colourpop forget me not super shock highlighter0

i dipped my toe into the colourpop pool and i may not ever be climbing out.

my fling started innocently enough with this icy pink highlighter. i was on the hunt for something to layer underneath of my go-to-blush and was carefully considering making this investment when forget me not popped up in a roundup of millennial pink beauty goods.

i had to have it.

since then, i have learned that the super shock formula is pretty much what put colourpop on the map. it’s creamy and cushiony, but dries to a soft powder finish that does not budge. i have been using my middle finger to tap it on as a primer-highlighter and then layering orgasm over top for a skyscraper-high cheekbone that lasts all day.

i don’t know how i have been sleeping on the stuff since it’s just so straight-up gorgeous. it’s pearly, smooth, beautiful – and at $8 each, plus a dozen ways to work it into your routine, it’s one of the most valuable beauty buys i’ve made to date.

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patchology poshpeel pedi cure0

freak bursts of warm weather tell me that it’s almost sandal season (also known as: time to think about preparing my feet for public consumption).

normally i would go running for the nearest pedicure chair and let them go to town on my calluses and dry heels, but this season i did something very unlike me: i opted for a DIY solution and tried an at-home foot peel. you’ve probably seen this phenomenon pop up in your social feeds, but i have avoided it like the plague. please know that i was full-on terrified before tackling this, but i could stand my squirrelly feet no longer.

thankfully, the patchology poshpeel process was super simple and before i knew it, i was donning plastic booties filled with AHA and BHA designed to dissolve my calluses and dry skin. i soaked my feet in hot water for a few minutes before getting started, poured one full pack of acid essence into each bootie (although you can do less depending on how tenderfooted-slash-brave you are), then left things to sit for 60 minutes.

immediately following, my feet were much softer, but visibly no different. peeling actually didn’t begin for a full 4 days and i basically walked around wondering if i had made a huge mistake.

once the peeling action began, it wasn’t at all the full shed that i was expecting (at least not all at once). it was mostly subtle, intensifying over a day or two. i had read that you can use a pumice stone to speed things up a bit and get the most smooth results so i powered up my amope to help my heels and big toe calluses in the shower.

by the third day of peeling, my feet were in full nirvana with no rough heels or calluses in sight: it absolutely eliminated them! (also weird side note: the acid essence does attack any nail polish you have on, causing that to peel up and off immediately following the treatment. i was super weirded out by this, so just a warning!)

conclusion?

i’m obsessed with my new feet which are in better shape than the best pedicure i’ve ever received. there’s just no amount of sloughing and scrubbing that could equal this level of skin renewal. it’s been a solid two weeks and things are still perfectly sandal-ready. such a win! best of all, i love that these kits come with two full treatments (including the booties) so essentially, my feet should be in glorious shape until fall.

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fresh sugar lip treatment perfecting wandComments Off on fresh sugar lip treatment perfecting wand

oh fresh, how i love you.

you had me on lock back in the early aughts with sugar lip treatment untinted and since then we’ve been through every shade under the sun, plus advanced therapy. you have only very (very) rarely let me down and that’s why i knew perfecting wand would be something special.

the treatment itself is smooth and glossy – it brings a nice shine to my lips and keeps things hydrated until i slick on my bold lip of the day – but, the magic in this wand is in the applicator. when i pass it over my lips each morning, dead skin and rough patches disappear. the tiny little scrubbers stimulate and exfoliate bringing out a natural flush of color and seriously plumping up my pout.

over a couple of weeks, this product has actually sharpened my weak lip lines, giving shape and dimension where there used to be none. it has also worked serious magic on the fine lip wrinkles that have sprouted up in the last year or so. i have been looking for something to do this for-ever, trying every balm and mask i could find – but something about the increased circulation brought on by this little wonder is doing the trick.

the ingredient list claims to seal in moisture, improve skin flexibility, fight dryness, moisturize, soften, support suppleness, hydrate and protect. (phew!) i can check the box and approve every single one of those based on the results i’ve had. in fact, i’m loving this much more than a traditional lip scrub. it’s easier to use, less messy, and more effective.

so, fresh, you’ve got me once again – and these deliciously hydrated, younger-looking lips thank you very much.

