What’s your favorite new beauty product?

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I’m all in favor of makeup that also has skincare properties—like my Kosas Tinted Face Oil, for instance, which I love. Or, more recently, Miracle Balm from Jones Road*, the new natural beauty line from Bobbi Brown. You can use this stuff as a foundation substitute, or on top of foundation, and it imparts the most natural glow (even the darker hues go on very sheer) and makes your skin feel so supple. The texture is indeed a bit like lip balm, and while I have used it all over my face, what I like it best as is a mid-afternoon face brightener: I rub a bit on my cheeks and feel like I just applied a fresh face of makeup and on top of that had a collagen treatment.

 

Yes, I now realize I already posted about this product, but I was sick as a dog yesterday with some 24-hour stomach bug type thing, and scrambled to create this post for you while I was still groggy. Please like me anyway.

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    CGarcia
    20 Jan 2022
    3:16pm

    New discovery is the 19/99 beauty line of multi-tasking pencils. I like their ethos, just looking at their models made me happy so I bought several on a whim a few weeks ago and they don’t disappoint. Makes me remember what makeup represented when I was a teenager, fun, instead of this constant focus on de-aging and disguising (the opposite of fun, ha). So far the brown, the Burgundy, and the golden are my favorites. Beautiful colors and super creamy. https://1999beauty.com

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    Allison
    20 Jan 2022
    2:12pm

    I love supergoop’s Glow Screen all over my face/neck and I just started using Miracle Balm in Dusty Rose on my lips and eyelids. There isn’t strong color with the balm but I wasn’t looking for that. Just a little non-sparkly glow. I also like the Jones Road eyeliner pencil. I’m on the fence about the eye shadows and skin pencils which are a little more work than I want to do.

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    Gablesgirl65
    20 Jan 2022
    8:57pm

    Using the Tru Botanical face oil for two weeks and my facialist said today “what are you using?” It gives a nice plumping and smooth skin. I use under moisturizer and its a game changer.

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      Tanya
      22 Jan 2022
      4:22pm

      I was wondering about that product @Gablesgirl65. It’s a lot less expensive than Vintner’s Daughter which I was also considering, so glad to hear it got your facialist’s seal of approval.

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    Debbie
    20 Jan 2022
    10:39pm

    Love the Miracle Balm. I am a fan of Beauty Pie “Superdrops” Brightening Niacinamide. I have sensitive skin and can’t use Vitamin C. This works for me. I’ve noticed a diminishing of brown spots over the course of a few months.

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    Karla
    20 Jan 2022
    8:55pm

    Of course we love you. I love your blog (and podcast)and have followed both for years and years. Also, I’m so glad you finally posted about Jones Road (and I seemed to have missed the previous post on it). I am obsessed with their products! So pretty and easy to use and also clean beauty. Feel better!

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    Kath
    20 Jan 2022
    6:02pm

    I got the Miracle balm over the summer and HATED IT – i just felt it’s stickiness all day. However, I hate to waste things so just started using it again in December – and now I LOVE it – hahaha – maybe my skin just needed to be dry and cracked from the moisture sucking indoor heat

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      Ginny
      20 Jan 2022
      6:35pm

      Same. Sticky mess. Couldn’t understand the attraction. Maybe I’ll try again

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        Lucy
        20 Jan 2022
        8:22pm

        Same here, too. I’ll give it another shot!

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    Kay Erikson
    20 Jan 2022
    4:10pm

    Wow,
    No MAC recommendations yet? I am surprised. I really love the Pro Long Wear Paint Pot in Groundwork. I am horrible with eyeliner, and feel like this with a little mascara gives me a natural, and polished look.

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    Mel
    20 Jan 2022
    4:39pm

    We totally love you! Hope you feel better soon.

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    Cindy
    20 Jan 2022
    4:42pm

    Loving JVN Nurture Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner. After becoming highly allergic to almost every beauty and skin care product about 5 years ago, this line was a welcome addition to my limited arsenol of products. JVN is Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye fame.

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    Mimi A.
    20 Jan 2022
    4:04pm

    I have fair skin and got the Miracle Balm in Magic Hour. There is so little color in the product that I don’t think it matters which shade you order. Unless you really pile it on, it just gives you a nice, moisturized feeling and a pretty glow. I don’t love the sparkles in Magic Hour, but I probably only see them in my magnifying mirror. I smoosh a little Merit Terra Cotta
    https://www.sephora.com/product/merit-flush-balm-cream-blush-P468693?country_switch=us&lang=en&skuId=2414506
    on my cheekbones too. It’s a similar product, very sheer and glowy. When I sleep at my boyfriend’s house and don’t wanna put makeup on first thing in the morning, the Miracle Balm and Merit blush make me look alive and hopefully fresh. Love the Jones Road mascara too. Feel better, Kim. We like you lots no matter what.

