Monday night, you might have noticed there was a slight chill in the air in Chicago. It wasn’t from the sudden temperature drop in the weather (brrr!), it was from the icy glares of the bloggers at the Blogger Beauty Battle! Three Chicagoland beauty bloggers, Sandra Witten of Pink Memo, Aramide “Deedee” Esubi of The Sassy Peach and yours truly from Second City Style, gathered at the Sephora Northbridge store on Michigan Avenue to battle it out for the ‘best winter beauty set for this season.’ The caveat was that our picks had to total under $100 and that one of the items had to be blush. The winner not only had bragging rights, but would be able to give away their complete set of beauty essentials.
And as a Chicagoan born in raised, it’s hard to set your sights on just any items…you need some products with moisture, dual purposes and ones that won’t break the bank. So here were my picks:
Tarte Cheek Stain in “Tickled”, $30 – Though it says that it’s just for your cheeks, it can be used for both lips & cheeks! An ‘it’ color that can be easily buildable for a look that can go from day to night in a few extra swipes. Though the color looks like a vampy burgundy, it comes out a sheer peachy red. Plus, it smells like peaches!
Boscia B.B. Cream, $38 – That winter wind can be brutal. The best way to keep your skin looking its best without being too heavy is this B.B. cream by Boscia. It’s an oil-free, skin-perfecting “Blemish Balm” that creates a flawless finish as it moisturizes and nourishes the skin. With SPF against the bright sun that shines even in the winter, the cream also diminishes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skintone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals imperfections. And since it only comes in one color, there’s no way you can pick the wrong shade!
Jack Black Lip Balm in “Black Tea & Blackberry” $7.50- This isn’t just a lip balm for winter, it’s amazing all year ’round! A super conditioning lip balm features a hint of tea flavor without being overbearing and protecting SPF. It soothes chapped lips while not having that glossy look and even if the wind blows, your hair has little chance of getting stuck to your lips. So what if it’s for men? Bonus: it helps your lipstick stay on longer!
Sephora by OPI Nail Color in Curve-aceous, $9.50 – My favorite color of the season: opaque dark red! Perfect for day or night, this nail color is classic and on-trend at the same time. The color has a hint of metallic sheen without the chunky (and outdated) glitter pieces.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara in “Black Onyx”, $16 – No look is complete without a touch of mascara. This long-lasting Clinique version is one of the best. Throughout rain, sleet and snow, this mascara is sure not to budge. And the dark color means you can layer on another coat at the end of the day without clumps.
Well, after a fierce judging panel at TheBlush.com scrutinized and debated on which set was best and Second City Style came out on top! Obviously cause we are having the giveaway! Woot!
Giveaway: One lucky reader will win this exact gift set! So what do you have to do to win? Simply leave a comment to this post by next Tuesday, November 20th by 5pm EST telling us what one other item at Sephora you think we missed. The person who suggests the item that makes us slap our collective foreheads and think “why didn’t we think of that?” will win the entire set in time for the holidays! Don’t forget to leave us your email address so we can contact you should you win!
– Taneisha Jordan
Photos: Second City Style; TheBlush.com