We Tried It: Face Balms That Will Save Your Skin This Winter

Jan/21/2016 at 07:17 PM ET

Balms, mousses, soufflés: three things we don’t typically plan to smear on our faces. But the latest trend in skincare is all about those buzzwords — and they’re just as rich, indulgent and delightful as they sound.

As someone with super-dry, redness-prone skin, I’m constantly searching for products that will keep my skin calm and hydrated not only at night, but throughout the day. And like clockwork, my skin needs a total refresh every day at 3:00 p.m. Upgrading my normal moisturizer to something heavier was a no-brainer, but these latest purported skin saviors promise to take hydration even beyond your wildest dreams. Did they deliver?


1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm
On the coldest of days, this balm is better than staying in bed with a tablet and Netflix (yes, it’s that good). It starts as a solid (like a big tub of lip balm) but melts down to apply smooth and somewhat greasy. When I applied it at night I woke up to super-hydrated skin in the morning and my usual redness was nearly gone. Then to try to up the “dewy factor” of my winter-beaten skin, I also slathered it on under my makeup — and was able to skip my daily afternoon re-moisturizing session.
The verdict: What seems like a heavy, potentially suffocating balm is exactly what I need in winter months; according to the packaging, which says “for dry to very dry skin types”, I’m the perfect candidate. But oily acne-prone skin types, beware: Though this is sure to cure dryness, the grease factor may be too much for your skin to handle.

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2. Yes to Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Facial Soufflé Moisturizer

When I opened the tub, the scent instantly brought me to the tropical island that I wish I was on right now. The consistency was somewhere between a super-rich night cream and a solid coconut oil, but it dried to a soft, almost sticky texture — not greasy, exactly, but noticeable. I applied a thick layer before bed (and gave it huge bonus points for not destroying my pillowcase), then woke up hydrated and refreshed. I re-applied before my foundation, and my makeup not only set perfectly, but I didn’t feel dry or turn red at any point throughout the day.
The verdict: I’d use this again, but only during the day. It’s not quite rich enough to give me the crazy hydration that I crave in a night cream, but it’s perfect for a glowy-but-not-greasy base under foundation. And I’d certainly recommend it to my oily friends.

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3. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter

As a cult follower of Josie Maran’s super hydrating products, this excited me the most. It looks and feels like your typical night cream — thick and creamy, and not solid like the others. But the best part is that after a few minutes of oiliness while it penetrates, it then rubs in entirely, leaving you without any greasiness left behind. Applied at night, my skin was glowy in the morning but without any delectable leftover product. My redness disappeared, and my skin wasn’t dry or tight at all. And under makeup, my skin was hydrated all day with the exception of one mid-day re-application.
The verdict: While this didn’t quite leave me with my ideal level of dewiness during the day, this is the perfect winter night cream for the person who has no desire to feel like a greasy mess before bed — and for those with oily skin.

Would you try a face balm? What are your winter skin tricks? Tell us below!

–Jillian Ruffo

Olivia Munn Knows She Has Dead Eyes on the Red Carpet (She's Just Trying to Look Cool)

Jan/21/2016 at 09:00 AM ET

There are many components to nailing a red carpet look — the outfit, the hair, the makeup, the accessories, the smize — and Olivia Munn consistently delivers on all … but one. In a new interview with Yahoo Beauty she reveals that she struggles with serving up diva realness (or whatever Tyra expression you’d like to user here) when the flashbulbs are popping.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Is About to Drop Another Beauty Bombshell: An All-Natural Skincare Line!

Jan/20/2016 at 05:41 PM ET

If you haven’t already jumped on Gwyneth Paltrow‘s natural-living bandwagon, now might be the time to start. That’s because the actress and founder of the healthy lifestyle site, Goop, has a skincare line in the works — and judging by her youthful complexion, it’s going to be good.

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What We're Buying: Carmen Electra's Perfect-Skin Solution

Jan/19/2016 at 07:01 PM ET

Have you bought anything you loved lately? In the PeopleStyle offices, the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” We love to share our absolute can’t-miss picks in our gallery, What We’re Loving Right Now — as well as the go-to skincare of actress Carmen Electra (who just launched a new scent with FragranceNet).

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You Can Have Hair as Glossy as Princess Kate's with This Special Cleansing Conditioner

Jan/18/2016 at 06:00 AM ET

If you’ve been trying to recreate Princess Kate’s infamously perfect blowouts for years now, you may want to sit down for this. It turns out, the secret behind her glossy locks is all thanks to a special two-in-one cleansing formula, that’s only been available in the U.K. (until now!) and only costs — wait for it — $12!

You can only get this formula in the U.S. through our exclusive deal and to celebrate the state-side release, we caught up with Kate’s stylist, Richard Ward to find out what makes this product so different than other shampoo and conditioner duos.

It all has to do with its sulfate-free, paraben-free formula, which doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils and helps prolong color-treated hair (since there’s no detergent included).

Another thing that makes it so special is what is included — it’s chock full of botanical ingredients (green tea, aloe vera and vitamin A), a.k.a. items that help hair retain its natural “goodness.”

And because it’s free of sulfates it doesn’t suds up like a traditional shampoo, instead it’s meant to be messaged gently onto the hair and work as both a cleanser and conditioner. There you have it! Just this one product is all you need for a mane as enviable as Princess Kate’s!

If you’re a first-time Joyus shopper, enter PEOPLE10 at checkout to get 10% off orders over $50 and free shipping. And for more great products (also eligible for that 10% discount), go here.

— Colleen Kratofil

Teresa Giudice Matches Daughter Gia in Fur Coat and Chanel Clutch at First Red Carpet Appearance Since Prison Release

Jan/15/2016 at 03:13 PM ET

Ever since Teresa Giudice was released from prison for fraud charges in December, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star has been spending quality time with her family. She also returned to her glam ways. Giudice (immediately!) got an at-home spray tan and beauty treatments (including a hydrafacial). So it’s not shocking that for her first red carpet appearance Thursday night, she was clad in head-to-toe designer fashions.

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Christina Hendricks Dishes on Her Beauty Routine: 3 Tricks We're Stealing from Her Now

Jan/14/2016 at 05:14 PM ET

Christina Hendricks is a constant source of style and beauty inspo. So anytime she’s spilling her secrets, we’re ready to take notes. In a recent interview with The Cut, the Mad Men actress shared the scoop behind her hair, makeup and skincare routines. Below, a few of our favorite highlights.

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