This winter Jack Frost has been nipping at more than just my nose. That jerk has launched a full attack on my face and hair. And don’t even get me started on the heat in my apartment. You’d have to have a run a fog machine to put any moisture back into that dry air. Goodbye couture coif, HELLO STATIC CLING!

I don’t know about you, but I long for the carefree days of sun kissed, supple summer skin …when “skin care” meant a little sunscreen and lip gloss. (Sigh). But just as the seasons change, so should your beauty regime. Ladies, it’s time to “winterize” your skin with these splurges and steals.

It all begins with the three “M’s” of winterization:

MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!

SPLURGE: Crème de la Mer, $130 for 1oz., $1390 for 16.5oz, lamer.com

When it comes to facial moisturizers I’ll admit, nothing beats Crème de la Mer. It claims to be made of “Miracle Broth” and while I’m not sure exactly what that is, I can assure you it works. Celebrities swear by it (and who doesn’t covet celeb skin). But my friends, there’s a reason celebrities look so amazing. They have money. Which means they can pop over to the Mandarin Oriental for the MOST fabulous facials. And drop the equivalent of my MANHATTAN rent on a face cream. I get it. It’s part of the job. When your face is being broadcast to millions (in high-def no less) it better look flawless. Can you imagine what a pimple looks like projected onto a 40 ft movie screen. But what about the rest of us?

Don’t we deserve our close-up Mr. DeMille?

Times as they are, I can’t afford to EAT caviar let alone slather it on my face. And this crème is la MORE than I can spend. But I have a secret weapon.

A La Mer-ical substitution if you will.

STEAL: Eucerin Original Crème, $12.99 for 16oz., drugstore.com

This “dream cream” is actually marketed for the hands and body, but your FACE is going to thank me. It’s not made of “Miracle Broth” like La Mer, but this thick, rich cream does the trick. I slather it on at night just before bed and wake with perfectly soft, hydrated skin. At such a low price (literally one HUNDRETH the cost of La Mer) I can afford to put it everywhere. One word of caution: it’s thick and greasy (just like La Mer) so avoid silk sheets and/or being seen by anyone.

STEAL: Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $8.49 for 3.5 oz, drugstore.com

Also by the makers of Eucerin is my number one (not-so-secret) beauty secret: Aquaphor. Again they seem to have missed the mark in their marketing. The bottle says “advanced healing for dry, cracked or irritated skin”. What they really mean is “God’s gift to chapped lips.” Hands down, it’s the best lip balm I’ve ever come across. I’ve even found it in small lip gloss size tubes and I try and keep one in every coat pocket.

BONUS TIP: you can put it on your cuticles at night for perfect morning paws.

Hair Care:

SPLURGE: Kérastase Bain Satin 2, $32, kerastase-usa.com

Again, celebs and their stylists swear by this shampoo. I’m not sure if it’s because of the price, but Kérastase has become a “celebrity” in its own right. I was once called a “name dropper” for mentioning that I use it. Well … if by ”name dropper” you mean “devoted fan that will skip a mani/pedi to buy this miracle product”, then yeah … I guess I am. I know this is a pricey purchase, but if you can afford it, buy a bottle and shampoo less often. Your hair is worth the hype.

STEAL: L'Oreal Vive Pro Hydra Gloss Moisturizing Shampoo, $4.99, drugstore.com

For a more wallet friendly wash, I love the L’Oreal Vive Pro series. They have a shampoo and conditioner for every hair type and they smell great. If you’re not completely sold, the Vive Pro line and Kerastase are both made by the folks at L’Oreal. I say when quality counts, keep it in the family.

SPLURGE: Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser, $24, Sephora.com

You might be wondering why this made my list of winterized must-haves but it’s pretty simple. The less you wash your hair, the healthier it’ll be. Shampoo strips hair of its essential oils and when combined with excessive (and unnecessary blow drying) can traumatize your tresses. In the winter frost, its effects are even worse. Never fear, this spray-on shampoo really works! It somehow soaks up oil and grease and SMELLS amazing. These geniuses have even created a travel size for $10.

STEAL: Psssssst Volume + Color Instant Spray Shampoo, $5.99, drugstore.com

If you’re looking to save, this product works just as well as the high-end dry shampoos. The only caveat—the scent isn’t quite as appealing to me as the Ojon. Then again, it also helps you get the best bang for your buck, keeping your hair clean and fresh between those (less frequent) blow-outs.

A final tip for weathering the winter: Don’t forget to moisturize on the inside too. The cheapest and easiest way to get that rosy glow … drink lots of water. And for more great beauty bargains and tips, click here for our new videos!

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