Alima pure pressed foundation

Powder foundations often get a bad rap. I've seen countless beauty columns advise to stay clear of them because they're "aging" – undoubtedly due to their glow-squelching mattifying effects. It doesn't layer well, and it's a slippery slope before you've overdone and caked up the skin.

But it's really hard to go overboard with this compact, owing to Alima Pure's universally heralded mineral pigments, which have light-reflecting properties baked in. It covers blemishes and blends in sunspots, while looking like you're wearing nothing at all. And skin isn't parched after applying, it rests beautifully on the skin owing to the argan, evening primrose, aloe and shea butter in the formula. Think of this as a powder for those who've historically hated powder.

Brilliantly packaged in refillable compacts, I'm already on my second pan.

Kypris Cleanser Concentrate


Kypris' forway into cleansing territory is like a progressively formulated pot of old fashioned cold cream. Instead of mineral oil and bee's wax, however, this decadent cleanser is packed with nourishing, good-for-you ingredients including moringa oil, shea butter, and prickly pear.

Promising up to 60 uses per jar, a little bit indeed goes a long way. Working a dab into the skin, makeup rinses off easily and gently. Following washing, skin is comfortable and neither overtly dry or heavy with emollient residue. Since you're dealing with aglass jar, it's not recommended for traveling (unless you decant into a smaller plastic pot), but that's okay; the elegant jar by itself elevates the look of my bathroom counter amidst the Shopkins toothbrushes and contact solution.