I wanted to do a little recap of some items, brands, and general practices I’ve been loving recently. As winter comes to an end, I thought this would be the perfect time to do so!
1. Glowy base products
Since I try to keep my base products to a minimum when I go to work (since I have to wear a mask), I honestly like to apply more makeup just for fun on the weekends. I’ve been really loving Supergoop Glowscreen as a glowy base for makeup. Not only does it protect my skin, but it gives it the most beautiful sheen that wears amazingly under foundation or concealer. I will sometimes switch this out for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter or the Saie Sunvisor. The latter doesn’t have any shimmer in it, but it leaves behind a hydrated, dewy finish. These products help keep my skin moisturized and glowing all day long.
2. Liquid and cream blush
Going along with the glowy base products, I’ve been wearing liquid or cream blush most days. If I’m masking up, I’ll set it with powder blush on top, but when I’m just at home over the weekends I won’t set it at all so the glowiness shines through. I shared this blush hack on my Instagram and Tik Tok and it’s worked like a charm for getting that lifted blush look. In particular, I’ve really enjoyed the Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush in Venetian Rose, Iconic London Sheer Cream Blush in Fresh Faced, the Charlotte Tilbury Highlighter Wand in Pinkgasm, and the Stila Convertible Color in Lillium (this is what the MUA used on the set of Bridgerton!). I also love the Salt New York cream formulas, and have a whole post about them here. For liquids I use the aforementioned application hack, and for creams I tend to use my fingers or a damp beauty blender (I’ve really liked these e.l.f. Cosmetics sponges lately too).
3. Press-on nails
But not the trashy-looking kind. If you’re anything like me you tend to procrastinate getting your nails done. Sometimes it’s just easier to do them at home, or a nail breaks right before you go to the salon and you decide it’s not worth it anymore. I love using modern, trendy press-on nails to get the nail art look without breaking the bank. I’ve been loving press ons like these ones from Chill House. They’re easy to use (and reuse) and give you that expensive nail art look for much cheaper than a salon could. Another brand that I like is Clutch Nails – some styles are available at Target and the actual nail is so thin that it looks more natural than most. For press ons that I can paint over, I always go for these Kiss acrylics.
4. Straight leg denim
Since Gen Z has decided that skinny jeans are no longer cool, straight leg denim is my new thing. I love Madewell’s denim selection. Their Perfect Vintage jeans are amazing. They’re a straight cut that leans more to the skinny side, and the quality is amazing. I size up one size in this style. I’ve also been loving the Slim Demi-Boot jeans from Madewell (mentioned in this blog post). I take my normal size in these. Abercrombie does great straight leg jeans too, as does Everlane (and for under $80 for a great pair of jeans, Everlane is super affordable).
5. Loafers and mules
Although the sneak peek at spring we got last week was short lived, it felt so nice getting to wear shoes other than my beloved chelsea boots for the first time in months. I bought myself the Gucci Princetown Mules in 2019 and they’re by far the best designer investment I’ve ever made. It looks like they’ve raised the price by $100 since then too! They are the comfiest nice-looking shoes I own and I wear them to the office almost daily when it’s warm enough to. I finally got to break them out last week! I recently bought these Amazon dupes for the fur-lined mules and have been loving these as well. The best part about these is I don’t get upset if I scuff them, unlike the real deal Gucci ones. I’ve got my eye on these Dolce Vita loafers as well.
6. Dermaflash Dermapore tool
I’ve always sort of had my eye on this tool since it first came out. Whenever I have clogged pores or blackheads, I’m terrible about picking at them and squeezing them out, which often leads to breakouts in their place. The Dermapore is a tool that helps extract them gently. It uses sonic vibrations and a smooth metal spatula to gently scrape the skin and lift oil and gunk out of the pores. It also has another setting for infusing the skin with serum or moisturizer. I’m not sure it really makes these products work any better, but it gives the skin a nice facial massage while doing so, which I love. This is a pricey tool, so save up some Ulta points or get it during the Sephora sale.
What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments section or DM me on Instagram!