05 February 2014

Beat the Winter Blues!

Repel the Doldrums of the Season
If you’re like me, you may be feeling a bit blah from the bleak winter weather (unless you’re a lucky duck hailing from a tropical locale). A combination of freezing outdoor temps, short days and over-heated indoor atmospheres creates dry skin and chapped lips, not to mention bleak moods. 

The silver lining? You don’t have to wait for warmer weather, or spend a lot of time or money in order to break out of the winter blahs. Sometimes it can be as simple as choosing a new shade of lip color, wearing a colorful scarf or giving your skin a little extra attention. 
Here are some tried and true beauty ideas that can give your routine, your wardrobe (and your mood) a boost.

Renew Your Lip Color
Just because it's dark and dreary outside, your lip color needn’t match the weather. Actually, try one that is just the opposite. 
Summer's wonderful because the warm weather naturally enhances your beauty. The sun provides Vitamin D, a natural mood-booster that adds color to your skin, and humidity, while doing a number on your hair, is also good for your skin. But the winter months can be depleting.
Lipstick is by far the quickest and easiest way to brighten up your complexion, and your overall look! Add a juicy new shade of lipstick, or try a sexy neutral lip. Check out Harper's Bazaar stylist guide to great nude lip colors. Look for one with a rich moisturizer. 

Reveal Your Skin
A gentle exfoliant, used properly can enhance your makeup and skin, especially in winter. A light exfoliation on your face (also wonderful on your body) a couple times a week will remove dry, dead skin cells that can dull your complexion. An exfoliating mask deeply cleanses your skin and helps reduce and eliminate blackheads as well as other potential skin problems. Look for a gentle exfoliator like, or an exfoliating mask. To keep my skin bright and glowing in the depths of winter, I make sure to  include an overnight mask of Yonka’s Gommage, rub it off in the a.m. for a deeply moisturizing and gentle exfoliating treatment.

Refresh Your Style
Winter is perfect scarf-wearing weather. A scarf be worn in numerous ways to add a chic edge to your basic wardrobe pieces.  Make a statement, wear a distinctive scarf with your usual "uniform" and enjoy the compliments you will hear. You can purchase something new or a pick scarf that has been languishing in the back of your closet! Whether you choose to wear a work of wearable-art or something from a thrift store, you will turn heads and hear lots of compliments when you add a bit of color to your style! 

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  1. Couldn't agree more! Great post for winter 'blah' relief, Joy!

    1. Thank you Stephanie, I need a boost myself, my favorite nude lip color is Chanel's Boy 54 Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine

    2. Thank you Carrie, it's nice to know you do!


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