- 11 Products That Made Us Happier at Home Last Month
- The Best Skin-Care Products That Launched in February
- Our Favorite Products: February 2020
- The Cutest Lip Stain Ever
- An Old Favorite That Still Beats Out The New Crowd
- An Uncomplicated Eyeshadow
- A Multipurpose Product That Doesn't Sacrifice Performance
- A Sunscreen You Can Trick Yourself Into Thinking Is A Primer
- A Cleanser That Ticks All The Boxes
11 Products That Made Us Happier at Home Last Month
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Whether you're looking for the latest in cookware or trying to furnish your entire home, there are a lot of home brands to turn to. Thankfully, we're here to share our favorite finds directly with you.
Each month, MyDomaine editors are bringing you the latest and greatest in home décor. From a new launch we can't stop obsessing over or a great deal we found on a must-have product, these are the things that made us happier at home last month. Keep scrolling to see which home goods made the list.
“After trying Parachute's new line of spa towels, I'm officially a convert. Made from a super soft, fluffy-but-not-too-fluffy cotton-linen terry, these towels make drying off feel an indulgence. Hot tip: spring for the oversized bath sheet instead of the standard towel size for an even more elevated experience. The extra inches really make a difference.”
“Anthropologie's newest collaboration with Clare V. is decidedly delightful.
Inspired by the work Pablo Picasso produced during his time in Cannes, as well as Clare Vivier's own French holidays, the designs will add that certain je ne sais quoi to your home or wardrobe.
I keep this little tray on my desk at home, and can't help but smile every time I see it. Cheeky and trés chic? What could be better.”
“The entire Jennifer Fisher x CB2 collaboration is a thing of beauty, filled with marble details and sleek shapes. This tabletop storage piece immediately caught my eye and now lives happily on my bedroom dresser.
And while jewelry storage is far from a novel concept, I've never seen it done in such a stylish way. The black marble and tiered design really take it up a notch.
My collection has never been more organized (or looked better).”
“For me, 2020 is the year of cooking at home more often. In my teeny tiny kitchen, I've been trying to whip up new dishes every week. I follow a mostly vegetarian diet, and this cookbook by the husband-and-wife duo behind the popular blog A Couple Cooks has been an absolute lifesaver.
Before I found this handy guide, I'd been struggling to find vegetarian recipes that were flavorful, full of ingredients I could actually find in the grocery store, and not just some variation of pasta. This cookbook is full of delicious, easy, and totally unexpected recipes I can whip up in a small space in not a lot of time.
I'm even writing this review while eating my leftover chipotle black bean soup from last night – yum!”
“Ok, this is officially the coolest thing I've ever seen. I've been reading a lot about the art of “mise en place,” or having everything prepped and organized before you start cooking. It takes a lot of the stress the process, as you're not frantically trying to chop onions before your olive oil burns. This prep system from Prepdeck is your ultimate guide to nailing your set-up.
The lid folds out into a cutting board, revealing 15 food containers for prepping (all with measurement markers!) Not impressed yet? It also comes with a grater, zester, juicer, garlic crusher, peeler, julienne peeler, green stripper and bottle opener, that all conveniently fit inside the container. Did I mention that there's a trash and storage drawer too? I'm officially obsessed.
“I have fairly dry and sensitive skin, so I was pretty sure double cleansing wasn't for me, but I also wanted to make sure I wasn't going to sleep with any makeup residue on my skin.
This micellar cleansing water is now the first step in my nighttime routine. It's so gentle, feels hydrating, and actually removes mascara.
I follow it up with my jelly cleanser and moisturizer and I'm good to go!”
“I've always been a big fan of gold flatware. I think it looks so stunning in different tablescapes and adds a pretty detail to any dinner party.
I've found that some gold sets of flatware can be this bright and fake looking gold, making it appear very cheaply made, but I've found the absolute perfect shade in this flatware set.
The set is in the color “champagne” and it's the perfect happy medium between gold and silver and is so subtle. I love the look it adds to my table when I'm having family and friends over.”
“The team at MyDomaine are huge fans of the Caraway pan sets, so I was super eager to try them out. I found that the hype is very well deserved. These pans are a total game changer.
As someone who absolutely loves cooking, I have found that they make the act of cooking itself more enjoyable, the food tastes better (or maybe it's just my years of practice finally showing for it), and cleanup is a breeze.
