11 Must-Have Beauty Products To Keep Glowing All Winter Long
Cuddling up for the whole season definitely sounds tempting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some beauty-fun while at it! Winter can play not-so-fun games with your skin, so keeping an eye on your moisture levels and the ingredients you’re using in your skincare routine is a must to keep your skin healthy, nourished, and plump all season long. In terms of makeup, there’s a tendency to go for darker, earthier shades, but who said we can’t play around with some glitter, color, and shine? No matter if you’re a makeup freak, a skincare devotee, or both, we put together a list of musts for the season so the cloudy winter days turn bright and dewy.
ColourPop – Star Crossed Vault
If there’s a brand that knows pigment, it’s ColourPop, and with this eyeliner vault, you’ll have infinite options to add a pop of color to your makeup anytime in the blink of an eye — see what I did there? With shades that fit every season, this set features ColourPop’s super pigmented, long-wearing Créme Gel Liners, which are best-sellers for the brand. This exclusive, limited-edition kit includes five new shades and seven of their all-time bestsellers, so basically the best of the best for your hands — and eyes.
Kaja – Beauty Bento
Eyeshadow lovers, rejoice! These are definitely a treat for you. Meet Kaja’s Beauty Bento, a stacked, creamy, powder eyeshadow in curated trios of shimmers or combinations of matte and shimmer shades. These bite-sized — AKA travel-friendly — stacks are so creamy you can apply the eyeshadow with a brush or your fingers, making it the perfect pal for a quick, easy, on-the-go look.
Mediheal – Hydro Advanced Capsule Hydration Treatment
Two-in-one products always add some fun to your skincare routine. When your skin is feeling dull, dry, or dehydrated, this high-impact 2-step moisture recovery treatment will come to the rescue. The first step is a Biocellulose Face Mask that exfoliates to get rid of surface dryness and moisture-blocking buildup, all while deeply hydrating your skin. The second step — the Capsule Activator — delivers an infusion of ceramide NP, a lipid that seals in moisture for immediate and long-lasting hydration so your skin stays plump all day long.
Banila Co. Clean it Zero (Marble Edition)
If we wanna talk best-sellers, then we can’t leave Clean it Zero out of the conversation. Without a doubt one of the most popular oil cleansers out there, this balm is not only extremely powerful — it will remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup — but also cleanses without stripping your skin from its natural oils. The best part? Its texture is so gentle and smooth you’ll become a fan of it at first try.
Glow Recipe – Watermelon Glow Lip Pop
Glow Recipe enters the new year with a new watermelon family member, and it’s truly popping. Lips and winter are not good friends, so trying to keep them smooth and moisturized is sometimes a hard task. Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Lip Pop will not only help on those matters, but it also adds a soft tint to your lips. But that’s not it. This lippie skincare features a unique scrub-to-balm formula that gently exfoliates and hydrates, all while adding a tad of pink tint that’s unique to all skin tones.
Ouai – Super Dry Shampoo
Let’s all be real here. Raise your virtual hand if you can’t live without dry shampoo (raising mine right now). Thing is, it’s hard to find one that doesn’t leave your hair crunchy, heavy, or with white spots… or it was hard until Ouai showed up. This uber absorbent dry shampoo detoxifies and boosts your hair volume on those days when washing your hair is not a super tempting idea. This is a powerful formula that will keep your hair light and oil-free when you most need it.
AKOCO – Etude House Tom & Jerry collection
AKOCO wanted to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rat big time, with a side of nostalgia. Well… they surely accomplished it. One of the website’s latest curations is Etude House’s Tom & Jerry Lucky Together collection, and as you probably already concluded, it’s inspired by the ’90s cartoon. Now, because this is all about the rats, the curation focuses on Jerry — sorry Tom, maybe next time — and you’ll find everything from lip tints to makeup sponges, primers, and moisturizers. A must-have collection if you ask me.
The Ordinary – AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling
Do it for your skin’s health — and maybe a bit for Instagram. This is one of The Ordinary’s most popular products for a reason (and I assure you, it’s not blood). The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a 10-minute exfoliating facial. Yes, that’s all you need, 10 minutes. This solution deeply — and gently — exfoliates your skin for improved skin radiance and an improved appearance of skin texture! It looks and maybe sounds scary, but it’s not at all! Your skin will feel calm, smooth, and radiant after use.
I Dew Care – Namaste Kitten cleanser
Keeping your skin clean is a 365 must, but during winter you need to make sure your cleanser is not taking away moisture from your skin, as it already has to fight back the season’s dryness. That’s why the IDC Namaste Kitten cleanser — featuring Cannabis Sativa seed oil — is such a great add-on for your winter routine. This bright green, balancing cleanser transforms into a rich, white lather to help clarify blemish-prone skin without stripping it, AKA, it’s hydration-friendly. The best part? It’s 100 percent cruelty-free!
To be honest, Krave Beauty is what skincare dreams are made of. If you’re starting a new skincare routine, need to press reset on your former one, or are looking for some new products to add some balance to your routine, Krave will most definitely have the answer. The brand — founded by beauty influencer, Liah Yoo — was created to fight the ineffective yet conventional skincare routine that has trained you to apply more than what you need, and let me tell you, it accomplishes its goal 100 percent. If your skin is feeling sensitive or you’re feeling lost about what your skin actually needs, Krave can be a great place to — as they say — press reset.
e.l.f. Cosmetics – Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow
Ahhh glitter. No one told me growing up I’d become so fond of glitter, but here I am, not able to live without it. Looking for an easy and budget-friendly way to add some to your life? e.l.f. Cosmetics has your back. These one-swipe, liquid glitter eyeshadows are not only gorgeous, but also comfortable to wear, as the gel-based formula dries quickly and doesn’t feel sticky. The best thing is you can decide how intense you want the shade to be by adding more or fewer layers! A true glow-on-the-go must.
Any of these sound like a good fit for your routine, Soompiers? Which ones would you like to try? Let us know in the comments!
Caromalis is a K-pop, K-fashion, and K-beauty obsessed content creator and writer. You can find her interviewing some of your (and her) favorite groups when they visit NYC, trying the latest K-beauty trends or testing idols’ skincare routines. Say hi to Caro on Instagram and Twitter!