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Beauty Buzzing

  
I know I’ve done a round-up like this before, but I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty items I just can’t live without! Taking good care of your skin is so important, especially in the winter, and many of these items are crucial for me and my dry, sensitive skin! So without further ado, here are just a few of my faves. Feel free to share yours too – I always love hearing about new beauty reccos!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

This has been a must-have of mine since college. I have very sensitive skin and the winter cold just makes it so dry. This lightweight, fragrance-free formulation is gentle enough for my skin yet powerful enough to quench it. I love this stuff!

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

Another college fav! I keep one in my bag, at home and always have an extra just in case. The balm is light, smooth and not at all sticky. It moisturizes and works great worn under gloss or just by itself.

The Body Shop Elderflower Eye Gel
Let’s face it – sometimes we get bags under our eyes. This gel contains elderflower which helps cool the eye area as well as diminish the bags. Super helpful as a very busy, sleep-deprived mom!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender
I have incredibly thick, coarse hair and am always looking for that perfect smoothing cream. I think I may have found it. I use a small amount of this on damp hair before blowing straight and it makes my hair feel smooth, sleek and manageable.

Benefit Boiing 
A creamy concealer is key (see – undereye bags)! Sometimes there are dark circles to accompany the bags. This goes on with a quick swipe and hides all – no one has to know!

Smith and Cult Lip Gloss in Now Kith
My new go-to gloss! I love this rosy neutral that glides on easily and is the perfect glossy shade. 

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I’m Thankful for My Hometown

Today’s topic in the Plenty to be Thankful For challenge – I’m Thankful for My Hometown. You can go here to find out more about the topics and link up!

I grew up on Long Island, but my heart belongs to New York City.  And even though I now live about 30 minutes north  – I’m always doing something in the city. This is the place I went to college, got my first real job, rented my first apartment and met The Husband.

Even though it’s relatively young, New York has such a rich history and it’s constantly evolving and changing.  That’s what I love about it. I can walk down the same street for years, and discover something new each time – a shop, museum, restaurant, etc. The city is alive and there’s always something new to discover.

Here are some of my favorite things to do in NY:

Visit a museum – My favorite is the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side.  You can come here 100 times and not see everything.  Plus they always have fantastic special exhibits, and even just sitting on the steps can be entertaining.

Get lost in the West Village – there’s no grid here so you can just wind your way through the streets and discover new things.  It’s also interesting to watch W. 4th Street cross W. 12th Street and Waverly Place intersect itself.

Sit and read in the park – my parks of choice are Washington Square and Union Square. They’re both also great for people-watching.

Go to Lincoln Center – this is one of my absolute favorite places in the city.  There’s just something so “New York” about it.  I feel so happy when I get to see a performance here whether it’s the New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic or Metropolitan Opera.   I’m going to see the Nutcracker in a few weeks (for the millionth time) and I can’t wait!

The Strand – this is a great bookstore that sells new and used books.  Although it’s been spruced up A LOT since my first visit in college, it still maintains a scruffy air about it. I love scouring vintage book stores in general, and NY has lots of them.

Kiehl’s  – you can pretty much find Kiehl’s products in any major dept. store now, but there’s still something special about going to their original location in the East Village – it’s been a part of the neighborhood for over 150 years!

Shopping – there’s tons of shopping in NY.  I love to check out vintage stores and independent shops as well as chains to find a great mix of items.  And there’s nothing like strolling down Madison Avenue (even if it is to just window-shop).


What are some of your favorite NYC activities?

All images via Pinterest.com, except Madison Ave, via google.com

Winter Skin Rescue

The weather is getting colder, which for me (and I’m sure a lot of you) means my skin is not happy. I have dry, sensitive skin, so finding the right products to help get me through the winter can be tough.  So when I find something I love, I figure, I might as well share it with others!  These are some of the products that help get me through the frigid months:

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturizer

This is an all-time favorite of mine. I’ve been using it since college and it really helps to lock in moisture.  I use it at night and in the morning – since now that it’s colder and the heat’s on, I’m waking up with very dry skin.  It also helps relieve red itchy patches that tend to pop up out of nowhere in this weather.  The vitamin E really soothes and it has a light, pleasant smell that reminds me of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Magic.

Kiehl’s Milk Honey & Almond Scrub

Of course you need to exfoliate but I find that a lot of the products on the market contain harsh ingredients that irritate my skin.  So when I found this scrub from Kiehl’s, I was sold.  The ingredients are all natural and gentle enough for very sensitive skin.  I use this 1-2 times per week in the shower and my skin is noticeably smoother and clearer after use.

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Aquaphor

This is a product I discovered about a year ago and you can find it at your local drugstore.  With the colder weather comes dry, chapped lips.  I’ve found that this balm really helps to soothe and repair them.  It can also be used all over the skin and I’ve found it to be helpful at soothing irritated noses during those annoying winter head colds.

Do you have any tried and true products that are your go-to items?  I’d love to hear about them!

Also, I’m excited to announce a blog swap that I’ve just signed up for called the Plenty to be Thankful For blog swap and challenge. Please visit Caroline at Simply Smithwick for more details and to sign up (today’s the last day to do so).  It should be fun and I love “meeting” new bloggers.  🙂

All other images via pinterest.com

Sensational Skincare

Even though I’m a big fan of the cooler weather that’s coming our way, I really hate what it does to my skin!  My skin is sensitive to begin with but the harsh, dry, cold weather really wrecks havoc on it.   I need to moisturize constantly and these are some of the products I’ve found that help get me through:

Lips – Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

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This is really the ultimate, classic lip balm.  It’s not heavy or sticky and I love to put it on under lip gloss.  I’ve been using this since college when I lived a mere 4 blocks from the original Kiehl’s on 3rd Avenue in NYC.  Now they have an SPF formulation as well which is great because I think we often forget to protect our lips from the sun.

Face – The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

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Another hold out from my college days, I’ve tried many others but keep coming back to this.  The vitamin E really helps with the redness and dry patches I tend to get in the winter.  It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and the scent reminds me of Baby Magic lotion from back when you were a little kid.

Body – Curel Nourishing Lotion

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Again, I’ve tried all of the fun and fancy, expensive lotions out there but this one seems to actually do the trick the best for me.  It’s substantially thick enough but absorbs well into the skin and I can feel its effects even after wearing it overnight to bed.

Eyes – Kiehl’s Abyssine Eye Cream

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I’m obsessed with keeping the skin around my eyes moisturized and hydrated.  I’ve been using eye cream since I was 18 and scared of getting crows feet!  I’ve hit on my favorite with another Kiehl’s find – Abyssine Eye Cream. Lightweight and easily absorbed, this eye cream has never stung or reddened my sensitive skin.

So there you have it – a taste of my nightly moisturizing rituals.  I try my best to wear an SPF moisturizer during the day but truthfully, I’m not always successful at that.

What are some of your go-to skincare products to get you through the colder weather?

And go over to http://www.blondeepisodes.com/2011/09/flirting-with-temptation-thursday.html  – where Kori is hosting a blog hop about Flirting with Temptation. Sounds like fun!!