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January Favorites

January 31, 2022

January Beauty Favorites | The Beauty Lookbook

I’m rounding up my January favorites for the month! Here’s the edited list of what I’ve been loving!

Hermes Les Mains Hermes Nourishing Oil and Necessaire Body Oil

I’ve been loving the Necessaire Body Oil for a really nice body oil that’s hydrating and fragrance-free. It absorbs nicely into the skin and leaves the skin feeling super hydrated. I still really love the Sisley Velvet Body Cream and La Mer Body Cream I featured in my Self-Care Favorites, but sometimes it’s nice to have an unscented option! Also one that is more affordable but still has that luxe feel.

I hauled a few of the Hermes nail products last year, one was on backorder and the Les Mains Hermes Nourishing Oil finally arrived! It’s quite an expensive cuticle oil but I really love it. It’s hydrating and effective. This formula is one that keeps selling out and has been a little hard to find but I pre-ordered it from Saks a while ago and it finally came in the mail. Currently available at Hermes, Selfridges and Saks (pre-order) but I do see it pop up on other retailers every once in a while when it restocks.

January Beauty Favorites Sabrina The Beauty Lookbook

For foundation I reviewed three new ones recently and out of all of them the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin has been my favorite formula in 6 Neutral (on the face here). It has just the right amount of glow, coverage, texture and finish that I like. Similar to the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation but the Charlotte Tilbury seems just slightly more opaque. Some shades have sold out so you may have to do a bit of searching to find your match. Available at Charlotte Tilbury, Nordstrom and Sephora.

For color my go-to neutral blush is Laura Mercier Fresco. It’s been featured here before many times and I love it for the color and slight hint of shimmer. It’s the perfect neutral tan blush with some peach tones to give you a bit of natural color. Swatches + comparisons in this post here.

My go-to eyeshadow palettes have been the Natasha Denona Biba (review + swatches here) and Too Faced Natural Nudes (review here).

I found the perfect opaque baby pink nail polish with Dior Rose Quartz. It has the perfect undertone: pale, not too chalky, not too blue. It’s also opaque and smooth with 2 coats. I ordered it from Dior.com and it’s pure love.

January Lip Favorites

January Lip Favorites

For the lips I have so many loves but if I had to narrow it down to my top four, I’ve been loving the Dior Lip Maximizer in Bronze from holiday (review here). It’s a limited-edition color and I bought a backup. It’s a sheer bronze sparkle lip plumper. The Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath in Gold is similar if you can’t find the Dior one.

My love for the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Balms continues! I’ve been loving Grapefruit for a nice juicy soft peach. (Currently on sale at Tarte!)

The Makeup By Mario Ultra Suede Sculpting Lip Pencil Johnny (swatched here too) has been a go-to for the perfect neutral pink. It’s not too dark, not too light, just the perfect in between kind of rose pink.

I love a good tinted lip balm and love the Chanel Rouge Coco Baumes from their Spring-Summer Collection, Flirty Coral is my favorite, but I love all the colors.

Byredo Young Rose Perfume Review

I bought the Byredo Young Rose as soon as it was available in the 50 ml size. It’s such a pretty spring time perfume and even though it’s named Young Rose, I don’t really detect a lot of rose notes. It’s a fresh sweet floral kind of scent, but not in an overpowering overly sweet way. Notes include Sichuan Pepper, Ambrette Seeds, Damascena Rose, Orris, Musk, Ambroxan.

Olaplex Favorites

For the hair, I’ve been loving the Olaplex Bonding Oil + Bond Smoother mixed for a smooth frizz-free blowout. A lot of you have been so kind to comment on how smooth my hair always seems to look. The reality is it takes a lot of work to maintain as I have naturally frizzy hair which requires a lot of smoothing, styling and extra help to keep smooth! In case you want to see my routine you can check out the Reel I did with Ulta Beauty.

