A few new—to me—beauty products I’m loving

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I went a bit crazy on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, taking advantage of all sorts of sales and discounts to try some products I’ve been curious about, starting with Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer, which is the perfect base for makeup, as it is smooth, lightweight, and ever-so-slightly tinted.  It gets rid of redness and evens out your complexion really beautifully, and I think once summer rolls around, I’ll skip the foundation altogether and just use this stuff. It’s also got an SPF of 30, which is never bad.

This SKII Facial Treatment Mask is just insanely expensive, but I had heard raves from so many quarters that I had to give it a try, and I must say it’s pretty amazing—my skin looked very nearly perfect after I had it on for 15 minutes, and if it weren’t so pricey I’d use it weekly. As it is, I’ll save it for special occasions. And here’s a tip from my friend Michelle: there is so much serum left over after you use the mask that you can save it and smooth it on your face and neck for a few days after.

I am a big fan of Glossier’s you-but-better aesthetic, and this highlighter just sort of brightens your face—apply it to your cheekbones, brow arch, and the bridge of your nose—without looking like it’s there at all.

Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is another pricey product I’ve heard people go on and on about, and I think it’s lives up to the hype—I saw a difference in my skin after just one use.

My dear friend Jean Godfrey June, who was the beauty director at Lucky and now toils over at Goop, recommended this Kosas lipstick in Rosewater when she taped an episode of the podcast recently: I used it the way she suggested, on my lips and then just a touch on my cheeks, and it imparts the freshest, most subtle glow.

I also bought Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow in Globe on a hunch, and love it. It’s a tiny bit more shimmery than I usually go for, but quite glam in an understated way. And, if you’re as awful at applying eyeshadow as I am, you’ll be pleased to know that this stuff goes on like a dream.

 

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    Kerri
    17 Dec 2019
    5:55pm

    I have a great recommendation and a potentially stupid question.
    Question: Do you use the SK-II mask in the morning/right before an event, or can you use it at night and still see results the next day?

    Recommendation: I used to use Good Genes and swapped it for Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA serum. It’s less expensive (though still not cheap), clean and doesn’t stink like GG. Most importantly, I see significantly better results with it.

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    Gablesgirl
    17 Dec 2019
    7:46pm

    Kim, thanks for SK-II. Have wanted to try but the price terrifies me! Please try The Ordinary line in 2020 especially The Buffet serum. I can’t tell you how many compliments I get.

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      Gemmifer
      20 Dec 2019
      6:59pm

      Gablesgirl, I started using The Buffet (my very first The Ordinary product) a week ago… I don’t know if I’m seeing any results yet, but at that price, I’m happy to keep using it either way! I’d also love a review of the line in the new year.

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    Ellen Anderson
    17 Dec 2019
    9:19pm

    I’d steer clear of Sunday Riley, who ordered her employees to write fake product reviews on Sephora.com and settled with the FTC as a result https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/22/us/sunday-riley-fake-reviews-trnd/index.html

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      Lynne
      18 Dec 2019
      12:07pm

      This is really terrible and discouraging. The products are great, and seem very popular so it seems the only reason for the fake reviews was to make even more money even faster…I will think twice about buying Sunday Riley in the future not because I don’t like the products, because I do, but because we need to sanction corporate fraud like this.

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      Kim France
      18 Dec 2019
      12:22pm

      Yes, I’ve read about that too, but I’d heard enough first-person raves about Good Genes to give it a try anyway.

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    Barb
    17 Dec 2019
    11:29am

    God, during Cyber Monday, I bought enough facial creams to die and come back and still have creams left over..

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      Jax
      17 Dec 2019
      4:24pm

      Same with me but with serums and hydrators. I also stupidly bought Glossier 2 wks before Black Friday. D’oh!
      Anyway, prob set for facial stuff for 6-8 months now.

