CALLING ALL VAIN ICE QUEENS: A Complete Guide To Winter/Holiday Beauty

PLUS: Win a Clarisonic!
Publish date:
December 7, 2012

Do you use special products when it's cold outside? Gala wrote a few weeks ago about switching up her skin care routine with the changing seasons. Inspired, I crowd-sourced the xoJane editors and beauty team for their most essential winter beauty products. Winter's not the sexiest time, but I know these people, and they're mostly too vain to let the cold (and hectic holiday season) interrupt their swagger. Each xoJaner Instagrammed the one beauty or personal care product they can't get through winter or the holiday season without and I've compiled them below. But first...

We want to know what you love to use when it gets cold outside or when the stress and droning holiday carols get to you. Share it with us and you'll be automatically entered to win a Clarisonic and more. Here's how:

  1. Follow us on Instagram! (If you don't have Instagram, following us on Twitter will count instead.)
  2. Post a photo of your can't-live-without winter product to Instagram or Twitter (if you wanna get your face in there, we'd love to see you. But it's ok if you don't want to). Please include the name of the product.
  3. Include hashtags #vain and #xoJaneBeauty
  4. Your photo will show up in this gallery below and you'll be automatically entered to win. US only please!

On December 21, we'll randomly select one entrant to win the xoJane Winter Beauty Basket (worth over $200) and we will make sure you get it by Christmas.

You'll get a holiday-green colored Clarisonic Mia 2, a lifetime supply of xoJane stickers, and a Sweet Cakes cupcake-shaped vibrator from Good Vibrations. Check it out, pictured below on my desk to prove to you that this is real and you could own it!

Jane loves Apothecanna Calming Creme in the winter time because, "I keep thinking maybe I'll get a little high off the cannabis seed oil. It helps with sore, achy muscles. Plus, soft hands. No high though."

Me, Madeline:Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm is the chicest lip balm I've ever used; it's from Budapest, which is kinda posh. It cures and prevents chapped lips for hours with hyaluronic acid and apparently the almitoyl Oligopeptide in it increases lip volume over time. I have the thinnest lips and I'm puffing them out a bit in this photo, so I take what I can get.

Emily, Executive Editor, is into this sweet Cupcake Vibrator from our friends at Good Vibrations because "there's not much to do during the winter but stay in and masturbate. Plus, CUPCAKES."

Associate Beauty Editor, Hannah, pictured here fresh out of the shower (#nomakeup!), loves Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair "because it works on my skin while I'm hibernating like a bear!"

Beauty and Style Editor Gala: "Like every other beauty editor on the planet, I have written about Clarisonic extensively, in an effort to convey its brilliance. It truly is a must-have beauty tool, and once you try it, you will never go back!"

Deputy Editor Mandy: My hands get crazy dry during the winter time. My favorite cures are CND Almond Moisture Scrub and Almond Illuminating Masque which takes scaly gnarly lizard hands and turns them into supple sexy Angelina Jolie hotness. Do it.

Editorial Assistant Olivia:I love this Kiehl's Vanilla and Cedarwood smelly water because it is so sweet and soft compared to my hard rock black leather exterior.

Entertainment Editor Julieanne: I went to an accupuncturist once who I wasn't wild about. She told me that the best way to get rid of my acid reflux was to add acid to it, via this hippie Bragg's apple cider vinegar. (Sort of like people who suggest using oil on shiny skin, I guess?). It didn't do anything for my acid reflux, but it did do amazing things for my skin. I do a shot of it in the morning with a big glass of water and it really keeps me glowy and healthy feeling, especially when it's chilly-ass dry-skin SARS under-eye-circle season out there.

Kate Conway: When I lived in Ithaca, my skin would get HORRIFYING during the winter and my knuckles would crack and bleed all the time because I never wore gloves. Even though San Francisco's "winter" usually just translates into "slightly shittier than normal," I learned my lesson and wear this Eucerin Calming Creme CONSTANTLY. No more lizard hands!

Gabi: I'm using Shiny Silver Ultra shampoo and conditioner for color upkeep on my new winter-y, icy blonde and purple locks. It's fairly cheap, especially online, but it's also available at Sally Hansen. Make sure to keep it in for about 3 to 5 minutes every time you wash and remember that it does not serve as a cleanser. WASH AND PROPERLY CONDITION YOUR HAIR STILL, please. I learned that the hard way...

Parenting Editor Somer lives in Soutern Cali, but still has a winter reccomendation: I like to take a tablespoon of coconut oil every day, and I also use it directly on dry areas of my skin. Also makes a great, cheap, overnight hair treatment!

Tynanloves Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm "because it gives me that sneaky little bit of color that brings my face back to life in these cold and glum winter months."

Annie K:Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella goes perfectly with your winter furs.

Natalie: I can't survive winter without mainlining multivits like they're Haribo. And I swear, since splashing out and buying these Centrum ones rather than 50p cheapo ones, my hair and nails and skin have been in MUCH better condition. Love them.

Editorial Intern Julia: Technically, I use this all year round, but when I looked for products in the Victoria's Secret "Love Spell Shimmer" line over the summer so I could further stock up, I thought it was discontinued. Nope! I think this is a seasonal thing, and 'tis the season to smell like cherry blossom/peach heaven-perfection-OHMYGOD. Also, it, as promised, gives you a little sparkle, which makes winter a little less dreary.

Now for you guys! Happy Holidays from all of us at xoJane.