grooming essentials

i've always had quite the collection of skincare and beauty products. while i'm definitely a loyalist when it comes to tried-and-true miracle workers, i've recently replaced by past go-to items with new favorites. let's have a closer look. 

i love scents (with my year round favorite being AERIN's ikat jasmine). the combination of le labo's cult favorite santal 33 and coqui coqui's coco oil is your instant-transport to tulum. layering an oil & a lotion is the best way to really absorb moisture - and fragrance.

i can't live without a touch of tortoise, and j.crew's barrettes have been a staple in my accessory drawer since high school. this ivory comb & tort toothbrush are also vanity musts.

lip color...usually a problematic topic for me because i can never keep my lips un-chapped and smooth enough to wear something on top. burt's bees never really worked for me but i love the coconut & pear scent and thus, have been using it non-stop! it's also the perfect base for NARS velvet matte lipstick pencil. my shades of choice are "get off" and "bolero" mixed together.

for skincare, these next two items were actually sephora samples that i became addicted to - the danger and magic of beauty trials. their names say it all: face polish and moisture sorbet. they promise smooth, soft, clear skin and they deliver! especially during these harsh winter months.

NARS soft matte concealer is my dream. it's coverage is major yet light and it blends flawlessly. i have a few shades depending on the season and area of my face (highlight vs. contour). this highlighter is also incredible and my last beauty step: it's organic and made with coconut oil, and pearlized so works with any skin tone. win!

any beauty favorites of yours i should be privy to? please share!