Skincare for the Bomb Cyclone

I have no idea how I used to take care of my skin during extreme chills. ‘Bomb Cyclones’ are a recent phenomenon we’re having a few times every winter in the East Coast. It’s basically an outsized winter storm meets blizzard, and thunderstorms that dumps massive amounts of snow. As my partner and I prepared for the bomb cyclone weekend, I couldn’t help but put together a skincare routine to handle the chilly freeze.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

I’m just not that type that will skip cleansing. It’s not about whether skin is dry or oily, as mine is quite dry in the winter. I cleanse because it makes my skin feel fresh, and I know my products are working more efficiently. But when the weather is less than forgiving, I am using Glossier’s Milky Jelly to give that as-nude-as-possible level of cleanse. The formula has an active cleansing agent that is used to clean contact lenses, so it’s very gentle. And there is allantonin and B5, which help skin feel nice, and soft. The texture reminds me of Cetaphil, only slightly more refined. While it emulsifies, the formula doesn’t really lather. It’s just nice to dislodge, and freshen up, without being invasive or aggravating. Perfect when you just want that gentle touch.

African Botanics Rose Treatment Essence

Sometimes when it’s cold, you just want to skip the water altogether because it’s freezing. So after cleansing, I pat about two pumps of the African Botanics Rose Treatment Essence. It’s a concentrated moisturizing gel that soaks into skin. The formula is full of botanical emollients, humectants, beta-glucan, and saccharides (natural hydrating sugars). Just know it makes the skin touchably soft, and plump. Plus there is pure rosewater and rose centifolia extract which give this a very luxurious, beautiful sensorial experience. Seriously, it’s magical.

Susanne Kaufmann Moisturizing Mask

While I’ve recently shared my love for Susanne Kaufmann’s Moisturizing Mask (read here), it is also part of my bomb cyclone ritual because of how effective it is as a moisturizer and mask. Since I’m staying in anyway, it makes sense that my moisturizer can be so powerful that it functions as my mask. And that’s exactly what this beautiful cream delivers. The cream is water-based, and contains nourishing plant butters and fats, even honey. So it’s quite interesting, and so satisfying to feel on the skin. The texture is just right. A light application will do for most, and a heavy handed application will really deliver enough nourishment that you’ll wake up like you’ve been sleeping next to a humidifier. I really feel this goes a long way in making my skin feel alive, and healthy during cold, frigid, dry winter days.

Lina Hanson Global Treasures

I usually use balms on my lips, but on exceptionally cold, and dry days, they’re good reinforcements on drier areas all over. Lina Hanson’s Global Treasures is one of my favorite facial balms. It’s very nourishing, yet perfectly weighted for the face so it’s never too heavy nor greasy. The ingredients are stellar. Green Tea is the base ingredient, meaning this is a green tea based balm, which I find very cool. It’s also very functional as this balm is loaded with antioxidants. And your eyes do not deceive you, that is actual, real gold flake you see in the balm. Use this in place of face oil on the most challenging days, like during a bomb cyclone. I like to dab this over my forehead, and on my cheeks to stave off that tight, stripped feeling on dry days.

Naturium Multi-Peptide Eye Cream

When I need that extra boost, I lock in my eye area with a nice cream-based product. Natuirum’s Multi-Peptide Eye Cream provides the right balance as it’s extremely moisturizing, yet the full-bodied cream texture absorbs so well that it leaves the under-eye area protected without being suffocated. The cream also doesn’t travel, and seems to work ‘down’ into the skin, rather than around, which I like. There are also peptides like Matrixyl 3000 and Argireline Amplified, which have a lot of scientific studies that back up their ability to fade wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin. It’s also fragrance-less, and one of few “active” eye products that doesn’t sting. I’ve used so many eye creams, and this is just checking every box.

Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

Yes, lip balms are effective, and will work just as nicely. But there’s something that feels a bit more indulgent about a ‘lip mask’ over a standard balm, that I’ll take anytime I want to be a bit extra. Tatcha’s Kissu Lip Mask is a beautiful jelly lip mask that is described as a leave-on treatment. There’s wonderful ingredients like squalane, allantonin, and fermented rice. Then there’s the pleasurable ingredients like Japanese Peach Fruit Water, and Peach Extract, and Unshiu Japanese Citrus Peel Extract that are purported to have been used for centuries for dry, and damaged lips.

The formula goes on thick, but is greaseless, and non-sticky. It’s really quite different from anything I’ve experienced. Lips just glide together. After a day of wear, lips will also feel ridiculously soft. The entire experience is just a dream.

YÜLI Harmony Body Oil

I made it a point this past Fall to commit to taking care of the rest of my body the way I take care of my face. And body oil has made such a difference. I slather myself right out the shower, and my skin has been so smooth, soft, and *I know it’s a marketing term*.. elastic. I also think it’s preventing a lot of potential UV damage. Body oils basically provide the incredible nutrition, nourishment, and multi-functionality of a face oil, but for the body. And of all that I’ve used, I just think YÜLI’s Harmony Body Oil is something special. Their oils, distilled and sourced in-house, are all quite magnifique.

A lot of body oils tend to be more diluted as far as quality, nutrition-dense plant ingredients go. But with Harmony Body Oil, the formula truly is something that is so high-quality that it would make for a stellar face oil. There’s Prickly Pear Oil, Green Tea Oil, Rosehip Oil, all beautiful oils that make up the base. Harmony also contains so many infused plant extracts, which makes this body oil quite a bit more advanced, and nutritionally-loaded. And then there’s the sensorial: rose, vanilla, amber are very calming, and relaxing. This is the perfect all-over salve for the body to close the ritual.


