An Open Letter to Mother Nature From a Beauty Perspective

Dear Mother Nature,

I don’t know how else to say this so I will just be honest! I hate this extreme winter weather that we are experiencing and I am so over it! It is ruining my style of fashion. I am forced to wear snow boots on a daily basis instead of the cute fashionable pair that I purchased in the fall. In fact, they are still inside the box and that is just a fashion faux pas…. Sigh 🙁

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My skin is also suffering and that is so not cool. I have super dry skin from this blistery below zero weather. I have to purchase more products to soothe and moisturize which in turn affects my budget. I mean really…are you sick, did someone make you mad??? What is it???

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As if that is not enough to convince you, let’s talk about my hair! It is just dry. I have to over moisturize like nobody’s business. I have to use two different conditioners and five leave-in products to get moisture. UGH!!!

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IMG_2634Last but not least, this cold weather has cut my social life in half, which has made me gain weight! Now that is just unacceptable and so unfair! It is so cold that all I want to do is stay home. Boo… I feel like the weather is holding me captive and I freakin have Spring Fever!

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Mother Nature, please give me a sign, show me the light at the end of the tunnel or give me something to hope for…please!!! My beauty routine is suffering, my social life is starting to suck and the cold frigid weather is just a buzz kill.

I am going to step down from my soapbox before I upset you, as that is not my intention. I just need to express my feelings and frustrations in hopes that you may have a heart and grant us with an early Spring!!!

With All My Best Intentions and Spring Fever Feelings!

Beauty School Scarlet…MUAH

 

 

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Winter Skin Care Solutions

As much as I would like to wish the winter away, I know that it’s not possible :-(. It is so cold in the Chicago area with the temps at 7 degrees but with a wind-chill factor it feels like a -12 degrees (insert a shivering body and long sigh here) LOL!

With the temperature being so cold, we need to protect our bodies and layer our clothes. We also need to protect our skin from the harsh winter cold and wind-chill. Here are a few of my favorite winter must have products that will keep you moisturized over the next few months!

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My F.A.B. Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty is so F.A.B.  and it is my go to moisturizer! The Ultra Repair Concentrate appears thick but it ‘s not once you emulsify it down in the palm of your hands. A little goes a long way, so this will truly last for quite sometime. It is very soothing to my dry irritated skin because it contains oatmeal, essential oils, botanical antioxidants and reparative ingredients. I love that it is so moisturizing yet lightweight and you can use it on the entire body!!! The best thing is, they have clinical claims that state, “Within 15 minutes of application, skin hydration is improved by 116%.” Just to test it further, let’s see if my dry parched hands see a difference in the picture below (they are very dry because I have been washing them like a crack head and not applying hand cream to moisturize…remember, no judging)…. LOL

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IMG_2494IMG_2497IMG_2498 More Moisture Please: As you can see from the photo above, my hands are so dry that they are peeling and they hurt because I don’t always have time to put on hand cream. The first time I tried Yu-Be, it saved my unappealing dry hands from cracking and peeling; from there I was sold. It gave instant moisture from the Glycerin, it was not greasy, it absorbed into my skin immediately and the Vitamin E and B2 help to heal my very dry damaged skin. I was so exited for the instant gratification that I have been using this as my go to hand cream for a couple of years.

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Yu-Be has stated on their website that the moisturizing cream can be used on the face, lips and body. While I have not tried it on those areas, I would not rule it out!!!

A Drink of Water for My Skin: Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask is like a drink of water for my skin. I use it on a regular basis especially during the winter. It has been my saving grace to give me the boost of moisture that I need!!!

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I apply a thin layer of the mask after cleansing, I leave it on through the night and my skin drinks in the moisture leaving it soft and smooth in the morning!!! 

Not only is this product the answer to my thirsty skin; it is very affordable as well.

Moisture Service for My Lips: Be Fine Food Skin Care Lip Serum is by far the best lip serum, balm, cream that I have ever used!!! It contains plant based amino acids and peptides to firm and boosts the skin on the lips; chamomile soothes and safflower seed oil gives moisture.  It also offers UVA protection as well.

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This miracle in a tube brought my pour, dry, painful dehydrated pout back to life overnight!!! A little goes a long way and it is long lasting. I was amazed and relieved all at the same time!!!

My Hair is Thirsty: Being Free Comes Naturally Island Breeze Whip is a moisturizing whip for the hair and or scalp that can be used on wet or dry 2-3 times per week or as needed. It contains Shea and Mango butters, Coconut and Avocado oils as well as Pro Vitamin B 5 just to name a few. It is very moisturizing but no too much that it leaves your hair greasy. It smells wonderful but it is not overpowering. A little goes a long way; it is very lightweight and great for dry scalp. It also gives great shine and it does not build up on the hair toward the middle or end of the week!!!

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