I’m Sorry For What I Said When It was Winter

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m like, really over this bi-polar weather we’ve been having. First of all, It’s really upsetting that I’ve been having to set my alarm an extra 15 minutes early so I can figure out how to dress, instead of doing it the night before because #beautysleep. Second, my skin is seriously suffering! All winter long, I’ve been combating the harsh temps as best I can, but the back and forth these last few weeks have been TOUGH on my sensitive lil face. It’s funny, because I was thinking about writing a post on my all-time favorite skin products for any time of the year, but this is like, a real SOS moment and I feel it’s my duty to turn it into a two-part skin care series so you beauties can survive a few more months of this weather!

Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter

I’m obsessed. Y’all have no clue how dry the skin on my legs gets in the winter. It’s borderline disturbing and hella inconvenient. Do you know how many pairs of tights I’ve destroyed this winter when I accidentally tear holes in them while I’m itching? This sh*t is starting to get pricey! About a month ago, I tried out the Righteous Body Butter and now I make sure to apply it every time I get out of the shower – it’s been working like a charm! It’s a great size, and it’s only $12, so well within the budget. Pro tip:  if you buy it at Ulta, they have a buy 1, get 1 50% off deal!

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Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Where Soap & Glory’s body butter is on the lower end of the scale as far a price points go, Malin & Goetz is slightly more expensive. I discovered this treasure during my stay at the Delano in Miami, where they stocked every bathroom with all Malin + Goetz products. The first thing you need to know is that every last one of their products smells incredible! This grapefruit scented face cleanser is no different. It has more of a gel texture to it, which I really like. Most importantly, it differentiates itself from most other facial cleansers because it doesn’t dehydrate your skin. It’s $34 for 8oz, but worth it, IMHO. (Pro tip: This stuff is great, but f*cking devastating if you get it in your eyes. Cried like a baby for 10 minutes when it happened)

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Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer

Obv I had to splurge on the facial moisturizer once I realized how great the cleanser is! Not thrilled with the $48 price tag, but my skin has been thanking me for it. You know when you go to the ladies room at like, 3pm during work and you pass the mirror under the unforgiving florescent lighting and you’re just like omfg please tell me my makeup hasn’t looked like this all day?? Sadly, that has happened to me too many times to count, because when my skin is dry my makeup gets all screwed up. Since I’ve been using this moisturizer, I haven’t had any tear-inducing mirror slip-ups. It’s the little things, guys.

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SheaMoisture Sensitive Skin Mud Mask- Peace Rose Oil

DAT MASK THO. I cannot express enough how sensitive my skin is. One wrong move, and I’ll break out in hives like I’m back at my second grade spelling bee trying to figure out how to spell vacuum (p.s. – I still can’t spell it. I just had to use spellcheck to get it right #transparency). I’m currently loving this mask, because every time I use it, I can see that my skin absolutely looks more moisturized + healthy than before I put it on – and that feeling lasts for days. One huge plus? a 6oz jar of this is only $15 from Target. To give you an idea, I’ve used this mask at least 5 times in the last month, and I have about 80% of the jar left.

I also really like this product, because the SheaMoisture company is committed to giving back. When I was checking out the price points for this, I found this underneath the description: “10% of SheaMoisture Community Commerce sales of this product go to support empowerment in three key areas – Entrepreneurship, Education and Equity. We invest in communities by funding training, infrastructure and safety programs to sustainably source indigenous ingredients, grow local manufacturing of high quality goods in their own villages, and provide fair prices for their goods and labor. Earning a better, more sustainable living makes a better life possible for themselves, their families and their communities. It’s not a donation. It’s an investment in an equitable world.” To me, any company that makes a great product and also gives back is so worth it!

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Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Dry Oil

Guys. I am SO pale. A girl should not be allowed to have skin this freaking translucent. It’s so bad that when I was in middle school, my dad took me shopping and when I came out of the dressing room in a v-neck, he asked me why I had blue magic marker on my clavicle. Nah dad, just my veins. I sh*t you not. That said, you can fully appreciate when I say I have tried every last goddamn self tanner on the market. EVERY. LAST. ONE. And 9/10 times, I become orange or streaky or it barely makes a difference. Well I am happy to report that those days are over. Before my trip to Miami last month, I took a chance on this Bondi Sands dry oil. LAWWDDD you could hear the angels sing when I applied it! It goes on super smoothly and only takes a few hours to develop. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that I looked actually tan (not like an oompa-loompa) and I had no streaks! Not even on that super awkward part of your back that’s dead center and you can barely reach!

I have slightly sad news to report, and that is that apparently Target no longer carries this product from the Bondi Sands line. But cheer up, buttercup, because I did a lil search on the Google, and you can buy it straight from the website for $24. If you’ve ever bought self-tanner before, you’ll know that that price is super reasonable and if you’re as pale as I am, you’d happily turn over your first-born for the opportunity to not blind anyone when you take off your coverup at the beach during those first fab days of summer where it’s hot enough to be by the pool, but you haven’t had any tanning time yet. LOL JOKES, my skin legit will not absorb a tan given by the sun which is why I either wear SPF 50 or spend the next two weeks peeling off sunburn 🙂

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Do you have any tips to keep your skin healthy? Sound off below!

xo, AJ


Where to buy the products mentioned in this post:

Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter – $15

Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser – $34

Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Facial Moisurizer – $48

SheaMoisutre Sensitive Skin Mud Mask – Peace Rose Oil – $15

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Dry Oil – $24

 

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