Yes, let’s. I haven’t raved about things I like in quite a long while, so let’s share a few products I’ve found recently that are aces.
*John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray with Lavender. Okay, here’s a bit of truthful truthiness for you: my midlife hormones have decided to go frolicking in my follicles with the result that my formerly stick-straight hair has turned curly. Yep. THAT’S been quite an education. I now have to scrunch things and use dry shampoo. I have also found that curl sprays are fine, but BEACH sprays are the bomb-diggity. Unfortunately, most of them smell like you’ve just upended a 7th-grader’s spring break beach bag over your head. They’re full of faux coconut (“fauxconut”?) scents, which I can handle but only in small doses and never if I’m going to be near other actual humans. Enter this magic potion which smells like a SPA. It’s salty as seawater–I know this because I accidentally got it in my mouth–and it is divinely effective. It makes the curls bounce up but doesn’t make them gummy or sticky or any other candy-adjacent adjective. I buy mine at Ulta, and I even found a small spray bottle of it which is perfect for travel.
*L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara. You guys, this stuff is MY JAM. For years I used Lancome’s Cils Booster–a white mascara primer that did amazing things to my lashes. Now, L’Oreal, Lancome’s drugstore sister, has made what I swear is exactly the same product available in a duo with their Voluminous mascara. I could not be happier about this. I buy it in brown/black because the darker versions are straight up Goth black, but whichever you choose, you’ll love the convenience of having the two products at hand. It’s superb for travel.
*Revlon Kiss Balm. Revlon’s new answer to Maybelline’s Baby Lips, this comes in a delectably retro strawberry that throws me right back into the summer BEAUTY AND THE BEAT was charting and I was spending all my money on Sea Breeze and Sun In. Tinted balm is the perfect answer when you’re looking for a little color and a lot of hydration, so–I know I sound like a broken record here–it’s great for travel!
*Breathe Magazine (UK). My pal Stephanie dangled this in front of me, and I was hooked! I’m a sucker for a good bookazine, and this one is tranquil and mindful and all those other soothing words we’re trying to shoehorn into our lives. Like most imported bookazines, it’s not cheap, but for restful reading while you’re lying on a sun lounger it can’t be beat. I found my copy at Barnes & Noble, and you can also follow on Instagram.