Beauty Essentials You Don’t Already Have

You think you have beauty product known to (wo)man you’ll ever need. You’re the Macgyver of beauty, the one your friends go to when they need something to grow their brows, plump their lips, and make their skin glow. Would it surprise you to find out that you’re missing a few things? These uniquely cool offerings will add value to your beauty arsenal and sharpen your routine not to mention hold firm your reputation as your friends’ resident beauty know-it-all.

You Don’t Have: An Eyeliner This Color

Aside from the fact that the wear time of this liner is limitless, the color is nothing short of incredible. Every woman should own Estée Lauder’s Silver Zinc liner, a somewhat smokey grey with a touch of warmth. I’ve been using it to line under the eyes while still using black on top. It breaks up the look and adds a softness where black might be overpowering especially during the day. It’s a totally eye catching look that works on all ages and skin tones. FYI- it’s a limited edition color, grab one while they’re still available, I predict they’ll sell out soon.

You Don’t Have: A Shower in a Bottle

Admit it, there are days when laziness wins and the daily shower gets pushed aside. Instead of piling on a fragrance, you can spray on a shower-fresh scent like Lush’s Dirty Body Spray (nice name btw.) It’s meant to neutralize a not so fresh scent with their own yummy blend to successfully fake out the noses around you into smelling a much cleaner you.

You Don’t Have: Professional-Grade Vegan Brushes

Makeup Artist Samantha Champan knows what makes a good brush and her brush line reflects just that. They’re made with synthetic taklon brushes, so they’re vegan and 100% cruelty free. They’re ultra plush, high performing, and designed to take up minimal room- each one stands up on its end. Grab them at Ulta where you’ll find sets of 3 or 4 brushes being offered for less than you’d normally pay for just one in a department store.

You Don’t Have: A Waterproof Bronzer

Cargo is known for their legendary cheek colors and bronzers. This huge tin of perfectly balanced Water Resistant Bronzer is in my kit so I can bronze brides who have a good amount of dancing (and sweating) to do. It doesn’t move or change color even in the most humid conditions making it a go-to for the Makeup Artists on Dancing With the Stars.

You Don’t Have: Gluten Free Skincare

Brittanie’s Thyme is one of the better USDA certified organic lines out there with solid gluten-free options. This kit includes one of my favs from the line, their Organic Everyday Moisturizer that uses a base of Aloe and Coconut Oil to gently moisturize and nourish even the most delicate skin.

You Don’t Have: Razor Burn Relief

Res-Q from Satin Smooth delivers quick rescue for ingrown hairs, razor burn, bumps, and skin irritation after waxing, shaving, or threading. It’s one of those really useful things to have around in case of emergencies or to use daily if you’re prone to skin irritation from shaving.

You Don’t Have: A Cleanser That Smells This Good

My beloved Sanitas has this Lemon Cream Cleanser that I swear smells like a really decadent dessert. Sure it removes makeup and acts as a gentle, all-around great cleanser with hydrators and vitamins, but it’s the scent that makes using it an addiction.

Help for Dry Skin, Psoriasis, and Eczema

Seaweed Bath Co. is a line especially formulated for dry, itchy, flaky skin caused by changes in weather, psoriasis, or eczema. They’ve found seaweed to be hugely helpful in calming dry skin irritation because of its natural amino acids. Blend the seaweed with essential oils (like coconut and neem), and you’ve got yourself a dream team to soothe itching and skin discomfort.

Soak yourself soothed with sea salt, wild seaweed, oils and vitamins in a nice relaxing bath. If you’re dry and itchy this is a good way to get your skin settled down.

Wildly Natural Seaweed Powder Bath

I have the Citrus body wash, it’s a fresh, sparkling scented creamy wash that feels really great on the skin. Using a harsh bar soap could make the dryness worse and cause more irritation.

Click HERE for their FAQ’s on various skin conditions to see if their products can help with your dry skin.

Seaweed Bath Co.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

I never would’ve guessed that there would come a day when I would spend $18 on deodorant, but I did. The Healthy Deodorant a natural formula that integrates Lavanila’s signature scents. Essentially, my pits smell like fresh baked vanilla cupcakes, better than the alternative I suppose and a sweet departure from whatever ‘April Fresh’ is.

Understand right off the bat that natural formulas are deodorants only, not antiperspirants. You may sweat at first until your pores become used to being un-clogged though I’ve heard from people that they didn’t sweat at all when jumping into this formula.

I probably have as many deodorant sticks lingering in my bathroom as I do mascaras, I’m always looking for a great one and I think this one is worth checking out. Yes, $18 is steep for a deodorant (also keep in mind Sephora’s forgiving return policy), but if it works it’s worth it. I can guarantee you don’t smell like cake at yoga, but I do. That alone is enough for me.

Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant

Perfect Gifts, Yummy Scents, Chic Packaging; The New Crabtree & Evelyn Has Arrived

Crabtree & Evelyn has new lines, new scents, and a feminine-chic aesthetic that looks as decadent as it feels on the skin. I’m still carefully using their now retired Skin Polishing Ritual, a unique scrub that could easily pass for a $200 body treatment in a high-end spa, it’s magic. I was really excited to see their new, spirited, eye-catching lines with a youthful spin on some classic scents.

I’ve been keeping their Citron Honey & Coriander Body Scrub right next to my kitchen hand soap. It’s where I wash my hands the most so after cooking a meal they look about 10 years older than they should. Hand exfoliation is key in keeping them youthful looking, and this pretty reminder keeps my mitts ultra soft and smelling like heaven with a carefully crafted just-right citron scent isn’t too sweet or lemony.

I’m a lover of rose, but particular about the scent itself. I like it to be authentic and light without a manufactured fake smell that’s all too common. I’ve been placing a few drops of their Rosewater Home Fragrance Oil into a warmer then I open up a few windows, and let a nice breeze in. It’s an airy, delicate scent that can freshen up the house with only a few drops.

I’m saving the best for last you know. This Lily Eu De Toilette is absolutely incredible. I’m not even a big fan of lily in general, but this body spray is exactly what I was looking for at Jo Malone a few weeks back, but never found. It’s a light floral that’s easy to wear solo or layer with the fragrances I have. It also has a wear time that rivals my pure perfumes so the scent is fresh all day long.

Crabtree & Evelyn

Dry, Sensitive, and Uneven Skin Rejoice; A Body Scrub for All

I’ve always had a body scrub or two hanging out in my shower, I’m a big fan of using them even before I run the water to really slough off the dryness giving my skin new life and a healthy glow. Here are a few exfoliants I’ve used that suit every skin’s needs.

For Red, Bumpy Skin:

Glytone’s Exfoliating Body Wash exfoliates without the harsh, scrubbing granules. Instead, they use a 8.8% glycolic acid wash that you work into skin with a shower pouf to exfoliate clogged pores. It’s ideal for getting rid of the bumpy chicken skin that lurks on the backs of arms as well as the dry patches over knees and elbows.

For Sensitive Skin:

To get skin sparkling clean and really soft, you don’t have to sandpaper the life out of it. Erno Laszlo’s Gentle Body Exfoliator uses tiny beads inside a rich, yummy smelling cleanser to gently remove dry skin without the irritation. You’ll love using it on your legs instead of shaving cream to get an ultra smooth shave.

For Dry Skin:

Noah’s Naturals new packaging is perfectly suited for its sweetly simple spin on nautral skincare. Their Moisturizing Body Scrub combines brown sugar with jojoba oil, vitamin e for a straight-forward sugar scrub that smells as great as it works.

Bath Nation; Fantastically Unique Stuff for Bath and Shower

Bath and shower lines usually bore me to tears, it’s an endless stream of shower gels and scrubs that seem to only differ by scent. It’s hard to stand out in a cluttered landscape  but that’s just what Bath Nation has done. It’s a line produced here in Golden, Colorado whose goodies grace the shelves of select spas and boutiques. Although they’re still growing, Bath Nation has a lot of heart and a complete dedication to offering some creativity to an otherwise mundane category. Here’s what I especially loved.

Pumice Stone Foot Scrub, Botanical Shaving Cream, Cabernet Salt Rub, and Cocoa-Mint Foot Butter are their stand-outs. 

A look at their thick Shaving Cream which easily ranks among my top favs of all time. I wasn’t crazy about the citrus scent which seemed too manufactured, but the silky feel of the cream melted into my skin assisting a close, nick-free shave as well as a lasting post-shower softness. 

What makes this salt rub so special? Well it has a lot to do with the fact that it had a  Cabernet scent – a hint of soft sweetness that’s unique but doesn’t overpower the experience. 
Salt granules are medium sized to polish skin without scrubbing too harshly. 

There’s nothing like a minty one-two combo for tired feet, start with their Pumice Stone Foot Scrub which has tiny bits of pumice to buff feet back into a softer state before using the Foot Butter.

I have a weird thing about my feel being dry. I can’t get into bed if they aren’t adequately softened so I’ve been using their creamy Cocoa-Mint Foot Butter for its grease-less approach to complete hydration.

Also totally noteworthy are their Lip Conditioners which seem to sink right in and soften lips instead of just sitting on top of the skin.

I really appreciated this well thought out line that promises not to waste your time with ho-hum basics.

Check out the rest of what Bath Nation has to offer HERE