I was honored to be invited by Garçon’s World to share my 2016 Beauty Favorites alongside some of my favorite beauty bloggers. If you haven’t heard of Garçon’s World, I highly recommend checking them out. They’re perhaps best described as a cross of Into The Gloss and GOOP for guys written by really knowledgeable people including the founder of a 5-free nail polish line and Green Derm.
Below is my portion from their feature, you can check out the full feature on their website.
My 2016 has been less about discovery and more about selectivity. I took a step back from hoarding the next new thing that was being hyped and really paid attention to spending time with items that were thoughtfully made and high quality. My favorites in order from left to right are:
The Beauty Chef’s GLOW Inner Beauty Powder: This year, I really tried to get on the internal wellness trend and I’m someone who can’t stomach a wheatgrass shot so a lot of the super-herbal supplements were a no-go for me. The Beauty Chef’s GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is different, it’s a delicious, flavorful berry drink that I would consume willingly and the fact that it has 23 very nutrition packed ingredients is the major icing on the cake. This is a next level beauty supplement with a great taste that can ACTUALLY be enjoyed.
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum: I really love everything about the Tatcha line from the gorgeous packaging to the beautiful products. This eye serum is no different, starting from the de-puffing ceramic applicator to the relaxing and hydrating gel-serum infused with caffeine and gold, everything worked for me. I am a hoarder of eye serums and go through them quickly, then move onto the next. I knew this was a keeper when I ran out and went to Barneys the next day to stock up. It didn’t matter that I had other eye serums, I needed this one.
YÜLI Harmony Body Oil: It wasn’t until I watched Kim Kardashian rave about body oils on her Snapchat and how she marinates in them ALL DAY, that I realized I had to step up my game. YÜLI is a line that has consistently produced insane & gorgeous formulations and their organic body oil is best in class: their base is flower extracts of Immortelle, Blue Lotus, Water Lily infused in the most prized and beautifying oils including prickly pear, camellia, rosehips, buriti, acai, watermelon and sea buckthorn. The performance strikes the perfect balance of deeply moisturizing with a satin light texture. Harmony also provides UV protection, is gluten-free and nut-allergy friendly. The level of care and thought for this sophisticated body oil is mind blowing.
Glossier Super Bounce: When Glossier introduced their Supers, I was immediately drawn to Super Bounce with its promise of hydration and plumping because let’s face it, moisture is the main area of weakness for those of us who use green products. Since adding Super Bounce to my routine, my skin just feels less thirsty and I’m convinced it is the one thing my otherwise pristine routine was missing. This cute and rather unassuming serum more than pulls its weight in delivering that dose of skin cushioning hydration that my skin was so sorely lacking.
African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique: This is monumental as far as face oils go. Not only do I think this is the masterpiece of the African Botanics line, I think this broke the mold for face oils. The inclusion of South African Kalahari Melon and Marula oil dances with the most luxurious fragrance of Jasmine, Rose and nocturnal African flowers and is then topped off by a 0.1% retinol, Vitamin C, and CoQ10 for over the top performance. This oil does everything well whether you’re in the market for anti-aging, anti-acne, or something for dull skin. I just put it on and know that all of the best actives are overtime to improve any imperfection. I do not care how many face oils you’ve used, this is one that must be experienced.