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?

♥ 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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