Month: January 2016

5 Faves of 2015

I tried so many beauty products in 2015, but here are the 5 beauty products that were total game changers for me.


Coola is my go-to sunscreen.  First of all, I don’t burn very easily and I hate wearing sunscreen.  I hate applying it, and I hate smelling like sunscreen and feeling sticky all day long.  So, it is rare for me to use body sunscreen unless I am going to the beach or otherwise plan on spending unhealthy amounts of time in the direct sun.

Then, came Coola.  The one word that comes to mind is light.  Coola absorbs easily, and has fresh-smelling fragrances like cucumber, plumeria, and mango.  It also pulls double-duty as a moisturizer.  I apply the classic sunscreen all spring and summer, whenever any of my limbs are exposed.  Coola also makes a face moisturizer and sunscreen, in classic and mineral matte.  Lastly, Coola boasts other good qualities like being organic and cruelty-free.  Highly recommend Coola for those who need to be tricked into wearing sunscreen.


London-based Eyeko’s Me and My Shadow (shown above in Taupe) is my go-to eye shadow for work and travel.  Create a smoky-eye with this one product wonder.  One end is a crayon eye shadow that is water- and crease-resistant.  The other end is a blending brush.  Just swipe onto your eye lid, blend, and voila, all done!  I have a couple other brands of crayon eye shadows in my make-up arsenal, but Eyeko is my favorite because it has great pigment, stays put, and because of the built-in blending brush.  I also find that other brands’ eye shadow crayons are too shimmery.  Eye definitely heart Eyeko!


I purchased The Revitalizer by Biossance after receiving a sample of the product.  The sample was the size of a perfume sample and it lasted about a week.  This “universal moisturizing concentrate” can purportedly be used for face, body, and hair.  I started using it during the winter, and could really feel a difference in my skin.  I add one or two drops to my daily moisturizer and smooth over my face.  It is a light-weight oil that is quick absorbing, and a little goes a long way (I’ve been using the pictured bottle for weeks and look how little I’ve used!).  After applying, I can feel my make-up go on more smoothly.  Even at night time, after washing my face, my skin feels softer.  The short-term results have been so promising, I can’t wait to see what the long-term will bring!


I recently posted about Smith and Cult nail polish as part of my 5-free blog post, so I won’t say too much more, other than the fact that this better-for-you brand boasts great colors with cheeky names, great pigment, and long-stay-power.  It doesn’t hurt that the bottles look as luxurious as the nail polish feels!


I love amika hair products and the amika Bombshell Blowout Thermal Brush is my favorite hairstyling tool.  It’s a bit of a splurge, but a great tool to create a blow-dry-bar look on dry, freshly washed hair.  I also use it to add volume and body to second-day hair.  It’s super easy to use–like a hybrid between a curling iron and a round brush.  I’ve taken the thermal brush on travel for use on second-day hair, and to add oomph to my dinner look after a day of intense sightseeing.  Love this thermal brush!