On the days I have a really good attitude, I view my shiny t-zone as a sign of youth.
But now that temperatures are on the rise, I find myself needing to blot a few times throughout the day. And I do not want to ruin the flawless finish of my new favorite foundation with yet more powder.
Enter these genius little oil-absorbing sponges that take away shine like magic and leave your makeup looking fresh.
The mirrored compact is a nice little bonus.
I’ve been wearing this bright red-orange non-stop for the past two weeks. Obsessively touching up the tips at home, applying a coat of this shiny top coat every other day to keep in fresh—oh, and it’s on my toes now, too. This pop of color is just making me so damn happy right now. And it goes with everything. No, scratch that, it flatters everything.
Today, I’m wearing army green, white and black. Amazing. (It’s not too orangey as to reference Halloween against black, a problem often seen with some of my other favorite orange hues.) The other day, I actually wore all white with some gray and my nails were like a happy little exclamation mark. Don’t even get me started on how good this color looks with denim and white.
I must tell you, this color isn’t new. But new isn’t always best, right?
Let me say, off the bat, I’m not really an oil person. I dabble in Argan, I tread lightly with Moroccan, but, in general, I’m always trying to control oil and even though I am studied enough to know that oil doesn’t equal oil, I am sparing.
That said: I have been using this oil nightly for over a month and my brighter, tighter, smoother face is ready to shout out about it from the rooftops.
For starters, and most importantly, Luna is a retinol, delivered in Avocado Seed oil basically (the superhero of seed oils). So think of it as your aging preventative, not just your evening moisturizer (although it certainly is that, too). What’s interesting about Luna, is that it contains a next-generation retinol that is definitely kinder and gentler on the skin. I have historically been really sensitive to retinol and irritate easily, but I have used this product daily for a month without incident.
Likely because it contains blue tansy, a skin-soother derived from flowers (similar to chamomile) but with more potent anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, the oil is a cool, deep shade of blue but, don’t worry, the color disappears when you rub it in. You only need a few drops. It is fast absorbing, not at all greasy and benefits all skin types.
Have you tried this oil? Do you want to? Let me know!
I’m on a little bit of Nars kick.
It happened a few weeks ago when I booked an appointment to have eyelashes applied before an event at their (very sleek and cool) Madison Avenue NYC store. My plan was to go home and use all my new Tom Ford makeup (story on those babies to follow), but I was fighting a wicked sinus infection at the time and wound up getting my makeup done because I just couldn’t deal.
I had been wanting to try this foundation since its advertising blitz came out recently. (I’m nothing if not prey for good beauty advertising.) It did not disappoint! I am IN LOVE with it. Here’s why:
-It’s matte, but not dry. A very extremely difficult balance for a “matte” foundation to achieve.
-It’s lightweight. It blends into skin to look like your skin, only better, and has that glowy “blurring” technology I love. The coverage is superior for a formulation that is considered to be more of a tint. It’s also buildable.
-It has impressive staying power and controls shine. My skin tends to soak up makeup like a sponge and I’m seeing this last from early morning into the evening. A first. (Especially when I use Nars’ excellent loose powder on top.)
-It’s packed with vitamins, armed with SPF 30 and free of all the nasties.
Done and done-er.
I have a confession: I don’t wash my face in the morning. I never have. I’ve only ever used a toner in the a.m.. In middle school and high school, when I was oily and acne prone, my go to was Sea Breeze and sometimes, Witch Hazel. I know. Let the gasps ensue.
For better or worse, my morning ritual simply involves a doused cotton round. It’s fast and, for me, just feels right.
I recently discovered this amazing toner from Nars . It’s kind of antithesis to toners I’ve used in the past: it’s moisturizing and soothing while it also gently exfoliates and boosts cell turnover. I’m also using it at night. It’s one of those products that kind of just goes with everything. My skin is definitely softer and brighter.
Formulated without fragrance, parabens, alcohol or oil, this toner exfoliates with fruit acids, soothes with wild rose extracts and brightens with Nars’ exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, which may or may not be the reason this cool, minimalist bottle has taken up permanent residence in my beauty cabinet.
I feel like I’ve aged 100 years in internet time. I’ve missed this space so much.
But I’ve been absent for a totally legit reason. I don’t want to over-share, but I kind of had major surgery. I’m totally fine now, I just had to have a uterine fibroid the size of a grapefruit removed and it was like getting a C-section all over again—only 10x worse. I had my umbilical hernia repaired, too, since they were all up in there, and that, my fellow mamas who might suffer the same, was no picnic.
So, I have been healing. And for me, resting and healing meant I totally detached from work. It wasn’t a conscious decision. I was ambitious going in. I thought, “Oooh, I’ll be in bed for a while and will have the luxury to just think and write all day.” Sounded like a dream. But it was all theoretic. I alternately binge-watched Amazon Prime and slept. Not only did I barely move, I barely thought.
But I healed! And now, my innie belly button and I are back–with so much beauty news to discuss. So stand by.
From a new hair smoothing treatment to the perfect summer skin tint and face oil and makeup, I’m back with some exciting finds.
I’d love to hear from you, too. Discovered anything great lately?