What I Use To Soothe My Dry Hands and Nails

As we try to acclimate to our new reality during Covid-19, there’s no denying that our typical routines are not so typical anymore. Even washing my hands has been extremely implemented into my routine (I’m honestly over washing at this point, but I rather be safe than sorry). According to the CDC, hand washing is one of the most important ways to protect yourself from getting sick and preventing the spread of the virus. Even though I’m not going outside (except for grocery runs) I can’t stop going to the sink and overdoing it with the soap. It doesn’t help that I have pretty bad eczema on some of my fingers, which have been brutally itchy and irritated. And on top of that my hands are dry AF, red, bumpy, and just plain gross. In between hand washing these are the products I use to soothe and treat.

Aquaphor

Oh Aquaphor how I love you so. This totally helps the red, bumpy skin on the top of my hands. I also add it to my lips for extra smoothness. So good! This is kind of my “windex” of products. If you know, you know. I like this one with the applicator because I can apply directly on my hands and not get any under my fingernails.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Hand Therapy

I received a sample of this lotion and I like how moisturizing it is with its shea butter. What I love most about it is that it’s not greasy. It absorbs super well into the skin. Plus, it helps firm your skin as well as repair and strengthen its barrier. This one is fragrance-free.

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil

This is my OG nail oil. I love how hydrating it is! My nails have been super brittle and dry as well so this really helps. A little goes a long way with this oil. Just a dab can cover two or three nails. Whatever is left over, I massage throughout my hands.

How are you keeping your hands and nails hydrated during this pandemic?

Alexis Ren x ColourPop

Okay I’ll admit it, I have a tiny crush on Alexis Ren and was so excited when her collaboration with ColourPop Cosmetics was revealed. After getting a sneak peek of the upcoming collection I needed to get my hands on the Blotted Lip in the color Deja Vu and the Topaz bronzer and highlighter Pressed Powder Duo.

When the package arrived the palette was shattered and I was disappointed. This was my first time purchasing anything from ColourPop. After an email exchange they later sent me a replacement which made me feel thrilled – and nervous. I hoped the replacement would come in good condition – and it did! (Thanks ColourPop for the great customer service!)

Deja Vu is a brownish/nude-y color that is fun to wear on the lips. But the Topaz palette is so gorgeous. Very pigmented and definitely brings that glow. The bronzer and highlighter together are a match-made in heaven. Can’t wait to wear everything for my next dinner date. 😉

Did you pick up anything from this collaboration? What’s your favorite ColourPop product? Let me know in the comments!

Smith & Cult in Bitter Buddhist

Smith & Cult Bitter Buddhist

My obsession with Smith & Cult is not dying any time soon. It’s safe to say that I’m becoming even more obsessed. This summer I was on the lookout for a seafoam green nail polish. I kept searching for OPI Mermaid Tears but couldn’t find it anywhere. I then searched for an alternative, and although this isn’t the same shade as the OPI color, Bitter Buddhist is exactly what I had my mind on. Plus it looks awesome on your toes! The application was seamless as per usual.

Smith & Cult Bitter Buddhist

Have you tried Smith & Cult polishes before? Check out more reviews on this brand, here and here! What’s your favorite nail polish brand?

Bite Beauty Multistick

Bite Beauty Multistick

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned how much I love multipurpose products. Case in point: Bite Beauty Multistick. This handy little stick can be used on your lips, cheeks, and on eyes. This product has been all the rage on social media, and with over 10 colors to choose from I can see why everyone is flocking to get their hands on them. I tried three colors: Macaroon, Cocoa, and Blondie.

Macaroon was definitely may favorite. With a rosy pink color I can see myself wearing this shade in all three places, my lips, cheeks and eyes. This color looks great on the cheeks for a flushed look. Cocoa is a dark brown color which I don’t think I can pull off on the lips but it can possibly work to contour. Blondie is a nude-y color that I think looks great on the eyes.

The great thing about these multisticks is the satin finish. It goes on so smooth when you apply which is especially important if you want to apply to the cheeks and eyelids-it makes blending so much easier. I also love how compact they are and that I can stash these anywhere without them taking up too much space.

I absolutely want to try other colors and I recommend this to anyone who loves products that target more than one area. Take a peek at the swatches below:

 

Bite Multistick Swatch Macaroon, Cocoa, Blondie
L to R: Macaroon, Cocoa, Blondie

 

Have you tried the Bite Beauty Multistick before? What’s your favorite multipurpose product? ICYMI here is a post on the Bite Beauty Lip Mask!


Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Bare Bottles: Products I’ve Finished No. 8

I’m a little bummed that summer is over. But I am so excited for the fall, chilly temps, and new makeup and skincare products. I’ve been a little MIA lately in the blogsphere, but I’m working on some new posts for you. To get the ball rolling again here are some products that I recently finished.

This is my everyday lotion that I use after I shower. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fragrance free option and that keeps skin hydrated. I usually switch between this one and my prescribed lactic acid lotion. This is an all-around a good lotion and can be found in any drugstore.

I have combo/oily skin so I thought this cleanser will come in handy for me. At first I loved it but then I started noticing that my skin always felt dry, which rarely happens. I then realized that it was this cleanser. From now on I just use a cleansing oil. But to be honest I do like to use this cleanser after a workout because it leaves my skin feeling clean. I will still recommend this but limit your use to only once a day or after a sweat session to avoid dryness.

I’m always 50/50 when it comes to deodorant. I either use a deodorant/antiperspirant or just a deodorant alone. Whenever I randomly go through my no antiperspirant phase I like to stick to all natural deodorants that contain no baking soda. Baking soda really irritates my underarms making them itchy, red, bumpy and creating hyper-pigmentation. BTW it’s a little hard to find an all natural deodorant that has zero baking soda. Meow Meow Tweet is baking soda free and I can pronounce all of the ingredients. This deodorant is super smoothing and has a pleasant smell. But is it long-lasting? So so. I had to reapply to make sure I would stay stink-free but to cut the product some slack I sweat A LOT. So although it didn’t last all day for me, it can absolutely work better for you. Everyone’s body chemistry is different.

Have you tried any of these products? Stay tuned for more Bare Bottles posts and beauty reviews.

 

Montauk, New York

Montauk, New York

Summer is the perfect time to head out to Long Island for the weekend. We drove to Montauk, which is at the eastern end of the island, for some exploring. We decided to check out the Montauk Lighthouse—the first lighthouse in New York State and the fourth oldest in the U.S. Being here felt like that Gossip Girl episode when the gang is in the Hamptons. Très chic!

Montauk, New York
Montauk, New York
Smith & Cult Bitter BuddhistWearing Smith & Cult Bitter Buddhist on my toes. (A review will be up soon!)
Smith & Cult Regret the Moon
Loved how my mani looked in the sunlight! Wearing Smith & Cult Regret the Moon.
On our way back to the city we learned that it was National Ice Cream Day so we made a pit stop at a local Carvel for some ice cream. I opted for the Orange Sherbet. So delicious!
How’s your summer so far? Have any of you visited Montauk?

Smith & Cult Polish in Regret The Moon

Smith & Cult Regret The Moon
 
Once the weather starts getting warmer, I love playing around with different nail colors. One of my favorite nail polish brands is Smith & Cult. Their colors are so unique, the formula is amazing, and the color is long lasting. You can never go wrong with white once summer rolls around. Plus wearing white looks so good when your skin is tanned.
 
The color above is Regret The Moon and it’s a great shade of white (Net A Porter’s photos don’t quite capture the color). Some white polishes can be super streaky making it hard to apply to the nails. The formula on this polish is so smooth. No streaks or bubbles. Regret The Moon is not such a bright white that ends up looking too heavy. It’s the perfect balance and shade. To achieve the opacity above I used two coats.
I’m honestly so obsessed with this brand and would like to build my collection of all their polishes. The packaging is so beautiful, chic, and luxe. I already purchased this seafoam green color from Net A Porter, and I can’t wait to try it and upload swatches for you all. And in case you missed it, here is my post on Smith & Cult’s Fauntleroy, a delicate lavender. The post is almost reaching 200 views! Thank you for reading!

Have you tried Smith & Cult polishes before? What’s your favorite color to wear in the summertime?

 

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Rose

Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom

As you may already know, Glossier is one of my favorite beauty brands. Their packaging and product marketing is top notch. I love that they’re constantly releasing new products, and this rose scented version of their Balm Dotcom is so good.

I’m personally a big fan of their original balm but little by little I am becoming more obsessed with products infused with roses. This rose version smells so delicate and fresh. The smell is almost sweet. I love it because it acts just like the regular balm, but the scent makes the product a lot cooler. Most of the time I use it on my lips (I love how long lasting it is!) but you can apply anywhere you feel needs some moisture. It doesn’t leave my lips shiny or sticky and in case you’re wondering it doesn’t leave a tint or color on your lips.

If you haven’t tried Glossier I highly recommend this balm, as well as the rest of the balm dotcom range. I think this is the best product from their entire line.

Want to see other Glossier reviews? See below!

1. Original Balm Dotcom

2. Coconut Balm Dotcom and Face Mist

3. Boy Brow


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What’s your favorite lip balm at the moment?