My three must-haves for dealing with winter skin

Left to right: Make Up For Ever Lip Booster in 01, Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream, and Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.

Winter is murder on skin—especially my fair, sensitive skin. Just when I think I've almost got it balanced out, colder weather hits, and sometimes it's back to the drawing board. When you find just the right products for you, they're like gold—am I right?

Here are three of my must-haves for staying happily hydrated this season, and they cover the three key problem areas: lips, face, and body.

1) LIPS: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster in 01

I briefly mentioned Make Up For Ever's Lip Booster in a favourites post several months ago, and it still holds up! I use it every single day. I used to get uncomfortably chapped lips seasonally. My lips and the skin around them would get raw, red, and uncomfortable. I'd carry traditional, waxy balm with me and re-apply regularly, but I felt like it would just wear off and never really sink into my lips. Lip Booster is totally different. It has a more liquid texture than balm—almost like a thin gloss, but without the high-shine and stickiness. I apply it in the morning, and it sinks into my lips, plumps them up, and keeps them feeling healthy all day. It comes in clear (00) and pink (01). I have the pink, which I love—it adds just a hint of shine and colour, which is all I need most days. I repurchased this recently at the Sephora VIB sale so I'd have a backup when it runs out. It's THAT good.

You can find Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster at Sephora for C$29.

2) FACE: Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream

I'm always on the hunt for the perfect skincare regimen. My skin is pretty good, but sometimes, balancing my oily nose with the rest of my normal/sensitive/dehydrated face feels impossible. I posted earlier this year about a regimen consisting mostly of Avène products that came as close to ideal as I've ever found.

But is a beauty enthusiast ever really satisfied? No. No, she is not. So when I kept seeing Rodan + Fields pop up (my husband's cousin sells it and swears by it), I thought I'd give it a try. It's pricey, but they offer you your money back if you don't love it within 60 days, so it seemed worth the risk.

I tried the SOOTHE line, which is meant for sensitive skin. I was nervous about not including acne products in my regimen, but I get even fewer breakouts  with this than I did with my Avène products—and I didn't get many! It seems my calmer skin is less acne-prone.

My favourite product in the SOOTHE line is this Moisture Replenishing Cream. Combined with this hydration serum (which I'm currently out of—sob!), it leaves my skin as balanced as it's ever been. I barely need to touch up my makeup mid-day, and my skin looks great. It's pricey, true, but I think it's worth it. I'm on my second tube.

You can find Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream online for C$64.

3) BODY: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I can't get enough of Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, which I reviewed recently. I just repurchased it at the Sephora VIB sale, and I'm so glad I did! It's my favourite body cream, hands-down. I use it all over, and it sinks in beautifully, leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated and silky-smooth, and smells like Hawaii. Unfortunately for my wallet, I'm not planning to be without it anytime soon.

You can find Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream at Sephora for $57 (full-size, pictured above).

What are your winter skincare must-haves? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: Make Up For Ever's Lip Booster was provided by PR for my consideration. Other products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: The body cream that is worth its exorbitant price tag

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro.

When I first saw Brazilian Bum Bum Cream on Sephora.ca, I scoffed. $57 for a body cream? No way. No WAY. Yet it kept getting surprisingly good reviews. And I made the mistake of smelling it one day in Sephora. (Yeah.)

So while standing in line to pay for my purchases during a recent VIB sale, I saw a mini version for "only" $25 (minus the 20 per cent!) and thought, "What the heck?"

It was a dangerous, costly move (literally), my lovelies. Because the truth revealed itself that day: I can never, ever be without this cream again. No matter that it doesn't actually do a thing to chase away my cellulite with its fancy-shmancy super-caffeine stuff. (Nothing works for my cellulite besides weight loss—I don't expect it to.)

The smell is almost other-worldly: Nutty, coconutty, sweet, but not too sweet, and tropical. Like a white-sand beach in Hawaii. I want to take a bath in this scent. Then there's the fact that it's incredible at what it does. My skin is sensitive and dry, so I need to use a good, rich lotion daily. But I have zero patience for products that feel greasy and take forever to soak in. (I'm looking at YOU, Body Shop Body Butter.) This one soaks in almost immediately. And, as a bonus, it leaves a beautiful, but subtle sheen on the skin that is perfect in the summer, and a luxurious treat at every other time of year.

Is the $57 price tag painful? Absolutely. BUT, when you factor in the fact that the large tub, at 8.1 ounces, is much larger than any $10 tube of cream from the drugstore, it's slightly less offensive. And if you wait for one of the VIB sales like I do, it's almost reasonable. Sort of. (Okay, not really. But I do it anyway.)

Weird downside: My cat HATES the smell of this. He literally runs away when he smells it on me. Small price to pay.

If you're not ready to commit, you could try the 2.5-ounce tub for $25. (But get the big tub. I promise you'll love it, and it's better bang for your buck. You're welcome.)

Have you tried Sol de Janiero's Brazilian Bum Bum (pronounced "boom boom") cream? Are you planning to? If not, does the name at least make you giggle? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.