Beauty Notes - March
I think it's due time to talk about two of my new favourite brands - Glossier & The Ordinary. Aside from these two, there are many new products in my routine which haven't been mentioned on my blog and that's about to change.
Glossier Boy Brow in Brown : It's worth the hype and has beaten all other tinted brow gels I've used in the past, even Benefit Gimme Brow! It describes itself as a brow gel pomade, which is exactly correct as it's a little thicker than any other brow gel. A few swipes of this on both brows, brushing up the brows, is my go-to daily brow look!
Glossier Haloscope in Quartz : Again, completely worth the hype and I've reached for this highlighter most days since picking it up in NYC earlier this year. One swipe across the top of my cheekbones and brow bone, tapped in lightly with my ring finger and I am good to go. It has a solid oil core to add vitamin-rich moisturise to your skin - it's the perfect pearlescent highlight. The only downside about this product is that I wish it lasted all day without having to pile it on.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser : Hate to keep raving on about Glossier products, but they really are a dream and I have used at least one of their products every day since purchasing them. Milky Jelly Cleanser has been a fav of mine, for both a morning & evening cleanse. The name 'Milky Jelly' describes it perfect as it really is a milky jelly. It doesn't foam, it emulsifies a tiny bit once water is added and removes makeup, including stubborn mascara instantly. I'm already half way through the bottle and starting to worry about how to stock up on it next.
The Ordinary : So have you heard the hype about The Ordinary, or more Deciem? If you haven't and you're a skincare fiend, then you must have been living underneath a rock. I first read about it before Christmas and then hunted down their store in Toronto in January before buying a few of their staple products. It has since launched in the UK with a store opening in Spitafields this month and I recommend everyone to head down. I have been using The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid serum daily, the AHA 5% serum weekly and the Marula Oil most evenings - I am obsessed. I am coming to the end of my bottle of Hyaluronic Acid and am already planning my next trip to the store to pick it up.
Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate : One of Kiehl's newer launches, the Daily Reviving Concentrate is the perfect dry oil for daytime to use. Throughout the colder months, I found myself reaching for this in the morning to go underneath a moisturiser or to mix with a moisturiser. I never thought to use a face oil in the morning, however, this is the perfect amount of hydration without being too oily. Perfect for fatigued or dehydrated skin!
Caudalie Detox Face Mask : Until recently I have been fairly loyal to Aesop Parsley Seed Mask or Glossier Green Galaxy Clay Mask for a detox mask, but that was until I tried the Caudalie Detox Face Mask. This mask is going to suck all of the dirt out of your pores and leave you with baby fresh skin (well the nearest you may get to baby fresh skin).
Kiehl's Smoothing Oil-Infused Conditioner : Kiehl's is not the first brand I think of when I think about haircare, so when I first tried this conditioner, I was pleasantly surprised. I have pretty dry/damaged hair and are always on the look-out for new products to prevent/stop that. This is a silicone and paraben free conditioner which is enriched with argan oil which helps to tame the frizz. Well loved & well used, to the point that I have completely ran out of it. At £19 for a 200ml bottle which would last me for around 2 months, I don't think that is too outrageous if it works well too!
Estee Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in Grounded : I didn't believe the hype of Estee Edit until I actually tried their products and now I'm obsessed. Having only tried a handful of their products, the Edgiest Kohl, a pointed eyeshadow stick, stands out to me. Grounded is a warm-toned brown with a slight gold shimmer running through it and the pointed end makes it perfectly for roughly drawing along your lashline to then smudge out. I'm a big fan of eyeshadow sticks, such as the By Terry offering, but I have found myself reaching for these more than others.
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colour in Seashell : This is a random purchase last summer and not one I have regretted, although it was pricey for a single eyeshadow. Not having heard anyone speak about these shadows, they're a hidden gem as they're a richly pigmented loosely packed powder shadow. Seashell is a muted golden beige, a perfect colour to be packed all over the lid and can be applied both wet or dry.