The Hot List: May 2018
So… I haven’t done a “The Hot List” post in about two months, partially because I was busy with school and hardly had any time to write, but partially because I was uninspired in regard to makeup. I was using the same items from previous blog posts over and over again, and writing about them until I’m blue in the face wouldn’t be all that productive (and I know you all wouldn’t have enjoyed it much, either). Alas! The spring semester is finally done, and my inspiration to write has returned. I figured the first subject I should write about are the products I’ve been using constantly as of late, so let’s do this!
1. Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mists in “Sea Island Cotton” and “Pretty as a Peach”: I thought I grew out of the Bath & Body Works phase as far as their scents go, but I was attempting to find a temporary replacement for my favorite perfume, Clean Reserve Warm Cotton. That perfume is too expensive for me to purchase right now; I’m planning to splurge on it whenever I get a 20% off coupon from Ulta or the Sephora VIB Sale rolls back around. On the day I went to B&BW, all their fragrance mists were only $5 a piece, which is a steal considering they’re normally $14. I bought Sea Island Cotton because it’s reminiscent of Clean Reserve Warm Cotton, but is a little bit cooler of a scent. Even though I normally don’t love scents that smell like foods, I fell in love with the Pretty as a Peach scent. It’s definitely that artificial peach scent, sort of similar to the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection, but is toned down and mixed with a bit of a floral scent to keep it from being sickly-sweet. I’ll list the notes for each below in case you think you’d might be interested.
Sea Island Cotton: A crisp, clean scent inspired by pure white cotton flowing in fresh ocean air.
Pretty as a Peach: Blushing Peach, Jasmine Petals, White Nectarine, Apple Blossom, Sheer Freesia
2. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner Facial Mist in “Lavender”: I decided to stop using Mario Badescu due to some research and some not-too-amazing new articles about the brand. As you all probably have seen me write on my blog, their facial sprays were my favorite. In a search to replace the gaping hole left in my heart from discontinuing their use, I decided to try this toner mist. I’d heard decent things about it from YouTube, and I was pleasantly surprised by this! Witch hazel is known to be a bit drying to the skin, and other witch hazel toners I’ve tried in the past have irritated my skin, but this one doesn’t. It feels refreshing on the face and controls my oils without making my skin feel dry. I’m not sure if this could be contributing to the overall dehydration my face has been battling in more recent months. I know quite a few natural beauty bloggers have expressed that people should try to stay away from witch hazel as much as possible, so I may or may not repurchase this after I’m finished with it. It’s a huge bottle for only $11, though, so if you’re on a budget and don’t mind using witch hazel, it’s definitely a viable option.
3. Bahi Cosmetics Sunflower Sweets Serum: I wrote an entire blog post about this product and my ideas about Bahi Cosmetics as a brand, so I will leave that link here. Overall, I’ve seen so much improvement in the texture of my skin since I’ve started using this product; it will be a forever repurchase just on that merit alone. It helps seal in moisture as well, which is great. I also sometimes mix this in with matte foundations to give them more of a glow, since I’m not a big fan of the matte look anymore, but still want to use up those base products.
4. Trestique Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick in “Maldives Luminescent”: Champagne highlighters usually aren’t my thing. Neither are cream highlighters. Somehow, though, this product has made its way into my everyday makeup routine, and even though it’s one of the products I wanted to use up in my Project Pan/No-Buy, I’m finding myself wanting to repurchase it. It gives the glossiest, “wet” highlighted look to the skin without being greasy or sliding around everywhere. It wears amazingly both under and on top of foundations, and it doesn’t ball up or look patchy on top of powders. The shade doesn’t end up looking ashy on my skin tone, and it’s one that I’ll apply to the face on no-makeup days just to liven the face up. They have a new shade (at least, one I’ve never seen before); I might have to pick that one up once I finish some of the products for my no-buy…
5. Real Techniques Blush Brush: Where has this been my entire life? I’d always glossed over it at the store because it was huge and seemed more like a powder brush than a blush brush. I’d always used angled blush brushes, so I was stuck in the mindset of “if it’s not angled, it’s not for me.” Boy, was I wrong. I love that this can be used with both powder and cream blushes; even though I only have one “cream” blush in my collection, it’s still nice to have a brush that applies the blush evenly. The bristles are soft and not as dense as I believed them to be, so even though color is easily built up on the cheeks, it doesn’t apply all at once and I don’t end up looking clownish.
