Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops vs. Color Correcting Treatment

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Back in November, Dr. Jart+ sent me a few products from the Cicapair line, including their Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment. It was instant love, and since then, I've been using it almost every morning. Recently they've come out with the Tiger Grass Camo Drops, a color correcting product that's meant to work like the original, but in a more lightweight form.

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The Camo Drops are an innovative hybrid mixing one part soothing serum and one part color corrector. Like the original Color Correcting Treatment, it starts as a pale milky green shade and transforms to a beige color as you rub it in. It instantly helps to even out skintone and correct redness, and it delivers a hit of soothing moisture as soon as it's applied to the skin.

I know what you're thinking - do you really need both? Probably not, but I know I will use both of them interchangeably in my routine. It all comes down to your preference. The original Color Correcting Treatment has a thicker consistency that really forms a barrier between your skin and the environment. It also has SPF 30. The Camo Drops feel much more lightweight, like nothing on the skin, and they contain no SPF. The original has a more matte (but not drying) finish, while the Camo Drops feel more hydrating and give the skin a bit of a soft, radiant glow. They still completely set down on the skin, though, so I think any skin types that can use the original Color Correcting Treatment can also use the Camo Drops. Because they're more lightweight, I've noticed they give slightly (and I mean really slightly) less color correction than the original. I know I'll continue using the Color Correcting Treatment on days when I don't want to wear much makeup - I like to wear it on its own with a bit of concealer under my eyes, and that's it. I also reach for it on days I anticipate being on the lab bench at work all day because I really feel that the barrier it creates is protecting my skin from all the dust and chemicals I'm working with. The Camo Drops are great for layering underneath other products because they're lightweight, and the color correcting they provide is just enough that I can get away with my favorite sheer foundations on top without needing much or any concealer on top of that. The hydration boost makes it a great primer for makeup as well. 

TL;DR The Camo Drops are a great addition to the Cicapair line, and if you're looking for some color correction, glow, and are in need of some soothing skincare all wrapped up in one, then they're certainly the product for you.

Have you tried the Camo Drops yet?

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

The Face Oil Roundup

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The other day I thought I'd put together some of my facial oils for an Instagram photo, and as I was digging through my collection I realized how many of them I had. This is bad, but they're all currently open and in my rotation. I truly do have a different use for each one, so I thought it would be helpful to go through each one and talk about the ingredients as well as when and how I use them.

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil | When I Use It: Day & Night

This little beauty from Biossance is one of the most lightweight oils I have, but it's also incredibly hydrating, so it's one I like to use both during the day and at night. I pat it on as the last step of my routine. Main ingredients include 100% plant-derived squalane, which prevents moisture loss, Vitamin C, to brighten the skin, and Chios Crystal Oil, to support natural collagen production. Biossance says the Vitamin C is in an oil-soluble form here, so it delivers all its benefits much more efficiently than ascorbic acid. This sinks in quickly and yet leaves my skin hydrated all night/day, and it feels quite gentle. I think this would work well for both oily and dry skins alike.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil | When I Use It: Night

If I had to choose one word to describe how this Clarins oil makes my skin look and feel, I'd pick "juicy." This oil is targeted towards those with dehydrated skin, which is 100% me. It has a base of hazelnut oil, which is incredibly moisturizing, and also contains blue orchid extract and rosewood and patchouli essential oils to help tone and revitalize. It takes a while to sink in and does have a strong scent, so I prefer to use it at night as the last step of my routine. I wake up absolutely glowing by morning. People with sensitive skin should most likely avoid this one because of the essential oil content, but it's a beautiful oil nonetheless.

Go-To Skincare Face Hero | When I Use It: Day & Night

This is the newest addition to my collection, and it's already one of my favorites. It's a wonderful blend of plant and nut oils that feels lightweight on the skin but continually moisturizes and gives an excellent glow. The oils included are almond, jojoba, macadamia, brazil nut, evening primrose, buriti, arnica, rosehip, calendula, and kiwi fruit seed oils, and it also has added Vitamin E (tocopherol). It has added natural fragrance (orange blossom and rose gardenia) at the very end of the ingredients list. It's a pleasure to use, mixes well with other products (I like mixing it into either Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich or Go-To Very Useful Face Cream), and doesn't leave me greasy.

