Renée Rouleau’s Top 5 Winter Skin Tips
Instead of over-moisturizing, increase your exfoliation. When the heat is on in the house and the air is cold outside, your skin will be depleted of its natural moisture, leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. People tend to load on the extra moisturizer to compensate for the dryness. This will not always solve the problem of dry skin. If your skin is dry, tight and flakey, it means that you have dry skin cell build-up on the surface of the skin. So rather than putting on extra cream to re-hydrate dead, dry skin cells (it doesn’t make sense!) try increasing your exfoliation with a gentle facial scrub to remove the dry skin cells so that when your cream goes on, it hydrates the new cells rather than the dry cells.
Avoid greasy hand creams if you’re prone to breakouts. You may suffer from a condition we call ‘hand cream acne’ if you sleep with your hands on your face at night! We are more likely to use hand cream during the dry winter months than during the summer which leads us to using heavy hand cream to alleviate the dryness. Most often, this cream is applied right before you go to bed. If you sleep on your side with your hands on your face, the cream may be getting into the skin and clogging the pores. If you find that this may be happening to you, sleep with cotton gloves or change over your hand lotion.
Change up your routine. Your skin acts differently from summer to winter and the best strategy for healthy, beautiful, problem-free skin is to adjust your home care routine to suit your skin’s needs each season. In winter, the skin produces less oil, so for many skin types, oil must be added back into the skin to maintain its balance. Look for moisturizers containing Safflower Oil, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. Switch from a gel cleanser to a cream-based cleanser and eye creams are a must in the winter. Spring and summer products will likely expire or reduce their effectiveness for the following year, so it’s a good time to purge your products.
Don’t neglect your neck. The friction caused from turtle necks and wool fibers can rub on the neck causing it to be dry and irritated. Use a hydrating cream mask on your neck once a week to replenish essential moisture. Make sure to exfoliate in upward motions with a mild facial scrub.
Properly care for your skin at the gym. After working out at the gym, make sure to wash your face, use an alcohol-free toner and a nourishing moisturizer. At the end of the work out, the salts created from perspiration can have a drying effect on the skin, combined with the cold, dry air outside and the heat in your car. So removing the salts and locking moisture back in the skin will greatly reduce dry skin.
Anastasia (yes, of the brow brand!) has listed several tips on getting glamorous eyes, ranging from how to open up your peepers to the perfect brow. Visit ExpertEyes to read them, and you can also enter to win a spa weekend in Beverly Hills.
My favorite tip is her advice on getting a good brow shape:
Achieving a well-shaped brow isn’t easy, especially on your own. That’s why I recommend you to have your brows done professionally (at least once) to get insights on your specific facial structure — and on how to maintain your look at home. Once you have a basic know-how, you can work on your precision and your patience. Just keep a few things in mind.
Think before you tweeze. Not every shape is right for every face, so consider a shape that complements your eyes. Try mapping out your “design” by filling it in with a brow pencil.
Check yourself out. Always tweeze a single row at a time, in the direction the hairs grow. Then take a step back and look in the mirror for a checkup. (If your brows are a bit unruly, comb them flat with a brow brush before tweezing.)
Fill in the blanks. Once your shape is in place, you can start to define it. If your brow hairs are sparse, or you just want more definition, fill in the shape with a brow pencil that matches your brow color, or one that’s a shade lighter. Or experiment with brow shadows for a softer, more natural look.
Stylist David John shares these three quick and easy styles for fabulous holiday hair in minutes!
Stand apart from the sleek stands of seasons past by adding some curls! Run a large barrel curling iron through hair and create a strong side part. Spray each section with hairspray before curling to create a crisper curl. Not only does this protect hair from heat, but also makes for a sexy, retro glam look.
Go for the gusto and treat yourself to a clip-on hair extension! Available in Sally’s Beauty, choose a color that matches your own or have your own hair dyed to match. Clip in the back for added length/fullness. Wear curly, straight, in a sleek high ponytail or chic low bun. Extensions are easy, breezy, versatile and fun!
