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    From one makeup and skincare addict to the next!

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    1. Kevyn Aucoin Glass Skin Face Gloss makes me look like a dewy dumpling and makes the coveted "glass skin" look a little more attainable — plus, mixing it in with foundation makes the glow look v natural and not, like, overboard.

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    Like I just said up there, this Glass Glow Highlighter literally turns my face into "dewy dumpling" status. Allow me to explain. It's inspired by and borrows heavily from the popular K-beauty "glass skin" concept — which, if it isn't inherent from the name, denotes ultra-smooth, pore-minimized, and glass-like skin. And wowowow, when I mix this highlighter with my foundation, I'm taken aback by the dewiness and glowiness of my own skin! I had a "is this even possible" kind of reaction the first time. My foundations are typically matte because I want that full coverage, but I also want my skin to look dewy and glossy — and I never thought I could have both, tbh.

    I wasn't too sure about it at first, since I haven't jived well with face glosses in the past, but for some reason — while this product is definitely a tad sticky — it wears more easily and naturally. It doesn't feel like it's really sitting there on my skin, and you can always set it a bit with a light mist. My favorite shade is Prism Rose just because it has a rosy (duh) finish and adds a little color/flush to my face to make it look like I don't stay indoors all the time, but they also have a more ~sheer~ color called Crystal Clear that is also lovely! You don't even need highlighter (I'm not wearing any in the first photo) but if you add some (as I often do), it pops **even more** on top of the Glass Glow. Consider me glowed TF up!!

    Get it from Sephora for $32 (available in three shades).

    2. Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum is my favorite kinda sunscreen — the one that doesn't feel or smell like typical sunscreen, which mean it's not chalky, doesn't leave any residue or white cast, and *best of all* feels like I'm applying any one of my other skincare products — hence the "serum" in its name. And it's super hydrating too!

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    Full disclosure: I watch every single one of Eva Chen's (Instagram's head of fashion partnerships) IG stories and have witnessed her recommend this Supergoop sunscreen multiple times, so I knew I had to get my hands on it. I will preface this review with the fact that yes, SPF 30 is a little lower than what I'd normally go for (and for those who definitely want a higher SPF, I recommend my ride-or-die Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence), but I'm really not outdoors much and SPF 30 should suffice for working most days in an office (which still requires sunscreen, if you're near windows like I am!!!).

    I love the lightweight, serum-y formula, which means it blends in super easily and no white cast is left behind — plus, it has a bit of a cooling touch to it! Its formula contains Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, and Hydroviton 24 for ample hydration, which is fab and more than I could ask for in a sunscreen! But y'all, I've read some Amazon reviewers, it is still SUNSCREEN and not an actual, standalone serum — let's get that straight. However, sunscreen *with* skincare benefits is really the only way to go, IMO! I also love the pump because it dispenses the perfect amount, whereas the squeezy format of other sunscreens can get a little tricky. It's undetectable after it's rubbed in and it wears so wonderfully underneath my makeup. I can't imagine life without this. (Maybe one day, it'll even have higher SPF? I can only dream.)

    Get it from Amazon or Nordstrom for $42.

    3. Londontown Kur Gel Genius Top Coat works literal magic by preserving my mani with *regular* polish for two weeks, but is no where nearly as intense or damaging as gel polish — Londontown is also 9-free, cruelty-free, and almost all products — including this top coat — are vegan! I'm still shook.

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    If there was a prize for "Shortest Time Lapsed Before Ruining Nails," I'd get first place. Unless it's straight-up gel (which I don't like to get too often because it's kinda brutal on my nails, taking it off is a pain in the tush, and IDK if it's just me, but my nails feel like they're burning under the curing LED lights!!), nail polish doesn't last on me. Period. Whether I get regular polish applied at a salon or at home by myself, it starts cracking and peeling within a day or two — I'm constantly using my nails throughout the day, but the ultimate bearer of blame is my hair-washing routine, since I use my nails to comb through my very tangled hair and massage a bunch of products into my roots. And note: my nails are generally quite healthy (I let them breathe sans polish a lot, apply cuticle oil, and I even take biotin/keratin gummies), I always apply base coat and top coat (and sometimes even reapply top coat!), etc.

    OK, that was a long intro! I just want you to know why I'm so impressed by this top coat I'm about to get into. I basically got a "gel-like" mani (like mimicking gel, but NOT actually gel) with Gel Genius Base Coat, Londontown Lakur Nail Polish in the shade "Ring Me," and the Gel Genius Top Coat to finish. A few days later, I was impressed that my mani still looked pristine, but I was wary that it'd last through my hair wash. The Londontown rep (Hi, Emily!) told me to reapply the top coat every few days, so I did the day *before* I washed my hair. I did my usual hair scrubbing and whatnot — not going easy on my nails at all — and my polish came out STILL PERFECT and untarnished. Wizardry? I think so.

