Our Empties: Products We Love ‘til The Very Last Drop

Santāl’s current favs that are tried, true, and have us scraping the bottles for every last bit:

We’ve really been into clean beauty brands, and this concealer is a testament to our obsession. This kosas concealer is a radiant, medium coverage product great for all skin types, and comes in so many shades! It’s (mostly) creaseless, super creamy, brightening, and can be used as a spot treatment for zits. We love clean brands because they contain more of the ingredients that actually work. Caffeine and pink algae extract for dark circles, puffiness, and dullness, hyaluronic acid and peptides to plump up your skin, and arnica and panthenol to calm redness and ragey blemishes.

Our rating: 8/10

While we’re on the topic of clean beauty, here’s another product we love. saie beauty dew blush–it’s blush, but better! Great for summertime or any time you want a dewy, glowy look instead of the matte, drying effect powder-based products can have. Cruelty free, gluten free, vegan, and ingredients that help to brighten and smooth your skin! We love cream-based products after reapplying our spf during the day because they melt into your skin instead of sitting on top and clumping! There are six shades fit for all skin types, and the blushes can build if you want a deeper wash of color.

Our rating: 8/10

Lux Unfiltered no. 32 hydrating self tanning cream. That’s it. That’s the rec. No, but seriously. If you know us already, you know we’ve been starstruck over this stuff for YEARS, have it on automatic order, and should probably take out stock with the brand. It’s vegan, cruelty free, non-toxic, smells SO GOOD (santal is our fav…we might be biased), and actually works. We’ve tried everything. The streaky ones, the stinky ones, the mousses, the lotions, the sprays–nothing gives us the seamless sunless glow like lux unfiltered. It feels great on your skin, and the shea butter, cocoa butter, squalane, avocado oil, and passion fruit oil are super hydrating leaving your skin dewy, supple, and flawlessly bronzed. Check out our self tanning blog for a total rundown of how/when we use it!

Our rating: 9.5/10

We talk a lot about skin here, and we’re about to change it up real quick. Are you with us? Leave-in conditioner. Not your average “one product covers all” that you’ve been using since high school. This is a game changer, scientifically backed, and while it may be a little bit of an investment, it WORKS! K18 Biomimetic Hair Science leave-in hair mask. It’s amazing for color-treated, heat-damaged, weak and brittle hair. K18 was developed by scientists who created a peptide that can mimic your hair structure to help repair peptide chains that are damaged when you dye/highlight/use heat on your hair.

Our rating: 8.7/10

Flare jeans, claw clips, bubble tops, chunky heels–they’ve all made a comeback recently and we’re here to talk to those of us who remember the first wave of these fads. The OGs. Our millennial readers and older. This one’s for you. ZO Growth Factor Eye Serum–that’s right babes, if you’re not on a medical grade eye serum yet, it’s time. This little wonder stick helps with those small signs of aging we notice around our eyes. Fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, hollowing…GFE is designed to improve the appearance of those expression lines and creasing, and encourage healthy skin for a visibly revived look. Another spendy product, but we swear it’s worth every cent, AND it lasts 4-6 months. Apply one pump per eye AM + PM for optimal results!

Our rating: 9.5/10

One more for the road, the cherry on top, and another beauty product we have raved about for years. Summer Fridays lip butter balm. We have one in the car, in our bags, in our pockets, at home, at the office…literally a must-have, cannot-live-without product. Voted “best lip balm” by Harpers Bazaar Beauty. It makes your lips look and feel supple and plump, there are now 6 shades, and each one smells and feels just as dreamy as the next. Vanilla is our go-to everyday lip balm, but we also love vanilla beige and brown sugar! Let’s be honest… we have at least one of each.

Our rating: 12/10

If you try and love these products, we’d love to hear from you! Keep an eye on the blog for quarterly updates on our beauty must-haves. 

xx santāl skin

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