Great Products to Save Your Dry Winter Skin

Winter Skin Essentials #beauty #winter #skincare |

I’m a dry skin sufferer in the summer so you can imagine what the cold of winter does to my skin. Flakes on flakes on flakes! It’s horrible and it makes applying makeup challenging. Here are the products I’m using this winter to keep the flakes away and how I’m faking it on days they flare up.

 1. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Relief

Until recently, I used Argan Oil on my face. Though it worked wonders (and I even feel it helped decrease acne), when winter hit, my flakes returned. Argan oil is a dry oil and therefore isn’t quite as moisturizing as what I needed. The Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Relief has significantly reduced my flakes.

2. Baking Soda

Once a week, I add baking soda to my face wash and give myself a good scrub. The fine particles of the baking soda are the best exfoliant I’ve ever found!

3. The right foundation

Foundation works completely differently on dry skin than it does on oily skin. I love my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation but when my skin is really dry, it emphasizes the flakes. For dry skin, the best drugstore foundation I’ve found is Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry skin. If you’re looking for a department store option, I’ve been loving the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (the original Double Wear is great too but is very very full coverage – a little too much for me).

The thing is, no foundation works well on dry skin if it isn’t applied right. Which brings me to my next point…

4. Beauty Blender

This is absolutely my #1 tip to other dry skinned girls out there.

Prior to buying a beauty blender knockoff, I’d been using a flat-topped buffing brush (this one is great and affordable). It’s so easy to apply foundation with a brush (and the finish is gorgeous), and I’d highly recommend it for the oily skinned girls among us. That said, the buffing motion stirs up all those little skin flakes – something that absolutely had never occurred to me.

For us dry skinned girls, wet the beauty blender and then put foundation on the back of your hand and apply in a blotting motion. I’ve found this helps keep my skin from looking so dry, even if it actually is.

5. Aquaphor for the lips

Nothing works better. Period. I keep the big tube with me at all times during the winter. It’s a cuticle saver too!

Do you have any suggestions for dry, winter skin? I’m always looking for new products to help combat dryness!

What We Fight About

Sometimes N and I fight. I know, shocking. But the best fights are the ones that are really just extended, intense conversations about our strong feelings about super specific subjects. We have these on road trips a lot.

I’ll give you an example of something we fight about: N and I have an ongoing, hilarious but serious argument about whether or not video games are good for children and whether or not our children will be allowed to play video games. You know, we fight over details about the kids we are years away from having. Makes sense.

video games

N played video games his entire childhood. Lots of them. His immigrant parents did not really understand the rating system of video games and movies and therefore both N and his brother watched lots of things I was definitely not allowed to watch (like 80’s Jean Claude Van Dam movies). His argument is that video games helped him develop critical thinking skills and that many video games are like puzzles, which are good for kids.

I on the other hand, watched very little TV and played video games only minimally (think Super Mario Brothers on occasion). You can read more about my childhood deprived of TMNT, power rangers, and army men here.  I feel strongly that this was a good thing and that it contributed to me being the voracious reader that I am today. I also think that if you want a kid to do a puzzle, you give them a freaking puzzle. The cardboard kind. And I’m adamantly against kids playing 1st person shooter games, no matter what research says.

This entire explanation is irrelevant because honestly, we’ll meet somewhere in the middle about this. We’ll carefully monitor every video game they play and with a Dad who understands gaming as much as N does, I’m sure it will all be appropriate. But again, we are years away from making these decisions. We aren’t parents yet. If I know one thing about parenting it’s that you don’t know anything about parenting until you are a parent.

I just always wonder about what other couples disagree about and I thought I’d share. Sometimes we have intense conversations about subjects that are completely irrelevant to our lives now. I think it’s a good thing and whether we agree or not, I kind of love these talks.

What do you and your partner fight about? Do you have theoretical conversations like these?

12 Beautiful & Unique Destinations to See in Your 20s


Some places like New York and London are perfect any stage in life. These 12 destinations though are especially awesome in your 20s. New cultures, amazing food, fun nightlife, these places hit the mark when it comes to traveling in your youth. By the way, I’m Margo, an expat living in Germany and completely nuts about traveling in Europe and my schnoodle, Stuart!

Margo from The Overseas Escape

1 | Barcelona, Spain


Have you ever been on a tapas and sangria bar crawl? No? Go to Barcelona. While you’re there do a bit of sightseeing (like the La Sagrada Familia, Spain’s most visited sight) and soak up the sun on the Spanish coast. Great restaurants, vibrant bars and great food, Barcelona is a winner!

2 | Positano, Italy


Located on the Amalfi Coast, south of Naples, this little town is a true treasure. Stunning mountains leap from the clear Mediterranean for dramatic views while the UNESCO-approved village feels as though you’re in an Italian dream. The vacation destination for the stars, I claimed it here as the most beautiful place in Europe and I mean it.

3 | Burano Island, Italy

In the Venetian Lagoon, this little island is known as the residence for the large population of fishermen. The vibrantly colored rows of houses were historically used as beacons for finding their way home after a long day at sea. In recent years it’s become a Pinterest sensation and a true photographer’s paradise. While there be sure to try fresh octopus (but not coupled with espresso, like I did).

4 | Paris, France


What can be said about the world’s most romantic and beautiful city? Culture (hello, Mona!) – check, fun nightlife – yep!, endless winding straights to stroll – absolutely. Paris is by far one of the most exciting and exotic large cities in Europe. Here is a helpful city guide for hitting the best of Paris with pointers like where to buy the tastiest macaroons and the location for perfect spot for a glass of wine at dusk.

