Hello, hello! Two blog entries so far this month... I'm proud! I figured a beauty essentials post was needed, although I am keeping this first "essentials" post pretty simple with a selection of my four avorite items that relate a little more towards skin care rather than actual makeup products. Truth is, these products (well, half) have been essentials to me for YEARS!
First up on the list is THAYERS Rose Petal Witch Hazel. The most obvious thing I love about this product? All of their witch hazel bottles have beautiful colors and designs! I love leaving this toner on my bathroom counter as a display for that reason and it also makes it easier to remember to apply the product in general. The witch hazel is made with rose-petal water, Vitamin E and Witch Hazel extract. I am not a fan of original witch hazel specifically because the smell truly bothers me but this specific blend has a really nice scent to it. I apply it right after cleansing my face and before my moisturizer which really allows my skin to have a hydrated finish. You will also catch any residue of makeup doing so!
Secondly, Murad Skin Care Hydrating Toner is basically the runner up with my witch hazel product. Although I have an oily T-zone, the rest of my skin tends to be rather dry. I always prefer to hydrate rather than mattify when it comes to my skin care routine. I switch up between Thayers and Murad but this specific packaging makes it very convenient since it's in a spray bottle. I use this exactly the same way, pre-moisturizer and post-cleanse. I typically follow up with several other Murad skin care products, including the ultimate moisture moisturizer (another fave!).
A simple product that I have worn for yeaaaaars! The Chanel Eau Tendre perfume is my signature scent. It has a delicate and light-weight fresh scent. It's perfect as a daily perfume because the smell isn't overpowering or extremely strong. As somebody who suffers from headaches/migraines that can be scent-related I really lean towards lighter finishes with my perfumes. The eau tendre also lasts the entire day/night which leaves me almost never having to touch up and spray more.
Lastly! The Geo Soaprock is a beautiful soap I purchased months ago from Anthropologie. It is this gorgeous blend of a pinky-purple soap bar that mimics a amethyst rock. The blend of the soap is a cucumber ylang garden. They are vegetable-based and have natural and organic extracts. This one truly smells so amazing! It's difficult to use since it is such a beautiful bar but it's hard to resist! There are other blends and finishes such as rose quarts, white opal, diamond and more.
These are some of my favorites that I really wanted to highlight on our blog! Do you also consider any of these your favorites? If so, which ones? Let us know!
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Kat Von D has been an inspiration to many, including myself, for years. When she first began her makeup line she showed unique and creative packaging that has always been my personal favorite. Alongside such exquisite packaging, her quality of product itself has been one that has had me coming back for more!My first KVD beauty products were the Vampira lip stain (a cult fave) and the tattoo liner. The Vampira lip stain offers my favorite finish, matte. It is also a long wear which requires minimal touch ups. This shade itself is a very deep red but there is a much larger selection of colors if you're on the look out for something else. The tattoo liner is a marker-like eyeliner. This has truly been the ONLY marker liner to date that does not crease on me! I always loved the simplicity of opening a marker and drawing my winged liner but the creasing always drove me nuts and never made it a go to item for me. This is why the tattoo liner holds a special place in my beauty bag... being a waterproof formula, I never have to worry about this product moving.
With that being said, Kat Von D was so kind enough to send these amazing new products to me! I feel so honored and so excited to use these! They are the Shade + Light eyeshadow quads and Lock-It Color Correcting eye shadow primers. The eyeshadow quads make it incredibly easy to know exactly where to apply each shade if you're a beginner at makeup or feel overwhelmed by how many steps there can be.
The shadow pay off is very pigmented, easy to blend and has a really smooth feel to it! I swatched the four special shades from each palette, using the Lock-It shadow primer in fair underneath as a base. The packaging, as usual, is super nice! The palettes feel really light to carry and have a coffin shape to them. I especially love the mirror detailing on the inside which ties up the entire design of the palette.
In addition to the new eyeshadow quads KVD Beauty came out with Lock-It Color Correcting eyeshadow primers! There are 5 different shades from light to dark. The product is a twist up creamy pencil stick. The bottom that shows the products shade is removable, exposing a sharpener that you can use to keep your pencil primer sharp. The formula has a skin like appearance and dries down quickly as a waterproof formula. This is especially great for those who suffer with creasing or oily lids. An eyeshadow primer will allow your shades to apply smoother, much more vibrant and last you the entire day without creasing or moving. I love that there are a different variety of shades! A little tip, the darkest shade on a fair or medium complexion can act as a deeper shadow base to allow for an easier smokey eye makeup!
Last but not least!!! There is also a double ended eyeshadow brush that comes in a sister-like packaging to the Shade+Light quads. For collectors or those who like to display their makeup on a tray, this is such a lovely piece. It's especially easy for travel or a way to carry your shading brush for touch ups during the day. One side is a medium dome shape and the other a pencil brush. These are great options for defining the crease, smoking your shadow underneath the eyes or honestly even using as a concealer brush for under the eyes!Thanks for checking out our product feature and special thanks to Kat Von D Beauty for sending us these beautiful products to try! We hope we helped you in deciding on your next trip to Sephora where you can find these products and more by Kat Von D!<3 Sara x Cosmic Lush
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