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I haven't been as present on the blog recently, in large part because I have been working a lot, we had my daughter's birthday party this weekend (wow, that was a lot of work to get ready for it!) and I've been busy enjoying my 3 month old. Baby talk is crazy cute and she's so much fun to snuggle!

I realized last night that a lot of the products I'm using daily are new (to me at least) and I haven't really mentioned them on the blog. I'll hopefully have full reviews on some of these products soon, but in the meantime I thought I should mention them!

1. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (get it at DermStore or J Crew): I mentioned this highlighter last week in my Mommy Beauty Must Haves, and I swear it is amazing stuff! I've been putting a little in the inner corner of my eyes, along my cheek bones and usually straight down the center of my nose and my chin. It really does somehow make me look much more awake and put together, but you can't even really see it there.

2. Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solutions Set (get it from Nordstrom): I had a little melasma/hyperpigmentation on my cheeks due to pregnancy and I started using this system right after I delivered. My pigmentation disappeared within about 4-5 weeks, I've kept using it because it seems to help keep my entire skintone more even.

3. JeNu Infuser (get it at Amazon or Nordstrom): I just started using this last week, but I'm already really excited about it! If you haven't seen the JeNu everywhere yet, you will soon. It was named a game-changing product by Vogue, and will be featured in February’s Harper’s Bazaar. It uses ultrasound to increase the absorption of your regular skin care products.

4. Calming Zinc Bar Soap (from Dr. Cynthia Bailey): In the winter, I get dry, flaky skin around my nose that just will not go away despite exfoliation and lots of hydration. Why? Because it isn't really dry skin. It's facial dandruff/seborrheic dermatitis and needs to be treated differently (Dr. Bailey has a great post on it here). You can do temporizing measures and treat your face with Head and Shoulders, but I just bought her zinc bar soap and it is really helping a lot! It's oil based and very gentle. It doesn't remove all of my makeup, so I use it in the morning or at night after using another cleanser. This bar gets rid of all my flakies!

5. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara (from Nordstrom) and RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner (get it at Nordstrom): I had to go off of my regular Revitalash while pregnant (hence the lack of mascara reviews. Even if I liked a mascara I didn't like any pics enough to share on the blog). So, I'm counting it as new here because I started using it again after I delivered. I notice results at about 6 weeks, but really at 10 weeks is when my lashes are where they'll stabilize in length. I love having my long lashes again! Along with those lashes, I've been obsessing over the Charlotte Tilbury mascara. It was great with my shorter lashes but even better now that I'm using Revitalash again!

6. Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (from Sephora or Too Faced): A lot of my favorite shadows are from Too Faced, and their new Semi-Chocolate Palette is a must have! I reach for it constantly. I'll be sharing pics soon!

7. L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer (from After having this concealer mentioned so many times by bloggers and makeup artists, I finally had to try it for myself. I can't find it anywhere near me, so I ordered a couple of shades from I'm using neutral, but I could go 1 shade lower. It is interesting because while it is pigmented, it is quite a bit less pigmented than many of my favorite concealers (It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye and Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer specifically), but it still really covers what I need covered. And it won't settle into fine lines, even after a long day! I definitely recommend it.

8. iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex (from Amazon or This eye cream was frequently mentioned in my Dermatologist's Favorite Eye Creams post, and when they offered to send it for a review I basically jumped for joy! It really is pretty amazing stuff. It is super hydrating, helps me look more awake and has some great ingredients that will help my undereye area in the long run. A new favorite!

9. Kerastase Spray á Porter (get it from Kerastase): So, this spray is my hair's new best friend. About 10-15 sprays distributed throughout my hair while it is wet adds just the right texture to help my hair hold a ton of curl (which I'm adding with my Beachwaver) and it lasts for 2-3 days. Expect an upcoming post on how I'm doing this soon!

10. Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil (get it at Sephora): I'm in love with this lippie splurge! It is super hydrating (great in this winter weather), and goes on basically clear but deepens to add a very pretty tint.

