My No-Makeup Makeup Routine

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I've written many "no-makeup" makeup posts on here before, but it's just one of my favorite looks to create and wear on a daily basis. I like to keep it simple and minimal, enhancing the bits I like and covering up the bits I don't. Although I like to wear this kind of look often, I'm always changing up the products I use and finding new favorites to give me the most natural look possible.

The first product I've been using is actually more of a skincare product than makeup - I go in with the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment as the last step of my skincare routine. It doesn't add much coverage at all, but the green cream turns into a more beige shade as you rub it into the skin that helps to cancel out redness. This really takes the edge off angry blemishes and my rosy cheeks, meaning I need less concealer afterward. Sheer bases like this are a staple in my no-makeup makeup look because they let your natural skin shine through and won't look like you're wearing anything.

On days I use the Cicapair, I just go straight to concealer rather than adding another foundation/base product. I have a new mix I'm loving: the Glossier Stretch Concealer and the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer. These two have been my favorites for such a long time, so I don't know why I haven't thought of mixing them until now. I just dab a little bit of the Glossier on the spots where I need coverage, draw some of the Milk on over the top of the same areas, and blend it all together with a damp sponge. Both of these formulas are natural, hydrating, and move with the skin, so while they give good coverage, they'll still look like skin and won't crack or cake up throughout the day.

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On days I don’t want to look like I’m wearing much makeup, I keep my brows super simple. A few swipes of the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown makes my brows look nice and full, and the pigment is just enough to fill in gaps without looking blocky. I’ve lost count of how many tubes I’ve gone through, but I always need to have about three backups on hand.  

I’ve actually been skipping eye makeup altogether and just giving my eyelashes a quick curl with the Surratt Relevee Eyelash Curler. These give me the most dramatic curl that lasts all day long, even with no mascara on. It makes me look much more awake by just doing this one step. I feel like keeping the eyes bare helps give the illusion that the skin is also bare - just me? 

For cheeks, I use quite a few products to give myself a natural-looking glow. Cream products are key here, as they really melt into the skin and are undetectable. Rather than a dedicated bronzer, lately I’ve been mixing two non-bronzers - Glossier Haloscope in Topaz and Cloud Paint in Dusk. The ultra-warm tones of Topaz mix perfectly with the cooler, pinker vibe of Dusk to make my perfect bronzer shade, and I love the slight glow the Haloscope gives the mixture. If you haven’t tried this mix, I’d highly recommend it. I also use Cloud Paint for my blush pretty much every day, but especially on no-makeup makeup days. They’re just the most natural-looking and easy to use that I’ve ever tried. I’ve been mixing Puff and Beam to get my perfect flush that also helps to warm up and brighten the skin a little. Find a blush (or two) that mimics the color of your natural flush - then it will look like your own skin! 

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I can't go a day without highlighter, and for super minimal looks I opt for creamy formulas that have a softer sheen. Right now I'm really loving the Ilia Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams. It's a pearly shade that adds just a hint of glow, and there are deeper shades, too, so pick one that will look like your skin's natural sheen. I love how easily it glides on, and it instantly melts into the skin with just a few taps to blend it in. This definitely isn't a "visible from space" beaming highlight, but it's perfect for everyday.

Lastly for lips, I like to choose something comfortable, easy to reapply, and in a shade that matches/slightly enhances my natural lip color. For the past few months my favorite one to reach for has been the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. It's the prettiest rosy nude that looks good on absolutely everyone, the formula is comfortable and not sticky, and it stays put so well for a gloss. It gives a glassy sheen, and the slight sparkle in it really enhances the look of the lips. It's always a favorite for sure.

What are your top picks for a no-makeup makeup look?

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New In | Skincare

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There's a fair bit of new skincare that's landed on my doorstep lately. Now that I've gotten the chance to try most of it, I thought I'd go through some quick first impressions of how I'm getting on with it so far. I'm kicking my skincare game into high gear now - the wedding is less than four months away, so I'm trying hard to strike a balance of finding a routine my skin loves but also finding the perfect products to treat any issues.

