As a professional wedding blogger who's been around for nearly a decade, I've been on the receiving end of quite a number of freebies. New brands and start-ups regularly contact me to check out their products for potential review or inclusion on my website. I know this sounds braggy, but I'm practically drowning in beauty products, samples, and I'm quickly running out of space in my tiny NYC bathroom cabinet.
That being said, I've had the pleasure of testing out products I might not have splurged on otherwise. It's hard to justify the expense of certain things without knowing if you'll actually love it, right? The downside to this is that now I'm getting a taste of more luxurious beauty products and can I just say… mama likey? 🙈
So like I did in June, I thought I'd share some of my new beauty discoveries that I'm using and loving! Without further ado… here are the beauty products I'm loving this month!
I had the pleasure of attending a press event for Amika at their styleblow blow dry bar in Brooklyn in July. I'd previously snatched up a sample of their Perk Up Dry Shampoo at Create & Cultivate in May, and quickly became obsessed. Apparently, the brand started out by making hair styling tools, and have since expanded into styling products. I really love the fun and colorful packaging, and the products are top notch! I swear, I have no idea how I made it through life without dry shampoo for nearly 30 years, but suffice it to say it's now a staple in my beauty routine. Amika's dry shampoo smells amazing and definitely helps soak up the oil between washings.
One of their master stylists hooked me up with a selection of their products based on my hair type (wavy, oily). A few days later I received full-size bottles of their Dry Shampoo, as well as the Un.Done Texture Spray and The Shield Style Extending Spray. Quite frankly, I'm obsessed! They smell great and are super effective. I'm definitely an Amika fan.
I recently received a VoxBox of Laura Mercier makeup via Influenster… which is a cool site where you can sign up to get free products in exchange for your honest reviews. I've been a member for several years and I've gotten to try out so many great products over that time — I highly recommend it! In this VoxBox, I was sent Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and their new Flawless Fusion Foundation. I am pretty picky when it comes to my foundation but holy cow– this stuff is AMAZING. It's really long-lasting and when paired with the setting powder, your makeup is sure to stay in place and looking fab all day.
I don't wear a full face of makeup very often, and in my day-to-day prefer to use something lightweight, but whenever I have a fancy date night or event to go to, I'll definitely be reaching for this duo.
I recently hosted a giveaway for a bridal skincare set from Stacked Skincare. Since I'm over 30, skincare has become a big focus for me over the last few years. Unfortunately, most good skincare products tend to be super expensive. To get celeb-quality anti-aging and nourishment, I'd have to spend my entire paycheck on in-office beauty treatments, facials, and more. But Stacked Skincare has several great products that allow you to get some of those results at home.
The company sent me a pretty powerful trio that I've been loving. First, their Dermaplaning Tool — yes, you use it to shave your face — removes the peach fuzz on your skin and also exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin completely smooth. It definitely helps my makeup go on much smoother and my potions and serums to deeper penetrate my skin. Their Micro-Roller is another favorite addition to my skincare routine. I've only been using it about once a week when I apply serums and a face peel. The tiny micro needles help lotions and potions penetrate the skin to nourish and moisturize more deeply. I'm loving the results! The last item was their Lip Peel – which I have since lost! (INSERT SAD FACE HERE). I'm totally ordering another one because this product made my lips super silky and smooth with its natural exfoliants. I'm seriously in love with it.
Last but not least, I recently picked up a collection of lip products from Buxom Cosmetics at a press event here in NYC. Buxom is a sister brand to Bare Minerals and focuses on products to plump your lips, lashes, and more. They gifted the attendees with a couple shades of Lip Polish, Plumpline Lip Liner, and their Powerplump Lip Balm. I'm a fan of all three of these products and I can't stop using them.
The lip polish comes in over 100 shades, all named after impressive and awesome women. The lip products all have vitamins E and A, as well as a unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster to support natural collagen and give lips a volumized look. I received Celeste and Samantha — both gorgeous colors!
So, those are the beauty products I'm loving this month! Let me know if there's any particular products you'd like me to review in the future, otherwise I'll just update with new ones I discover along the way. Thanks for reading!