Beauty Edit – March 2018


Hi darlings! Today I’m sharing the top new products that have made their way into my beauty collection these past few months. I’d say the theme of this set is elevated staples – there’s something about these products that sets them apart from other similar things I’ve tried, and I’ll share my thoughts below. Also, a lot of them just smell fantastic.

Glossier Balm Dotcom (Original) / Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (Dark) / Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray / Illi Total Aging Care Cleansing OilL’occitane Smoothing & Beautifying Almond Supple Skin Body Oil (small size here in a set of travel minis) / YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain (No. 7 “Nu Interdit”)

  1. Glossier Balm Dotcom – this is a thick, waxy balm that is very reminiscent to me of the Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips (which is 100% lanolin). Balm dotcom has lanolin plus castor seed oil and beeswax as emollients (skin softeners). The original flavor has no scent, and applies really smoothly on the lips, forming a thick protective layer which is crucial for the cold, dry weather. I use it on my cuticles as well. I find that I can use this any time of the day, especially when I’m out and about (in contrast to the Laneige Lip Mask that I talked about on Instagram, which I mainly use at night).
  2. Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark – I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to look a little bit more polished (maybe for barre, or just running errands) but didn’t want to put on foundation. This is where the Perfecting Skin Tint from Glossier comes in. It is very low coverage, but helps my skin look more even, “glow-y”, and perfected. If I’m having a good skin day, I will use this in place of foundation and set it lightly with powder. I apply it with a cushion puff, and it gives a very luminous finish. I’m in the shade “dark” which actually looks pretty medium-toned, and it blends out on my skin to a very sheer wash, color is hardly detectable.
  3. Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray – my awesome new hair stylist, Liz, introduced me to this product. I had seen some of the bloggers I follow use Moroccanoil products, but was hesitant to pay that price for a spray. However, I will say that not only does it smell AMAZING (seriously, is there a perfume that smells like this?) but it does give that “grip” and volume to my hair like nothing else will. The most similar product I’ve tried is the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder dry shampoo, which I love and use to freshen hair and give grip, but the Moroccanoil dry texturizing spray is just beyond. I balk at spending a lot on hair products, but I do think this is worth trying out.
  4. Illi Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil – as a fervent believer in Korean skin care, I double cleanse every night. The idea of double cleansing lies in first using an oil-based cleanser to draw and emulsify out the oil-based makeup and sunscreen from your skin, and then secondly use a water-based cleanser to more deeply cleanse your skin. I’ve tried using Pond’s cold cream as a shortcut (it did take off makeup, as it is supposed to, but it does not emulsify off nicely, leaving a residue on my skin). A good oil-based cleanser should turn milky-white upon contact with water, and that’s how you know it is emulsifying to rinse cleanly off. I have also tried the original Banila Co Clean It Zero, which did exactly what it was supposed to do – but I wasn’t a fan of how I had to scoop it out of the pot and of the scent. Illi is a Korean skincare brand that is classified as “hanbang,” that is, inspired from traditional Korean medicine. After the oil-based ingredients, the first botanical extract is Panax Ginseng Root Extract (which I LOVE in skincare – my favorite sheet masks were the Etude House I Need You Ginseng sheet masks. Sadly, those were discontinued but I just ordered some ginseng sheet masks from Missha on Amazon to try). I would say that the Illi cleansing oil is the most luxurious product in my skincare routine. It smells SO good – a little floral, a little herbal, just a very expensive feeling scent. It takes off all my makeup, including residual waterproof mascara, and emulsifies beautifully immediately upon contact with water. Holy grail product – never need to try another first cleanser again!
  5. L’occitane Smoothing & Beautifying Almond Supple Skin Body Oil – I got this in a little set of their almond products. It smells so luxe and “gourmande” in a way. I like mixing a bit of this with my daily winter body moisturizer (I use Eucerin Advanced Repair) and it adds that boost of hydration and the scent lingers on for hours.
  6. YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in No. 7 “Nu Interdit” –As someone with very pigmented lips, I find it difficult to find pinky-nude shades that show up on my lips, but also don’t wash me out. This is my first high-end lip product. I tried on so many different lip stains in Sephora. What drew me to this particular one from YSL was the formula. It is unlike ANY lip product I’ve ever tried. It almost feels like water going on the lips – it is weightless, and allows the natural texture of your lips to come through so it doesn’t look cake-y at all. There is also no “pilling” on the lips over time (does this happen to anyone else with lip products??). This color is so beautiful – like I said, the perfect pinky-nude. I don’t think that high-end lip products are always worth it – but this one definitely is.

If you made it this far in the post – thank you so much for reading! Who knew I could write a whole essay on 6 beauty products!  I love sharing my thoughts on things I’m enthusiastic about, and which of the higher-end beauty products I think are worth splurging on. I’m planning on making this a regular “beauty edit” on my blog. Let me know if you have any recommendations! Are there any must-haves that I need to try?  x

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