Easy Steps for a Flawless At Home Self Tan

Loving Tan Self Tanner

Looking back on my childhood, there were so many glimpses of who I would become as an adult. Little moments where seeds were planted that grew into something significant for my future, “grownup” self. 

Career-wise, I should have seen all this coming. I was a big-dreaming, optimistic, fashion-loving, creative kid. 

I was also relentlessly teased about how ghostly pale I am, and I HATED it. So my tenacious young self decided to put an end to it. I scrounged up some money and walked over to Rite-Aid to buy their least expensive self-tanner. 

The moment I got home, I slathered that stuff all over, checking the mirror every few minutes to see if I was transformed into one of the supermodels whose pictures covered the back of my bedroom door. 

It never worked. I never looked like Cindy Crawford or Niki Taylor. But I also never stopped trying. Like I said, I was an optimistic kid. 

Year after year, I went through the same ritual.

It was how my family marked the start of Spring – Oh look, Meg’s trying to tan again.” 

Over time, I upgraded from Rite-Aid brand to “better” drug store options. When I got a high school job, I splurged on anything I could get my hands on in the department stores. 

So I’m not hyperbolic when I say I have tried every self-tanner under the sun. 

Happily, products have evolved along with my expectations. I’m not trying to look like a bronzed goddess. I’ve grown to appreciate my fair and freckled skin. 

It’s just that when the sun is shining I look radioactive and a good tanner helps to tone it down, even out my skin, hide my veins and cellulite, and help me feel more confident in shorts, skirts, and swimsuits.

Last year I shared a step-by-step video over in my Instagram highlights

 

 
 
 
 
 
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☀️Anyone else craving sunshine and normalcy right about now? . 🤚🏼 . This time of year I usually start up my bi-weekly spray tans in anticipation for warmer weather and shorter hemlines. . But since my local salons are nowhere near opening 😭I have to go back to my roots and do it myself. . Luckily, I’ve been self-tanning since I was 14, which pretty much makes me an expert. . So today I’m breaking down my easy at home steps for a flawless at home tan. . Including how to get a natural, streak free application and my favorite products that make the process a breeze. . ☝🏼For the step-by-step guide follow the link in my profile and click “New on the Blog” or head to my highlights to watch the tutorial in full 💕

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Easy Steps to a Perfect Self Tan

Loving Tan Self TannerSelf Tanner, $40 In Medium | In Dark

Skin Prep

The key to success is all in how you prep your skin. Do not skip this part 🙂 

The night before you apply your self-tanner, shower, shave and exfoliate, paying extra attention to your elbow, knees, heels and hands and feet. Areas with dry or rough skin will absorb the tanner in a way that will leave it looking dirty. 

After you get out of the shower, dry off and slather your favorite moisturizer all over. 

Nails

Be sure you remove any nail polish and push back your cuticles. I also apply some cuticle oil so they do not dry out. Much like rough, dry skin, if your cuticles are dry or overgrown, and come in contact with your tanner, they will quickly turn yellow. 

Do not skip prepping your skin, it makes all the difference in how your tan comes out. 

Application

These days, there are a ton of effective products on the market. It just depends on the results you are looking for and how much time you have. 

The St. Tropez line is terrific, though it will give you a much darker tan. I use it if we are going on vacation, so I start darker than usual, but then it fades throughout the week, extending the life of the tan. 

But my all time favorite is Loving Tan’s 2-hour express. I use the medium, which is great for fair skin. They also have dark – ideal if you tan easily.

You’ll achieve a subtle, low maintenance tan.

It doesn’t smell, streak, or stain fabrics –  so wins all around.

Because it goes on dark, you can see exactly where you are putting it to make sure it goes on evenly.

Important! Use an applicator mitt – this will save your hands from getting stained AND help you cover more surface quickly and easily.

Best Practice

I’ve been doing this process on Monday mornings. (It’s just what works with my unconventional work schedule.) Which means I start to prep on Sunday night.

In the morning, remove your clothes and put your mitt on your left hand.

With the mitt on your left hand, work from your left leg up your body and apply on your right arm, chest, and neck.

Then switch hands and with the mitt on your right hand, start at the top of your right foot, and apply moving up your body, finishing on your left arm, chest, and neck.

You want to work with two-three pumps at a time.

