Is Dossier Perfume legit? I tried it to find out.

If you use social media, chances are you’ve seen ads for Dossier Perfume. The brand makes fragrance affordable by creating dupes of expensive designer scents in vegan, cruelty free formulas without the costly mark-up. The brand has some seriously lofty claims (I mean, a Le Labo dupe for $29?!) but does it live up to the hype? I tested it out to we could know for sure.

THE SCIENCE OF SMELL

I love fragrance. In my opinion, there are few compliments greater than being told you smell good. I’m not alone in this. In fact, wanting to smell good or enjoying nice smelling things is more than just vanity — it’s actually neuroscience.

If you (like me!) are curious about how scent works, wonder no more: Your ability to smell comes from specialized sensory cells, called olfactory sensory neurons, which are found in a small patch of tissue high inside the nose. Olfactory neurons in your nose have evolved some 400 odor receptors and these cells connect directly to the brain. Microscopic molecules released by substances around us—whether it’s coffee brewing or pine trees in a forest—stimulate these receptors. Once the neurons detect the molecules, they send messages to your brain, which identifies the smell. There are more smells in the environment than there are receptors, and any given molecule may stimulate a combination of receptors, creating a unique representation in the brain. These representations are registered by the brain as a particular smell. To organize all this information, your olfactory neurons wire into an “olfactory map” on your brain’s olfactory bulb. Olfactory neurons are one of the few types of neurons that are born throughout your life, and each of the roughly 10,000 such neurons born each day in your nose subsequently wires into the olfactory map in your brain.

How much does the nose know? Well, physical attraction itself may literally be based on smell.

CHOOSING A FRAGRANCE

Fragrance is deeply personal, both because smell and memory seem to be closely linked because of the brain’s anatomy—and because fragrance will smell different on each person due to a variety of reasons, ranging from the pH balance of the skin to hormones and even differences in diet.

For that reason, finding a scent that works for you can be difficult. Buying something without trying it makes it even more so. One thing I love about Dossier is that they have risk-free system that allows customers to try perfumes before committing to it. Every bottle comes with a small sample that you can can try and wear, before unsealing the 50ml bottle. If you do decide to return the scent, they offer a standard 30 day return period, in which customers can return any unsealed 50ml Dossier perfume and get a FULL refund, no questions asked. How cool is that?

I’ve been experimenting with fragrance for nearly a decade at this point, and feel like I have a pretty distinct idea of what I like and what I don’t. If you’re just starting to dip your toes into the pool that is perfumery, here are some basic things you should know:

There are four main olfactive families (or basic scent categories) that exist in all fragrances: fresh, floral, spice and woody.

Fresh
Characterized by citrus notes, like lemon and grapefruit, fresh fragrances have refreshing, zesty and vibrant smells. this category can also have aromatic notes, like rosemary, basil or lavender (referred to as aromatic fougère fragrances). Think: your grandma’s clean laundry hanging on a line in the backyard.

Floral
Floral fragrances are one of the most popular and iconic families, and one of the broadest. Any fragrance that has a sweet and flowery scent will belong under this family, using notes such as roses, jasmine, lilies and peonies—think anything romantic and feminine. Floral fragrances can range from being light and delicate, to more complex and intense (like violet and berries).

Oriential

This is one of my favorite categories of fragrance. This scent family is associated with incense, smoke, warm spices and leather. It is very luxurious, rich and sensual often made with interesting notes of cardamom and cinnamon alongside the likes of jasmine, orchid and orange blossom. In addition, fragrances classified as “oriental” can have notes of vanilla, but not the vanilla you’re used to at say, Bath and Body works (aka sugary sweet)—a true vanilla is really earthy, like tobacco.

Woody

Woody fragrances are another warm family (and my other favorite!). With a mysterious and captivating scent that is often considered as more “masculine,” these notes are chock-full of smells associated with nature, like cedar wood, sandalwood, vetiver and amber. Another sexy scent family, it’s a great choice for wearing in the evening. Woody fragrances are split into mossy woods which has an earthy, sweet undertone, and dry woods which often have a smoky, leathery smell to them (think either hot guy or leather bound books).

Give It A College Try
I would recommend testing out 2-3 perfumes at a time. Wear one for a full day, let it marinate on your skin and see what you think. With perfume, you can only really know if you like something by actually wearing it (spraying it on those little strips or sniffing it just won’t do any justice to what the scent will smell like on you). In my opinion, Dossier is great for test driving scents because of their great return policy and because they offer bulk deals on their website— up to 25% discount and free shipping for 3+ bottles.

ABOUT DOSSIER

Like I previously mentioned, I know what I like. With that in mind, I got two perfumes from Dossier, Woody Sandalwood (inspired by Le Labo Santal 33) and Floriental Almond (inspired by Carolina Hererra’s Good Girl). Both smell absolutely amazing and, at a fraction of the cost of regular retail, I feel like you can’t go wrong. The most expensive bottle of Dossier perfume is $49 (the most expensive bottle of perfume I have ever purchased is nearly 3x that).

TL;DR

I have been loving my Dossier perfumes. I put them on every single morning even though I just sit around at home all day. After all, fragrance is deeply personal and I like to smell nice for myself, anyway. 🙂 Would you ever purchase something from Dossier, or have you? Let me know!

An Honest Review of AURIC by Samantha Ravndahl

Most recent makeup launches have been lackluster at best and, as a result, it takes a lot to get me really excited about something. AURIC, the new beauty brand created by YouTuber Samantha Ravndahl actually did that for me—and I say that as someone who isn’t even a big fan of hers. (For the record, I don’t dislike her, I just don’t watch her videos or consume her content on a regular basis.)

For the first launch, AURIC debuted two products: Glow Lust Radiant Luminizer and Smoke Reflect Eyeshadow Duos. Keep reading for my honest review of both.

THE BRAND

As I previously admitted, I don’t watch Samantha Ravndahl’s videos on a regular basis so I’m not super familiar with her. When I very first heard about this brand I kind of rolled my eyes because I felt like “do we really need another influencer coming out with a brand (or a Morphe collaboration parading as a brand?)?” I will happily admit that I was wrong and go ahead and rightfully eat my slice of humble pie.

AURIC is not an influencer brand. It’s a brand created by an influencer and, yes, that’s an important distinction.