 

A few other staples I’ve been loving. Long-time readers know I’m a huge fan of APL! I did a Roundup Review of the styles in an older post that I reference anytime I get questions about comfort, sizing, style favorites. I still wear them nearly everyday. They wash easily in the washing machine although I give them a soak first in the tub. Scuff marks and stains come out easily with some dish soap and a sponge. I throw them in the washing machine and then air dry them.

Favorite sneaker style is the Techloom Breeze.

APL Techloom Breeze, Cotton Citizen Sweatshirt, Lululemon Align Leggings

APL Favorites Sabrina

Sizing, style info, etc in THIS POST HERE.

Also love the APL Slides!

Favorite APL Slides

Last mention is the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag. I’ve loved this for so long but don’t think I’ve done a full review. They had a few cute fleece options over the holiday which have sold out, but I also love the classic nylon material. The size is perfect for on-the-go kind of use. I use this whenever Andrew and I go on long walks. I also used it to walked Lucy too (RIP). It’s nice to carry just the essentials without having to carry a full purse.

I have it in multiple colors. Everywhere Belt Bag colors top to bottom is the light grey (older color), Pastel Pink, Mulled Wine and Black. Sweatshirt is Lululemon, biker shorts are Free People.

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

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Beauty Favorites Nordstrom Skincare

Self-Care Beauty Favorites to Relax and Unwind

January 12, 2022

Self Care Beauty Favorites from Nordstrom

Sharing a few of my self-care favorites in my weekly routine to help me relax and unwind! For me the best kind of relaxing self-care treat is to take a nice long bath with a good candle, bath soak or scrub and a luxury face mask. I also love a good body cream or oil to hydrate the skin. I’ve partnered with Nordstrom to share some of my go-to’s along with some new discoveries that launched recently for the new year!

Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Shower Gel and Bubble Bath Candle

I love fresh clean scents for the bath and if you’re a fan of clean powder linen scents then I recommend checking out the Replica Lazy Sunday Morning scent which now comes in a Shower Gel format. The Replica Bubble Bath Candle is another new favorite. It has a soft powdery floral kind of vibe that’s super relaxing for the bath.

Diptyque Chamomille Candle

You girls know I’m the biggest fan of Diptyque and their candles are my favorites. Some new scents for spring launched with a beautiful pattern design on the outside. Chamomille is one I picked up recently and thought it would be perfect for an evening relaxing scent. It has a green floral kind of vibe and I love it. Other new ones with the limited-edition design include Roses and Litchi – all of which I think are stunning!

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Soak + Ouai Scrub

For the bath I love a good bath soak and scrub. The Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Soak is one of my favorites for a skin-softening soothing treat. It’s pricey but one I have repurchased many times and love.

Another tried and true is the Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub. It has sugar crystals and is scented in in a sweet kind of scent. You can use this on the scalp and body, but I mainly use it on the body for a luxurious body exfoliator.

Best Self Care Body Treatments Necessaire, La Mer, Sisley

For body treatments the best of the best I’ve tried is the Sisley Velvet Nourishing Body Cream with Saffron Flowers. It has the best texture and feel for my skin and doesn’t have a sticky feel so I can wear it to bed comfortably without sticking to the sheets!

Sisley Velvet Nourishing Body Cream

I’ve loved La Mer and have been rationing my Body Creme samples and minis that I have. It’s one of the most luxurious body creams I’ve tried and I noticed they recently launched it in a Body Creme Tube (6.7 oz) so I splurged and couldn’t be happier. It has an ultra rich smooth texture and I think it’s 100% worth the splurge. It’s also available in the Body Creme Jar 10 oz size and Reparative Lotion 5.4 oz format.

Self-Care Body Treatments Necessaire, Sisley, La Mer, Kopari

A few other more affordable body treatments I really like include the Necessaire Body Oil (super thick and emollient, unscented), Necessaire Body Lotion (also unscented and lightweight) and the Kopari Ultra Restore Body Butter (sweet coconut scented but thick and lush).

