Top 5 Winter Clothes For Sub-Freezing Weather

Top 5 Winter Clothes For Sub-Freezing Weather

Best ways to stay warm this winter.
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Recently my friends and I took the Metro up to Washington DC to spend the afternoon at the National Art Gallery. We’re all Northern Virginia natives so we’re not unfamiliar with cold weather, but this week was the first one this year with temperatures below freezing. Additionally, the area of DC we were in has a good number of tall buildings which means lots of wind. Between our Virginia experiences, and the experiences of my friend who goes to school in Idaho, we were all well bundled for our adventure. Here’s the five items of clothing I think are essential for going out in cold weather.

Gloves

I prefer gloves over mittens so that I have full use of my fingers without having to take them off. Mine happen to have pads on the index fingers and thumbs that let me use my phone easily as well but there are also pens with rubber ends that can be used as a substitute so you can keep your gloves on.

Hat

Whatever hat you wear make sure it covers your ears and the top of your head. An earmuff can be added if your hat isn’t quite long enough but that is one more piece of clothing that you’ll have to keep track of once you start taking off layers.

Scarf

My preferred scarf is long and wide, so I can wrap it around my face once and tuck it into my coat for extra warmth. Between my hat, my scarf, and my sunglasses (because it was cold but not cloudy), you could not see my face, which also meant the cold couldn’t get to it. I did have a bit of a fogging problem between the glasses and the scarf but it was an acceptable exchange.

Long Socks

Depending on what shoes you wear, a thick fuzzy pair of socks is not out of the question either. That little extra bit of warmth goes a long way. If they get too warm you can push them down to cool off and pull them back up once you’re cold again.

Long Coat

This is another personal preference. I have a trench coat that covers my thighs which is great for protection against the wind. If you don’t have a long coat but you want to keep your thighs warm, I recommend a simple pair of legging or tights. Nothing too thick if you’re going to be walking around
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12 Holy Grail Products From Ulta That You Probably Should Have Already Bought Yesterday

Whether they’ve made the Allure Beauty List or not, these are the best products sold at Ulta.
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Whether they’ve made the Allure Beauty List or not, these products are some of my personal favorites, and they can be purchased at your local Ulta. While many Ultas differ in their brands carried in stores, all of these can be purchased online. If you have a gift card lying around, but weren’t sure what to spend it on, here are a few of the absolute best products from Ulta.

1. Benefit Cosmetics- The POREfessional Face Primer $31

A little more on the pricey side for a primer, but in my opinion, worth every penny. Ulta’s website states that this primer is the #1 best-selling primer in the US, and I believe it. It’s meant to erase fine lines and create the look of smother skin. Definitely a must have for people with textured skin, like me.

2. Tarte-Shape Tape Concealer $27

This concealer quite literally broke the internet directly after its release. To be honest, I didn’t know if it was worth the hype. After it was sold out everywhere, I finally got my hands on one in my shade. Now, I have recently purchased my third one.

I absolutely adore this creamy, non-creasing formula. The shade range is SO legit with 14 different, and I am so thankful that there are darker shades. (There could be a few more, though. Regardless, props to you for some diversity, Benefit!) Ulta’s website states that its full coverage… I agree. It’s also cruelty free, gluten free and vegan! I could go on and on about this one. It’s one of my favs on this list.

3. Two Faced- Better Than Sex Mascara $23

I used to be more obsessed with this than I am now, but I went through a phase I might have to return to. I think everyone needs to at least try this mascara, because it is so unique and different to any mascara I’ve ever tried. There is a regular wear and waterproof version, I prefer the regular wear. It has some serious length and volume qualities, it’s super black, and its vegan!

4. Clarisonic- Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System $129

The most expensive item on the list, but the most beneficial as well. I can literally SEE a difference in my face after I use this to wash. There isn’t a day I go without using this, because of how well it works. It comes with the Radiance Brush Head, but that is removable and other more specific heads are available to purchase. I think this is so worth it.

5. Becca- Ever-Matte Poreless Primer $38

A seriously matte primer. If you have dry skin, I don’t think you should mess with this one as it literally sticks to your face and will accentuate your dry skin, but if your skin is oily, this is the primer for you. I use this primer specifically in the summer to prevent shine, and it does that! Ulta’s website says this product eliminates excess oil for long-lasting matte skin. Try it, seriously it can change your oily skin’s life.

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Dip Brow Pomade $18

At just $18, this is the best deal on the list, because of all of the product you get. The product is 0.14 oz and lasts FOREVER! It’s easy you learn how to use and makes your brows look amazing. If you’ve never used a pomade, don’t be alarmed. There are TONS of “How To” videos that can teach you. You need this in your life.

