The Beauty Brief

Oribe Balm d'Or, Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Julep Lip Oil

Hey there, beauty lovers! I’ve been trying out a ton of new products lately (the seasonal shift has me switching up my beauty routine…plus, I’m a hopeless addict) and I’m excited to give you the scoop on an incredible lip oil, a heat styling balm, and the best foundation primer in all the land. Let’s dive into this month’s edition of the Beauty Brief!

The best primer EVER.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is pricey, but it is hands down the best primer I have ever put on my face. And guys, I have tried a ton of primers! It’s silky soft, blends into my skin seamlessly without leaving any residue or stickiness, and keeps my foundation in place all day. Not just all of the workday, but literally ALL day. I hardly ever need to touch up my foundation anymore! My skin is on the dry side, so I’m not sure how well this would work for someone with oily skin. But I will use this stuff forever. As for the price issue, my advice is to purchase the travel size, which will last you a freakishly long time anyway. Then you can decide if you want to splurge on the full size version.

Oribe Balm d'Or Heat Styling Shield

As someone who is hopelessly devoted to the Oribe brand – it’s been suggested that I could easily open an Oribe store with the products in my bathroom – I didn’t like Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield as much as I thought I would. I expected it to make my hair super sleek and shiny, and it was kind of a letdown on that front…for heat styling, I prefer Oribe Royal Blowout Spray. But Balm d’Or does smell amazing (as all things Oribe do) and surprisingly, it makes my hair feel much thicker. Strange, but I’ll try using it in conjunction with a curling iron instead of just a blow dryer and see if that steps up the sleekness factor.

You need this lip oil/lip stain in your life

Julep is killing it lately, and their new lip oil – appropriately named Your Lip Addiction – is amazing. So many lip oils out there are thick and sticky, and this one is weightless, shiny, and smooth, instantly infusing your pout with much-needed moisture. It’s described as having a sheer tint of color, but if you ask me, it’s really more of a stain that lasts for hours. Most colored lip products tend to accentuate dryness, but this one does the opposite by soothing and magically retexturizing your lips. It’s so, so good (and in my opinion, better than the Hourglass lip oil). Do yourself a favor and try it!

What’s in your makeup bag these days? Are there any beauty products you’ve been dying to try?

β™₯ Mil

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10 responses

    • YES!! Primer is life-changing! I wrote all about them in this post: http://bit.ly/1rqsWCK The Hourglass one is my new favorite, but Laura Mercier is a close second. It all depends on your skin type though πŸ™‚

  1. Oh that hourglass primer sounds divine. I am actually looking for a new primer as my current fav is running low. Is the hourglass illuminating?
    xo Anne

    • It’s not, which is the only non-amazing thing about it. My favorite illuminating primer is Laura Mercier Radiance – have you tried that one?

  2. That Hourglass primer looks amazing! I am adding to my wish list stat! From the site write up, it sounds like this product will work for oily skin. I have never heard of lip oil. I am excited to give this one a try, it looks amazing and the colors are so fun.

    P.S. Love the photos and Rebecca pouch.

    • Aw I love that you recognize the pouch πŸ™‚ And girl, lip oil is one of the greatest things on this earth! As is that primer. Let me know how it works for you if you try it!

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