It's gonna get sappy up in here.
Well well well, it’s the beginning(ish) of the month again, and that means it’s time for another update of the new products I’ve been messing around with for the last 30 days. And yes, a video.
I’m a firm believer that no YouTube video should be over three minutes long, which is why mine is no less than eight-and-a-half minutes of me rambling while smearing various products all over my face. I either need to get better at this or stick to the written word.
But I’ve never aspired to be great on video! I just like to hide behind articles where I can really be in control of how you guys perceive me like a cruel puppet master, instead of subjecting you to actually seeing and hearing me. I feel so vulnerable! Who can make me better on video? Somebody call Chris Crocker.
Anyway, presented with my sincerest apologies:First up, I’ve got e.l.f.’s Kiss It Goodbye Lip Color Remover, $3.00.
My favorite kind of lip colors are liquid mattes. I’ve been branching out, but I always go back to them for the pigmentation, the opacity and the finish.
Liquid mattes are not going to go a-ny-wear throughout the night, which is great, until you have to take them off.
I usually end up using waterproof eye makeup remover on my lips to remove lip color, but no longer! e.l.f.'s Kiss It Goodbye Lip Color Remover solves that problem for me. It’s an oil-based gel that penetrates even the most kiss-proof lip color, breaks it down, and helps it slide right off.
It’s made it safflower oil, jojoba oil and aloe, to help condition your lips while it’s taking off the color, which is extra nice if your lip color has been drying, as my favorites so often are. And it's just three dollars! Remember that when I'm telling you about a 70-dollar moisturizer later on.
After all the lip color is gone, I usually apply another thin layer and scrub my lips with a soft towel or hit them with a lip exfoliator (usually just a glorified sugar scrub) to remove any residual stain, and I’m good as new.
I guess this is technically a men's product. UGH, "men's" products. Anthony New York's slogan is "Developed for men. Borrowed by women." That's rich. I'm including it because it's great and, though it's a men's product, it doesn't smell like a locker room.
Face wipes of all sorts are becoming quite the ~thing~ at the moment, and I might be reluctantly on board? I thought I had no use for them, all like “Yeah I’ll just use one of the 500 cleansers that I already have to actually wash my face instead of just wiping it down, thanks.” That was until I came home drunk or super tired and wanted to skip my Clarisonic and fall slow motion into my bed.
I keep a few of these next to my sink for nights when I’m wearing little to no makeup and want to clean up before I pass out. I feel like I get the deepest clean from the Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Wipes. One side is smooth, one side is, I don’t know, ribbed for your pleasure, so it actually feels like you’re getting a good scrub.
Glycolic acid gives you a nice little dose of chemical exfoliation while the ridges on the cloth do the rest of the job. Aloe hydrates, chamomile and cucumber moisturize, menthol cools and invigorates (mildly), and witch hazel turns you into a witch.
These are a bit gentler than the wipes above. I use them in the morning when I want to get my night cream(s) off before I run to Pilates or coffee or whatever. When I’m not going to hop in the shower just yet but I want to freshen up my face, know what I mean?
Mangosteen and kale help decongest, and cucumber helps to cool and hydrate (Have you ever seen a picture of the cross-section of a mangosteen? Terrifying.) These are great as a primer before moisturizer to re-dampen skin, or after your favorite decongesting face mask as a last step to clean your pores.
I'm still on the fence about how I feel about specialized face wipes in general, because I hate anything practical, but they're great for traveling, the gym or keeping with you if you're sleeping in someone else's bed, YA KNOW?
Eve Lom’s products are some of the most luxurious face creams you can get your hands on. They’re those magical products that not only feel good, but look good, as well.
If I’m going out without wearing any makeup, you can bet I’ll be wearing an Eve Lom moisturizer because the finish is so good that it takes the place of even your best foundation.
The Radiance Lift Cream is made with oat kernel, which improves elasticity, and, like many Eve Lom products, enhances the tone of your skin over time. Plus, the oat kernel helps make this a rich, luxurious moisturizer that’s not too thick.
Fatty acids make skin look more hydrated and alive, while vitamin C enhances cell regeneration which makes skin smoother and brighter in the long run. This product really multitasks to make your skin both look and feel gorgeous.
Plus, it comes in a durable plastic tube, which won’t matter to you until you drop your favorite $110 Eve Lom moisturizer which comes in a glass jar and watch it shatter all over your bathroom floor. Although it’s also available in a glass jar, if you’re into playing with fire.
I’ve been more wearing foundation lately now that I’m an old hag. That, and the changing weather and my complexion are at war. I used to be all about using full coverage, or medium to full coverage products, and I still I am, I guess, but I think I’m finally coming to terms with light to medium foundations, too.
MAC’s Studio Waterweight 30 Foundation is what they’re calling an elastic gel-serum formula, which like, OK, pick one. I can’t really hate on the name though because it really is gorgeous when it’s applied.
This foundation is THIIIIIIN, but still pigmented enough for you to see more even, perfected skin with one pass. This is due to the gel-serum texture. It’s sheer, while still having enough body to cling to your face and bounce light off and around it, to blur imperfections while still letting your natural coloring show through.
To me, it’s the perfect veil of color. As I said in the horrendous video above, it softens my dark circles without completely erasing them, so I look more rested while still looking like *me*.
When my dark circles are completely gone, it’s the dead giveaway that I’m wearing makeup. Which is fine! Because boys wearing makeup is fine. This is just a really nice medium coverage, everyday foundation that’s easy to use and plays well with your face and your other products.
Oh here's a before and after:
Also I needed to have a serious heart to heart with my hair when I shot this and I realize that.
The foundation is flexible, too, so it wears well all day and won’t rub off even if you forget to set it, though I set everything because there’s no feeling more glamorous than beating your face with a floofy brush.
What’s on your face this fall? What were you for Halloween? Tell me everything in the comments.
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