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curel hydra therapy wet skin moisturizerComments Off on curel hydra therapy wet skin moisturizer

please let it be known that i am the laziest.

this is why i don’t wear eyeliner, don’t blow my hair out with a round brush, and i rarely mask. these beauty sins are bad enough, but possibly nothing pains me more than putting on body lotion.

the problem goes beyond dry elbows, though. as i age, taking care of the skin below my chin is becoming increasingly important, but even though i know it’s wrong, i still just can’t seem to stick to a hydrating routine.

thankfully the industry is wise to this issue because there are all kinds of gimmicky body moisturizers out there. i tried this spray version and found mild success (it now lives under my sink) but it seems like the only thing that could possibly save me is an in-shower concept.

curel kindly sent me their hydra therapy wet skin moisturizer and after first use, i was hooked. this is a lazy beauty addict’s match made in moisturizer heaven. let me walk you through:

the bottle lives in your shower and after you turn off the water, but before you towel off (while you are still soaking wet), you apply a few pumps of this balmy gel-like substance to your skin. it requires hardly any rubbing in at all because the water on your skin lets it glide over everything. so, if it takes you longer than 30 seconds, you’re doing it wrong.

because your pores are still open from your hot shower, all of the hydrating benefits penetrate deeply and immediately. the second you’re done lubing up, you can towel off all of the slime and voila! you’re done. skin is left silky, silky, silky – even for days after i’ve showered.

it’s effortless, greaseless, and my skin is looking the best it ever has.

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smith & cult1

so many beauty brands seem to struggle with finding the sweet spot between pretty, craveable packaging and formulas that deliver on their claims. several brands do the cool packaging thing well (milk and glossier both come to mind) but their formulas are kind of meh. in fact, the products that stay in my routine the longest aren’t really ever in the most glamorous packs.

but there are some brands that knock it out of the park, bringing beautiful products to the market with formulas that exceed all expectations – and smith & cult is at the very top of this list. more than just stunning metallic ensembles, each of the products above has amazing pigment payoff and a unique or innovative aspect that makes them unlike anything else out there.

the polish (dubbed 1972 – an opaque rose gold) allows at-home manicurists to get seriously sharp lines, flooding nails with color and not giving way to chips for 7 full days. color me impressed.

the smallest tube houses a matte stain that glides onto lips like frosting a cupcake. the consistency is whipped and lightweight, locking into place quickly and not budging until i swipe it with micellar water or toner at the end of the day. my shade is kissing tiny flowers (a “rosette + caramel”).

finally, lash dance mascara leaves lashes long and full with tons of volume and a smoky black stain. the wand is flat like a paddle on one side and then has a curvy hourglass shape on the other, so you can get lots of dimension, lift and definition in just a couple of swipes.

all in all, swoon! i rarely expect to be blown away by products with this much purse appeal, but smith & cult has consistently delivered.

thoughts? will you be keeping an eye on this brand?

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Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming MoisturizerComments Off on Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

priming moisturizers are everywhere.

since glossier launched (what i believe to be) the OG in 2014, other brands have popped up on the scene with their own version of this multitasker. i can get on board with anything that helps me to skip a step and slather just a little less product on my face, but i am yet to find one that works seamlessly with my skin type. glossier’s was a little light and the caudalie take was nice and hydrating, but gave way to mid-day shine, more so than when i went without primer altogether.

in short, i’ve been stumped on this trend – until now.

leave it to a truly fab (wink!) little skincare brand to create the ultimate response to the beauty industry’s cry for two-steps-in-one moisture and prep. first aid beauty hello FAB coconut skin smoothie priming moisturizer actually does one better than all of the other options in market. not only does it hydrate (oil-free i might add) and prime (smooths and blurs my uneven texture and minimal breakouts), but it also visibly brightens with a natural, dewy glow.

out of the tube, the product is an ivory-champagne shade and once you smooth it into place, you’ll instantly notice the micro-pearls designed to reflect light and keep things looking luminous. it definitely doesn’t go glittery on your skin, though – the slight shimmer is only noticeable on my fingertips after i apply. it hydrates beautifully without feeling heavy and, considering that i added this to my routine in february when my skin is oh-so-slightly flaking off, i’m taking this is a pretty good sign that it would work for drier skin types, too.

i love the way that the formula grips on to makeup without clogging my pores. it keeps my look locked all day long, but is very easy to remove and hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin in the least. it plays nicely with my current favorite foundations (one for work and one for off duty, natch) and at $28, i’m pretty sure that this tube is going to replace far more expensive routines on vanities everywhere.

