Meghan’s Glowy Winter Routine

I am a woman of routine. I don’t go switching up my skincare products on whims, nor do I do anything super different with my makeup for most of the year. But come December, things get a little crazy. Something about my birthday month, combined with holidays, parties, friends, family, and New Year’s Eve brings me to break out products that I wouldn’t normally use every day.

These are some new goodies that I’ve been breaking into recently, in honor of those holiday parties and the excitement in the air.


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YSL All Hours Foundation Stick

$48 USD/$56 CAD

Built as a stick foundation, this foundation makes getting ready for holiday parties quick, easy, blend-able, and finger friendly. I love using my fingers to apply foundation, and fingers work well for this one! Coverage is medium, I’d say, but could be built up for full coverage. What I like most about this foundation is the control during application and the ease of building: this formula and packaging makes it easy to apply only where you need it. (Note: I didn’t love this as a spot concealer.)


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YSL Mon Paris Couture Edition Face Palette Highlighting Blush

$47 USD/$68 CAD

And then why not top it off with a shimmery blush? This has a nice, light pink sheer (which means that it won’t be distracting from a bold lip or a smoky eye), but adds some wonderful dimension with a light shimmer. I like adding this to the tops of my cheeks, so it acts as a blush and highlighter in one.


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Smith & Cult Book of Eyes in Interlewd

$44 USD

The combination of my red hair and brown eyes usually has me reaching for pinks and purples for eyeshadows during the holiday season. I picked up this eyeshadow quad while I was in Austin, Texas last year, and I’ve loved it ever since. The three primary colors feel very wearable (and I’ll even use them in everyday situations!), but the fourth purple is a shimmery gold hue that adds a pop for a special holiday eye.


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Shiseido Clarifying Cleansing Foam

$36 USD/$48 CAD

Talk about top shelf. When I was in Japan, Shiseido seemed both commonplace (it was the face wash that came standard in the hotel) and deluxe (the Shiseido store in Ginza is something to behold). At the very least, this cleanser reminds me of my time in Japan. But as a cleanser, this is a rich experience. A little goes a long way! This doesn’t feel like a typical foaming cleanser because it takes a lot of water for this to foam. Instead, it feels thick and nourishing on the skin, not stripping.


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Fresh Rose Floral Toner (TRAVEL SIZE)

$15 USD/$18 CAD

A big part of the holidays involves traveling. And one of the most difficult types of skincare products to travel with is a toner; it needs to be small enough to be tucked into a carry-on, needs to have a tight enough lid that it won’t spill, and requires cotton pads. But this toner is super packable because it comes in a spray bottle and is the perfect size for a carry-on! For acne-prone types, this is a gentler toner compared to others like Thayers or Pixi’s Glow Tonic, and may not be ideal if you’re battling acne. But it leaves skin feeling fresh, hydrated, and, well, toned. Well-traveled, and well-toned, what more could you ask for, especially over the holidays?