how to: winter skin care.

only second to my fear of winter driving, is my fear of dry skin. especially during the cold months.

I have developed extremely sensitive skin over the past five years. it could be caused by my excessive use of bath & body works scented lotion + victoria’s secret body spray as a teenager. but I can’t officially point fingers. and I’ve always had eczema. thankfully with little to no visual presence for much of my life. but it’s trying to make up for lost time. so it is more important than ever that I take care of my skin. gentle, sensitive, no fragrant, usually more expensive, but definitely worth it products.

winter beauty routine //

1 aquaphor healing ointment // wherever I go, this goes. my dermatologist recommended it, and now ..I swear by it. I primarily use it as my lip balm but it works wonders on any small dry areas [elbows, face, hands].

2 cetaphil daily facial moisturizer // I use this product daily after washing my face + apply my make up right over top.

3 tea tree conditioner // the smells of tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender are the only way to start your day. and your hair + scalp feel amazing afterwards. tingly, in the best way.

4 tea tree shampoo // use with the conditioner. see above.

5 amazing grace body wash // this body is gently scented and easy on the skin.

6 purity facial cleanser // every single night I wash away the day with this cleanser. and it is worth every penny. it leaves my face feeling so fresh + clean. the best part: if you get it in your eye, you won’t be fazed. unlike other cleansers that send you blindly searching for pain relief, or a towel.

7 dead sea mud spa mask // I received this facial mask complimentary from influenster and fell in love. you take out a mud infused cloth, place it on your face, relax for 10-15 minutes, peel off, toss away, and rinse. the smell is great and it leaves your face feeling baby soft. I will be enjoying a facial mask more frequently, accompanied by a glass of wine.

8 cetaphil moisturizing lotion // my go to. I still shop at bath & body works, but only for candles + soap. I now prefer scent free, lightweight, and gentle.

happy thursday!


more tea tree products.

must-have product.

let me introduce you to one thing I always have with me. and cannot live without.

eucerin aquaphor

last year, I was diagnosed with eczema. and my skin decided it would throw a temper tantrum when put in contact with basically anything. my dermatologist told me to throw away any lip stick, balm, or gloss I owned. and introduced me to this gem – aquaphor [from eucerin].

it began solely as my lip balm.

and now I’m obsessed. it’s amazing.


[they sell smaller containers. perfect for your purse or pocket].


occasionally my eyelids get a little dry – I apply a little aquaphor. and can put my eye shadow right over it.


when the seasons change, my nose peels. it’s ridiculous.


obviously on any dry skin – especially your poor winter knuckles.

plus my newest discovery ..



and the scent lasts much longer.

I’m reluctant to take or give skin care recommendations. mine is very picky. but aquaphor is a product I’ve loved since the day we met. and I would never share it, if I didn’t think it was beneficial.

it’s a tad pricier than what I was used to spending on “lip balm”. but it’s proved to be worth every cent. and has multiple uses.

have you used it before? do you have sensitive skin? what do you use?

ohhh the days when I could use dr. pepper lip balm. and it did the trick.

happy hump day.


I have a secret …







[especially by mail].

it can be a day-maker when you receive a great free sample in the mail. call me crazy, but don’t judge until you’ve tried. my strategy is simple. I google “free samples” and explore. [a couple of sites I frequent: mommy saves big, shop4freebies, freeflys]. obviously, use discretion [as with any internet wandering]; but you can truly find great samples + coupons this way.

another great, more straightforward option – head right on over to your favorite stores websites; walmart, target, & costco each offer various samples you can request to be sent to your mailbox.

I did some of my own sample searching this weekend. and wanted to share my finds.

  • offers a new sample each day.
  • sign up for P&G everyday – they will send you samples & coupons that you choose.
  • Twinings USA lets you hand-select three of their 50+ tea varieties ..which they ship straight to your doorstep. [I chose english breakfast, pumpkin spice chai, & mint green. cannot wait for them to arrive!]
  • last but not least – go to Yogi Organic Tea and send a well-wish/e-card to one of your tea-loving friends. I sent a “relax” tea set to [J]’s completely free & customizable!

[he was so excited when he received it – he sent me a screenshot/”thank you“]

why do I love samples so much?

niveast. iveslipton tea & honeyshout color catcher


taylor swift wonderstruckU by kotexgarnier fructis fall fight

nescafe memento [so, so scrumptious. especially now that it’s fall].

I only request samples of items I know I’ll use. or want to try. [almost all the samples come with coupons too. so if you love it, you can buy the full size with a discount!]

I even have a designated basket …

happy sampling!!

& you’re welcome ;)