission was to simplify beauty for busy working moms like herself. Creating problem-solving, multi-tasking, flaw-fixing, and youth-enhancing products for women with little time to spare is her passion. Passionate about skincare, Petra creates innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients so that skin is treated while you wear it. You can find Pixi Beauty online and at Target.

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Ditch the Itch This Winter

Old Man Winter has arrived! 'Tis the season when our skin becomes dry, itchy, wind-burnt, irritated, and almost unmanageable. My sensitive skin has always been unpredictable, but it is seemingly worse during the cooler seasons. That's why I strive at keeping Old Man Winter in his place by switching out skin care for products that will help keep my skin looking its best.

While I don't have eczema, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted when Aveeno sent me their Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm ($16.99) and Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm ($17.99) out of the blue!

The Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm and Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm may be intended for baby's skin, but they have been giving my skin the relief that it needs during this time when my skin is usually is at its worst. They're specially formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat, which soothes dry, itchy skin without leaving a greasy feeling behind. They also help strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and prevent recurrence of dry, itchy skin from skin ailments like eczema. Additionally, they're paraben-free, steroid-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic. Aveeno couldn't have picked a better time to send me these products!

Aveeno also sent me a few more surprises that included the personalized Restoration Hardware Luxe Bamboo Bed Throw ($99) that no one else can claim as well as a Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Petite Nursery Star Stroller Blanket ($39) and an Indica Design Gemma Dream Catcher ($40), which is hanging beautifully in my bedroom.

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Thank you to the AVEENO® team for sponsoring this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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