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Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence | When I Use It: Day

This one is a bit of a hybrid product - part oil, part essence, and I use it as my serum step in the morning. It uses Sahara Cactus Oil, quinoa, and acai berry to intensely hydrate and nourish the skin. Sahara Cactus Oil is meant to quickly absorb and provide lasting hydration, and it also contains high levels of antioxidants to protect the skin. It's super lightweight and has more of a gel-consistency than an oil. I find it behaves similarly to a hyaluronic acid serum and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day.

Jordan Samuel Skin etOILe Facial Oil | When I Use It: Day & Night

This one is another one of my favorites. It's another oil blend that my skin responds really well to - it contains almond, cranberry seed, argan, marula, evening primrose, rosehip, and seabucktorn oils, as well as Vitamin E and squalane. I find my skin responds extremely well to the cranberry seed oil as it's anti-inflammatory. The etOILe is one of the best oils in my collection for combating redness, and it's always the one I reach for when my skin is feeling stressed. This gives me a glow like no other. It's an amazing oil, and the price point isn't bad either!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate | When I Use It: Night

This is even more lightweight than the Biossance, and it sinks in the most quickly out of any of the oils here, I think. I use this one at night as my serum step - since it’s so thin, I find it works best under creams rather than over them. This really soothes stressed-out skin, and I always wake up to a more even and clear complexion after using it. It contains squalane (sensing a theme here?), evening primrose oil, and lavender essential oil to soothe, moisturize, and repair the skin. This is one to avoid if you’re sensitive to essential oils. Personally, I find the lavender scent super relaxing.

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Mindi Walters Regenerative Oil Complex | When I Use It: Night

This is one of my favorites to use at night - I always wake up with such a dewy glow in the morning. It's another beautiful blend of oils, including grape seed, cranberry seed, rosehip seed, marula, red raspberry seed, sea buckthorn, bulgarian rose, and black currant seed oils. It also contains retinyl palmitate to help combat signs of aging. It takes a bit to sink in, which I prefer in my nighttime oils - I like that it keeps my skin moisturized all night without me having the shove my face in the humidifier.

Monastery Gold Botanical Healing Serum | When I Use It: Night

My other favorite nighttime pick is this absolutely gorgeous product from Monastery. This is to help rebuild and restore the skin, and it truly does feel healing. It contains a blend of oils including red raspberry seed, evening primrose, rosehip seed, camellia seed, kukui nut, avocado, cranberry seed, tamanu, carrot seed, and macadamia nut oils. This feels quite rich at first but sinks in quickly. I love using this one when I do my nighttime routine earlier in the evening and continually patting on a few more drops every couple hours. It makes my skin so smooth, even, and clear. At the moment, I think this is my favorite for night.

MUN Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum | When I Use It: Day

MUN is definitely a brand I need to try everything from. This is a simple yet effective blend of prickly pear seed oil, argan oil, and rose flower essential oil. It's super lightweight and sinks into the skin easily, and yet leaves it fully nourished and juicy. When using this consistently I really do notice a change in the brightness of my skin, and I even notice that my dark circles aren't as dark. I love using this during the day under a heavier cream - it keeps my skin so moisturized and glowy throughout the whole day. This is definitely healthly-looking skin in a bottle.

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Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend | When I Use It: Night

This is a product that definitely feels a lot more luxurious than its price point - in fact, I could say the same for much of Pixi's skincare. The Rose Oil Blend is probably best suited to drier skin types, as it does feel quite thick and takes a while to sink into the skin. That's why I love using it at night - it keeps my skin enveloped in moisture all night. It's a lovely blend of various rose oils (rosa canina fruit and rosa damascena flower oils), mixed with sweet almond and jojoba oils. If you have dry skin and are looking to start using an oil, the price point and beautiful formula make this the perfect place to start.