    The top coat dries surprisingly fast the second and third time around, but make sure to let the top coat **fully dry** the first time around — like 20 minutes (unless you have a cooling fan handy). Londontown also has an Accelerating Drying Oil that speeds up the process further! Y'ALL, long story short, I've never had regular nail polish look this good — let along pretty much new and perfect — after a few days, let alone over a week! As I'm typing this review it's been 13 days, I've stopped applying top coat, and washed/scrubbed my hair again, and while the edges look a little ragged, my nails look almost the exact same as the day 9 photo. Mic drop, that's it.

    Get the Kur Gel Genius Top Coat from Amazon for $20, Londontown Lakur Nail Polish for $16 (available in 81 colors!), and Kur Gel Genius Base Coat from Ulta for $20.

    4. My Milk Makeup Astrology Tattoo Stamp lets me proudly rep my Taurus status all year 'round, while adding a little ~spunk~ to my eye makeup, and — mostly for my own delight/entertainment — impressing a lot of people/strangers who think it's permanent.

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    If I had a dime for every person who has asked me if my Milk Makeup stamps are tattoos, whew boi, I'd have a lot of dimes! (Also, you must think highly of me if you think I have that sort of pain tolerance!!!) That being said, they're literally the easiest way to get a little ~wow factor~ into your usual makeup routine/getup — all it takes a second to apply, and its inherently artsy nature makes the payoff that much greater for extremely minimal effort. IMO, the astrological factor makes it feel a bit more personal than their regular (but also lovely!) star/heart/etc. stamps. That's to say, not a lot of makeup can very directly reveal a little piece of yourself. I just love the swiftness and ease of the stamp and the fact that people think, if not that it's a real tattoo, that I drew it myself! Next time, maybe I should just pretend that it is.

    (Apparently they are water-resistant too, but I haven't really been able to test that out!)

    Get it from Sephora for $12 (available in all 12 astrological signs, as well as regular heart/peace sign/star/ying yang stamps).

    5. Glossier Cloud Paint easily earns my top spot for favorite blushes (which is a VERY short list) — it blends so beautifully, has a fresh and natural finish, and it's super easy to control the intensity or make custom shades!

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    I wasn't a Blush Person until I met Cloud Paint. I'm pretty sure one incident from when I was eight and applied way too much blush on myself for a dance recital scarred me right into adulthood. Any other attempts at wearing blush always looked unnatural and accented redness that populated in the cheek areas. It was always too much or too little, no in between — until Cloud Paint's ~gel-cream~ formula burst into my life.

    My favorite way to use Cloud Paint is to blend two shades together! Obviously each is gorgeous on their own, but I love feeling like an ~artist~ mixing paints together on a palette (my hand, lol). Plus, the more intense shades (in my opinion!) like Haze (a deep berry) benefit from a little toning down from, say, Dusk (a brownish "nude") or Puff (a light pink). You just gotta be careful squeezing the color out 'cause you need just the tiiiiiniest bit, which also means one petite tube lasts you 5ever.

    I just dot — to be precise, four dots in a slightly upwards-curving line — from the apples of my cheeks outwards and lightly pat with a trusty sponge to diffuse the color. The gel-cream formula just blends so seamlessly / like no other blush I've ever used, and it's a piece of cake to use. You can always press a little harder with the sponge and keep dabbing if the color is too intense. Unlike powder blushes, it doesn't cake or make pores look more apparent and just gliiiiides over your skin for a dewy-looking flush. And! Because barely any pressure is required, it doesn't disturb my base makeup that I worked so hard to perfect!

    P.S. I've also used Cloud Paint as eyeshadow (like Rihanna's 2017 Met Gala draping lewk, but way less intense) and it's quite lovely for a effortlessly smooth and tied-together look — and it puts any extra pigment to proper use!

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades). You can also get two shades and free shipping with the Cloud Paint Duo for $16.

    6. Buxom Lash Mascara lengthens, darkens, and volumizes my lashes — while keeping them separate (read: NO CLUMPS!) — and gives them the extra everyday oomph they need to make up for my perpetual tiredness or complete any eyeshadow/eyeliner lewk.

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    I love mascara, but I'm not a "go-big-or-go-home lashes" kinda gal. Anything that promises to amp up volume just leaves my lashes sticking together and looking clumpy at the tips, which is a terrible look. Honestly I just need a little length and definition, and I'm good. Instead of grabbing whatever mascara I can find, I realized that I prefer hourglass brushes on my minimal, sparse lashes — for reference, you can't see my bare lashes in photos, even up close. This hourglass isn't as defined as, say, Benefit's Better Than Sex, but it's the best at grabbing onto each little, short lash from bottom to tip and increasing visibility, length, and depth by 100x. I'd probably apply additional coats if I were going out, but one coat is just the right amount for everyday work life.

