A new year calls for new beauty products and a month full of product testing, trashing & treasuring. Below are the selects that have made it from testing to treasuring and are now active parts of my beauty routine.
Nails Inc Champagne Shine Nail Polish Duo – Just because it’s no longer the holidays, doesn’t mean your nails can’t be glitzy. When I’m feeling a bit more bold and am tired of my nudes and pale pinks, this champagne shine polish duo is the perfect marriage of subtle yet glamorous.
NYX Powder Puff Lippie – For an under $6 lippie, these powder puffs pack a big color punch! The pillowy cushion applicator is easy to use and offers seamless application for a soft powder finish.
Avene TriXera Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Balm – Instead of an oily lotion, I opt for spray-ons or balms. The Nutri-fluid Balm is perfect for the winter months and sooths dry chapped skin without leaving a residue.
Supersmile Whitening Pre-Rinse – Most whitening rinses leave my teeth extra sensitive but Supersmile’s pre-rings painlessly whitens and re-mineralizes teeth without harmful bleaches or abrasives.
BABOR Soothing Cream – There is a fine line between a rich cream that clogs pores but moisturzes and a light moisturizer that doesn’t cause my sensitive skin to break-out. The Soothing Cream Rich walks that fine line and effectively soothes & moisturizes without feeling heavy.
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask – With my 30’s growing increasingly closer, anti-aging masks are quickly becoming a 2x/weekly ritual. The Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask is not your typical sheet mask. The plush, almost cushiony sheet has a unique, almost creamy texture that feels lusher than your usual serum-based sheet masks. After a mere 20 minutes, my skin felt softer, smoother, and more even.
Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water – I’ve always been bewildered by facial sprays claiming to replenish and boost skins moisture when I could easily use a moisturizer. While I understand the concept of a spritz mid-day, I’ve never found one that effectively refreshes my skin and doesn’t completely ruin my makeup in the process. I was pleasantly surprised by Neroli Water, which boasts a refreshing aromatherapy scent of bitter orange flower water, tones skin, AND sets makeup (without leaving spots)!
Katy Perry x COVERGIRL Katy Kat Gloss – Katy Perry’s third launch with COVERGIRL comes in the form of adorable cat-topped super-pigmented lip glosses. There are 12 different lip gloss colors to choose between from Cobalt Kitty (an icy teal) to Tabby Tease (bright coral) and Pounce (lavender); all packing a highly pigmented pop of color without patches or goopy globs.
Avene Nutri-fluid Cleanser – If your skin is prone to redness and inflammation, Trixéra Nutrition Nutri-fluid Cleanser will be your savior. The cleanser restores the skin’s natural barrier and soothes very dry, atopic skin.
BABOR HY-OL – BABOR has combined the natural cleansing powers of water and oil and developed a unique bi-phase deep-action cleanser. Pure, natural oils derived from soybeans, sesame and peanuts in combination with the appropriate Phytoactive for your skin type remove both oil- and water-soluble dirt particles thoroughly yet gently, without leaving the skin feeling tight. Quillaja extract acts as a dirt magnet and promotes the cleansing effect.
BABOR Ampoule Concentrates – Small but mighty, a mere 2ml of these high-dose active complexes deliver results in a matter of seconds. My personal favorite Ampoules are Moist and Lipid to revitalize my skin when it’s dull and dry and Purifying + Refining for blemish reduction and prevention.
Kerstin Florian Correcting Brightening Body Peel – Face peels are a common occurrence in my bathroom but this is the first body peel I’ve ever had the pleasure of using at home. The pre-moistened body peel cloths are infused with exfoliating acids and botanical enzymes and give the glow of a professional treatment in just one use.
Kerstin Florian Spirulina Masque – If your skin is feeling lack-luster, the spirulina mask made with Blue-Green Spirulina Algae & containing 63% protein, 8% minerals and a full spectrum of vitamins including A,C and E, stimulates circulation for a brighter appearance.
Glytone Acne Tinted Spot Treatment – Drying and clearing blemishes shouldn’t stop after your overnight treatment! Continue to heal acne acne blemishes, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads throughout the day with Glytone’s tinted treatment that can be used alone or with your foundation.
Paul & Joe Sparkling Foundation Primer – A shimmery primer?! Hear me out on this one. The limited edition primer isn’t nearly as glittery once applied as it appears in the bottle. Instead, it offers an iridescent sheen, smoothing your completion with a bit of glow.