As you work up your leg and arms, avoid your knee and elbow until there is very little product left on the mitt, then apply to those areas. This will ensure an even application. 

Finally, you can use this on your face, but be careful. Start with one pump, and go from there, paying close attention to your hairline and ears. 

Alternatively, you can skip your face and neck and instead use this face oil by Tan-Luxe. Add a drop or two to your moisturizer right before bed, and you’ll wake up with a natural, sun-kissed glow. I use this regularly even when I don’t go through the self-tanning process. 

When you’re done, throw on a loose fitting dress – and skip a bra for a few hours. I keep an old tank dress from when I was pregnant on hand just for this.

With the Loving Tan formula, you let it sit for 2 hours (it drys almost right away) and then hop in the shower to rinse it off. The tan continues to build over the next few hours.

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5 Finds to Freshen Up Your Spring Beauty

Beauty Buys

Who doesn’t love a beauty bag refresh now and then?

Now that the weather is warming up, I like to lighten my make-up to coincide with the season. Over the last month, I’ve tried out some new-to-me products and can happily share five that have earned their keep in my own routine. 

5 Finds to Freshen Up Your Spring Beauty Routine

 

Beauty Buys

As usual, none of our content is sponsored. I personally purchase these products, test them myself and do not receive compensation for a positive review. 

YSL Shine Lipstick Balm 

Shine Lipstick Balm

 

Shine Lipstick Balm, $38 

This is NOT a thick, rich, highly pigmented lipstick. Instead, it’s like a whisper of color for your lips in a super hydrating balm. My allergies are off the charts this time of year, and between congestion and medicine, my lips get dry. I love using this since it’s a more elevated version of a lip balm. And the chic packaging doesn’t hurt either 😉

Eyebrow Pencil and Highlight Pencil Set

Eyebrow pencil and highlighting set

Eyebrow Pencil and Highlighting Pencil Set, $32

Long-time readers know that eyebrows are my favorite. They are a game-changer for effortless, natural, everyday beauty. Grooming them properly will bring a lot of life to your face and highlight your best features. But you don’t want to spend too much time fussing with it, that’s why I recommend many of benefit’s brow products. I recently added this pencil and highlighting duo for spring and summer.

The pencil comes with a spooly on one end and a pencil on the other. You’ll get a more subtle look with this than Ka-Brow (which I still use and love). With the pencil, you fill in any sparse spots and define their shape, and you’re done.

Follow by swiping the brow highlighter under your arch, and dab some in the corner of my eye to look more awake and bright.

Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

Thrive Causmetics Mascara

Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara, $24 

Coming in a close second to eyebrows is eyelashes. I love a strong lash and try all kinds of mascaras. I discovered Thrive Causmetics late last year after many readers listed it as their favorite beauty buy of 2020. So, of course, I had to try it myself.

This stuff is for serious lash lovers. If you want a bold, long, defined lash, you’ll love this.

It did take me a few applications to get used to the formula. It’s wetter than what I’m used to but dries quickly. With this, you don’t have to add more than one, maybe two layers. Less is more.

The look is gorgeous, and as a bonus, it’s so easy to wash off—it kind of flakes off when you wash your face, so it’s gentle, and you don’t have to deal with raccoon eyes.

If this testimonial isn’t enough, I find this in my 14-year-olds makeup bag every day. 😉

Use this link to get $10 off your first purchase of $50 +.

Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Vitamin C Brightening Serum, $85 

I talked about the benefits of incorporating Vitamin C into your morning skin care routine here. I decided to test out, C.E.O by Sunday Riley, a new-to-me product with great reviews. It’s pricey but gentle on your skin and easy to incorporate into whatever you’re already using. 

If you are looking for a more affordable option, I like these Vichy Vitamin C Capsules.

 

(Re) Setting 100% Mineral Powder 

ReSetting Mineral Powder

(Re)setting 100% Mineral Powder, $30 

Finally, sunscreen should be the number one product in your skincare routine. Wear it all day, every day, no matter what you are doing, regardless of the time of year. Daily, I apply SPF 30 from Drunk Elephant at the end of my morning routine. And now, to freshen up my make-up mid-day, I use this (re)setting powder from Supergoop.

You can keep it in your bag or desk drawer and swipe it across your face mid-day to freshen up your make-up and reapply your sunscreen. Genius! 

