Five to Try (#2)

Another month, another "Five to Try" post - I want to try to make this a monthly thing (you can find last month's edition here). I know it's almost time for monthly favorites, but I thought these were worthy of their own post proclaiming how much I think you should try them.

Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night SerumOk, I'll get the outrageous one out of the way first. Yes, this is expensive, but yes, I think it's worth it. It's one of the most effective chemical exfoliators I've tried, using 12% glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and resurface the skin. I started off slow, using it once every two or three nights, but lately I've been using it every night before moisturizer and have seen a massive difference in my skin. My skin is smoother, and flaky bits and blackheads alike have been eliminated. If you've wanted to try a chemical exfoliator but haven't found anything effective enough, I'd say this is your best bet.

Pixi Black Lacquer Lash Primer* | I'm not normally one to use a lash primer, but this one by Pixi has me hooked. I love that it's black so it can be worn on its own on more minimal makeup days, but it also layers really well underneath other mascaras. It's a dry, almost mousse-y formula that coats the lashes and perfectly lengthens and fans them out while still feeling lightweight and never crunchy. If you're layering another mascara on top, I'd suggest a volumizing one, but its absolutely beautiful even on its own. I'm going to be doing a post on Pixi's new mascaras soon, so keep an eye out to see this in action.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick, 'Strip' | I've had my eye on this collection by bareMinerals ever since it launched. I'm surprised I still haven't gone for a liquid lipstick yet (I've heard they're lovely), but the Radiant Lipsticks are definitely worthy of a rave. It's such a nice and creamy formula that feels ultra-comfortable on the lips, and it still manages to last quite awhile without feathering or fading unevenly. The shade Strip is described as a "rich rosy brown," which is pretty spot on - it's a perfect nude for fall.

Milk Makeup Lip Color, 'GRRRL'* | I've already mentioned how much I love the Milk Makeup Lip Color (here), and this beautiful plummy-brown shade is no exception. It's got that same creamy matte formula that doesn't smudge or feather, and the shade is just beautiful for fall. I don't wear bold colors much, but I've actually almost gone to work with this on a few times - that's how much I love it. Mine is a mini size from the It's All a Blur Set.*

rms beauty Master MixerI'll be honest, I only bought this because I was feeling sad about missing out on the Becca Rose Quartz highlighter at first (though I've since gotten my hands on it) because it was another pale rose gold highlight. I already knew how much I love rms beauty's formulas from my obsession with the Living Luminizer, so I thought this rose gold offering would be equally lovely - it is. I've got a whole comparison post coming up, so I'll just say that if you like the Living Luminizer, you'll be a fan of the Master Mixer as well. I've also been loving tapping this onto my lips over lipsticks to add a little bit more glow - I'm actually wearing it on top of the bareMinerals lipstick mentioned above in my latest selfie on Instagram.

What are your must-try products of the moment?


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