Five to Try

There are few things I love more than discovering my love for a new beauty product. I'm constantly trying new things hoping to find some hidden gems, and I've rounded up a few beauties this time. My five selections this time around really reflect the look I'm going for this spring/summer - seriously glowy, bronze skin and flushed lips.

Guerlain Terracotta Sun TrioI already have one of the Guerlain Terracotta bronzers in my collection, but I love it so much that I just had to try the new addition to the Terracotta line, the Sun Trio. It's a light highlighting shade, warm medium shade, and cool contour shade all housed in one compact, and the formula is just beautiful. The shades work together perfectly, and on lazy days I've been just swirling the shades together to get my perfect hybrid bronzer/contour shade. I have the lightest shade, but it does come in a few more shades to suit multiple skintones. The powder is quite perfumed though, so do be aware of that.

Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek ColorI had been wanting one of these since I saw Tamira Jarrel rave about them, but my love for Glossier Cloud Paint kept me from trying any new blushes. I finally took the plunge and ordered Mulholland Mauve, and I'm so glad I did. It's a beautiful neutral shade that adds warmth, definition, and a flush to the skin all at once. I haven't tried much from Smashbox, but the formula is lovely as well - it's really blendable as the name suggests, but it doesn't just blend away. You're left with a decent amount of pigment that stays put all day. There's a sponge on the end to aid with blending, but I've just been using my fingers.

Wander Beauty Beach Balm* | I love a good tinted lip balm. When Wander Beauty asked if I'd like to be sent their newest product, the Beach Balm, which is available in a beautiful shade called Sangria, I jumped at the chance. I've loved everything from Wander Beauty I've tried so far, and this balm is no exception. It hydrates the lips well and leaves a lovely wash of berry red on the lips. It really gives the lips a "just bitten" effect, which I really love on minimal makeup days. If you're in the market for a new tinted balm for the summer, definitely check this one out.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping MaskI only just recently got this, but I can already tell it's a winner. I'm going to be reviewing Glow Recipe's new own-brand skincare products once I test them some more, so keep an eye out for that. So far, I'm in love with this mask though. I'll admit I was drawn in entirely by the packaging, but I'm staying for the fresh watermelon scent. It's a gel/jelly-textured mask that spreads over the skin easily and instantly feels cooling and hydrating. You can either leave it on overnight (it's not sticky and won't come off on your pillow), or apply a thicker layer and wash it off after 10 minutes. So far I've only used it overnight, and I've woken up to bright, smooth skin. My skin is dry and drank the mask right up, so I did follow it up with a thicker moisturizer, but I still saw the results that the mask claimed.

Anese Slay Serum* | I mentioned this in my New In Skincare post recently, and it's been love since first use. It's a lotion-like texture that sinks into the skin easily without any tackiness or stickiness. And oh my the glow - it leaves my skin so glowy, but not greasy in the slightest. I've tried it at night and in the morning, and either way, my glow is set for the day.

What products do you think are worth trying?

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.

New In | Lip Products

Yes, I'm back with another "new in" post this week because yes, I've been buying/using too much stuff lately. Lip products are my go-to when I'm itching to try something new, and as a result I've collected a few new things worth mentioning recently.

MAC Lipglass, 'Nymphette' | After my "Falling for Lip Gloss" post last month, my friend Beti suggested I try one of MAC's newly repackaged (and maybe reformulated?) Lipglasses. That was all the enabling I needed so I hopped online and ordered the shade Nymphette - I remembered seeing it on Pinterest a while ago. It's a really pretty golden pink that's not too metallic, but just enough. I really like the formula, too - it feels kind of thick, but I like that in a gloss. It makes it feel like it's going to stick around for awhile. I've been reaching for this when my face needs some general perking-up because it does just that right away.

Glossier Generation G, 'Zip' (20% off) | My collection of Generation Gs is finally complete. I had avoided Zip because I was afraid it would pull orange on me (because everything does), but it surprisingly maintains its beautiful poppy red tone. It adds such a nice touch to an otherwise monochrome makeup look/outfit. I like that it's a bit more sheer, so you can wear it as more of a subtle wash or build it up for more pigment. I love the Generation G lipsticks, and so I'm glad to finally have them all.

Lancome Matte Shaker, 'Beige Vintage' | The Juicy Shakers were a bit of a let-down for me - they were nice, but I just never found myself using mine, so I ended up passing them on. I was still intrigued when Lancome released a matte counterpart, though, and ordered one of the nude shades (of course). The formula is quite thin and sets to a lightweight stain. I love this formula much more than the Juicy Shakers, and I've been reaching for it a lot. The shade Beige Vintage is much more pink than the name lets on, but it's such a good everyday shade.