Hand Creams Replica, L'Occitane, Diptyque

I’ve tried a few newer hand creams recently. I love the purse-size Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Hand Cream which is heavily scented in the powdery clean scent.

For those with dry hands I think L’Occitane makes the best formula to make a huge difference in skin texture and hydration. I am never without one of the smaller tubes (love these in their Hand Cream Trio). I bought the newest Youth Hand Cream Serum-in-Cream with their Immortelle Flower blend. It’s a really beautiful formula with a silky smooth texture. Smells just like their Immortelle skincare line.

If you love Diptyque perfumes they have a number of hand creams in their best selling scents. I love the Do Son Hand Cream for a unique mix of tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine.

Best Rose Face Masks Fresh and Sisley

Last but not least I love a good hydrating face mask to calm the skin and finish off my self care routine at night. I love rose face masks for their soothing properties and my two go-to’s for glowing skin are the Fresh Rose Face Mask (nice for a weekly pick me up) and Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask (splurge).

New Year Self Care Favorites from Nordstrom

That wraps up my self care favorites from Nordstrom! Would love to hear about your favorites right now. Do you have any self-care rituals to help you relax and unwind?

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New Year Skincare Refresh Favorites from Kiehl’s

January 7, 2022

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review

I’m excited to share some of my skincare favorites from Kiehl’s today! I have used and loved so many things from Kiehl’s over the years. They have a lot of great everyday staples for a wide range of skin types and needs. (Andrew also uses a lot from the men’s line!) I’ve partnered with them to highlight some of my favorites. If you’re looking for some things to refresh your winter skincare routine, I hope you find this roundup helpful!

Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review

The Ultra Facial Cream has been a go-to staple for a great everyday lightweight moisturizer. It’s one of their best sellers suitable for all skin types. It has a lightweight feel, absorbs nicely into the skin, and has a mix of Squalane and Glycerin to restore and retain moisture to the skin. I love that it’s smooth and balancing. A little goes a long way.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review

Cleanser

I have quite a few other things from Kiehl’s in my skincare routine. I tend to rotate skincare as the seasons change but I have several staples I use regularly. Their Ultra Facial Cleanser is a favorite of mine for it’s thick texture. It’s great to remove excess oil, dirt, makeup and even sunscreen. I love that it’s effective at cleansing but doesn’t strip the skin.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser

Toner

Kiehl’s has a lot of great toners too! One I’ve been loving lately is the Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner. I like this one because it has salicylic acid and a mixture of other ingredients to gently resurface, soften and brighten skin.

Kiehl's Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner

Night Time

For night time treatments I love the Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum. It’s one of the few retinol products my skin can handle. It works well to keep my skin smooth and helps reduce wrinkles over time. The Micro-Dose technology allows for positive anti-aging results without harsh side effects.

Kiehl's Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum

Detox Mask

One last favorite I want to highlight is the Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask. I love this to give the skin a detox cleanse once a week and this is one of my favorite masks to do just that. It helps reduce clogged pores and blackheads. I’ll use it as a spot treatment on trouble areas. Leave it on for around 10 minutes and rinse. Skin feels a lot smoother, tighter and pore size is reduced.

Kiehl's Skincare Favorites

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review

That wraps up my Top 5 Kiehl’s favorites in my routine right now! You can find all the items available online at Kiehl’s.

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Best Skin + Hair Care of 2021

December 31, 2021

Best Skincare + Hair Care of 2021

I’m wrapping up the year with a best of Skincare and Hair Care favorites roundup of 2021. This year has been a very sad one for us, if you follow me along on social you know we had to say goodbye to Lucy this past week. We are very grateful she made it through Christmas with us. She was a very happy dog and we feel so lucky to have had her in our life for 17 years. We have family in town for a couple of days to help distract us with their company. To all who lost a loved one this year, my heart goes out to you!

In my effort to end the year on a positive note, here is by Best of Skin Care and Hair Care for the year with my top picks in each category.

