I recently switched up my moisturizing game, and, so far, I’m impressed with this Weleda facial lotion. It imparts a fresh glow and smells nice (side tangent: I feel like it’s cool to insist on “fragrance free” products, but I love cosmetics with scents…am I alone? What am I missing?). Caveat: I did not read the label closely and therefore did not realize that this $20 “steal” is actually not such a steal since it’s only 1 oz of product. (Classic Jen oversight.) My only gripe with it is that it has a weird skin-feel after it’s settled in for a few seconds — it almost leaves your skin feeling…not tight, but…covered? I don’t know how to describe it, but I’m not nuts about it. Which brings me to the first item on my beauty wishlist…
Beauty Wishlist No. 1: Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream
I’m going to test-drive Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Cream next, especially after so many of you guys raved about its deeply moisturizing properties in these comments. I was also considering Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra, which is described as “a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin,” but think your effusive comments on Dr. Jart’s formula have pushed me over the edge…
Beauty Wishlist No. 2: Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer
I’ve blabbed on and on about my fruitless quest for a perfect concealer, but must admit that I’ve been decently happy with this Bobbi Brown concealer I recently started using. It’s thick and opaque — aka, for women like me with serious dark circles under their eyes — but somehow illuminating? It doesn’t look cakey. I blend it in with my eye cream and it works very well. I’d give this 4.5 stars. Still holding out for a 5 star find, but let’s not let perfect get in the way of good enough!
Beauty Wishlist No. 3: The Glossy Eye Look
I’m not normally super into beauty trends (I’ve never contoured and never will — it feels like so much work! — and, though I’m intrigued, I just can’t bring myself to invest the time or money into figuring out things like microneedling…), but I have to say I’m absolutely obsessed with the glossy nude eye trend I’ve been seeing in ad campaigns, on runways, and on the likes of super Instagram stars:
I’ve been recreating the look with my multi-purpose RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, which I wear nearly every day of the week. It’s not a highlighter — it has no color or pearlescence to it — but it adds the slightest bit of glow. I dab it on my cupid’s bow, the inner corners of my eyes, my cheekbones, and the tip of my nose. It makes me look alive, awake, flushed. I’ve been trying it on my lids recently, too, and while it works, it’s maybe a tiny bit gummy for the lids. I recently came across Milk’s Eye Vinyl in nude and was SOLD. Dying to test drive it!
Beauty Wishlist No. 4: Eye Masks
Speaking of eyes, Hitha has sold me on these Wander eye masks she swears by. They promise to “brighten, hydrate, and reduce the appearance of dark circles.” All things I need…
Beauty Wishlist No. 5: Margiela Perfume
Just before sitting down to write this post, I literally scheduled time to run by the Sephora at Columbus Circle to smell Maison Margiela’s Replica Flower Market scent, which smells of “moist petals and snapped stems.” I’ve heard multiple beauty bloggers go insane over this scent, which is a part of the brand’s Replica scent family, which set out to “capture moments, periods, and locations essential to memories.” I love the premise for this label and may have snuck this discovery trio into my cart. Just read the scent descriptions and I’m sure you’ll feel similarly — for example: “Imagine a lazy memory of soft, sunlit warmth. Lazy Sunday Morning combines notes of lily of the valley, patchouli, iris, and white musk to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a sun-drenched morning of relaxation.” What genius crafts this copywriting?! I’ve long been convinced that the copywriters responsible for describing scents and beauty products more generally are among the most talented out there!
Beauty Wishlist No. 6: Dyson Hairdryer
The Dyson hairdryer made quite a splash when it arrived on the scene a few years ago (or maybe just last year?) It’s unique design and the fact that it’s made by DYSON attracted quite a bit of attention. I just now got around to reading some reviews, and people rave about how lightweight it is and how dramatically it shortened their blow-dry time, though a few admitted it’s an adjustment owing to the different shape. So, next time my $35 drugstore pick dies (<<this one is very good for its price, though!!!; read my full review here), I may be convinced to upgrade…
Beauty Wishlist No. 7: Make Face Gloss
Somewhat similar to the eye vinyl situation, this “face gloss” is a colorless formula that can be applied directly to clean skin or as a finishing product over a face of makeup; I’d use it in the latter capacity, to sort of seal and finish my look. Have heard great things about this stuff!
Beauty Wishlist No. 8: The Perfect More-Than-Nude-But-Less-Than-Pink Nail Color
I’d sworn off gel/shellac nails for awhile after they totally destroyed my nails, but recently — owing to a particularly crazy social schedule (I’m sooooo popularrrrr) and vacation, decided to go back to gels for a few weeks to make sure my nails always looked nice without having to run to the manicurist as frequently. I’ve been REALLY into CND’s Romantique color, which comes out the softest, prettiest pink but with a touch more white/opacity to it than most of the other pale pinks. I’m OBSESSED. It looks really pretty, clean, and feminine.
What’s on your beauty wishlist these days?
P.P.S. My favorite heeled sandal of all time is on sale in the prettiest pink color!; this dress is an epic sale find in cool chambray; and this henley, in the heathered gray (actually more of an ivory/oatmeal IRL) is one of my favorite under $30 finds in a long time.