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Top 5 Winter Skincare Products

Hi guys!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a certified skincare and makeup addict! If y’all could see my makeup collection, there would be a few raised eyebrows!

For me, playing with makeup is something that is both fun and a creative outlet. I love trying out new eye shadows or lip colors. Sometimes I go for a more natural look, and sometimes more dramatic!

(This was a sunset look that I did for a visit to a tea house in Nashville with my mom)

But in order for makeup to go on smoothly and for you to look your best, you have to start with a decent canvas! That means taking care of your skin.

Winter can be a difficult time for a lot of people when it comes to skin. My face and body (like most people) get very dry when it starts to get cold outside.

So today I will share my top five current favorite skincare products for winter! Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you, but I do happen to have very sensitive skin, so these products are all fairly gentle. You can click on the names to go to the product websites!

#1: Clarisonic Mia Facial Brush

Ok so technically this one is a tool, but it’s my all-time favorite skincare tool. I use this all year round, but it works especially well in the winter for exfoliating the dry patches I tend to get on my cheeks and in the crevices in my nose. I use this brush with my favorite cleanser for one full cycle and afterwards, my skin feels so soft and refreshed. All of my products go on smoothly and I feel as if my face has gotten a nice deep-clean. I would highly recommend this brush! The best part is they have different brush heads for different skin needs!

#2: Lush Eau Roma Water Toner Water

Don’t let me in a Lush store, ok? There are just too many amazing products there! I’m addicted to their bath bombs and bubble bars, but last time I was there, an employee recommended this toner water to me; this is specifically formulated for mature, sensitive, and/or dry skin. In case you didn’t know, toner is applied after you cleanse to help restore the skin’s pH balance and prime for the rest of your skin routine. This toner is fabulous! It’s not drying and harsh like some toners can be and it’s very refreshing after a nice hot bubble bath. You just spritz your face a few times, let it dry, and you’re good to go!

#3: Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector

When I started taking my anti-seizure medication, it broke me out terribly. My skin was riddled with dry, textured patches and areas of blackheads in addition to painful acne. Even when the acne would go away, I was left with dark spots where the bumps had been. This product really helped me with that issue. It has vitamin C in it, which helps the spots to fade. I definitely notice a difference in the intensity of the discoloration after using this product for about a week. You just dab it on the spots after applying toner. Hopefully this one works as well for you as it does for me!

#4: Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Face Moisturizer

This is actually a moisturizer that I would be comfortable recommending to all skin types! It’s definitely a nice, semi-thick cream, but it is not so incredibly over moisturizing that it would make my oily-skinned ladies stick up or break out. I am able to use this both as a day and night moisturizer, but being on the very dry side, I do tend to use a thicker night cream. But this product also is supposed to have anti-aging properties and you know it’s never too early to start thinking about preserving your skin!

#5: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm

I don’t know about you guys, but one of my worst problem areas, especially in winter, is my lips. I tend toward having chapped lips anyway, but the cold weather often makes them extremely dry and cracked. I have tried so many lip balms, and one of the only ones that has worked well for me is Jack Black balm. These lip balms are thick and soothing, but actually soak into your lips unlike some other balms that just hang out on top without moisturizing. I like to put this one on after my night skin routine and when I wake up so that any lip products I wear that day go on smoothly. Plus, they come in some really luscious flavors! My personal favorite is blackberry and black tea!

Well, I hope you enjoyed learning about my favorite winter skincare products and that you get to try some yourself! If you have any miracle products I should know about, comment below! I love new recommendations!

Thanks for reading!

My Health, Fitness and Weight Loss Journey: Part 4

Ok I’m ready to finish this off. Mostly because I’m really struggling lately, and it feels like I need to finish this off before discussing current struggles. Luckily, there’s not much more to it.

If you want to read the other parts, here are the links:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The severity of my eating disorder fluctuated throughout grad school and the year after. Sometimes I wouldn’t binge and purge for a week. Sometimes it was twice or three times a day. A lot of it depended on how much stress I was under at the time, and as we all know, graduate school is a hotbed of stress. My last year in school, my externship year, was especially difficult.

Every year that went by, I would think: next year, I’m not going to have this eating disorder. I’m going to be recovered.

But here’s the big secret.

You’re never really “recovered.”

You can be recovering. But once you have had an eating disorder, you have to be vigilant. Those urges are there. Almost four years later, they’re still there. I’ve had a good streak recently. It’s been a couple of months since I’ve given in to the urges.

But they’re stronger than EVER right now. I think there are a few reasons. One, I’ve gained about 30 pounds while trying to recover. Two, many of my clothes are not fitting because of the weight gain and that makes me feel uncomfortable. Three, my wedding is in less than a year and we all know the pressure women are under to look perfect on their wedding day.

Sometimes I feel like I’m losing it. I will be fine for about five minutes and the next thing I know, I’m breaking down and sobbing because I feel so fat. So ugly. So unlovable. Somewhere in me, I know it’s ridiculous. But I just can’t help it.

I’m going to be completely honest right now, I am actively trying to lose weight. Luckily I haven’t purged lately, but I am lowering my calories. My fiancé is not happy. But at this point, I feel like I can’t stand it. I can’t stand to be in this body the way it is for one more second. There are so many things that my ED tells me to hate about myself. The fact that I have a lower stomach area that pooches out. The fact that my thighs are stocky and rub together. The fact that I have cellulite on my legs. The fact that my hips are huge and uneven.

First world problems, I know.

Sorry that this post is such a downer. I just figured I would try to be real with you instead of acting like my life is all sunshine and rainbows. Don’t get me wrong, some of it is! And we will be back to that soon. I’m just having some difficulty right now, but hopefully it will pass. Until then, I will try to remember this: