spring drugstore makeup


Photography by Samantha Goh

Much of my favorite new makeup this season is from the drugstore where beauty brands are really stepping up their offerings. I first tried the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer a couple of months ago and haven’t used anything else since, the color is light and buildable and the compact smells vaguely of a tropical vacation. The quality and color selection of L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow is shocking considering the price — I’m collecting more shades with each trip but my favorites right now are Amber Rush and Glistening Garnet. Milani’s Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow palette in Bare Necessities is the perfect range of neutrals to travel with if you’re packing light. Sonia Kashuk’s Bronzer/Blush Duo is really glowy, makes doing makeup quick and is more natural looking while the NYX Ombre Blush is more bright so I’ll just tap it on lightly for a pretty flush of color. Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipstick is the most comfortable liquid, matte lipstick I’ve tried — not only that, it smells delicious and stays on so well. Let me know below if you have a favorite new drugstore makeup launch I should try!

bomber jacket

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Photography by Christina Emilie

Sunglasses: Celine, Bomber Jacket: Topshop, Tee: Splendid, Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Loeffler Randall

In case you couldn’t tell, I usually gravitate towards an all-black outfit. It’s easy, it’s chic, it’s flattering — what’s not to love? Unless it’s a printed dress or any form of stripes, color in my outfits often comes instead from accessories or outerwear. It’s why I was on the hunt for a blush or army green bomber jacket this spring! “Feminine” has always been my main descriptor of my personal style but lately I’ve been loving slightly sportier pieces. I even bought a pair of sneakers that are not to work out in — also a shade of pink, so take “sporty” with a grain of salt 😉

beauty sleep products


Photography by Samantha Goh

Getting enough sleep is so important for our overall health, including skin. Still, I get into the bad habit of staying up too late and waking up too early to get the recommended eight hours. My remedy? A few products to boost my beauty sleep so my dry, sensitive skin doesn’t show it — now I’m one step closer to proudly saying “I woke up like this.”

After cleansing and toning, I pat the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate on damp skin. It’s a pretty lightweight oil that sinks in quickly and, most importantly, you’ll notice a difference from the first night using it! I lock that in with one of several moisturizers, depending on what my skin needs. My go-to lately is The Body Shop’s Oils of Life Sleeping Cream — it’s super hydrating without being heavy (ideal for the warmer months) and packed with essential oils that nourish, prevent free radical damage and improve skin tone. About once a week if I want something more heavy-duty or am battling any spots, Kate Somerville RetAsphere Night Cream works so quickly to smooth and brighten. When my skin is simply parched, I slather on Origins’ Drink Up Overnight Mask because it replenishes moisture plus builds up a reserve for the next day. I always exfoliate my lips and follow with Bite Beauty’s waxy, wonderful Agave Lip Mask. Finally, a spritz of This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is instantly relaxing so I can fall asleep and let everything work its magic.