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Beauty favs for getting through this awful winter

I think we can all agree that winter sucks and this one has been especially awful. My scalp itches, the skin under and around my nose is flaky and chapped, my hands are parched, my cuticles are ragged, everything is a mess. It's time to take the lotions and creams up a notch.

superbalm!For my annoyingly itchy scalp, I've turned to Head and Shoulders dry scalp care with almond oil and the Superbalm scalp treatment from LUSH. Head and Shoulders isn't the most luxurious beauty brand but I'm not usually picky about shampoo as long as it gets my hair clean without making it feel like straw. It has really helped with cutting back on scalp itch. The Superbalm steps in for a little extra help as needed. It's a lot like a face mask for your scalp - rub it into the skin, let it marinade for a while, and then shampoo. It very gentle rids the scalp of flakes and calms the skin with all kinds of nice oils.

The skin on my face is a little drier than usual, somewhat dull and I've spotted some flaking here and there. I've been using the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial for quite a while and although I'm not seeing miraculous results, my skin tone is more even and it's really hydrating without being greasy. 

If you do have very dry skin, I would recommend getting a sample of the Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial. That one is super hydrating and soothing for winter worn skin.

lemony flutter Lemony Flutter has cult status amongst nail care fanatics and I'm definitely on that team. It seems pricey for a cuticle cream but the tub will last for ages and it's worth every penny. It's a product you'll use every day to keep your cuticles healthy and looking nice. After I take off nail polish, I like to slather it onto the whole nail area and then buff it into the nails lightly. It's also nice to rub a bit into the tops of my  hands when my knuckles are all chapped and irritated. 

The skin on my body is dry year round, so I have a whole collection of lotions that I rotate through. I don't really have a current favorite, though. I like the body creams from Bath and Body Works but they can be heavy on the fragrance. I wish they'd come out with one that's very gently scented with lavender and vanilla. I'd buy a crate of that.

I've been using the Vaseline Spray & Go moisturizer in Cocoa Radiant and surpringsly, it's really hydrating! It's super light so I wasn't expecting much but it gets the job done on days I don't feel like coating myself with something heavy. You just spray it all over and rub it in, like a spray sunscreen.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip BalmAnd finally, my holy grail, my very favorite, my most esteemed lip balm: the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. This lip balm works. It doesn't just coat the lips to make them feel soft and then leave you with the heartache of dry lips in an hour or two. It doesn't irritate the skin so you have to apply more and more because you're addicted (been there?). It just does the job of hydrating your lips and protecting them with SPF 25. There are other lip balms that I use but Jack Black is the one I will repurchase forever and ever, amen.

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