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How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Picture of Makeup Brushes Being Cleaned

Today we’re going to talk about how to clean your make-up brushes, an essential but often overlooked step in a healthy skincare routine.

There are dozens of ways to go about this, BUT, last year, I stumbled on an inexpensive and easy tool to use that cleans and dries your brushes in seconds.

SECONDS.

As usual, this post is not sponsored. I buy everything myself and try out dozens of different items and gadgets that never make it to this site.

Last year, during the early part of lockdown, I ordered this make-up brush cleaning kit from Amazon in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep. And then I promptly forgot about it until it landed on my front door.

Admittedly, when I unpacked it, I thought it was going to be absolute junk. Still, I grabbed my make-up brushes and got to work. 

In minutes my brushes weren’t just clean, they were dry. And this goofy, middle of the night impulse buy became one of my best purchases of last year. 

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes in Minutes 

How to Clean Make Up Brushes

Brush Cleaning Kit, $21

All you need is this brush cleaning kit and some Dawn dish soap. 

The kit comes with a bowl, the battery-operated wand, and various collars used to help hold any size brush and attach them to the wand. You’ll also receive a storage stand to keep the collars organized. 

Simply take one of your brushes, find the best collar to fit, attach it to the wand and then dip it into the bowl filled with soap and hot water. 

Dunk the bristles up and down for 10 seconds, and then push the button on the wand to spin. 

When you’re ready to dry, slowly lift the wand and spin it in the bowl above the waterline. 

The brush will be dry in about 30 seconds. 

Dry like you can use it immediately. No more laying flat to dry overnight. 

You’ll have to replace the soap and water a few times, but other than that, this is the most efficient way to clean make-up brushes I have ever come across. 

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How Often Should You Clean Your Make-Up Brushes?

Once a week is ideal. 

How Should You Store Your Make-Up Brushes?

The most important thing to remember is where NOT to store them. Avoid keeping them out on your counter or vanity in your bathroom. They will absorb all the moisture in the room (along with other gross things) and will become a breading ground for bacteria.  

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How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

5 Steps to Fix Damaged Hair

Could your hair use a little love? If so, today, I’m going to share how to fix damaged hair, at home, in five easy steps.

I am brutal on my hair. Between regular visits to the salon for full highlights, to using various heat tools, and of course, just getting older, my hair needed some serious TLC.

So last year, I started this routine, and I’ve been doing it weekly ever since. If you’re in the same boat, I thought I would share what I’m doing to help repair the damage from decades of abuse that’s making a big difference. 

It’s a simple process that takes about 10 minutes that you can add to your morning or evening routine once a week. 

How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

How to Fix Damage Hair in 5 Easy Steps

I do this every Monday morning in the shower and it takes no time at all. This process is really easy to incorporate into your morning or evening shower routine. 

How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

Scalp Scrub, $42 

It’s well documented that I love this salt scrub. Taking care of your scalp is the first step in healthy hair. Aside from this feeling like a spa treatment (it’s especially glorious after a sweaty workout), it removes all the residue, dead skin cells, and excess oil on your scalp.

Two of my three daughters (13 and 11) are equally obsessed with it. I told them when I was their age, I took my babysitting money and blew it on cheap products at Rite Aid and wasn’t using a $40 scalp treatment from Goop. 

They tuned me right out once I started my sentence with, “When I was your age…”

Anyway, use this in the shower instead of your regular shampoo once a week. It’s a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way as long as you don’t have kids with access to your shower. 

Hair Towel, $30 

Hair Towel

Finish up in the shower, jump out and wrap your head in a towel. Get your hair to just damp before you apply the hair mask below. 

I love this towel because it absorbs quickly, and doesn’t damage or leave it frizzy. I have straight hair but all my girls have very curly hair and this is wonderful for both of us. 

Another option are the AQUIS Hair Turbans. They are just as good and you can order them on Amazon for $20

Hair Mask, $38 

amika the kure hair mask

This hair mask is the real game-changer. It’s INCREDIBLE!

After years of abuse, from making my naturally dark locks blonde to daily blow-drying and heat styling, my hair was so fried the ends were breaking. My stylist friend recommended this to me, and after the first time I used it, I saw a remarkable difference. 

Once you have your hair damp, apply a small amount, covering your roots to the ends. Work it through with a wide-tooth comb (below) and then let it sit for 5 minutes.

It’s only 5 minutes – so it takes no time at all! I always put on my Caudalie Instant Detox Facial face mask, too, since that takes the same amount of time.

Make your bed, have some coffee, and hop back in the shower to rinse it out.

Wide Tooth Comb, $37 

I am a big fan of Mason Pearson’s hairbrushes and tools. They are more expensive than something you would pick up at the drugstore, but they are high quality and last forever.

We have a few of their brushes (in various sizes) that I bought almost a decade ago, and they still look and work like new. 

This wide-tooth comb I use for my hair and the kids to help get all the knots out without creating breakage.

Obviously, you can use any comb, just be sure it’s a wide-tooth one so you distribute the mask evenly. 

Hair Oil, $15 

moroccanoil hair treatment

Finally, style your hair.

Some days, I let it air dry, or I’ll quickly hit it with my hairdryer. Recently I’ve fallen back in love with the Revlon Hot Air Brush and use it to give my roots some volume and turn my ends under. Remember to always use a heat protector spray before using any hot tools.  I use this one from Alterna.

Either way, when my hair is almost dry, I add some of this Moroccan Oil to my ends to keep them smooth and protect them from split ends. 

I’ve been using this hair oil for over a decade; it lasts forever.

Done! 

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The Benefits of Daily Face Rolling

The Skin Changing Sacheu Stainless Steel Face roller

Let’s talk about the benefits of face rolling. 

There are so many gadgets available in the beauty market these days. While some are nothing but gimmicks, others can work wonders. Thanks to technology, science and research, we can maintain a youthful appearance as we age in a few simple, daily steps.

Half the challenge is figuring out what you need, specifically for your skin type, then staying consistent.

For me, the real game-changers have been using an SPF every single day, double cleansing at night, and learning how to incorporate different topical treatments like serums, Vitamin C, and retinol into my routines correctly.

Then there are the “extras.” Those little things you can do to kick everything up a notch. I use a dermaroller a few times a week and my face roller twice daily.

This all sounds like a lot, but, I promise, it’s not. The most significant time investment was researching the best practices, and I get to share what I learn with you here!

Today, we’re talking about the Benefits of Daily Face Rolling.

Face Rolling has been a beauty trend for several years. It started with Jade Rollers, little wands with a jade stone on either end designed to roll across your face. But after some reading, I learned that while jade is cooling to the skin, it’s also porous, so it traps bacteria.

The last thing you want to do is haphazardly roll bacteria up and down your face. So I swapped my jade roller out for this stainless steel version from Sacheu Beauty.

The stainless steel in nonporous, so it stay clean AND has a nice weight to it so you get good, even pressure. 

Benefits of Daily Face Rolling

The Skin Changing Sacheu Stainless Steel Face roller

 

Stainless Steel Face Roller, $35

Face rolling is a form of massage. By rolling your face for a minute or two a day (in an up and out motion), you promote circulation and lymphatic drainage.

What does that mean?

Increased circulation helps your skin look brighter and firmer. That’s why as we age, we start to lose that fresh faced “glow,” so we have to increase our circulation manually. Immediately after use, you’ll look rosier, but with long term use, you’ll also start to see a reduction in lines and wrinkles.

Then there is the benefit of promoting lymphatic drainage, which is just a fancy term for moving excess fluid off your face. So if you wake up puffy or have dark under-eye bags, this will help remove fluid from your face. This is what I find to be the most helpful.

Because you are moving the fluid off your face, you’ll start to bring back your jawline and cheekbones. 

Some research suggests that face rolling can also help with sinuses, but there is not enough to be definitive. I have terrible sinuses and can say that this makes my face feel better at a minimum.

You can also keep it in the fridge to get an extra cooling effect. However, I keep this in my freezer instead for mornings I need a little more help with the puffiness. 

Finally, beauty influencers will tell you that the roller helps distribute your products more evenly, but real beauty experts disagree, going so far as to saying that using rollers to apply skincare products actually pushes the product off your face.This makes sense since it’s important when you apply topical products to give them all to second or two to absorb into your skin.

Best Way to Use a Face Roller

Incorporating a face roller into your routine couldn’t be easier, but like everything in skincare, you have to use it the right way; otherwise, you’re wasting money and possibly doing more harm than good.

I roll my face in the morning and evening at the beginning of my routine.

You want to make sure that the roller as some “slip” to it, so it glides smoothly across your face. You can do it with some face oil; I simply use my oil cleanser.

