For me, February was was all about finding the products that made my skin smooth, sculpted, and luminous! If that’s what you’re looking for too, then you’ll love this post :)
VOLANTÉ Healer Concealer Calm & Cover Balm* ($39 – I’m wearing #2). This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill concealer. This balm is a treatment and concealer in one. Not only is the coverage great – you only need to use a teeny, tiny bit to conceal a blemish – but it’s simultaneously helping heal your skin by decreasing redness, bruises, and pimples. Even when I go foundation-less, which is often these days (I talk about that in more detail below), I almost always use at least a bit of concealer under my eyes, so I find myself reaching for this stuff a lot. Besides being gentle, parabon-free, cruelty-free, and EFFECTIVE – all good enough reasons for me to purchase a replacement when it’s used up – VOLANTÉ happens to be a local Portland company, which makes it all the more appealing. #shoplocal
VOLANTÉ Healer Concealer Calm & Cover Balm in #2, $39, available at volanteskincare.com.
MAC Strobe Cream ($12 for the mini size). I use this all over my face, after my initial moisturizer, to give myself a healthy, dewy glow. I mentioned earlier that I’ve started skipping foundation more often than not – and I have this product to thank for that. It makes my skin look so luminous that I don’t want to cover it with foundation. Alternatively, I’ll mix it with my foundation or CC cream – one part MAC Strobe Cream, one part foundation – if I decide I do want a little more coverage that day.
MAC Strobe Cream, $12 for the mini size, available at Nordstrom.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($10-49 depending on the size). This primer is so popular that I feel silly even including it on here, but I wanted to let you all know that it lives up to its hype. On the days I do decide to wear foundation, I ALWAYS apply this first. (After moisturizer, before foundation.) It smooths out my skin, creating an ideal base for my makeup. It also makes a big difference when it comes to how long my face lasts that day. I’ve tried a number of primers over the years, but this one is my favorite because it’s soft and non-drying – but it doesn’t make my skin look oily. It’s also super soft and simply lovely to apply.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $10-49 depending on the size, available at Sephora.
BECCA Highlighter in ‘Champagne Pop’ ($38). Mmmmm I just love this highlighter! It’s so smooth and buttery. It’s also perfectly build-able and so pretty on my cheekbones. (Not sure where / how to apply highlighter? Check out this handy photo guide.) It’s not glittery, but it adds the perfect glow. If you’re in the market for a good highlighter, I can’t recommend this one enough! I got the color ‘Champagne Pop’ but I think I’m going to also purchase ‘Peal’ too – possibly in the liquid version for a little variety.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Highligher in the color ‘Champagne Pop’, $38, available at Sephora.
Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki Brush #82 (on sale for $19) + Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75 ($32). You probably already have your foundation brush, your bronzer brush, and your concealer brush, but what’s the status of your contour brush? Hear me out… You don’t have to be a Kardashian-wannabe to benefit from these brushes. In general, my personal preference is a subtle, barely-there contour (and a little highlight) – and these two Sephora PRO brushes make the job SO MUCH EASIER. Seriously, they’re the brushes you never knew you needed, but after you buy them, you wonder how you ever did your makeup without them. The Angled Contour Brush #75 gets precisely into the hollows of my cheekbones on my first try. And the Contour Kabuki Brush #82 is the absolute perfect brush for blending everything together (which is awesome even if you don’t contour), not to mention how soft it feels on my face. Recently I replaced all of my brushes with the Sephora PRO line and I’ve been really pleased with all of them – they’re well priced for professional-grade brushes and feel soft and sturdy. But the two standout brushes were certainly the two contour brushes I’m raving about here.
Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki Brush #82, on sale for $19, available at Sephora.
Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75, $32, available at Sephora.
Wet Brush Hair Brush ($8.99). I know I’m a bit late to the game on this one – you’ve probably been using this brush for years! But in case you haven’t, I have to tell you that the new-to-me Wet Brush is an incredibly affordable way to maximize your conditioners effectiveness and guarantee smooth, easily brushed hair when you get out of the shower. The process is simple: After you add conditioner and before you rinse it out, just use this soft, flexible brush to get the knots out and help evenly distribute your conditioner. So simple, yet so effective. I notice a huge difference on the days I use this versus when I forget to.
Wet Brush Hair Brush, $8.99, available at Amazon.
Hempz Original Body Moisturizer ($12). Most body lotions are either too thin, too thick, too sticky, too greasy – too something. But this one, this one is perfection (and smells so good!) Carter loves it too.
Hempz Original Body Moisturizer, $12, available on Amazon.
*Disclosure: The VOLANTÉ product was gifted to me free of charge but all opinions expressed are my own. I sample a lot of products and only feature my favorites on my blog! All other products in this post were purchased by me with no affiliation with the companies who made them.