It’s dry and cold and dark and I keep stepping in slush puddles… so here are all my favorite products at the moment. These are my top recommendations for keeping your skin, hair, and spirit intact now that we don’t have the holidays to look forward to (and with spring still feeling so, so far away).
I have been a major fan of Amika for years—and I credit their amazing heat defense serum with keeping my hair intact when I curl it—but it’s the dry conditioner that has become my No. 1 daily hair care staple.
On days I don’t wash my hair (which is most of them), I spray dry shampoo at my roots, then spray the rest of my hair down with a liberal coating of this antioxidant-packed spray. Suddenly, it’s softer, glossier, less frizzy, and easier to brush. Amazing.
Winter is so freaking hard on your skin. You’d think you would just want to hydrate hydrate hydrate, but it’s actually a great idea to gently exfoliate those dead skin cells in the winter too, as this can promote cell turnover. These ACV peel pads are such a nice, light exfoliant for winter—not too harsh at all.
I’ve tried a lot of workout pants and am generally disappointed. Shape-wise, I’m an hourglass with hips that tend to feel squished by Lululemons. But these pants are effing perfect.
The sizing is spot-on, they don’t ride down when you bend over, they’re warm enough that you can walk to the gym in them, and they’ve got a little key pocket at the waistband for your gym locker. If you’re into them, grab a pair soon—they’re 40 percent off right now.
After you’ve done your ACV exfoliation, soothe your face with this extremely hydrating overnight mask. This stuff smells kind of astringently clean, isn’t sticky, absorbs quickly, and makes my skin basically glow in the morning. You can also use it with a serum or oil underneath if you feel like locking in even more moisture.
My favorite mattress company—the one that made the bed that finally let me get some effing sleep—has now come out with a lamp that makes sleeping (and waking up) better too.
They’re elegant in their design, extremely intuitive to set up and use, and can kind of function as a lamp you can pick up and sleepily walk to the kitchen for a glass of water with, like an old-timey taper candle holder! which just makes me want to order a Scrooge sleeping cap to go with.
If you hair needs a protein boost, this is the only stuff I can honestly recommend. My extremely processed, dry hair needs a lot of TLC, and Olaplex is amazing because it actually helps rebuild the hair from the inside out. I leave it on as an overnight pack sometimes or just do a quick-hit 30-minute treatment.
This is one of my favorite makeup brands (I use one of the fruit-pigmented eyeshadow palettes almost daily), but they also make a cleanser that I am fully into. This stuff is made with sake (yes, like the drink) as well as a whole bunch of mushroom extracts and other good stuff that really cleans your face without stripping the natural oils. Perfect for winter.
How smart is this concept. You don’t have to deal with a cord (which is great because I always seem to twirl myself up in one while I’m doing my hair, since I’m a paragon of grace and elegance), and this flat iron is small and lightweight enough to throw into your gym bag or carry-on.
It also seems like an excellent, purse-size solution to looking presentable for work the morning after an especially great date, for what that’s worth.
I don’t know how I upgraded my mattress and sheets but somehow continued to think that old, lumpy, beat-up pillows from IKEA were doing me right. They aren’t, but this pillow is. Given the price, it’s an investment, but one that will help you stop tossing and turning, and start waking up drooling eight hours later (which, fine, gross, but also awesome). Designed with “air flow technology” (IDK), it basically just doesn’t get warm—so you have a double-sided cool-side-of-the-pillow action.
I used to be devoted to the brand’s facial recovery oil—which I still love—but right now, I’m slowly working my way through a bottle of this stuff.
I use it after my serum and before my moisturizer, and I think it both helps lock in the serum and provides a really nice layer of hydration (and it reduces puffiness and redness, so yay). Yes, the price is a doozy, but you only use two drops, so the bottle really does last a very long time.
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