I love anything baked. Brownies, cookies, lasagna... Hell, I even like baked potato chips and I think we can all agree that while edible, they're nowhere near as good as the "real" ones. Laura Gellar's Baked Cake Eyeliner Duos are my new favorite baked product that won't send me running to the gym in shame. Each compact comes with two different shades in it that you can apply wet or dry depending on the coverage that you want. What I'm really loving is applying them wet and then smudging the line for a dramatic, smoky eye look. (Is it weird that I'm all about the smoky eye in the summer? I think it's been so hot in L.A. that I'm just trying to will it to be winter so I can stop sweating). Once the liner is on, it really stays put (even through the sweating!) and I really like that it's easy to blend because it makes fixing my inevitable mistakes a lot easier. Out of the four available, my favorite shade is the Blueberry/Dutch Chocolate - it's a gorgeous matte dark brown with a shimmering dark blue and they two of them look great smudged together. My second fave is the Plum Pudding/Black Forest duo - the Black Forest is a black with micro glitter that's perfect for a night out. Love!
It's been awhile since I brought a product home, tested it, and liked it so much that I wanted to write about it right away. (Mostly because I'm lazy, not because I don't like a lot of them). But I just tried Laura Gellar's Lip Strip for the first time and it is so my new favorite product. Lip Strip is a cooling sugar scrub that you use to get dry or chapped lips back into shape, but even if your lips are doing fine, it's a great way to keep them hydrated and in kissable condition. The formula contains Brazilian sugar (yum!) and cooling peppermint (I LOVE minty lip products) and is a non-abrasive exfoliator. You just dab a little on your lips and rub it gently with your fingertips for about a minute or so. It tastes ridiculously good and you can definitely feel the peppermint because it makes your lips tingle. Then you rinse it off and voila! Smoother, softer (and most importantly) well-moisturized lips. I used it over an hour ago and my lips still feel like I just put on ChapStick. This is going to be one of those products that I keep in the cabinet in my bathroom, which I like to think of as a big honor because only my best and most well-loved products make it in there for easy, frequent access. (I like to think of it as making the Makeup Olympics - it's what all the rest of the products in my hall closet should be striving for).
You can get a Lip Strip of your very own at Sephora for only $16 - less than the price of most lipsticks these days. Totally worth it!