11. COVER FX Illuminating Primer (from Sephora): I've been wearing this alone over my moisturizer on days that I don't have time to really put on makeup but need something. It doesn't look shiny at all, but is just enough to brighten up my skin and make me look a little better!

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Anonymous said...

So glad to see a post! I was starting to worry about you. Glad all is well. Enjoy your little ones...they grow up so quickly!

Shelby Lynne said...

I love that the Clarisonic is like a rose gold color. Anything rose gold is perfection to me. I've been hearing so much about the L.A. Girl Pro concealer I absolutely need to go pick it up to see what all the hype it about. Love your post!

Christine Mikesell said...

@Anon I just seem to be busier than ever! In the past I wrote a LOT after my daughter (now 4) was in bed. The baby is still in our room, so it's dark in there and typing seems to keep her up. I fully admit that my husband and I frequently just go to bed at 8:30. :D

PaintedLadies said...

Ah, well k now that I know my flakies are dandruff, things make more sense!!!

Christine Mikesell said...

@PaintedLadies- When things get really bad, I just put shampoo on my face in the shower and leave it there while I do my thing. That intense treatment really can help a lot, but using this soap twice a day is what really gets my skin back to normal!

Kirsten Norman said...

Hello and love your blog! Do you find Revitalash still works well for you? I almost bought some when I saw it discounted at but a brief internet search gave me pause. I've heard they had to change the formula recently (was it patent reasons?) and the newer version isn't as effective. I'm considering Latisse because I know it works. Partly I'm interested in revitalash b/c of the revitabrow product as my brows are beginning to thin with age. Any thoughts on this?

Christine Mikesell said...

There was a change in Revitalash, and it wasn't a patent issue (that's what got Jan Marini's Eyelash Serum pulled from the market years ago, they were using Bimatoprost without permission from Allergan, the makers of Latisse). Instead, Allergan argued in court that Revitalash should be available only by prescription just like Latisse because of Decloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethycloprostenolamide, the prostaglandin analogue that is in it, and is responsible for the results. The FDA currently lets that be sold over the counter, which means anyone can just buy Revitalash, while you need a prescription for Latisse. The outcome of the case was that the version of Revitalash with the active ingredient (their Revitalash Advanced) is not available in California, but you can buy that product everywhere else (it's what I buy and it works great!). Revitalash also makes a product called Nouriche, which is basically the Advanced without the prostaglandin. It has peptides and aloe and such. It probably helps the area out some, but not as much as the Advanced. Revitabrow does contain the prostaglandin and I've been meaning to write a post about it, but it really does help! I use it when my brows are getting a bit thin.
I hope that helps!

Kirsten Norman said...

Thank you so much! Guess might be out for purchasing as they are CA based- I'll have to look into that. Revitalash and Revitabrow are back on my must purchase list thanks to you. Love getting these issues clarified by a knowledgeable source.

Christine Mikesell said...

If it is Revitalash Advanced it will have the prostaglandin in it, Nouriche doesn't. If it is advanced on Costco, I'd go for it!

Arianna123 said...

Hi Christine - I love your blog and it's my go to when I need skincare help! Question about the revitabrow though - do you like it better than Boom Boom Brow job ? And does Latisse work for eyebrows? I tried revitalash on my brows to no avail and I really need something that works! I heard I'm not supposed to use Latisse for that. What do you think?

Christine Mikesell said...

I do like it better than the Boom Boom. Both work, but the Revitabrow seems to be faster! The Latisse works the same way as Revitalash (but stronger) and both should work for the brow area, though the Latisse has more risks so I wouldn't use it on the brow area. Both Revitalash and Latisse are pretty watery and likely wouldn't really stay put in the area long enough to absorb, the Revitabrow is a gel, I think that's the main difference. I just bought more of the Revitabrow at my local salon, it's definitely worth it!

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