You can tell that an immense amount of thought and detail went into the creation of this brand. I personally appreciate that Samantha didn’t just slap her name on something and call it a day. The name AURIC, which means of, relating to, or derived from gold, is an homage to the fact that gold is something that always has values, and according to Samantha, the most valuable things are people.

I also very much appreciate how inclusive the brand is, from the shade range to the marketing campaign—which features both men and women of various skin tones. The one thing I would appreciate seeing in the future would be more diverse body types in marketing campaigns.

THE PACKAGING

When I said that you could tell a lot of thought and effort went into this, I meant it. Not only is the packaging of the actual products gorgeous (I am a sucker for matte black and shiny gold), the unit carton that it comes in is arguably the most beautiful piece of cardboard I have ever seen. It’s a stunning marbled blend of dark green, black, white and gray, with gold veining and embossed with gold letters that spell AURIC.

The packaging of the products themselves is lovely, too. It’s heavy—which is something I expect of a luxury product. The lids to the Glow Lust Radiant Luminizer are very difficult to get off, which I learned, was by design. In the video that she made announcing her brand, Samantha said that she wanted the lids to fit snugly so that they wouldn’t come off in your makeup bag, which I appreciate.

GLOW LUST RADIANT LUMINIZER

This was the product that I was most excited about.  This illuminating cream product can be worn on its own, mixed with a foundation, or used as a liquid highlight. I have used it all three ways and cannot stress enough just how impressive it is. This product comes in an impressive seven shades and also contains skin-loving ingredients like squalane, glycerin, and propanediol.

SHADES

  • MORGANITE: Light cool beige
  • SELENITE: Light warm/neutral beige
  • PYRITE: Medium olive
  • CITRINE: Medium warm
  • GOLDSTONE: Medium/deep warm
  • AXINITE: Deep neutral
  • TOURMALINE: Deep neutral/cool

PRICE

$45 USD

As someone with oily skin, luminous products are typically difficult for me to use. This product exceeded all of my expectations. I got the two fairest shades, Selenite and Morganite. It provides a very natural, lit-from-within glow. I have been mixing it in with my foundation every day for the prettiest, luminous glow. It does not emphasize texture, break up throughout the day, crease around the eyes, or look glittery or shimmery; it’s never sticky or tacky. Just beautiful luminosity. I also add some of this to the high points of my face at the end as a highlighter and looks so beautiful. It builds up so nicely and doesn’t disturb the makeup underneath at all.

If I had to compare this to something, it would be the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. Even that isn’t really a fair comparison as this is just so much better. CT is definitely more shimmery, glittery and reflective. This is just so much more natural looking.

I think this product would work well for any skin type or tone. If you’re considering trying this, I honestly can’t say enough good things about it.

SMOKE REFLECT EYESHADOW DUO

AURIC released three cream eyeshadow duos. Each duo comes potted with one creamy matte and one reflective micro-glitter shadow infused with high-shine pearls. According to the brand, you can “create creamy-matte, or metallic-glitter looks with two luxe formulas (in a single gorgeous package).”

SHADES

  • DEFIANCE: Bronze
  • EGO: Silver
  • TEMPER: Rose gold

PRICE

$39 USD

Let me preface this by saying that while I appreciate a good one and done cream eyeshadow (like Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize or Tom Ford), I much prefer to throw a basic bronze shadow in my crease and call it a day.

I really enjoyed the cream portion of these eyeshadows. They are easy to apply (you can use your finger or a brush) and they blend our super easily. You have time to play with them before they dry down, but once you do they are set for the day and not going anywhere. As someone with both oily and hooded eyelids, I was super impressed by how well these performed.

Admittedly, I did find the topper portion to be a little more difficult to work with and kind of hit or miss on the shadows. The shade Defiance was great for me, but Temper seemed to be packed more tightly and I had to work harder at getting any pigment out of the pan onto my brush/finger. It did seem a little better on the second and third use. Could just be a fluke thing? That also doesn’t negate the fact that I think these are very high quality, high performing shadows. I would put these up against any high-end shadows any day of the week.

Overall, I really loved these. They are a great one-and-done shadow and are nearly impossible to mess up.

TL;DR

I tried both of the products that AURIC launched and love them both. I have used both products every single day since getting them in the mail and highly recommend them both—however, if you were going to buy ONE product, I would definitely recommend the illuminator over the eyeshadow.

Have you tried any of these products yet or will you? I’m really excited and curious to see what AURIC will be launching next.

I tried the NYX Shine Loud Liquid Lipstick and & Brow Glue Instant Styler: Are They Worth the Hype?

At the beginning of quarantine, back when we all naively thought we would be spending two weeks at home and then resuming our normal lives, I downloaded Tik Tok. Honestly, it was one of the best decisions that I made in 2020. It quickly became one of my favorite apps to consume content on. Whether it’s hilarious or informative, it keeps me entertained for hours—it has also inspired me to make a purchase or two (or 20). When I saw two new NYX products circulating on the app, I knew I had to try them for myself. Here’s my honest review of the Shine Loud Liquid Lipstick and Brow Glue Instant Styler.

NYX SHINE LOUD LIQUID LIPSTICK

NYX is not the first brand to come out with a lipstick that is “sealed in place” by a glossy top coat and purports to be transfer proof. They did, however, launch theirs at the best time you could possibly launch a transfer proof product: when we all wear masks 24/7. This reminded me a lot of the Younique product that made its rounds a few years ago, which honestly made me not want to try it because I have a deep disdain for all MLM brands. I went ahead and tried it anyway.

The first step is to apply the liquid lipstick and wait 90 seconds before applying the glossy top coat. While you wait, the liquid lipstick dries down. During that process, it becomes insanely sticky. Like, it reminds me of liquid rubber or latex or something. I touched my lips together and thought they might not ever come apart again. It’s intense.

After waiting the full 90 sections, you go in with the glossy top coat. I was impressed by the gloss. It’s not sticky and it’s very shiny — almost wet looking (which I, personally, am a big fan of). The product does what it says it does! Once the top coat is applied, the liquid lipstick isn’t going anywhere. I have currently had it on my lips for over 12 hours and it’s still going strong. It settled into my lip lines a lines and did come off the inside of my lips, leaving me with the faintest hint of butthole lips (I’m sorry to use that terminology, but if you’re familiar with liquid lipstick, you know what I mean!).

