Product Review: Anna Sui Spring 2014 Lipstick in Cherry Pink (01)

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Last week I stopped by the Anna Sui boutique for the first time in months. It was an unusually long stretch between visits for me, due to the miserable winter weather and an especially busy work season. I didn’t end up buying any clothing from the sale rack (just as well!), but I did spend a while examining the Spring 2014 cosmetics line.

I was especially charmed by these limited edition lipsticks in rose-patterned cases, available in three shades: Cherry Pink, Coral Pink, and Deco Orange. They were launched in early February.

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Product Review: Paul & Joe Spring 2014 Eye Color Trio in Cherry Blossom (and Cat Compact!)

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Sometimes, on a cloudy and frigid late-winter day when you’re feeling down, you just have to buy something completely self-indulgent and light-hearted. (Well, maybe you don’t, but I do!) This month, it was Paul & Joe Beauté to the rescue. I’m always fond of their limited edition cosmetics packaging, and this kitten design is a Paul & Joe classic.

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Product Review: Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

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Have I complained about this unusually cold and snowy winter yet? I’m sure I have. In any case, it’s the kind of weather that really puts skincare products to the test. One product that hasn’t let me down in this recurring polar vortex chill is Aesop’s Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream, a “daily moisturizing cream for normal to dry or stressed skin.”

I apply Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream in the evening, after washing my face and pressing a few drops of Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil into my skin. I concentrate on dabbing the cream onto areas that always need a little extra moisture (between my eyes, the tip of my nose), as well as any other areas that might be feeling drier than usual. If it’s been a particularly cold and windy day, I apply a very thin layer of cream all over my face, on top of the facial oil. This combination, used nightly all winter, has kept my face amazingly free of flaking or redness.

This cream is packaged in a glass jar—not ideal, since you have to handle it a bit carefully, but I always apply my nighttime skincare with freshly washed hands anyway. (The bigger problem, for clumsy me, is not dropping the jar on the floor.) It has a light lavender scent and a pleasingly creamy (not greasy) consistency, and it’s packed with skin-healthy ingredients:

Water, Hazel Seed Oil, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Evening Primrose Oil, PEG-20 Stearate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Lavender Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sage)Oil, Sodium Citrate, Linalool, d-Limonene.

Even when the dry, freezing weather gives way to spring, I’ll still be using this cream in conjunction with the Fabulous Face Oil. It’s just an effective, customizable duo that works for me.

Have any particular skincare products really won your devotion this winter?

Product source: I purchased this product at an Aesop boutique.