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Weekly Must-Have: Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

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When life hands you sleepless nights, reach for Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($29). Not only does it completely eradicate any signs of tired-eye, but it also covers all under eye darkness. And it actually illuminates, so you’re left looking wide-eyed and well slept.

Here’s how: This full-coverage corrector is infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators that won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, but rather preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage. You’re meant to add a concealer over the corrector (Becca recommends their Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème ($32)), but I’ve found that it works wonders on its own.

With so many luminizing correctors on the market (here’s looking at you, YSL Touche Eclat), I’m keen on Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector because it’s thick without being cakey and full-coverage without looking like you’re wearing mounds of makeup. The product comes in a pot rather than a pen, which allows for precise finger-dabbing application. You can build your coverage from there. The  pinkish formula evens skin tone (which is why it works so well with blue and purple under eye discoloration), while also brightening the area.

To all mommies – or any women with full schedules and fragmented sleep – this product is a life – and look – saver.

Stock up today.

PRICE TAG: $29 for .16 oz


Weekly Must-Have: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX

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My skincare routine has come to the point where my face doesn’t feel thoroughly cleansed if I don’t apply a serum, pre-moisturizer. I remember the good ole days of the 3-step routine: Wash, tone, treat. I’d even skip moisturizer! Not anymore. These days, I use at least 6 products morning and night. It usually goes something like this: Wash, tone, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, sunblock. And, at night, makeup remover, wash, tone, serum, moisturizer OR retinoid, eye cream.

I’ve been using Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX ($84) since receiving a bottle from the Glow Recipe girls in a Korean Vogue 20th Anniversary Best Of Korean Beauty Products kit. Sarah, from Glow Recipe, always has the best skincare suggestions (like this and this), so I was eager to try this new batch of products. While I could not read anything on the bottle, save for the title (the backside is written in Korean), I liked the clean scent and felt like it was kinda “natural,” so I decided to give it a go.

In a word: obsessed. It was as if my skin drank this sh*t up. Not that this serum is a surge of moisture or even an oil, it’s more like a tall glass of water for your skin — seriously. This lightweight hydrator soothes the skin without leaving any trace of residue. My face soaked it up and made subsequent products absorb that much better, too (hence the “activate” part of the name). No joke, I can feel my moisturizer penetrating deeper into my skin post-application. Now, when I leave the serum step out, my complexion isn’t as glowy and my face looks… dare I say… dull.

This is a can’t-live-without product for a healthy, bright complexion. It can be used on all skin types (even sensitive) and it won’t make you break out. It’s literally the perfect universal serum to combat a multitude of concerns without any downside.

I can’t wait to try the rest of this line: If the other products are as powerful as this serum, they’re about to become my face’s new bestie.

PRICE TAG: $84.00 (buy here)


Weekly-Must Have: Wander Beauty Secret Weapon Pencil 

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Ever feel like your go-to makeup routine isn’t quite doing enough? Especially on days when you wake up late – and lazy – and just can’t seem to get it together, this trusted dependable products need some ramping up. Of course, that doesn’t always mean that a bright lip or bold eye is the right route.  On these occasions, look no further than Wander Beauty Secret Weapon Pencil ($23).

This multitasking product is a bit like the brightening wand on Photoshop or a really amazing Snapchat filter.  Tired eyes? Dab a bit on the inner corners and on the inner lash lines.  Lips looking flat or undefined? Line your cupid’s bow.  Missed your last brow shaping?  Use the pencil on your brow bone to gently lift the arch.  Need an overall lift?  Drag the pencil across your cheekbones.  The possibilities are endless.

Not only is this item a multitasking powerhouse that is extremely easy to use, but it’s filled with ingredients that are actually good for your skin.  Olive fruit oil and jojoba oil condition and soothe, while vitamin E provides antioxidant protection.  What’s not to love?


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Weekly Must-Have: Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

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Our obsession with Amore Pacific has been long-running, but it’s the Treatment Enzyme Peel that has stollen our hearts (and faces). While Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel ($60) isn’t a new product, it’s definitely a cleanser worth revisiting – especially now that we’re entering transitional weather (a.k.a. the worst climate for our complexions).

How it works: The powdered papaya enzymes turn into a smooth, lathering foam when mixed with water. The enzymes activate fast – 30-60 seconds of gentle massaging onto the skin and they do their job: cleaning out pores and removing all traces of dead skin which leads to a lackluster complexion. Since these are activating enzymes, you don’t feel any sort of exfoliation (i.e. there’s no scrubbing to the skin). Once washed off, your left with a gorgeous, glowing complexion, primed to penetrate all other toners, essences, serums, and moisturizers. In fact, this enzyme treatment actually improves absorption levels of other products.

While even the most sensitive skin types can benefit from this treatment, it’s so gentle and effective that it can actually be used as a daily cleanser (and we highly recommend it!). Read: This is not your average peel. It instantly brightens the visage while longterm use will even out skin tone and texture. Obsessed!

*made without sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. Suitable for all skin types.

PRICE TAG: $60 (buy here)


Weekly Must-Have: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

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True story: I’ve been traveling all over the east coast – think planes, subways, and jitneys – and my oversized toiletry bag has taken a serious beating. In the midst of said transportation, my beloved Bioderma Crealine H2O went bust, drenching my bag and making the bottle unusable. Since Bioderma is rather difficult to find in-store in the USA, I was forced to find an alternative to my favorite makeup remover which (read:) Bioderma also gets everything off — including mascara — without the need to pull on skin and eyes (hence benefiting the anti-aging-no-tug-equals-no-fine-lines cause).

Alas, I chose Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes at my local Duane Reade because… well, they come pre-soaked so I didn’t need to lug around the bottle and they’re made with all-natural ingredients – no perfumes or dyes – so they weren’t going to irritate my super sensitive skin. WOW do I love these amazing wipes. While I don’t use them to actually cleanse my face – meaning, I do use a cleanser post-wipe – they took off all of my makeup with just a few gentle wipes of the cloth and just as successfully as Bioderma. They didn’t tug or pull or strip the skin, and they didn’t irritate my sensitive visage. In fact, they were so mild – yet effective – that I decided to use one in the morning instead of washing my face (as too much water and harsh detergents can actually dry out skin). I followed up with a Witch Hazel toner, my current Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer (a true gem for combination, acne-prone skin), and, of course, Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen. So far, not a single blemish has emerged!

At $4.50 for $25 wipes (meaning you can use these 25 times), it’s a no-brainer for travel and on-the-go. While my Bioderma will remain a staple in my skincare routine, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes will be joining in my travel bag (and if I actually worked out, I would put these wipes in my gym bag, too!). I am officially obsessed.

PRICE TAG: $4.50

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