That’s it all for now. If you’re enjoying my updates, please be sure to leave a comment. I feel like a lot of interaction has become more casual social media comments now!

Wearing makeup again… #UpdatesfromQuarantine

Two makeup posts in a row? It must be a sign my wanderlust is trying to express itself amid my stay-at-home quarantine for what has felt like the longest month. A quick note if you see the above photo and think “we’ve seen many of these products before..”; if you know me, you’ll know that I love to experiment with anything luxurious and promising but that I’m also very loyal where if something works, I’ll keep it. For reviews, this is good because I can provide you all with actual real feedback since I ‘live’ with the products, but for content, where many bloggers cycle through new release after new release without any repetition (where the reviews tend to be more superficial and not that enlightening IMO), you’re likely to see things I might have talked about before and not always the “release of the minute.”

RMS Beauty Signature Set – (in MOD) if you like discovery and options, the RMS Beauty Signature Set is for you as it’s a composite “best of” collection of 5 products in a convenient palette. I opted for the MOD palette which features the Master Mixer, Living Luminizer, Smile Lip2Cheek, Spell Lip2Cheek, and Simply Cocoa Lip & Skin Balm because the selections and colors felt more versatile to me and featured the ‘greatest hits’. This is lovely for basically testing out the entire range and figuring out how to play with the colors, and textures together before buying the stand alone products. I love that the products together cover nearly everything from lip color to blush and highlights. And while most of the makeup featured in this post is very clean, RMS Beauty is known for being as natural and organic as it gets.

Ellis Faas Skin Veil Pen – (in S102) Ellis Faas is a brand that should be more well known than it currently is, at least Stateside. If I were to draw a comparison, Ellis Faas would be Kjaer Weis meets Serge Lutens: the packaging is nothing short of original and innovative with refillable “pens” for every makeup category shaped like a haute couture piece; the colors are rich, lush, and editorial, drawn from human colors that always compliment natural skin tones; and the wear is almost costume makeup grade in endurance with an almost nude second skin feel. The Skin Veil Pen dispenses foundation through a brush tip applicator that gives skin a gorgeous glow up, I’d describe it as ballerina emerging from a dew petal.

Glossier Boy Brow – I’m so glad that full brows are in, but letting them grow out can be unwieldily. Boy Brow is a great tool that fills spots in, and it has a waxy texture that holds brows in place so you have a natural yet clean and streamlined appearance. Unlike brow pencils that rely on a bit of skill to get the shape right, this is really meant to accentuate and fill out your natural brows giving quite an effortless but put-together look where brows don’t look too “artificial,” like you just woke up with fuller, uniformed brows — and isn’t that the best, no wonder this remains one of Glossier’s top-sellers.

Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask – This is the most precious thing. The Kissu Lip Mask is a pot of peachy goodness in a honey jelly texture. Using a combination of Japanese Peach Extract, Camellia Oil, and Squalene to repair and nourish the lips, Kissu is a pleasurable lip mask that you apply with a scooper (provided). It’s just so delightful to put on and “luxuriate.” I love it for mornings after I’ve brushed my teeth and need to give myself that 15 minute window before starting teas or anything else. According to Tatcha’s own studies 100% of women noticed improved texture and overall condition to the lips within 1 week, and 100% of women noticed continued improvement after 2 weeks. I definitely think lip balms have their place, but sometimes you just want to break the cycle of dry/chapped lips, and Kissu mask about 2 times a week has helped me tremendously (and in case it wasn’t clear, it’s SUCH A JOY to use).

Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer – (in Narcissus) Rituel de Fille is a newer organic color cosmetics line, but what made it stick out in a crowded space is their strong branding and product identity, focusing on an occult-like vision of natural cosmetics where rich pigments and stunning shades are the focal point. Enchanted Lip Sheer is smooth and creamy, deeply moisturizing to the lips, the coverage is sheer (as the name suggests) but the color is indeed quite rich and the staying power is impressive. From the consistency and texture to the feel, look and overall performance of the product, it truly doesn’t feel like an “organic product” which I mean in the best way possible in the sense that I was pleasantly surprised by how much organic make-up has really caught up to conventional products even in the color space (which even makeup artist Katey Denno acknowledges can sometimes fall short). Even the scent of rosemary and lavender is quite spellbinding. Narcissus is a nude, buttery color that tends toward a peachy strawberry color, perfect for spring/summer, and for when you want to look together in a more subtle way. The color is more exciting than a typical nude, and more discreet than a statement red, ideal when you want options.

Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick – (in Twig) Perhaps my favorite item from the Beautycounter makeup collection, for the performance and beautiful packaging alone. This has been my “everyday” lip stick. The formula is pure butter, silky smooth and super moisturizing. The color is light and buildable, you can easily go from barely there your-lips-but-better to full glam color. Oh and this buttery lip stick also smells like vanilla from the natural vanilla extract. Unlike many conventional lipsticks, this is not only luxurious but also feels “good for you,” hence its place as my regular go-to.

 


I hope this downtime is giving you time to rediscover, experiment, and just have fun with your products again, for me it’s been with makeup, share yours in the comments!

*This post is not sponsored, though it may contain some affiliate links.