This Soft-Focus Highlighter Has the Most Romantic Glow (and I'm in Love)
I've swatched and tested dozens upon dozens of highlighters and found many winners: Some glitter as brightly as the sun, others glide like butter across your cheekbones...
But it's not every day you fall properly in love. And reader, I have: with the new Shiseido Inner Glow Cheek Powder, $29, specifically with the shade Inner Light. It's like magic; dusting it atop your cheeks adds an instant soft-focus glow that shimmers and catches the light just so. The powder itself is finely milled and blends seamlessly into your skin — meaning, it never looks cakey or overdone (no matter how much you pack on). And the resulting glow is so natural and dewy it almost looks like a cream product — but since it's a powder, it wears longer and is better suited for oily T-zoned, combination-skinned people like myself.
For me, it strikes that perfect balance of noticeable and not-noticeable, as opposed to a full-on metallic gleam, the finish is very much Your Skin But Better (which is very much my jam). It's so soft and romantic...I hope you love it as much as I do. — Rosie Narasaki
Cover image via @shiseido
This Bouncy Mask Is an Instant Complexion Reboot
Lumene Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask, $14.99, is a dreamy gel mask that you can apply for a short while or sleep in overnight. I tend to go with the latter application (when it comes to beauty, my motto is "more is more"). I like to apply a medium-thin layer over my face, neck and chest (because that skin needs love, too). You only have to wait a matter of minutes for the fresh-scented mask to soak right into your skin, sans tacky, pillow-adhering residue.
Hailing from Finland, Lumene's bouncy mask contains arctic spring water, birch sap and a slew of other soothing and hydrating ingredients from the wild Nordic. The mask also contains star plumping agent sodium hyaluronate, which can hold 1000 times its weight in water. When you awaken from your beauty sleep, you'll notice your skin has transformed from inflamed, dull or angry to fresh, plump and dewy. It calms breakouts and sunburns and leaves your complexion completely refreshed. If your skin could use some instant brightening, soothing and some overall TLC, I highly recommend you give this mask a go. Your skin will thank you. To see more of my beauty favorites, follow me on Instagram @hannah_savin
Thumb via Instagram @lumeneusa
This Cruelty-Free Vitamin C Serum Is My Favorite Amazon Beauty Buy
Anyone who knows me knows that I love animals, so it's strange why it took me so long to look into cruelty-free beauty. Over the past several weeks, I've started buying beauty products only from brands who don't allow animal testing, here or in China. It's been a mixed bag. On one hand, resources from Cruelty-Free Kitty and PETA make it easy to discover new, cruelty-free brands. On the other hand, it's occasionally a major bitch to find cruelty-free dupes for the products — especially skin care products — you love.
Recently, I switched from my normal serum to Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum, $33.99. It lingered in my Amazon "saved for later" basket for god-knows-how-long before I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did. It's an affordable, cruelty-free alternative to the vitamin C serums from luxury brands (*cough* Sunday Riley *cough*) and mass-market pharma companies (rarely cruelty-free). In addition to vitamin C, this serum contains powerful ingredients like konjac root and ferulic acid that noticeably brightened my skin in less than a week — without burning or irritation.
Got any cruelty-free beauty products you love? Tell me in the comments! — Katie McCarthy
The Shower Cream That Made Me Toss My Beloved Bar Soap Goodbye
If you didn't know, most women are either #TeamBarSoap or #TeamBodyWash. While I enjoy the variety of scents body washes offer and the extreme lather you get when it's time to soap up, I've always preferred a bar soap to cleanse my body. That is until I tried the Klorane Cupuacu Flower Shower Cream.
I never quite felt like body washes actually cleanse my skin. They smell good and all, but I never feel clean after using them. Not to mention, the extreme dryness I feel all over from the lack of moisturizing ingredients in body washes. That's why this new body cream surprised me!
First, the scent is oh-so-enticing, yet warm and feminine with notes of cupuacu fruit, freesia blossom and cotton milk — I could douse myself in the scent alone. My second impression is how thick and moisturizing the formula is. Typically, I would purchase the $3 body wash and the formula practically oozed out of the bottle with ease. But this shower cream is exactly what it promises: creamy. Lather it onto your loofa or cloth and you'll see a creamy, decadent lather that won't dry out your skin. That may be due to the soap-free cleansing base, but it almost feels like a lotion upon application.
I never thought I'd toss my bar soap for a body wash —or encourage women to spend $14 on a shower product — but this one is worth it. For the ultimate shower experience, head to KloraneUsa.com and get yourself a bottle... stat. — Andrea Jordan
Cover image via @kloraneusa
This Fizzy Face Mask Is Fun and Functional
I was lucky enough to spend two weeks at the beach in August, but it turns out that much fun in the sun takes its toll. When I got back, my skin was wrecked. So, ever since, I've been trying to baby it with lots of TLC (i.e. masks) and this one has been my favorite. H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask, $6, goes on as a gel and then immediately starts fizzing up with bubbles as the champagne and yuzu extracts get to work. You leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Afterwards, my skin felt super soft and looked noticeably clearer and brighter. Score!
(And FYI: These are single-use packets, but I got three uses out of this one.) — Alyssa Hertzig
Cover image via @h2oplususa