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Having just gotten into beauty products within the past few years (when you get into your late 20s early 30s skin is just not. the. same. as it used it be) so I’m always asking my friends about beauty products and I binge read beauty blogs for answers to my skin/makeup/hair questions. To share all of this beauty knowledge with you I’m kicking off a new column where I’ll be asking the beauty experts  — 10 beauty bloggers obsessed with beauty on a level I can’t even touch — a question each month. Um, you’re welcome. 

Recently I wrote a post on 6 beauty products I use during the winter, but I was curious if there were more out there I didn’t know about. Even in the past month I’ve added a few more to me could-not-live-without-during-the-winter list (this Kari Gran lip whip), so I wanted to know — what can these beauty-obsessed ladies not live without during the winter?


Beauty Question No.1 — What 3 beauty products can you not live without during the winter and why? 

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LARA RAMOS // The Glossarie

Lipstick Queen Saint in Hot Rose — This is like a good mood in a tube! The shade is a sheer deep fuchsia and the formula goes on like butter — moisturizing chapped lips and instantly brightening up my entire face.
Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum — A lightweight gel that gives an instant burst of hydration. I layer it underneath my favorite moisturizer for an extra boost of double duty moisture.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day — Static hair is one of my biggest winter hair gripes! Few products solve the issue without weighing things down, but this styler brings smoothness and control while maintaining body and fullness.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask — If you put this on before bed and leave it on overnight, you will wake up to soft, supple flake-free lips that are begging for bold color. It’s a super luxurious product that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.


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Yonka Paris Masque No. 1 — Without this leave-on moisturize mask my skin would be sad all season. I use it weekly and all is right with the world again.

Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo — I get extra lazy in the winter when it’s too cold in Minneapolis to get out of bed. Dry shampoo buys me an extra 20 minutes under the covers. This one doesn’t just sop up oil, it gives me bigger hair (bonus!).

Aveda Hand Relief — I should probably own stock in this stuff, I’ve kept a tube at every desk and in every bag since college. Nothing works as well without being greasy, and the light citrus scent has never become cloying.

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Serum — I created this naturally brightening face oil with One Love Organics and can’t imagine life without it, let alone the winter, for giving my skin all-day moisture and a dewy sheen.


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ERIN GERLACH // The Sparkle

FRESH Sugar lip balm — This stuff feels so silky, smells delish, and keeps my lips smooth. I keep my lips coated before bed, and throughout the day!
DCL Glycolic Acid Pads — These glycolic pads gently break down that flakey winter skin to get my skin glowing.
May Lindstrom The Youth Dew — A luxurious face oil is my secret weapon to battle a parched complexion. I love that it’s organic and all natural.


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Maybelline BB Cream — I didn’t think it was possible, but I love the way this BB cream sits on my skin even more during the dryer months than the warmer months. It contains skincare properties to tackle blemishes and discoloration, while still giving your skin a natural glowing finish.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner — This is easiest way to tame and soften your locks on those unruly hair days. It’s one of the only leave in conditioners I’ve tried that doesn’t leave behind that greasy residue. I get the most compliments on how good my hair smells with this miracle worker!
Moroccanoil Oil Hair Treatment — A dime-size amount of this serum will give your hair a lightweight healthy shine and the replenish the nutrients it’s been missing. From fine hair to thick hair, free yourself from frizz!


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KATHY ONG // Beauty Palette

Weleda Skin Food Cream — I’m quite OCD about hand washing and I drink a ton of water, so I basically spend half my day sudsing up my hands. I’ve been slathering this on religiously before bed and have noticed a big difference in the roughness of my skin (or lack thereof). P.S. I think this stuff is far more effective than its sister product, the Sea Buckthorn Natural Hand Cream.
Honest Company Organic Lip Balm Trio — These adorable lip balms come in 3 fun scents: Sweet Orange Vanilla, Lavender Mint and Original (unscented). My chapped lips were the bane of my existence for years, no matter how much money I wasted on fancy lip balms that promised miracles. Happily, these little gems have saved me from self consciously licking my lips during social interactions. Bonus: you are paying less than $10 for the pack of 3, making it a great budget friendly option for those of you searching for a non-petroleum based lip balm.
Osmia Organics Body Oil — I just can’t stop raving about this stuff. Not only are all the scents absolutely heavenly (Light and Night are my personal favorites), but this stuff softens like a dream. Rub onto to wet (not damp!) skin immediately after you get out of your shower and your skin will be silky all day, even with your office space heater running on full blast.
Yuli Skincare Halcyon Cleanser Another longtime favorite, this cleanser is deceptively basic. At first, the clear gel emulsion completely threw me off — I was concerned that it would’t do a good job of cleaning my skin. But once I rubbed it in, it single handedly erased the day’s makeup and the grime of NYC. Last week, I finished the last drop and I felt a deep desperation typically reserved for deodorant and/or feminine hygiene products, so I wound up ordering two bottles to make sure I will never be without this.
Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder I travel a lot for work, so the combination of aggressive indoor heating and airplane air has left my skin high and dry. Thankfully I’ve been able to reverse some of the damage by regularly exfoliating with this gorgeously packaged enzyme powder. Add a bit of water to the powder to concoct a highly effective exfoliant that won’t irritate your skin, no matter what the Polar Vortex throws your way.


