Five to Try


My "Five to Try" posts are always some of my favorites to write, because I love discovering new favorites that I think would be a hit across the board. I try to keep the split between makeup and skincare even, but this time it's a little heavier on the makeup side. And before you start thinking that I've forgotten how to count to five, yes, I know there are six products here. 

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint + IT Cosmetics CC+ CreamLet's get the duo out of the way. While I've featured both of these products on the blog many times, they're both appearing in my Five to Try because I think everyone needs to try mixing them together. Separately, they're both great products, but together, they're phenomenal. Despite being a CC Cream, the IT packs a major punch of coverage, which perhaps sometimes feels a little much for me. Mixing in a few drops of Skin Tint thins out the formula perfectly and gives it a whole lot of glow. It's been my base of choice all month long.


Monastery Gold Botanical Healing Serum* | If you're looking for an ultra luxurious, spa-like experience with a product, look no further. I haven't spoken much about Monastery yet, but from the two products I've tried, it's a goldmine. The idea is that they're hardworking, effective products and made of natural ingredients sourced from all over the world. There's also an aromatherapy aspect to each product that makes it even more pleasurable to use (they do use essential oils for this, so be wary if you're sensitive to them!). The Gold serum is supposed to heal the skin's cellular walls and does so with a mixture of red raspberry seed, evening primrose, rosehip seed, camellia seed, kukui nut, filtered avocado, cranberry seed, tamanu, and macadamia nut oils as well as Vitamin E. It's beautifully lightweight and sinks right into the skin and gives a glow like no other. I've been reaching for it most nights, especially when my skin is feeling a little ragged from the cold.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, 'Uncensored' | This has been hyped all over the place lately, and for good reason. I was skeptical of a "one red suits all" kind of product, but it really does look amazing on absolutely everyone I've seen wear it. On me, it's a brilliant cool red, but I've seen it turn more of a brick-color on others. The formula is beautiful here, too - it goes on so thin but incredibly pigmented, and once it's dried down, you really can't feel it on your lips. It does transfer to whatever touches your lips, but it still lasts and lasts with very minimal fading and no feathering. I'm still getting to grips with the applicator, but I've heard mostly everyone else sing its praises, so it's probably just user error on my part. This is definitely the perfect holiday red for the season, so I'd jump on it fast.

Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, 'Stardust' | Also in exciting news this month, Milk Makeup debuted a new shade of their famous Holographic Sticks. The new shade, called Stardust, is a cool pink with a lavender shift. This is going to look stunning on every skintone - on me, the pink base really shows up, so I like to use it as a blush topper for an ultra-blushed look (it pairs really well with Cloud Paints in Haze and Puff!), or you could use normal highlighter placement for a more editorial look. On deeper skintones it's going to be a gorgeous, fresh highlight. The formula is the same as the other two shades - very dewy, sheer, and glossy. No chunky glitter here.

Dior Addict Lip Glow, '007 - Raspberry' | Another exciting new launch that I had no idea was coming was a bunch of new shades of the cult classic Lip Glow. I've gone through two tubes of the original pink shade by now, so I just had to pick up one of the new colors. I was really intrigued by the Matte Raspberry one, but in the end I went for the normal "glow" Raspberry shade. I've been really into a flushed lip look lately (more on that soon), and this fits perfectly into that aesthetic. It's the same beautiful color-developing formula everyone loves, but it just turns a more punchy shade of pink. It really brightens up the face and a super natural-looking way.

What new products have you been loving lately?

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