it’s been one of those weeks where the winning beauty discoveries just did not stop coming and i’ve been pulling these five products out of my beauty basket almost daily since i brought them in to the glossarie test lab.
physicians formula mineral airbrushing blush spf 30, $10.79
the perfect pink in a smooth, easy-to-wear formula that also packs spf 30. this gorgeously packaged blush is so summer-right, i can’t even stand it. (and if that doesn’t sell you, there’s the cutest ever mini kabuki brush hiding underneath the blush pan!)
topshop brow pencil, $12
i am still letting my brows grow in a bit (it’s painful) and this pencil has been a godsend. the spoolie brush is substantial enough to tame my unruly arches and the pencil formula is so creamy. it’s easy to blend and impossible to overdo.
jouer pearl lip enhancer in rose, $16
jouer’s classic lip enhancer is ultra moisturizing and these new tinted versions are just as soothing. the rose pearl shade is the ultimate glossy nude and it’s been polishing off my everyday face with just the right touch of color and shine.
21 drops 10 calm essential oil rollerball, $29
confession: i’m not the most relaxed person and i hate to fly. this essential oil saved me on a recent flight and i’ve kept it close ever since. a couple of drops in the palm of my hands, cupped over my face, and a deep breath in – all is right with the world.
dr. lewinn by kinerase instant perfecting b.b. cream, $15.97
a complete surprise, this bb cream blends beautifully and blurs away imperfections. it’s hydrating, but very lightweight and includes spf (both very important for dc’s ugly summer weather). my skin looks bright and glowy and it feels like i’ve got nothing on.
i love a good lip crayon. super easy to carry, a cinch to apply without a mirror and thanks to the narrower point, you get beautifully defined lips along with gorgeous color. pigment is often richer and more true to the product than with traditional lipstick, too. basically, it’s the ultimate in fuss-free beauty so it’s no wonder that i’ve got them coming out of my ears in all shades and brand names. but, something wonderful has happened to the lip crayon lately: it’s gone glossy! now my favorite way to apply lip color comes in a slicker, shiny finish that adds an element of sophistication to the plain old lip crayon. i’ve been stocking up on them and i’ve currently got five on constant rotation:
mark. color me in lip crayon in punchline, $12
a gorgeous fruit punch shade that lasts all day and leaves a soft stain behind
ilia lipstick crayon in karma chameleon, $24
a fiery coral packed with healing oils
topshop lip crayon in secret party, $14
a vivid raspberry with a touch of shimmer – such a unique color
nars satin lip in rikugien, $25
a super moisturizing rose pink, love the way this one feels
trish mcevoy essential balm in gorgeous pink, $38
an ultra light formula in girlie pink that brightens up my whole complexion
got a secret santa? need a stash of stocking stuffers? one (or more!) from this bunch will brighten the day of someone on your list, without lightening the load in your wallet:
1 – a luxe lotion for $14; mark very sassy body lotion
2 – a bottle of polish in an artsy box for $12.50; nookie nail polish from laqa & co
3 – airline-approved hair care for $19.50; oribe beautiful color travel set
4 – spirited and sparkling blotting linens for $5; boscia pink peppermint blotting linens
5 – a sweet and salty lip scrub for $8.95; lush popcorn
6 – balm in a ball for $18.50; this works beauty ball ornament
7 – two pastel cream shadows for $17; topshop eye cream duo
8 – a purse-sized solid perfume for $10; crazylibellule and the poppies rose a saigon
sometimes i feel like there are so many fun things popping up in the nail category that i can’t even keep up! i rounded up seven of the sweetest new nail products – from fresh shades to nail art tools, a crazy convenient cuticle oil and one seriously speedy top coat. take a peek:
one – nailezee: a new-to-me brand started by a sweet sister trio.
lacquers come in a whopping 66 gorgeous shades for $10 each.
two – essie good to go: i’m apparently the last person on
earth to know about this holy grail of top coats!