Best Skincare 2021

Face Cleansers

Makeup Removers / Micellar Cleansers

Toner/Essence/Serum

Moisturizer

Best Skincare Hair Care 2021

 

Scrub/Exfoliators/Treatments/Masks

Eye Treatment

Night Treatment

Body Care + Lip Care

Hair Shampoo + Conditioner + Mask

Hair Styling

Hope you are ending the year on a good note! I’m hopeful for a better year next year. I have a lot to be grateful for with so many good things even though there were a lot of tough moments this year. Sending you all lots of love!

 

Beauty Favorites

November Beauty Favorites

November 30, 2021

November Beauty Favorites

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I cannot believe the entire month has flown by and at this time I wonder where the entire year went! To wrap up the end of the month I’m rounding up my Top 10 favorites for November.

Complexion Favorites

Chanel’s Fluide Enlumineur Or Ivoire Highlighter, Chantecaille Perfect Blur Powder, Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

I’ve been loving my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation lately ($64, I wear Shade 6.5). It’s always been a favorite but I have found myself reaching for it more and more. I just used up another bottle and need to repurchase one. (Review here.)

Chantecaille re-launched their Perfect Blur Finishing Powder ($79) earlier this year in their Flower Power Collection. It was limited-edition in the flower embossed compact but they have it now in permanent form in the classic grey compact. I’ve been using the one I have but purchased a backup as it’s almost used up. I use Light/Medium. It looks light in the compact but has a transparent finish on the skin and blurs out pores and sets makeup beautifully.

Chanel’s Fluide Enlumineur Or Ivoire Highlighter ($48) has become a favorite. I mix it in with foundation for a beautiful glow. I rarely order backups these days of makeup but this one is listed as limited-edition and ordered another one. Review here.

Perfume Favorite

Mizensir Tres Chere Perfume

I have so many perfume favorites this time of year but one that stands out is the Mizensir Tres Chere ($260). This one is described as “a poetic love letter in a bottle” and I couldn’t agree more. It has a mix of orange blossom, bourbon vanilla and sandalwood. It’s a soft sweet scent which I love.

I was introduced to Mizensir earlier this year with a sampler of their perfumes and love the selection. The line was founded by master perfumer Alberto Morillas. He’s the genius behind many of the iconic scents such as Gucci Bloom, Acqua di Gio, Marc Jacobs Daisy to name a few. I love the little details in the line – their fragrances are unisex and designed to capture a mood. The warmer scents are enclosed in a gold-capped bottle while the fresher scents have a silver cap. The house symbol on each bottle features Alberto Morilla’s Jack Russell terriers which touches my heart.

Long-time readers know we used to have two Jack Russells (we still have one!). Jake (who passed away a couple years ago) and Lucy (who is 16 and slowing down, but still hanging in there).

Mizensir Sampler Set

The team has been kind enough to offer me a promo code for my readers. You can save 15% off your first order with code SABRINA15 (US site only). They also have sampler sets you can buy which I think is great.

I tried a few of them in the sampler form and love For Your Love and Luxury too.

Hand + Nail Care

Hermes Nail Polish Rouge H

For the nails my favorite has been the Hermes Nail Polish in Rouge H ($45). I ordered several shades but haven’t tried them all. At $45 each they are quite the splurge. A number of you have asked for a review and whether or not I think they’re worth $45. I’m really happy and pleased with the formula, color and wear time. I think they’re just as good as Chanel, Smith and Cult and OPI in terms of wear. Pigment for the colors I ordered is excellent. Two coats covers the nail perfectly. These have a wider tip brush for easy application. I don’t know that they’re worth $45 as I don’t think any nail color is. But I have no regrets! I ordered mine from Saks but the shade is currently sold out there. You can find it still at Hermes.com.

I will try to swatch/review the other shades too but for now here are some comparisons. At arm’s length the color Rouge H is very similar to other shades like Chanel Vamp, Rouge Noir etc.