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Renee Rouleau Skincare | I definitely put off making this order for too long. Last May when I went to New York with Glossier, Emily Ferber was talking about how great the Anti-Cyst Treatment was, and ever since then it's been in the back of my mind to buy it. I finally bit the bullet and also got the Rapid Response Detox Masque. So far my skin is loving these. The mask works to both stop acne in its tracks (thanks to tea tree oil and salicylic acid) and calm inflammation with Chinese licorice and allantoin. I've never used a mask like this - it's a cooling gel texture that actually hydrates the skin while it heals acne. I've used it a few times so far and each time, my breakouts have become less pronounced. It's definitely one I'll keep up with, as it's supposed to help prevent acne, too. The Anti-Cyst Treatment is right up my alley, too - most of the breakouts I get are cystic. It's a thin gel that treats inflammation and clears pores using Ethyl Lactate, Methyl Gluceth 20, and Citric Acid. This has also been making a difference in my skin, and spots have been clearing up more quickly than usual.

REN Skincare | REN sent me a lovely package to amp up my skin's glow a few weeks ago, and I've finally gotten the chance to try the products out. I've been loving their new Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic - I haven't tested it as extensively as I tested Glossier Solution, but I'm working on it. So far, it seems to be a little better for my dry skin than Solution was - I find I can use it all over my face. It was working really well to clear out my pores and keep my skin smooth, too. I will keep you posted! They also sent their Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, which I had tried a sample of when it first launched. I had forgotten how much I liked it. It can be used as an all-in-one treatment after cleansing, left on overnight to hydrate and exfoliate the skin. It's not quite moisturizing enough on its own for me to do that, but I like to use it once or twice a week when I do my skincare routine early in the evening. I cleanse, tone, and apply this product, and then I give it a few hours to do its thing. Then before bed I add additional moisturizers/oils. It makes my skin incredibly smooth and a lot clearer the next morning.

Curology | So, I've stopped using the acids mentioned above for a bit, because I've moved onto testing Curology. They contacted me for a collaboration, so I'm going to be using it for a few months and documenting my results! I'm on my second week, and so far it's made my skin purge a lot. They're starting to clear now, so I'm still hopeful. Curology is a subscription service you begin by taking a quiz about your skin concerns, and you are then paired with a dermatologist. They create a custom blend of prescription ingredients that gets delivered to you monthly/bimonthly. My blend is 0.25% Zinc Pyrithione, 1% Clindamycin, and 4% Niacinamide. I've been keeping the rest of my skincare pretty bland and gentle while using this until my skin gets used to it.

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Joanna Vargas Skincare | Another facialist's brand I've been dying to try - when the JV Skincare team reached out to me I was so excited. They sent me the Daily Serum, which I've been loving so far. It 100% feels like a shot of green juice for your face because it contains chlorophyll and oat grass juice. It also has Vitamins A, C, E, and F to give the skin a glow and increase firmness and elasticity. This is the ultimate morning serum for me - it really wakes my skin up and helps to keep it hydrated and glowing all day. I've also been sent the Dawn Face Masks, but haven't had a chance to try them yet!

Urban Outfitters Beauty | Recently I was sent a super generous box of beauty products new to Urban Outfitters, and I dove right in. The products I've tried so far are the Pixi Rose Tonic, the Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence, and the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Mask. The Pixi Rose Tonic is something I was dying to try when it came out, just because I love the Glow Tonic so much. The Rose Tonic feels beautiful and refreshing on the skin, and I've been reaching for it most mornings either after cleansing or in place of cleansing. The Huxley Oil Essence has quickly become a new favorite morning staple. It has a serum-like consistency, so I've been using it more as a serum step. It uses Sahara Cactus Seed Oil as well as quinoa and acai berry to deeply hydrate and soothe the skin. It's made a great addition to my morning routine and has been keeping my winter skin in track. The Sugar Kitten Mask has been a super fun one to use - it's a peel-off mask that's meant to hydrate the skin, and it's the prettiest green color that dries down to a holographic lavender shade. I do feel like my skin is more hydrated after use, but this is one I'm loving purely for the "skintertainment."

What new skincare bits have you been trying lately?

