Our Fave Beauty Picks For Surviving The Last Throes Of Winter

It's snowing! No, it's raining. Wait, it's sleeting! Yep, it's that transitional time of year: not quite the throes of winter, yet not exactly spring, either. In this in-between phase of overall yech weather, we're battling dry skin while dreaming of cheerier makeup to brighten our moods. In this month's Most Wanted, the R29 beauty team shares the primping products we don't want to live without — whether that's a skin cream to de-flake our complexions or a shampoo that can withstand rain, sleet, and whatever other weather woes come our way. Bring it on, Mother Nature. We're ready for you.
1. Dayna Decker Moisturizer in Bardou
"Heavy lotions are not my jam, which is why this unconventional body moisturizer has been a savior during these end-of-winter weeks. It goes on like a thick serum, then sinks in immediately to leave the softest skin behind. It's lightweight yet hydrating, and the floral scent — with rose, pink peony, and cardamom — is gorgeous. (It's free of parabens, phthalates, or petrolatum, too.) We're going to be showing off our gams before we know it. Might as well get working on the whole smooth-and-soft skin thing now." — Annie Tomlin, beauty director
$54, available at Amazon.
2. Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream
"As someone who has struggled with oily, acne-prone skin all my life, it's come as a bit of a shock to me that I now have to deal with dry skin, too. I don't seem to run into this problem in warm weather — just during the colder months. I get these super-dry, flaky patches that it feels like nothing can penetrate — except this stuff. Super-soothing and hydrating without feeling greasy, it eradicates dryness and redness almost instantly and makes it easy for me to put makeup on without worrying about it being super-apparent or settling on the dry parts. It's really great to soothe the area around your nose after you've rubbed it raw from blowing your nose while fighting a killer cold." — Megan McIntyre, senior beauty editor
$65, available at BeautyBar.
3. Tom Ford Black Orchid Lipstick in Diabolique
"I have fallen hard — way hard — for this super-luxe, crazy-good lipstick. The shade is just slightly darker than a classic cherry red, which I think makes it even more wearable, and the formula is just to die for. It's super-light, feels like velvet on your lips, yet somehow stays put better than any lipstick I've ever tried. It's one of those beauty products that makes you feel like a million bucks, whether I'm heading out for the night or rolling into a morning meeting. Obsessed." — Tara Rasmus, assistant beauty editor
$48, available at Bloomingdale's
4. Verb Volume Spray
"I recently chopped off my hair into a shoulder-length bob, and while I love the cut, I've had to adjust my styling routine a little bit to get the look right with my wavy hair. Enter: Verb Volume spray, which gives my roots enough of a boost to prevent the 'triangle hair' thing. I'm really picky about the scents of my hair products, and love that the whole Verb line has a subtle, crisp citrus fragrance." — TR
Verb Volume Spray, $14, available at Ulta stores.
Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
5. Philip Kingsley Maximizer
"I used to think a good hair day in the rain was a fantasy, like finding a pair of jeans that made your butt look like Gisele's without busting your bank account wide open. Then I stumbled on this magic spray. It's a volumizer and it's not marketed as a weather-proofing styling product, but that's exactly what it does. I don't how it works or why it works but for some reason, whenever I spray this on my hair on a stormy morning, my hair looks great. When I don't use it, I get that sad, limp, straggly rain hair, which is reason enough for me to continue to spritz away whenever the skies are gray." — MM
$21, available at Philip Kingsley.
Agent Provocateur Pétale Noir Eau de Parfum
"I've always liked the moody feel of Agent Provocateur's fragrances, but Pétale Noir marks a different, dare I say, sunnier direction for the lingerie brand. The juice is a floral explosion of violet, iris, Turkish rose, hyacinth, magnolia, and more blooms. To keep it seductive, there's also a bit of leather and musk. While we're waiting for actual flowers to arrive this spring, smelling this is a little reminder that spring isn't too far away. If you're looking for an oversized bouquet of a fragrance, you owe it to yourself to check this one out." — AT
$87–$118, available at Nordstrom.
7. Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Urban Nature
"I rarely leave the house without some sort of eye makeup on, but this proves to be a challenge for me when the snow/sleet/rain is coming down sideways and my umbrella is blowing inside out. I invariably wind up with messy shadow and runny liner by the time I make it into the office. On those days when the weather is craptacular, I pull out one of these. The primer-shadow hybrid gives me creamy, gorgeous pigment that stays on my eyes, where it belongs."
— MM
$18, available at Sephora.
8. Lush Blousey Shampoo
"Beauty editor confession: I dread washing my hair. I do it, of course, but anything that lets me get one extra day between washings gets a big thumbs up. My latest find is this vegan shampoo. Safe for colored hair, it leaves my tresses feeling soft, light, and hydrated. And, somehow, even when it's rainy and gross, my hair still looks decent when I use this. Plus, it leaves hair smelling of cloves and roses. I almost look forward to washing my hair for once." — AT
$25.95, available at Lush.
9. Too Faced Beauty Balm in Linen Glow
"This BB cream might just be my winter-into-spring MVP. While not quite moisturizing enough to wear on its own, it's balm-y enough to add the perfect boost of hydration, without getting greasy. The new Linen Glow shade is just a touch darker than my natural skin tone, which adds the perfect hint of bronze to my pale, coming-out-of-winter face!" — TR
$34, available at Sephora
Photo: MCV Photo

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