It's gonna get sappy up in here.
Wanna know how much I care about bringing you guys the latest and greatest products? Enough to get a huge bruise on my arm from trying to shoot these products on my roof and ending up backing into the corner of my next-door neighbor's skylight. (Apologies to Jose if he heard me cursing. Apologies to a whole block of Williamsburg, actually.)
We've got a small but mighty batch this week, and you can expect to see an increase in giftable stuff over the next month or so. Gift set and palette season is approaching, after all! Let's see what the beauty fairy left under my desk pillow. (God, I wish I actually had a pillow on my desk.)
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Yes To Liquid Hand Soap
The Yes To folks have really been say yes to a lot of new things lately, most notably oil-based products. The latest example expands their Liquid Hand Soap collection to include primrose oil and coriander (soothing), argan oil and fig (brightening), and marula oil and mango (age-defying) formulas. I have no idea why they chose to capitalize "primRose" like that, but I think it adds intrigue, no? They hit stores soon.
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Desert Essence Organic Essential Oil Blends
Also oil-centric and also hitting stores soon: these six mixtures developed by an aromatherapist. About $13 each (they just sent them to me all nestled together in a box and I thought it was cute so that's how I shot them), you can choose the blend that corresponds to your needs: Dream Weaver for sleep, Inner Peace for calm, Mood Lifter for energy, Sharp Thought for concentration, Muscle Mender for relief, and Breathe Deeply for "cleansing" (I assume not the face kind).
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NARS Velvet Lip Glide
Speaking of products sent to me in adorable presentations that I don't think are available out in the retail wilderness, check out these fabulous NARS lip colors. Much more pigmented than gloss, but glossier than matte liquid lipsticks, it's both comfortable and long-lasting. These are only four of a dozen available shades.
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So, full disclosure: I didn't get this last week. I've been hanging on to it since I met the woman behind the brand at an outdoor market near my apartment a couple months ago, and I keep meaning to show you guys. Aside from being adorable and borderline wearable-in-public, these shower caps (which come in a variety of prints and colors) are made from a water-repelling yet machine-washable fabric that's antibacterial and breathable to boot. And I think it has all those extra H's in the name because it doesn't make that horrible plastic-shower-cap sound.
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AQUATION Moisturizing Cream
Remember when we were talking about what beauty products we would bring to Mars? I change my mind: this is coming with me. It's a super-rich formula that prevents moisture loss and creates an invisible barrier, immediately hydrating with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. But since I'm staying on Earth, I'll keep this goofy-looking jar-pump hydrid bottle in my apartment for winter skin protection.
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TULA Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment
Am I the only one who finds herself falling into uncharacteristic magical thinking when she sees "overnight" in a product name? It just feels like you might wake up a kabillion times more beautiful, you know? But even if this doesn't change your skin dramatically truly overnight, regular use of the combination of probiotics, AHAs, retinol, and botanical extracts can help un-dull your skin over time.
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TULA Moisture Locking Hand & Nail Therapy
Another probiotic formula — TULA's first non-face product with their multi-strain probiotic technology, actually — this hand cream's similarities to other hand creams pretty much ends at shea butter. It contains licorice for brightening, and vitamin C and retinol for general anti-aging goodness.
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IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette
This is a super-pretty palette that, unlike so many other palettes, contains four products you'll actually use instead of just a couple. Clockwise from the top left corner is Bye Bye Pores Blush, Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder, Perfect Lighting Luminizer, and Sunshine in a Compact Matte Bronzer. Definitely a solid contender for a holiday gift.
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GEE NEE SASE QUAH, Y'ALL!
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If you picture ChapStick as that little tube that's been around forever, I'm here to shake you by the shoulders and open your mind. ChapStick now comes in little balm nuggets (not the official term — just what I want to call them), and if the shape wasn't inexplicably fun enough, they are part of the ChapStick DUO collection: snap-together balms so you can carry (and combine as you see fit) two flavors at once. And if you get sick of one or apply one faster than the other, you can buy single refills. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.
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Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum
Usually I get mad at hippies for insisting on natural ingredients without any science to back up their effectiveness, but I can't be mad at this serum. It's full of seriously hard-working ingredients: AHAs, apple stem cells, peptides, etc. It's not a regular natural serum; it's a cool natural serum.
See anything you would give as a gift? See anything you would want as a gift? Wanna share a review of something you got this week? Do tell!