Some products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

The New DIY Masks | Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Masks

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When it comes to skincare, one of my favorite brands is Dr. Jart+. I'm already a huge fan of their Ceramidin and Cicapair lines, so when they sent along their brand new Shake & Shot Rubber Masks I was so excited to try them. I had previously tried another brand's version of these DIY rubber masks with disastrously messy results, so I kept my fingers crossed that these would be better.

The Dr. Jart+ Rubber Masks are a two-part system that you mix together to create one of four rubber modeling masks. The four masks are Brightening, Soothing, Hydrating, and Firming. Each cup contains the same "base" pouch with a gel-like liquid inside, and a pack of a more watery fluid contains the brightening/hydrating/etc ingredients. The idea is that you pour both packs into the cup, put the lid on and cover the hole on top, and shake until mixed. This makes it super easy and cuts down on the mess. Once mixed, you simply apply it in a thick layer on your face with the provided spatula (the "straw" in the packaging has a wide, flat base inside the cup). 

I love the bright colors and practicality of the packaging, although I'm not a huge fan of the baby-face lids. But, it's the same image as on their other rubber masks, so it makes sense! It's not like it's going to stop me from using the product.

Once the two parts are mixed together, the mask takes on a thick consistency, almost like cake frosting. It's super easy to spread onto the skin and immediately starts to dry. I like this, as it cuts down on dripping. The mess I mentioned with another brand was that it was too thin and just kept dripping off my face, and when I decided to just lay down to let it dry, it started dripping into my nose. So it wasn't pleasant. The Dr. Jart+ however, were thick and quick-drying enough to avoid this. I did have to smooth out a few drips that were forming on my chin for the first couple minutes, but I was able to still be upright and do other tasks for the 15-20 minutes it took to dry. 

So far, I've only used the Hydro one, and I was so impressed that I can't wait to try the other three. The Hydro mask is meant to moisturize and nourish the skin. It uses Vitamin B5 and amino acids to strengthen the skin's barrier and replenish the skin. This immediately felt so cooling and comforting on my skin. It was easy and incredibly satisfying to peel off, and it came off in about four pieces. It left my face dry to the touch, rather than sticky like some sheet masks would, but it still felt very hydrated and plump. It also left my skin amazingly smooth - it would be a great one to use before a special event to make makeup apply more smoothly.

The Soothing Mask contains Vitamin K3 and a soothing botanical complex to calm sensitive skin. I've been meaning to use this one after a workout, when my skin usually becomes a little flushed and irritated.

The Brightening Mask contains Vitamin C as well as sea buckthorn fruit extract to revitalize the skin and even tone. My skin usually responds really well to Vitamin C products as well as products with sea buckthorn oil, so I have high hopes!

The Firming Mask contains Vitamin A and their OxyForce Cellular Active to boost collagen production and increase skin elasticity and firmness. I'm really intrigued about this having Vitamin A, so I can't wait to see what results this one gives me, too.

Have you tried these Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Masks yet? Which one would you try first?

Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Masks were sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Pink Makeup for Valentine's Day? Groundbreaking

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Happy Valentine's Day! I'm not the biggest fan of the holiday and usually opt for a cozy night in, so as such I don't really have any groundbreaking date night looks. I do, however, have a bit of an obsession with the color pink/wearing the color pink on my face, so I've dug through my collection to pick out some of my favorites. Maybe some of these will give you a bit of inspiration if you're putting together a Valentine-themed look.

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EYES

NABLA Cosmetics Dreamy Eyeshadow Palette (review) - An underrated gem. It has the prettiest collection of pinks, rose golds, and purples to create a whole bunch of unique yet wearable looks.

Milk Makeup Eye Pigment, 'After Party' (review) - My favorite shade of Milk's Eye Pigments. It's a lovely rose gold that leans true pink instead of copper, and the formula doesn't budge all day - just make sure to apply thin layers so it doesn't feel stiff.

Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow, 'Kitten Karma' - The prettiest pink champagne that packs a punch of glitter. These beautiful shadows are 100% worth the hype.

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss, 'Frosting' - A super similar shade to the Stila Kitten, but with metallic shimmer rather than glitter. These have a super cool bouncy texture that sets down and doesn't budge on the eyes. They look glossy, but don't feel glossy.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, 'Rigel' - An icy pink champagne that adds a ton of brightness to any eye look. It's beautiful both all over the eyes as well as in the inner corner.

Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow, 'Chimiere' (review) - I still don't know if these are being discontinued or not, but this is a great one so snap it up if you're worried about missing it. It's a more muted pink shimmer that adds a chic amount of sparkle and sheen to the eye.

NUDESTIX Rock N' Roller Eyeliner, 'Golden Rosé - I thought these were gimmicky at first, but I'm actually really loving them. This true rose gold makes for the prettiest eyeliner shade that's not too bold but still adds some definition to the eye.

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BLUSH

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush, 'Vintage Pink' - An underrated gem in my collection. It's a beautiful true pink that brightens the skin. I like swirling all four shades together for a pink glow.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, 'Ethereal Glow' - My new obsession. It's a super pretty cool-toned pink with just enough glow to make the skin look really healthy.

Bite Beauty Multistick, 'Mascarpone' (review) - The best multitaskers. Mascarpone is a deep salmon pink that's warm enough to brighten the skin, but not so warm that it pulls orange on me. It works beautifully on eyes, lips, and cheeks for a monochromatic look.

Glossier Cloud Paint, 'Puff' (review) - My one true love. If I had to get rid of all but one blush I would choose this one in a heartbeat. It is the perfect shade to add a natural flush of color, and the formula is absolutely foolproof.

Lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek, 'b, true' - This is described as a mauve online, but to me it's a true pink. It also adds a beautiful flush to the cheeks that mimics the look of being out in the cold. It also works beautifully on the lips.

HIGHLIGHT

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, 'Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak' (review) - One of the prettiest highlights I own. The pink base doesn't show up as much as you'd think, and it leaves a more wet-looking sheen on the skin.

Dior Nude Air Luminizer, '002 Pink Glow' - This leaves the prettiest soft pink glow on the skin (hence the name I guess!) and it looks equally stunning sitting on my vanity.

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, 'Stardust' - This is more of a blush topper for me but beautiful nonetheless. It's a soft pink glaze with a lavender shift that takes any look to the next level.

Lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek, 'b. dazzling' - This one is super subtle but still lovely. It's the one to pop on on a more minimal makeup day for a soft champagne pink sheen.

Fenty Beauty Matchstix Shimmer Stick, 'Starstruck' (review) - This one packs a punch. It's a little glittery, but it makes a statement for sure.

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LIPS

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, 'Bloom' - These lip treatments are some of my favorites. They're so nourishing on the lips and pack as much pigment as a regular lipstick. Bloom is the prettiest pure pink that adds a flush of color to the lips.

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip BalmThis is one of those balms that adjusts depending on your body's pH/temperature. It leaves a nice pink tint to the lips and feels moisturizing and a little plumping. Plus the packaging is to die for.

Dior Addict Lip Glow, 'Raspberry' - Similar to the Givenchy, but it creates a brighter pink hue on the lips. The Lip Glows are probably my favorite lip product, period.

Dior Addict Lip Glow PomadeThis gel/gloss hybrid leaves the lips looking soft and smooth, gives a glassy sheen, and also leaves the tiniest hint of a pink tint.

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo, 'Activist' (review) - A beautifully creamy formula that stays put pretty well. Activist is a nice peachy pink.

Clinique Pop Lip Color & Primer, 'Nude Pop' - The best nude pink shade in my opinion. These Lip Pops are comfortable on the lips, smooth out my lip lines, and last a long time.

NARS Lipstick, 'Dolce Vita' - One of the most versatile nudes in my collection. It's quite sheer, so it adds just a hint of pink nude that can be worn alone or over a liner to tone it down a little.

Pixi Beauty MatteLast Liquid Lip, 'Really Rose' - Like the name suggests, it's a true rose shade. These liquid lipsticks are quite comfortable and contain rosehip oil to help nourish the lips. 

Glossier Generation G, 'Like' - Probably my most-worn lipstick. It leaves a sheer matte stain in the perfect pink shade. My lips. but pinker.

Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Lip Gloss, 'Pink Pearl' - This is the prettiest gloss I own, and it looks perfect over the Gen G in Like. It gives a metallic pink finish that doesn't look overdone.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick, '44 Nude Lavalliere' - Another great pink nude that's a little more pink than nude. The formula feels beautiful on the lips, and it's a pleasure to reapply.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme, 'Shush, Blush' (review) - I forgot how much I loved this until I pulled it back out for this post. It doesn't set down like most liquid lipsticks, keeping it comfortable and not crackly. Shush Blush is a beautiful deep pink.

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lipstick, 'Lili Doree' (review) - The key to a rose gold lip. It's a creamy formula that gives the lips a rosy tint with a whole lot of gold shimmer that never feels gritty. Another "chic sparkle" product for sure.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, 'Intriguing' - The Velvet Mattes are some of my favorite lip products. They're easy to apply, don't budge, and fade evenly. Intriguing is one of the newer shades and is a lovely peachy pink - as peachy as I'll go.

Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm, 'Rebel' (review) - This leaves the softest pink sheen on the lips that feels ultra-balmy and comfortable. It leaves a nice dewy sheen when used on the cheeks, too.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Creamy Satin Lipstick, 'Rosy Boop' - Another beautiful rose shade that looks so chic and pulls any look together. The formula is lovely, and the packaging feels so luxe.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide, 'Bound' (review) - I forgot about my love for these when the Powermattes came out, but they're beautiful just the same. They don't set down to a fully matte finish and stay extremely comfortable. Bound is a cool pinky mauve that looks good with the cool toned makeup I usually wear.

Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil, 'Bare Rose' - Last but not least, my ultimate favorite lip pencil. It's the perfect nude pink that still gives my lips some color rather than taking it away. It's super creamy to apply but doesn't move at all once on the lips - probably going to be my wedding lipstick.

If you made it to the end - thank you! What are your favorite pink products?

Some products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

NUDESTIX Love Me Nudes Kit - Natural Edition

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You probably know my love for NUDESTIX by now - I love the products' versatility and how easy they are to use. They make the perfect additions to both barely-there and dramatic looks. Just in time for Valentine's Day, I thought I'd review one of their newest lip kits, the Love Me Nudes kit.

The Love Me Nudes Kit comes with six full-size lip pencils in a variety of nude shades. There is also a "Bold Edition" containing, you guessed it, some deeper nude shades. There are four formulas included in the kit - Gel Color Balm, Intense Matte, Magnetic Matte, and Cream - so it's a great way to try the brand if you haven't before. 

T-B | Mystic, Rose, Retro, Purity, Ally, Tay Tay

T-B | Mystic, Rose, Retro, Purity, Ally, Tay Tay

Ally and Tay Tay are the two Gel Colour Lip + Cheek Balms included in the kit, named for the founders of NUDESTIX. Ally is a pale peachy nude, and Tay Tay is a petal pink nude. I've written about my love of the Gel Color Balms before, so it's no surprise that I love these. They give the perfect amount of sheer color to the lips, and they leave a beautiful dewy finish when worn on the cheeks.

There are two Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils as well, Purity and Retro. Purity is a neutral mauve-y nude that will flatter lots of skintones, and Retro is a warmer brick red shade. Purity is probably my most perfect nude shade out of the whole kit, and it's one of my favorite NUDESTIX shades - I already owned it on its own! Retro makes a beautiful, more bold statement and it perfectly blurs the line between wearable and bold. You get the punch of a red, but the brown tones in it keep it more neutral. The Intense Matte formula is lovely and longwearing. It's not transfer-proof, but it won't smudge on your lips and is comfortable rather than drying.

The one Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil included is in the shade Mystic, a satin nude with a hint of both brown and mauve. This makes the most perfect everyday shade, I think. It goes with everything, it's a super comfortable formula, and you practically don't need a mirror to reapply. The formula is beautifully creamy and leaves a soft sheen on the lips that makes them look a little fuller.

There's also one Magnetic Matte Lip Color, in the shade Rose. This is another favorite that I already had on its own. It's a true rose pink nude, which is my favorite kind of nude to wear. The Magnetic Matte formula is one of my favorites by NUDESTIX, too - it applies so creamily but sets down to a liquid lip-like finish. They're super lightweight on the lips and don't feel drying. They also will not budge, much like a liquid lip. I like that it's easy to reapply though, unlike most liquid lipsticks, as you can layer the pencil without worrying about it crumbling or cracking. 