* Start with the larger side of the roller and place it at the center of your jawline. Then quickly roll up and out toward your ear five times.
* Gradually move up your face, then switch sides.
* For your forehead, still with the larger side of the roller, move from your eyebrow line up toward your hairline.
* Take the small side and glide it under and over your eyes toward your ear.
* Finally, flip back to the large side, place it under your chin, and roll down your neck.

The motion is up and out; you don’t want to roll back on forth on your skin, and use gentle pressure. Everything we do manually to our skin should be as gentle as possible.

Because I use my cleanser, I wash my face and finish my routine. 

That’s it!

Not only does it feel great and give lasting results, but it’s two extra minutes to give back to yourself before you go on with your crazy day. 

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Why You Need Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine

Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum Anti Aging Concentrate

Why You Need Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine.

Over the past year, I took a deep dive into improving my morning skincare routine. I wanted to figure out, as a 40-something-year-old woman, what was I missing? What would make a difference without a considerable commitment of time and money ?

The answer: Vitamin C.

Specifically, adding Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine.

I discovered so much helpful information, I thought I would share it with you, too. 

Before we dive in, if you’re new here, my content is not sponsored. Everything I recommend comes from personal experience and my years working with clients and, now, our readers. My goal is to offer suggestions at various price points and sizes within all things style, and beauty.

What Vitamin C Does for Your Skin.

Vitamin C serum is a potent topical product that helps produce collagen, which we begin to lose as we age. Collagen is what gives our skin bounce. It helps with elasticity and hydration, giving the appearance of smooth, revitalized, youthful skin.

Because Vitamin C is highly acidic, when applied, the skin is triggered to ‘heal’ itself by accelerating collagen and elastin production. That acidity also acts as a mild exfoliator, so if you have dark spots or hyperpigmentation, Vitamin C will help fade those areas as well.

Why Should You use Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine?

Here’s where skincare truly becomes science. Adding the proper products in the correct order can make a significant and lasting difference in your skin. Vitamin C should be used in your morning skincare routine for a few reasons. 

First and foremost, it will help protect against free radicals. When used in conjunction with a broad spectrum SPF (which we should all be using every day) we are giving our skin double protection.

Second, avoid using Vitamin C in the evening, especially if you use other, more abrasive treatments like a retinol cream. The combination tends to be too much for most skin types. 

The best way to apply is in the morning, after you cleanse and before you moisturize. 

Here’s my morning routine: 

I use this oil based cleanser from Tatcha, it’s light and doesn’t stripe my skin of moisture. Then I use Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum Anti Aging Concentrate. I LOVE these little guys. 

Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum Anti Aging Concentrate

Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine

Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum Anti Aging Concentrate, $29.50 

I tried many Vitamin C treatments in 2020, at all prices (including Goop Glow Vitamin C Serum at $125. You all know I love so many Goop products but this one was underwhelming at best). After a ton of research and reading countless reviews by actual skin experts, I gave french drugstore brand, Vichy, a try and it’s fantastic and only $30.

It contains 10% Vitamin C, which is considered a mild dosage. I found it the right amount for my sensitive skin that is still getting used to the treatment.

How to Use

 

The instructions on the box are helpful. However, Vichy’s suggests using half of the product in the morning and the rest in the evening. I only use this in the morning. 

Once applied, give it 60 seconds to soak in. Then I follow up with a hydrating serum (currently trying out and enjoying the Mineral 89 Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum also by Vichy). I gently press a little drop of my beloved Vintners Daughter into my skin, followed by a creamy moisturizer, and finally, I cover my face and neck with this Drunk Elephant SPF 30.

Two or three mornings a week, I’ll also use an exfoliator before adding the vitamin c. This helps remove the dead surface skin from the cell turn over and allows the serum to absorb more effectively. Be sure not to over exfoliate; keep it light and gentle.

This might seem involved, but it takes only 5 minutes. 

The Results

I saw a noticeable difference in the surface of my skin within three days. By two weeks, it was smoother, brighter, and tighter – but not in an uncomfortable way. I have one stubborn age spot on the right side of my face, and it’s just beginning to fade. I’ll keep this post updated as I notice more changes.


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Reader Favorite Beauty Buys of 2020

Top Beauty Buys of 2020

Long time readers know I have a not so secret obsession with skincare and makeup, but only share the products I absolutely love. It’s why there are so few beauty posts on the blog, once I discover a product that works I stick with it.

