Every season I like to modify my skincare routine to accommodate the change in weather. The winters in Oslo are very dry and windy, requiring extra care to keep my skin bright and hydrated. It may sound strange, but to me, practicing my skincare routine is a therapeutic ritual of sorts. It’s quite relaxing and satisfying to prepare for the day as well as strip off the day and go through my regular steps. My skincare always takes precedence over makeup and I prefer my makeup to be natural and minimal. With so many beauty products on the market it can be difficult to narrow down what works best for you, but in trying many brands over the years I have found my personal “go to” products that I always come back to throughout the years and seasons – which I’ve listed below!
Shower: Lush’s Superbalm Scalp Treatment is such an amazing dry scalp treatment to leave on while you scrub up and exfoliate. The Korres Laurel & Echinacea shampoo and conditioner has been a great staple to my winter regimen (and my husband’s). It is 80% natural and has really helped with dry scalp in the winter months. The Sachajuan Intensive repair shampoo + conditioner is a Swedish brand I really love here and I like to use this when my hair is feeling a bit dry. I only wash my hair once a week, two at most and I love how soft both of these brands leave my tresses. For my skin I really enjoy Evolution Salt Co. It is such a super moisturizing coconut salt scrub that smells great and leaves my skin soft with no need for lotion after. And of course we can’t forget the face! My only and favorite gadget to use is my Clarisonic mia Fit. I feel like I get such a deeper clean and I’m able to really get that foamy lather (which can be messy in the sink). The mia fit also is great for travel as it packs easily and is so light.
Makeup: I don’t wear makeup everyday, but when I do, I tend to keep it minimal and really stick to the basics. With makeup products (and skincare) I really try to be proactive in finding products that don’t have tons of chemicals, are as natural as possible, and are cruelty free. In the winter months my favorite foundations are always water based with light coverage and my go to right now is Tarte Rainforest of the Sea water foundation applied with a damp beauty blender. Or, sometimes I’ll wear Josie Maran’s Vibrancy argan oil foundation which gives me a transparent, dewy finish. I have a couple of concealers and highlighters that I put in rotation depending on mood – BECCA Aqua Luminous concealer (my go to), RMS un cover up (11 & 22) ,RMS Living Luminizer, RMS Magic Luminizer, BECCA Opal, and the Kora Organics Rose quartz luminizer. I usually go for bronze or nude beige shades on my lids and RMS eye polish in Solar or Mac’s paint pot in Indianwood are great for achieving that. Both are a bronze neutral shade with a hint of shimmer, build-able, and I’ve been wearing them for years. For brows, I have experimented with so many different products and found that I really like Anastasia Dipbrow pomade or IT Cosmetics – both in Taupe using the Anastasia brush #14. The Tarte Amazonian Clay mascara is still my favorite right now, as is Bobbi Brown’s long wear gel eyeliner in black using the #08 brush from Wayne Goss. For some fresh color on my face I use Clinique’s True Bronze in Sunkissed. I often do not apply blush at all but when I do it’s always Josie Maran Argan infinity lip + cheek oil. It dabs on easily with a finger and melts into my skin. I don’t wear lipstick too often, usually only for nights out or events, but when I do it’s either a matte mauve color or a deep maroon/berry shade such as Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest 411. Otherwise, I keep a natural lip with just a hint of moisture and I’m currently using Balm Dot Calm by Glossier or Rosebud Salve that I keep in my bag.
*I know that MAC is not very natural nor cruelty free. I no longer purchase MAC products because of this reason.
Hair: I really try not to do too much to my hair. I have grown my hair out to my natural color with touches of highlights for dimension throughout my ends and I am thrilled with the little to no-maintenance. But since I do only wash my hair 1-2 times a week I do like to blow dry and style it. I start by applying Paul Mitchell Rare Oil styling cream to damp hair and blow out in sections with a paddle brush. I then use a medium round brush on my crown for some volume which is paired with Drybar Triple Sec sprayed at the roots. Once my hair is all dry I will pick up random pieces and using my Hot Tools 24K Gold Curling Iron, lightly wrap pieces styling away from my face. It leaves light styled waves giving my hair more body. When my hair is feeling flat or I want the “look” of having styled it I will use Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray or Living Proof Instant Texture. In the case that I’m wanting more of a tousled lived in style my go to is IGK Rich Kid coconut oil gel applied in damp hair and I let that air dry or lightly blow dry. Since I don’t wash my locks often I like a little re-fresh with some hair perfume by Sachajuan. It smells so clean and pretty. For anyone like me, who goes for long periods with un washed hair, you now that after a few days it needs some TLC. I like to spray my roots and underside with Batiste Dry Shampoo or R&Co Death Valley Dry shampoo. Both work great for touch ups or for blow drying in some volume before you have to run out the door.
Body: My skin gets extremely dry in the colder months. I keep it hydrated with two amazing products. I use Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty and Lush’s Dream Cream after I shower and on rough patches before bed – so soothing! And it smells amazing, too.