Overall, I am really impressed. If you’re tired of your lip products staining or smudging the inside of your masks, this is a great option to pick up.

Overall rating: 10/10

NYX BROW GLUE INSTANT STYLER

If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall that a few weeks ago I made a Reel showing how to use Got2B Glued Spiking Glue on your brows to give you a laminated effect without the commitment or the cost. This product is a great alternative. It’s more money for way less product, but it comes with its own spooly and is a much more appropriate amount of product for two little eyebrows.

I went ahead and filled my brows in like I normally would with my Benefit Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil. Then I went in with the NYX product and brushed all the hairs up to create a fuller, fluffier brow. I was a little skeptical, but the product lasted all day and didn’t leave any kind of weird cast or tint to my brows. If you’re wanting to try the fluffy brow trend but don’t want to be bothered to try soap brows (which can be messy and has a bit of a learning curve), don’t want to fork over the money for lamination (which is kind of expensive), or just want to dip your toes in for fun, this is a great product to try out.

Overall rating: 10/10

TL;DR

The new NYX Cosmetics products that I tried, the Shine Loud Liquick Lipstick and the Brow Glue, are both great products. They live up to the claims, perform surprisingly well and, at that price point, can’t be beat. If you’re in the market for some new makeup, I think you’ll enjoy these.

Is the Dyson SuperSonic Hair Dryer Worth The Money?

As a life long beauty connoisseur, I wanted a Dyson SuperSonic hair dryer from the moment that it launched. I watched countless YouTube videos, read reviews and lusted after it for months. Is it worth the money? Does it really make a difference? What is so special about it? I agonized over whether or not it was worth the hefty price tag—because at $400, it’s not a cheap piece of equipment. 

After using it for over a year, I now feel fully qualified to talk about whether or not the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is worth the money. Read on for my thoughts.

BACKGROUND

Dyson is known for the advanced technology they use in their products and, true to form, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is not your normal, run-of-the-mill hair dryer. According to Dyson, it’s engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage with intelligent heat control, uses a special v9 digital motor for fastest drying and controlled styling to help increase smoothness by 75%, increase shine by up to 132% and decrease frizz and flyaways by up to 61%.

In layman’s terms, that means that the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer has an ultra powerful airflow that dries your hair faster than usual while also preventing heat damage.

PRODUCTION

When it came to reimaging the hair dryer, Dyson didn’t f*ck around.The brand invested $71 million dollars, hired dozens of new employees (more than 100 engineers worked on this!), and brought on some of the world’s top hairstylists (including Jen Atkin) to help create a blow-dryer that was lighter, quieter, and more efficient than anything on the market.

They didn’t stop there. Tom Crawford, Head of Product Development at Dyson, actually required that all the engineers working on the hair dryer take hair styling classes at a community college because he wanted them to truly understand the science of hair and what goes into styling it.

DESIGN

One of the first things that you’ll notice about the hair dryer is that it looks nothing like the blow dryer you’re currently using—because there’s a hole in the middle of it. The nozzle has been replaced by what looks like a large cylinder, which is the brand’s patented Air Multiplier technology, (i.e. the bladeless fans they put in practically every device they make). 

According to the brand, the dryer works by taking a little air from the bottom and drawing into the motor at the top of the handle, while also pulling a little extra air through the middle and the sides of the cylinder. All that air is then multiplied threefold as it’s pushed out through the center of the ring toward your hair. This results in less air flowing through the product, which means the motor can be smaller (i.e., the dryer can be lighter!), and there is more air flowing out. The silver lining: you’ll never have to worry about your hair getting sucked into the back of the dryer again.

TECHNOLOGY

The device uses what’s called Air Multiplier technology to create a high-pressure, high-velocity stream of air. What helps to make styling more precise is the handful of magnetic attachments included with the Supersonic: It comes with a smoothing nozzle and styling concentrator, which both help focus the airflow, as well as a diffuser for defining curls and waves.

Another advancement: in addition to the four heat settings (and three airflow settings), inside the hair dryer is a tiny little thermometer that measures the air temperature 20 times per second to make sure that the air never gets too hot. How cool is that? This ensures that the integrity of your hair remains intact and you never use too much heat on it—it also ensures t that the device itself never gets too hot (so you won’t burn yourself if/when you change attachments). 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

The dryer retails for $399, which is insanely expensive. However, that includes things other than just the hair dryer. Regardless of where you purchase the device, it comes with four magnetic attachments so you can adjust quickly and easily. Right now, it also comes with a silicone mat to rest the dryer on, but when I bought mine it came with a nice metal stand. Either way, you’re getting an entire hair drying/styling experience and all the accoutrements, not just the dryer itself (in case you’re looking for a way to justify the expense LOL).

Also, I purchased mine (and the one I got for my mom) from Ulta’s website. I used my Ultamate Rewards Points to buy it (I’m Diamond so I accrue points quickly—and I used the points I got from purchasing mine to buy my moms). I also used Rakuten on the purchase, which means I 6% cash back on it. Win/win!

HOW TO USE IT

This hair dryer might look drastically different than what you’re used to, but it operates exactly the same. On days where I just want to dry my hair and call it a day, I rough dry it or dry it with my Yves Durif vented brush. On days where I plan on styling my hair after drying it, I section it off with my favorite clips, and dry it with a round brush.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Obviously, how much money someone is willing to spend on something is very personal and completely subjective. For me, the dryer was 100% worth it. I wash and style my hair every single day (or I did before COVID). Not only does this dryer dramatically reduce the amount of time that I have to spend on doing my hair, it also reduces the damage that I inflict upon my poor hair by doing it every day. 

I have long hair that takes forever to dry and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this has cut the time I spend blow drying my hair in half. If you have short hair, or hair that doesn’t take long to dry, and that’s your most important consideration when debating this purchase, this might not be the best investment. However, the deciding factor for me, and the reason that I would repurchase this immediately if mine died tomorrow, is because it helps protect the integrity of my hair and keeps it healthy.

Other things that I love about the dryer: it’s insanely light weight. I love that Dyson was somehow able to make a dryer that is way lighter than the Conair dinosaur that I was previously using and also pumps out way more air AND makes next to no noise. I mean, how do they do it? Amazing.

TL;DR

If you’re looking for the Spark Notes of this review, here are my favorite things about the machine: It’s light. It’s quiet. It reduces drying time dramatically. It maintains the integrity of your hair. 

