I know most people share their favorite products at the end of the month/the beginning of the following month, but since I don’t routinely share my favorites I figured I would do it right in the middle of the month! Plus, I have a couple of things that I have been absolutely obsessing over– whether they’re holy grails that I’ve been using for years, or a product I’ve used twice and already know it’s a new favorite. So without further ado, let’s hop in!
The first thing I’ve been loving is the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter by Fenty Beauty in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal. I know everyone has been raving about Rihanna’s new beauty line, so I had to give it a try for myself. I knew the cream face products wouldn’t be for me (they are very matte, and I have ultra dry skin), so I decided to go for one of the highlighters. I love the look of this so much; it’s sparkly and glittery in the pan, but on the skin it looks like a gorgeous natural glow. I will say that I prefer the glittery side (Fire Crystal) to the more satin side, but it’s all personal preference. I love this so much that I’ve actually gone ahead and ordered it in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby as well, for the days when I want a more golden look. The swatches on my hand honestly don’t do it justice, if you want a better look, check out my Instagram for more swatches and looks using this.
The next thing I’ve been obsessed with is the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro. It claims to be a firming and smoothing lotion, which I personally think is bs, but what gets me about this cream is the smell. This stuff smells INCREDIBLE. It’s like a coconut butterscotch tropical dream. It absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy at all which I love. It does leave a layer of glitter on the skin, but it translates to a nice glow, rather than like chunks of glitter all over your skin. I love this stuff, it was an instant fave. I’m dying to try Sol de Janeiro’s Acai Body Power Cream next!
The next favorite has literally been saving my skin. It’s the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. I wear a full face of makeup most days (something I am trying to change through my skincare and wearing less makeup), so lots of gunk gets into my pores and needs to be cleared out. I use this every time I wash my hair (so probably 2-3x a week) and the acid exfoliates and smooths my skin. I will say this product is very astringent, so if you use it make sure you have your moisturizer on deck! I like to use it with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea and my trusty First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.
I walked into Lush a couple days ago just to browse, and ended up spending a lot more than I had intended because the Lush Cosmetics Halloween Collection is here (blog post on the collection coming soon)! I haven’t had a chance to use a lot of the products, but one that I have broken out (and am already considering buying in bulk so I don’t have to wait until Halloweentime) is the Lord of Misrule Shower Cream. It’s the first shower cream I’ve ever tried from Lush, and my dry skin loves this! The scent description says it’s black pepper and patchouli– two things I hate, but the true scent is more like a sweet, grassy scent. It’s really subtle and almost unisex.
And finally, the last thing I’ve been loving as far as beauty goes is not a product, but an approach. I recently decided that I want to focus less on painting over my skin and starting over every morning, and focus more on accentuating the good features I already have. This means that I’m in the process of kind of overhauling my skincare and beauty routines. The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser has helped to reset my skin, while the Killawatt Highlighter gives my skin a little extra glow. The Bum Bum cream and Lord of Misrule have helped me to expand my focus from my face to my overall skin, which has been really beneficial to my skin as it gets colder and dryer out. This method is fairly new to me, so if anyone has product suggestions, I would love to hear them, and I’ll certainly write a blog post with an update once I get a little further along in this process.