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      Laura
      20 Jan 2022
      10:44pm

      I love the Merit flush balm too – also in terracotta – and I like it a lot. Their lip oil is fantastic too. I had tried another brand’s lip oil and couldn’t stand it. It was just messy. The Merit stuff sinks right in, has discernible color, and is actually moisturizing.

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    cw
    20 Jan 2022
    4:10pm

    So sorry you’ve had a stomach virus––even if it was only 24 hrs it still sucks. I like what I’m reading about Jones Road even if I still feel far away from ever using anything but moisturizer on my face due to still being masked up.

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    Kim
    20 Jan 2022
    3:55pm

    I’m liking the ILIA multi-stick in Dreamer. It’s the one product so far that has worked on my lips, cheeks, and eyes. I have brown skin, and most “universal” products are not pigmented enough to show up on me, but this one works. Its perfect when I feel lazy but still want to achieve a put-together look, which is most days.

    https://iliabeauty.com/products/dreamer

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    CD
    20 Jan 2022
    3:40pm

    Not sure if I read about this product from your commenters, a likely case, but I’ve been using The Ordinary squalene cleanser this winter to clean my face and remove makeup before bed and it’s been great. Leaves my face feeling soft. If my skin has been really dry, I then pat on a few drops of The Ordinary squalene oil, which helps. I’ve also been using the oil on my dry and weak nails, which seems to be making a difference. Feel better, Kim. That stomach virus was going around here (Va.) last month. Nasty stuff.

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      mlinky
      23 Jan 2022
      3:53pm

      Love love love The Ordinary squalene products.

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    Bobby
    20 Jan 2022
    3:22pm

    Kim,

    I hope you feel better — stomach ailments are the worst! Now a beauty question for you — have you found a dupe for the Becca green anti fatigue eye stuff? They went out of business –so sad.

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    Eloise
    20 Jan 2022
    11:13am

    It’s still early in the bottle, but I am loving Prestidge Ageless Skin Serum. I’ve long been been a fan of their Lip Repair Balm and decided to take the plunge and try the serum.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    20 Jan 2022
    6:00pm

    Hope you feel better soon! Silk Naturals bakuchiol serum has caused no irritation: I don’t know yet its impact, but something not irritating my sensitive skin is a big deal. All the other bakuchiol serums contained other ingredients that would irritate my skin. Also, I have been enjoying Nemat Vanilla Musk and Tangee lipstick, both containing feel-good scents for me at this time of year.

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    tricia
    20 Jan 2022
    5:52pm

    Merit cream cheek color in Beverly Hills. Light and bendable and natural. Kosas airbrow (thanks to Kim!), as well as the Kosas eyebrow pencil and their powder.

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    Eloise
    20 Jan 2022
    11:14am

    And feel better!!

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    Olga
    20 Jan 2022
    11:15am

    Hello!
    I’m very curious about the Jones Road Miracle Balm. What “colour” do you use? Hard to get in Canada (and very pricey after shipping, duty & exchange rates) so I’m nervous ordering online.

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      Lisa
      20 Jan 2022
      11:32am

      I’d love to order too, but haven’t for the very same reasons you mentioned. Not Canada-friendly at all .

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      LJ
      20 Jan 2022
      1:22pm

      I emailed them a photo of my face sans makeup and asked for color recommendations for all of the products and they were so helpful!

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        Olga
        20 Jan 2022
        5:23pm

        Wow – that’s terrific! I’ll do same (and hope lighting is good!).

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    Laura
    20 Jan 2022
    11:27am

    My recent favorite is the Tower 28 lip + cheek cream blush. I have it in magic hour, which is a brownish rose. I am very, very pale, but I don’t have cool undertones, which it seems that most cosmetic companies assume all pale people do. It was gratifying to find something that worked for me as far as color is concerned, but it’s also super easy to use and is just opaque enough to make a difference.

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      Margaret
      20 Jan 2022
      2:16pm

      Hard agree on the Tower 28 cream blush. Magic Hour might look dark but it works for me and I’m pale. It is the PERFECT lip color and then I use whatever’s left on my fingers on my cheeks. I also use the darkest Tower 28 cream bronzer as an eye shadow. And don’t get me started their Beauty SOS spray, which banishes all bumps and redness anywhere. Also great on bugbites!

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    Debra Gibson-Welch
    20 Jan 2022
    11:30am

    Neutrogena Triple Age Repair Moisturizer, I bought 3 jars to stock up just in case. It gives your skin an amazing glow, all day, sinks into your skin, keeps it supple all day, brightens up as well and it has SPF 25. Best thing ever. Drugstores or Amazon.

