Skin & Body Essentials

By Lindsey on 01/30/2016 in illustration, news
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Balbierz Skin Essentials

Winter is upon us and that means tight, dry skin! I’ve been wanting to update my Essentials list (previous essentials here, here, and here) – but this time, with my favorite skin and body products. These have been my top skin and body products I have been loving recently. (products listed in order of the columns, L-R) Do you have any favorites? I always like to check out new products, let me know about yours!

Nars Desire Blush ($30) The bright pink color initially turned me off at Sephora, thinking it would be too much for my face. Delightfully, I was surprised how much it warmed up my cheeks after swiping on the hue. Warning: this is very pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream ($42) Sephora must know what they’re doing. I received a set of Caudalie samples from the beauty retailer and since then, the eye and lip cream made me a convert. This product helps maintain moisture in the skin around my eyes and lips. I hope to add other Polyphenol products to my regimen at some point.

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream ($170+) This is my splurge item! I’m definitely a La Mer convert. My skin used to be so prone to flaking and drying with other moisturizers, but with this Soft Cream, my skin stays really hydrated with out feeling heavy or greasy. I’ll be saving my pennies for this one.

Library of Flowers True Vanilla Handcreme ($25) The beautifully illustrated packaging originally lured me to this product, but it’s the aromatic vanilla that has me buying my second tube.

Clarisonic Mia2 ($149) This motorized cleansing facial brush has been a well spent purchase. It deep cleans and buffs, resulting with a squeaky clean face.

Soapwalla Citrus Deodorant Cream ($14)  I’ve been wanting to implement a natural and aluminum-free deodorant into my regimen. So far, this Soapwalla deodorant cream is doing pretty well. I may have to look for another option in the summer months though, as this is not an antiperspirant.

Avene Thermal Spring Water ($12ish) I purchased this at Duane Reade as something to give my face a nice moisturized pick up. It is the first thing I put on after washing my face and before my sunscreen. It feels fancy and reminds me of running through a sprinkler.

Beauty Blender ($20) My mom bought this for me as a stocking stuffer last year and since then, it has been a helpful aid when applying and blending foundation.

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum ($42) Vivre la SPF! My mom gave me a Supergoop City Sunscreen sample from Sephora awhile back (I guess my mom is the beauty guru in the family!) . It wore so nicely as a base layer under moisturizer and foundation, without any subsequent flaking, that I bought their retail sized product. And no breakouts! Highly recommended.

Oxalis Geranium Clay Mask ($18) Ah! One of my favorites. Oxalis is an apothecary brand started by a previous co-worker, Erin. I feel like this mask cleans out my pores like a vacuum. Anytime I miss completing a week’s mask, I can feel it and can’t wait to rub on this mask.

I hope some of these inspire you, and please let me know if you have any personal favorites yourself!


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I’m a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn, New York. I graduated from Parsons The New School for Design with a BFA in Illustration. I like drawing cars, making smoothies, and making stuff for my etsy shop.