Sunday, January 12, 2014

Our top 15 beauty products for winter!

Since we're now firmly in the middle of winter, the two of us at Domestic Bliss Squared thought we'd share our favorite winter beauty products with you today!

Winter is all about dry skin for me. Despite the fact that most of the country is under three feet of wet snow, there is just something about the cold that saps all the moisture from my skin, hair, nails, lips...everything! It's not good.

So I've come up with my own little beauty army to combat that chronic dryness, products that really truly do work and work hard. And guess what? I'm cheap! So I promise they're all really affordable too. Here are my top beauty products for dry winter skin:

the best winter beauty products that really work for dry skin

1. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Porcelain Ivory: This has nice coverage and just blends in like a lotion. I've tried "whipped foundation" from other brands and this is the only one I'll use, anything else just doesn't let my skin breath.

2. Keihl's Lip Balm #1: This was kind of a splurge for me, but boy does it ever work! I use this at night so I don't wake up with chapped lips, and my lips stay nice and moist all night long.

3. Softlips Salted Caramel lip balm: Salted. Caramel. Lip. Balm. I apply this all day, because it tastes amazing and keeps my lips soft! But as delicious as the salted caramel flavor is, I'm addicted to this stuff in general and always keep one on hand. And bonus, my lips taste like a salted caramel mocha!

4. Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Triple Moisture Body Cream: I can't really wear perfume in the winter because it drys me out, and this lotion is a good alternative. It smells like a vanilla cupcake, and really works to keep dry flaky skin on my body at bay. Sometimes I catch myself smelling my hands because they smell soooo good! My adorable niece even said I "smelled super pretty." Win!

5. Our own DIY leave in conditioner: I still use this every day! I usually tailor the kind of conditioner I use to make it to the problems I am having with my hair. Currently I made a batch using a Bumble and Bumble moisturizing conditioner sample I got in the mail, and it's amazing.

6. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: This cream was recommended by my son's dermatologist for his facial eczema, and I decided to test it out on my own dry skin as well. Now, this is the only lotion that touches my face in the winter. Sometimes if I need extra moisture I'll apply a layer of Aquafor (basically straight Vaseline) on top to lock it in, then blot it off gently with a towel.

7. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: Also recommended by my son's dermatologist, and works great to not dry out facial skin. Sometimes if I need to exfoliate I'll do a baking soda facial and mix this into the baking soda instead of water.

8. Aveeno Nourish + Moisturize shampoo and conditioner: This stuff is miraculous! My hair feels soft and this doesn't make it overly greasy the way a lot of moisturizing shampoos and conditioners can.

So basically you can sum this up by saying that I smell like food, am obsessed with chapstick, and don't wear much makeup. Hilary's turn!


My experience with winter is not too bad.  I have a weird combination oily and dry skin, so I tend to use the same products year-round to keep my skin balanced out.  However, over the winter months, I do make a few changes here and there to make it interesting!
the best winter products for combination skin

1. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm.  I have fairly wavy/bordering on frizzy hair and winter can leave me with tons of flyaways.  I use Paul Mitchell Relaxing Balm to keep my hair smooth if I blow dry it.

2. Eos Lip gloss.  I love Revlon's Lipcolor, but over the winter, my lips can feel a little dry.  I like putting on the Eos lip gloss over the top to keep my lips moisturized in the winter.

3. Sally Hansen Nail Polish (in pedal to the metal).  I normally don't paint my fingernails (chipped fingernail polish bugs me, so I skip it), but I keep my toenails painted year round.  In the summer, I wear hot pink, dark pink, coral, or sometimes lime green nail polish.  But in the winter, I like going for a more dramatic color and on the rare occasions I do paint my nails, I really like a gunmetal gray.  This is a great color because it is slightly purple so it feels feminine, but still dramatic to me.

4. Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor.  In the summer, I normally skip lipstick because I like the natural look.  But over the winter, as my skin gets paler, I can look a little washed out.  So for me, winter = lip color!  I hate reapplying lipstick throughout the day, so I've tried a bunch of the long-lasting lipcolors and Revlon's totally wins.  I use Bare Maximum, which is a nice, fairly neutral color.  One application and its on all day.  The ads say it lasts for 16 hours, but if I don't remove it at night, it is on the next morning when I wake up!

5. Bath and Body Works Midnight Pomegranate Body Spray.  In the summer, I tend to wear light, citrusy or floral-y perfumes, but in the winter, I tend to choose "darker" or more sensual scents.  My favorite this winter has been Bath and Body Work's Midnight Pomegranate body spray (it is cheaper than their perfume version which is AMAZING, but I don't always have the money for!).  It is really beautiful and rich, which is perfect for sweater dresses and scarfs!

6. Pumpkin Spice Latte Scrub.  Jessica came up with this great recipe for DIY body scrub and I'm addicted!  It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized after a shower.  I use it once a week or when I'm getting all dolled up for an event!

7. Proactiv Renewing Cleanser.  I have been using Proactiv pretty consistently since I was a teenager.  Every time I've tried another cleanser (and trust me, I've tried a lot), I break out.  My skinny is the weird combo skin where I am dry and oily at the same. time.  However, Proactiv keeps my skin clear year round.  I actually don't use the second and third steps, because it is a little harsh for my skin, but I'm diligent about the first step cleanser!  It is a little expensive compared to a regular store-bought brand, but totally worth it.  There is nothing that makes me feel less grown up that being totally broken out.

That's it guys! But you should also let us know what your favorite products are for winter in the comments below! We always love trying new things and hearing what works.
~Jessica & Hilary


  1. Great lists! I have loved Softlips since Jr.High but I had no idea about the salted caramel flavor! I'm on the lookout now! Also, I popped over to check out the scrub recipe - looks amazing!

  2. Yay! A beauty thing! I love these... And yes, I'll be trying some of these!

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