Hermes Nail Polish Rouge H vs Chanel Vamp and Rouge Noir

The color you all have been loving the most though is Chanel Rouge Intemporel (from Holiday 2021, swatched here). It sold out at Chanel.com but I just saw it pop up at Saks Fifth Avenue here if you’ve been looking for it!

For top coat I’ve been really liking the Essie Speed Setter ($10). It’s a fast-dry top coat and does dry quickly and helps extend polish wear. A few things to note though. One is that you need to let your polish color dry completely first. It won’t speed up the dry time of your polish but it is a quick-dry formula for the top coat. Two is that there can be some shrinkage if you don’t cover your entire nail area.

Essie Speed Setter

For hand cream I’ve still been loving the Chanel La Crème Main ($50). I love all the formulas actually. I think it’s such a nice splurge.

Chanel La Creme Main

Eye Makeup

NARS Unwrapped Eyeshadow Palette Laguna

For the eyes I’ve been loving the NARS Unwrapped Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($25) in Laguna (on the eyes here). It has all of my favorite tones and I love the mix of sparkles and mattes.

NARS Unwrapped Mini Eye Palette in Laguna

Lips

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom Dream

Top two lip favorites this month include the Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom in Dream (review here) and the Dior Lip Maximizer in Bronze. The Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom is a creamy swipe and go kind of formula. Dream is the best color (in my opinion)!

Also love the Dior Lip Maximizer in Bronze (reviewed here). It’s a sheer sparkly gold with a glossy finish.

Dior Bronze Lip Glow + Lip Maximizer

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That wraps up my Top 10 this month! What were your favorites?

Beauty Favorites Sales Sephora

Best Makeup to Shop From the Sephora Holiday Savings Event

November 4, 2021

Best Makeup to Shop During the Sephora Sale

The Sephora Holiday Savings Event is back with early access for Rouge Members starting on 11/5. You can shop the Holiday Savings Event with code YAYHOLIDAY online (also available in stores). Code is multi-use and for Rouge Members you can bring in a friend to shop in store and they will also receive 20% off as long as they are a Beauty Insider. Access dates and savings per tier this year are as follows:

  • Rouge Members: Save 20% off purchase from 11/5 – 11/15
  • VIB Members: Save 15% off purchases from 11/9 – 11/15
  • Insider Tier: Save 10% 11/11 – 11/15

Sephora Collection items are 30% off. (Some exclusions and limits apply.) I’ll have a few roundups and reviews throughout the savings event. For today’s roundup I’ve included my Top 3 in every makeup category. (A few categories I couldn’t narrow it down to just 3, but I’ve still kept it edited.) If you’re looking for my recommendations of the best keep reading!

Foundation

Favorite Foundations Laura Mercier, Armani and La Mer

Best Matte Foundations

Best Glow Foundation

Best Satin Finish Foundation

Best Sheer Tints

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Concealer + Powders

Pat Mcgrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Concealer Review

Concealers

I prefer creamy concealers so they are easier to blend and melt into the skin, favorites + my must-have setting powder:

Powders

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Highlighter

Natasha Denona I Need a Nude Glow Highlighter | The Beauty Look Book

There are so many great highlighters, it was a challenge to narrow it down to just three, especially with the holiday launches, but if I had to just pick three:

Blush

For cream blushes, I’ve really enjoyed:

Powder blush favorites:

Favorite Cheek Products

 

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Face Palettes

My top three new face palettes of the year:

Bronzer

 

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Eyeshadows

Too Faced Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Another category I couldn’t narrow down to just three, but my Top 5 favorites:

Mascara

Liners/Brow

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Lipstick

Dior Nude Look Lipstick Matte

Matte

Shine/Creamy

Tinted Balms

Lip Liners

 

Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath Set

Lip Gloss

My Lip Favorites

 

That wraps up my best-of list! Stay tuned for another roundup coming tomorrow with a look at some of the best sets! To recap, the Sephora Holiday Savings Event access dates and savings per tier this year are as follows:

  • Rouge Members: Save 20% off purchase from 11/5 – 11/15
  • VIB Members: Save 15% off purchases from 11/9 – 11/15
  • Insider Tier: Save 10% 11/11 – 11/15

What’s on your wishlist?

