A [potentially] monthly installment of what I’m currently loving. This year has already been a whirlwind, but these are some goodies helping me through.
What I’m Loving Vol. 3
I’ve added more fragrances to my collection in the last year than I ever have before, and I’d like to think my tastes are evolving away from my high school + college scent go to’s: Viva La Juicy and Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (yes, the latter really happened). A scent I’ve been using a lot lately is Commodity’s Gold perfume*. It’s a pleasant warm and spicy scent that gives me speakeasy, cigars, smoke, and sensual skin vibes.
Mornings are neither my forte nor my cup of tea, especially before I’ve had my cup of coffee. Because cleansing tends to feel like a chore, I will try all the things that clean the sleep from my face without having to go the full stretch of using a cleanser + water. Enter the Collosol Eau de Lait*. It’s a quick, easy, and pleasant water milk that is a bit more hydrating and nourishing then a regular old micellar water, which is why I particularly like it. Another favorite? Using it with the new Glossier Cotton Rounds. They’re plush, don’t leave little baby lints all over my face, don’t feel scratchy, and other than my boujie favorite Shiseido Cottons, are the best cotton rounds my face has ever had the pleasure of feeling.
After cleansing, I like to go in with either a hydration serum, my Kypris Antioxidant Dew, or a vitamin c serum, and then top it off with a moisturizer. The one I’ve been reaching for a lot is the Grown Alchemist Hydra Repair Day Cream. You don’t need a ton of product, and my skin always feels and looks more plump and hydrated afterwards. It’s creamy and lush, but not heavy or greasy so it sinks in quickly for SPF and smooth makeup application afterwards.
The days I’ve been wearing blush, it’s been extremely hard not to veer directly to Glossier Puff. It’s a brighter pink (shocking, because I hate pink on myself), but blends out more sheer, giving your cheeks a kiss of bright life. The Cloud Paint formula is my favorite because you’re just a couple taps away before it blends out, and you only need a tiny amount. Because of the liquid formula, it really leaves your cheeks look natural (as long as you don’t layer on. Then it looks super 80s).
When I think of a maneater, I think of ruby red, deep, dark and bold shades. At this point in time, Essie’s Hubby For Dessert is probably my favorite nail shade ever and the one I’ve been reaching for each time I want to paint my nails. But, it’s a far cry from that maneating blood red I think of when I hear that name. It’s a very neutral/lilac shade with a crelly formula and makes the nails look so sophisticated and dainty, which I need because of my large man hands (I’m 5’9″ okay). Sadly, I just found out as I was writing this that this shade was limited edition, but I hope I can get my hands on it again soon somehow. Essie, bring it back!!!
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