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Some really great stuff: skin, makeup, and hair

November 18, 2018
Recent favorites for fall

I’ve taken an inadvertent break from the blog but wanted to mention a handful of things I’ve landed on and have been really enjoying. The truth is that while I still buy stuff occasionally, I’m not doing it with the same hunger and frequency as I have in the past. That means I’m sitting with each product over a longer and more consistent period of time, and really trying to use things up before moving on. Here are about 10 skincare, makeup, and hair care products I’ve had great luck with and are very fond of right now.

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($34 for 5.41 oz)

I’m midway through this cleanser from Glow Recipe, which I really enjoy from both a practical and aesthetic perspective. I try to consistently work my way through trying lots of different gentle and hydrating cleanser formulas, and I’m very happy to be using this one. Prior to this I tried the Farmacy Clean Bee cleanser, which I’d say occupies a similar space in the market but I really didn’t love, so I was relieved to have a better experience with this. It has a pleasant gel consistency and a gentle sudsy quality, and smells kind of like blueberry baby shampoo. The bottle also looks nice and has a good locking function. Plus, it includes blueberry extract, hyaluronic acid, and AHAs, and my skin is having a good time (which is the whole point). Beyond the cleanser, I’ve been really enjoying the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask from Glow Recipe, as well, so the brand has my attention.

LUSH Celestial moisturizer ($26.95 for 1.5 oz.)

I was running out of facial moisturizer this fall and couldn’t quite stretch it until the Sephora Sale, so I bought another Celestial from LUSH, which I think is a great go-to for me that is a bargain for how good it is and how it stacks up against offerings from other brands. It’s rich without being heavy, and is good both under makeup and at night. I’ve paid twice the price for creams at Sephora I didn’t like as much.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($20 for 0.7 oz)

I’ve been the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask for a solid chunk of time–I think I bought it 6 or 7 months ago. 0.7 ounces is really a ton of lip balm and I’m not at the end of the pot yet. It looks like I’m about halfway through it, and I use it every night. I’m not the first one to say this, but this definitely up there as one of the best, if not the actual best, lip balm I’ve tried. It works best in a thick layer, but is also nice in a thinner layer if I want to apply it before leaving the house in the morning, and the texture feels and looks good on the lips. It comes with a great little spatula but I generally apply it with my fingers, and so the only real downside is that it doesn’t come in a stick that can be applied on the go.

LH Cosmetics Infinity Filter powder in Light ($32)

LH Cosmetics is a brand that I get excited to support, and everything I’ve tried so far has been worthwhile. Linda released some stuff earlier this year that prompted me to make another order, despite the hurdle of international shipping. I made a relatively modest order of her makeup sponge, a pencil sharpener, a powder brush, and the Infinity Filter loose setting powder in Light (also available in Medium and Deep). Prior to trying this powder I had been using the Hourglass loose setting powder, which is very pretty but isn’t a huge help in makeup longevity, and oil absorption. So when I switched to the LH powder it was fun to find that not only does it look really nice on the skin, but also offers more lasting power and oil absorption without looking dry. It feels like a really balanced middle ground.

BH Cosmetics ItsMyRayeRaye brush set ($24), brush holder ($6), and lipstick ($9)

I checked out BH Cosmetics’ site a little while back when they were having a sale. It had been a while since I had last browsed and I think I’ve let a number of releases pass me by. But I saw these ItsMyRayeRaye collaboration products, including a 9-piece brush set, blush-toned brush holder, and lipstick in Rosy Raye. These are all really great everyday items that I’m using a ton. I own several different brush sets from BH Cosmetics plus a few individual brushes, and I’ve had really good luck with them and think BH makes some great synthetic cruelty-free and highly affordable brushes. The lipstick is a flattering matte peachy-rose. These are all still available online, and the collection also includes a palette, lip gloss, and liquid lipstick.

Wet n Wild Fire & Ice Color Icon Bronzer ($4.99)

Wet n Wild released a Game of Thrones-ish collection called Fire & Ice toward the end of summer, and I couldn’t resist purchasing a handful of the products. The thing I’m using the most, by far, is the bronzer in Bronze Dynasty. I had previously been using my Guerlain Terracotta bronzer (an entire world away in price) but started reaching for this one because it was a lighter color that seemed like a good option for the darker, cooler months. I’ve been using it every day since. It’s a really nice shade and has a bit of a sheen.

Wet n Wild Fire & Ice MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($4.99)

I also really like the highlighting powder I got, which is in the shade Glow Watcher. I haven’t quite been going the full mile with my makeup on a day to day basis so this one hasn’t gotten as much wear as the bronzer, but it’s so pretty for the winter and I love the smooth sheen it gives. Plus, the embossing on the powder is lovely (even if the outer packaging is nothing special). It looks like stuff from the collection is starting to sell out but the bronzers and highlighters are both still available.

Colourpop Brown Sugar palette ($12), Ultra Glossy Lip ($6), and Creme Gel Colour ($6)

I accidentally visited Colourpop’s website on the day they happened to launch this little neutrals collection and I decided to just quickly and impulsively grab a few things. I have the palette, lip gloss in Blowzy, and shimmery brown cream gel liner in Rum. This stuff is newer to my collection than most of the stuff I’m mentioning here, but I think the tones in these products are so perfectly flattering and I think they did a great job with all of it. I generally have good luck with Colourpop’s eyeshadows (a personal preference thing) so I never hesitate to grab a palette, and this is my first time trying an Ultra Glossy Lip. The gloss is super sheer and, as the name suggests, very glossy, and it has a pleasant texture and scent. The packaging looks great, too–I like that Colourpop brings in all kinds of different finishes and materials for their collections.

Function of Beauty customized shampoo and conditioner ($36 for an 8 oz. pair)

I’ve previously reviewed Function of Beauty‘s customized haircare, and now nearly two years later I’m on to my fifth pair of shampoo and conditioner from them. I’ve taken breaks tried out a few other brands here and there, and end up coming back to these guys because it just works really well for me and I can always fine tune the formulation. Their options for colors and scents help keep things fun, and in recent months they’ve introduced a fun cycle of limited edition colors and scents. So, both colors and the peach scent that are in this current pair of products are new me and I’m enjoying it all.

Verb Ghost Oil ($16)

One last hair product that I’ve been using since the spring is the Verb Ghost Oil, which has been basically perfect for me. I need something in my hair that helps smooth frizz and prevents tangles, but doesn’t weigh down and flatten the overall look. I bounce around from product to product and usually get bored and unsatisfied by the time I make it halfway through a bottle, but I’m about 3/4 of the way through this and am still using it every day, which is really a big feat for a product like this. I also used up a bottle of Verb’s Sea Texture Spray (their aerosol salt spray) over the summer, which I also really loved and felt it added body without extra frizz, stickiness, or tangles. I love that Verb is a pretty affordable haircare line at Sephora, and they have some genuinely great stuff.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been enjoying lately?

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