MY AUTUMN/ WINTER BEAUTY ROUTINE

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!

 

 

Skincare:  I personally prefer a moisturizing cleanse and hydrating cleanse in the winter months and I like to reach for my Eve Lom cleanser in the mornings and Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm in the evenings. Both of these oil based creamy balms melt into the skin to deep clean without over drying. The Eve Lom cleanser is refreshing leaving me feeling like I just had a spa treatment – I like to steam my face with this cleanser for extra pampering. With either cleanser I just wipe clean with a soft cloth or a Face Halo Cleansing Pad, these are also wonderful for travel and are reusable for months, washer friendly! For those more slow and low maintenance days Bioderma Crealine Micelle Solution  swept over my skin with a cotton pad is great, also nice for travel.  In the mornings my Emma S. Moisturising Eye Gel  works wonders to de-puff with it’s caffeine property. I like to sweep it on with the back of a chilled spoon from my inner eye to the outer. For both morning and evening moisture I absolutely love KOPARI Coconut Face Cream. This cream is super hydrating and also contains a smart emulsifier that adapts to the climate and your skin’s needs. My skin is always so soft and restored when I wake up.
 
Must Have Masks: As a treat to my skin one to two times a week I like to use Organic Honey w/ Royal Jelly on my face. I use this as a 15min mask as well as in tea or smoothies. Royal jelly has amazing anti-bacterial properties, and rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals (really amazing for acne and anti aging). When my skin is feeling more puffy or dull I head to the fridge for a Rael Sheet Mask. I love keeping these in the fridge to really wake up my skin and for some extra de-puffing and I like this brand for it’s natural properties. But my ultimate holy grail mask is SUMMER FRIDAYS Jet Lag Mask! While this 2.25oz tube is $48, it packs a serious punch of hydration and skin-loving ingredients. This mask leaves my skin ultra dewy, soothed, and so much brighter. It also lives up to it’s name – I always have this in my carry on to apply a thin layer on long flights before I go to sleep. When I wake up my skin feels refreshed and not clogged and dull from the in cabin air. I just sweep my skin with some micellar solution on a cotton pad and I am good to go.
Serums from The Ordinary AM + PMBuffet Serum is full of good skin food. 100% Plant-Derived Squalane Oil is one of my favorite moisturizers by far with great free radical protection! Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% is great for a healthy dose of Vitamin C. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, these two ingredients work in synergy to bind moisture to skin.

ShowerLush’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 LuminizerBECCA 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.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

10 THINGS

Who else is having all of the Autumn feels?? The leaves are turning bright shades of yellow and red and I am finding myself craving warm soups and matcha lattes more often. Not to mention that Oktoberfest kicks off here in Oslo this weekend! We camped up on the lake near our home earlier this week and it felt so good to get back into the warmth. Here are ten things of interest and current favs of mine:

1. I just started reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and it is feeding my female soul.

2.  A pizza farm with Nick Offerman…and taquitos. Watch this

3. I lOVE Tarte and am currently obsessed with the Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing gel.

4. Listen to folk band Hiss Golden Messenger  on Spotify + the new album drops this weekend (22nd).

5. Netflix’s Chasing Coral is visually stunning and could be a total game changer in terms of public perception.

6. I am missing Columbus a lot lately, as is Ben and I have been hankering for Buckeye Pho something fierce.

7. If you are intrigued by True crime stories, enjoy laughing, and also love podcasts – check out Wine & Crime.

8. Putting this Clarisonic Mia Fit on my Christmas wish list.

9. Thirteen winter cocktails to get you through the cold.

10. Really curious about this new Darren Aronofsky movie Mother and if it’s worth seeing. Thoughts?

Incredible Autumn photo above of the Alpine winter cabin in Norway via Cabin Porn