The Winter Skincare Edit

East Coasters: How did you like the snow day? I personally opened the front door and got smacked in the face with ice pellets, so, yeah. I took that as enough of a reason to do my entire winter skincare regimen. There were lots of yummy snacks involved today and candles (so hygge), etc, so I really can't complain.

First, I always start off by putting balm dot com on my lips, preferably in rose. We all know I have to have all rose everything. This frigid wind is no joke and will take a toll on the skin on and around your mouth. Next is a dropper full of Super Glow. The vitamin C helps to brighten the skin and prep for the rest of the steps. Make sure you press and pat on, never pull downward. Once that sinks in, apply a generous layer of Priming Moisturizer Rich (down to the neck as well) and let it sink in for 5-10 minutes. My favorite part is the last step: oil. The Moroccan Argan Oil by The Ordinary is faaaantastic. It adds just the right amount of glow, but sinks into the skin and really gets the hydrating done.

Don't forget hand cream-- you don't want crumbly cuticles and super red fingertips, do you? The one I've been using for a while is by Molton Brown in the scent Orange and Bergamot. Smells heavenly. This stuff is so good that I even have my family using it in the body wash version. Once the moisturizers and oils have fully been absorbed, you'll have a radiant finish to your skin and be ready to once again get hit in the face with ice pellets propelled by freezing wind. Except this time, you'll have a dewy shield of goodness. If you have any questions about these products or the regimen in general, don't hesitate to reach out. You can also save 20% on Glossier if you're a first time customer by shopping with me at

Also, be sure to check out my beautiful friend, Izzy Sarj, talk about some of these products in her winter skincare routine. She's a cool chick and you should definitely subscribe to her YouTube channel here. :)

Stay warm, friends xx

Up In The Clouds

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, Puff, Beam, and Haze

Let me start by saying I have never loved a cream product more than I love Cloud Paint. I can't even choose a favorite color because they're all that good. By default, you would think Dusk would be my favorite because it's nude, but the two light shades, Puff and Beam, have completely surprised me and stole my heart. Not only do they blend seamlessly and have serious pigment, they are hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and cruelty-free. They also have a cooling and soothing effect once applied, which makes them that more enjoyable to use.

Key Ingredients from Glossier:

CollagenRetains a high amount of water to hydrate and visually plump skin up with moisture.
Smooth-Gel SystemOne-of-a-kind, lightweight gel-cream texture makes for silky, even application.
Blurring Powder PigmentsProvide a soft, diffused, seamless finish—no more streakiness.

Dusk: true nude with hints of brown to add definition
Puff: vibrant pink to brighten the face
Haze: deep berry for a natural flush
Beam: coral peach for that "I just came out of yoga" blushed look

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Ordinary Is The New Luxury

The Ordinary.
Advanced Retinoid 2%, Rosehip Seed Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil

The Ordinary, that is. This line provided by Deciem is beyond affordable for such high quality products. Advanced Retinoid 2%? $9.80... what?! Amazing. Now, all I'm waiting on is a store in New York. They just opened one up in London in Old Spitalfields Market, so I know where my first stop will be when I cross the pond. As if I needed another excuse to return. *checks flights to London*

The texture of these products is very luxurious, as well as the packaging. Very Aesop, if you ask me. The oils are extremely silky, emollient, and palliative. They gradually sink into the skin, leaving a healthy and nourished glow. I saw Tamira Jarrel highlight her skin with oils, so I'm pretty sure that means I should try highlighting my skin with oils. After seeing the dew effect of the rosehip oil paired with the moisturizing benefits, it will most definitely be going on top of my cheekbones.

I'll keep you posted on how the retinoid journey goes. Switching skincare can always lead to interesting things, so follow me on Instagram @nickifrances to check in on the adventure. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? Let me know what your favorite product is :)