March 5, 2015

{BEAUTY} Currently Obsessed: 5 New(ish) Beauty Products

I'm a bonafide product junkie... I'm not exactly an expert at makeup application, but I know the ins-and-outs and pros-and-cons of pretty much everything out there because I'm obsessed with the process of trying and testing new innovations from the beauty industry. Prepping for my wedding (I use the term prepping lightly), even lead me to write a new beauty column for Refinery29 that I am so excited about. Weddings and "bridal beauty" aside, Q1 has been a really fun time in the beauty world - with new brands, products, and addictions cropping up and taking up major real estate on my bathroom vanity.

1. GLOSSIER MEGA GREENS GALAXY PACK AND MOISTURIZING MOON MASKS
I've been a longtime reader of Into the Gloss, so when the media-powerhouse launched Glossier, a small, focused line of skincare and beauty products, I was inspired and impressed by the amazing branding, social-media savvy marketing plan, and simple and straight forward line of products. So far, Glossier is a testament to doing few things and doing them really, really well. While I love my Phase 1 Kit, the masks are by far my favorite releases thus far! The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack is like a juice cleanse for your face -- detoxifying and deep-cleaning all the nooks and crannies while leaving skin looking clean and matte. Following with the Moisturizing Moon Mask plumps the skin back up with a soft glow and even softer touch.
Buy it here.

2. STILA ALL DAY BROW GEL 

I was born with naturally amazing, full, thick eyebrows thanks to my middle eastern roots... until I hit 13-years-old, starting hanging out at the mall, and bought myself some tweezers and plucked away at my eyebrows until they were just two little thin lines across my forehead. They've never fully recovered and I regret those bad decisions I made as a tween constantly, but fortunately there are tons of great products out there to help fake flawlessly full arches. A new recent favorite is Stila's, which comes in a gloss-like tube and a double-ended brush (one with an angled tip and the other with a comb for blending). The gel adds depth, color, and real long-day wear. Also -- the dark brown has no red tint, a serious pet-peeve of mine in lots of brow products. I'm in love!
Buy it here.

3. ORIBE GOLD LUST TRANSFORMATIVE MASQUE

I often get comments on Instagram and my blog about my "perfect" hair but... if only you knew how damaged it actually is after years of intense, high-maintenance coloring. My last visit to my colorist (who, FYI, I trust implicitly and would recommend to anyone) ended with a surprise chemical reaction that was, honestly, like a science experiment gone wrong. The toning shampoo I had been using (and didn't disclose - big mistake), reacted to my hair color, and - poof. Big poof. I've been doing major recon on my hair since and would be pretty lost (and sad) without an intervention from Oribe.... and by intervention I mean I went to Barney's and got my hands on all the moisturizing products I could to help heal my damaged locks, (honorable mentions for this slot also go to the Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil and Royal Blowout). Of all of them, the most (truly) transformative is the Gold Lust Transformative Masque - which employes collagen, shea butter, and jasmine extract to restore keratin and luster in your hair. It works. My hair almost looks great again. 
Buy it here.

4. CHARLOTTE TILBURY "THE RETOUCHER" 

I sort of drank the kool-aid with Charlotte Tilbury, the famed British makeup artist whose award-winning beauty line just launched stateside this past year. It could be all the hype, or the drool-worthy rose gold packaging, or the old-hollywood mystique of the brand - but truth be told, I've been buying and rebuying "The Retoucher," an illuminating concealer with healing properties (it's formulated with elastomer pearls to rejuvenate your skin), ever since I first tried it... And there's a literal stockpile of it on my vanity because I'm terrified of running out. I like it a lot more than other similar products (ahem, Touche Eclat) because it provides real, buildable coverage while still feeling incredibly light. It also doesn't crease, which is great because my almost-30, sleep-deprived face is starting to form little fine lines around my eyes. The Retoucher comes in 10 different shades, and I use two of them: number 1 under my eyes, and number 2 as a concealer everywhere else. I apply under my eyes using the Lauren Conrad method - drawing inverted triangles with the pen and blending with a beauty blender
Buy it here

5. LULU GUINNESS TANGLE TEEZER

If you have dry & damaged hair like I do (see above), a good brush is essential. I thoroughly debated investing in a Mason-Pearson brush, but my stylist noted that given the state of my hair right now, the Mason-Pearson would actually pull more and cause unnecessary breakage. Instead, a good wet-brush would be a smarter buy - and at under $30, a far more economical choice! I've been using Tangle Teezers for a while (another UK import I can't resist!), but this new edition made in collaboration with Lulu Guinness, bearing her (and my!) signature lip prints was a must have.
Buy it here.


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10 comments:

  1. Tangle Teezers are the best! I also love them when I travel, because it's all I have to take since I can use it on wet or dry hair, and it doesn't take up much room and isn't heavy.

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  2. I love love LOVE Tangle Teezers! They're so useful everyday no matter the situation. My hair is so fine and thin anything else destroys it. Tangle Teezers get the job done without ripping out chunks of my hair practically.

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  3. I plucked and waxed my eyebrows into oblivion back in high school and like yours, they've never been the same. It makes me so sad! Yours look amazing here ;) Oribe's products are by far my favorite and I've been wanting to give Glossier a go!

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  4. I love Oribe and Charlotte Tilbury products!

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  5. with I have the masks as well and they are perfection - I am so obsessed with Glossier and they just keep making me love them more *__* I need to try the tangle teaser - my dry, bleached hair would love it I think...!

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  6. They're SO GOOD!!!!


    You definitely need a tangle teezer - it has totally changed the way I style and brush my hair, honestly. I experience a LOT of breakage from bleaching but it alleviates a lot of the stress to my hair that would happen with other brushes!

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  7. I love Glossier! The Phase 1 Kit is a good starting place - but I REALLY love the masks and the priming moisturizer!

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  8. So glad to find other comrades with the same passion for this brush!! Hahaha - it's the little things :)

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  9. Such good points all around!! It's my all-in-one brush, I even use it when I'm blow drying.

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