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WINTER EYELIDS // PERIORBITAL ECZEMA

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As you already know, I suffer from eczema on my eyelids during the winter. The cold winter air brings on small patches of dry, flaky, red skin around my eyes which is annoying to say the least.

However, a few weekends ago, my eyelids freaked out and I woke up three days in a row with extremely swollen, red and dry eyelids. They were painful and no matter what I tried, I just could not get them to look or feel any better.

On the Sunday, I had had enough, as I had woken up with my eyelids more swollen, red and painful than ever. After a quick visit to the doctor, I learned that I have peri-orbital eczema, which can only be healed with a Protopic ointment. As I stated before, NEVER use hydrocortisone on your eyelids for irritations of any kind–it will thin the already delicate and thin skin!

For the past few days, Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hour cream and Avene’s Thermal Spring Water have been life-savers (other than my Protopic ointment). I didn’t wear a stitch of makeup on my eyes for a few days after the outbreak, but I gently cleansed my eyelids with a cooling mist (very nice on my burning, sensitive skin) of Avene’s spray and quick pat down with a cotton pad. After applying the ointment, I would slather on the 8-hour cream for hydration and protection from the elements. I plan on applying the 8-hour cream for the rest of winter to protect my eyelids from the wind on my walk to and from work (it is also gives a pretty, glossy sheen).

The 8-hour cream is my new favourite all-in-one product; it soothes and protects your skin throughout the winter months.  You can apply it anywhere really–as a lipbalm, moisturizer on your face or hands, on your eyebrows as a defining gel, on your eyelids for a glossy, peachy look, or mixed in with eyeshadow for a wet look. Even after my eyelids have recovered, I plan on mixing this convertible product with my eyeshadow for a smudgy, lived-in, smoky look.

Avene’s spray will also be very handy for hot summer days when my face needs refreshing (or has been burnt from the sun) and on planes when my when my skin is feeling parched from the dry cabin air.

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WANT // WINTER ESSENTIALS

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Unfortunately, Winter is here. Whether we like it or not. I got the basket of mittens, gloves, scarves and hands brought down from the top shelf of the front closet last week to find something to keep me warm on my walk to work. The blustery, cold winds had finally gotten to me and I realized that I could no longer let my fingers freeze every morning.

 
So I guess it’s time to accept it. Halloween is almost here, which means it is that close to November. Time to beef up our supplies with cozy knits and richer products. Here’s my winter essentials list:
 
1. Miu Miu Leather Gloves: I believe these were on my wishlist last year. I am just dying for a pair of pink leather gloves like these for fancy occasions. Sometimes looking chic takes precedence over keeping warm.
 
2. Talula Fulton Mittens: These are my staple mitten. I have picked them up for the last 3 or 4 years now without fail as they perfectly fit my small hands (nothing worse than huge, droopy mittens). Knit exterior and fleece-lined interior to keep your mitts (pun intended) warm.
 
3. Diptyque Pomander Candle: On my last trip to Soap and Water for my Fall candle (Feu de Bois), I smelled this candle while perusing. It has the perfect mix of everything Christmas–orange, cloves and cinammon, I would have picked it up then, but I am waiting until mid-November so I don’t use it up before December even arrives.
 
4. Aveda Hand Relief: My favourite hand cream. Non-greasy but rich enough to keep hands from cracking or getting chapped. Plus, the refreshing rosemary-mint scent is always a winner.
 
5. Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream: As you know, I get Peri-Orbital eczema in the Winter (aka dry, itchy, red eyelids). I put this cream on my eyelids to protect them from wind burn on my walks to work. Also great for anything chapped (hands, lips, cheeks, etc.)
 
6. Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm: Thick and luxurious. Won’t wear off for hours and provides a nice barrier for lip protection.
 
7. Hunter Boots: I don’t feel super chic in these, I kind of feel like I belong on the farm, but Winter just got to me last year, and my feet couldn’t take any more leather-soaked boots any longer. These babies should keep any kind of snow, slush or moisture out. I’ll pair them with thick socks for warmth.
 
8. Zara Two-Sided Soft Scarf: I’m not sure if it’s the grunge trend that’s happening right now, or if my lumberjack-esque husband’s style is influencing mine, but I saw this scarf online and decided I had to have it. One side for play, one for business. Or, one for grunge, one for prep. Perfectly versatile and large enough to double as a blanket.
 
9. Roots Cabin Socks: As I mentioned in 7, these are great paired with boots, or just for keeping warm inside. Cozy, thick and they look cute peeking out of boots.
 
10. Fleece-lined tights: My friend Joanna texted me insisting that if I was making a Winter essentials post, these better be included. And she’s right. Ever since discovering these at Primark, we buy these every year. Straight up tights won’t do when it’s -10, or -20 outside. These allow you to keep wearing your dresses and not totally freeze your butt off. 
 
11. Oliver Peoples XXV-S Sunglasses: I tried these on last summer at Holt Renfrew and I still want them. Plus, everyone needs a pair of sunnies to protect their eyes from snow glare in the winter (and for me, it’s extra eyelid protection against the wind).


12. Green Juice: I am a new convert to this. Every single time I have felt sick, I run to my nearest Fresh Restaurant and pick up their Super Cleanse juice. Filled with vitamins, it has fought off every cold before it has even begun. Plus, it’s always good for your skin too.

13. Aritzia Mirte Turtleneck: I have been dreaming of this sweater since it came out this Fall. I am now waiting patiently for it to go on sale. Who doesn’t love a chunky knit sweater in the winter, plus the 90’s are back now, so turtlenecks are acceptable again. 

IN MY BAG // FALL LIP PRODUCTS EDITION

This is ridiculous. New bag (old faithful is getting repaired), new lip products, new post. No fewer than 7 lip products this season. A girl’s gotta have options! And for all of those who think I’m too vain for having 7 lip options, well, haters gonna hate.
RMS LipShine in Sacred: Even though it is now Fall (how is it so cold already?), I still love this hot pink. Buildable colour and shine, and fades to a pretty stain. Instant glamour and a pop of colour for when Fall makes your face look sad and pale.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rosé: A super-hydrating, pretty pink. This balm has been a mainstay since Sephora offered it as the VIB birthday gift two years ago. I somehow managed to snap up a second birthday gift from that year and have not yet to purchase one of these balms yet. When the day comes that I run out of tube #2, I will finally go to Sephora and actually purchase one in full-size.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel: So hydrating, with the most luxurious texture and prettiest most delicious smell. Definitely my best impulse grab from France.
Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm: Great for when you’re all business and just need a quick swipe of balm. Hydrating and gives you a slight 90’s frosted lip (like Angela Chase). What’s not to love?
Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream: This cure-all has stayed in my bag since last winter, when I got eczema on my eyelids. I apply to protect my lids from the cold winds, to my cuticles, to my lips, or mixed into some hand cream.
Rodial Glam Balm Multi: Similar to 8-hour, this magic all-in-one has so many different uses, from lips, to face, to body.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Medieval: The newest addition to my purse collection. It’s quick and easy (it’s a balm and lipstick in one) and the perfect subtle red– a great colour to have in my purse for Fall.
Also in my bag: Eye drops, Matte FX and Stila Retractable Powder Brush, Snagless Hair Tie.