Tom Ford Matte Lip Color, 'Velvet Cherry' | I definitely did not need another lipstick, let alone one by Tom Ford, but I saw my friend Miran wearing this in her Instagram Story one day, and it looked so beautiful on her that I went out and bought it the next day. It's a beautiful deep red color that brings a little drama to any look. I had never tried a Tom Ford Matte Lipstick before, but the formula is absolutely divine. It's comfortable and velvety, but still longwearing. This is one I'll be wearing to special occasions for years to come.

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxe Lipstick, 'Billie on the Bike' | I had been eyeing these lipsticks since they came out - I mean, have you seen how beautiful the packaging is? And then they were featured on Into the Gloss, and I hoarded two or three shades in my Nordstrom online cart. I brought it up in the group while we were in New York, and my friend Emma really convinced me I needed it - I ordered it the day I came home. I ended up going for Billie on the Bike, the purple shade, because Emma said it gave a similar, but more pigmented, look to Glossier's Jam. One swipe gives a more sheer wash of color that looks really beautiful, but it also builds to a stunning berry purple shade. It's super comfortable on the lips, but lasts a long time and fades evenly. I definitely need the deep red (Red Hedy) next.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss, 'Caresse' | I've had this for awhile now, but I never got around to talking about how much I love it. It's a beautiful formula, as expected from Chanel, and it feels creamy and comfortable rather than sticky. It doesn't settle into lines and keeps the lips looking plump and full. The shade Caresse is the most perfect nude shade - I got the Rouge Coco Lipstick in Adrienne at the same time, and they make the most perfect pair.

What new lip products have you been trying?

The Blush-Hater's Guide to Wearing Blush

I have a confession to make - despite writing about loving pink blushes a couple weeks ago, I used to be a full-on blush-hater. I have quite fair, pink skin, so I thought that adding to my already natural rosiness would look clownish and overdone. I really wanted to get in on wearing it, though - it seemed to make everyone look so fresh, awake, and glowy - so I started small and worked my way up. If you're a blush-hater but you've been wanting to branch out and try it, maybe the tips I followed will help you, too.

Opt for nude shades

When I first started wearing makeup, I didn't even know there were more shades of blush than pink. Once I figured out there's a whole world of flattering nude shades out there, I felt like I needed to collect them all. Nude shades add a bit of definition and warmth rather than a rosy flush. It's the easiest way to wear blush in my opinion, as they're usually quite subtle and foolproof. Some of my favorite nude shades are the Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Flesh and Fantasy, Burberry Light Glow Blush in Earthy, and Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Nude Pop. 

Avoid the apples of your cheeks

When you're first getting used to how your face looks with blush applied, I'd recommend a different application technique than the usual "smile and apply." I really fell in love with blush once I applied it farther back on my cheekbones, right underneath where I would apply highlighter. I also avoid getting too close to the center of my face - I tend to keep it in line with the outside of my irises. This creates more of a shaded, dimensional effect, and in my opinion is easier to pull off than strong color on the apples of the cheeks. It's all down to experimenting with what works with your face shape though, so if the "farther back on the cheekbones" method isn't working for you, maybe your face suits blush on the apples of your cheeks better! Speaking of application tips, if you're still finding blush looks "weird" on you, I'd try adding some to the bridge of your nose. This is a tip I heard from Into the Gloss's Emily Ferber and Glossier's Eva Alt, and my friend Jodie does it a lot in her get-ready-with-me Instagram Stories (which are my favorite, so you should go follow her). Adding the same color to the bridge of your nose just ties everything together and makes it look natural and more wearable. I was skeptical at first, but now it's one of my favorite little touches to add.

Try cream products

For some reason people tend to be more afraid of cream products than powder products, but for me it's the opposite. I find cream products are actually quite easy to apply, especially with fingers, and quickly blend out to the desired look. Cream products are typically more sheer and buildable as well, so they'd be a perfect place to start small. My favorite cream blushes are the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew, and Smashbox LA Lights Lip & Cheek Color in Mulholland Mauve - these are all lovely nude shades as well. Sometimes cream products don't mesh well with oily skin, but I can still recommend the Cloud Paint - they set down to more of a stainlike finish that don't budge.

What are your tips for flattering blush application?

