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Belif's "The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb," $38, available at Sephora.

Belif's "The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb," $38, available at Sephora.

Before New York City's winter goes full Polar Vortex on us, I like to brush off my thick coats and sweaters and re-sole my trusty boots. That way, by the time that first miserable morning rolls around, I'm ready to hit the slippery pavement. But my seasonal beauty routine could use some prep, too. Frigid winds are some of skin's worst enemies, so I'm always desperate for a moisturizer that can handle the cold, dry air, but that's not so thick that I can't wear it under makeup. 

I picked up a free sample of Korean beauty brand Belif's "The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb" at some point over the last few months, and finally got around to trying it. It seems like the kind of cream one would only wear at night, but the directions specified that it also works for daytime, so I applied it one morning when my skin was feeling particularly sallow. The cream is truly as hydrating as the title "moisturizing bomb" would suggest, and it miraculously stays put all day. (I haven't tried it for 26 hours as the label promises, but I wouldn't be surprised if that's true.) 

It also smells fantastic — a subtle floral smell that is very soothing. Each pot isn't as big as I'm accustomed to for cream (I'm thinking of the buckets of Cetaphil sold at drugstores) but a little product goes a long way. No matter how cutting the winter winds are this year, my skin will be protected against the elements. My Acne boots, however, are another matter. 

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Belif's "The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb," $38, available at Sephora.