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sephora strays away set of 4 mini tweezersComments Off on sephora strays away set of 4 mini tweezers

these caught me eye in the ever-problematic sephora beauty on the fly section yesterday. (i swear, between that and the target dollar zone, my checking account is going down in flames.) i’m obsessed with their tiny size and tip variation, ensuring that no stray hair is safe – no matter where you are. they are impressively well-made and already making me feel like i have my very own brow boutique going on. plus, at a cost less than a third of what i normally pay for tweezers, i’ve got four sweet little solutions for every single brow emergency.

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stroke of beauty density+ fiber brow gelComments Off on stroke of beauty density+ fiber brow gel

 

i feel like this one has been with me so long, popping in and out of my routine, that i must have written about it already, but somehow it escaped a full review.

so, here we are.

i think you know that with my brows, it’s complicated. the hair is dark, but kind of patchy – and with fair skin underneath it can make the whole situation seem very much like a hot mess. even when they’re freshly waxed, it still takes some grooming to get them looking presentable, so i’m often on the hunt for something that pulls them together quickly and naturally.

i’ve been switching off between this and this, but they are both kind of falling short as of late. today, at a bit of a loss, i pulled my third option out of the drawer and decided to do one brow with benefit and one brow with this density+ fiber brow gel.

WHOA. what a difference.

it’s definitely the presence of fibers in holly mordini’s stroke of beauty product that gives my brows the oomph they really need. instead of just filling in the white spots (which it does, seamlessly) the fibers actually add in some volume and make it look like i’ve got hairs in places i don’t. it adds the darkness that i crave but also kind of tricks the eye into thinking i’ve got fuller arches than i really do.

sorcery!

if you’re tired of brow gels that only tint and you’re looking for something that’s a step above, try the tiny tube you’ve probably never heard of. i think you’ll find that it kicks these other wannabes to the curb and brings something much better to the table.

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becca under eye brightening corrector1

the most crucial face-changing part of my beauty routine has quickly become under eye brightening. my dark circles are not severe enough to require real “concealing” but they have been intensifying past the point that this cream is able to remain my go-to solution.

so when reviews of becca under eye brightening corrector popped up around the web, it rose to the top of my wish list almost instantly. everyone was obsessed with this stuff and the moral of the story seemed to be somewhere along the lines of “blurring dark circles? no. more like causing them to vanish without a trace to be seen anywhere until the end of time.”

game on.

as i have been testing this pot of miracle corrector, i have to say that the reviewers were correct. i gently press one finger pat into the area under my eyes, starting very close to the water line and progressing down into the triangle of light. the consistency is perfect (not too thin or too thick) and it’s slightly tacky, so it stays where you put it and remains there all day long. (note: you definitely want to use your finger to apply since i think the heat helps it to blend out the most seamlessly.)

it erases all under eye darkness on contact and once my foundation is layered over top, all that remains is a subtle light-reflecting brightness where dullness used to live. it does not crease or settle into the lovely little crop of fine lines that i’m collecting beneath my lashes and i love the way that it preps skin for a smooth foundation application and coverage.

all in all, i am very impressed with this one. it came across my desk at just the right time – and as life continues to throw curve balls my way (welcome to #adulting) it’s nice to know that there’s something incredibly reliable living on my vanity.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora PRO Dimensional Highlighting PaletteComments Off on SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora PRO Dimensional Highlighting Palette

have you ever seen anything more gorgeous in your life?

(except for this and maybe also this – the brands are really bringing the pretty this spring!)

it’s catching major editor buzz for seriously stunning formulas – let alone that killer iridescent packaging. this is vanity candy at its finest.

also, the cool version of this cream highlighter palette is so beautiful that i don’t even care that technically i’m a “warm” – because i’m probably going to lock it in a drawer, never use it, and only gaze at it on occasion anyway.

sigh.

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