Kate Somerville Skincare
A change in my medication etc has made my skin turn into an epidermal war zone and I recently had to overhaul my skincare to keep my face from freaking out every single day. I basically sprinted to Sephora when this all started happening and grabbed a bottle of EradiKate because it looked like it would help, and as it turns out, it totally does help! It’s been a go-to product for me over the past few months at fighting pimples and restoring my skin to it’s typically clear state.
Speaking of which…
I also do this thing called Influenster where they send you products to test out in hopes that you’ll leave reviews on different sites (including theirs). I recently got to try the ExfoliKate collection including the cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer. You guys. HOLY SHIT. I’m OBSESSED. It COMPLETELY transformed my skin and it’s been so much healthier. In fact, I’m so in love with the exfoliant (what they call a 2-minute facial) that I ordered a full-size product. Hands down it’s more than I’ve ever spent on a product, but sweet lord almighty is it worth it.
French Beauty From the Drugstore (or rather, La Pharmacie)
Per the recommendation of my favorite beauty editors (one of whom is French herself!) I picked up a few drugstore beauty finds in Paris. All of it is significantly less expensive in France (like sometimes 60ish% off) but you can get it here in the US, too.
- Avene lip balm: $14 in the US (except apparently Walmart is in on this and has a 2-pack for the same price), about $5 in France. Super moisturizing and soft, not sticky, fragrance-free, feels really luxe with a good weight.
- Bioderma micellar water: $7 in the US, about $5 in France. Makeup melts off your face with no residue.
- La Roche-Posay sunscreen: $34 in the US, about $20 in France. Wowowow. SOOOO light and not sticky or heavy or thick. Amazing coverage — used in Rome’s 80º sunshine while outside for hours with absolutely no sunburn.
I’ve been a diehard Chance girl for over 10 years (13 if I’m being specific), but one whiff of Gabrielle in the 31 Rue Cambon, Paris Chanel boutique (aka the original Maison de Chanel where Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel started it all) — and I was absolutely smitten. This is a GORGEOUS fragrance you guys, and the only one that has won me over since I first tried Chance just before my 14th birthday. Absolutely check it out — it’s brand new so it’s literally everywhere, I’m sure you’ve probably seen ads everywhere, both online and in your city. I wish the air around me smelled like this 24/7. If they make candles I will be ordering.
Sephora Green Tea Wipes
On the aforementioned “sprinted to Sephora” trip, another beauty editor friend recommended the Sephora face wipes. One side is a little textured so you can exfoliate your face (gently!) while cleaning yourself up either at the end of the day or after a workout. The green tea ones are mattifying and smell lovely.
Another product I’ve been dedicated to for almost a decade is Chanel Inimitable Intense (layered on Beaute des Cils) — the best mascara combo I’ve ever come across. However, said combo is roughly $64 now (prices have gone way up in the past decade). Tarte Maneater is $23 and gives super similar results. One downside is that it’s exceptionally hard to take off — and if you pick at your mascara like I do (whoops), your eyelashes might come out??? anyway just don’t pick at your lashes like a normal human being and you’ll be fine ok cool great amazing.
If we’ve spoken in the past 2-3 months you’re well aware of my absolute
addiction to obsession with David’s Tea. I love my iced tea press, tropical Pura Vida coconut and pineapple green tea, and pretty much all of their blends. I’ve tried like three dozen so far (it’s fine I’m fine we are fine everything is fine) but here are some of my top picks:
Reishi Chocolate Health Ade Kombucha
Listen I know how disgusting this might sound to you because I was horrified by the concept, but you just have to go with me on this one, OK? IT’S BOMB. Like, so good. Somehow it perfectly combines the decadent chocolate dessert element with a refreshing element and it’s all sorts of amazing. You’ve gotta check it out. I’m actually taking a break from writing literally right now to get it at Whole Foods.
Frost’d Coconut Oil Frosting
So apparently “snack frosting” is a real category now so you can truly discern between what belongs on a cake versus in a spoon. In case you needed discerning. Anyway. I know the coconut oil thing is up for debate, but like if you’re into it, this is ideal because it’s SUPER delicious. It’s organic and natural and all that, and like you can put it on pancakes or waffles so like what’s stopping you, you know? My favorite is the Mexican hot chocolate because it’s spicy and sweet and wonderful. I can seriously have like the tiniest taste of it and I’m set for dessert — fat is filling, you guys.
Kate and Laurel Ketia Bar Cart
I got this bar cart from Overstock.com to organize all those teas I was just talking about, plus my favorite protein powders, collagen, and more! I’m so in love with how it keeps everything organized while looking super pretty.
I got soooo many compliments on the dresses I wore to Europe, and the best part was that I scored them on a clearance at the Gap. They have SO MANY cute styles to choose from, at a really reasonable price point: check out their dress selection here.
Nike Air Huarache
New favorite sneaker, and I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to try it. They run super small, so while I’ll wear a 5.5 in Roshes and a 6 in LunarGlides and Frees, I wear a 6.5 in Huaraches. I’m obsessed with my pink tint ones with the gum soles.