8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil – Made with Amla Berry–a super-fruit rich in Vitamin C, this transformative solid oil boosts collagen, fights free radicals and brings a fresh glow to your skin. What exactly is it? The solid oil can do basically everything: moisturize, remove makeup, fade marks, repair hair, you name it.
Kopari Coconut Oil Pullers – Swish, spit and shine your way to a healthier feeling mouth. Kopari’s oil pulling pouches reduce plaque and leave teeth whiter, brighter and your mouth detoxified. Available in Coco Mint and Coco Collection, which includes Coco Mint, Coco Colada and Coco Vanilla, these are not your typical gag-inducing oil pulls.
Hard Candy Plumping Serum – Hard candy isn’t just for tweens, ladies! The new plumping serum is a volumizing gloss that hydrates & amplifies your pucker with hyaluronic acid to minimize the appearance of fine lines. Unlike most glosses that claim “plumping” benefits, this won’t make your lips swell nor will the tingle cause you to run for the sink. The tingle is gentle and the plump is even more subtle. (Available by end of February)
H20+ Rapids Collection – Probiotics aren’t just good for your gut! My recommendations from the Rapids collection include the Probiotic Sorbet Moisturizer that goes from a soft solid to bursts of small water droplets once you massage it into your skin, the Soothing Bubble Mask that calms irritation and inflammation, and the Probiotic Mattifier to even complexion. Rapids products feature champagne and yuzu extracts, a balancing and enhancing probiotic that makes your skin look and feel immediately healthier.
Earth Therapeutics K-aesthetics Clari-Gel Facial Sheet Masks – I never have a shortage of sheet masks on hand, especially those from Earth Therapeutics. The K-aesthetics Clari-Gel Mask-Retinol & Collagen masks stimulate cell renewal and increase skin elasticity while their Aloe Vera Mask calms stressed skin, while also replenishing moisture.
Dope Naturally Atomic Beauty Powder – I’m not a huge protein powder, morning smoothie kind of gal but when I found Atomic Beauty, I was intrigued. Atomic Beauty combines the power of four unique ingredients in their purest form. Powerful fulvic acid is supported by protein and amino acid rich watermelon seed powder, a perfect plant-based protein for healthy functioning muscles. Watermelon seed powder is naturally rich in arginine and lysine, amino acids that promote collagen formation and improve metabolism, maintain toned skin, and a youthful and vibrant appearance. Sunflower seed powder, rich in magnesium, is a perfect mood enhancer. It is also a significant source of plant based protein, and is naturally high in vitamin E to fight free radicals, and contains essential fatty acids and powerful antioxidants. Finally, coconut milk powder increases stamina and promotes faster muscle recovery by supplying more oxygen to muscles and tissues. It supports a natural glow and you cannot beat the taste of the tropics!
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer – If you are looking for a full coverage concealer that stands up to water, Amazing Cosmetics offers 20 shades of cream concealer to hide even your most stubborn spots without drying and separating throughout the day.
AmorePacific Enzyme Peel – Say goodbye to dead skin cells and hello to a brighter face! The water-activated exfoliator lushly lathers eliminating dry surface cells and toxins without being abrasive and leaving skin red.
AmorePacific The Essential Creme Fluid – The Essential Creme Fluid is a new category of moisturizer—the moisturizing qualities and nutrients of a rich creme in a refreshing, fast penetrating, fluid-like texture. I use this Crème on mornings when a heavy cream won’t allow for long-lasting foundation and it acts as a great barrier between my serums and makeup primer.
Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil – Eve Lom can do no wrong in my book. The Radiance Face Oil is the first facial oil I’ve used that isn’t overly greasy and doesn’t cause me to break out. The oil is enriched with antioxidants to even skin’s texture, moisturize, and prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming.
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink – Long-lasting. Highly-Pigmented. Flawless matte finish. Check, check and check! Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color checks all the boxes you’d hope for in an inexpensive drugstore lip color.
DCL Detoxifying Clay Mask – For that time of month when my skin hates me, I’ve been reaching for this detoxifying deep cleaning volcanic mask. It loosens blackheads, evens your oil production, comforts irritation, and draws out all the gunk while reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.
MODA Mythical Star Travel Kit – This 6pc MODA Mythical Kit is what unicorn dreams are made of – functional brushes with a unique style. The five brushes allow you to complete endless looks and the cool holographic pouch is perfect for travel or at home on your vanity. Not that you’d want to hid these adorable brushes in a pouch!