With a degree in neuroscience and art history from UCLA, Rose Theodora is an expert when it comes to color therapy and astrology. Each month, she'll be sharing astrological insights for your sign, as well as the beauty products you should be using—consider these your personal beauty horoscopes.
Sloughing off dead skin and old themes will be a theme as the New Year comes to a close. This month is HUGE as we plan for our future! There are a lot of changes brewing, more this year than most. Expect your skin to have flare-ups until the third week of December. See tips and reasons below.
December 1: Venus in Sagittarius. Follow-through becomes difficult now, but our dreams soar high. While Venus is here for a few weeks, our travel and philosophical life get a boost. Self-exploration is key right now.
December 2: Positive day for magic and hopefulness. Creativity will be at an all-time high and so will your faith. Plan something creatively soothing today.
December 3–22: Mercury retrograde! This isn't new to you, you've done this 1000 times before, three to four times a year. This time it's in Sagittarius retrograde, which means that you don't know enough yet. Stay open and learn as much as you can during this period. Remember the golden rules: No new contracts, no NEW electronic purchases. Redo, revisit, rethink open-ended "things" from your past so that you can move forward in the New Year clearer and more open to receiving.
December 3: Full moon in Gemini. A tough one—emotional and deceitful—expect to be focused. Don't believe everything you see and hear. Stay neutral and let go of superficial emotions by writing down your feelings.
December 9: Mars enters Scorpio, the planet of will and physicality changes pace, from easy-going adventurous to intense, probing, and deeply emotionally motivated Scorpio. Dive in deep but watch your motives.
December 18: New moon Sagittarius!
December 19: Saturn enters Capricorn until March 21, 2020. This is HUGE because Saturn has been in the sign Sagittarius since December 21, 2014, so all of you born from November 1985 to November 1988 have been dealing with major life themes since then and basically solidifying your life until now. Today you can breathe a sigh of relief as it moves from your sign into Capricorn, where it will spend the next three years. This will affect those born in December 1988 to December 1990, meaning Saturn returns for you, while the rest of us will begin looking at our life in a more practical sense as we plan for the future.
December 21: Winter solstice + Capricorn season! Initiation of less light when we give linear time and productivity more importance. The drama is behind you!
December 22: Mercury no longer retrograde, but give it a few days to settle before jumping into things.
December 25: Christmas and Venus enter Capricorn. Boosting family ties and stability.
December 31: New Year's Eve. Social and eventful, full of verbal affirmations and laughter.
A new life path awaits you this New Year, and December is the month that all your hard work finally begins to pay off. If you don't know which direction you're headed, this year brings clarity and support. Mercury retrograde will have you thinking about increasing your skills set, and you should.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores ($27)
Using a charcoal mask keeps things under control and clean while you process your emotions.
TAURUS: Higher Minded
Ruled by Venus, when your planet enters Capricorn on Christmas, you'll find that your skin is glowing beautifully. However, the first half of the month you'll be focused on relationship balance and redistributing your resources so that things can be even comfier. Needless to say, this will cause a little stress, and stress shows up on your skin. Avoid taking out a loan or signing up for holiday credit cards this month (due to Mercury retrograde).
Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin ($49)
Try a balancing mask. Pamper yourself by invoking the senses; this will calm your mind, body, and soul in December.
GEMINI: Deeper Horizons
For a light-hearted sign like you, while Saturn moves into Capricorn, you'll spend the majority of the first part of the year dealing with the deeper, darker parts of yourself. Let go of superficiality on the December 3, the full moon and Mercury retrograde. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Your skin flare-up will be directly related to fears and adrenaline overkill, stemming from the liver.
Renee Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Mask ($60)
Although we aren't doctors and won't pretend to be, this month a detox would do wonders for you, so we recommend a detox mask. Expect relationships to get a whole lot easier and clear in 2018.
The latter part of the year, you'll be doing a lot of cleanups sparked from Mercury retrograde, which will initiate a scheduled shift and inspire you to get even healthier. You'll be passionate about organizing your home and connecting with family. Lastly, you'll want to nurture the relationships that matter most, the meaningful ones. Mercury retrograde paired with the full moon will ask that you get more grounded in everyday life, striving to create a more practical reality.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid ($7)
Use a moisturizing serum this month. Time is an investment—remember that while you're giving your skin the love that it deserves.