Beauty Favorites Loving Right Now

October Favorites

November 1, 2021

October Makeup Favorites | The Beauty Lookbook

Happy November 1st! It feels like the holiday season will be here in no time so I will have my holiday gift guide recommendations up soon! Rounding up my October favorites with a little bit of everything!

These Chanel Pantos Sunglasses had been on my radar ever since I visited the Chanel Beauty Boutique in Brickell, Miami. I finally splurged on them in late September and absolutely love them. They’re more on the plain side for Chanel but I think they’re a classic I will wear forever. You can find them online and in boutiques in the regular or polarized option.

Quick tour I did on Reels!

 

Makeup Favorites

Although I didn’t try this until the end of the month, the Sisley Phyto-Teint Nude Foundation is a new favorite for a sheer, lightweight, dewy base. Full review of 3W1 Warm Almond here.

I’ve been really into creamy brightening concealers to help me look more alive in the mornings. Two that I really love are the Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer (swatches here, I wear 2.5N) and the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Concealer (review here, I wear 3W0 Latte).

For neutral nail polish, the one everyone keeps asking me “what color are you wearing?” is Gucci Anabelle Rose. It’s a polished neutral with smooth opaque coverage. Highly recommend it!

My tried and true Charlotte Tilbury Bella Sofia has been on repeat along with the Dior Lip Maximizers in Pink or Rosewood for an effortless swipe of color + moisture + shine in one.

Gucci Anabelle Rose Nail Polish, Charlotte Tilbury Bella Sofia, Dior Lip Maximizer in Rosewood

Also been really loving the Diorskin Forever Natural Powder Bronzer (I wear Shade 3 or 5) for a natural look and the Huda Beauty Lip Contour 2.0 in Pinky Brown. Reposting others I love.

Huda Beauty Lip Contour 2.0 Automatic Lip Pencils

Hair, Skin + Perfume Favorites

October Hair, Skin + Perfume Favorites

For skin, I’ve been loving the Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules and Cleanser for months now. I find it essential to double cleanse and will use one of these as my first step and then follow with a regular gel or liquid cleanser. With all the ingredients in makeup that make it longer lasting I find that one cleanser just won’t remove everything properly (especially sunscreens!). The Eve Lom Cleansing Capsules come in biodegradable capsules, one is enough to cover the entire face. I love the Eve Lom Cleanser (you must use with a muslin cloth which comes with the cleanser, you can also buy extras) which really works to remove makeup well and hydrate the skin. It also helps with redness for me.

Other skincare loves include the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream*. I tried the reformulated version recently and my skin loves it! Including a skincare video I did in partnership with them below.

Another tried and true love is the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist*. The PR team kindly gifted another full size. I am never without this – I keep one on my night stand along with a few of their other mists. I’m really excited to try their newer Evening Mist!

The Kiehl’s Micro-Dose Retinol* has been a success for me! I’m one who cannot use most retinols but this one is gentle enough for me to use without any redness, irritation or peeling. Still since I have sensitive skin, I use this every other day.

For hair, I’ve been really loving the Kerastase Discipline Fluidissime Anti-Frizz Spray and Discipline Primer to help with frizz pre-blowout. This month I used up the entire tub of the Molton Brown Hair Mask* (also reviewed here). It’s the one I have kept reaching for even though I have other favorites.

My top two most-worn perfumes have been Diptyque Eau Duelle (nice vanilla) and Byredo Bal D’Afrique (forever a favorite).

If you’re looking to treat yourself with a good splurge, try the La Mer Lip Volumizer or La Mer Hand Cream. For the body the best body cream I’ve tried is the Sisley Velvet Nourishing Body Cream*. I’ll be crying tears when it is used up but will be 100% be repurchasing it.

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Press samples have a * next to them. All other items purchased by me.

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