Plant Apothecary Superfacial Organic Oil Moisturizer | When I Use It: When I Use It: Day

This is a new addition to my collection, but it's already been keeping my skin nourished during the day very well. It's also a blend of oils (as pretty much all of the oils in my collection are), containing white tea seed, hazelnut, avocado, apricot kernel, sea buckthorn, juniper, and geranium oils. This oil makes my skin so soft, so it's a great one to use pre-makeup. Everything just glides on afterward. I'm still getting used to the smell of this one, but I do like that there's no added fragrance/essential oils. Juniper and geranium oils are meant to help restore the skin, and it really does make my skin feel rejuvenated, even at the end of a long day. They also have a version for oily skin.

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Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil | When I Use It: Day

I am in LOVE with this oil - it gives my skin such a nice glow. Sunday Riley Juno contains a blend of blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, and red raspberry seed oils, as well as carrot and broccoli seed oils. It's basically all the fruits and vegetables you should be eating, but for your face. It works to restore the skin's natural moisture barrier, so it's been once I've reached for quite a bit all winter. I especially love this one mixed into my moisturizer during the day for a nice kick of nourishment. This works beautifully under makeup, too.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil | When I Use It: Night

Last but not least, we have the oil that I'm pretty sure got me into oils. Remember when everyone was raving about this a few years ago? I fell for the hype, and it's still one of my favorites. Luna is a blend of oils like avocado, grape seed, chia seed, and blackberry seed oils, and it also contains blue tansy and chamomile to calm the skin and trans-retinoic acid ester to encourage exfoliation and smooth the skin without the traditional irritation of retinoids. This is still one I reach for as the last step of my evening skincare routine when my skin is freaking out, and it always is calmer by morning. I feel like it makes my pores appear smaller, smooths out my skin's texture, and reduces redness over time, too. I'm just about at the end of this bottle and my wallet is weeping at the prospect of having to repurchase - but it's worth it.

If you made it all the way to the end - thank you! What's your favorite facial oil?

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

February Favorites

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Remember how I was complaining on and on about how slow January was going by? Well February was the opposite - I can't believe today is the last day! I normally try to keep my favorites post down to 5-6 products, but there were so many great things this month that there's quite a bit to talk about here.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & GlowAt the end of January my sister kindly let me borrow her Filmstar Bronze & Glow for me to try out and determine if I wanted to use it for my wedding makeup. This is 100% worth the hype and I need to buy my own ASAP - the powders are beautiful and pretty much impossible to overdo. The Sculpting shade is the real star for me here, as it's the perfect shade to subtly chisel out some cheekbones while also adding some life to the face.

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Smashbox Photo Finish PrimerizerAnother bandwagon I'm glad I jumped on this month. Normally I skip primers and rely on my skincare to "prime" my skin for makeup, but this is one I can get on board with. It makes my skin look so juicy and plump, smoothing away any dry patches without being greasy at all. I think this does extend the wear of my makeup a little as it keeps my skin from drinking up my foundation.

Dior Addict Lip Glow, 'Berry' | Yes I know - another Lip Glow. I now have three and they're all very important to my collection. The berry shade is the latest addition to my little Lip Glow family, and I just love the color it gives my lips. It doesn't have as much of a color change on my lips as the other two I have, but it's such a beautiful berry shade that adds a nice flush to the lips. I find it goes well with most makeup looks I do, from extremely minimal to something a little more bold.

Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, 'Cloud' | I keep thinking this was an impulse buy, but I had actually been wanting it for weeks when I finally did buy it at the beginning of the month. I had heard such great things about the Shimmer & Glow Eyeshadows, and I love the original Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow I have so I wanted to give it a try. I went for Cloud, a lavender with a stunning gold shift. I don't have anything like it in my collection. I love plum tones on my eyes, and the gold shimmer in it keeps it wearable, almost like a neutral. The formula is just as great as everyone says, and it doesn't crease on me all day long.

