Rare Beauty Finds
We hunt through the aisles of the drugstore, we chat with experts at the luxury counters, and we search the web until we can no longer keep our eyes open. And still, finding that hidden gem in the beauty world can be nearly impossible. Everyone is screaming brands like Urban Decay and Tarte from the rooftops, but what about the products that are not getting the praise they deserve? How are you supposed to discover them? This is what I am here for. Discover the undiscoverable, the diamond in the rough, the latte in a world of instant coffee.
This magic oil has received praise in the cult beauty world. Maybe because it is so gosh darn unexpected? An oil to take care of those pesky breakouts? Weren’t they caused by oil in the first place? We are so used to clay masks, sulfur treatments, and even gels, but an oil? Yes, an oil. Without needing to wait for it to dry or to rinse it off, this oil just does its thing. It contains a mixture of 12 oils that heals current breakouts and prevent future spots from rearing their ugly heads. The oils also help to reduce inflammation, as well as prevent scarring. And what else? It is BPA-free (a chemical used to make plastics and resins), gluten-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free, alcohol-free, and is organic and vegan plus it has no added fragrance. What are you waiting for?
SKYN ICELAND Nordic Skin Peel
Why contain yourself to beauty that is strictly stateside when there is an entire world of skincare and makeup to explore? Skyn Iceland is a brand that is cruelty-free and free from parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, chemical sulfates, and phthalates. Although they have a huge range of skincare suited for sensitive skin, their Nordic Skin Peel is the gem of the bunch. These peel pads reveal smoother skin that glows with just one pass. Whether you are dealing with dullness, redness or texture issues, these vegan pads exfoliate away the surface of your skin that may be filled with debris and oils to then calm and smooth with zero irritation along the way.
Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer
Luxury is what Tata Harper is made of. These bits and bobs are made from naturally-derived ingredients and actually make a difference in your skin. Although all her products are extraordinary in their own ways, one that takes strides to outdo the rest is the Repairative Moisturizer. It may not sound that amazing, but it is. This ultra-hydrating formula will provide you with the silkiest skin of your life. It was specially formulated for those with mature, dehydrated skin, or living in cold and dry climates (HELLO East Coast in winter!). This is the brand’s best-selling formula, because not only does it hydrate the skin, but it locks that moisture in all day long to help with signs of aging. If you have yet to find your holy grail moisturizer, congratulations because you just did.
Uma Face Oils
Uma is a skincare line with face masks, toners, and cleansers, but what makes them stand out from the pack is their face oils. They have one for any skin concern you could possibly ever have. Have dull skin? Use their Ultimate Brightening Face Oil. Wrinkles? Try the Absolute Anti Aging Face Oil and Eye Oil. Dry and flaky? The Deep Nourish Extreme Dryness Treatment is for you. And it does not stop there. Face oils seem scary, but they are your skin’s BFF. They are balancing, brightening, and absorb into the skin so much easier than other textures. Plus, if you are new to the face oil thing, reaching for a brand that is clearly killing the game seems like a good place to start.
Root Pretty Pearl Powder Mineral Foundation
Root Pretty is a brand that was founded on the idea that you can have wearable and useable makeup for every day that is safe and gentle for even the most sensitive of skin types. Now, the brand has everything from hair products to body products and essential oils, but the standout product is their first makeup item, the Pearl Powder. This is a lightweight, breathable, and buildable powder foundation. And it is even cooler than say Bare Minerals, as it can be used wet, which turns it into a liquid concealer or foundation. And you are not on your own here. The brand provides you with everything you need to know about how to get different levels of coverage. Oh and this is vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and made in the USA. And the best part, there are 45+ shades of the foundation ranging from neutral to cool to warm and golden, so that everyone can find their exact shade! They even have an option to try out three samples of shades you think are right, so you can be certain. Now, when will all these brands be noticed?
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