summer beauty products

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye – After hearing only rave reviews about this eye cream, it’s been at the top of my list to try. I waited to purchase until I used every last drop of my current one (a new habit I’m attempting to form). It’s said to soothe, strengthen the under-eye skin and abolish dark circles. I adore the Kiehl’s concentrate from this range so I have extra high hopes for this product.

theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer – I’m such a fan of theBalm highlighters and blush but somehow have yet to try the brand’s bronzer. I often wear a touch of bronzer as my only cheek color so I think I’ll love the matte shade that promises a fresh off-the-beach glow.

Sephora Collection After-Sun Mask – I took a few of these bio-cellulose sheet masks with me to San Diego this past weekend. It promises a cooling feeling that will be so soothing after a day in the sun. An extra boost of hydration should ensure my tan lasts a little longer, too.

BeautyPie Superactive Capsules – Capsule serums are brilliant because they keep the high doses of active ingredients stable. Most are super pricey so I jumped at the chance to order these the day they launched on BeautyPie. I got the version with vitamins C and E, powerful antioxidants to brighten and moisturize and even skin tone. Don’t worry about the excess packaging – the capsules are made from red seaweed and are entirely biodegradable.


The only thing more exciting than the launch of my Jetset & Protect face mask with Volition Beauty has been to see people using it out in the real world. It’s been a staple in my own carry-on bag since I had the first lab sample. Since then, I’ve used it on every trip whether it’s a 2 hour flight to Chicago or an 8 hour flight to Rome. Of course it’s near impossible to objectively review I product that I dreamed up and helped make a reality. Nevertheless, no more parched skin or pesky spots after long flights is proof that this in-flight face mask is truly everything I wanted it to be – hydrating, soothing, brightening, protecting and invisible. Try it out and let me know what you think here!

Photo, Nikki Lazaro

it cosmetics powder

It’s taken me years to find the perfect pressed powder. This is not it. It’s really close to being it with just one caveat that is, unfortunately, a dealbreaker. I’m talking about the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder and the dealbreaker is that it will take you about as long to read the product name as it will to hit pan. It’s otherwise a lovely setting powder – absolutely translucent, sets makeup so that it looks flawless and doesn’t fade, doubles as blotting powder, plus the formula is made with anti-aging ingredients. Truth be told, this is my third one and likely won’t be my last because it is quite good but the best pressed powder I’ve found is the Beauty Pie One Powder Wonder because it does everything this one does and lasts much, much longer.