Every now and then I like to write about things that I am really loving right now. Here are a list of items that I find are exceptional and I'm using regularly. I curated them myself and recommend them whole-heartedly!
Charlotte Tilbury is a well-known British makeup artist with her very own makeup line. Her makeup, brushes, and skincare is adored by professionals and has a cult-like following. It's sold here in NYC at Bergdorf Goodman, but anyone can buy her products online. This palette comes in 3 different variations, but this is the one I have specifically. Her formulations are silky and creamy with high pigment payoff. That middle eyeshadow? The perfect rose gold. The bronzer is sexy and the highlighter isn't garish. This palette is all you need when traveling (or not). I grab this palette a lot, which is why it's on my list!
IT Cosmetics has been growing on me lately. This brush is very versatile. It can be used to apply foundation, concealer, powder, blush- you name it! But what it is intended for is foundation/concealer. What I find so great about their brushes is how soft they are and how non-irritating it is to sensitive skin! And the little concealer brush fits perfectly under the eye. Sold at Sephora or online.
Image Skincare is what I use on my backbar for facials and on my dresser for personal use too. Why it took me so long to try this serum is beyond me. Truth be told, I wasn't looking for another serum! I use the MAX stem cell serum, Vital C Hydrating Serum, and Hyaluronic Acid. But then I took a second look at this one. It's a booster. It can be added to any product you use (or be used alone). It is a 20% blend of Vitamins A, C, and E. It's super anti-aging AND super hydrating. Because it quickens repair time of damaged tissue, it is my go-to post peel serum!
Great for: irritated, dry/dehydrated, post peel/ post operative & oily/acneic skin. But I say, great for everybody. Everyone can use a super anti oxidant booster.
This natural deodorant really, really works. The woman-owned company sells many scents and formulas of their outstanding deodorant. A little goes a long way.
The older I get, the more I want concealer. But not just any concealer! It has to be smoothing, hydrating, natural looking. I love Burberry cosmetics! I use the whole line in my kit and personally. If I could, I'd make this whole Blog post about Burberry. But I can't so I picked just one product I am loving right now and it's this excellent concealer. I suppose it could conceal a zit, but I love it under the eyes. You can test it at the Union Square or the Columbus Circle Sephora.
EXFOLIATION! My favorite thing to do! This amazing body scrub is a staple in my shower and everyone in my family uses it to remove dry, rough skin, treat back & butt acne, stop ingrown hairs, and prep body parts for shaving or self tanning. Why is this scrub so amazing and different? Alpha Hydroxy Acids and two types of polishing "beads" (not the kind of beads that were banned by the EPA). This is a high performance body polish that offers a 15% blend of AHAs: Glycolic, Lactic, and Malic AND Enzymes: papaya & pineapple. I scrub myself from neck to toes and stand away from the shower spray to allow the acids time to exfoliate and turnover cells. It smells like almond oil and feels so silky after you rinse. Post shower, I follow this regimen with a layer of the new Vital C Hand and Body lotion.
I discovered that the scrub and this new Vital C Hand and Body Lotion work very well together. You might hear me (and a lot of beauty bloggers and editors) gush about vitamin C. It's true- it is an amazing anti oxidant and vitamin. What makes Image Skincare's Vital C line so effective is the type of Vitamin C they use- an oil soluble, Esther-C (L-ascorbic acid). It does not irritate the skin, yet it penetrates deeply, protects from free radical damage, boosts collagen production while healing sun damage. Now imagine that all over your body. This is a rich, hydrating lotion that works.
The perfect, soft rose color in an easy pencil application. If you're ever in a situation where you can't find the perfect shade, try this! It works with most skin tones. The annoying thing about a pencil is you have to get a sharpener, BUT the color and smooth formula make you forget all that. I wear this shade almost every day.
The next two items I use every day to cleanse my skin. I have access to all of the Image cleansers, and I DO use them all. However, I am in the middle of doing a series of 6 peels and I find the following cleansers to be right for me right now. I always double cleanse. The first product has to remove the top layer well. You can use only one cleanser, but cleanse your skin twice with it, ok? Here's why:
ILUMA INTENSE LIGHTENING CLEANSER is a very gentle, sulfate-free, gel to milk cleanser. To use: dry hands, dry face. Apply to skin and start massaging. The cleanser turns into an oil! It removes the top, first layer on your skin- SPF, makeup, sebum, bacteria, and nano-particles of pollution. Wet hands and massage face. The cleanser emulsifies into a milk. Rinse well.
Next, my second cleanse is Ormedic- my top seller. Everyone in the family loves this cleanser. This extremely gentle, organic cleanser is great for all skin types. It returns your skin back to a comfortable pH and your skin will feel balanced and soft. Gentle for the whole body and the whole family. After cleansing, please protect your skin with an excellent serum and creme (night) or an SPF (day).