    P.S. This is like a more volumizing version of an Asian-lashes fave, Innisfree Skinny Microcara Mascara, which is great for grabbing itty bitty lashes but doesn't give me an noticeable-enough effect.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    P.P.S. The Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara is our mid-priced pick for best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. Glossier Gelée is the answer I've been looking for to my messy glitter woes — it's a breeze for beginners to apply and makes a big statement *without* any fall out. I'm also fawning over pairing them with Colorslide's fun shades!

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    I'll say it: Glitter's hard to deal with!! I have a ton of loose glitter I've barely touched because I don't find it worth the effort. But Glossier Gelée is on a different playing field — its gel base ensures that the glitter stays put, so there's no chance of fall out or flaking, so it's basically a glitter fan's (me, in theory) dream. And it doesn't feel like it's weighing down on your lids! Just be sure to patch test first, since glitter doesn't always play nicely with sensitive lids!

    It's like glittery eyeshadow shades, but way less messy. And I looove it. The slanted silicone Detailer applicator is actually pretty helpful for more precision (like layering Gelée on top of Colorslide linersthey miraculously don't seem to smudge as much as every other pencil liner I've used — which I did in the first photo), but you can totally use your fingers if you're casually sweeping Gelée across your lids (the excess wipes off easily, thank goodness). Also, if you're combining the two products, make sure to apply Colorslide first 'cause it won't show up very well over Gelée. I still have so many more designs and combinations to try out and now that summer's finally here, it's my way of saying, "Hello, world! I'm ready to go outdoors more and BE SEEN."

    Get Gelée from Glossier for $14 (available in four shades) and Colorside for $15 (available in 14 shades). You can also get a Gelée and Detailer Duo for $16, so you save $4 in total.

    P.S. Like *a lot* of people, I'm disappointed that it's made out of non-biodegradeable microplastics, and I really hope Glossier changes that! (We also don't need the individual foil wrappers *inside* the product boxes.) In the meantime, I use oil cleanser (or these snazzy Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads) to break Gelée down and remove it with a cotton pad or tissue, so I don't wash any glitter down the sink. Glossier's product page also recommends the same.

    8. Laura Mercier Glow Brush has the perfect ~contour~ that'll hug your cheekbones (or any other curves on your face!) and deposit the just-right amount of highlighter to make you glow for hours on end!

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    I truly don't get excited about brushes often. I use them all the time and they do their job, but besides that, *shrug*. But that ends here! Because some brushes make applying makeup way easier and more enjoyable, and they deserve more credit! Such is the case with the Laura Mercier Glow Brushit has just the right amount of brush hair density to pick up ample highlighter in one go, the contour hugs my cheekbones just right, and it disperses highlighter across a wider-than-usual area so it doesn't look like you just have a ~strip~ of shimmer across your face. And after reading a bunch of reviews, it seems like it would be fab for powder blush and setting powder as well!

    Get it from Sephora or Nordstrom for $38.

    9. And lastly, I know this is a service, but a Face Haus facial gives your skin the deep cleanse, exfoliating, hydrating and all-around reset it needs — and it's just a nice block of downtime, which we could all use!

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    I had already watched at least two old BuzzFeed LA videos where Face Haus was featured before I got an email saying they finally opened up shop in NYC — and I hit that "reply" button as fast as possible. Face Haus facials are not only comprehensive — your facialist takes a deep look at your skin, you tell them about your skin concerns, and they can recommend add-on boosts like "Eye Rise" or "Universal A-Peel" — but they're pretty darn affordable too (note: all facials take place in a no-frills, open area). I got the Haus Special with Power to the Pores (extractions) and Lip, Laugh, Love (a pineapple enzyme mask to exfoliate and hydrate my chapped AF lips). And let me tell you, I couldn't stop touching my face afterwards. SO FRIGGIN' SOFT.

    The whole process was so relaxing (ok, except for extractions, but that's expected) that I might've fallen asleep if I hadn't been recording. The cooling massage rollers were the best part and really helped calm down my skin and any puffiness. I've been meaning to get facials more regularly — maybe once every two months, because I'm not swimming in money lol — and I think I found my go-to place!

    Get a facial at Face Haus for $65+ (boosts start at $10).

    You can also shop the Eminence Organics line (which Meghan Markle apparently loves!!) they use in their facials on Amazon or Dermstore, like their signature Strawberry Rhubarb Masque!

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