It's gonna get sappy up in here.
I've had an emotionally complex few days. A decade ago, I probably would have dealt with it through retail therapy, but I have learned that trying to save money while paying New York City rent doesn't allow for shopping all willy-nilly — at least not if you want little to no credit-card debt.
I'm very lucky to get to just sit back and let bags of beauty products fall in my lap (not literally, because the delivery guys would probably get in trouble if they just dropped shit on me), but I do miss that feeling of, "I deserve to treat myself to something at the Sephora that's only 12 blocks out of my way on my walk home" and walking in to the endless possibilities of what might be my new favorite lipstick or hair mask.
Therefore, I must retail-therapize vicariously through you, dear readers. If any of the following items make it onto your shopping list, I want to hear every little detail about the experience of going to get it. (Or clicking to get it.)
I don't care if that's weird. Humor me.
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Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Mask
If you're someone who bought Too Faced's bronzers because they smell like chocolate even though you don't use bronzer — because you love the smell of chocolate that much — this mask will be even more useful to you. If features "cocoa-enriched microcapsules," which, in addition to changing color as you apply the mask, help firm, soften, and hydrate your skin.
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DJ Khaled x Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Collection
I didn't know much about DJ Khaled until my friend Kristina profiled him for AdWeek earlier this year, which is how I found out he's the source of some of the most infectious positivity on social media. So even though it makes absolutely no sense that Palmer's has come out with three special-edition DJ Khaled bottles of body lotion (not pictured: We The Best Glow), it also makes perfect sense.
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Black Opal Color Stick Lip
The way trends have been going, you might expect these lip crayons to have a matte finish, but they're actually lightweight and shiny, and really moisturizing, too, thanks to shea, cocoa and illipe butters. Colors from left to right: Baby Doll, Ooof, Scarlet, Torrid, Trixxy, Vicious.
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Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purification Mask
I had been planning to do a story about how peat was a new skincare trend, but my schedule got cray and it didn't happen. That said, I still want you to know about this mask! Made with bentonite and kaolin clays from enriched peat mud, it should be on your list if you frequently deal with skin irritation.
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Belif Peat Miracle Revital Clay Mask
Hey, look! Another peat mask! I'm telling you, it's a THING right now. The jar on this mask, which is formulated to tighten pores and make skin look smoother, says it contains "Peat from Peat Land," which sounds like the most boring amusement park EVER. But also the most skin-improving?
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OUAI Hair Oil
I'm sorry, but I still can't say this brand's name without turning into Wayne Campbell.
Anyway, if you haven't tried OUAI yet, this oil — made of, well, oils, and ones that I've never even heard of at that, like African Galanga and Ama — is a great place to start, as it's a multitasker you can use on wet or dry hair.
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Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
This cream is like sunshine in a jar, except instead of damaging your skin like sunshine, it'll make it all glowy and youthful. It's two main glowifiers are manuka honey, which
helps prevent skin damage, and red ginseng root, which accelerates cell turnover.
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Bodyography Skin Coconut Milk Serum
I have never read a product description that says "Lifts and tightens from forehead to décolleté," but this one's does, and I kind of love how weird that sounds. It does said above-the-boob lifting with coconut milk, as you might have imagined, as well as peptides, vitamins, and argan and jojoba oils.
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One ‘n Only Argan Oil 2-in-1 Beauty Balm Styler
Do you guys remember that one toothpaste that had two chambers with different toothpasty formulas that came together when you were ready to use it? Maybe I just dreamt that? But this styling product is basically that for your hair. It has a medium-hold frizz cream on one side and conditioning gel on the other, with argan oil beads that go boom when they hit your hair.
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Philosophy Time in a Bottle for Eyes
In addition to their Time in a Bottle proper, Philosophy has launched Time in a Bottle for Eyes. This serum features a peptide that works with vitamin C to help stop and undo multiple signs of aging while driving you slowly insane because you can't get Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" out of your head.
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Sonya Dakar Organic Omega Booster
THE Sonya Dakar added me on Facebook recently. I don't think we've met, but how can I say no to the "grand-dame of face oils"? This one, her Omega Booster, has been around since 1983! Some of you weren't even alive yet! I was, and I was super-into Care Bears at the time, but now I'm super-into skincare, so it all works out. Cirrrrrrcle of liiiiiiife...
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Zest FruitBoost Shower Gel
Speaking of childhood, I grew up with the Zest jingle enthusiastically warning me that I'm not fully clean unless I'm zestfully clean. And now there's a way to reach maximum clean without Zest bar soap: it's these shower gels, which come in a bunch of fruity scents. This one isn't just Berry, it's Very Berry. Don't get it twisted.
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Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask
Continuing to speak of childhood, my middle school band teacher was named Mr. Sturm. We called him Mr. Sperm, because middle school. Anyway, Dr. Barbara Sturm probably isn't related to Mr. Sperm, I'm guessing. I'm also guessing that music wasn't her thing because she has put a lot of time and effort into formulating this awesome mask that serves four purposes: soothing, smoothing, intensively moisturizing, and protecting from free radicals.
And of course, I would love to hear all about other beauty buys you've made recently? Worth-it splurges? Cheap thrills? Mid-priced miracles? Tell me all about it in the comments.