Glam up your ponytail. Super sexy and playful, simply create a side part and brush hair back with hair spray. Ponytail should be medium to low height and secured. Take small piece of hair and wrap about rubber band to conceal. Fasten with bobby pin or sparkly barrette for an elegant twist.
Legendary stylist and John Frieda Collection Creative Consultant Harry Josh tells you how to achieve—and hold—fabulously festive holiday hair:
Start the night out right with a chic chignon to complement your cocktail dress. “Before stepping out of the shower or towel-drying hair, squeeze out excess water then coat wet hair with a generous amount of Frizz-Ease Original Serum to prevent hair from frizzing as it dries,” says Josh. “Next, create a defined side part and blow dry hair with a flat paddle brush. Don’t worry about getting hair super straight—this style is supposed to have a little shape and volume. Once hair is dry, pull back into a loose side bun and secure using a clip or bobby pins, not a hair band. Spritz gathered hair with Sheer Blonde Crystal Clear Hairspray and smooth your palms over the hair’s surface to tame flyaways.”
Take your hair from chic chignon to show-stopping pony in the time it takes to refill your cocktail with a little touch-up of Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum. “Shake hair loose and flip it over, quickly bringing it together on the top of your head,” recommends Josh. “Secure hair using a loose band or clip, then place a drop of Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum in palms and run through your pony for a smooth finish. The serum adds definition and shine to the natural wave created by the chignon. Keep hair frizz-free throughout the night with a spray of Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hairspray.”
Late Night Party
Take a break between parties to let your hair down for the night. “Loose waves are a perfect late-night look—holiday hair doesn’t always have to be an updo,” Josh advises. “Wrap individual sections of hair around your finger, starting with the under-layers, and spritz lightly with Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold™ Hairspray to create waves and boost body on the go. The spray provides all-night hold and major volume for no-fuss, fabulous style.”
Go ahead! Ask your questions–now’s the time to get product recommendations, comparisons, or just find out what my favorite moisturizer is. I’ll be keeping an eye out on this post so I can answer questions quickly aka today! Feel free to chime in with your answer to someone else’s question, too!
How can I save money on makeup?
There are a whole bunch of ways to save money on makeup, and let me tell you some of my favorite ways.
Bargain beauty. There are bargain websites, like makeup.com, which sell some name brands for up to half off. YMMV, though, because sometimes nothing strikes my fancy and other times there’s a bunch! Beautycrunch.com also has a few brands available at discount prices, too. My favorite way is just doing some preliminary searching on the internet to try and find a deal.
Friends & Family Sales. These days most brands are getting into the friends and family spirit by holding annual (or sometimes semi-annual) sales where you can save 15-20% off on everything. I have found many of these deals are good online only, though.
Keep a Lemming List. Don’t ask me the history of “lemmings” and why they’re called such, but if you keep a list of products you have an eye on… you can easily check it to see if an item is on sale. Say you spot a F&F sale going on, but you’re not sure what you loved–your list will help you remember. This also helps me keep my eye on the “prize” (prizes?), because I’ll often save up for an item I really want and skip on an item that’s just so-so but might catch me with its fancy packaging.
Know What You Have. There’s a good reason why people ask, “What’s a good dupe for _______?” Most of us don’t want to own ten versions of Deep Truth eyeshadow (though, despite this, many of us own at least one or two). You can easily save money by not buying duplicate products, but also going for variety rather than collecting them all. Even when there is a slight variance, you might ask yourself, “If I used a different base or layered it with X shadow, could I dupe it that way?” An easy dupe might not be available, but you might find a good dupe by layering colors (e.g., lighten your deep green with a frosty yellow).
Gift Sets and Gift With Purchase. With the holidays right around the corner, nearly every cosmetic retailer gets into the spirit of the holidays by pushing gift sets, palettes, etc. Usually, these are a good deal. Often you’ll get more for your money than buying things alone. Sometimes you can try new products out by spending less (like getting a trial set). Also, brands do GWPs throughout the year, which let you try new products or rediscover old favorites, plus a cute makeup bag or what have you. (By the by, Clinique has an amazing one coming up!)