Something about the start of a new season always gets me a little restless and a lot inspired, and lately I’ve been drawn to all things blush. It just feels so summery to me — bright, quirky interiors, sun-kissed cheeks, cotton candy, sandy shores, Popsicle-stained lips, juicy watermelon… I could go on and on. Here is some blush-hued inspiration for you going into the weekend, while I ponder what little rearrangements I might make around the house for summer. Enjoy!
What better time than Valentine’s Day to talk beauty? Whether you’re getting ready for a night out with a special someone or staying in and pampering yourself (or both!), here are some of my very favorite tried-and-trues. I am rather picky when it comes to beauty products, so hopefully you’ll find these as excellent as I do. Trust.
I have to credit the excellent Andrea Linett with this find. Kimberly Howell created this amazing skin balm that I love love love. It is deeply moisturizing, healing, and revivifying for both face and body. Did I mention it is handmade and all natural? Jojoba, avocado, and coconut oils along with tupelo beeswax make for a luxurious, glow-inducing, well… Glow Butter!
This is the ONLY sunscreen I have managed to use on a regular basis. It feels more like a moisturizer and has none of that terrible sunscreen-y smell I loathe. 10/10 will buy repeatedly.
My favorite face mask, this rosy gel is soothing, moisturizing, brightening, and all-around lovely. My skin always feels supple and refreshed afterwards, which I love.
Even my husband loves Fresh’s cushy lip balm — he says it is the only balm that makes his chapped lips feel more comfortable right away, which I agree with wholeheartedly. I’ve tried a few of the tinted options, but I always come back to the original clear formula. Why mess with perfection?
My skin tends towards blackheads on my nose and chin, but I have never had much luck with products to combat them. Enter the Self-Heating Blackhead Extractor by Clinique. It is a little creamy, a little scrub-y, and heats up like magic when you get it wet. It even has a funny bumpy scrubby little massage tool built right into the cap. All of these things together somehow have combined to create a product that miraculously cleans out my pores like none other.
Thank you, Emma Watson, for spreading the news of Fur Oil far and wide. This spherical bottle of smoothing, soothing, quick-drying oil is a truly wonderful thing if you ever deal with ingrown hairs. Buy a bottle now and thank me (and Emma Watson) later.
I am pretty minimal when it comes to makeup these days, but there are a handful of items I reach for every day without fail.
Rimmel Provocalips in Kiss Me You Fool
This 16-hour lip color really delivers, and is a great price to boot. I hate applying lipstick throughout the day but also feel like a ghost without any lip color, so this liquid lipstick/balm combo is the answer to my flutist prayers. It really doesn’t budge — food-proof, kiss-proof, holding-an-instrument-to-my-lips proof — and it comes in the perfect red. Sold.
Most days I don’t use much eye makeup, opting for a strong lip instead. I swipe on Boy Brow and Lash Slick daily, though, for the perfect wide-awake eye. Mandatory feature: Lash Slick never ever clumps.
Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Rally
If I go the extra mile (or minute) and opt for blush, my favorite go-to is Milk Makeup’s Lip + Cheek. Rally is the perfect bright fuchsia pink to brighten my face a bit, and the creamy stick couldn’t be easier to use. It is also super natural-looking — their formula just melts into skin like a dream.
There you have it! My most favorite, tried-and-true beauty products. Go slather on that delightful Rose Mask, kick up your heels in your fuzziest slippers, and enjoy.
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Apologies for my absence this week, but I have had a terrible cold. I’m hoping to be back in action fully next week, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a resonant piece about beauty that I stumbled across this morning:
“… Here are some activities where I feel intuitively beautiful and feminine – Walking through the Minneapolis Institute of Art alone. Writing and creating in an afternoon coffee shop. Talking with my girlfriends late at night, long after the persuasion of sleep has crept in. I feel most beautiful when interacting with this life that surrounds us. So I’m trying to do more of that. Because the image I keep hoping to see in the mirror? She’s never going to show up. But still, without fail, I greet her within me every single day – she is the way I respond to art and humanity. She is the rare and precious awareness that comes only when studying something that is distinctly outside of myself. I want to learn more of her. And it’s not going to happen while looking into the empty reflection of my bathroom mirror. So why would I bother to look there at all?”
–Anna Jeter via Wit & Delight
It made me think about how I feel vs. how I look, and how important it is to feel good in my body. Here’s to a weekend full of feeling beautiful in and of ourselves.
Here and there lately I have come across items or products that I am really impressed by. As in, the-only-version-I-want-to-use-in-the-foreseeable-future impressed. Clouds part, the sun shines brightly, singing ensues… you get the gist. In no particular order, here are some items that I have discovered, used, and now love.
Oral hygiene seems like a very un-sexy thing to be excited about, but between my Quip electric toothbrush and the amazing Livionex tooth gel Brennan raved about on Into the Gloss, my teeth have never felt cleaner each day. And with the option for an automated refill subscription, I don’t have to worry about trying to remember how long it’s been since I last swapped out my toothbrush. Ain’t nobody got time for that. ̶A̶l̶s̶o̶,̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶g̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶Q̶u̶i̶p̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶r̶e̶t̶t̶y̶.̶
This mug means business. I’d make a cup of tea at work and promptly forget about it, only to be greeted by a barely-warm cup of regret an hour later. Not only is this insulated travel mug sleek and minimal-looking, but it keeps my tea piping hot (sometimes too hot!) all day, closes securely, and even latches so I know it won’t spill in my bag. The lid also comes apart for easy cleaning, yet securely reassembles. And it comes in the perfect shade of pink.
After reading a couple, ahem, glowing reviews of Kimberly Howell’s Glow Butter, I decided to give it a try. Handmade? Pure botanicals? All-natural beauty and luminosity? Yes and please! I was hopeful and dubious all at once, but months later, I am a convert. I have noticed a real improvement to my skin’s texture and radiance, and I rarely wear foundation anymore. My skin is not airbrushed-magazine-ad perfect, but it looks like healthy skin, and I love that.
Any products you swear by? I’d be fascinated to hear! It is so satisfying to find a product that just works.