updated beauty favorites

May 14, 2020
When we first learned that moving was a possibility, the first thing that occurred to me was that we were going to have to downsize… big time. And while I have gifted many of my unused beauty products to family and friends, packing everything up made me realize that I wasn’t exactly a minimalist either. While I was excited for Andrew and I to each have our own bathroom counter space, I realized that I’m a creature of habit and don’t deviate much from what I would pack in an overnight bag. With all that being said, I thought I’d round up the products that actually made it out of a box.

trader joe’s enrich moisturizing face lotion
Look, guys, I’m trying to get better about remembering my SPF, but the hunt for a moisturizer that doesn’t break me out and plays nice with makeup has been fruitless. I know that SPF 15 isn’t much, but I actually am really enjoying this stuff. I’ve been using this every morning for the last three months and it checks all my boxes. Yeah, I wish it was a bit stronger in terms of SPF, but the fact that it plays so well with my skin and my makeup is enough to keep me using it. 

awake overnight lip mask
Before receiving this in a subscription bag I was using Glossier’s Balm Dot Com nightly to keep my lips happy. Although it worked well, I’m not sure I’ll be repurchasing it anytime soon— especially after discovering this little guy. This is just a sample size, but you don’t need much and I’ve been using this regularly for the last month. This is a bit more sticky than anything else I’ve used, but wow does this work! Even if my lips are already chapped, all it takes is one application. And the best part is my lips can also go much longer without feeling dry or chapped, so while I use this at night, I don’t feel the need to use it every night.

billie shave cream
My Billie razor is honestly the best razor I’ve used in a long time. I’ve tried quite a few through the years, but their products have blown me away with their prices and quality since receiving my first box. So when I had the option to add their shave cream to an order, my interest was piqued. I’m usually pretty indifferent to shaving products, but this one really surprised me with how little I needed to get a great shave. When I say a little goes a long way, I mean I’ve had this bottle for two months and it still feels full. Plus, getting a fast, clean shave leaves more time for relaxing in the tub, so count me in!

elf tinted brow gel
Like the rest of the world, I got sucked into the Boy Brow craze a few years ago except… I really wasn’t a fan. I finished the tube because it’s not like me to let something go to waste, but I was very underwhelmed with the tiny, expensive tube. Enter: elf. This product has tiny fibers that help with volume, and while I haven’t been a fan of fiber products in the past, elf really aced their formula. I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do, but it’s been everything I’ve been looking for. Need some quick naturally groomed brows? Done. Want something a little more bold? It can also do that. I honestly have never felt the need to use this with anything else when it looks so great on its own. And have I mentioned the under $5 price tag? 

bath and body works rosewater & ivy mist
Truth be told, it’s been a while since I’ve found something at BBW that really excites me. I take advantage of their semi-annual sales, but had mostly accepted that the extent of my love for them will be their aromatherapy line (when it’s on sale lol). Then one odd stop in led me to their new to me scents, including rose. I am a sucker for rose anything and theirs does not disappoint! I’m not leaving the house much these days, and I’m not about to use my nicer ~eau de parfums~ on the daily. So I’ve instead been using my rosewater & ivy mist pretty religiously. Long gone are the days of the sickly-sweet scents that I once associated with these types of mists. It’s so perfectly refreshing and floral and light and just perfect. I’ve even been using the rose body butter I picked up, and I never use the body butter! They have several variations on rose fragrances beside rose itself including, rosewater & ivy, rose vanilla, rosewater & hibiscus, and rose water. I haven’t tried every single variation, but I’ve loved the ones I got to try in store.