I have been on a bit of a beauty bender lately buying products left and right. Here are a few of the finds I have been especially happy with for fall/winter 2012:
I think we can all agree that my skin is not my best feature. It’s super oily and I basically have to keep my dermatologist on speed dial for emergency cortisone injections. Since the weather turned colder and I’ve been outside more during the day, I’ve been looking for a good moisturizer with an SPF. This is light and refreshing and has earned me more than a few “hey, nice skin” compliments, so something is working!
2. Koh Gen Doh Cleansing Spa Water Cloths, $39
OBSESSSSSSSSED. Remember my love affair with the Clarisonic Mia Face Brush? I love these more. These little beauties gently remove every single trace of mucky disgustingness I bring home from the city, but still manage to leave my skin feeling perfectly smooth, balanced, and cleansed. I am finally convinced that a wipe can do better than a fashwash and some elbow grease. But seriously. These cleanse my skin better than my cleansers and scrubs so my treatment creams and other nightly concoctions can get to work without gross barriers like dead skin and other yuckiness. The price scared me too, but you get 30 total and they are really big, so reasonably, you could cut them and make them last 2x as long. I’ve been saving them for the full-makeup days, so I really only use 1-2/week. My point: You must try them.
As I type, this is smeared all over my face because this awesome product also doubles as a mask. And you know I love masks. I love the gritty texture of this especially, but my favorite thing about it is definitely the clay. Just 1 mask a weeks takes care of all my excess oiliness in the T-zone, yay! And I especially like to sleep in it if I feel a breakout coming on. Just dab a little on the offending area before bed and wash off in the AM.
4. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter
An all-time favorite. I have the largest tub possible right by my bed because I cannot exist without it. It’s moisturizing, indulgent, thick, and smells like heaven. My lovely blogger friend Justine was nice enough to share a great coupon for 50% off recently —thanks Justine! Check out her blog: Short is the new black, it’s lovely.
5. Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip and Eye Palette, $75
Bobbi Brown is one of the few makeup artists whom I inherently trust. My impression is that she has a very realistic approach to beauty, aging, and women in general which I really respect and admire. (This also translates to brand loyalty on my part in a big way.) This palette is my go-to for work since the colors are so soft and wearable for daytime. The colors are perfect for me whether I’m pale or doing a little faux tanning now that it’s winter. Definitely check this one out if you’re on the hunt for a subtle new daytime palette.