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My Favorite Purchases in Beauty

Today, I’m bringing to you some of my all-time favorites in beauty. I try a lot of products and tools, but only certain things fall into one of two categories: absolutely feeling the need to rebuy and items I would enthusiastically recommend to my best friends, mom and of course, all of you.

Skincare:

SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier: Hyaluronic acids have been having a major moment and while there are a ton of great ones out there,  if I had to pick my absolute favorite (and I’ve tried dozens), it has to be this one. I wish it was cheaper and I wish I didn’t love it as much as I did. Whenever I use this one, my skin is happier, softer and plump. I alternate with some others that I really like, but when I’m feeling extra parched, this one is my holy grail.

Biologique Recherche P50: I won’t go into detail about this again, but if you missed the previous posts, you can find my detailed post. If you’re in NYC, you can purchase P50 at Rescue Spa, DAPHNE, and Peninsula Spa. 

Elemis Cleansing Balm: By now, you’ve probably heard me write and talk about double cleaning over a dozen times. If not, then here’s one my most informative posts. This balm from Elemis is one of my favorites that will last you for months. A little goes a long way and I appreciate that all the ingredients are clean.

Elemis Biotec Skin Cleanser: This is my go-to cleanser to use as my second cleanse. It’s not cheap, but the size is huge and it will last for months! I also use it most mornings. Some will say that a morning cleanser is not necessary, but I like to use one to freshen up my face and get rid of morning gunk.

Muslin Cleansing Cloths: Cannot live without my facial cloth and all details about them in the same post I just linked to. 

Drunk Elephant Babyfacial: One of my favorite products from the entire Drunk Elephant range. The combo of AHA & BHA leaves my skin looking brighter, clearer, and more vibrant. They call it an “at-home facial” and it really is that. I’ve had far more effective results with Babyfacial than I have with some in-office treatments & facials throughout my life. After this, I always follow with a facial oil (like Drunk Elephant Marula) and it just melts right into my skin.

Drunk Elephant Marula Oil: I’ve tried other Marula Oils and unfortunately (due to the price tag) this one is my favorite. I love how it melts right into the skin, leaving me with the most dewy complexion, even in the coldest of months.

Sunday Riley Good Genes: I’ve been using this for years and it’s still one of my favorite lactic acids, the gentlest acids of all. I use this several times a week and my skin is left looking brighter with my pores appearing reduced, as it’s loaded with a ton of anti-aging properties. Typically, I use acids several times a week, usually alternating between lactic (like Good Genes) and retinol. 

Vintner’s Daughter: Another beautiful product I’ve mentioned before. One thing I will say, if you cannot afford to spend $150+ on an oil, please don’t feel compelled to. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to go broke over something. However, if you’re comfortable with spending this kind of money on a skincare product, I don’t think you’d regret it. This makes my skin glow in a way that’s hard to describe. It’s just such a beautiful product and a dose of vitamin for your face.

Tan-Luxe: Throughout my 20’s, I always used a self-tanning product on my face. Randomly, I stopped and I never realized how much my face missed it. While shopping at Sephora one afternoon, I picked up a bottle of Tan-Luxe (I use light/medium) and after one use, I could not believe how much prettier I felt. I put a few drops into my morning (you can also use at night) moisturizer and I am left with a subtle, sun-kissed glow. I typically use this daily, as I tend to remove a lot of the color with my nightly exfoliating routine. Tip: any tanning product will settle on the neck and above your lip. To prevent this, make sure you apply a thick layer of moisturizer to those areas, before and after you apply. Also, for those who’ve mentioned that this left you orangey, maybe you’re using too much? Try with 1-2 drops and see how that works for you. I’ve never found this to leave me orangey, but I make sure I buy light/medium and I only use a few drops at a time.

PCA Sheer Tint & Elta MD Tinted: After trying over a dozen facial SPFs, PCA Sheer Tint and Elta MD remain my favorites. They never cause me to break out and provide the best protection from the sun. Plus, the subtle tint in both of these formulas help give a beautiful, natural glow.


Hair:

Yves Durif Vented Hairbrush: I ended up taking a chance on this brush after reading this interview and I’m so glad I did. I’ve used fancy wet combs before but this is the best tool I’ve used to comb out my wet hair. It glides through seamlessly and rarely ever snags a hair. It’s pricey but it’s something that I’ll probably use forever.

Mason Pearson Brush: I’m going on my 5th year of owning this beloved brush and from a superficial standpoint, I really can’t imagine my life without it. Again, it’s an investment but considering how many years I’ve had it and how many times I’ve used it, I would rather own a few top notch tools that protect and preserve my hair & scalp. I also have the pocket size one that I travel with, carry in my handbags and basically cannot leave the house without it.

Oribe Texturizing Spray: Hands down, one of my most used, can’t-live-without products. It adds the most perfect fullness and texture to my hair without ever weighting it down. It’s also my go-to when I want a wavy look, without too much fuss. Plus, the smell is amazing!

Olaplex: I’ve been taught that our hair needs two things: protein and moisture. I’m still on the hunt for a moisturizing mask that I absolutely adore and again, feel the need to rebuy (any recommendations?), but when it comes to protein, Olaplex has been my favorite. I leave it on for a couple of hours and after I wash and dry, my hair feels significantly healthier and softer. I try to use it at least once a week.

Nutrafol: If you follow me on instastories, you may have seen me mention these hair vitamins many times. I started taking these several months ago and have noticed a dramatic decrease in hair fallout (both in the shower and my brush) and a dramatic increase in new hair growth. It takes patience and time, but they really do work. The only thing I will call out, they’re expensive ($88 for a bottle, which lasts a month) and you’re supposed to take four (!) pills a day. I know! But there is zero doubt that they work. For those wondering if I had any side effects, I have not!


Makeup & Nails:

Nars Creamy Concealer:  The best concealer for actually concealing without caking. I use this under my eyes, on any red spots, and on blemishes. It’s an ultimate holy grail that I’ve purchased over 30x.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Gloss in Pastel: There is not a single makeup product I’ve re-purchased as much as this gloss. I love the texture, color, and how it’s shiny in an un-obnoxious way. I get a ton of compliments whenever I wear it and always tend to buy a few tubes at a time.

Essie Gel Nail Polish: Generally, regular nail polishes, even when I get my nails painted at the salon, chip within 1-2 days. This is the only polish that actually lasts for a couple of days.  Maybe not a full 14 days as advertised but if I get five days (which I normally) do, then I’m happy. This is not like the gel you get in salons but more like a regular polish, so it’s very easy to do at home!

Lancôme Art Liner:  Out of all of the liquid liners out there, this one stands above the rest. The felt brush makes it so easy to apply, the color never fades or smudges, and it always looks beautifully pigmented. I’ve tried over a dozen different liners, but ultimately always come back to this one.