How to Not Die in the Winter

It’s around this time of year when you start to see magazine editors, bloggers, and the like telling you what you need to have good hair/good skin/good style during the winter months. I’m sure some of them mean well, but I get the impression that many  featured products are chosen based on the magazine’s advertisers, what’s new for the season, or just what packaging looks cute when you put it in a collage.
Well, good thing you came to me. I have no agenda other than to tell you what it takes this (originally) southern girl to survive in the Midwest. I swear on the grave of someone important that I really do use each and every one of these items, and I’m willing to bet that most people will be able to identify with some of my picks…
Winter Survival Kit

To warm you from the outside…

  • Slippers, preferably really ridiculous looking ones with pom poms or animal ears. Because if you can’t let loose in your own home, then where the hell can you?
  • Sweater tights so you can wear your cute dresses to holiday fetes without catching pneumonia. (Don’t be that girl.)

To warm you from the inside…

  • A glass of red wine to give you the [responsible] warm fuzzies. You can look up what red wine pairs best with, but I tend to think it just pairs well with life.
  • A Keurig coffee maker so you can have a quick cup of joe or cocoa at any time. There are a range of models at different prices, but this is the B60 model, which I have and recommend.

To protect you from the elements…

  • Light-tinted sunglasses to protect your eyes from the wind or the harsh heat in your car even when it’s not very bright outside.
  • Frizz serum so you don’t look like you just got electrocuted every time you take off your sweater. This is the kind I use because it’s cheap and available everywhere.

To keep you from looking like a dried up mess…

  • A good face wash and moisturizer to quench your thirsty winter skin. Even though it’s a bit pricier than a drug store brand, I’m a fan of Philosophy’s Purity cleansing oil (which doesn’t actually have oil in it) and Hope in a Jar moisturizer. My skin gets easily annoyed by products but these work for me!
  • A moisturizing winter lipstick. I’m a fan of the cult classic Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It’s sort of the color of red wine-stained lips, which can be convenient for covering up the fact that you’ve been drinking red wine (see above).

Stay warm, my friends!

This post was submitted to this week’s IFB Project.

15 thoughts on “How to Not Die in the Winter

  1. Amen sister! The hubby and I have SO been lusting over a Keurig and I totally use the Fructis hair oil. It’s the bomb for sure. Stay warm. 🙂

  2. You are so, so right. So many products look great on paper but don’t actually work as well as they’re praised. And who can ever say wine doesn’t work 😉

  3. I love this post! And it’s crazy, I think between the months of April and October, I barely have to touch lip balm or a face moisturizer because I’m generally a “well oiled lady”, haha. But as soon as winter hits and everyone has the heat on at home and at work, my face and lips dry up and it’s like there’s no saving them! 🙂

    Lynette @ lynette marie

  4. These are the real deal, especially the vino. Love the clinique lippy review too! I’m a sucker for a good lip product, so I will definitely be checking this out. Thanks for the heads up on Gems and Jams, btw. I was out of town when I got your message, but I got in touch with Hillary (never received an email though). I am such an idiot!

    • The Black Honey color is great. They say it’s popular because it looks a little different on every person. I can only attest to how it looks on MY person. But I did convince my mom to get some and she hardly ever wears makeup. Oh and I’m glad you got in touch with Hillary! You know I am dying to see what you got!

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