Five to Try

One of my favorite things to do is to try new products. I not only love the excitement of opening up something new, but figuring out whether it works with my skin or general makeup aesthetic is so much fun. And of course when I find something I love, I just have to shout about it here for all of you. 

Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil* | I love a good facial oil, and lately this one has been a great addition to my skincare routine. It contains a bioretinol complex that has the positive effects of retinol without the irritation commonly experienced. It also contains both rosehip and starflower oils to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. This oil keeps my skin moisturized all night long - usually I have to top up my oil at night with one last layer of night cream, but with this one I don't. It leaves me with incredibly smooth and plumped skin come morning, so I just can't get enough of it.

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask* | If you're not only looking for a nice hydrating mask but also an incredibly relaxing one, definitely give this one a go. It's a thick, honey-like (surprise) consistency when you first take it out of the pot (it comes with a spatula to make scooping it out easier), but once you spread it over the face and begin massaging it in, it gently heats up and turns into more of a silky cream. It's really quite nice. I'll be writing up a more in-depth review of this soon (if that's something you'd want to see), but for now I'll just tell you it's my favorite mask at the moment.

Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow, 'Meteore' | I picked up this beautiful eyeshadow about a week ago after I had heard them mention it in Fat Mascara, my new favorite podcast. I always assumed these were cream eyeshadows, but they're actually more of a hybrid gel-powder. It's quite unique. The Meteore shade is a beautiful copper shade that's perfect for everyday. The pigmentation is on the more sheer side so it just lends a hint of definition and brightening sheen to the eyelids. I've been patting this on just about every morning.

Pixi MultiBalm, 'Sheer Sculpt' | When I heard that this was a similar shade to Kevyn Aucoin's famous Sculpting Powder, I was sold. It definitely is a perfect contour shade, and it's such a blendable cream. Even on my pale skin it's easy to get a natural-looking contour. I much prefer working with creams than powders, so this has even replaced my Sculpting Powder - I gave it away to my sister as soon as I tried this!

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer, 'Sun-Kissed' | I've been debating this bronzer all summer, and I finally caved. I'll admit it was the packaging that did me in, but luckily the product inside is just as beautiful. I have the lighter shade of the two and it's really the most perfect bronze shade. It's not orange-toned at all, but I think it actually has a bit of a reddish tone, which I really love because it makes it the exact color I would turn if I could actually tan. The powder is nice and soft, but not enough to kick up too much dust. And it's pigmented, but not so pigmented that it leaves a huge streak on your face. It's just perfect.

What new products have you been trying lately? Have you tried any of these?

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