I know, I know, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted one of these, but to be honest, there hasn’t been too much worth raving about…until now! Check out the post below for a few things I’ve been loving recently!!
Note: Items marked with an asterisk are cruelty free!!
1. Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic (here)*
So I know I don’t post about it a ton, but I am a huuuge makeup and skincare junkie. And while I love watching tutorials and product reviews on YouTube, I always struggle a bit with the authenticity of people’s claims. Now look, I’ve got my go-to ladies that I know would never lie to me or falsify results just to push a product, but the pessimist in me (ugh, I hate the bitch sometimes but she keeps me honest) is always a little skeptical with rave reviews, especially when it comes to skincare products. And not for nothing OK? As someone with combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin since the age of 13, I’ve done some serious time in facial care aisles, from CVS to Sephora. I’ve tried it a ton of stuff, and while there are definitely products that work better than others, I’ve never really been blown away by something. Gosh, it sounds so discouraging when I say it out loud, but rarely do I come across a product where I see truly noticeable results or improvement. And then I tried this Pixi Glow Tonic. Now full disclosure, I’ve been a huge fan of this product for a while now, but like the worst of the worst fuck boys, I’ve always found myself straying away from it, enamored with the claims and brand names of more expensive products, only to be let down time and time again. Anyway, I made my way back to my beloved Glow Tonic this month after taking some completely Unnecessary time off and I think I’m ready to make it official with this little bottle of magic that always pulls through for me. I’m done trying other things! I pour a little on a cotton pad and swipe it over my entire face day and night after cleansing and after just a few days, I notice that my skin tone looks brighter and more even. It contains glycolic acid, a gentle exfoliant that resurfaces your skin to help reduce dullness, unclog pores, and even out your tone and texture. I highly recommend adding something with glycolic acid into your regimen if brightening is an objective of yours, whether it’s this product or not—though for $15 a bottle and results that I promise you’ll see, just give this one a try.
2. Becca Cosmetics Becca x Khloe Kardashian & Malika Haqq Bronze, Blush, & Glow Palette in “Made With Love by Khloe” (here [on sale!])*
Alright y’all so this palette has actually been a staple of mine for a few months now, however, I was initially hesitant to include it in my monthly favorites for a few reasons. One, it was released as a limited edition, meaning there was no way to tell how long it was going to be available. Two, it’s on the pricier side. And three, I originally purchased this in the summer when I had a (barely there, but there nevertheless) tan, so I wasn’t sure if the tones would still work for me once all traces of color had left my face. The good news? I can now confidently address all three claims—though if you want in on this, you’re going to have to act fast (I hate saying shit like that but sometimes it is what it is). Because the palette was limited edition, it’s no longer available from Sephora or Ulta; however, it is still available on Becca’s website and…wait for it…it’s on sale! Originally $44, this has been marked down to $26.40, which means you’re getting four generous-sized Becca products for about $7 a pop. To put it into perspective, a single Becca blush is $34!! The palette contains two shimmery blushes, a matte-to-satin finish bronzer, and a highlight, all of which are gorgeous. If you’re a makeup person, you know its rare to find a palette where you can actually use every shade, but I promise that’s the case here. And while I definitely have to use a slightly lighter hand with each product now that I’m fairer (re: pasty), they are all pretty sheer, so I have no problem starting light and building up to my desired color payoff. The blushes are fairly coral-ly and both the bronzer and the highlighter have some warmth to them, but I personally still find them extremely wearable this time of year, especially for nighttime. The formulas are all creamy and blendable, and I don’t find that the highlighter emphasizes my texture. If you love glowy complexion products, I highly suggest you grab this at the discounted price while you still can.
3. SGX NYC Dry Touch Volumizing Dry Shampoo (here)*
So let’s start off by acknowledging that this product is an Allure magazine “2019 Best of Beauty” winner, a status which basically trumps any review that I could possibly give it. I’m kidding (kinda), but those beauty editors test hundreds of products, so the fact that this baby made the cut must mean it’s pretty darn special. According to Allure, “Dry shampoos force us to choose between greasy roots or chalky residue (or both!). This invisible mist absorbs oil, energizes strands, and feels like nothing.” And I would have to say I agree! What I love about this formula in particular is that I feel like I get the best of both worlds. On one hand, yes it’s just a great dry shampoo. On day two or three of no washing, I can douse my roots with it, work it in (this one def takes a little massaging), and I’m no longer looking like a greaseball. On the other hand, I’ve also used it almost as a finishing spray whenever I decide to get crazy and put some waves in my hair with a curling iron. I found it totally helped give my hair a little additional volume and texture without weighing it down or feeling too gritty. Plus, the packaging looks pretty on your countertop and the scent is nice and not overpowering. All in all, just a great product at a great price (you can find it Target for under $10).
4. Whitney Simmons’ Instagram Feed (@whitneyysimmons)
OK, OK, I already know what you’re thinking…do I really need another gorgeous blonde with chiseled muscles on my Instagram feed to serve as “inspiration” when really it just makes me feel like shit (lmao #realtalk)?? Look, I get it, no shade toward all the lovely fitness girls out there, but sometimes I feel like they can do more harm than good, especially if their pages are more focused on self-promotion than actual content. But what I love so much about Whitney is she’s not just over here posting selfies…she’s actually putting in the work and sharing it with all of us to take advantage of. It’s no secret that I love lifting weights, and I can’t advocate the necessity of it enough. However, sometimes doing the same moves over and over again can lead to boredom, both for your muscles and your brain. I noticed I was lacking motivation to get through my circuits, so I went on the hunt for some cool new variations I could incorporate. Somehow I stumbled upon Whitney’s page and it was exactly what I was looking for. As you can see from the screenshot above, she posts workout routines broken out by body part or cardio/HIIT. As you swipe through, each post contains full clips of her performing each move, which is critical to ensure you’re using proper form, as well as a recommended number of reps/circuits. Even just swapping in two or three new moves for each muscle group is enough to cause “muscle confusion” (it’s a good thing, I promise) and send you from bleh back into gains-making mode both mentally and physically. I’m telling you, if you need some fresh new ideas or inspiration, definitely give her page a scroll.