6. CoverFX Illuminating Primer: I never, ever thought I would actually love a high-end primer more than my drugstore ones. This gives the most beautiful “lit from within” glow to the skin, and it’s another product that I will wear on days I’m not wearing any other makeup. It’s glowy and dewy without making my face an oil slick. It would be the absolute perfect primer if it was as hydrating as the Becca First Light Priming Filter; this CoverFX one is a bit creamier and doesn’t really sink into the skin to hydrate it. I’ll be on the hunt for illuminating primers that are less expensive than this, but best believe I’ll be purchasing the full size of this product during the Sephora VIB sale during November.
7. Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation in DN3: I’ve written a whole blog post dedicated to this product, so I will leave the link to that here.
8. Flower Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray: This is, hands-down, the best hydrating and dewy finish setting spray I’ve ever tried. It’s not illuminating, so it doesn’t have flecks of glitter or shimmer in it; it just makes the face look plump and hydrated. Any matte foundation I use this with almost transforms to a natural skin finish. The best part about this product has to be the sprayer. This has the finest mist ever. It’s almost too fine that I sometimes feel as though nothing sprays on my face at all, but then I see how hydrated my face is and know it actually did spray out of the bottle. This would be perfect as a refresher spray throughout the day as well since it doesn’t drench the face and is cooling to the skin. I even put this in my fridge before doing my makeup sometimes because it makes my face feel even more refreshed.
9. e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Primer Spray: I didn’t expect much from this, given that reviews on Ulta and even the e.l.f. Cosmetics website are dreadful, but I wanted to try out primer sprays for a blog post I’m planning on doing (watch out for it, I’m so excited), so I purchased it. It’s only $8, so I figured I wouldn’t be losing out on that much money through this experiment. I personally love the formula, but hate the packaging. While it’s beautiful and sleek, you can’t see how much product is left inside because the white is an actual part of the bottle, not a representation of the product inside. That could be overlooked if the sprayer wasn’t so bad. As a primer spray, it’s workable, but I wouldn’t recommend this product as a double-duty beauty item and wouldn’t use it as a setting spray. The spray is pointed and harsh, so while it doesn’t spray absolutely everywhere, it drenches the face. As aforementioned this is okay if the product is used as a primer, since no other makeup has been applied yet, but using it as a setting spray leaves patches of broken up product. If the bottle is angled upward and sprayed, though, and the spray floats down to the face, it could work as a setting spray and leaves the face with a pretty dewy glow. I don’t particularly have issues with the wear time of most foundations, so I can’t really comment on that, but it does make the skin a little tacky as well as plump. Foundations go on beautifully over this spray, but I wouldn’t say there’s much smoothing or pore-filling action with this product.
10. CoverFX Illuminating Setting Spray: If you want to look like a shimmery, glowing goddess, purchase this product. It’s definitely worth the $32. This setting spray has actual shimmer particles in it, so spraying it until there’s no tomorrow will leave you looking pretty shiny. Two or three sprays over any foundation? Then you’re sporting that beautiful summer glow. The nozzle on this spray is similar to that of the Flower Beauty one mentioned above, but I do occasionally get large globs of shimmer on the face, which a wipe or pat of a makeup sponge will dispel quickly. This doesn’t feel particularly hydrating, so I usually pair this with either 1) another, more hydrating setting spray or 2) a hydrating primer. CoverFX recently came out with a few more setting sprays, but they haven’t hit my Sephora store yet; once I can get my grubby little hands on those, I’ll definitely blog a comparison post.
11. Morphe x Bretman Rock Babe in Paradise Highlighting Palette: I have a whole blog post dedicated to this product, so I will link that here.
Eleven products later, but we’ve made it to the end! I’ve honestly missed blogging so much, and I’m happy inspiration is finally coming back to me. If any ideas for posts strike your fancy, leave those ideas in the comments. I always love creating content I know others will enjoy, and I’m down to write anything.
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.