The Fashion Magpie Top Beauty Finds Drunk Elephant Origins

She’s a Beaut: My Top Beauty Picks RN.

I haven’t done a beauty update in awhile, and that’s in part because I’ve sort of been in a beauty rut (routine?) and haven’t been venturing out much from what I know, especially since I look pretty tired these days.  But, after a shower the other day, I realized that I lean on several excellent body/skin products that I’ve been using now for a long while and have not yet shared on Le Blog.

Pick No. 1: Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm

This was an extraordinarily generous gift from my bestie after mini was born.  Knowing that I’d delivered via c-section (P.S. — my thoughts on how to recover from a c-section), she found this Tata Harper body balm ($120) that is fantastic for reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks and restoring the skin’s elasticity.  It’s a super thick balm — you need to work it between your fingers to bring it to a malleable, applicable consistency — but it is deeply moisturizing.  And it smells nice — not overly-perfumed, just sort of nicely scented in a vaguely “organic” kind of way.  It’s my post-shower/post-bath ritual, and I feel so luxurious applying it.  Too soon to tell whether it will reduce the scar’s appearance, but I’m down to try anything that promises results.  Plus, I love this brand.

The Fashion Magpie Top Beauty Finds Tata Harper 2

The Fashion Magpie Top Beauty Finds Tata Harper

Pick No. 2: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Scrub

This stuff ($65) is magic for those of us prone to body breakouts.  It really works, and I can say this after trying probably a half dozen different “anti-bacne” type solutions, from Mario Badescu (who does have some great products) to Proactiv to Neutrogena.  I found that none of them really got the job done.  Kate Somerville’s stuff, on the other hand, is legit and has left my body clear and smooth for about a year now.  I strongly recommend for anyone who works out regularly — it breaks through all the grit and leaves your skin thoroughly cleansed.

The Fashion Magpie Top Beauty Finds Kate Somerville

Pick No. 3: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

I’m a recent convert to this brand, and I love it.  Setting aside the genius branding/packaging, this stuff ($60) REALLY moisturizes.  It’s actually pretty thick — surprisingly thick for a daily face cream — but it’s not oily and does not clog your pores.  I’ve been using it for about a month or two now and can’t imagine switching to another face cream at the moment.  It has a pretty cool dispenser–you pull off the top and just push down on the top of the tub and it dispenses a perfect little dollop.  I think it’s left my face with a lot of elasticity and brightness after a particularly exhausting couple of months.  P.S. — my sister uses their daytime and nighttime serums and has great things to say about those, too.

The Fashion Magpie Top Beauty Finds Drunk Elephant

Pick No. 4: Origins Original Skin Mask

The Origins Original Skin Mask ($26) is my OG skin mask and I swear by it.  I LOVE IT.  It leaves my skin clean and glow-y — not squeaky and dried out, just buffed and refreshed.  I swear, every time I use it, I look in the mirror and my skin is just GLEAMING.

The Fashion Magpie Origins Skin Mask

Any other recommendations you’d add to the list?

P.S. — I was naughty over the weekend and snapped up a nice little parcel of goodies from J. Crew, enticed by their 30% off code.  Of course, I somehow managed to select multiple items EXCLUDED from the promo (ughghghghg), including this sweet dress and this bodysuit, but I also got a few of these linen v-neck tees (fellow petite nursing mamas — the v is low enough that you can nurse by just pulling it down…TMI?) and this blouse on sale.


  1. Have you tried the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial? I’m in love. I used it about a week ago and I still catch myself caressing my own face because it feels so soft! I think it will replace the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask in my routine, it’s a little pricier but the results were significantly better. I’ll note it did make my face temporarily a bit red, so it will be a before bed treatment for me.

    1. Oooo, not yet! I’m totally convinced in this brand’s efficacy so this will need to be next on La Liste. Thanks for the suggestion! xx

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