Shiseido 'Ultimune' concentrate
The first skincare products my mom introduced to me were Shiseido's. She'd been a long time fan of the unrivaled Japanese skincare brand and would insist that I started caring for my skin early on with their sunscreen and balancing face lotion. I think I can safely say I attribute my skin to the diligent use of those oblong-shaped blue bottles and sleek, ruby red glass containers... I'm thankful for those products, but I did steer off to try different products as my curiosity over other brands piqued. Fast forward fifteen years as I'm becoming more conscientious about other effective skincare steps and I've found myself returning to what I'd trusted at a young age. This time, though, I've returned to Shiseido's Ultimune, a concentrate formulated with a botanical blend of Bulgarian rosewater, gingko biloba, shiso, and thyme.
This concentrate proves its power with how long my face stays dewy and bright throughout my days. Incorporating this power-infusing product was like breathing life back into my skin, reversing the effects of the daily tension our bodies go through. Because of that, for the first time in a while, I'm starting to feel more confident about stepping out with a lot less makeup. It really does start with skin, and my mom knew it best: Shiseido is ultimate in that respect.
This post was done in collaboration with Shiseido and Allure
Shiseido 'Ultimune' concentrate
Dr. Jart 'All That Contours' face mask
Since my pre-teen years I'd made sure to cleanse my face properly and moisturize each night, and use SPF each morning. As I got older, I felt the need to integrate face masks to combat every-day stressors. My previous skincare regimen was more like a preventative measure, and well, makeup is just a tool for covering up. Getting into facials and using face masks regularly seemed like a natural layer of care useful for immediate targeting. These masks do wonders as I would see quick results in pore reduction and brightening.
It wasn't until just a few months ago, though, that I tried face mask sheets and I caught myself wondering why it took me so long. The sheets really seal in the gel so it feels like the product is delivering straight to your skin and is cocooned there. I enjoy other face masks and applying the treatments, but the sheets are so convenient to put on and just take off; it removes the process of having to wash the stiffened treatment all off. And not to mention, they're very easy to pack for trips and perfect for in-flight hydration. I generally like all of the Dr. Jart masks I've tried, but if you're going to go with just a few, make sure to try the Water Replenishment, the charcoal Pore Minimalist, and the Brightening Infusion masks.
CLEAN Reserve perfume
Every year I try to get creative with Mother's Day gifts, but I don't get very far because like her daughter, my mom knows what she likes and prefers to stick to it. She doesn't care much about clothing or accessories; fragrances are my mom's favorite things to get and this year, I thought I'd shop around to introduce new scents and brands that aren't as popularly advertised to her. In doing some perusing in Sephora, a new line--CLEAN Reserve--caught my eye. True to their name, their scents smell great and *clean* (they're young and refreshing but mature), and the packaging is also neat and uncluttered. What I appreciated most, though, is how they responsibly cultivate and source ingredients, on top of teaching sustainable and innovative methods of harvesting to farmers whose lands they source from. I've never been more impressed with a brand's balance of quality product with its totally sustainable approach, from the ingredients, to philanthropy, to the packaging. Just thought I'd share this bit about CLEAN Reserve, but back to the matter at hand- below are some other new scents I came upon at Sephora. NEST's "Midnight Fleur" struck me with the heavy floral notes- love the inclusion of jasmine, and I might have found my mom her new favorites: Tocca's romantic "Florence" and Atelier Cologne's musky "Santal Carmin". Or if you're unsure what will make her happiest, a sampler of Sephora's best-sellers probably wouldn't hurt.
This post was done in collaboration with Sephora