Do you have a Dyson SuperSonic? If so, let me know whether or not you agree with my opinion that it’s worth the investment!

Buy or Bye: Fenty Gloss Bomb Cream Review

Rihanna has done it again. I mean, are we surprised? The woman can do no wrong.

Her eponymous cosmetic brand (in case you didn’t know, her real name is Robyn Fenty) caused a stir in the beauty world when it launched in 2017. From the jump, the brand has consistently pushed the envelope. From launching a foundation range featuring 40 shades (her name powder foundation has 50 shades!) to releasing a broad spectrum sunscreen specifically designed to not look grey deeper skin tones, Rihanna continues to put almost every other makeup company to shame by releasing innovative new products and formulas (and highlighting the gross lack of inclusivity in cosmetics).

Her new lip product, the Gloss Bomb Cream Color Drip Lip Cream, is no exception. (Also, wow. That is a mouthful.) Keep reading for my review:

ROOTS

Since its inception, one of the most popular items from Fenty Beauty has been the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer—a rosy nude tinted lip gloss that delivers a plumping, non-sticky glow that lasts for hours. Initially launched in one shade, Fenty Glow, it’s now available in seven shades ranging from a clear gloss to a rich brown shade.

I saw one woman say that the Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is chapstick for bad bitches and I don’t disagree. And I’m thrilled that all of us bad bitches now have even more glossy goodness to add to our arsenals LOL.

GLOSS BOMB CREAM COLOR DRIP LIP CREAM

I have the original Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fu$$y and I love it. However, my one complaint is that it has shimmer in it. I’m a gloss girl, but not a shimmer girl. When I found out that Fenty was launching a new version of the Gloss Bomb, sans shimmer, I could not wait to get my hands on it.

According to the brand, the new formula is supposed to have “medium-to-full-coverage color and zero shimmer.” It features the same XXL doe foot applicator that we know and love from the OG Gloss Bomb and, not surprisingly, it does not disappoint.

TELL ME MORE

  • Universally-flattering, shimmer-free color, in five creamy shades
  • Buildable full-intensity pigment
  • Brilliant shine
  • Non-sticky feel
  • XXL wand applies in just one swipe
  • Vitamin A to nourish lips
  • Light peach-vanilla scent

SHADES

The new formula comes in five different shades:

Fenty Glow: a universal rose nude
Honey Waffles: honey butter brown
Mauve Wive$: rosy mauve
Cookie Jar: chocolate caramel
Fruit Snackz: berry red

These were designed to look good on all skin tones and they do. I personally think that these shades would look gorgeous and work as nudes on deeper skin tones and I love to see Rihanna catering to an audience that is routinely left out—or at the very least an afterthought and not the intended target market.

Our #1 gloss—now with pure, creamy color and incredible shine. Lips are instantly smoother and more voluminous-looking.

LASTING POWER

If you dont plan on going anywhere, or if this had been released in the Before Times, the lasting power on this is pretty impressive (about 3.5 hours for me—and that includes eating and drinking). If you’re wearing a mask, don’t expect it to hold up for very long because of its glossy nature. That’s not a dig against the formula, that’s really just something to be expected when wearing lip gloss and having cloth rub against it for a prolonged period of time.

RATING

Pigmentation: 9/10
Longevity: 8/10
Application: 10/10
Formula: 10/10
Packaging: 10/10

TL;DR

I love Gloss Bomb Creams. It’s glossy and shiny, but not sticky. It’s pigmented. It goes on smooth. Feels nourishing. I love the gigantic doe foot applicator. I love Fenty Glow, which I anticipated, but was honestly surprised by how much I liked some of the deeper, bolder colors too. If you’re in the market for a new lip gloss, I highly recommend this one.

Best of Beauty 2020

2020 was a crazy year. Despite spending almost 10 months of the year quarantined alone at home, I somehow managed to still shop at Sephora on 58 separate occasions. I am nothing if not consistent, I guess?

Without further ado, here are my favorite makeup products of 2020

PRIMER

Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Hydrating Makeup Primer – $42

My skin has changed a little in the past year and I have been dealing with dry skin for the first time in my life. This stuff gives you a really healthy, beautiful glow. Primers can be hit or miss, but this sits well underneath all my other products, and seems to also increase the longevity of my makeup. The other downside is that you’re paying $42 for 1 fluid ounce.

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer – $30

If you want your makeup to last forever, this is the product for you. Apply to clean, dry skin and wait a minute or two before going in with any other makeup products. In that time, the product is activated and actually becomes tacky. Not only does this stuff grip to your makeup all day, but it makes products go on very smoothly. It took me some time to get used to, but I love this stuff.

Tatcha The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer – $52

This a weightless, oil free liquid primer that helps your makeup go on better and last longer. It’s expensive but it lasts a long time, truly works and is great for any skin type.

FOUNDATION

Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation – $39

This foundation quickly became one of my favorites because it’s just so good. It has great coverage, a beautiful finish and stays put all day. The shade range is amazing (51 shades!!). Despite the fact that I am a very boring shade of beige, not super pale, not super deep, I have a difficult time finding a foundation that matches my undertone without giving me a stark line of demarkation between my face and neck. This is the best shade match I have found, hands down. Bonus: Uoma Beauty is a black, woman owned business.

Dior Airflash Spray Foundation – $62

I know, I know. This is crazy expensive but I love it. I tried it this year on a whim and it’s so good. I only use it for special occasions though, like trips to the grocery store or maybe an invasive vaginal examine at the gynecologist (the second part is a joke, but leaving the house at all is a special occasion in 2020, let’s be real). I spray it on a brush vs. directly on my face and the finish is just *chefs kiss.*

beautyblender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation – $40

GAH, I see this is half off on Sephora’s website which makes me wonder if it’s being discontinued. This is one of my ride or die foundations. The shade range is great, transfer proof, long wearing, great coverage. This won’t let you down—it’s going to look great every time I use it. BRB, stocking up.

CONCEALER

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer – $32

This somehow only has 3 stars on the Sephora website which is absolutely blasphemy. I would die for this concealer. I have used it religiously since I first purchased it and have repurchased it at least four times. Dark circles? We don’t know her!

