I’ve been buying some more stuff. A few basics, a few replacements of similar products I’m running out of, and a few nice-to-haves. I’ve been trying a couple of products for a couple of weeks now but most of it is brand new and I’m just starting to try out the different bits. I have some cleansing products and makeup from Sephora, lip colors from MAC, and some natural bath and body from Whole Foods.
Sephora: First I started by buying the Sephora Collection Cleansing Cream in Rose and Supreme Cleansing Oil because I needed some affordable cleansing basics. I had also been fooling around with my loves list on Sephora’s website and had a gift card from Christmas to use, and pulled the trigger a few weeks later.
I had been eyeing some relatively new products and went for stuff that I thought would be really practical for day-to-day and can fill some holes that have developed in my collection over time. I bought the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30), Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder ($35), Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Surf’s Up ($21), Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Tickle-Me-Peach ($19), and Milk Makeup Natural Dry Shampoo ($14). The concealer and lipstick are both quite new to Sephora, and the powder and lip gloss came out prior to the new year, I believe, but are still on the newer side. I don’t know when the dry shampoo was released but Milk has only been sold at Sephora for about a year, so I think it still counts as new-ish, right?
Right now, I feel like there’s a chance I’ll end up returning the Too Faced gloss. I bought it because I previously got it in a different shade as a 100 point perk and I think it has a lovely texture and really cute presentation. Even though I bought it in the deepest shade, a rich watermelon, there’s still a hint of milkiness to the color which I think makes it look like it’s fighting the natural color in my lips a little. It’d be better over a lipstick, but I was hoping for an easy thing to pop on my lips when I don’t have much else going on in my makeup.
I haven’t seen many people talk about the new Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Color Splash lipstick collection, which is different from the Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash line released last summer (confusing, much?). But these Color Splashes are new and I think the shade selection looks super pretty. Lots of neutrals that don’t look washed out to me, and some brights, as well. The outer tube has a lovely marbled sea glass sort of effect going on, which is unique. And it’s vegan. I bought one to double check how I enjoy it before perhaps buying some more.
MAC: This one’s easy, I stopped in to buy the new fuchsia-hued Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipstick and Lipglass ($17/ea). I don’t buy a ton from MAC and this is actually my first ever Viva Glam purchase, but I thought the shade was super beautiful and I’m stoked that they created it with Taraji. The lipstick is matte, and the gloss has some small fuchsia sparkles in it.
Whole Foods: I went to Whole Foods in need of more deodorant and Weleda was on sale, so I’ll be trying out their natural deodorant spritz in the citrus scent. I neglected to notice that while the small bottle is plastic the larger bottle, which is what I bought, is glass. It seems sturdy enough, I guess, but I feel like it’s a questionable packaging decision. I’m hoping it never falls on my bathroom floor.
They also had bars of Alaffia’s GoodSoap on sale for $1 each. So, naturally, my husband and I bought 12 of them. I’m actually pretty excited about these. They smell nice, and have fair trade shea butter and coconut oil in them, as well as some goat milk, so I’m hoping they’ll be gentle and kind to my drier skin. I see online that this particular line of soaps is a Whole Foods exclusive. Part of the GoodSoap sales goes to the Whole Planet Foundation, but moreover I find Alaffia to be a really ethical company and am happy to buy stuff from them, just in general.
Have you tried any of these? Have you been eyeing some new releases? Let me know, I’d love to hear!