three – julep essential cuticle oil: comes in a rollerball for easy application.
just run it around the edges of each nail - how genius us that?!
four – sephora nail art set: a teeny tiny paint brush and double ended
marbling tool make perfecting your painting skills a piece of cake.
five – sheswai in fuckyeah: a wickedly hot new shade from my favorite brand.
six – sephora collection nail lacquer in myrtille: this $4 cornflower
blue is going to be my shade of the season.
seven – topshop nail art pen in fool’s gold: draw golden nail art
onto bare or polished nails. seal with a top coat and go!
the allure contest winner was announced yesterday and the grand prize went to shannon of gloss & dirt. i just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for all of your time spent voting (so much voting! no more captcha codes :)), tweeting, and facebook sharing the contest over the last five weeks. i really appreciate all of the support and i truly feel the love.
i had a blast being a part of the contest and i’m still completely thrilled that allure took notice of me and the glossarie. i adore writing this blog and having you as my readers makes me feel so lucky! i wanted to do a little something for all of you, so i tapped into the glossarie archives and chose some amazing products for a crazy fun giveaway.
stephanie johnson mini pouch in malibu royal
stephanie johnson mini pouch in palm springs mint
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in bramble
trish mcevoy thickening mascara in jet black
physicians formula hydrating eye cream
super by nicholas perricone crinkle eraser firming serum
topshop lips in rio rio
revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in medium beige
revlon photoready concealer in medium
sheswai nail lacquer in babe
any and all of the above are up for grabs! to enter, just leave a comment below (please be sure to include your email address, open to u.s. residents only) with the product you would like to win. you may enter multiple times, but please only once per product. the giveaway closes next thursday, june 7th at midnight your time, and i will announce all of the winners next friday!
i hope you have a fabulous weekend. i’ll be back + blogging for birchbox all next week!
left: le metier de beaute blushing bronzed duet in romeo and juliet
right: topshop sandstorm cheek duo in desert sun
we are finally feeling the heat in dc this week and my mind is all-a-wander with how to get an early summer glow. a blush-bronzer duo is an absolute must and i lust this $65 version from le metier de beaute. it’s half soft pink, half tawny bronzer and all sorts of gorgeous. there’s something about being able to use one product individually as blush and bronze or blend both sides together to give the illusion of a day in the sunshine that tickles my fancy.
if $65 still seems like a stretch even with all of those multitasking qualities, topshop has just released their sandstorm collection with a beautiful marbleized cheek duo front and center. desert sun is the perfect bronze pink, almost an exact duplicate of the le metier at just $24.50.
with two perfect options for sunny skin, whatever your budget, i see a youthful glowing complexion in your spring forecast!
bag: rennes five inch small wallet pouch in liac, $40
balm: topshop balm in sheen, $8
you don’t need me to tell you that pouches are all the rage, so why not toss your pretties into this little lovely? it’s made of the softest distressed lambskin, complete with a gorgeous brass zipper and adorable lining. it also comes in bunches of other beautiful colors. the topshop balm is the perfect thing to tuck inside – it’s glossy, moisturizing, and sheen is the best your-lips-but-better blush hue. it goes on smooth for a soft, shiny finish and, as a bonus, it kind of tastes like watermelon jolly ranchers. i’ve been wearing this daily and i think it’s safe to say that i will definitely finish the pot i’ve got and repurchase.
what do you think of this combo? looks like it belongs in my kind of easter basket!
i mean, really.
does topshop do anything wrong? for starters, there’s these lovelies and this gorgeousness but what takes the cake is their latest launch: make up.
their collection is amazing, complete with bright eyeshadow duos, creamy liners, beautiful blushes, flip top lip polishes, and – my personal favorite – literal lip sticks. there’s much much more and it’s all packaged up in the most darling hand-drawn tubes and cases that you won’t be able to help but reach for in your beauty bags.
oh, and have i mentioned the prices are better than drugstore? time to get topshopping!