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        Jax
        17 Dec 2019
        4:25pm

        I am still tempted by a Colleen Rothschild sale right now. Anyone use that line?
        But holding back, since products expire in ~6 months usually.

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          Francine
          18 Dec 2019
          9:24am

          I tried the cleansing balm…meh. And the hydration mask recommended by bloggers everywhere…again, meh. I much prefer the Laniege Sleeping Mask and Elemis cleansing balm.

          My favorite recommendations continue to be P50, Perricone Vit C, prescription RetinA, hydroquinone, and Estée Lauder night eye serum.

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    Jen
    17 Dec 2019
    2:30pm

    I splurged on Sunday Riley’s LUNA many moons ago and now I am doomed to never live without it. Now I’m feeling a strong pull to Good Genes. Has anyone else used it?

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    c.w.
    17 Dec 2019
    9:36am

    Our weather has been sooooooo crazy-pantz this winter going from 85 a day ago to 34 this morning that my skin and my attitude are both bonkers. Ergo, this post is just in the nick of time for me.

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      D.Morgendorffer
      17 Dec 2019
      2:35pm

      If memory serves, you’re either in the devil’s shrimp boil or devil’s dry roaster (depending on which part of that ginormous state you’re in). I myself was born next door in the devil’s gumbo pot and now live in the devil’s broiler, Alabama. (Though, my mother is from Mississippi, the devil’s easy bake oven.) Let me throw out two products for your mental file: COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule and Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel. I have found that the crazy temperature changes cause the plants to put out way more pollen, with way more sinus irritation. With all the sinus irritation, my skin is even more dehydrated. I’ve found those two products keep things at a more even keel with hydration, which means all my other products work better.

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        c.w.
        17 Dec 2019
        4:49pm

        Thank you for this. And, yes, I totally understand the whole pollen thing––woke up this morning at 4 a.m. with a sinus headache I didn’t think I would survive. I’m in the Devil’s Humidifier (Austin).

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        Gablesgirl
        17 Dec 2019
        7:44pm

        Thanks, D. I spend part of my year in Alabama and most of it in Miami so these are great suggestions.

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    Ellie
    17 Dec 2019
    10:11am

    So tempting…

    I’d love to see a roundup of good skin products that aren’t packaged in plastic. I feel like I saw a drugstore lipstick in a cardboard tube recently? With all the terrible news about recycling, taking a series of plastic pots/vials/tubes out of my bathroom cupboard every morning makes my stomach hurt

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    Kimbersam
    17 Dec 2019
    7:35am

    I am now living the embarrassing result of a just-for-me Cyber Monday beauty/wellness bing. I just received the last package and now I need to buy a new beauty product organizer because I am out of room! My other indulgence is good candles and I am stocked for the next six months at least. I feel like Elton John in the scene from Tantrums and Tiaras where he shows off his candle closet. I have a candle container, not a closet but still.

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      Linda B Kerr
      17 Dec 2019
      9:48am

      Kimbersam, I am in the mood for some excellent candles and am willing to spend some $$. What are your favorites?

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        Kimbersam
        17 Dec 2019
        11:37am

        Hi Linda! In the winter I love St Al and Redhead from Boy Smells, Bibliotheque and Woods from Byredo, Les Bains Guerbois 1885’s Atmosphere and of course Diptyque’s Feu de Bois and Galliano. Oh and there’s a store called Lucky Scent (they have a website) and they occasionally do a candle of their own. Right now they have one called Bohemian Library, which is pretty terrific! I hope that helps!

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          Linda Kerr
          17 Dec 2019
          1:45pm

          Thank you!

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            Kimbersam
            17 Dec 2019
            5:45pm

            My pleasure!

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        Mindy
        17 Dec 2019
        10:49am

        I just went on a Cyber Monday mini bender and bought several Black Bamboo candles from Village Candle. I describe it as masculine. They describe it as a blend of lotus flower, fresh bamboo and cedar. I love it.

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