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer – $30

If you have anything on your face you want to disappear—blemishes, scars, veins, etc.,—this concealer is a God send. I have lots of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on my face (like, a lot) and you would never know it because this concealer works wonders. It’s a little too dry for underneath the eyes, but anywhere else on the face it’s amazing. Will cover all your sins. I am never without it.

Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Face and Under Eye Concealer – $38

I bought this on a whim one of the first times I was back in Sephora post-shelter in place. I spent a ton of money that day because it felt so good to be back inside the store, seeing makeup in person (although not touching or swatching it, since that is a relic of times past). I really enjoy this concealer. It does a good job of hiding dark circles under my eyes but doesn’t crease or look bad. Still comes in second place to my beloved Charlotte Tilbury, though.

POWDER

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder – $45

This is the best product on the market. Mattifies (but not too much), blurs pores, makes you look like you’ve been FaceTuned in real life (but a good amount, not like into oblivion). Throw away all your other powders, this is the only one you’ll need from here on out.

Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Blurring Under Eye Setting Powder – $30

Let’s be honest—this is not as good as the CT powder. Especially for the price per ounce. But I like it for setting my undereye concealer. It’s lightweight, blurring, doesn’t crease. I have used it virtually every time I have worn makeup in 2020 and I have not hit pan yet. However, if you were going to buy one powder buy the Charlotte Tilbury.

BRONZER

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – $52

I remember the first time I bought this bronzer. I was in college, working at MSU IPF, and I snuck away on my lunch break for my yearly pilgrimage to Sephora for the holiday sale to score some things I otherwise couldn’t afford while they were 20% off. I have continued to repurchase it ever since. I use the shade Luminous Bronze and find that it works best with my skin tone. There are lighter shimmer shades veining through the bronzer that give the skin the prettiest sheen without looking glittery or sparkly.

Tower 28 Beauty – Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer – $20

I talked about my affinity for Tower 28 Beauty way back in the beginning of 2020 and, I have to say, they are probably my favorite brand of the year. This illuminating bronzer is unlike anything I had ever tried. It’s a balm that blends very seamlessly into your skin and provides a very natural sun-kissed sheen. I always set with powder as it does stay a little tacky, but a super innovative product that I reached for time and time again throughout 2020.

Gucci Poudre de Beaute Eclat Soleil Bronzing Powder – $62

I bought this because I really liked the packaging, let’s be real. At $62, thank God the product itself wasn’t bad either. I actually really like this bronzer. The brand claims that the product is designed to “deliver a luminous finish and a natural glow” and it does exactly that.

CONTOUR

Huda Beauty Tantour Contour and Bronzer Cream – $30

I feel like I’ve been using this product for years but in actuality, I purchased this on March 2, 2020. (I checked my Sephora order history, to be sure). I love this product. I use the lighter of the two shades and it gives the perfect cool-toned contour shade without looking muddy. It is insanely pigmented and looks very intense at first, but blends out like a dream. Huda Beauty is very hit or miss for me, but I absolutely love this product.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Contour Powder – $44

This matte, powder formula was created Kevyn Aucoin himself—the man, the myth, the legend. It combines brown, red, and gray pigments that work together to recreate natural shading and dimension on the face. The formula mimics the look of natural shadows, is crease-proof, and won’t settle into fine lines or pores. This is one thing that I have to have at my disposal at all times.

HIGHLIGHT

NUDESTIX Nudies All Over Face Color Bronze + Glow – $32

This was arguably my most-used highlighter all year. I thought for sure that if I rubbed this on my face all the product would lift off, but it didn’t. It’s super easy to use, very easy to blend out and gives a really beautiful, natural looking glow to the face. Highly recommend.

BLUSH

MAC Glow Play Blush – $30

The Glow Play blushes came out earlier this year (around summer, I want to say?). These blushes are unlike anything else I have tried. They have a really unique spongy texture, that almost feels like a hybrid between a gel and a powder. They go on beautifully and have a very natural finish with sheer-to-buildable color.

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush – $20

I wrote an entire blog post about Rare Beauty—how I was, at first, entirely uninterested in even trying it and how I was, subsequently, really impressed by the quality and performance of everything I tried. The two products that stood out to me the most were the blushes and the lip products. Coming in at only $20 this is a pretty good deal (all things considered), too.

Tower 28 Beach Please Tinted Lip+Cheek Balm – $20

This is such a great cream blush. I got it in the shade Magic Hour and it’s such a gorgeous sun-kissed rosy nude. It’s buildable, very creamy and blends seamlessly into the skin.

BROWS

Benefit Precisely, My Brow – $24

This is a pretty straightforward, run-of-the-mill eyebrow pencil. They have a good shade range, have a very fine point that makes it easy to draw hairlike strokes and is long-lasting and smudge-proof. The exaggerated cap shape is annoying as it takes up extra space in a travel bag, but who is traveling right now anyway?

Got2Be Glued – $4.99

This is not technically an eyebrow product, but I’ve been using it on my eyebrows all the same. This like soap brows on steroids. Your eyebrow hair isn’t going anywhere with this shit. I am obsessed.

EYESHADOW

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette – $48

The other two palettes that I chose as my 2020 favorites are very specific to my taste because I love a warm, bronze eyeshadow look. This, however, is a palette that I think that every makeup enthusiast could stand to have in their arsenal. It has 12 universal matte shades that can be used to create any look on any skin tone. In fact, Mario said that this was inspired my human skin tones from light to deep. The formula is great, creamy and long lasting with very minimal fallout and amazing blendability.

Natasha Denona Bronze Eyeshadow Palette – $65

I love a good bronze-y eyeshadow palette and I couldn’t resist buying this one when it came out over the summer. I used this almost exclusively for months on end. It has everything you need for a casual everyday look —but can also create some very intense night time looks, too. It’s smaller than most ND palettes, but also around half the price.

Juvias Place The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette – $20

This is honestly one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes that I have ever owned. Juvia’s Place pumps out extremely high quality, high performing products at an insanely low price point. This palette is full of beautiful rich, earthy, warm tones in a variety of finishes ranging from matte to shimmer. I used this throughout 2019 and 2020 and it shows. I finally hit pan on my favorite shade (these pan sizes are enormous, by the way).

