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Best discovery of the last 6 months?

I always like hearing of other people’s product successes, so I thought I’d ask: What has been your best beauty product discovery of the last 6 months? 


Mine has been BECCA - Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer:A2495B22-105E-468D-A379-5BB52B80C29E.jpegUpon first application, I honestly thought it had done nothing. I shrugged, continued on with my usual morning makeup routine, and went about my day. Later in the day, however, I did a double take when I looked in a mirror and saw how improved my under eye area looked! After a couple weeks of daily use, a coworker even commented that I looked younger. Who doesn’t want to hear that once in a while 😁

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2 of the best things ; and there are many!) I have discovered are STACKEDSKINCARE - Dermaplaning Tool

and like others CHARLOTTE TILBURY - Hollywood Flawless Filter

I saw a video by Wayne Goss about the deplaning tool but the price scared me not to mention the actual process. I found a deal for 50 percent on the brand website and took the plunge. I really can’t believe the difference it made in my skin. Getting rid of all the peach fuzz and dead skin my face has been so smooth and my skin care works so much better. I tried the cheap plastic ones 1st and all I got was a couple nicks and razor burn. No thanks! This is the best investment I have made other than my Dyson hair dryer all year!

The Charlotte Tilbury like others have said is that magical glow under foundation that doesn’t look like harsh or glittery, just you but better.

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I'd hardly call this a discovery, as everyone and their brother knows about it, but I finally purchased the FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA - Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Amber and it's a game-changer! I love that it buffs out so easily for a natural everyday look, but can also be high-impact. Wish I'd tried it sooner!

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I've actually got 2 HG status discoveries from the last 6 months.


1. FARSÁLI - Liquid Glass Radiance Serum- I first picked this up mainly for two reasons. One being that it was new and I was intrigued by the whole "glass skin" claim and two it launched right before the spring sale so I loved the idea of saving some money on the purchase. At first I used it as a standard primer and thought it was good at prolonging my makeup looks but it wasn't helping with my pesky pores on my nose. I then experimented and used it on top of my moisturizer and then topped it off with a pore filling primer on my t-zone and that is when I discovered my HG concoction. I have been using this combo ever since and can attest to it helping with making my complexion look flawless, helps keep my face looking fresh NOT oily even after 15+ hours of it being on my face and helps tone down the oil on my t-zone. For all my combo to oily skin readers out there, I highly suggest you try this combo and see if it changes your life the way it did mine Smiley Happy


2. CHARLOTTE TILBURY - Hollywood Flawless Filter- Not going to lie, I really did think this was a gimmick when I first heard about it. I thought it was just another overpriced liquid highlight advertised as a multi-use product. I can now admit, I was wrong (womp womp). This has been another game changer in my daily makeup routine. As with the Farsali oil, I had to find the best way this product could work for me. In order to get that dewy glow I desire despite the fact that I use mainly matte foundations, I like to use this on top of my pore-filling primer but only on the high points of my cheeks. I then put my foundation on top and when it is blended all together, it leaves me with a subtle but radiant glow that never looks greasy. 

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@gonerogue - Omg, I was the exact same in regards to the CT Flawless Filter. Totally thought it was an over-priced gimmick until you actually play around w/ it. It's totally changed the way I do my base. I have drier skin, so I can get away w/ using this sparingly all-over w/o looking like the tin man on no-makeup days. Otherwise I usually use it like you do, under foundation. It gives such a natural luminosity to the skin w/o a hint of glitter.


Also btw...HELLO!! How have you been? Hope you had a blast at Sephoria Smiley Happy

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@gymgirl2  right?! It's the perfect gift for people who say they want to glow but don't like to use highlight. It's making me considering buying it as a xmas gift to my coworkers this year Smiley Happy And HELLO! I've been great! Sephoria with the gals this year was a BLAST. How have you been?! Can we try to connect one day and have a Sephora date in the city?! It would be lovely to see you again!

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@gonerogue - Yesss, let's do it especially w/ all the holiday goodies coming out! 

