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Must-have cold-weather moisturizer

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Now that fall is here, it’s prime time for dry skin. I have combination skin that tends to be on the oilier side, but even my skin takes a beating when the cold wind starts blowing. 

My three skincare must-haves to combat dry, flakey skin: exfoliator, oil and moisturizer. I’ve started using an exfoliator on mornings when I wake up to find patches of dryness on my face; I know my foundation won’t apply well if I don’t exfoliate. My current one of choice is Murad’s Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish. A little goes a long way, and it’s by far my favorite exfoliator I’ve ever used. 

For nighttime, I cleanse my face then apply The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil by patting it in all over my face. This stuff is truly amazing and moisturizing without being greasy. I’ll even use a tiny amount in the morning if I feel I need extra hydration. Then I like to apply The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream on top of the oil for an extra one-two moisturizing punch. I wake up in the morning with soft skin that’s almost always dry-patch-free.

What are your cold-weather must-have skin products? Let me know in the comments below!

Neutral leather

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Top: Forever 21 | Vest: Forever 21 | Denim: Elle | Flats: Target | Clutch: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: Forever 21

Was it just me, or was that the shortest weekend ever? Mine was pretty busy, from painting a house in the community to catching two movies (Magic in the Moonlight and If I Stay) and swapping out my summer clothes for my winter ones. 

I haven’t pulled out this studded vest since last fall, so I figured it was about time to wear it again. I love the edge it brings to my outfit. I kept it fairly casual with jeans and stripes, but I could definitely see it paired well with a girly dress and heels.

Buffalo plaid and books

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Jacket: Forever 21 | Striped top: Forever 21 | Scarf: Forever 21 | Jogger pants: Old Navy | Flats: Target | iPhone Case: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Why, yes, I have indeed worn these pants multiple times in the past few weeks. But when pants are so comfy and so chic at the same time, you really can’t resist the temptation to wear them as often as possible. I wore these pants earlier this week in a 9-5-appropriate way, so I wanted to wear them in a way that’s ideal for a casual weekend. With stripes, quilted leather, buffalo plaid and a good book, I am more than ready to take on the weekend!

Must-have lip crayons

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Madeira | Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist | Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous | L’Oréal Glossy Balm in Innocent | Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Adrenaline | Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Maraschino (shop these lip crayons by clicking the pics below)

If summers are the time for lip glosses, I definitely start to reach for lip crayons in the fall. They’re long-wearing and tend to be moisturizing, but I find I don’t have to touch them up as often as lipsticks. That means they’re a winner in my book. I rounded up my favorite brands and colors above, from nude all the way to a night-out-on-the-town red. And can we just take a minute to appreciate the names of each color? That’s my secret dream job: naming makeup or nail polishes.

Fall colors

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Jacket: Target | Chambray button-up: Banana Republic | Denim: Old Navy | Boots: LC Lauren Conrad | Lips: Tarte’s Exposed | Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke | Nails: Nails, Inc.’s Victoria | Sunglasses: Cole Haan via TJ Maxx | Bracelets: Forever 21, my grandma’s

One of my favorite parts of fall: jackets. This one from Target was such a unique color that I had to pick it up full-price (not something I typically do with Target clothes). I’ve already paired it with a casual weekend look and giant scarf, and this time around, I wanted to wear it with other similar fall colors: olive green and cognac. I love an anorak jacket for fall layering!