Beauty Dossier No.1

All the products I've been testing lately!

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil #10 #14

I’m so excited to start a column I’ve been thinking of doing for a long time — Beauty Dossier. Here’s the thing — it takes a long time to test beauty products (read my post on the pros and cons of testing beauty products). Since I have sensitive skin, I don’t like to test new things a few days before a big meeting, photo shoot, or an important event because I don’t want to have a rash on my face. So my sensitive skin limits the time that I can test products out. Also I like to use a product several times (depending on what it is) before I form an opinion on it.

In this Beauty Dossier post that I will be doing at least once a month, I’m going to tell you about some of the products I’ve been using and my thoughts on them. Just FYI, an * after the product denotes that it was sent/given to me, however, I wasn’t paid to talk about any of these products.

Tatcha Indigo Body Butter

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter*

I think this product was given to me in a gift bag with multiple products from multiple brands, but honestly I don’t remember because I’ve had it so long, I’ve already used the entire product up. I was able to snap this photo before I finished it up. So that tells you how much I like this product.

I would mostly put this body butter on my legs at night or right after a shower. Sometimes on the rest of my body, but mostly my legs as for whatever reason they seem to always be dry. Also, it was small enough to travel with so it became my go-to travel lotion.

The blue color was so surprising to me because I didn’t read the label that it was called indigo, so when I opened the jar I was like wow! The blue color is really beautiful and unexpected. The smell is also lovely. Not too much, but just enough. And it’s one of those scents that you have a hard time putting your finger on, you’ll have to smell it for yourself. Also it’s moisturizing without being greasy. It didn’t bother my sensitive skin at all.

I would definitely rebuy this and/or give it as a gift.

Tatcha says this product is: Designed to hydrate and soothe even the most sensitive, irritated skin. It is for any skin type, especially sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin consistent with symptoms of dermatitis and eczema. Rich in natural Japanese indigo, a legendary botanical prized for its ability to soothe irritation and support skin’s natural healing abilities. The blue hue of this formula varies as a property of natural Japanese Indigo and disappears upon application.

Bite Beauty Lip Pencil #10 #14

Bite Beauty Lip Pencils in 010 Rosey Mauve and 014 Dusty Mauve

I have this thing with mauve. I bought these from Sephora because I literally have one lip pencil. An old Smashbox pencil they don’t even make anymore, so it was time I got a few more. Here’s the deal, these are both for a darker lip on me. I probably need to grab another one that is the exact color of my lips for my lighter nude lipsticks. However, the formula is great. It’s smooth and creamy which makes for easy application, and makes my lip color last longer. I give these a thumbs up!

If you don’t typically wear lip liner, it is great for defining your lips. I have an undefined lip line and lip liner does wonders! It can also help you make your lips look a little bigger (I have small lips so this is great), it helps your lipstick stay in place and last longer, and for photo shoots lip liner makes all the difference! Try it out sometime if you don’t typically use it!

Ring is Anna Beck

Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift

Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift*

I’ve been using the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift on and off for a while, but definitely not every day. Also, I don’t have huge anti-aging problems yet, so I think it’s a lot harder for me to tell how well products work as far as anti-aging goes because I just don’t have that much sagging or a ton of obvious wrinkles yet, and I use other anti-aging skincare products, so I don’t know that I can pinpoint one specific item that is making the key difference because I think it’s a combination of a lot of things including your diet and your genes.

So here’s what I can say about it. If you already like using a Clarisonic, you can interchange the heads on this product and it has four speeds — so lots of options! It comes with a head for your face, one for your body massage, the firming massage head shown above, cleansing gel, and the cord — in addition to the body of the product.

I bought a Clarisonic years ago and used it and loved it for a long time so I was familiar with the brand and concept. I was excited that this one came with the body brush because I love using it in the shower. I’m always cold and I feel like I need to help stimulate the circulation in my legs sometimes and I love using the body massage head to do it, also it helps slough off dead skin from my legs and feet.