The Love Me Nudes Kit costs $59 and is a $144 value. Proceeds will be donated to LOVE IS LOUDER, a project of the JED Foundation that provides support against bullying and depression as well as suicide prevention. 

You can also get 10% off any NUDESTIX purchase through their website by using the code DADMUNK10 at checkout!

Will you be getting either of the Love Me Nudes Kits?

The Love Me Nudes Kit was sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. I make a small commission on orders using the code listed above. Thank you for your support!

Five to Try

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Another month, another five products I think you should try. This time there's a little bit of everything - some makeup, some skincare, and even some haircare. In order to separate these posts from my usual favorites/loving lately posts, I try to pick out products that are innovative and something unique. 

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Stratia Liquid GoldI had heard rave after rave of this from various skincare bloggers on Instagram, so when my skin started freaking out and getting irritated out of nowhere, I ordered it right away. It's a thin lotion that can be used on its own as a moisturizer or as more of a serum (which is how I use it). What makes it so great for the skin is that it's chock full of ceramides, cholesterols, and fatty acids. It mimics the composition of the skin's barrier, so it's incredibly effective at repairing damage. It works to not only alleviate the symptoms of a compromised skin barrier, but also by strengthening the skin and "teaching" it to heal itself. I've been using this morning and night since I got it, and I'm hooked. It instantly feels so comforting on the skin, and it's definitely doing all the work in making sure my skin survives the winter.

Smashbox Photo Finish PrimerizerThis is another one I picked up after hearing great reviews. I had put it off for awhile, thinking it was essentially the same thing as the Glossier Priming Moisturizer, but it is a bit different. It has a thin, serum-like consistency that sinks in quickly, leaving a slightly tacky surface for makeup to adhere to. This doesn't add any dewiness to the makeup I put on top like the Glossier moisturizer, but it beautifully plumps up my skin and makes sure makeup sits beautifully on top and won't catch on dry patches. I always had issues with my makeup lasting all day without my skin just drinking it up, and I have noticed much better longevity with some of my favorite bases when using this first. Finally, a primer that showed me that primer is actually necessary!

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NUDESTIX Brow Stylus Pencil & Gel* | This was recently sent to me in a set of some NUDESTIX eye favorites, and I thought nothing was going to get me to stray from my beloved Glossier Boy Brow + Milk Makeup Gel Brow combo, but this has. It's one of those triangle-tipped pencils on one end and a slightly tinted brow gel on the other. My one complaint is that it doesn't have a spoolie, but I always have one on hand when I'm doing my makeup anyway, so it's not a big deal. I love that the pencil isn't crazily pigmented, so despite it being that chunkier shape, you can still get a natural, feathery-looking finish. And the brow gel is no joke - it's definitely crispier than Boy Brow, but it ensures your brows definitely won't budge and separates them nicely for that fluffy look. By the way, you can get 10% off any NUDESTIX order by using the code DADMUNK10 at checkout!

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte LipstickI totally picked this up on a whim after seeing Anna say one of the shades was similar to the Glossier Gen G in Cake, but more pink and pigmented. I ended up not getting the shade she was talking about, Vibe, but instead picked Fresh, a rosy pink nude. The color is beautiful for adding a flush of color to the lips, and the formula is phenomenal - it feels so creamy yet lightweight when it's applied, but it dries down quickly to a comfortable matte that doesn't budge. I'm really loving these lightweight mattes that are coming out lately.

Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner* | I was 100% intrigued by the idea of a dry conditioner. I had never even heard of one. Like a dry shampoo, this Dry Conditioner helps to refresh the hair, giving it some shine while it moisturizes. I love pairing this with the Amika Dry Shampoo (one of the only dry shampoos I can use without my hair feeling gross) - I use the shampoo in my roots to absorb oil, and I use the dry conditioner through the lengths and ends of my hair to help it look more swishy and less fried. It's been so helpful because the dry winter air has been making my hair look awful! It also cuts down on static a lot, which is a huge lifesaver. This makes my hair look freshly blowdried and super lovely.

Have you tried any of these products before? What's your favorite thing you've tried lately?

Products marked with an asterisk have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.