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Monday, January 27, 2014

Makeup Tips for When You're Winter Weary

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Living in the Midwest, it rarely comes as a surprise just how cold and bleak the winter can get. At first, the wine-stained lips and full, musky scents that mirror winter's cozy atmosphere are a welcome change from the brights of spring and summer. But it's safe to say that consecutive days with negative wind chills and endless snowfalls would leave anyone longing for a spring-hued light at the end of a blustery tunnel. While a beach vacation might be in the cards for some, I need a fix that revives my spirit now, and sometimes there's no better (or easier) way to get instant gratification than making small changes to your everyday beauty routine. Here are 2 quick makeup tips I stumbled on while looking for a solution to my winter blues in the aisles of a drugstore.

Given the nasty weather, I wasn't willing to wander too far for a renewed sense of spring. As luck would have it, a brand new Walgreens opened just a few weeks ago, steps from my front door. With the new Walgreens came a transformed beauty section - instead of walking down the cosmetics aisle, I perused the Look Boutique. Beyond the usual suspects found in a Walgreens beauty section, there's an entirely new area dedicated to lesser-known brands like theBalm, Gosh Cosmetics, and Demeter. I knew there had to be some game-changing gems in the mix. 

Demeter Fragrance Library
I was first drawn to Demeter's fragrance library because of the sheer number of scent possibilities - surely there was something that could breathe new life into my stale winter beauty routine. After discovering I could smell like anything from fresh laundry to pizza, I settled on a scent that was decidedly more springy than anything I was wearing: Wet Garden. Interestingly enough, the bottle has "Pick-Me-Up" printed on the front, it couldn't be more right! Notes of gardenia have me going through the day feeling like spring is just around the corner (when in reality the weather man says tomorrow's high won't get above 0 - bleh).

Gosh Cosmetics Display
Next stop was for an injection of color. While I wasn't ready to hop into bright oranges or candied lilacs just yet, a deviation from the standard nude or holiday reds can mean a world of difference for getting out of a winter slump. Gosh Cosmetics' display looked like it had more than enough color to boost me up, so I decided to go with a coral lip - a far cry from nude, and a springy twist on the classic winter reds. Together, my fragrance and lippie don't make for a complete makeup overhaul, but they serve as essentials to reach for whenever I'm feeling the winter slump.

Have you visited the #WalgreensBeauty Look Boutique yet?

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