New Beauty Arsenal

Hey all! With the changing seasons, comes new products. Also, I’m always open to trying something new, regardless what time of the year it is. I thought I would share with you a few of my “go-to’s” at the moment.


Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo | $25 for 5.3 oz or $10 for 1 oz

Dry shampoo is essential, especially during warm weather seasons when you’re out and about and moving more – hello, oily scalp! Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo is the only kind that I’ve tried to date (and I’ve tried a lot) that doesn’t smell like baby powder. Nor does it leave that powdery, chalky residue in your roots that you have to vigorously rub into your scalp because it’s talc-free. I’m not exactly sure how to describe the smell other than that it’s on the floral side and it doesn’t overpower; in fact, I really enjoy it. Also, the packaging is just fantastic and happy. No wonder I was drawn to try a miniature version for the first time. Now I have a large version for home and a mini one for travel and in my every day handbag.


Tarte Brazilliance™ PLUS Self-Tanner & Mitt | $39

While most of the year I am a-okay with my naturally, very fair complexion, as we move into skin-bearing months, I do like to have a little sun kissed color without the dangers that come with baking in a tanning bed (these should be illegal!) or under the Sun. This self-tanning set by Tarte is my annual go-to. The buildable lotion is easy to apply with the soft mitt and only requires 10 minutes to dry (note: you should not shower for 8 hours after application, so best applied at night). I’ve never had an issue with it making my skin look streaky, orangey, or dry, unlike some cheaper self-tanning options. It does have that self-tanner smell but it’s very low key and actually reminds me of summertime in a good way! Plus, this product is vegan, if that’s important to you.


Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation | $48

I never thought I’d ditch my trusty Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, but I’ve found something I like better (and it’s $1 cheaper, ha!). This foundation is very creamy as its name suggests and it’s formulated without oil. It provides excellent, buildable coverage (medium to heavy) without giving you that tragic “pancake-y” look that some foundations do. I also find that it doesn’t require as much maintenance or powdering throughout the day. It stays put and it gives a slightly dewy finish without making you look oily (I have combination skin, FYI). Plus, it photographs well! 😉


Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution | $52

Jury is still out on this one as I’ve only recently started using it, but this is one of Kiehl’s best selling products, so I have high hopes. Lately, I’ve noticed random dark spots popping up on my face in spite of my rigorous sunscreen use, which has me none too pleased. I’m trying this out as a spot treatment, but you can also use the serum all over your face and décolletage for a general brightening effect. It’s formulated with activated C, white birch extract, and peony extract. It smells great and the consistency of the serum is light, but luxurious. I will keep you guys posted on my results. Note: it should be used at night before applying night cream or moisturizer.


Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Mélodieuse | $38

You guys may remember my post about Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral. In doing my shopping “research” on the color, I found this gorgeous shade iterated in Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lipstick and just had to buy it. It certainly does not disappoint! The lipstick is very moisturizing, creamy, and buildable. You can nail this color trend with a simple pop of color on your lips.


That’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed my post; if you have any thoughts or recommendations for me regarding new products you love, let me know in the comments! Have a great weekend!


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