Well, hello again! I’m with Miranda – so sorry we’ve been a little absent! Between her trip to London and the start of my last semester at UGA, things have definitely been super hectic. But I’m back with my latest favorites, and damn, are they good.

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. If you know me, you most likely know that the smell of roses makes me weak in the knees. The scent in this moisturizer is natural and unfettered, no bells and whistles, just like I like it. Plus, cool tip: not only can you use it as a regular body moisturizer, the instructions also say to use it like you would a hair conditioner. That is, when your skin is wet, in the shower. Nothing I love more than a two-for-one!

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant. I know, I know. Deodorant is a pretty dull item to cover. But this one is so fantastic, it couldn’t not make my favorites list. Obviously, deo is a necessity, but I’ve always hated the way it dries and gets all gunky, both on the bottle and on my pits. This spray eliminates that issue, and happens to last much longer than my old stick: I wore it to spin class and smelled just as delicious after as I did pre-ride.

Bio-Oil. Like 99.9% of people, I’ve gained a bit of weight in college. This wasn’t a massive concern of mine – truthfully, I adore my curves – but what I did hate? A brand new set of red stretch marks on my tummy. Bio-Oil was the only product I’d heard of people using with promising results, and now, I’m one of them. I’ve been applying it religiously for about a month, twice daily, and my tiger stripes are at least 50% less visible.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl. All right, it’s story time. I first ordered this product in the shade Milk Shake, and when I tried it on, realized it wasn’t for me – it totally washed me out. But I was so addicted to the matte, yet non-drying, formula that I immediately hopped back on my computer and ordered Sad Girl instead. It’s a gorgeous, deep berry, but with a twist: once it dries, it has the sexiest, subtlest hit of shimmer. Oh, and it lasts for freaking ever. Have I converted you yet?

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer. I resisted buying this little pot for a long time, thanks to its $38 price tag. But, eventually, I was hearing about it at least once a day from various beauty sites and pals in the industry, and I knew I had to pick it up. I so, so get it now. Yes, most illuminators claim to give you that “lit from within” look, but really, it kind of looks like you just sprinkled glittery powder on your cheekbones. Not so with this one. Its subtle iridescence and moisture makes me look like I just slept for an entire day and have only eaten fruits and veggies my whole life. And since I refuse to give up late nights and junk food, well, I’m cool with faking it.

Phew! Hope the wait was worth it – we’ll do better from here on out, promise!


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Kate Foster

NYC-based writer. Beauty Assistant at Seventeen Magazine.