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence* | I finally finished up the Missha Essence I had been using at the beginning of this month and was able to crack this baby open. I had wanted to try the new Fresh Essence since they started teasing it on Instagram, and it's just as good as I was hoping. It has Fresh's signature cucumber scent and feels super cooling and hydrating on the skin. The watery consistency sinks in instantly, and I find it really helps to plump up my skin. With continued use I think it's really helped to smooth out my skin. I pat on a few layers morning and night, and it's always a step in my skincare routine I look forward to.

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Renee Rouleau Rapid Response Detox MasqueThis is another product I saw on Instagram and decided I needed it. The people I saw reviewing it were saying it was helping to clear up their acne caused by hormones and diet, which pretty much explains me to a T. It works by not only helping to clear up bacteria and excess oil but also soothing redness and irritation. I've never tried a mask that was both great for detoxing and also hydrating the skin, and it's definitely something my routine was missing. Right now, I'm using it about once a week and twice in the week leading up to my period to help ward off those breakouts. I've been breaking out from starting Curology this month, but this mask has been keeping my skin in check otherwise.

Glossier You Solid Perfume* | The latest Glossier launch is of course a favorite for the month. I've worn Glossier You every day since it launched in October, and it's quickly become my favorite scent to wear. Now you can easily take it on-the-go for touchups. The solid perfume is housed in the cutest little pebble that fits right in the palm of your hand. It's super weighted so it feels so nice to hold, and it has the signature thumbprint in it to make it easy to open with one hand. It has a super satisfying magnetic click closure too - I find myself just clicking it open and closed absentmindedly sometimes. The scent wears closer to the body than the original spray of course, but I find it has about the same lasting power on me. I like to layer a bit of this on before spraying the perfume before I leave the house - I find it helps it last even longer. 

Essie Grow Stronger Base CoatMy nails were in a sad state for most of January, and I'm trying to get them back into shape now. I picked up the Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat this month based on Tamira Jarrel's recommendation, and I'm obsessed. It leaves a sheer nude tint on the nails, so I've just been wearing it on its own all month. It really has made my nails a lot stronger, and they grew so long that I actually had to cut them last week - normally they break before I get the chance to cut them. I haven't tried it under other nail polishes yet, so I'll report back on that when I do.

Kristin Ess Signature Hair WaterI really need to write about my favorite hair products, because then you'd see what a Kristin Ess love affair I've been having. The Signature Hair Water is a new addition to her line, and I was instantly intrigued - it seemed like it might just be a spray can of water, but I bought it anyway. I've actually found this great for reviving my hair when it starts to get frazzled by the second day after washing - it's got a bit of castor oil in it as well as their "zip-up technology" that help to seal split ends. Normally getting my hair wet without washing it makes it dry super puffy, but this doesn't do that. I've found it super helpful this month when my hair has gotten wet from being outside shoveling - I'm not left with frizzy hat hair afterward.

Books, Movies, TV, Etc | Stop what you're doing right now and go watch "I'll Have What Phil's Having" and "Somebody Feed Phil" on Netflix. They're both docuseries starring Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), and he goes to different cities around the world and seeks out the best food. He's such a goofy guy and they're both great "feel-good" shows. Speaking of heartwarming shows, I've also been loving the new Queer Eye series - I haven't watched them all yet, but I'm hooked. I love it just as much as the original and I love all five of them. I listened to the audiobook of Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher this month, too, and while I read the book already, I'd highly recommend listening to the audiobook. Carrie Fisher narrates it, and her daughter Billie Lourd reads the journal entries included. It was great to hear it come to life, and it made me miss Carrie Fisher even more. For music, I'm totally behind on this, but I'm finally listening to Lana Del Rey's Lust for Life album and I'm obsessed. I've always been a Lana fan, but until now none of her albums really topped Paradise for me.

What were your favorite things this month?

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

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.

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.