LEO: Rebuilding Your Confidence
Mercury retrograde will show you what you've neglected and where you've lost your confidence. It happens to the best of us and is healthy, so this isn't anything to sweat! This is a blessing in disguise getting you to reinfuse your life with passion. The end of the year brings health matters into focus and a move on the horizon if you haven't already made the jump. Your skin will be glowing more than usual, simply because you care more.
Sugar Face Polish Natural Exfoliant with Real Strawberry Seeds ($25)
A gentle scrub and a hydrating lemon spritz are what inspires you and your fresh look most.
VIRGO: Restructuring Themes From Your Past
The past influences everyone despite what one admits or is consciously aware of. This holiday season, as 2018 approaches, you're revisiting themes from your childhood so that you can move forward with more ease and become less bound to the past. The future and the past are tied together, but your thoughts and perspective can change everything. You're inspired by positive thoughts this month, and your skin won't be as sensitive as most, although hydration is never overrated.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides ($43)
Stick to your routine but add a collagen booster.
LIBRA: Moving Past Limitations
You're ultra-focused on your home and family this month, and the New Year promises a lot of inner work. Luckily your confidence and finances are looking bright. If you haven't gotten a raise, expect to soon. Mercury retrograde will be busy, and you should expect minor car issues, save a little extra cash for unexpected repairs. When it comes to your skin this month, you'll need to change up your skin routine entirely; it's outworn and outdated. Go back to basics, something earthy and targeted—it's just what you need to keep your skin looking dewy and moist, just the way you like it.
Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask ($14)
Try a lemon-infused mask—something uplifting.
For the most part, you're a private sign, so having the world open up to you can feel exposing and uncomfortable, but trust that you are 100% prepared for this. You're starting to value yourself more than ever, and it shows this month. Mercury retrograde will have you restrategizing that last important piece to your financial puzzle, but trust that you can rely on your solid logic skills and profound psychological insight to achieve almost anything. Your skin is overactive this month due to your overactive strategizing.
Dr. Barbara Strum Face Mask ($160)
Use a calming protective mask; something pore-tightening is what you need while feeling overexposed.
SAGITTARIUS: Financial Rewards
This month you'll be focused on creating more financial freedom so that you can live more in alignment with your purpose. The end of the year means taking honest stock of where and how you make money. Ask yourself if it's really worth it, spending your time doing what you're doing, or if you could do something even more meaningful and deserving of your time; this is Mercury retrograde in your sign. Aim to up your spiritual practice this month so that you stay clear-headed. Your skin will appreciate a practical approach, something grounding.
In Fiore Cleansing Emulsion ($70)
Try this calming cleanser and only wash your face at night.
CAPRICORN: Skin Deep
Capricorn is the sign associated with the skin, and so you more than anyone appreciate the longevity of an investment in your skin. Prone to dry skin and flare-ups, you aren't foreign to beauty routines or products. Mercury retrograde insists that you make time to relax, a retreat somewhere remote would be ideal. This month everything starts in your favor and you'll feel positive about life as the New Year rolls in, but as the year progresses, you'll have a ton of responsibility that will require time and energy.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Mask ($79)
Start preparing for this busy time now with warming, calming mask so that you feel ready to tackle everything headed your way.
You believe that all of life is connected, and it is, but this month you'll really notice just how much. Mercury retrograde will have you reconsidering your acquaintances at work and if you're talking to the right people—networking people call it. Expect to receive a lot of invitations this month, and say yes to as many of them as you can. You'll surely see that everything and everyone is connected, and this will help you to figure out where you're headed. Just don't sign any new contracts until after the New Year.
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An illuminating iridescent facial recovery mask, this one is perfect for Aquarius because you'll love its holographic color.
Though you aren't normally over-ambitious, this Mercury retrograde will have you thinking about what you need to do to take your career to the next level. You'll spend the next year socializing and traveling a ton, and this month you'll start to see evidence of that. Think about what more you can learn to support your career and seriously start to contemplate teaching more (to whatever capacity, even if you're still a teenager, how can you share your craft with others now?). Your skin will be tired from all of your socializing and strategizing.
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Try this instant pick-me-up highlighting cream—one that makes you feel radiant.
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