5 | Oxford, England

Oxford England

Whether you’re a Harry Potter enthusiast or just appreciate history, Oxford is truly captivating. One of the oldest institutions in the world is riddled with stories and beautiful architecture. The vibrant town is full of great pubs, restaurants and shops. Charming cobblestone streets led through picturesque alleys walked by folks like Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Margret Thatcher and… Hugh Grant.

6 | Hallstatt, Austria



A shockingly beautiful lake village nestled in the Alps, Hallstatt is a true definition of European charm. Boating on the Hallstatt Lake is most scenic boat ride I’ve ever had and bucket list worthy for every traveler.

7 | Amsterdam, Netherlands


Maybe the famous Red Light District is the first thing that comes when thinking of Amsterdam but don’t be fooled, this city has a tremendous amount to offer. Museums here (Ann Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt, Van Gogh) are some of the best in the world but it’s the architecture that’ll really have you in awe. Spend a day on a boat with a bottle of wine in hand like I did and it’ll be a day you’ll never ever forget.

8 | Nerja, Spain


On the Costa Del Sol near Malaga this white-washed beach town is a true retreat. During your visit expect high stress on deciding between which tapa to eat and which beach to relax on. The beauty and fun of the beach plus the vibrant culture of Spain makes it a win-win combo.

9 | Bruges, Belgium


Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ the cozy town of Bruges is a photographer’s AND beer drinker’s dream. Take a canal cruise, munch down moules and frites (mussels and fries), admire the architecture or just sip that lovely golden Beglian goodness. A super-duper easy train ride from Brussels, Bruges is an absolute delight. (PS. It’s an easy city to pair with a visit to Amsterdam or Paris!)

10 | Annecy, France


Beautiful as can be, with flowing french wine and baguettes and zillions of outdoor activities – Annecy is a gem and convenient from Lyon and Geneva. We visited in late summer and enjoyed a day on the water (Annecy Lake is the cleanest in Europe) and later did a gorgeous hike in the Alps. In the winter zillions of ski resorts are within close proximity in the Alps.

11 | Prague, Czech Republic


A UNESCO old town, castle looming high above, lively cafe culture, rooftop bars, markets, and cheap prices, Prague fits the bill perfectly. I highlighted the best of Prague because the amount of activities in this city are endless.

12 | Dingle, Ireland


Trad music in the air, a fresh glass of Guinness and a plate of mussels straight from the Dingle Bay. The town of Dingle has all the Irish charm you could ever hope for PLUS a friendly dolphin (no, seriously). My day in Dingle is one I will not soon forget.

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My Everyday Jewelry

I’ve never been much of a jewelry person. I wear the exact same jewelry every day. This is mostly out of laziness, and due to the fact that jewelry kind of bothers me. I’ve tried to do the statement necklace and rock the arm candy but inevitably I wind up taking it off because I find it so irritating. I don’t know how it doesn’t bother people to type or write with tons of bracelets on. I can’t do it.

So here is my everyday jewelry:

Gold Anchor Infinity Necklace

Anchor Infinity Necklace

I bought this at TJ Maxx for $16 about two years ago and it has become my everyday staple. Partly because I always feel like I should be wearing an anchor (cause I’ll always be a sorority girl), and partly because every single time I wear it, someone compliments me. It’s definitely a more unique piece, but it’s still simple and I love it.

Here is a similar item from Etsy.

Engagement ring

gold solitaire engagement ring

Duh. It’s my favorite thing ever. N knew what I wanted (a simple solitaire) and he sent photos from my Pinterest page to the jeweler. The man is a genius. Well done N, well done.

Diamond Studs


Much to my surprise, when N and I got engaged his Mom presented me with earrings to match my ring. When I opened them, I believed they were really nice cubic zirconias or some other stone and was obviously very openly thankful to her for her generous gift (Because I do not live in a world where I receive 3 diamonds in one day. That’s just not something I could even fathom.). I had no idea they were diamonds.

Later when I went to put them on, I found that the backs were screw on. Huh? I thought. Weird. And then I said to N, “I think these earrings might be real diamonds.” To which he replied, “Um yeah they are. What did you think they were?” WHAT? And now you’ll have to rip these earrings out of my cold dead ears, because I haven’t taken them off since. In other news, I feel like this was a pretty good sign that my mother-in-law likes me.

I hope that didn’t seem braggy. It was a really lovely gift and I’m still pretty stunned.

These are obviously a recent addition to my usual jewelry. Prior to this, I rotated between 3 pairs of gold studs from Forever 21 until the gold rubbed off and then I’d cycle in a new pair, also from Forever 21.

Long Gold Necklace

long gold necklace

For the days when I really need  a long necklace to make a look work, I swap out my infinity necklace for this one. It was $3.80 from Forever 21 and naturally, the gold has rubbed off along the neck area. When will I learn to just go ahead and buy the nicer versions of things?

So there you have it. If you saw me in person, you can bet I’d be wearing some combination of the above.

Are you also someone who wears the same jewelry every day? If you aren’t, do you have any suggestions about how to get used to changing things up each day?

I’ll Just Leave These Here…

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Sometimes when I look at Archie I’m forced to realize that he is the being in the world that I would most want to trade places with. He doesn’t need his own dog bed because he sleeps in the middle of ours. He is coddled, spoiled, and oh-so-loved. Plus, he’s the only member of the family with his own hashtag (#eastanddog).

Basically, it’s really good to be Archie.