But the most interesting part of this product is the firming massage head (shown above). They say that the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift visibly improves 15 signs of aging on the face, neck, and décolleté. Since my aging signs are still in their infancy, again it’s hard to know, but what I will say is that I LOVE how it feels when using this on my face.

I was just talking to someone about facials and how I love them mostly because I just love it when someone touches and massages my face for an hour. I hold a lot of tension in my face, and the only person that ever touches it (obviously) is my husband, and anyone giving me a facial! And I just find the feeling of using the firming massage head so relaxing. So this is the next best thing to a facial! Give yourself a little face massage every night, and the anti-aging benefits are the cherry on top! I usually put on my serum and then do the firming massage right afterward to help spread the serum around and soak it into my skin. It also makes the head slide around my skin easily. Great to do before you get in bed as a calming relaxation ritual.

Beauty Blender Cleansing Oil

Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Cleanser

I was sent a beautyblender sponge a long time ago and never used it since I rarely wear foundation, but I kept it because it was so expensive I thought, maybe I just don’t “get it” yet. But the few times I’ve used foundation for a shoot or needed a little extra layer of concealer, I started using the beautyblender and finally understood what all the hype was about.

The beautyblender just does an amazing job of blending your makeup on your skin, so if that’s a problem for you and you’ve been put off by the price tag of it, I’m telling you it’s worth it.

But then there’s cleaning it. Sponges are the perfect places for bacteria to grow, so I knew I needed more than water to clean the beautyblender if I was going to use it regularly. I’d heard several people say that the blendercleanser was amazing, so I bought it to try it out myself. They were right. This sponge cleanser works really well. So if you are someone who uses a beautyblender — I highly recommend getting the cleanser so you can make your sponge last longer and avoid nasty bacteria forming in your sponge!

Jo Malone London The Bloomsbury Set

Jo Malone London — The Bloomsbury Set*

Out of the five Bloomsbury scents I really liked three of them: Leather & Artemisia, Whiskey & Cedarwood, and Tobacco & Mandarin. I also like that they are only 1 ounce per bottle. I rarely use up my bottles of fragrance and after a few years they go bad, so now I prefer to have the smallest bottle available.

Fragrance is pretty straightforward, you either like it or you don’t. But what I also loved about this collection was that it was based on the Bloomsbury group, which was a group of English artists, intellectuals, and writers that included Virginia Woolf. The artist theme was shown throughout the packaging and even on the box that the set came in. I like it when there’s an inspiration behind a product that has a corresponding story.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo

After hearing several of my friends rave about this dry shampoo I had to try it myself. I picked it up one day at the drugstore and gave it a whirl. Here’s my take — you need to have blonde hair to use it. It does work really well, but it has a white powdery finish that I can only assume would be really hard to blend into darker hair.

Personally I love it when I’m trying to cover up a few months of roots and maybe I haven’t washed my hair in a few days…this is the perfect solution for that problem. It’s not my favorite dry shampoo ever (I love Aveda’s shampure) because I feel like once you use it, you need to shower the next day, but for really light hair or if you need dry shampoo and want to lighten roots at the same time — this is a great product.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Makeup Brushes

Marc Jacobs Beauty Travel Makeup Brush Collection*

Makeup brushes is a department I need help in. Honestly, I haven’t the slightest idea what I’m supposed to use half of the brushes for or which is the right brush for a certain product so I’m still figuring all of that out. This Marc Jacobs Beauty Travel Brush collection is super chic. The packaging is gorgeous and the all-black brush design is sooooooo beautiful. I love the look of them.

If you like a stiffer brush, these are for you. I’ve been using the eyeliner brush and the eyeshadow crease brush almost every day. If you like a really tight line, this is the eyeliner brush for you. It’s super stiff so you can get a super accurate fine line on your lash line.

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Hope you all enjoyed the first Beauty Dossier post! I feel like this is the best way for me to tell you the products I’m testing out. Watch my Instagram stories for more on a regular basis.

You can also find my favorite beauty products in my Shop (pink button on top right of the site!) and then filter by “Beauty Faves”. See all my beauty posts here, and my Beauty Experts series here!

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An * after the product denotes that it was sent/given to me. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Photos by Emma Weiss