i have dabbled in grown up under eye and lip care over the years, landing most recently on a very spendy serum and reinvigorated my love affair with this dior balm. even though i love that duo, my most habitual routine in recent months has actually been slathering good old vaseline under my eyes and on/around my lips. it seals in moisture like no other and the lasting hydration is extra impressive. however, while it may be holding the fort and seems to be preventing further damage to those areas, i do not get the sense that it counteracts or lessens my existing lines.
clearly it’s time to get a bit more serious.
i purchased this laneige lip mask after letting it hang out on my amazon wish list for way too long. the reviews were almost too good to be true, but when it arrived i knew that i had my hands on something special. a little bit of the thick balm goes a long way and i wake up each morning with soft, supple lips. i love how it adheres to my lips while i sleep. it soothes, plumps, and softens lines and i also think that the chubby pink tub will last me a lifetime.
for my eyes, the fine people at it cosmetics sent along their gorgeous bye bye under eye cream. holy moly do i love this stuff. not only does it pave the way for my favorite under eye concealer of the same name, but it glides on under my eyes without tugging, sinks in beautifully and feels cooling on contact. it’s like the skin is sighing relief once i put it on. the most noticeable effects are hydrating and brightening, with diminished baggage and dark circles – very impressive results if you ask me.
i love the way that these products and their luxe textures make me feel pampered, like i’m really taking good care of my skin. the bright, smooth, and tight results? are just icing on the cake.
today’s on-time work arrival is brought to you by the dynamic spray duo up above.
on the mornings when i just can’t drag myself out of bed early enough to wash / dry / straighten my hair, i often try to get away with using a dry texturizing spray in lieu of dry shampoo. most dry shampoos make my scalp itchy and i love that news-anchor-like bump of lift at the roots. the problem? texturizing spray does nothing to “cleanse” my hair or zap oil.
only when living proof introduced their new full dry volume blast did i realize that there actually might be something to layering the products i use to freshen up my hair on days 2, 3 and beyond. this morning, i used perfect hair day dry shampoo as i normally would to eliminate oil at my part and around my crown, then i followed up with full dry volume blast to add some oomph and style back into my slept-on hair.
it worked like a dream (smells ah-mazing too boot) and while i’m sure that my hair can probably only withstand one day of this combination, it has done enough to get me an extra thirty minutes of sleep, and a polished look that does not reveal my laziness to my coworkers (unless they are reading this post – in which case i am BUSTED).
my love for this brand knows no bounds – and living proof nails it every single time. these products are rockstars on their own, but their potential is more fully realized when you use them together. hair is effortlessly refreshed in texture, shape, and lift.
now if only some combination of magical products could eliminate the bags under my eyes, we’d be all set…
when this absolute prism arrived at my door, it took some major restraint not to swatch all of them immediately. (sadly, my lips would probably fall off, because #sensitivityproblems) thanfkully, this gem of a youtube’r has done all of the hard work for me and so i was able to settle in on the several shades that i would be coveting/hoarding/switching out daily. the video is definitely worth a watch because i found that almost all of these read very differently on the lips than they do in the tube – but they are all stunnnning.
the payoff is so good because the pigment on these puppies is INSANE and i really love the way that they wear. they are slicker and more high-shine than i was anticipating, but they pack a serious punch and they are surprisingly unfussy for a rich formula.
my favorites are easily doe (a neutral brown – such a risk for me and a sweet surprise), ambrosial (a bright plum pink – closest to my go-to shade, no matter the brand) and medium rare (a creamy soft pink, perfect for work).
bottom line? these are gorgeous. so hop along to your favorite MAC counter and pick up one or twelve – i can’t wait to hear what you think and which shades i need to add to my collection.
there’s a beautiful new jar in my morning routine and it comes from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite lip brands – albeit from anthropologie.
i tested this scrub in store while filling my arms full of soft jackets and drapey tops, and the resulting smoothness had me grabbing one on my way to the checkout. i have tried a lot of lip smoothers in my day (chronically dry lips + a career in beauty + a matte lip trend = flaky disaster) and this one is top notch. gorgeously soft and hydrated lips make for one perfect lip canvas – and i find that my boldest lip colors hang around longer (and more comfortably!) when i start my day with this stuff.
