Happy first of December! Winter temperature has finally been starting to hit Boston, and at night, it's been starting to get below freezing. Although I do have oily skin, I get dry patches here and there during the wintertime because of the heating in buildings as well as the winter winds. I have some skin-saving winter essentials that I think will be greatly beneficial to a winter skincare routine. Continue reading to find out which products I use!

Origins GinZing Scrub Cleanser: Despite this product being a scrub, it is gentle enough to use every day. It smells amazing like citrus, but not strong or lingering. I use this every morning when I wake up before getting ready for the day. It really is refreshing and uplifting. I've actually wanted to try this for the longest time, but I had to finish the cleansers I currently used before or else I'd never finish any products. It definitely works on sensitive skin, and it's not harsh or drying. It's an all-around gentle scrub cleanser that helps brighten your complexion.

Lush Cranberry Festive Face Mask: Oh my god, I cannot believe Lush brought out a Christmassy-themed face mask. I love their fresh face masks, I did a post a while back on my favorite ones here. When I found out about this new product, I knew I had to get it. I think it is very comparable to their Cosmetic Catastrophe face mask, except instead of blueberries, they use cranberries. It is very moisturizing and buttery to the touch, and it is very smooth when you wash it off. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief: I love Clinique moisturizers because I have sensitive skin, their products are fragrance-free, and they don't irritate my skin. It's the most gentle moisturizer I've used that works under makeup. I used to rely on Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (which was a pale yellow color). It came in a pump bottle, and it was very nice, but it didn't seem to work on some dry patches that I started to get on my face. Both the Dramatically Different Gel and this Moisture Surge are both oil-free formulas. This one is a pale pink color as you can see from the photo, but it's also more expensive than the other one because it provides more moisture to your face. It's definitely expensive, but I don't want to splurge on other high-end moisturizers that will probably not work out with my skin type.

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub: This product is gold if you suffer from chapped lips. I've used this once before, but never got around to buying a new one. It is amazingly moisturizing, helps soften your lips, and the best part is that it is edible. I love how Lush's products are made from all-natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals. This is a sugar scrub, and they have some other flavors. Since this is "Popcorn" and it's sweet and salty, there's a hint of sea salt in there as well. It tastes amazing, and has natural oils like coconut oil to soften your lips. The first time I tried this, it was a limited edition Christmas product, but now it's a permanent product in their Lush collection! It is also made solely from sugar, salt, and natural oils that would be used in everyday cooking.

Dior Addict Color Revival Balm: This product is a life-changer. I suffer with very chapped lips, so I rely on so many lip balms to help my lips become moisturized. During the colder months when it gets windy, my lips completely lose their color and they just turn extremely pale and dead (with or without lip balm). I normally don't wear lipstick, but when I tried to start getting into wearing them, I realized it wasn't my thing for an everyday look. I feel like I'm constantly drinking water or snacking on food, and I feel that it's a chore to constantly reapply it. I've looked for sheer-colored lip balms as well, but nothing I found seemed to work out. My lips are sensitive and easily chapped, so when it comes to choosing a lip balm, it's either hit or miss. I've been through many brands of lip balms that just butchered my lips and were not reliable at all. This Dior product is extremely pricy for a lip balm, but I only use it during the daytime. It comes in pink and coral, and the sheerness of the color changes into a natural, more alive, lip color when you apply it. Apparently the product is supposed to react with your normal body chemistry to create a color. I was very skeptical about this product at first, and I had a feeling I would try it out, then return it because I thought I would be disappointed by it. Even after reading up on many positive reviews, I just couldn't believe it until I tried it myself. I'm so glad that I did because this product makes my lips look like there's blood circulating the area as opposed to having pale, dead-looking lips. I will definitely be purchasing this and it will be a staple in my everyday skincare routine all year-round.

Let me know what your winter essential products are! I apologize for not posting last week due to Thanksgiving break. I spent my break in New York, and I will definitely do my next post on it soon. I did not take any outfit photos as this break was short, and I wanted to spend time with my friends. On the up side, I did get to explore new restaurants and cafes! I also had the chance to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live :) Stay tuned for my Thanksgiving New York trip!

Until next time,
Teresa x


  1. The popcorn lip scrub scares me. Haha I've never been able to smell it in person, so I worry about it being too much like popcorn. haha

    great post though!

    xox Lo

    1. Thank you! :) If you live near a Lush, I highly recommend that you go and smell it! It's not as buttery as you'd think—it smells more of the caramel corn.

      Teresa x


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