Recent Beauty Favorites.


I tried a lot of new beauty products this month. Some were good, some bad, some scary… but some were GREAT. You may want to drop whatever you are doing and read this now as these six products are really, really good.

The first is a product I never thought I would endorse – Sarah Jessica Parker’s new fragrance, Stash. Hear me out. I hate celebrity fragrances. Hate them. I spent 8 years working in the fragrance world (first as an associate buyer, then in marketing). I am so tired of celebrity fragrances. They all smell the same and rarely does the celebrity actually have much involvement in creating the fragrance. The rumor is that Stash is the (unisex) fragrance SJP wanted to make but wasn’t allowed to at first as it wasn’t commercial enough. So anyway, I smelled it at a press preview and fell in love. It’s that perfect masculine-ish fragrance. A little bit woody + musky (reminiscent of my beloved Le Labo) but still also a little bit delicious and gourmand. You kind of just have to smell it. Since wearing it, I’ve gotten so many compliments on it and constantly get asked what I’m wearing – no one believes me when I tell them!

RMS Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe
RMS Makeup Remover Wipes


But also. RMS Beauty’s Makeup Remover Wipes. RMS has long been a favorite of mine for color cosmetics that are all-organic (I’m obsessed with their uncoverup and living luminizer!) These wipes are individually packaged (making them perfect to tuck into your purse, travel bag, or even your gym bag) and they smell incredible. Like coconut cake. But the best part is that they take all of your makeup off in one swoop and leave behind a healthy dose of coconut oil (so hydrating + perfect for bedtime). When I’m traveling, this is the perfect one-step bedtime solution… they take off all of your makeup and leave your skin super hydrated – you don’t even need moisturizer afterward. But oh my god… the smell – it’s amazing!

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe
Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant


The next is another great all-natural product: Tracie Martyn’s Enzyme Exfoliant. I had a facial at Tracie Martyn a couple weeks ago and ended up buying this because I liked it so much. It is kind of a scrub/mask hybrid. If your skin is prone to redness and/or dry spots, this is for you. You apply it with your fingertips and massage it into the skin to manually exfoliate for a bit. Then, leave it on for about ten minutes (or until it’s fully dry) and wipe off with a warm washcloth. After using it, my skin tone is always so much more even, fine lines are minimized, and I glow from within. I like it even more than Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask which says a LOT.

Laura Gellar Illuminating Sticks, Laura Geller Filter Finish Powder, MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Toast & Butter

Next, three cosmetic products!

First of all, I am not sure I ever got around to telling you about MAC’s new Liptensity lipsticks. They are soooo good. The brand launched them over the summer and I have been busy trying out all of the shades (I even wore the blue one on Halloween, when I was a fish). What makes them special is that they are super, super pigmented – meant to push the boundaries of color. L-O-V-E. There are some great reds + pinks (my usual go-to’s) but really it’s all about Toast & Butter – the perfect brown/nude. Brown lipstick is obviously a huge trend for Fall but this one is the perfect neutral. I’ve been wearing it on my snapchat quite a bit.

And then there are two Laura Geller products. I go to a lot of beauty events but I always try to track down someone who works for the brand and ask them what their favorite products are. At a party with Laura Geller, I sat down with Amanda Kahn (the brand’s executive marketing director) and she raved and raved about these illuminating sticks and the brand’s “Filter Finish” powder.

The illuminating sticks make applying highlighter simple and easy. You just swipe it on wherever you want to glow (cheekbones, temples, collarbone, etc) and then run a BeautyBlender over it to buff. So pretty. My personal favorite is Ballerina as it’s nice and bronzy.

Filter Finish is my favorite thing I’ve tried all month as it does exactly what it promises. Know that pretty filter on Snapchat? That’s what this does to your skin, IRL. Trust me. It’s magical. I use this every day now – it’s my obsession!!! (I use it as the last step in my makeup routine – tinted moisturizer first, then highlighter/blush/bronzer… and then I use a big fluffy brush to dust this everywhere). Just trust me. It’s magic!

PS – Check out these five everyday beauty favorites!

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  1. love love love when you do posts like these- you are such a beauty find wizard! looking into those wipes and the filter finish- thank you grace!

    xo, brittany

    11.6.16 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Thanks Brittany! Hope you had a great weekend!!! xx

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  2. I love the new Mac Liptensity Lipsticks and i’ve been recommending it to everyone because it’s that good! I currently have Dionysus, Burnt Violet, and Claretcast (this one is my current fall fave!) Jessika /

    11.8.16 Reply
  3. I’ve only recently heard of Laura Geller, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about the brand. And you have just single-handedly sold me on that Filter Finish powder; must try and hunt it down in the UK pronto!

    Briony xx

    11.11.16 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      I really only just started using her products more recently, too!!! The filter finish is AMAZING – think you’d really love it! Xo

      11.13.16 Reply
  4. Jen:

    I love reading your blog and just order the Laura Geller powder, but can you tell me the best to apply it? Do you apply the same way you would apply blush or bronzer? Can you do a tutorial on Snap or just describe? Thanks for all of the great recs!

    11.13.16 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Hi Jen! I apply it all over my face – it’s a great alternative to translucent powder… once I finish my makeup routine I use a big fluffy brush to dust it everywhere… and then it acts as a (figurative!) instagram filter. So simple – I hope that helps!

      11.13.16 Reply