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KARA MANOS // Politics of Pretty

T3 ‘Veloce’ Dryer — During the warmer months I let my hair air-dry, but in the winter I like to use a hair dryer. I just about cried when my previous T3 expired on me (it was an old hand-me-down so don’t worry, it died of natural causes) but I swear by this lightweight Tourmaline dryer that leaves me with smooth locks. This is a great less expensive option if you don’t want to shell out $200-$300 on one of their more expensive hair dryers.

Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner — I keep different lip balms for different locations but I always keep this Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner in my handbag. It’s like BB cream for your lips — it’s equal parts lightweight and moisturizing, and it gives lips a pretty rose tinted glow.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish — Usually second day blowouts for me fall flat, but ever since I bought this translucent dry spray, my roots have experienced a major lift. It also adds some extra grit when I’m styling with a curling iron. This is like my equivalent of salt spray for winter.


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MEGAN SCHWARZ // Seed to Serum

Aurelia Cell Revitalize Day Moisturizer — I typically skip a daytime moisturizer during the summer, but my skin practically drinks this cushy, luxe day cream up come winter. It’s unbelievably hydrating, yet still leaves a matte finish. Perfection in my book.

Balanced Guru No Frizz Hair Oil — I typically shy away from hair oils, finding that they leave my fine hair greasy and flat, but I have found a keeper in Balanced Guru. It tames static, hydrates dry ends, and eliminates frizz. Like I said, it’s a keeper.

DeMamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm — Winter can leave my skin feeling itchy and dry so by the end of the day I can’t wait to dive into a luxurious cleansing balm. This particular iteration combines exotic oils with manuka honey and probiotics (which might explain why I’m already on my third jar!).

Pollen & Wax Velvet Facial Repair Crème — A good night cream is an ultimate must-have for me and this one is my absolute favorite. It is rich, thick, and has the texture of marshmallow fluff! Most importantly, I wake up to soft, smooth, and glowing skin.

Coconut Oil + Lemon in Warm Water — Not exactly a beauty product, this supercharged elixir will leave you glowing from the inside out. Simply dissolve a teaspoon to a tablespoon of coconut oil in warm water and add a squeeze of lemon – now drink up! Healthy fats like coconut oil are vital for keeping your skin hydrated and happy.


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LINDSAY ROGERS // Belle Belle Beauty

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream — Specially designed for sensitive and redness-prone skin, this cream is seriously healing my drier winter complexion. The formula quickly absorbs and doesn’t leave my skin greasy, but rather soothed and even.
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss — While I am venturing into lipsticks, I will always be a lip gloss girl, especially when lips are prone to flaky dryness. The new ones from Urban Decay are packed with nourishing ingredients and come in perfect neutral and wearable shades.
Alterna Caviar CC Cream for Hair — I truly appreciate a multi-tasker when rushing to achieve somewhat done hair on winter mornings. This CC Cream for hair works in 10 different ways to leave my hair sleek but with just a bit of volume.


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ELLE CHOI // Elle Choi

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Tube — If you have dry lips, Aquaphor will be your best friend. Take it from a makeup artist who has worked with some of my driest chapped lips.

AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System — I’m all about hydrating and rehydrating my skin in the winter and face mists have a dual purpose of setting my makeup as well as adding hydration.

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture – Vernis a Levres’ Glossy Stain — I usually wear a lot of dark colors in the winter so I love how a red lip can brighten my face while adding color to my look. I’m a huge fan of YSL’s Glossy Stain in 09 Rouge Laque.

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil — Face oils are essential for winter skincare! Not only does it add an extra layer of hydration, it also restores your skin texture, elasticity and enhances the tone … not to mention you can also use it on your hair, nails and stretch marks. Believe it or not, this liquid gold is even great for healing acne.
Seacret Hand Cream — Hands down the best hand cream I’ve ever used. It leaves my hands feeling soft and smooth even after I wash. LOVE!


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LAURIE LEOPOLD // 312 Beauty 

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple – Bronzer season is 365 days in my book, and maybe most important in the winter months. NARS created the perfect rosy peach bronze blush to give our skin life. Bonus: you can use it on eyes and lips, too!

Osmia Organics Linden Rose Hand Cream –  This smells faintly of honey and rose petals and leaves hands soft and not one bit greasy. It contains one of the most precious essential oils – Bulgarian rose otto, which takes 5,000 rose petal to get a single drop!

LAQA & Co. Fat Lip Pencil – A bright lip always perks up my day and is easier to wear in the winter since my eyes water very easily when I’m outside. This formula never dries out my skin and they nail every color. I love the reds and pinks!

CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm – You can use this for everything (and I do!) – lip balm, cuticle softener, to heal cuts, minimize the look of scars, treat eczema and even mix with mineral blush to make a custom dewy cream blush.


Tell me — What beauty products can you not live without during the winter?