And to make things even better, my pots and pans cabinet has never been more organized.”
“As previously mentioned, I definitely love to cook and these sauces have been so exciting to play around with. My personal favorites are the Herby Chimichurri and the Red Pepper Romesco sauce. I've found myself always trying to find a reason or a recipe to top or mix these sauces into this month.”
“If these cubed shelves are giving you college dorm room flashbacks, you’re not alone. But hear me out: they can actually look super chic if styled correctly.
I’ve recently given this Target staple another chance, but instead of using only the intended cube organizer bins, I’ve filled the squares with stacks of my favorite coffee table books, prettiest glassware, and other stray decor elements that needed a home.
I did add two of the bins, and use those to stash random clutter in a pinch before guests arrive.”
“While this may not be the most aesthetically pleasing item I’ve added to my home, it’s for sure the one that's made my life easier. I have three rescue dogs, and they somehow manage to shed what feels a full coat of hair every day on my couch.
After trying every vacuum, duster, and lint roller out there, I finally found the solution in this strange grey rectangle. I run it across a section of my couch, and it collects all the hair in a neat pile after just one swipe.
It only takes a few minutes, and keeps me from turning into the Lorax every time I sit down.”
The Best Skin-Care Products That Launched in February
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Each month, Allure editors break down the latest and greatest skin-care launches. Looking for more in skin-care? Here are some of the best new products.
Skin care can be intimidating — there are so many products out there. And with such a wide range of options come a lot of questions.
Is this serum really worth the splurge? Do we really need a cleanser made of oats? And what the hell is a body serum? To qualm any and all anxiety about what you should be trying, we've tested and tried every single product — moisturizers, cleansers, serums, masks, and more — that's come our way to help you make an informed decision on what you should be putting on your skin. That's right: We've done the hard part so you don't have to.
This February, revamp your skin-care routine with the newest products to hit retail shelves, including Eve Lom Rescue Peel Pads and the Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum 2.0.
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- Don't let the hefty price tag deter you — you're getting your money's worth and more with La Prairie's White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire. It contains a proprietary molecule called lumidose, which helps stop the production of dark spots. Use it around the eye area and La Prairie promises you'll notice brighter skin and and lessened dark circles.$550 (Shop Now)
- The secret to faking a good night's rest lies in the L'Occitane Immortelle Overnight Reset Eye Serum. It contains essential Immortelle oil, derived from the corsica flower and known for its toning and firming properties, to reduce and smooth out fine lines.$55 (Shop Now)
- If we could turn a green juice into a mask, it would most ly look the Strivectin Supergreens Soother Cooling Gel Mask. Here, aloe vera and basil provide the skin with moisture while green tea, celery, and garden cress sprout protect skin with antioxidants so it looks smoother and brighter.$48 (Shop Now)
- Rael Daily Detox Oil to Foam Gentle Cleanser features olive oil and chinaberry to provide antioxidant protection against free-radical damage to the skin. But, most importantly, it provides a refreshing cleanse that wipes away hard-to-remove makeup without stressing out skin.$28 (Shop Now)
- “Gentle retinol” would be an oxymoron under any many circumstances, but not with Maya Chia's The Straight A Advanced Gentle Retinol Treatment. It features bakuchiol and moth bean extract to smooth out fine lines and plump the skin. It also relies on a combination of vitamin C and E to hydrate and brighten.$125 (Shop Now)
- It’s obvious that body care would include taking care of your butt, but sometimes there are just areas we forget to tend to. That’s where the Megababe Le Tush Clarifying Butt Mask comes in. It contains glycolic, malic, and azelaic acids to exfoliate skin, as well as willow bark extract to get rid of any bumps you may have in that area.$22 (Shop Now)
- The OGX Rose Water & Pink Sea Salt Scrub & Wash makes exfoliating a soothing experience. It has buffing sea salt that scrubs the body lightly to reveal softer skin, while the rosewater calms any irritation. And if you love floral scents, you'll be hooked immediately.$6 (Shop Now)
- M-61 Power Cleansing Cloths is aptly named. Each cloth is packed with glycolic and salicylic acid to gently exfoliate skin and wick away excess sebum. And with the inclusion of witch hazel, they simply go above and beyond the typical face wipe.$24 (Shop Now)
- Philosophy's The Microdelivery Dream Peel is one of those rare miracle workers that actually makes a difference overnight. It's made with hibiscus to smooth out uneven skin and contains 6 percent alpha-hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids to exfoliate for clearer and more radiant skin. It dries on clear, too, so you don’t ruin any pillows in the process.$60 (Shop Now)
- The Eve Lom Rescue Peel Pads are a game-changer in the exfoliating pad game. They contain a blend of the usual hero acids — glycolic, lactic, and salicylic — to slough away dead skin cells. Safe enough to use every day, they're also made with marshmallow and vitamin B3 to leave skin super-smooth and even-toned. $75 (Shop Now)
- Chapped lips are just a given during the winter, and there's no better way to combat the dryness than with Boscia's new Cherry Blossom and Bakuchiol Resurfacing Lip Repair. It's made with bakuchiol, cherry blossom, and a super-hydrating blend of chamomile flower oil, jojoba seed oil, and cocoa seed butter to not only infuse moisture but to also repair damage.$20 Available at Ulta on February 23rd.
- Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment is a powerful serum for treating dark spots. It contains vitamin C to brighten the complexion and a fermented compound that infuses skin with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and target discoloration.$78 (Shop Now)
- Each of Dr. Barbara Sturm Night Ampoules (there are seven total in each box) contains a blend of hyaluronic acid and extracts from the senna alata plant, which is known for helping to protect skin from sun damage. It also contains a special mushroom called poria cocos, which is used in Chinese medicine to calm irritation and evenly tone skin.$150 (Shop Now)
- A lot of products promise to work overnight to treat skin, but the Elemis Peptide4 Overnight Radiance Peel is one that actually delivers. This milky peel is made with lactic acid and hibiscus to increase the skin-cell turnover rate and give you smooth and radiant skin by morning.$78 (Shop Now)
- For breakouts on both your face and body, grab Bathing Culture Outer Being Face & Body Oil. Made with vitamins C and E and antioxidant-rich ingredients such as squalane, marula oil, and grapefruit extract, this oil will soothe any inflammation, while also nourishing your skin.$28 (Shop Now)
- When it comes to self-tanners, we know to trust St. Tropez. Its newest innovation, the Self Tan Express Bronzing Gel, is the fastest tanner in its collection. It's super-lightweight and comes in a non-sticky gel formula to give you natural-looking color for up to 10 days with no transfer.$44 (Shop Now)
- Getting a natural-looking fake tan just got a whole lot easier with Jergens' Sol Sunless Tanning Full Body Towelettes. Each towelette is made with natural, sugar-derived tanning active compounds called erythrulose that give you buildable color. Just swipe in circular motions on parts you want to get more golden and you're good to go.$24 (Shop Now)
- We've all come to love the original, but now say hello to the new-and-improved Tata Harper Rejuventating Serum 2.0. It still contains the same ingredients to smooth the appearance of fine lines, but now it also has ingredients kelp and sea fern to firm and brighten skin as well.$168 (Shop Now)
- Lesse Refining Cleanser is a super-gentle exfoliator made of tea tree leaf, sunflower, and lavender oil and charcoal to clean away impurities while still hydrating the skin. Its gel- formula is soothing to use, and you'll notice a finer and softer complexion after a couple of uses.$55 (Shop Now)
- If your skin is reeling from stressful times (whose isn't in 2020?), we recommend the Clark's Botanicals Jasmine Vital Cream. It's made with red algae, niacinamide, and a special jasmine extract that improves skin's uneven texture over time and gives you a brighter, more awake-looking complexion. It's basically the reset button your tired skin is desperately looking for.$70 (Shop Now)
- The Dr. Haushka Regenerating Day Cream is super rich, and we love it. It's made with blackthorn blossom, almond milk, and olive oil to firm up the skin and correct any effects the dry winter weather might've caused (i.e. dryness and dehydration). It's also pretty thick, so you don't have to use that much to make it count.$85 (Shop Now)
- The Omorvicza The Cure is asking you to take a break from your entire nighttime routine for nine days and use a single ampoule each night instead. It's a huge ask, but hear us out. The Cure is grouped into three phases (phase one for resurfacing and brightening, phase two for reviving, and phase three for replenishing) that claim to renew skin completely in just over a week. If you're looking for a fast and effective way to improve your skin's overall health, this is it.$275 (Shop Now)
- If you're looking for a cleanser that won't strip your skin of moisture but aren't a fan of oil-based versions, the Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser might be perfect for you. It contains 11 amino acids, vitamin E, and mineral seawater to hydrate while cleansing away makeup and other debris from your face.$38 (Shop Now)
- Chemical peels are great for brightening a dull complexion, but the hard truth is that they have a tendency to be harsh on skin. The Erno Laszlo AHA Resurfacing Sleep Serum takes away any room for error by mixing its powerful 15 percent alpha-hydroxy acids blend of lactic, glycolic, and citric acids with soothing wild plum so that you get the exfoliation of a peel without any of the redness or irritation.$100 (Shop Now)
