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.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner and Color Paint: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner in M-62 Matte Intense Brown and Color Paint in L-54 Lustrous Taupe.

Make Up For Ever keeps cranking out products in their Aqua XL line, and they're generally pretty bomb. I really like their eyeliners. If you're a fan of colour, the line is perfect for you—there are so many fun options. 

Their latest offering is Color Paint, a cream eyeshadow in a tube, and Ink Liner, a liquid eyeliner. I have one of each to show you: Color Paint in L-54 Lustrous Taupe, and Ink Liner in M-62 Matte Intense Brown.

The Ink Liner has become one of my new favourite eyeliners. The deep, cool brown shade is great, and I'd definitely like to pick it up in black. The lasting power is good. My favourite part, by far, though, is the applicator. It's flexible enough to "hug" the eye like a brush would, but firm enough that I find it far easier to work with than most liquid liners. You do need to be careful layering it—if you layer too much, it can lift. But you can work around that.

The Color Paint in Lustrous Taupe isn't my favourite cream eyeshadow. Swatched on the hand, there's some very fine micro-shimmer, but it doesn't show up on the eye. Additionally, you have to layer for full opacity, which, for me, leads to patchiness because of how quickly it sets. I can make it work, but it's a little more trouble than I would like. That said, when it's on, it looks nice and lasts very well. Also, I'm a fan of the tube packaging—it's far more hygienic than than a pot into which you dip your finger.

Here is what they look like:

Swatches of Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner in M-62 Matte Intense Brown and Color Paint in L-54 Lustrous Taupe.

Overall, I'd say you could skip the more neutral Color Paint shades. The formula isn't that exciting, and there is so much more out there that is easier to work with. But if the more unusual colours speak to you, give them a try!

The Ink Liner is a whole different story. I love it, and I'll definitely be replacing it when I run out.

You can find Color Paint at Sephora for $31 (4.8 mL). You can find Ink Liner at Sephora for $30 (1.7 mL).

Have you tried anything from Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL line? Will you be adding them to your shopping list? If not, what liquid eyeliners and cream eyeshadows are your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks in (left to right) 101 Cream Beige, 103 Warm Beige, and 203 Cold Pink.

If you're a makeup aficionado, the liquid lipstick craze that has overtaken YouTube is not news to you. But liquid lipsticks that are comfortable and don't suck all the moisture out of your lips might be, right?

Enter Make Up For Ever's Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks, which have an intensely pigmented, mousse-like formula that sits lightly on the lips, dries matte, and wears well. Trust Make Up For Ever to take a product that everyone else does, dial up the pigment, and blow the formula out of the water—am I right?

One of my favourite things about these lipsticks, oddly, is how they wear off. Some liquid lipsticks are so long-wearing that you almost have to chip them off. You end up with a patchy ring around your lips. Not cute. These wear off very much like regular lipsticks—just not as quickly!

I have three shades to show you: today 101 Cream Beige, 103 Warm Beige, and 203 Cold Pink.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick in 101 Cream Beige.

Note that 101 and 103 are quite similar. 103 is actually a touch cooler, in spite of the name.

Artist Liquid Matte in 103 Warm Beige.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte in 203 Cold Pink.

Cold Pink is definitely my favourite of the three. It reminds me very much of BITE Beauty's Mauvember. The cool tones make my skin look bright and healthy—don't you think?

Application tip:

You need very little of this product. You can apply with the doe-foot applicator, but I find it applies a little more product than you need. This will make your lipstick take forever to dry, and more likely to crack. I suggest using a lip brush, or if you're lazy like me, apply with the doe-foot, but then blot with some tissue before it dries.

You can find Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick at Sephora for $25 Canadian. Right now they have 15 shades, and I hope we'll see more soon.

Are you a liquid lipstick fan? Have you tried these? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.