so let’s look at formula:
chunky sugar crystals are mixed with tons of moisturizing oils (argan, jojoba, olive, and marula) plus vitamin e and aloe for the literal sweetest combination. it smells and tastes de-licious! i like to rub a small amount into my lips while going through my toning / moisturizing / priming regimen. by the time i get through my foundation, i can lightly dust off any spare sugar and the surrounding balm leaves my lips healthy and glowing.
i let the balmy situation sit while i commute and then when i pull into work, i craft my daily lip. there’s a very slight tackiness to the balm that this scrub leaves behind and it actually works as a subtle primer to some of my favorite lip colors. i find that my color wears more evenly (no more clown mouth!) and my lips have never been softer.
to sum it up, this pleasant surprise of a product is perfectly prepping my lips for all color, from sheer to bold. on top of that, it’s helping them to feel more comfortable during the day – and as a final testament, it’s 3:00 p.m. as i type this and my lip color has been going STRONG since 6 a.m.
in short, a cool $14 might just change the performance potential of your entire lip wardrobe.
i’m determined to find a way to make some time for writing, because this lack of sharing the product love is not working for me.
so, let’s play a quick game of catch up and review what’s rocking my makeup world, yeah?
lately i’ve gotten back on board with this drugstore staple – it’s good, reliable stuff and it is completely filling the void that my summer foundation left behind. i’ve rediscovered this powder and i’m even more obsessed with it now than i was when i originally reviewed it. it somehow warms up my skin, adds glow and locks my look in for a very long day. for my cheeks there’s no denying the magic of this blush. it’s like a perfect sunset, it flatters everyone and the subtle healthy pop of color looks good in every single season.
i still cannot get enough of this lip. (spoiler alert, i recently researched and purchased a similar product that has been around since the 70’s! it apparently stains your lips for 12 hours.) the color is always perfect, always comfortable to wear, and long lasting. my lashes are in a state of flux, but i’m fully captivated by this new technology. it has been fun to play around with, gorgeous long, tapered lashes and no smudging. (possibly more to come on this one!)
as to be expected, my beauty wish list is ever growing, and i would love to hear what’s on yours!
it has been over three months since my bomb brow experience at the benefit counter inside of ulta – and my brows are on the total verge of returning to their unruly selves.
in fact, it’s typically that point in the growth phase that would prompt me to consider making a wax appointment, but before i go rushing back to my girl hailey, i decided to see if benefit could make an even bigger believer out of me by testing a couple of their newly launched brow goodies. i had high hopes that they could extend the life of my waxing – and boy, oh boy, have they delivered.
the pencil is so-o good. for starters, it’s micro thin which makes for very realistic filled in hairs, and the “lead” itself is just the right amount of firm. my truly brow-obsessed mavens will know that if a pencil is too hard, the color does not transfer properly, too soft and you can easily overdo it. delicate balance is the name of the game, and benefit has nailed it. i love the way that this naturally fills in my brows and the spoolie blends everything together beautifully. such a win on such a staple product.
the pomadeis a new concept for me and benefit’s take on it has a super precise little brow brush that makes all of the difference. (you can even snap it into the cap for an easy-to-hold elongated brush.) i like to use this to achieve more of a polished, pulled together brow. the process takes a little bit more time than filling in with a pencil and requires a little more attention to detail. the formula here is golden, easily lasting through the day – but the beauty of this one is in the brush. it’s perfectly shaped to mimic brow hairs, but sweeping it vertically across brows blends arches into place. it’s a wondrous little pot and i really love it.
benefit continues to make a believer out of me in the brow department. these products have an unexpected way of turning even the most amateur brow artist into a pro. the formulas are incredible, the packaging is gorgeous, and the results are basically unbeatable. i had no idea that i would be loving their whole concept so much, but it’s safe to say that my brows have never looked better, thanks to benefit.
reading over the claims from belif problem solution moisturizer had me feeling like the brand was speaking right to me. there are not nearly enough products on the market designed to target oily, sensitive skin – so when one pops up, i can’t snatch it up fast enough.
