The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief

As we head towards what is sure to be a dark and desolate winter, I like to treat myself to some extra pampering in the form of new beauty products. I’m especially conscious of skincare at this time of year, and my favorite products right now are the ones that keep my skin fresh, hydrated, and glowing. Here are a few of the items I’ve added into my routine this month.

Julep Restorative Facial Milk

Despite its ridiculous name, Julep’s Restorative Facial Milk is probably my #1 favorite new product right now. This creamy blend of five luscious oils is rich, light, and absorbs astonishingly fast. A great option for anyone who feels reluctant about face oils in general, it leaves absolutely zero residue and feels like nothing is on your face. My skin is on the dry side, so I like to apply it as a serum under my moisturizer before I go to bed.

Lush Cup o' Coffee Face and Body Mask

If you ever run out of coffee in the morning, just take a whiff of this stuff. You’ll be fully alert in seconds. Better yet, slather it all over yourself! It’s like getting slapped in the face with caffeine (in a good way, obvi). Sadly, I shower at night, so its invigorating properties are sort of wasted on me – and you really should use this in the shower rather than over the sink, as it makes a huge mess when you rinse it off. Although Cup O’ Coffee is technically a mask, it makes a fantastic scrub, too – it will leave your skin super soft, smooth, and brighter than before. And unlike many Lush masks, it’s not perishable, so you don’t have to rush to use it all quickly.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

I read a glowing review of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector awhile ago, and have been dying to get my hands on it – or rather, get it on my face – ever since. It does not disappoint! This is truly one of the most natural-looking, beautiful luminizers I have ever come across. Just a tiny little drop blended across your cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of your nose will give you a gorgeous ethereal glow. It comes in several shades, but I love Moonstone, a lovely pale gold. Word to the wise: the pump dispenses way too much product, so you may want to unscrew the top and dab a little bit on your finger.

Have you tried any of these? What beauty products are you loving lately? Share your faves in the comments!

♥ Mil

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The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief

Hey beauty lovers! I cannot believe it’s almost the end of August. I’m clinging desperately to the last few weeks of summer, trying to cram in all the beach days, outdoor movies, and BBQs I possibly can. I’m so not ready for sweater weather yet! Partially because I only have, like, three sweaters. Anyway! Read on for a few products I’ve been loving this month. (Full disclosure: I love Diorshow mascara all year round.)

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

You know how you can just feel some foundations sitting on your skin? bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is the total opposite of that. Infused with vitamin C and jojoba, this lightweight serum foundation feels as good on your face as it looks. However, while it will give you a luminous, dewy glow, it only provides light/medium coverage – so if you’re trying to cover up a breakout, this probably isn’t going to cut it.

Lipstick Queen Endless Moisturizing Lipstick

I am a sucker for packaging, which means Lipstick Queen products won me over the first time I ever laid eyes on them. The punchy colors! The saucy name! I just love it. And when I tried Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick, I knew my love was justified. Enriched with vitamin E, this stuff goes on super smooth like a balm, but has amazing color payout. My favorite shade is Aloha, a sheer, bright red.

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

Guys, Diorshow Waterproof Mascara is hands-down the best mascara in the world. No contest. A few swipes of this will give you lush, thick, glamorous lashes that require very little combing out to look absolutely perfect. Plus, it’s waterproof, so you can swim or watch sad movies to your heart’s content without worry. However, there’s a new formula out and I’ve heard mixed reviews. I’m a little afraid to try it…

What beauty products are you into right now? I’d love to hear about your current faves!

♥ Mil

The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief // via South by Northwest

Hello beauty lovers! I’ve been dutifully playing with products all month so I can share my findings with you guys. This month’s roundup is all about laid-back summer beauty, from the triple threat face spray to the hair styling creme that will make your morning routine a million times easier.

Bumble and bumble Don't Blow It Creme

When it’s 95 degrees out, the thought of blow drying my hair makes me want to weep. Enter Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It Creme! Spread a dollop evenly through towel-dried hair, twist into a loose bun (or twist hair in sections around your fingers, then let it hang loose) and allow to air dry. You’ll get body, texture and softness with virtually zero effort – always a big win in my book. I like to use this on weekends and days when I work from home since it takes a couple of hours for my hair to air dry.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil

I actually started using this in the winter when my lips were super chapped, but Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil is perfect for summer, too. That tropical scent! That refreshing coolness! In addition to being intensely moisturizing, it has a nice glossy shine…plus, it’ll only cost you a few bucks. Your lips will love it!

Coola Makeup Setting Spray

This stuff is technically a makeup setting spray, and it does the job just fine. But I bought it to use as a sunscreen and makeup refresher. It’s made with green tea, aloe, and hyaluronic acid, so it’s both soothing and moisturizing – and with SPF 30, it keeps your skin protected throughout the day. A spritz of this feels heavenly after being out in the sun for a few hours.

NARS the Multiple

Ah, the Multiple. Who among us isn’t obsessed? This multitasking cream stick is a summer staple; you can use it as a blush or bronzer, and some shades even work on your lips. My favorite is South Beach (pictured), which creates the perfect golden beachy glow.

What products are you loving right now? Anything you’re dying to try? Has anyone gotten their hands on the new Naked palette yet?

♥ Mil

The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief

Hey there, beauty lovers! The weather in Seattle was absolutely magnificent all weekend – sunny and in the 80s – and it’s supposed to stay gorgeous all week. I always get excited to update my beauty routine when summer rolls around (or, frankly, at any other time of the year) and I really hit the jackpot with new products this past month. Here are three favorites that I’ve fallen in love with recently. First up, the best tinted moisturizer ever…

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer

I never thought I would say this, but I’ve found a tinted moisturizer that can actually substitute for foundation! Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer provides amazingly natural, dewy, buildable coverage that lasts all day. It doesn’t cake in the heat like powder foundation sometimes does, and it’s much lighter than most liquid foundation, so it’s absolutely perfect for summer. Plus, it’s got SPF! Sweet, glorious perfection in a bottle.

BareMinerals Pop of Passion Oil Balm

My lip product of choice for the past few weeks, BareMinerals Pop of Passion Oil Balm might be the best thing in my makeup bag right now. Enriched with jojoba oil and vitamin E, this luscious balm hydrates and gives you vibrant, glossy color. This stuff is actually more of a lip stain, so the color is incredibly long-lasting.

Julep Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops

The worst part of painting your nails is waiting for them to dry, struggling not to touch anything lest you smudge them and destroy all your hard work. Consider Julep Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops your secret weapon for an immaculate manicure. If you add a drop to the base of each nail about a minute after applying polish, your manicure will dry much more quickly. I have absolutely no idea how this works, but it does. Don’t question it. Just try it.

Have you tried any of these? What beauty products are you loving lately?

♥ Mil

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