This month, we’ve got a little bit of everything: makeup, skincare and hair care
Handbags are my first love, professionally-speaking, but when it comes to my personal time, my obsession with beauty products might have surpassed my interest in accessories juuuuust a little bit. We know that many of you love both fashion and beauty (they go together pretty naturally, after all), which is why, ever month or so, I like to chat with you guys about the best things I've tried lately.
Below, here are the best things I've tried in the last few weeks. Now, if you'll indulge me, I'd also like to hear about some of your recent favorites. After all, how else am I going to find out what to buy next?
Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray
$24 via Sephora
I got a big sample of this with some Sephora VIB points and loved it immediately. My hair is curly but also thin and fine, so products intended to aid blowouts generally weigh me down or turn me into a greaseball. This was perfect for me, and I think it'd be great for anyone who prefers to stay away from thick or heavy hair products. It protects against heat damage and helps with both volume and shine without being sticky or greasy. It also smells great, which is a big plus. I'm definitely going to buy a full-size bottle.
BITE Beauty Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss in Oyster Pearl
$22 via Sephora
This was an impulse purchase, and although I probably won't wear it very often, I can't bear to return it because it's just so COOL. "Pearl" in the name of this gloss line is misleading--what this formula gives you is pure, unadulterated, superfine glitter. It's like a super dense glitter nail polish, but for your mouth. Somehow, most of the colors also manage to be more wearable than you'd expect, and despite the intense glitter, it doesn't feel thick, gritty or sticky.
Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial
$80 via Sephora
THIS STUFF IS INCREDIBLE. A friend with a beauty newsletter is the one who first mentioned it to me, and I trust her implicitly but figured it couldn't really be that much better than what I already had, especially for the $80 price tag. After seeing it mentioned in several more articles, I bit the bullet and could not be more impressed. It's a super-effective at-home peel, but it wasn't so harsh that it bothered my dry, sensitive skin. It didn't even make me temporarily red! I followed it up with a face oil, as suggested, and my skin has felt wonderful all week.
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner
$26 via Sephora
I've used Ilia's colorless lip conditioner before and really liked it, so I was excited to see a display of a handful of color options at my local Sephora. I chose Pink Moon, which is more red than the name and photo imply, and I was really impressed with both the color payoff and the texture. Best of all, though, it applies and wears evenly, which means you won't end up looking like a crazy person after a meal. The line also includes sheer options, if you just want a hint of color, and all of them are ultra-moisturizing.
Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Versa Rose Petal Toner
$11 via Target
I've undertaken some personal budgeting goals recently, and included in that is finding ways to replace a couple things in my beauty routine with less expensive alternatives. The first thing I started considering was toner, since my previous pick was around $40 and, truthfully, I've always felt like toner's relatively simply job could be done for a lot less. I started researching and landed on Thayers, which includes two ingredients I'd previously liked in toner--witch hazel and aloe vera--and is supposed to be particularly good for controlling sweat without drying out your skin. I've been using it for a week and it's at least as good as its $40 predecessor.
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