while most skincare products don’t play nicely with my finicky face, this stuff instantly hydrates and soothes, taming redness without irritation. it’s everything that i have ever wanted in a moisturizer and more. the gel consistency is lightweight, yet one pump keeps my troubled skin in check and still feels deliciously moisturizing. i love that the formula is actually designed to prevent breakouts while also protecting my skin from the environmental aggressors that bring on unwelcome issues. it also claims oil control, but i am still layering a primer over top (more on that to come!) which is really working for me. my skin has that natural, satin finish that isn’t matte or shiny.
since working it into my routine, i have noticed much calmer and clearer skin with each passing day. all in all, it works beautifully. my skin is happy and healthy, creating a smooth and perfect canvas for my foundation – plus, the generous-sized bottle will surely last me a lifetime.
launching into today’s post with full gusto because that pretty product up there is rocking my world.
if there’s one thing laura geller is known for, it’s a gorgeous powder. (case in point above, but also >> here.) back in the day, i loved her blush-n-brighten baked blushes, then baked gelato illuminators launched onto the scene. they were good, but filter finish setting powder hasn’t left my side since the day it was delivered.
it arrived to me earlier in the summer and i all but sprinted to dust the stunning-in-the-compact shade from head to toe. it’s one of those products that gives instant results, fully living up to brand claims. the powder is sheer and silky and i’ve been using my favorite big fluffy brush to apply it over a finished look or to “revive” my face late in the day. it’s the perfect thing to keep stashed in my work tote for when shine rears its ugly head – one of those things that i constantly keep handy because it’s just that good. it has already saved me on several day-to-evening refreshes, pulling my faded makeup look back together and prepping me for many a networking dinner.
from a setting standpoint, i can’t say that this will “lock” your makeup into place – but it serves as a beautiful alternative to guerlain météorites for the price point. it diffuses light, adds a touch of shimmer, minimizes imperfections, brightens and gives off a youthful glow. for $32, it gives me healthy, vibrant skin super quickly and for seemingly zero effort.
what more could a girl want?
(besides all of the happy hour wine – because i am living for 5 p.m. right about now…)
if you’re mourning the end of summer and need a sunny little pick me up, this bottle is sure to do the trick. you can see the holographic effects for yourself in live action on instagram. i’m obsessed and only wishing that i had a bit more of a tan to make this glitter truly pop.
the ilnp brand is new to me, but i will absolutely be back for more. i took this bottle to my favorite nail salon and my manicurist really loved how smoothly it went on. i should note that it takes 3 careful coats to get the look, but it’s so so worth it. (and if you don’t want to take my word for it, you can read the 80+ positive reviews on amazon!)
as a major bonus, i’m anticipating that this will be a cinch to remove, unlike other glitter polishes (a process that i despise). that and the fact that me and my super shimmery nails are off to austin for a dear friends bachelorette celebrations – well it’s just really making me happy.
are you into the holographic nail trend? gonna snag this one?
do you find that your lipstick collection tends to accumulate in the bottom of your bag?
i change my lip color daily and i’m terrible at putting things away, so by mid-to-late week, the various shades start to collect and this is what it looked like last thursday. if you count them, there are eight products in tow. while the cocoa butter swivel stick is always within arm’s reach, i actually do wear the rest of these pretty regularly.
the newest to the collection, and the one that has surprised me the most, is glossier generation g in like. i love the size of the stick (it’s perfect for my lips) and the finished effect is kind of blurred and smudgy – almost as though it’s meant to be left a bit undone. it also somehow magically feels like you’ve got nothing on – it’s not really moisturizing, but it’s not drying, it’s just…neutral. bottom line: there is an easy unfussiness about this product, and the shade is so gorgeous that i just can’t get enough.
on a side note, this lip spill has me reminiscing over the #lipbomb series from a few years ago. i’m wondering if i should revive it, since i loved sneakily peeking into your makeup bags! if you’re game, please send those bombs over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
final side note, if there are any other goodies from this pileup that you would like me to review more thoroughly, let me know in the comments below.