My Beauty Besties


When I turned 29, something strange happened. Over the past few years, I heard that 30 would arrive with subtle changes in tow, yet I still found myself surprised to wake up one day – close to my 30th birthday – and notice said changes. There was the dime-sized, brown sun spot that popped up on my forehead. There were the fine lines around my eyes and bands on my neck. My cheeks were red and hyper pigmented (I’ve always had sensitive skin but this was next level {i.e. rosacea}) As a result, an inner shift ensued, one where I began investing more money in quality skincare and more time in research and daily regiments that I hoped would prove helpful long-term. Recently, I’ve been asked a bit by friends what I use and what my favorite products are (makeup and skincare) so I thought I’d share them with you. There has been a lot of trial and error along the way, but I finally feel I’ve found a nice foundation of products that make me feel my best. Here’s to pretty skin and feeling beautiful, inside and out.

Moisturizers: I have very dry skin so moisturizers are essential in my daily routine. I volley between a few different brands depending on how my skin is feeling. For complete moisture, I love Water Drench by Peter Thomas Roth thanks to a dear friend’s recommendation, Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, and this Beta-Carrot Cream from Skin Rejuvenation Clinique. The latter is a very rich cream that tames my redness thanks to its ingredient list: Carotenoids and Retinyl Palmitate, Chamomile and Marshmallow Root extracts, and Gluconolactone, a polyhydroxy acid. True story – on my bachelorette party in Mexico, a very (very) sunburned friend applied this all over her scorched face and within hours her skin tone was back to normal.

Concealer: This concealer is by far my favorite I’ve found. My skin is thin and pale which means when my rosacea flares up the redness appears all the more vibrant. This concealer covers the blotches and under-eye circles without feeling thick or cake-y.

Serum: I have just gotten on the Vintner’s Daughter bandwagon and must say I now understand the hype. As the name suggests, the product was formulated by the daughter of a vintner with a keen eye for detail. Drawing from her experience in fine wine-making, the founder set out to create a “hero” serum made from 22 of the finest, most nutrient rich botanicals and oils from around the world, all of which combine using special formulas to deliver a multi-correctional pot of gold. It had me from the first drop. As photographer Jamie Beck said, “It smells like twilight in the garden in June when the fireflies come out and play.”

Sunscreen: This broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is very light and sheer and it gives a nice radiance when applied to the skin. I am well into my first bottle and have no plans of changing when it runs out.

Cleanser & Exfoliator: I use this Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser and Exfoliator most evenings. Tata Harper products are all natural, very gentle, and have zero artificial chemicals. I love their floral scent and the clean, green ethos behind the line. I’ve also recently started using Goop’s Luminous Melting Cleanser, which is really rich and leaves the skin feeling clean and dewy. Just started using the brand’s Exfoliating Instant Facial and am liking it thus far!

Blush: For rouge, I’ve been a NARS girl since my earliest days. I love their Orgasm hue but a friend recently turned me on to their Torrid shade, which I love.

Highlighter: I really enjoy this anti-aging liquid illuminating product by Chantecaille. It’s great for cheek bone highlights and is subtle enough to use on other places (décolletage, shoulders…)

Eye Makeup Remover: Since my earliest days wearing makeup, I’ve used Bobbi Brown’s Eye Makeup Remover, which is lovely. My new favorite though, a find that I thank my mother-in-law for, is the French product Bioderma Sensible H20. It’s a great, gentle remover that is a constant on my vanity.

Bronzer: Bronzer is the #1 go-to item that I grab before anything else when running out the door (thank you pale skin!) I have been using this version by Estee Lauder for a few years now – it comes with a little brush in the compact which is great for nights out as you can take it on the go.

Lip Treatments: I have perpetually dry lips and the only treatment I’ve found that really wards off the cracked, dry  lines is this Nutritive Balm by Sisley Paris. It costs a pretty penny but lasts a long while and is incredible effective. I also use this Olio Osso product (made in Portland, Oregon) on the regular – I love the subtle grapefruit scene and the natural, olive oil base.

Foundation: A friend told me about this Flawless Fusion foundation by Laura Mercier after I complimented her at a mutual friend’s wedding. It gives just the right coverage and evenness without looking like you have a lot of makeup on.

Mascara: I’ve been wearing this YSL Mascara since high school and have no plans to change. It goes on thick, yet even, and has a great lengthening effect. It also comes in colors other than black, like cobalt blue and eggplant purple, both of which are great for making eyes pop (blue and green respectively.)

Masks: Ever since I’ve focused more on my skin’s care, I have become a once a week (if not more!) mask-fanatic. I rotate between a few masks including this Resurfacing Mask by Tata Harper in addition to her  Clarifying Mask, and this Algenist Algae Brightening Mask, which brightens and creates a glowy finish.

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