- Tools the Nuface Fix Line Smoothing Device are just fun. The handheld device, which only takes three minutes to use, provides gentle microcurrent energy to temporary lift and firm skin. Don't forget to apply the conductive gel before using, or else the light tingling sensation will be a lot more intense.$149 (Shop Now)
- The Lanomce Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Milk Peel is a chemical exfoliant that gently lifts away dead skin cells as you use it. It contains vitamin E to restore any skin damage, linseed extract to calm inflammation, and a form of salicylic acid called lipo hydroxy acid to help treat any acne.$80 (Shop Now)
- We love monogrammed things; if we could, we'd monogram everything we own. The Myro Deodorant Customized Cases puts this dream into action, because now you can encase the plant-powered deodorant in fun colors neon pink and pastel green and then add whatever lettering (including your name, initials, Instagram handle, etc.) you'd .$6 (Shop Now)
- There are a lot of brightening products out in the market (and there are many on this list), but the Sisley-Paris Phyto Blanc Le Concetré Pure Bright Activating Serum is one to mention. It contains an active ingredient called Eygptian myrobalan, which has been known to stop the production of dark spots. Bless.$380 (Shop Now)
- The SK-II Essence Limited Edition Featuring Mickey Mouse is a fun update on a classic essence that belongs in the pantheon of hero beauty products. Its proprietary ingredient pitera — which is a yeast rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids — hydrates and exfoliates skin to give you an even and more radiant skin tone. And as for the packaging, who can hate on Mickey Mouse?$247 (Shop Now)
- Ampoules are great for travel and eliminating product waste. And while they can be a little annoying to open, the benefits of the Vichy LiftActive Peptide C Ampoule Serum make it worth the hassle. Each vial contains 10 percent of pure vitamin C, plant-based phyto peptides, and hyaluronic acid to target collagen loss and reduce the appearance of fine lines. You just need to use one capsule per day, half in the morning and the rest at night. As for storage, it comes with a plastic funnel that closes and opens for when you need to use the serum left over.$59 (Shop Now)
- Let's be honest: Body wash is typically not that exciting. But the Dove Rejuvenating Body Wash in Pomegranate & Hibiscus Tea is worth talking about. It's the classic Dove Body Wash formula we've come to know and love, but it's been reformulated to give your skin even more moisture. And this scent is the best one the new collection — trust.$9 Available in February 1st.
Our Favorite Products: February 2020
Welcome to Our Favorite Products, a monthly feature in which ITG's editors discuss our favorite products.
They're the best things we've tried all month long, reviewed and anthropomorphized before we have the opportunity to get sick of them and move on to something new.
This month, our favorite products are a little slippery: you might think they're one thing, but they turn out to be another. a blush that's also a lipstick. Or a sunscreen that's also a primer. With so much going on in February, it was nice to streamline.
The Cutest Lip Stain Ever
The whole idea with a lip stain is that you throw it on and your lips stay, er, stained all day.
But this K-beauty tint (the catch-all term for Korean lip products that aren't traditional lipsticks) is so cute, you'll want to keep it in your bag, pocket, clutched fist, etc. just to play show and tell.
The show: from fake French winery Chateau Labiotte comes a teeny tiny wine bottle that's a favorite of American Girl dolls aged 21 and over.
The tell: once you twist off the cap, you're met with a doe-foot applicator and a silky stain that's easy to blend and doesn't taste bitter or feel drying. Merlot Burgundy is the best shade, because although it looks purple-y pink online, in real life it's more of a sophisticated sheer brick. If the packaging didn't sell you, the wear will. —Ali Oshinsky
An Old Favorite That Still Beats Out The New Crowd
Coconut oil? Yes, coconut oil. Hear me out. When it comes to slapping it on your face I say run for the hills—breakout city. But your hair is not your skin, and therefore a totally different story. Intellectually I know this, but I was recently given some empirical evidence a week ago as I was taking out my braids.
