I know ultra violet is the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year and all but millennial pink is still very much dominating my beauty vanity. Granted, what good is the packaging if it can’t do the job? Luckily, that’s not the case with these pretty in pink makeup and skincare products.
Caudalie’s Mathilde Thomas and W’Ren Scott chatting… and spritzing.
Sometimes even the best packaging for a beauty product doesn’t mean anything if the product itself can’t work wonders. But that’s not the case for long-time cult favorite french beauty brand, Caudalie. Their tried and true Beauty Elixir just got a temporary makeover. Caudalie partnered with American designer L’Wren Scott to create a limited edition bottle design for their best-selling Beauty Elixir spray. Scott drew inspiration from her fall/winter collection that is reminiscent of mosaics and a female silhouette. I’m loving the chic black and white packaging.
If you aren’t familiar with the part serum, part toner skincare product, it’s a quick-fix for all skin types. I was first introduced to this product while perusing the line in Bluemercury. When the sales associate told me it works as a primer and also sets makeup, I was sold. For me, it’s always been an instant facial refresher and a long-time travel companion. Rosemary essential oil and lemon balm purifies and calms skin while its peppermint, orange, rose and grape pulp ingredients help soften, moisturize and leave your skin looking fresh and radiant. Plus it totally makes you feel just a little bit more like a sophisticated French woman, non?
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18-$48; Available November 1st at us.caudalie.com.
I never really understood the purpose of serums until, well, I tried one. I used to think that “lit-within” glow came from a great moisturizer, turns out I was wrong. That glow really does start within… within the serum you’re using. Here’s why: daily moisturizers are great, but those nutrients don’t penetrate as deep as a serum. Serums actively work to add moisture, anti-aging properties and other benefits to the skin. It’s like the base coat to a great manicure.
From anti-aging products to stellar brightening serums, I’ve rounded up five serums for every skin type.You’ll notice none of these serums are budget friendly and that’s because they shouldn’t be. I’m sure there are drugstore serums out there (ones that I haven’t tried… #beautybloggerfail), but ultimately, you need a product that yields great results.
If you’re an anti-aging fanatic, you’ll love Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum ($45) that boasts anti-aging, lifting and brightening properties. This is safe enough to apply under the eyes and areas of concern, not to mention smells really good.
If you have sensitive skin, squeeze 5-7 drops of the peptide-packed M-61 Hydraboost ($78) and over time you’ll develop brighter, firmer skin. I swear, this serum feels lighter than water. Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck spent years researching and concocting this serum for those with especially sensitive skin and I love that it helps with dullness without over-drying skin.
If you have dark spots and hyperpigmentation issues, Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum ($78) is a must for sun-worshippers. It’s a light-weight formula meant specifically for brightening and clearing up dark spots.
If you have acne prone skin, I’ve heard good things about Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum ($65) (props for their witty take on beauty products!). This serum helps exfoliates skin while preventing pesky pimples. Bye bye breakouts!
If you want a radiant complexion, splurge on La Mer The Radiant Serum ($275) and I promise, it’s worth every penny. Dull skin can really take away from your entire beauty look. Although I have only tried a sample, I want more (cue the AT&T commercial).
Have a favorite serum? I’d love to hear in the comment box below!