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Okay guys. I have one!!!! Sadly I did not purchase at Sephora, I’m usually very good at keep all my products Sephora related - this one I’m just completely obsessed with. 


I go through beauty blenders and morphe sponges like crazy. I was them daily because I just can’t NOT and they get micro tears easily and fall apart. I watch Tati a lot on YouTube, she’s the only beauty person I watch and a few months ago she used this weird sponge called “StansOut” Beauty Sponge. 

This thing is made out of, I really don’t know? But when you squish it the entire sponge squishes right up. You can use it wet or dry and because of its shape I literally use it for all my face products (foundation, concealer, contour, powder, liquid highlight) and the best part is it washes completely clean!!!! I’m in 💕



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@GG84  Oh, great find! I love Tati but don't think I've seen that video. Where would one acquire such a unique beauty sponge like that? Smiley Happy

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Tati recently has been using it in her videos last week and she got a bunch of them in her recent PR unboxing. 

I ordered from Amazon but the StansOut site has free shipping in the US. I ordered one for all my girlfriends for Xmas, I love it that much. 

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@GG84  If you vouch for it, I will have to test it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

Best discovery of the last 6 months?

I love love love the Hourglass vanish seamless foundation stick! It gives an airbrushed finish and looks flawless! I'm so impressed. it looks a tad dry for the first 10 minutes or so but it finishes nice and dewy. It's not cakey of heavy and blends out beautifully. I apply a few strokes to the face and buff it out with a sephora foundation brush. Perfection! I love it paired with the hourglass mineral veil power. It sets the foundation perfectly. A match made in heaven!!

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This is not a product from Sephora. But, I was watching Jaclyn Hill's new video and she spoke about a new concealer she loved, and if you've been watching her for years like me, she never sways from her favorites which are the best. It's Morphe's Fluidity Full Coverage Concealer. And it's 9 DOLLARS!! I'm dying to try it. I feel like I'm cheating on Sephora, but hey.

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@Breanna2015 That sounds amazing! I need to try it!



Best discovery of the last 6 months?

I have an extraordinarily hard time finding eyeshadow that work for my hooded, monolid eyelids. But, after purchasing a few different palettes from UD and too faced, I found my HG products! Finally. The TF Natural Matte Eye Pallet and the TF Chocolate Chip Matte Eye Pallet go together perfectly for me. I'm so in love, I want to buy everything too faced!!!

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I finally found a Lancôme Bi-Facil eye makeup remover dupe that costs less and doesn’t hurt my eyes! 


5178F1C9-49E7-4717-82D9-7D9B2716C087.jpegI seem to suddenly have many Paula’s Choice skincare products on my counter. Smiley Very Happy

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover: I got a full size bottle in a GWP with a PC direct order. It’s dual-phase, fragrance free, and oil free. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or dry, so I can use it all over my face. Surprisingly, it works as well as Bi-Facil: it removes mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and concealer from my eye area with no harsh rubbing/scrubbing. And man, Bi-Facil can remove almost anything. Smiley Very Happy So can this PC remover! A 4.2 oz bottle of Bi-Facil costs USD $7.14/oz. The biggest size, 6.7 oz, costs $5.97/oz. But a 4.3 bottle of PC Gentle Touch costs just $3.72/oz. Guess which one I’ll restock from now on. 


I didn’t think I’d like the PC remover because I’ve also tried the PC Gentle Touch makeup wipes (also received as GWP) and was unimpressed: they’re too gentle to remove much makeup, even with lots of rubbing. But the bi-phase liquid remover is fantastic. 


While I’m here, I’ll mention 2 other great recent discoveries: 


IT COSMETICS - Miracle Water Micellar Cleanser - I was recently very ill, to the point where I couldn’t stand at a sink to wash my face daily, let alone stand in the shower. This stuff saved my face. It really does wash and tone in one step, and pressing in any remaining product does feel like applying a nice serum. I kept this bottle on my nightstand along with some reusable bamboo rounds and my moisturizer, so I was able to wash my face daily. It doesn’t replace my daily cleansers, but it’s nice to have for days/nights when I can’t do my full skincare routine for whatever reason. I’ll also use this stuff as my post-workout face wash on days I exercise in the afternoon (instead of morning or night). 