Three Sheer Bases

I've written (probably extensively, by now) how much I love a good, light coverage base. My preferred method of base makeup is to use a light coverage all over, and then go in with concealer where I need it. I just like how this keeps my skin looking natural, and as I have quite dry skin, this keeps everything from going cakey and keeps it dewy.

MAC Next to Nothing Face ColourThis is the newest of the three I'm going to mention, and it's a new favorite for sure. It's meant to provide a sheer wash of color that gently evens out the skintone. It's a rather balmy consistency that beautifully melts in to the skin. It leaves quite a glossy, almost wet look without feeling super tacky or transferring. I've found it applies best with a beautyblender, although MAC did come out with a specific brush that I haven't tried. I hadn't tried a MAC foundation before, but I'm so impressed with this one. Bottom line - if you're looking for a sheer base that'll leave you with an almost editorial glossy (but not greasy) look, then this is for you.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (20% off here) | I just had to mention this one - it's probably my number one favorite base ever. It's super versatile, as it's a little bit buildable and also mixes with higher-coverage bases beautifully. I think I've heard this referred to as "Spanx for your face" somewhere, and it really does seem to firm and subtly lift the skin. It's definitely good skin in a bottle. It doesn't cover blemishes at all really, but it somehow still makes them look better. It's just like adding a nice blurring effect to your face, without the FaceTune. It leaves a lovely dewy finish that lasts a decent amount of time on me.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi CushionI've tried several cushion foundations now, and this one is definitely my favorite (as well as the most affordable). It's quick and easy to apply on the go, and again, it leaves the skin looking glowy and almost juicy. This one lasts the longest of the three on me, and it never cakes up. It layers well up to almost medium coverage, I'd say, and there's a good amount of shades to choose from, especially for a drugstore product. I'd say this is more for normal to dry skin, but if you're looking for an affordable cushion foundation for more oily skin I'd recommend the Maybelline one - my sister swears by it.

What's your favorite sheer base product?

New In | Skincare on Trial

Over the past few months, I've been much better at sticking to a solid skincare routine than I have been in the past, but that doesn't mean I wasn't experimenting with some new products here and there. There's been a mix of new releases and old staples that have all earned a place in my rotation. 

Glossier Invisible Shield* | (20% off hereThe new launch I was most excited about this month was Glossier's new sunscreen. I have a full review on it here, but long story short, I'm in love with it. It's truly the first sunscreen I've been able to wear every day - I know I should have been wearing sunscreen every day, but I just wasn't. Things would pill under my makeup, make me greasy, and make my already pale skin look ghostly and blue. Glossier's doesn't do any of that for me - it feels like nothing on the skin, which is just what I was looking for. I've been using it every day for two weeks now, and the breakouts I had previously that are now healing seem to be leaving less of a mark than usual. Usually any blemish would leave a dark purple mark on my skin for a month or two, but my current breakouts are fading to a pale red mark that's much easier to cover. I really think it's down to wearing sunscreen every day.

Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing BalmSo far, Farmacy can do no wrong in my eyes. When I got a sample of the Green Clean from Sephora recently, I used it once and immediately went online and ordered the full size. It smells so fresh and clean, but the scent doesn't irritate my skin or my eyes. It melts down into a luxurious-feeling oil that melts away all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling super clean, but not stripped. This may have surpassed the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm as my favorite.

Thayers Witch Hazel Toners* | These are such a cult favorite and have shown up in multiple Top Shelves on Into The Gloss, so I jumped at the chance to try them when the brand reached out to me a couple months ago. I was sent two alcohol-free toners in the Rose Petal and Lavender scents as well as a Body Bar in the Rose Petal scent. So far I've only tried the Rose Petal toner, and it's so refreshing and really wakes my skin up in the morning. I'm contemplating getting a little spray bottle to decant some into to spritz at work around that 2pm slump. I've smelled the Lavender one and it smells incredible, so I can't wait to try that one, too.

Anese Can I Speak To Your Manager? Toner* & Slay Serum* | I got another super generous package from the babes at Anese containing two of their newer products. The toner smells amazing and feels so nice spritzed onto the skin. I'm really getting back into using face mists, and Can I Speak To Your Manager is a definite new favorite. The Slay Serum is a lightweight milky lotion that feels super hydrating and nourishing on the skin. It really firms the skin as well, so it's a favorite to use in the mornings to help prep my skin for makeup. This gives my skin a serious glow without being greasy, and I love it.

