Shopping My Beauty Stash
Ten weeks into quarantine and we’ve all had our own private or public realizations and they range in magnitude and category.
1.There’s the existential, “What am I doing with my life?”
2. There’s the benevolent, “I need to give back more to my family, to my community, to the world! Sign me up for The Peace Corps ASAP!”
3. There’s the Self Care-ish, “I’m taking this time to tone, tighten, mask, pluck, pilates myself into something I won’t be able to maintain once I’m sprung from my apartment.”
4. There’s the revelatory, “Damn! I’m pretty skilled at juggling and tie dye.”
I’d say I’ve felt all of these declarative statements at certain times over the past few months; however, all of these feelings have manifested in a desire to want and waste less. That paired with a little economic belt-tightening and I made a vow to use up as many products cluttering my bathroom as possible. Fifteen items later I’m here to tell you I’ve saved some cash and gotten rid of a lot of full size and travel size products that usually go to waste while I hunt for the “next best thing.”
Below is a rundown of some of the products I finished. This is not to encourage you to purchase more “stuff.” The point of this is to inspire you to look at what you already own or to help you thoughtfully purchase products you need and will use.
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara - I’ve always said drugstore mascaras are just as good as high-end mascaras but this one is pretty hard to beat. It manages to volumize and define. It looks good on top and bottom lashes (sometimes mascara looks super spider-like on bottom lashes). And, it doesn’t smudge.
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen - Lightweight and oil-free, this is the ONLY sunscreen I will use on my face. I’ve tried a lot of the brands at Sephora and I always end up with cystic acne breakouts or tricky interactions with my makeup. I’m so dedicated to this product I always have a backup in my cabinet. If you want to try it AND support a small business, DM Glowbar on IG (@glowbar). They are currently closed but supporting customers through product purchases! You’ll be doing something good for your skin AND a small, female-owned business.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps All-Over Body Moisturizer - This is the gold-standard if your skin is supremely dry. The texture is not as thick as a body butter which means it absorbs quickly and you’ll be able to pull on your yoga pants within 2 minutes of application (no judgments - we’ve worn the same yoga pants 3 days in a row, too).
MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose - I’ve never been without this product...until now. I didn’t have a backup and ran out quite early into quarantine. I use under my eyes after I’ve applied concealer to brighten the area (I have pretty serious circles). It’s also great to counteract the redness around my nasal area. I haven’t found a drugstore dupe so, for now, I’m learning to live with less (dramatic, I know).
Tula Purifying Face Cleanser - Not revelatory but I’ve recently learned what you use to cleanse your face does matter. I tried two different cleansers that messed with my skin and I was in need of a gentle but effective face wash. I pulled out this Tula one and it was exactly what I needed. My skin never felt tight or stripped of its natural moisture and I noticed a marked improvement in texture within a few weeks.
Son & Park Beauty Water - This toner lasted forever and at $30, it’s reasonably priced. It gently exfoliates and tones skin and I use it after cleansing but before applying serum. You don’t need this, IMHO. I prefer to tone but I can’t guarantee it will change your skin. Now that I’ve finished this bottle,
I’ve moved on to this one by Kiehl’s. I loved the effects it gave after one use in which I could barely locate my pores. Plus, it calmed the redness and windburn from riding my bike daily to avoid Uber or the train.