Monthly Beauty Buys

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october2014mothlybeauty

I love discovering and testing out unique products, but for the past few weeks I've been relying on high quality basics. These three are new discoveries, and good updates to my normal regimen. 

shiseido_facewash

Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam. My nights end a little earlier these days and I'm pretty much worthless after 8pm. I barely muster the motivation to brush my teeth and up until recently, I'd stopped washing my face entirely. But I think it was because I was using a face wash that didn't excite me: it didn't feel luxe, it had no smell and I felt like it left my skin stripped and dry. My mom told me about this product a while back and I finally gave it a try. It has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly, washes off easily and smells pretty enough that I actually look forward to washing my face before bed. 

mascara

Kevyn Aucoin Mascara. I had been using Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara for a long time until I discovered this one, which has become my new favorite. The wand is small and minimal, but it distributes the mascara evenly and in a way that's very intense (it almost looks wet, in the best way) without looking clumped. When I wiggle the wand at the base of my lashes, it provides enough color so that I can skip eyeliner altogether.

moroccanoilspray

Moroccan Oil Hairspray. Hairspray is not one of those products I use on a daily basis, but after a blowout or when I've added a few waves to my hair, it helps hold things in place. This hairspray has a medium finish that maintains the style without feeling sticky and stiff. The best perk is the smell: it has an distinctive tropical-meets-woodsy scent that garners compliments anytime I have it in my hair.