I had jumbo braids, which aren’t the hardest braids to unravel, but they still take at least one episode of Love Is Blind to get through. Knots and tangles make the process even longer, but only if you don’t have the proper detangling equipment on hand. I thought I’d forgotten this key product, but then I remembered, ‘oh yeah, I have coconut oil.
’ A little bit rubbed on top of a knot is waving a magic wand over a tangled necklace: the chaos is removed and you’re left with a smooth, unobstructed chunk of hair. It greases strands WD-40 slicks up a stubborn keyhole. And it also conditions so much.
When I got done with my braids I put a little more coconut oil in my hair and left it that way for a few more hours. Then I shampooed and conditioned as normal, but my hair felt it had undergone something a bit more, a deep conditioning hair mask.
It was all because of the coconut oil I had put on before, which stopped my hair from drying out when I shampooed, and went on to support my conditioner’s efforts even more. I can’t believe I stopped using this? Madness, I say. —Ashley Weatherford
An Uncomplicated Eyeshadow
My approach to eyeshadow is: no biggie. I choose a single shade, swipe it over my lids, and go on with my life. The shades themselves may vary, but the technique is always the same, and the eyeshadows I return to are the ones I often forget are there until someone else reminds me.
But I them because they stay put, they don’t crease in the hood of my eyes, and they keep their pigment. In my time working in beauty, I can’t say that many powder eyeshadows consistently hit all those marks, which is why I’m so taken by Glossier’s Skywash.
Its brick-y, terracotta shade is one of my favorite makeup shades across categories because it’s neutral enough. I’ve been a years-long fan of Loreal’s Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Acro-Matte for this very reason—but it’s in a crumbled state and I’m ready for an uncomplicated eyeshadow.
Skywash is doing it for me! —Utibe Mbagwu
A Multipurpose Product That Doesn't Sacrifice Performance
Love a multipurpose product. Less stuff to take up space in my bathroom, or my bag. But a lot of them are only available in pots, and the germaphobe in me is against sticking my finger in something that will make its way to my mouth.
And then there’s the matter of color payoff, and I find that a lot of multipurpose products fall short of this too. So it’s with great pleasure that I tell you Ilia’s Color Haze is kind of the perfect 2-in-1 find.
It’s not crazy expensive, the colors are pretty, and the color payoff is high. On my lips it dries to a stain, and on my cheeks the color looks natural and baked in. I’m a big fan of Before Today and Waking Up, two nudes with a side of pink.
The tube’s angled metal tip makes it easier to apply and the cooling effect is fun, I guess? Not sure, but the colors, man. You’re going to love. —AW
A Sunscreen You Can Trick Yourself Into Thinking Is A Primer
Wearing sunscreen under makeup (which, you should!) is tricky. If I choose one too chalky, I'll get a gray cast. If the formula's wrong, it'll start to pill once I try to blend in my foundation.
If I choose one too matte, my face will feel increasingly crepe-y as the day progresses, and my makep will settle into those lines. But I’m happy to report that Dr. Loretta’s version has helped my goal to make sunscreen a 365-days-a-year commitment a lot easier.
No matter what I layer with, there are no pills, no gray cast, and always a hydrated finish. It’s not a pure mineral sunscreen (in fact, it’s a chemical-mineral combination) which I'm fine with.
Especially when it's also chock full of antioxidants that could potentially protect skin from the adverse effects of living in a city New York—a lot of blue light exposure, and a lot of pollution. But let's be real, I use it for the finish. —UM
A Cleanser That Ticks All The Boxes
I have strong feelings about what I want a cleanser to do (clean without stripping, mainly) but there are lots of simple cleansers that get the job done, and I'm not passionate about any of them.
It wasn't until three months into using the oil cleanser from Wonder Valley that I realized I was giving one cleanser in my stash preferential treatment. The brand is better known for making olive oil, so it makes sense that oilve oil made its way into the cleanser's ingredient list.
But I'm more stuck on its enigmatically perfect texture: it comes a pump, feels you mixed a shower gel 50-50 with honey, emulsifies into a milk when you add water, and leaves my skin just as smooth as a traditional oil cleanser.
Plus, there's a TON of it— I said, I've had the bottle since December, and even with regular use I haven't even hit the halfway mark. If you're a foaming gel user who, deep down, knows they should probably be using something less stripping, hello! This was made for you. —AO
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