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Beauty in Review: My Current Favorite Beauty Products | May 2021

I have been so into beauty lately and it feels amazing! For the past few years I haven't really been inspired by anything on the market and was sticking to my old favorites, but something happened recently and I've been loving trying new things. 

Beauty is so fluid, the market and industry is always changing, trends come and go and as someone who has a career in beauty, both professionally & as a side hustle, I'm really interested in how those trends ebb and flow. It's so interesting to watch brands follow suit to what is popular, what editors and influencers are talking about and what new innovation is on the market. That's why I'm a sucker for everything and anything new! 

Right now, I'm all about skincare and so is the industry. Between the change in seasons and maskne, people are more concerned about taking care of their skin, probably because we all are having massive breakouts. That being said, I've been trying a lot of different skincare to help keep my complexion looking healthy, glowing and spot free. Therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise that there's a lot of skincare products in this post, however a post about a full routine is coming soon.

I've also been super obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury, though that isn't new, but I can't stop using her products. They're the best! 

Let's dive into it, shall we?

Maelove Serums

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I might do a huge blog post on this brand but I had to mention them here. For years I've heard amazing things about Maelove and was always so curious to try them out. That's why I was so excited and felt it was such a honor when the brand reached out to me to send me a huge collection of their products. I've been testing out a Maelove routine for over a month and cannot say enough good things about them. My skin is brighter, smoother, and acne has been kept at bay (knock on wood). Below is what I use every other day: 


I also rotate in the Glow Maker, sometimes at night, sometimes in the morning depending on my mood. Glow Maker is their best seller and it's a Vitamin C serum which I need desperately. I've been consistently using that for the past few weeks and I notice my dark spots and acne scars fading which is the entire point. I have one other Maelove serum, Moonlight, to try out and once I do, I'll do a huge review!  The thing I love most about Maelove is that they give you a routine to follow; the products are easy to use and they take the guessing game out of a healthy, well rounded skincare routine. 

Fresh Soy Cleanser

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This is an oldie but goodie that I restocked during the Sephora VIB Sale. If you haven't tried the Fresh Soy Cleanser you are missing out. It is the most gentle yet effective face cleanser I've ever used. It deeply cleanses without being too harsh or stripping your skin... my face never feels tight or overly clean afterwards. I usually use this at night when I'm not exfoliating my skin with a scrub or I love to use it with my Foreo Luna Mini. It adds a nice gentleness to the exfoliation process that the Foreo gives you. Whenever I use this I'm reminded at how much my dry skin loves it and I really need to stick with this face cleanser because there's nothing better! 

Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Lip Balm

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I purchased this Glowgasm lip balm a few months back and have been loving it ever since. It's very reminiscent of the Dior Lip Glow balm as it leaves your lips with the slightest pink tint that matches your pH balance. I don't think this is as creamy and soft as the Dior and I do feel as if leaves behind more color. The packaging is to die for, as usual and I love how the actual lip balm is glittery but doesn't leave behind any glittery residue. It's perfect for throwing on during the day to add a touch of color to your lips without it being overly opaque and sticky. I'm very interested in picking up the red shade too! 

Gua Sha 

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I've been really into skincare tools lately and after watching a few TikToks, decided to become more acquainted with my Gua Sha. I've had one for a little over a year but didn't understand how to use it. Once I researched a bit more and saw that they are primarily used for facial massages, lymphatic drainage and can even slim down your face, I was sold! I use mine from Chillhouse a few times a week with a generous helping of oil (sometimes my Maelove serums sink into my skin too quickly so I'll use the Botanics Simply Calm Facial Oil or the Herbivore Botanicals Emerald Oil) and run the Gua Sha along my face. 

I like to use it under my eyes and in the hollows of my cheeks... it feels so good (especially when the Gua Sha is cold from my skincare fridge). I haven't noticed any effects of my face being more silm (I should probably take before & after photos) but I love how it makes my skin feel, and how it has become part of my self-care/skincare routine.


What are your current favorite beauty products?

xoxo
B