I had some holiday gift cards to Sephora to use, so I thought I’d share what I bought! Details below!
Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo ($14): I always keep some type of facial mist or toner in my bag, and the Evian spray is one of my faves. It’s just purified water that sprays in a super fine mist, which boosts hydration and refreshes the appearance of makeup.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($25): I used to love this moisturizer a few years ago and decided to pick up a bottle again. While it does hydrate and smooth my super dry skin, I’m put off now that I know it’s full of mineral oil. I’ve starting using a natural moisturizer instead (I’ll post about my updated skincare routine and products soon!) so I’m not using this Clinique product much. It really does sooth and hydrate, which is something many other facial moisturizers don’t do for me, so I’ll continue to use this occasionally.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($43): This is my all time favorite face makeup. I don’t typically wear full coverage foundation so I opt for tinted moisturizers. I swore by Laura Mercier’s version but tried the NARS Pure Radiant after hearing from some people that it’s better. While NARS is a wonderful product (and has a lovely lemon scent), nothing beats Laura Mercier for me. The coverage is perfect for my skin and the texture is so smooth and creamy. It leaves a really dewy finish.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($26): I usually switch between MAC Dame blush (a lovely light pink) and NARS Orgasm blush (a peachy pink gold), but I’ve been itching to try a new one. YouTube beauty guru Tiffany D has been raving about the Tarte blushes so I picked one up and am totally sold. I got Dollface (light pink, no shimmer) and it’s such a beautiful blush. I then got a second full-sized one in my New Beauty TesttTube in the shade Flush (a bright berry pink, no shimmer). The color of Flush freaked me out at first and I thought I wouldn’t be able to wear it but now I’m totally in love with both of these blushes and switch between them. The pigment is fantastic and a little goes a loooong way, so these are worth the investment! Like all of Tarte products these blushes are natural. A picture of Dollface is below:
Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter ($12):
I had the Jasmine, Quince and Guava and really liked them, so I wanted to pick up the more pigmented Wild Rose shade. I’m a big fan of these hydrating balms now and always have one handy. Wild Rose is a pretty shade of sheer red, and is more pigmented when applied heavily. A picture of Wild Rose is below (with a heavy application to show color):
I almost always opt for a luminous and glowy finish to my skin over a matte look. I find it to be more flattering and it tends to blur imperfections. I use MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish and it’s a wonderful, shimmery finishing powder for my cheeks and nose. My girl Tiffany D (you seriously need to subscribe to her YouTube channel) loves the Too Faced Candlelight powder so I thought I’d give it a try. At first I felt like it wasn’t doing anything, but now I use it almost every day. While MAC’s Soft & Gentle is a shimmery powder, Candlelight is a much more subtle powder that you can put all over your face without looking shimmery. The sparkles in Candlelight are ultra fine and barely noticeable, so skin is left looking luminous with a “soft-focused glow”. I still love MAC’s powder the most because I can use it on my eyes as well but this Candlelight powder is a wonderful soft gold that makes you look radiant without being glittery. A picture of the powder is below, and the camera flash picks up a lot more of the shimmer than actually shows when wearing the product:
I’m always on the hunt for my next favorite pink lip shade, and this one by Josie Maran has become my go-to gloss now. I’ve tried a couple of her cosmetics and am very impressed. All of her products have Argan oil in them. This gloss is sheer petal pink that gives the most beautiful application and color. It also has a great texture, it’s thick enough to stay on but creamy enough to not be sticky. Love this lipgloss! Picture below:
Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to know your thoughts!