LIP LINER

Victoria Beckham Beauty Lip Definer 02 – $26

Posh was my favorite Spice Girl and when I found out that Posh herself had a makeup line I couldn’t not try it out. Her lip looks defined an entire generation, okay? I got this lip definer in #2 which is one of those “my lips but better” shades but every-so-slightly more brown than my actual lip color. These go on so smoothy—absolutely no tugging—and enhance your lips in the most beautiful, delicate way. Amazing pigmentation. I cannot say enough good things about this lip liner.

em cosmetics Soft Blur Velvet Lip Liners – $22

I wrote an entire blog (née love letter) about my unwavering devotion and admiration to and for these lip liners and for good reason. They are so. good. I got two shades—Fawn and Kitten—and both go on smooth, no pulling or tugging, stay put all day (even under a mask!) and it matches my natural lip color. It’s truly everything you could ask for. The formula is definitely creamier than the VB liners. I can’t decide which I prefer.

LIPSTICK

Victoria Beckham Beauty Bitten Lip Tint in Cherie – $36

This is arguably the best lip product of 2020. It’s a gorgeous, subtle rosy tint that enhances your natural lip shade and stays put all day long. Seriously. For hours and hours and hours—even with a mask on. It’s a gorgeous and very interesting geleé formula unlike anything else I’ve tried. On top of being beautiful and lovely to wear, it’s made of hyaluronic acid squalane which plump your lips and leave them better than they were before you put it on. 12/10. Well done, Posh.

Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick – $20

As I wrote in my dedicated blog about Rare Beauty, this lipstick formula kind of blew me away. My liquid lipstick days are long gone and I much prefer wearing lip products that don’t give me insanely dry lips or make my mouth look like a butthole (if you’ve ever worn liquid lipstick, you know exactly what I’m talking about). This dries matte but is not drying in the least. I wore this to dinner with a friend one night and, despite the fact I wore the brightest red known to man, it’s so lightweight that I actually forgot that I had it on. It doesn’t flake off, doesn’t leave you with the dreaded ring and stays on for hours on end.

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Divinyl – $36

I got the shade Nude Venus and I love it. One of my favorite lipstick purchases of all time, honestly. It’s a light beige color but it deposits just the right amount of pigment. It has an extremely glossy, nearly glassy finish. It’s very sexy, IMO. I keep it in my purse at all times for the day when masks are no longer required and everyone can appreciate my beautiful lips (yes, they are beautiful. And they should be, I paid enough for them LOL).

LIP GLOSS

Tower 28 ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss – $14

Hands down the best lip gloss of the year. I have this lip gloss in nearly every shade that Tower 28 makes. Chill (clear) and Fire (orange) are my favorites, by far. This is never sticky, extremely high shine and actually leaves your lips feeling moisturized. I am so obsessed.

Kosas Wet Oil Lip Gloss – $27

This comes in a close second. It’s an oil, so it truly has some moisturizing properties. I got it in the shade Jellyfish (clear). It also is extremely high shine and never sticky. But it costs twice as much as the Tower 28, so there’s a clear winner here and it isn’t Kosas 😦

LIP TREATMENT

Lucas’ PawPaw Ointment Lip Balm – $8.95

This is the best chapstick on the market, hands down. I use this every single night and every morning when I wake up my lips are so soft and supple. I cannot say enough good things about this and I will never be without it!

TL;DR

2020 was a wild ride. Was spending money on makeup super “responsible” to do? Probably not. But it made me feel momentarily better to try something new, to spend time on myself, doing something that I really love—and that makes it worth it to me. What were your favorite products of 2020?

Weekly Roundup: Dyson V11 Vacuum, Melt Cosmetics + More

My weekly round up is kind of all over the place this week. From cleaning products to makeup and more, here are the random things I tried this week!

DYSON V11 ANIMAL+ CORDLESS STICK VACUUM

I have wanted a Dyson vacuum for the longest time but have always shied away from the extremely steep price tag. I got this at Costco for less than normal retail, which is how I justified the purchase to myself.

I have to say, it felt like Christmas when I came home and pulled this out of the packaging. I’ve been testing this out for about a week to see how well it works, how long the charge lasts, how it compares to my previous vacuum, etc. So far, I love it. I want to keep testing it out and eventually do a full review on it, so stay tuned.

MELT COSMETICS DIGITAL DUST DUO

I knew that I needed this blush duo as soon as I saw it. I got it in the shade Queen, which is a bronze and gold duo (which functions as more of a bronzer than a blush on my skin tone) and is so pretty. The product itself has a honey comb pattern and bee stamped directly into—and it’s actually so cute that I don’t really want to use it because I know it will ruin it.

TOWER 28 SHINE ON MILKY JELLY

If you’ve been here for awhile, you’ll know that I am obsessed with the Tower 28 lip gloss. They recently launched a new lip gloss formula, the Shine On Milky Jelly gloss, that is more opaque than the previous versions. I got it in the shade Cashew which is a very pretty brown-y nude. It’s very much a “your lips but better” shade, because it adds a hint of milky color without being entirely opaque. Bonus: it’s only $14 (just like all of their glosses!). Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these.

MEJURI CROISSANT DÔME HOOPS

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I have seen these braided, rope style earrings on Instagram for the longest time and always wanted them. I decided that I was going to buy them and narrowed it down to two different earrings from two different brands. Ultimately, I went with Mejuri because shopping with them is always such a wonderful experience (I talked about them in my Favorite Online Jewelry Brands blog). They shipped almost immediately after I purchased them, arrived within three days and had to be signed for. The earrings themselves are so chic and cute, can be dressed up or down, and go with everything. These are a bit of a splurge, so I’m trying to find a more affordable option for different price points. Stay tuned for that!

MELATONIN

The last time I picked up a grocery order from Kroger, they gave me a goody bag with a bunch of different samples in it (in a reusable grocery bag!). One of those samples was melatonin, which I almost didn’t try because melatonin has never worked for me. It ended up working extremely well. I fell asleep fast and stayed asleep all night, which literally never happens, so I immediately went out and purchased a full bottle. We’ll see if I keep seeing the same results, but for now, I’m a big fan.

PEN15

I started watching Season One of PEN15 a long time ago (not sure how long ago, but it feels like forever) and thought it was the most hilarious thing I had ever seen. The show centers around two middle school aged girls who are best friends, and depicts very honestly what that time in your life is like. I have to say, the thong episode is honestly one of my favorites and I laughed so hard that I was nearly in tears. If you experienced being a girl in middle school, I highly recommend.

