This morning, I took a look at my overcrowded dresser and figured another beauty gems post was due. Some of these are new, some are tried and true (I promise, I didn’t intend for that to rhyme!) but they’re all staples in my routine.
Ole Henriksen Balance It All Set // I tried this set of products last month thanks to Influenster. I dealt with acne as a teenager, and used Proactive back then to combat it. This set makes me think of a less-clinical, more adult version of Proactive. The three-step system is the same: Cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I have oily skin, so I love a set that’s dedicated to dealing with that. I use this at night, it’s super soothing and leave my skin feeling so soft + less oily.
Tarte Glisten Cheek Stain // I love blush, and trying different formulas/shades is always a fun twist on my otherwise pretty standard makeup routine. This Tarte stain is a gorgeous cream option, I think the color is similar to my go-to, NARS Orgasm (isn’t it everyone’s go-to?), just a little more pigmented. It’s a solid choice for travel — you can just throw it in your bag and go!
Essence Big Mascara // I rarely rebuy mascaras, I just move on to the next formula I have waiting in my makeup bag — which means I have about 100 favorites. But this one, this one is really good. I love the curved wand, it grabs every lash and gives a beautifully defined yet natural look. I picked it up when I was in Spain last December, but luckily, you can get it stateside, too! Oh, and it’s $4. So now you have no excuse not to try it!
It Cosmetics Cleansing Balm // I talked about this product in my winter nighttime routine post, but it’s worth mentioning again because it’s just that good. I didn’t get the hype when I first heard about it, as I’m usually very loyal to my makeup wipes. But this just feels like magic on your skin — it gets rid of everything, and afterwards, your skin feels so soft and supple. It’s amazing.
NARS Lip Gloss // Before a few months ago, I don’t think I had swiped lip gloss across my lips since before I got my driver’s license. But this is not your average lip gloss. It isn’t sticky, it just adds a subtle shine to your lips that a lipstick can’t produce. I especially love the way it looks in photos — I’m wearing it here!
Clinique Moisturizing Gel // A classic choice, and one you’ve probably used yourself. But it’s recently become a nightstand staple for me, so it’s worthy of a mention here. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized (but not oily!) every night into morning. What more can you ask for?