As you may or may not know, I’ve been wearing the same makeup for years and years. And by “same” I mean literally have been milking the same bottle of foundation and stick of lipstick for a LONG TIME. So long that I was getting lip acne that I blamed on wearing masks, but then I realized I was rarely wearing a mask because I work from home so why the acne? When I googled “Why am I getting zits around my lips” the first thing that came up is ‘”Are you wearing old lipstick?” and I was like, “Whoops. Yah. Gross. You dummy.” So now that the mask mandate is lifted here I felt it was time to go in person to Sephora to get some fresh face supplies during their sale. While there I asked the salesperson what were the new products that everyone was freaking out about? Anything new that people love or are raving about? Their big sale started yesterday so I figured it was a good time. Then beyond what’s hot, I told her my needs and she was SO HELPFUL. Here’s what she recommended:
Dior Lip Oil: It was sold out at the store and apparently still is everywhere – I even saw it on Poshmark for $90 (it retails for$35) so good luck finding it, but I still wanted to share it just in case you happen upon it at a random store. It sure must be amazing 🙂 Since they were out of that she recommended the Merit Tinted Lip Oil, which I did get and love. It feels so moist, but not sticky and the color stays (I’ve only worn it for one day, but so far so good). I got it in “Au Naturel” and “Cara Cara” which is slightly more of a pop, but not too bright.
Peter Thomas Roth Temporary Eye Tightener: I’m never leaving the house again without it (for shoots anyway). It absolutely diminished the appearance of fine lines. It felt tight and just worked. It’s mostly peptides I think but beyond that, I have no idea how it’s so effective so fast. I’m not saying it’s “good” for your skin, you simply look less wrinkled if you are into that. I think this is an excellent gift to give someone you are close enough to give a wrinkler reducer gift to. I was SHOCKED. I didn’t do a before/after when I put it on the first time but will today and put it on social for you. It does feel VERY tight though. It’s not uncomfortable per se but you can feel it on your face.
Super Goop Glow Oil: I’ve been wearing the face sunscreen for a long time, but this is awesome because it’s a spray that you can easily reapply over lotion/makeup. People are super into I guess. Caitlin concurred that she loves it too and wears it every day.
Benefit Brow Pencil: I went to get a new brow pencil from Anastasia (which are excellent because they are so fine) but I complained to her that they don’t last that long and she agreed. She said for that reason she recommends the Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil instead. I guess it has hair-like strokes (and was more affordable). I got it in “Warm Light Brown”. So far so good, although I really do need someone to still help me with my brows. Does anyone know any great portland brow people??
Nars Light Reflecting Foundation: My friend Whitney told me about this first, then the salesperson confirmed that indeed people are FREAKING out about this foundation. I guess it’s trying to compete with the Armani foundation I’ve been using for a decade. I bought it and sadly the color I chose is slightly too warm for me so I need to exchange it if they let me (I got #5 Salsburg, when I should have gotten 4, I think). She also recommended Kosas foundation for the exact same results – light reflecting, light on your skin, etc – and Kosas is clean beauty (it was just sold out at the store, otherwise I would have snagged it).
Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder: I bought this a couple of years ago and still LOVE IT. Whitney confirmed it was great and the salesperson also adamantly agreed. I bought radiant bronze light (for more tan/sunkissed) and ambient (more everyday glow). BIG FAN.
Laura Mercier Light Revealer Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 25): I have the oil-free version (which I think I bought because I have lash extensions and you try to reduce the amount of oil on your face with those) but my skin is dry so I need oil. This one has the oil and so far it’s great (and that’s the general consensus). You have a lot of flexibility with the shades since it’s just a tint, so it’s easy to reapply on the go, etc.
Charlotte Tilbery Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray: They were out of this, but they had the sample that we tried on our wrist and it did leave a glow. I wouldn’t have thought so since it’s a “setting” spray but it was a lovely sheen. I just ordered the mini size to try it out.
Rich Bitch Lotion: Y’all the founder, Remi used to work for me. Her company Freck Beauty, which started with this fake freckle product, has expanded a lot. When she sent me her new line including this lotion a couple of years ago I expected to like it fine enough, but was super surprised. The lotion is EXTREMELY hydrating. I buy spendy stuff (like Tata Harper, PCR) which I also like, but there were many times since I’ve run out of this lotion that I’ve wanted it on my face. It’s just extremely moisturizing without being “thick”. Anyway, I asked the salesperson about it and she was like “oh I LOVE this lotion” which confirmed it. I am psyched to have it again. I use it as a night cream because my skin wakes up still feeling soft.
Charlotte Tilbery Hollywood Flawless Filter: OH the marketing manipulation on that name. But Whitney told me that it has a cult following even before I went into Sephora. It was one of the first things my salesperson shouted about. I bought it. Haven’t used it yet, but maybe I will today and show you on Instagram stories.
The other things I bought and loved are a Milk blush/lip cream (in “Dash” which is pretty light – I wish I had gotten brighter), and the Laneige Lip Glowy Balm which is super soft and shiny (not sticky). Now my biggest debate during the Sephora sale is that stupidly expensive Dyson Hair Dryer. I used it at my friend’s the other day and yes, of course, it’s wonderful. My hair was far less frizzy, and it was super fast. It’s just so hard to justify that kind of money on a hair dryer, but if I’m ever going to it should be while it’s on sale.
SO that’s my Sephora haul and I am very happy with it and that I (hopefully) won’t have lip acne anymore. What are your top makeup or skincare products you use year after year? I’d love to know xx