BLOGS FROM THE PAST WEEK

If you missed it, these were the blogs I posted this week!

I WANT TO SEE A THERAPIST. NOW WHAT?

FALL MAKEUP TRENDS I’M LOVING

TL;DR

This weeks list is such a random hodgepodge of things. Do you use or have you tried any of these? If nothing else, bookmark the PEN15 suggestion and circle back this winter when we are undoubtedly still quarantined and you need something funny to watch!

Fall Trends I’m Loving

Fall is here! If you’re looking for something to inspire your makeup routine, these fun trends might give you a reason to break out your brushes.

GLOSSY LIPS

It’s no secret that I love a good glossy lip. Fall has traditionally been a time for dark, matte lips but you can pry my lipgloss from my cold, dead hands. I am loving the Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Divinyl lip glosses, as well as the new Tower 28 Beauty milky glosses. Can’t go wrong with either!

GRAPHIC LINER

I am so obsessed with graphic liner. I honestly think that this started as a Tik Tok trend but has since made it’s way to the general masses (and was even on a lot runways this season, as you can see in Gigi Hadid’s IG post).

This is a great inexpensive eyeliner to try if you’re wanting to experiment with graphic eyeliner without the costly commitment.

TERRA COTTA TONES

There are few things in life that I love more than terra cotta makeup looks. I wear some variation of a terra cotta shadow on my eyes every single day, regardless of the season. I love these Natasha Denona palettes (the face + eyeshadow palettes!) and I also am obsessed with these Rare Beauty lip souffles (the shade Brave is my favorite). Terra cotta is flattering on essentially every skintone and is such a fun and easy way to transition into fall.

MONOCHROMATIC ROSE

If terra cotta isn’t your thing, it’s hard to go wrong with a rose look. Right now, I am obsessed with rose-hued monochromatic makeup looks it looks so beautiful, trendy and put together without really putting in an abundance of effort. Charlotte Tilbury’s Walk of No Shame collection has everything you need for a monochromatic rose look, or if you’re looking on a budget, this Color Pop palette is only $8 and is crazy good quality. Pair with a rosy lip (you know I love CT Pillow Talk but this Flower Beauty lipstick in Spiced Petal is almost an exact dupe for a fraction of the cost.

DRAPING

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should!), I recently talked about bronzer and blush placement (and how you should place them horizontally if you’re going for a truly sun-kissed look). Draping is basically the opposite of that. Do you remember a few years ago when highlighting got rebranded to “strobing” and was used exclusively instead of bronzing/contouring? This is similar. Draping is when you don’t use bronzer to contour, you use blush to bring structure to your face. To “drape,” you’ll want to place your blush on your cheekbones instead of the apples of your cheeks, and blend out toward your temples. This can look super high fashion if you use an intense color or really intensify the pigment, but I think it’s really pretty when done correctly and I actually especially like it combined with the monochromatic rose look.

Sidenote: My mom has been draping since the 80s, so I’m going to need to let her know she’s a trendsetter!

FOX EYES

From PDO threads to shaving off the majority of your eyebrow, people have gone to extreme lengths to get the Hadid-inspired fox eye. Turns out, you can get a similar effect with just eyeliner! There are tons of tutorials on social media from Instagram to Youtube, but the basic idea is to use a soft brown liner and false lashes to create an elongated shape.

TL;DR

Fun fall trends have me inspired to try more than just new makeup products, but new looks and techniques too. Since I’ve spent the better part of the year at home with a bare face, this is a welcome change of pace. Any new looks you’re interested in trying? Let me know!

Weekly Roundup: Detangler for long hair, Violet Grey order + more

I routinely do a monthly favorites post where I talk about the things that I have tried and loved throughout the month. That post only ever captures the products or things that stood out as my favorites—but I use and try so many other things that I don’t end up talking about that I decided to start doing a weekly spotlight in addition to my monthly favorites. Keep reading for my first roundup!

Long Sexy Hair Luxe Nourishing Leave-In Detangler

I have long hair—and a lot of it—but it’s very fine and it gets tangled very easily. A few years ago I discovered 7 Seconds by Unite haircare and promptly stopped searching for anything else. It was a the end-all-be-all of leave in conditioners. Long Sexy Hair gifted me their new detangler, the Long Sexy Hair Luxe Nourishing Leave-In detangler, so I started using that this week. I had very low expectations but I was blown away by how well it works. It was made specifically for people with either long natural hair or extensions. It works really well and also smells really nice. I’m going to keep testing this out, but I haven’t reached for 7 Seconds in almost a week (which is unheard of because I have used it every day for at least 3 years).

Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation

I had terrible skin for years and as a result only wore the thickest, most full coverage, most matte foundations I could find. I was basically waking up and spackling my face every morning. Thanks to my friend Jennifer, my skin is completely changed and I wear all sorts of base makeup, CC cream, BB cream, tinted moisturizer, medium-fo-full coverage foundation—I have so many choices now. For some reason, when I saw the Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation, I was like, “I need that! It’s everything I want in a foundation.” My friend Taylor, the manager at the Sephora in Eastwood Towne Center, was like, “just so you know this is matte. Like, really, really matte,” and I thought “ok, no problem!” Turns out, she was right. It is much more matte and much more full coverage than I am used to wearing now. I think if I mixed it with a moisturizer or used a glowy primer I would like it much better. I’m going to keep testing out because I haven’t used it enough times or tried it with enough different products to really give my final verdict on this yet. Stay tuned.

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Divnyl Lip Shine

I bought this on a whim at Sephora one day, mainly because I was so excited that my Sephora had anything Pat McGrath. I got it in the shade Nude Venus because you really can’t go wrong with a good nude lip. Honestly, this is one of the best lip products I have tried in forever! It is so good. It is so shiny, so moisturizing, so buttery. It makes your lips look so plump and juicy. I think I’ve worn it every single day since I got it. This is going to be a favorite for sure.

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight

Coming in at a mouth-dropping $75 for 0.14 ounces of product, this is officially the most expensive highlighter that I own. I got it during the Violet Grey sale, so I saved some money but still. Westman Atelier is a luxury clean and cruelty free beauty brand owned by the iconic makeup artist Gucci Westman. The brand claims that they “cater to those looking to enhance their complexion while elevating their vanity.” I got this highlighter in the shade Peau de Peche (which I found out translates to peach skin lol). Everything about it is extremely luxe. The product itself comes in a leather dust bag. The component is black with gunmetal accents. It’s only 0.14 ounces of product but it feels like a brick—very heavy and substantial. The product itself is just *chefs kiss.* It is so gorgeous. I have only used it a few times, but I know that it’s going to be a staple—and listen. We appreciate a pretentious luxe moment around here, okay? Life is short, you have to indulge sometimes.

