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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Friday Favorites: Halloween Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! This week – actually, this whole month – has just flown by. I can’t believe tomorrow is Halloween! Do you have any fun plans? I’m going to see Hitchcock’s Psycho at the Seattle Symphony – the symphony performs the score along with the film. I can’t wait! So, no trick or treating for me. But don’t worry, I’ll be sure to smuggle in some candy in my purse. Meanwhile, Jules is planning to party it up with some friends at a secluded cabin, which sounds unquestionably like the premise of a horror movie. Good luck Jules…now let’s get the weekend started with our Friday Faves: the Halloween Edition!

Friday Favorites: The Halloween Edition

1. Staying in tomorrow night? Treat yo’ self to this appropriately creepy-looking facial. Or use it to revive your skin after washing off your beautiful Halloween makeup! (Lauren Kelp)

2. The selection process behind group Halloween costumes is always amusing. Bonus: these girls are seriously killing it in the group costume department. (The Man Repeller, PopSugar)

3. Set the mood for spookiness with this killer Halloween playlist, filled with haunting vocals and updated classics. (The Everygirl)

4. PSL overdose got you down? Try the Frappula, Starbucks’ new Halloween-themed frappucino. (Delish)

5. It is a truth universally acknowledged that any movie combining Jane Austen and zombies is a movie that we are going to see. Who else is excited for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? The trailer looks awesome! (Variety)

Have a fabulous weekend and a happy Halloween!

♥ Mil

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