I switch my beauty products up fairly often. Not because they don’t perform the way I hoped…although there is some of that. I like to experiment with new products because there are so many great brands emerging, and I hate to get stuck in a rut. I prefer to buy my beauty and skincare from Nordstrom because they carry an extensive collection of my favorites, their customer service can’t be beaten, and they always offer free shipping!
Today I’m sharing a body care brand that I’m sticking with because the products are so darn good, along with two things I added to my makeup bag.
I’ve been using the Néccesarie body wash and body exfoliator for over a year and am totally obsessed with its fresh eucalyptus scent. Their products are all clean and free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, and talc. They’re also Leaping-Bunny certified to be cruelty-free, which ticks all the boxes for me. Many are also fragrance-free, but I admit I’m hooked on the eucalyptus scent, which makes my shower feel and smell like a spa.
The body wash is available fragrance-free or the eucalyptus I love. It’s made with non-drying plant-derived cleansers and has lots of antioxidants. I’m thrilled to find they now make a larger refill bottle which went right into my cart. This body exfoliator uses a gentle AHA/BHA trio of lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids, along with pumice and bamboo charcoal, to gently exfoliate without irritating or drying out my skin.
I use it on my legs before using my self-tanner and on the backs of my arms to smooth out the little bumps of rough skin I always seem to get there. This one comes in unscented, eucalyptus, or a sandalwood scent which I bet smells pretty amazing too.
I bought myself this body trio set last summer, which included a travel-sized bottle of this Body Serum, which I loved so much I’ve been buying the full-sized bottle ever since. I reach for it before or often instead of the lotion. It has 5 molecular weights of hyaluronic acid for maximum hydration, along with niacinamide (vitamin B3) and ceramides to support your skin’s moisture barrier. I was surprised at how hydrating this turned out to be because it sinks in fast and leaves no greasy feel. I’m so happy with the results of this body serum, I just ordered the neck serum to try.
You can see the different consistencies of the serum vs. the lotion. The serum is a gel-like consistency, and the lotion is creamy. The lotion is made with 3 luxe oils, with vitamins A, B3, C, and E, along with Omegas 6 and 9 and antioxidants, too. It dries down, leaving no oily residue, which I appreciate so I can get dressed right away and not worry about it leaving smears on my clothes.
Nécessaire has now expanded its line to include several other things that are going into my cart. This brand also offsets its plastic footprint, uses sustainably sourced ingredients, and donates 1% of its annual sales to nonprofit partners in support of environmental solutions.
I also treated myself to a set of new makeup brushes this month. I’ve been hobbling along with random brushes from who knows where that were leaving stray hairs stuck to my face when I used them. It was way past time for a new set. It includes 12 professional-quality brushes that are made from synthetic hair, vegan, and cruelty-free.
It’s so nice to have a complete matching set of new, soft brushes. It’s hard to create a masterpiece with cruddy brushes 🤣. They also have a basic eye kit here, a great little travel essentials kit here, and a waterproof skincare kit here that’s great for applying masques, serums, and moisturizers.
I also added this Monica Blunder “Blunder Cover” to my makeup bag. I kept seeing it on YouTube and thought it looked like a great solution for days when I don’t want a full face of foundation but still need to cover my broken capillaries and dark spots. It’s a concealer and foundation in one made with natural botanicals and gentle hydrating oils.
Monika is a Los-Angeles based makeup artist who believes that clean beauty begins with healthy skin so her products are always vegan and free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates and are made in the USA.
This comes in twenty shades to match every complexion, and I guessed right on my first try! I’m wearing the 2.25 ZWEI shade, which blends perfectly. I simply use the hybrid face brush to dab, then smooth in small amounts only where I need it, and press the wrinkly bits with my fingers to be sure it doesn’t lay on top of the lines. The coverage is buildable, so you can layer for more or less coverage. I bought her special brush to apply it because I figured she knows what was needed for this unique product.
I make no secret of the fact that Nordstrom is my favorite department store for so many reasons. They offer BOPUS, ROTUS (reserve online, try on in-store), and curbside pickup along with free shipping and returns, on everything! I highly recommend you join the Nordy club here which is free and allows you to earn points towards notes you can use on future purchases. I’ve also been utilizing the free alteration perk more lately and find it invaluable.
That’s what’s new in my makeup bag and my favorite clean beauty favorites from Nordstrom. What’s new in your beauty and skin care regime?