We Should All Be Mirandas

If you know me, you’ll know that I love Sex and the City. I have every season on DVD (the one that came in a pink velvet collector’s box), I went on the SATC bus tour when I was in NYC, I have a t-shirt that says “abso-fucking-lutely” and I rewatch the show at least once a year (and always when I’m sad). The show is nothing short of iconic and I won’t apologize for how much I enjoy it. The women behind the IG account @everyoutfitonsatc wrote a book called “We Should All Be Mirandas” and it is just as wonderful as you might imagine. If you order the book right now, you also get a magnet that looks like a sticky note that says. “I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me” for free! I consider this to be one of my best purchases to date.

Gum Drop Grapes

Speaking of luxe. I recently ordered some grapes from Kroger that I later realized are called “gum drop grapes.” They are from the same grapery as Cotton Candy grapes, but far superior. They literally taste like candy. As someone who is watching their diet, these sweet little succulent grapes have become my daily treat. They are expensive (about $3.49 per pound) but they are so, so worth it.

TL;DR

In addition to my monthly favorites, I’m doing a weekly roundup of things I’m trying, using and loving (or not). Have you tried any of these things? I mean, TBH, if you get one thing make it the grapes! I need people to talk about the grapes with lolol.

Buy or Bye: Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez

Up until about a week ago I was entirely ambivalent about Rare Beauty. I don’t really have strong feelings about Selena Gomez one way or another—if I’m being honest my favorite thing she had done prior to this was not get back together with Justin Bieber—and I really didn’t think we needed another celebrity beauty brand. However, after seeing rave reviews from every corner of the internet I headed into my local Sephora to see what the fuss was about.

RARE BEAUTY

Selena Gomez launched Rare Beauty earlier this month on Sept. 3. The brand launched almost an entire face of products, including foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, brow products, lip products and more. It’s been awhile since I’ve been excited by a new launch, but Rare Beauty has impressed me in more ways than one. Read on for my honest (non-sponsored, non-gifted) thoughts.

THE PACKAGING

One of the first things that attracted me to Rare Beauty was the packaging. The ball on the top of the packages was unlike anything that I had seen before—and it turns out the ball on top is more than just a chic component. The packaging was actually designed specifically with people who suffer from arthritis in mind, because Selena has lupus (rheumatoid arthritis is a common comorbidity of lupus).

I’m really inspired by the intentionally of the entire product range. Selena saw a gap in the market and filled it with something beautiful (and affordable).

LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD

Another interesting thing about Rare Beauty is that Selena has pledged to donate $100 million dollars to mental health initiatives over the next 10 years. Selena has struggled very openly with depression, anxiety and mental health issues, and it’s refreshing to not only be honest about that struggle, but to work to help others deal with it head on, too.

PRODUCTS

I tried just about every product in the line, with the exception of the setting spray, powder product and brow product. Because this post isn’t sponsored and I’m not on Rare Beauty’s PR list, I had to be somewhat selective about what I purchased.

Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation

This foundation comes in 48 different shades, making it one of the most diverse shade ranges on the market. According to the brand, Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation is a natural-finish foundation with concentrated pigments that feels barely there while providing buildable medium-to-full coverage.

This is a true liquid foundation. In fact, it feels almost like a gel or a face serum to me. While most foundations claim to be “weightless” this is one of the only foundations, if not THE only foundation, that I have ever found to actually feel weightless. In fact, I actually forgot that I had it on.

And while it isn’t the most sanitary thing in the world, I do appreciate the doe foot applicator for it’s ease of application.

Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer

I knew that I loved the foundation right away, but I had (and still have) mixed feelings on the concealer. For one, I think I got the wrong shade. Not being able to test things really sucks. Secondly, no concealer in the world can possibly compare to my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Magic Wonder concealer.

That being said, there are also 48 shades of the concealer, with each concealer shade designed to work with its corresponding foundation shade. This concealer is pretty thick and creamy, but it sheers out nicely and offers good coverage without feeling heavy or looking cake-y. It also doesn’t settle into fine lines or crease.

Positive Light Liquid Luminizer

I love highlighter so it’s no surprise that I wanted to pick this up. Like the other products in the range, this offers a wide variety of shades that will suit any skin tone. I got the shade Outshine which is a true gold. I wasn’t sure that it would work for me, but it blends out beautifully. I think that this is a good natural to moderately glow-y highlight. It’s not the most blinding thing you’ve ever sheen, but leaves a nice sheen on your cheekbones.

Pro tip: Blend fast. This stuff dries down quickly and can leave you with stripes on your cheeks if you don’t blend fast enough.

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

This blush is SO good. I mean, it’s just *chef’s kiss.* I love cream and liquid blushes because they look so natural. This one is no exception. You need a tiny little bit of product, I mean tiiiiny. Apply it to the apples of you cheeks and blend outward toward the hairline with your fingers. You’re left with the glowiest, rosiest cheeks like maybe you’re slightly embarrassed or someone’s grandma just gave them a quick pinch. If you’re interested in buying something from the line but can’t choose, I would suggest starting here.

Lip Souffle Matte Lip Cream

My favorite product in the line are these lip souffles. They have the strangest texture of any lip product that I have ever used. They go on liquid and then dry down to an almost powder finish. I got four shades, including the super bright red shade that Selena is wearing in the promos. They stay on forever and even when they wear off, they leave a wonderful stain on your lips. 10/10 recommend.

Pro tip: If you want to be the kind of person who wears bright lipstick but don’t feel like you can pull it off, now is the time to start. Wear it around your house or under your mask! You can get over feeling self-conscious so when we can safely leave our houses and mingle again, you’ll be confident AF.

TL;DR

Rare Beauty kind of blew me away. I wasn’t expecting to like these products at all, let alone by this impressed by them. They are made intentionally and inclusively, from the impressive shade range to the packaging designed to be easily opened by everyone. PLUS, nothing in the line costs more than $30, which we all know is essentially unheard of for a brand in Sephora.