Alright alright, let’s talk beauty! I’ve had this post brewing for some time as I have had SO much to tell you about… but I wanted to put it into this pretty new (shoppable) collage that my designer and I have been working on. As an aside, how are you liking the new collage grids? I love that you can click directly on the image to shop… makes it less confusing, no? We’ve been having some fun putting these layouts together but I’ve had a few challenges learning new tricks in Photoshop!
Anyway… beauty! Today I wanted to tell you about ten products I’ve tried over the past few months and absolutely LOVED. My skin has been really, really dehydrated. I am blaming the move (I’ve been so busy that I am not drinking as much water as usual, and I didn’t have any heat for the first week in the new space which really messed with my skin) and also travel… flying really dries you out.
Given that, exfoliation has been a major priority. On my face I have been using this REN mask/peel every few days. You leave it on for ten minutes and the glycolic acid gently exfoliates away all dead skin, etc. I like that it’s gentle but SUPER effective. It really makes your skin glow from within. On my body I am absolutely hooked (so is Kelly) on this scrub from Palermo (one of our new fav natural brands). What makes it different from all the other coffee scrubs out there is a) how creamy it is (it’s packed with shea butter which is extra creamy but it also holds the scrub together so it won’t leave coffee grinds all over your shower), and b) the scent – it smells a bit citrusy. Citrus and coffee don’t sound like they go together, but they DO! It’s the perfect way to wake up in the morning.
After all that exfoliation, hydration is a priority. I shot a series of videos this month with Saks and Decorté. Decorté is this incredible line of skincare from Japan – just launching now in the US. I have been lucky enough to get to test the whole line but the essence is the hero product (in my opinion). After washing your face, pat it dry and then gently pat a few pumps of this into your face and neck until your skin is dry. (Apply serum and moisturizer afterward.) After using it every day for a few weeks my skin is noticeably better – plumped up, so soft, and much more even (it has a way of diffusing redness, blotchiness, all of that). I don’t wear foundation very often but I use it even less thanks to this product. And while in Paris, I scooped up a tube of Embryolisse (the iconic French brand) as I had to see what the hype was all about. It did not disappoint. It’s the perfect everyday moisturizer – leaves your skin soft and smooth (and it’s actually a pretty great price at only $28!) For something more substantial (on really dry skin days) I love The Blue Cocoon from May Lindstrom. It’s magical. So soothing, so hydrating… the best of the best. Lastly on the hydration front is this awesome natural lip balm. It’s kind of a gloss-balm hybrid but the important thing is that it cures chapped lips in a pinch. It’s ultra soothing (packed with honey) and very very effective.
So that’s skincare. Two makeup products that I’ve been using the crap out of: Covergirl’s Easy Breezy Brow. This does everything – it darkens my brows, tames them (all day!)… in my opinion, giving me Cara Delevigne brows. The second is a new mascara: Laura Geller Lashboss. Okay I have an aversion to any product with the name “boss” in it. I really do. But this mascara is goooood. It leaves lashes ultra long, ultra thick, with a bit of gloss and curl. And it doesn’t flake off. It’s a really, really good mascara.
Last but not least… hair! It’s really hard to find a good dry shampoo at the drugstore but this one from L’Oreal is absolutely awesome. It immediately adds volume (and a nice clean scent) without any grit. It’s super lightweight and doesn’t leave any residue either. At the other end of the spectrum, for the dry shampoo addicts (hand raised), Phyto’s Detox Shampoo will get your scalp good and clean on those weeks where maybe you stretched your blowout out a little too long. The scent is incredible to boot.
PS – don’t forget to check out this month’s other beauty obsession… Glossier Cloud Paint!