THE ORDINARY - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil - yeah yeah, I’m late to this party. Smiley Very Happy There’s rosehip oil in facial oil blends I’ve used before (and still use), but I wanted to try this oil as a solo act—especially after a doctor recommended it to combat inflammation. I just got a bottle a couple days ago, and I’ve since used it 2 nights in a row while my face is in rebellion mode (thanks to another new-to-me skincare product I’ve had to stop using). It’s definitely calming my skin: my redness is much lower now, and I’ve got fewer little bumps everywhere. In just 2 nights! I’m sold. 

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@WinglessOne - That Lancome remover is my fav for removing eye makeup, will definitely have to pick-up the PC Remover next time I make an order on Dermstore. 

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The Rosehip Oil is my skincare secret. I also love putting it under my eyes as an eye oil (it instantly plumps up those fine lines!) and I use it to condition my eyebrows/eyelashes. I also heard Miranda Kerr swears by it. Best of all, it's under 10 bucks! <333

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@WinglessOne I just bought the PC Gentle Touch Makeup Remover, too!  And I bought it as a dupe for the Lancome, and agree with your assessment Smiley Happy  I picked it up from Dermstore for $11 as I had $5 off (I recently learned that you could write reviews and gets points to convert to dollars).


Have you ever tried the PC Perfect Cleansing Oil?  I used it once on my eyes, and they burned and teared.  I was very surprised.  I've enjoyed everything else from that brand.


Funny that you mentioned The Ordinary Rose Hip Oil, b/c I'm going to buy some either tomorrow or the next day Smiley Happy  It's always reassuring to hear when someone likes a product you just bought, or are looking into.  Esp someone you trust.

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@greeneyedgirl107   Oh, I keep forgetting about Dermstore’s program! Thanks for the reminder. Smiley Happy Nordstrom also carries Paula’s Choice, so I’ll probably use Nordy Notes to restock Gentle Touch Makeup Remover. I’m glad you got a good deal on it! 


I haven’t tried PC’s Perfect Cleansing Oil, but I have similar problems (burning eyes) with most cleansing oils on the market—so I stopped using them this year. There have been a few PC products I haven’t liked. In fact, the skincare product that most recently ticked my skin off was PC’s 10% azelaic acid booster, another GWP. I patch tested it for 1.5 weeks and it seemed fine, but the rest of my face did not like it at all, even though I used just a tiny amount. Since this booster also contains licorice root, a soothing ingredient my skin likes, I assume azelaic acid and my skin don’t get along. 


I hope you like the rosehip oil! I rub 2 drops between my hands and then gently press the oil into my face. That way, I don’t overapply it, especially on my oily zone. It hasn’t made my oily zone significantly greasier than usual, and it doesn’t seem to be clogging my pores. It also doesn’t irritate my eyes, so I can use it as a moisturizing layer on my undereyes. If you try it, let me know what you think of it. Smiley Happy 

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@WinglessOne Thanks for the tip about applying the Rose Hip Oil!  (I was a bit leery about starting it.)  I'll try it this afternoon.  After I get a sense of it, I will have to let you know my thoughts.  I'm concerned my skin will be a bit out of whack for a while, though, since I just upped the concentration of my Retin-A to .1%.


I'm relieved to hear that someone else got burning from cleansing oils.  I guess I can put trying the oil version of Clinique's TTDO on the back burner.  


It's a shame you've had some disappoints with PC, but I guess no brand is perfect!  BTW, I did have a question about the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover.  I prefer to use cotton balls instead of rounds/squares.  The trouble is that the packaging on that product makes it hard for me to see how much is coming out.  I'd like to take the stopper off, but I'm afraid if I remove it I won't be able to get it back on.  What are you thoughts?  Thanks!  Smiley Happy


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