Welcome back to Worth It, my bi-weekly breakdown on the very best beauty products that have not only rolled across my desk in the past 14 days, but have also earned a (semi-) permanent place on it, getting swiped, dabbed, and blotted all day long by yours truly. Why? Because they’re really freaking good.
These are the primo, cream-of-the-crop new skin and makeup products that I’m genuinely loving right now. No, I’m not getting paid to promote these products, and yes, all of these reviews are my no-bullshit, honest opinions. So if you’re feeling like shelling out some money this week for a bunch of excellent beauty loot, please check out the five products, below, that are worth the lower bank account balance.
Paul & Joe Limited Editon Stick Highlighter, $30
WHY I LOVE IT:
Aside from the fact that it’s freaking adorable (I mean, COME ON), it’s also ridiculously creamy and natural looking on your skin.
Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes, $9
WHY I LOVE THEM:
They refresh my sweaty, smelly pits better than a swipe of deodorant. Hey, you asked! (...Kind of.)
I am a sweaty, angry, smelly wildebeest during summer, and no matter how much prescription-strength deodorant I layer on, I still end up with a very au naturale scent by the end of the day. Enter: these armpit wipes. Unlike when I add another coat of deodorant on a sweaty day (which always feels like a futile attempt at masking the scent), these natural wipes truly neutralize the B.O., as if I just showered with excellent-smelling body wash.
And, as someone who has crazy-sensitive skin, I’m happy to report that these have never once irritated or burned my pits. I now keep a pack of them at my desk and in my gym bag so I can smell like a tropical human being at all times.
BeautyBlender Bounce Liquid Whip Foundation, $40
WHY I LOVE IT:
It’s incredibly full-coverage—like, it will neutralize every scar and zit on your face—without feeling like a heavy mask.
I’ll be honest: I’m not usually a fan of full-coverage foundations. I have dry, tight skin, and my lifelong goal is to look like ethereal glowing angel, so I’m not one to choose a thick formula over a tinted moisturizer. But sometimes, you just need a little—or a lotta—extra coverage.
And although this foundation is completely matte, it’s also shockingly blendable and comfortable, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a chalky mask. You can blend a few dots over your skin for a medium-coverage finish, or, do as I prefer: mix two drops in with your face lotion or tinted moisturizer for better coverage.