A few years ago, I shared my nighttime skincare routine and it quickly became one of my most read and shared posts. Since then I’ve highlighted what I would call “hero” products, the ones the make the biggest difference, the ones I never want to be without. 

And as it turns out, many of those products are your favorites too. So today, as we continue to tie a bow on the year, I’m rounding up your favorite, top selling products from 2020.

Buy these for yourself and indulge in some much deserved self-care or pick them up as a gift for someone you love this holiday. 

Reader Favorite Beauty Buys of 2020

Top Beauty Buys of 2020

Around the time I turned 37, I started to take extra good care of my skin. I began to invest in better products, most of which are clean, and diligently use them every day (or as directed).

I lived for years with adult cystic acne, and it all but destroyed the little self-esteem I had. It’s why for years, I never posted pictures of myself here on the blog.

But now, at 41, my skin is the best it ever looked. I’m able to wear less makeup and really let my skin show, freckles and all.

It’s incredible what it’s done for my confidence levels.
Below are the top-selling products from 2020, with a short description of why I love it. If you have a product you love, be sure to share it in the comments.

Vintner’s Daughter

Vinter's DaughterVintner’s Daughter, $185 

Vintner’s Daughter was my first big beauty splurge and, to this day, is the product I am never without. It absolutely changed my skin, healing redness, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. You only need a tiny amount, so a bottle can last about three months. Apply morning and night after you wash your face and give it a few minutes to soak in before you layer on anything else.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask 

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, $39 

Every Sunday night, I use the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask to draw impurities and toxins out of my skin. It’s an uncomplicated process that takes about 10 minutes but really works. Priced at under $40, it’s an affordable indulgence that would make a great gift or stocking stuffer.

Goop Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub

Goop Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub

Goop Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub, $42

My FAVORITE personal care indulgence is the Goop Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub. Use once a week instead of your traditional shampoo to rid your scalp of buildup. It smells incredible, like an effervescent spa experience. And your hair and scalp feel so fresh and clean. Also makes a great gift. 

Drunk Elephant Waterfacial Mask

Drunk Elephant Waterfacial Mask

Drunk Elephant Waterfacial Mask, $52 

I became a big fan of Drunk Elephant this year and have heard from so many readers who love this “mask” too. But it’s not really a mask. Instead, it’s the last step in your nighttime routine to lock in moisture. It’s beneficial this time of year when it’s cold out, and we’re cooped up inside with the heat on – a recipe to dry out our skin. To use, layer this on a few minutes after you apply your night cream, and it acts as a layer to keep your skin hydrated overnight.

Tatcha Oil Cleanser

Tatcha Oil Cleanser

Tatcha Oil Cleanser, $48

I do a double cleanse every night, which simply means I was my face twice, first with an oil-based cleanser, and then I follow up with a gel cleanser. The Tatcha Oil Cleanser is incredibly gentle yet effective. It removes makeup, including stubborn mascara, and leaves no residue on your skin. I’ve been using it for years and love it so much I won’t even consider trying a different brand.

Wander Beauty Mascara

Wander Beauty Mascara

Wander Beauty Mascara, $26 

I searched high and low for a mascara that created thick, long lashes without looking like spiders were growing out of my eyes, and Wander is my winner. I don’t want a dramatic eye; I don’t want to look like I’m wearing lash extensions. I just want to look like myself but a little better. This is a straightforward formula that kicks your lashes up a level – no more, no less.

Benefit Ka-Brow

Benefit Ka-Brow Pomade

Benefit Ka-BROW Pomade, $14 

If I had to pick only one product to use forever, JUST ONE, it would be Benefit Ka-BROW. Your eyebrows give your face structure, they highlight all your other features, so defining them will help bring life to your face. This product is a game changer for your brows, allowing you quickly fill them so you look natural, youthful and polished. 

Kosas Lipstick

Kosas Lipstick

Kosas Lipstick, $28 

Finally, I’m the biggest fan of Kosas lipsticks because their formula is clean, AND the pigment is on point. It’s rich and creamy like a traditional lipstick without any of the toxins. I regularly wear their red, called “Electra” and have heard how much our readers love it too. A close second is their pink called “Rosewater” which is a pretty wear-with-everything neutral. 


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