7. IT Cosmetics- Your Skin But Better CC Cream $38

While I don’t support the weak shade range, the finish of this CC cream is so beautiful. I got it originally to wear during the summer months, but soon found that it would be my “go to” foundation. Ulta’s website says that this product delivers 7 different products in one such as SPF 50+, hydrating anti-aging serum and dark spot correcting agents.

8. Urban Decay-All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $32

Okay, this is a little pricey for a setting spray. But, I use it for so much more than just a setting spray. I use it to dampen my brushes and beauty blenders, too. This setting spray claims to keep makeup in place for up to 16 hours…not sure on the validity of 16 hours, but it’s still awesome.

9. Jack Black-Intense Therapy Lip Balm $7.50

I can’t even believe how amazing this lip balm is. It’s moisturizing, cooling, and recently, it comes in different scents! It contains SPF 25 and is made to guard against extreme windburn. I haven’t found a lip balm I like and enjoy using more than this one.

10. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette $42

If you haven’t heard about this, you haven’t been in the makeup world for the last year. Every beauty blogger and guru has reviewed this product and LOVED it! It has a full 5 stars on Ulta’s website and truthfully, it might be the best eyeshadow palette on the market currently. It contains warm oranges, browns and cranberry reds. The palette comes with a double ended shadow brush as well as 14 shadows. This palette never leaves my bag.

11. Milani- Baked Blush (Luminoso) $7.99

This can be purchased at a lot of different places, but some Ultas and Ulta Online have begun carrying Milani and this blush is a must have. Specifically, the color “luminoso” is my favorite. The description of these blushes states that they’re, “sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles.” If that doesn’t make you want to buy it, then I don’t know what will.

12. Stila- Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner $22

MY FAVORITE! My #1, my go-to, I would marry this product if I could. I have hooded eyelids that often ruin my eyeliner, but I don’t have any problems with this product. It’s so easy to draw a dramatic, straight line, it doesn’t skip or smudge and it literally “stays all day.” It’s also waterproof but comes off when you’re ready for it to. It comes in 10 different colors, but my favorite is “intense black.”

Even if you aren’t in to the makeup scene and are just looking for a few holy grail products, these are my suggestions.

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How To Look Put Together When You're Secretly Falling Apart

It's hard to try to look good when you've just dragged yourself out of bed, but you can manage.
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Look. Life is hard, I get it. Sometimes you manage about two and a half hours of sleep in one night, and you absolutely are not feeling it, but you still want to look like you’ve managed to get your life together enough to put forth some effort. It’s really easier than you’d expect, and with just fifteen extra minutes in the morning, you too can look put together while you’re falling apart!

As a professional Lazy Girl(TM), I’ve managed to perfect the art of looking decent in as little time as possible. Sometimes, it requires a little extra effort at night, but I don’t really plan on getting much (if any) sleep at night, anyway! (A note: this advice doesn’t apply to morning showerers, because you people confuse and frighten me.)

You’re gonna wanna take a shower an hour or so before you go to bed, and if shaving is your thing? Go for it. It’ll make your life easier in the morning, because wearing a dress is easier than picking out to matching articles of clothing, and you lose no mobility or freedom if you throw some compression shorts on with it!

If you’re absolutely entirely opposed to wearing a dress, pick your clothes out at night. People say this all the time, but it genuinely cuts about five to ten minutes off your morning routine, especially if you’re as indecisive as I can be. If not, find a casual dress and throw that sucker on in the morning. The less accessorizing required, the better, and you look effortlessly put-together.

I know hair can be a struggle for some people, so this can throw you off. However, I don’t have that struggle, thank God, so my go-to for hair is a half-up ponytail with a scrunchy. If you can’t do that, I know you have a quick’n’easy hairstyle tucked away somewhere in your head. Make use of that knowledge!

Whether or not you wear makeup, of course, is entirely up to you, but if you do, it’s great to have an easy makeup routine. Three, maybe four steps, tops. I’m a fan of Too Faced Born This Way concealer for my dark circles and redness, a shadow from the Morphe 35OM palette for my brows, ELF liquid liner, and Essence mascara. This can take as little as ten minutes, and it’s easily the most time-consuming step of my morning routine.

All of this is relative. Take that into consideration-- what takes me ten minutes may take you three or four, and my skincare routine of soap and water might be more extensive for you. Regardless, this has, over the years, turned out to be the simplest (and most effective) morning routine I’ve ever had, and I sincerely, deeply hope this advice can help my fellow lazy girls out there become Lazy Girls(TM) while still maintaining an air of "I actually tried today." Now, go forth and be lazy!

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