I am so excited today because it is the first post of the new Juggling in Heels contributor, Anne. Anne has contributed to JIH in the past (her previous post is here, which gives our entire background and why I love her so much) but will now be contributing a beauty post once a month. The reason for this is, Anne knows everything about everything when it comes to beauty. She is obsessed with trying new products and she tends to be the one I go to when I need to change things up. Keep an eye out for her upcoming posts. I know you are going to love them.
Imagine that I’m your best friend. Okay so I know you don’t really know me yet. But trust me, after I walk you through the aisles at Sephora, I will totally be your beauty best friend. Because I love products. I ask everyone what they are wearing (and why, which I’m realizing now may be so annoying). Like I maybe have been known to send a text that reads, “Your skin looked so good last time I saw you at the grocery store. What foundation are you using?”
So there’s that. But I also try everything. My baby has really spent way too much time in his carrier while I bend over to test lipstick on my wrist. Well, at least he’s close to his mama. So I know what works and what doesn’t and I’m super opinionated. Just like a good best friend should be.
Let me introduce you to three products that have totally changed my life this season.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
I have been dating Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer on and off for years. I’ll use a bottle and then jump to the newest it product. There was that two year love affair with a Chanel foundation they don’t make anymore. Sigh. But somehow I always end up coming back to Laura. So when she launched a new foundation a few months ago I immediately went to try it. Oh. My. Gosh.
Let me just say that I have tried every foundation, BB cream and tinted moisturizer on the market. Okay maybe not all, but enough to shock you. I’ll just say that. They typically end up too heavy, settling into fine lines or just making my skin look super dry. Enter Laura Mercier’s new foundation. I am like head over heels in love. It’s a tad more coverage than the tinted moisturizer so dark spots and small pimples are covered easily. And the amazing thing is it’s matte without being flat or settling into lines.
I’m promising you, you will be in love. I use Linen which was sold out at half of the stores I tried so I am imagining its a popular color. If you are fair to medium it’s probably the shade for you. Don’t be shy to ask for a sample. I took it home and tried it in every light possible. Perfection. You’re welcome.
Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara
I have a mascara addiction like I am sure most of you do. I totally don’t mind a drugstore brand but I have one major pet peeve. Running mascara. I hate it. I have definitely walked away from more than one conversation, looked in the mirror and realized there was mascara on my cheek. So annoying.
So I’ve been on the hunt for something that doesn’t run. Fiber mascaras are usually the big winners here because they wrap around the lash and don’t smudge until you hit them with some warm water. So let me tell you. Since converting to Trish mascara I have cried, worked out, left it on overnight and played with my kids for hours and not one flake, smudge or random black stuff near my eyes. Ever.
It’s not cheap. At $31 it is on the high side for a mascara but totally worth it. I like to put mine on, wait five minutes and then curl my lashes. It’s like I just got extensions. Seriously.
Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1
I have been looking for a good dry shampoo that doubles as a body builder forever. For some reason every product that I’ve used for volume ends up heavy or crunchy. So I picked up this travel size at Sephora and immediately went back for the full. I just let my hair air dry and then spray this all over. I immediately have volume and “just got back from the beach” hair. It smells heavenly and is totally my saving grace with two small boys and absolutely no time to do my hair.
So there you are. Don’t you feel closer already? Go get a latte and shop. Enjoy.
Until next time, JIH readers.