Paula's Choice Resist Omega+ Complex Serum* | Speaking of serum, when I haven't been using the Anese one, I've been trying out this new beauty from Paula's Choice. I've never actually tried anything from Paula's Choice before, but I'm so impressed with this serum. It's a thin, creamy texture that spreads evenly over the skin and sinks right in. It feels really nourishing, and as the name suggests, it uses omega 3, 6, and 9 oils to replenish and revive the skin. This has been my serum of choice at night, and by morning I wake up to smooth, hydrated skin.

J. One Jelly PackI had heard loads of mixed reviews on this cult-favorite Korean Beauty product. People either seemed to swear by it and love it, or they absolutely hated it. It's meant to be an all-in-one product that hydrates and primes the skin. Since my skin tends to be on the dry side, I've still been doing my normal skincare routine and using this after my moisturizer as a primer. It's said to be a "makeup-gripper," which really piqued my interest. The complaints people had were always with its consistency - it's incredibly tacky when first applied. If patted into the skin rather than rubbed, the tacky sensation goes away instantly, and it really gets to work plumping and lifting the skin. Seriously, this is good, post-facial skin in a bottle. It really does grip makeup as well - makeup still applied easily over it, but I noticed it lasted so much longer throughout the day. I'm definitely on the "love it, swear by it" side of this product.

Skinfood Egg White Pore Hot Steam Pack* & Cool Meringue Pack* | These new releases from Skinfood are exclusives to Ulta, and they're meant to really deep clean your pores and get rid of blackheads. They both have similar results - skin is left super clean (but not dry), pores are smaller, and blackheads are diminished. The Hot Steam Pack is a thick, creamy consistency that heats up on contact with the skin and feels super relaxing. The Cool Meringue Pack is a mousse that spreads easily over the skin and definitely feels cooling and quite soothing. As my skin is freaking out at the moment I prefer the Hot Steam Pack, but I feel like I'm going to like the Cool Meringue Pack for general skin maintenance once it clears up.

What new skincare products have you been trying lately? 

And if you want some more mini reviews, check out my girl Amelia's blog - she just did a skincare on trial post, too!

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions and results are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection | Tint, Tint, & More Tint

If I was forced to choose one makeup brand to use for the rest of my life, I'm sure it would be NARS. I haven't yet tried a product from them that's disappointed me, and I don't really expect to find one that does anytime soon. When their latest collection, a collaboration with Charlotte Gainsbourg, dropped, I instantly knew I needed to pick up a few pieces. The collection is meant to mimic Charlotte Gainsbourg's signature look - fresh, dewy skin and sultry smokey eyes. I couldn't afford to get everything from the collection, so I picked up a few new formulas I spotted - the Hydrating Glow Tint, the Multiple Tint, and the Lip Tint.

The product I was most excited for was the Hydrating Glow Tint. Anything with "glow" or "tint" in the name instantly draws me in, and despite having a drawer full of glowy, lightweight foundations, I needed to give this one a go. It comes out as more of a mousse-y, almost whipped texture, and spreads and blends easily on the skin. For being called a "tint," it certainly gives more coverage than I was expecting - it's still on the light side, but it's definitely more than sheer. It's quite hydrating without feeling oily or heavy, and it gives the skin a super healthy glow that's not greasy. It seems to set well on its own, too, so it doesn't feel tacky throughout the day. It really reminds me of the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, which is one of my favorites, so it's no surprise that this has already become a favorite, too.

I've only tried one of the original NARS Multiples, but being such a fan of a flushed, natural look for my cheeks, I was super excited to give this new Multiple Tint a go. I got the shade Jeanette, which is a sheer berry shade. This looks fresh and dewy on the skin but doesn't feel sticky. It gives such a natural flush to the skin - it's a little more pink than one of my favorite berry-colored blushes, the Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze, so it's justifiable (*insert winking emoji here*). It blends into the skin super easily and leaves a stain effect. I've only tried it on the cheeks so far, but I will report back with how it does on the lips.

I've been really into more sheer lip options lately, so the new Lip Tint seemed like it was right up my alley. I got the shade Ephelide, described as an "antique rose." It goes on the lips like a creamy glaze of color. This more neutral shade isn't streaky, although I've heard a couple people mention it takes more work to get an even coat from the deeper shades. It's quite comfortable on the lips, but as a glossy color, it doesn't have the best lasting power. I don't mind this, however, because it's easy to reapply throughout the day. Like the Multiple Tint, this leaves a bit of a tint to the lips as the gloss wears away. Overall I love the pieces from this collection, and I'm super tempted to pick up one of the eyeshadow duos before it's gone for good.

Have you tried anything from the NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg collection?