Today we’re going to talk about things I LOVE – and there are a lot of them! I am basically a human guinea pig. I live to test, test, test… and discover fun new things (like the podcast I’m loving this month or the most perfect pair of sandals). Sharing discoveries like this was the reason I started blogging in the first place – it’s nice to just sit down and share the things I’m excited about right now. I hope you enjoy this list – and would love for you to share your favorite recent discoveries in the comments below! XO
one // Flesh Beauty
You may have listened to yesterday’s podcast episode. If you didn’t, backtrack now and go listen. It is one of my favorite episodes we’ve done so far as we have Linda Wells (the founding editor of Allure and founder of Flesh Beauty) on the show. Wow. She is amazing. But so is her company, Flesh Beauty! The foundation stick is wonderful (love the tiny, portable format and the extensive shade range – my color is Vanilla), the highlighter drops are beyonnnnd and I also really love the highlighter stick (the bronzy one, “twitch!”). Oh and the lip glosses. Honestly it’s all great, but those are my favorites.
Linda describes the line as a beauty line for editors – think flawless, natural looking makeup and maybe one pop of color or something playful. I’m obsessed and you will be too.
I got a blowout last week (not at DryBar, I refuse to go there as they constantly mess up my hair but I love their products!!!) and the first thing I noticed was how amazing this spray smells! So delicious and yummy… like vanilla frosting but not in a gross saccharine way? But what I really loved most about it was the texture it gave my hair – my beach waves stayed in place for DAYS after my blowout. (I can always make a blowout last and last but usually the waves fall out). I ordered a bottle for myself immediately.
three // Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum
I was sent a sample of this serum and really like it. It’s very similar to Vintner’s Daughter in terms of consistency, absorption, etc. It’s great for all skin types but what’s different about it is that it contains 500mg of full-spectrum CBD. CBD is great in beauty products as it helps to reduce inflammation (redness, sensitivity, eczema and blemishes). And I hate myself for saying this but the packaging looks really, really nice on my sink – I love the chic black & gold packaging.
four // MAC Lip Pencil in “Whirl”
I got my makeup done professionally last week and the makeup artist used this lip pencil (with clear balm over it) which is basically my perfect rosy nude. I say “my” perfect nude as we all have different colorings. But if you have a similar coloring to me, then you must try this! I find most nudes to be too muddy/brown which makes my teeth look yellow.
I will preface by saying that this product is not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction. UGH GUYS SUNSCREEN IS THE WORST. It’s a necessary evil of course as I don’t want skin cancer or wrinkles, but a part of me just wants to avoid the sun in full because I hate sunscreen so much. It’s either packed with chemicals or it’s mineral, which acts as a physical barrier so always feels grimy on. This is the best one I’ve tried. It’s lighter than most mineral formulations and doesn’t leave my skin feeling *as* grimy as the rest of the mineral sunscreens I’ve tried.
six // Sarah Flint Perfect Sandals
As you know, Sarah Flint makes my most favorite shoes. FAVES. Why? They’re so comfortable and easy to walk in but still sexy. I am really excited about her new perfect sandals. I can’t decide between the 85mm or the 100mm (I have the 85mm in my pumps but the 100mm is just a little bit better looking. Will the 15mm really make that much of a difference!? As always you can take $50 off your first pair of Sarah Flint heels with code GRACE50.
seven // MM Casual
I have long been a big fan of MM LaFleur as they are a great, female owned company and I love their no-fuss approach to workwear (most of the fabrics are impossible to wrinkle and many of them are even machine washable). But I have no need for most of their clothing in my wardrobe as I dress so casually on most days. Enter their new casual line. LOVE. I have and LOVE this sweater, these culottes, and this top (I wear the top + culottes together.. both are machine washable!). And while not a part of the new casual line, I am obsessed with this trench – just needed to point it out! (Read more about the collection on their blog, here!)
eight // Not Another True Crime Podcast
I love this podcast and am reallllly enjoying it (especially the Maura Murray, Elizabeth Holmes, and Anna Delvey episodes). I like that they focus on one crime or scam per episode and the banter between the hosts is great. (Also for more true crime podcasts, read this post!)
nine // Loeffler Randall Emilia Sandals
These sandals aren’t anything new (I got mine this past fall) but I cannot stop wearing them. As you might have seen from last week’s outfit diary, I wear them with just about everything from dresses to cut-offs. They’re incredibly comfortable and *just* sparkly enough. Also available here and here!
ten // Figue Extended Sizing
It’s no secret that Figue is one of my absolute favorite brands so it makes me happy to see them expanding their size range to include an XXL! (Yes I know, XXL is not fully inclusive but we need to celebrate brands who are taking s step in the right direction). Their clothing generally runs pretty big (I’m usually a 6-8 and always a small) and the XXL will fit an 18, maybe even 20. Three of my favorite styles that come in extended sizes are the Alessia dress (have and LOVE), the stripe Gianna dress, and this graphic black and white one!
tell me something you’re obsessed with right now!