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      Fara
      24 Jan 2022
      8:07am

      Thanks for this rec, Debra! I recently returned to Neutrogena for their ultra hydrating eye gel. I alternate it with Ole Hendrickson banana eye creme.

      I also love Glow’s avocado eye mask and Murad’s spf moisturizer with vitamin c.

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    Heather
    20 Jan 2022
    11:33am

    Please like you?! You’re assuming we are all cogent enough to remember that you already posted about this! Lord knows I’m not…..

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      Kim France
      20 Jan 2022
      12:32pm

      Thanks, Heather. Glad to know I’m not alone.

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    Betsy Palmer
    20 Jan 2022
    11:35am

    I know this is not new to the group, but I finally pulled the trigger on NeuBrow and after 20 years of skimpy brows due to chemo, over plucking and aging, I have the most AMAZING brows again. And they are black. And with my newly natural grey, they are really dramatic. Run, don’t walk to your computer and buy this product. Thanks Kim. Feel better.

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      Bobby
      20 Jan 2022
      12:30pm

      Hi, I also have thin brows due to cancer treatment — I bought the neubrow and no results — I’m only three weeks in — did it take longer than that for you to see results?

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        Betsy Palmer
        24 Jan 2022
        9:27am

        I would say it took about a month to see real results. Like every beauty product everywhere, some people seem to have better results than others. I’m usually in the “see no improvement” camp, which is why this blew me away. Good luck. Before I started using this I used the Bobbie Brown brow product that goes on with a mascara like brush and it worked really well giving me back some color.

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        Trixie
        20 Jan 2022
        1:34pm

        Same post cancer sitch, Bobby. I’ve been super happy with Nature’s Bounty hair, Skin, Nails gummies. Brows and lashes have come back beautifully. You can get them at Target or any drugstore. And the Anastasia brow powder worked wonders, especially with her amazing eyebrow brush, to tide me over in the meantime. Good luck!

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          Bobby
          20 Jan 2022
          3:20pm

          Thanks! Going to check them out now.

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    Julia
    20 Jan 2022
    11:50am

    I love the Oak Essentials moisture Rich Balm and the Jones Road Miracle Balm in Bronze!

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      Hannah
      21 Jan 2022
      12:49am

      I finally went for Oaks Essentials after the ads had been stalking me for MONTHS and my dry winter skin is in LOVE.

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    Liz
    20 Jan 2022
    12:01pm

    We like you anyway!! Feel better.

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    Wendy
    20 Jan 2022
    12:08pm

    It’s not a new product but it is to me. Good old German Nivea creme in the blue metal tin. I have been using it on my parched hands at bedtime and it works a miracle.

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      Steph
      20 Jan 2022
      1:31pm

      Love the German Nivea as well! Truly remarkable stuff. I was recently delighted to recently find the jumbo sized tub at a pharmacy on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint for 10 bucks.

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    Caryn
    20 Jan 2022
    12:43pm

    Loving the Miracle Balm (I use the Dusty Rose and have medium-toned skin)- it makes my skin feel so nice and moisturized. I am also a fan of the Jones Road mascara, face pencils and eyeshadows. I love that she uses a few older models (including herself) to show how to use the products and how to match our skin tones!

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      Nancy
      20 Jan 2022
      12:52pm

      How did you know what shade/color to buy of the balm? It appears other than NYC only sold on line?

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    LisaC
    20 Jan 2022
    12:44pm

    I love Supergoop’s Play sunscreen. Not sure how new it is … but it’s a recent addition to my sunscreen arsenal.

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    Kelly
    21 Jan 2022
    9:05am

    I was obsessing over Dick Page’s work in the 90s, and he recommended using a lipstick on cheeks (and a dab on the nose) for that super fresh-faced Kate Moss look. I went to the drugstore and got a couple of Maybelline lipsticks in red and plum, and a HUGE tub of Vaseline that cost like $6. I scribble a bit of lipstick on my hand, then blend it with a dab of Vaseline, and pronto – instant sheer glowy blush! You can adjust the intensity and use whatever shade you want – pink, peachy… It really looks great and costs almost nothing.

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    marjorie
    21 Jan 2022
    12:34pm

    hope you’re all better!

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    elizabeth
    21 Jan 2022
    9:08pm

    One of my favorites is Iris and Romeo’s Best Skin Days, a 5-in-1 that is a serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, and light foundation coverage. And they’ve recently expanded the number of shades available.

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    Steph
    20 Jan 2022
    1:38pm

    Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi drops and RapidLash/RapidBrow are delightful new additions – the Rosi drops provide a lovely pop of lifting color, which makes my olive skin seem/feel less washed out in the Zoomiverse. I saw surprising results with RapidLash within a week, RapidBrow within three.

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