Cosmetics rarely go on sale, and so I had to jump all over BlueMercury’s current promotion — 15% off orders over $100. This little windfall has empowered me to bag Dr. Barbara Sturm’s much-written-about “glow drop” serum, which, at a regular price of $145 was just a leeeetle steep, but at the discounted price of $123 seem plausible. (Don’t ask me — I’m not a pricing expert. There is certainly a psychology to these things.) I’m dying to give them a try. (Who doesn’t want to glow in the winter?)
I also used the opportunity to snag Chantecaille’s Tinted Moisturizer. I was highly skeptical of this product given the price tag and the slender size of the tube when compared to my go-to Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. BUT. I am completely hooked. A makeup artist applied it for me the other day when I stopped in and I was impressed with three things about it: first, it offers slightly more coverage than Laura Mercier’s formula, which I honestly need right now; second, you use a lot less product than you do with Laura Mercier to cover your entire face (it’s just a thicker, more pigmented product); and third, I love the way it glides into my skin. I find that Laura Mercier’s can occasionally pool or lay on top of my skin; this feels like it blurs right into my pores, evening out everything without looking like I’m wearing anything but moisturizer. It’s incredible. I finally feel like I can actually just apply tinted moisturizer, mascara, and a dab of blush and head out the door. Anyway, having that extra 15% off brings the price down to $62, which feels a bit more palatable to me…
Because I was at the Chantecaille counter, I also tested out a few other products. I did not care for their concealer (not enough coverage) or cream blushes (could have been user error, but they came on super strong), but I loved their brow gel (very natural-looking, not stiff), their luster glide eye liner in the violet damask color (would never have thought to try dark purple, but the makeup artist insisted it would bring out the blue in my eyes, and she was right!), and ESPECIALLY their lip chic which I now where every single day. The formula is incredible. It’s sheer enough to apply without a mirror and it glides on kind of like a light lip balm with just enough pigment to make you look “finished.” I LOVE I LOVE I LOVE.
Other things not to miss:
+One of my all-time favorite beauty products. This powerglow peel is AMAZING if you’re in a pinch and looking a little drab and need a pick-me-up before a night out. I have given these to so many of my girlfriends and sisters!
+La Mer Moisturizing Cream. The O.G. I have been using this ever since my fall, trying to pull out every last trick in the bag to minimize the appearance of my scar. There is a “soft cream” version of this, but I find that I run through that in so little time that I feel flat-out guilty given the hefty price tag. This original moisturizing cream is thick — almost paste-like, to be honest — and I warm it between my fingers slightly before applying it. A tiny dab is sufficient for moisturizing your entire face, and it was originally designed for burn victims so you know it’s seriously packed with goodness. It is, to me, the absolute best investment you can make in the skincare world. It is thoroughly moisturizing and improves the tone of your skin.
+Chantecaille Rose de Mai face oil. I love this oil so very much. It’s light, moisturizing, and I feel about five years younger when I wear it regularly under my makeup. I usually only wear it in the winter time, when my skin is dry and in need of extra nourishment.