Oh, my gosh, it’s winter already. Thank goodness my building manager has gotten the furnace going, or I would be living out of whichever room was small enough to warm sufficiently with a space heater.
I’m stunned that we’ve already had snow here in Saskatchewan. I shouldn’t be; we’ve had snow in May before. But I can’t shake the routine of four seasons, and I always, always hold out hope for balmy weather in October instead of freezing. Nothing ruins my autumn faster than expediting the transition into Christmas. I need my weeks of crunching leaves and leather jackets and fingerless gloves for aesthetic reasons as much as maintaining my own personal sanity.
With the sudden drop in temperature, I’m really happy I had established a good moisturizing routine for my face at the end of the summer. The addition of Josie Maran’s 100% Light Argan Oil did end up causing a massive outbreak around my t-zone after the first week, but my skin has since adjusted, and the oil has become an indispensable part of my skincare routine. It really helps combat the dry, frigid wind and gives me an extra boost of moisture in places on my face where I need it most.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why a larger bottle of this stuff would be necessary, though. I haven’t made a dent in my travel bottle, and I’ve been using it consistently since about mid-August.
My other recent find for hydrating my face has been First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet: I miss the mattifying power of my Fresh Umbrian Clay serum, not to mention the ingredients list. But if I can refrain from cosmetologically snobbery for just a moment, I will say that FAB’s Serum seems to be doing the trick. It absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving an oily build-up. It wears beautifully under make-up, too.
I don’t know if I’ve ever said this in all caps on this blog before, but please, please, PLEASE WEAR A MOISTURIZER OVER YOUR SERUM. Please do that. Moisturizers and serums do very different things, and one without the other is no way to treat your skin, especially with the days getting colder. I’ve cycled back to Naked Kitty’s Supernatural, since it seems to work well with the other elements in my skincare routine. It gives me a shield against the cold and doesn’t wear down my face with product. Woo hoo!
For my make-up, I’ve gone back to some of my old favourites: matte foundation for the skin with cool-toned contouring. Soft glammy nudes and black winged eyeliner on the eyes. Simple things that pair easily with a bold lip, because there’s no better time of year to break out my deep wine and blood-coloured lipsticks than as autumn turns to winter. MAC still makes my favourite lipstick formula for mattes and satins, but I’m also following Sara’s lead towards Bite Cosmetics and look forward to having an entire post on dark green lipstick (when I’ve fine-tuned how to wear it!).
There is a method to my madness beyond having healthy skin against the Saskatchewan chill. Next week in the first week of October, the start of what I’ve dubbed All Hallow’s Month. It’s the one month of the year where my skin gets a real workout, enduring hours of make-up and very often SFX. The one month where what I can come as I’m not, where I don’t have to be pragmatic. The one month where I really can’t tolerate the snow. So pretty please, Saskatchewan, give me my ghoulish autumn backdrop of oranges and browns and blacks, the one that pairs so nicely with this crimson lipstick and graphic eyeliner. I’ll be a good girl, then, all the way until Christmas.