My Ultimate Skincare and Makeup Favorites

Let’s talk about tried-and-true, come-back-to-again-and-again products that unequivocably bear the Whoorl Stamp o’ Approval, shall we? You simply can’t go wrong with these picks and I’m willing to fight ya over it.

My Ultimate Skincare and Makeup Favorites

Let’s get started with skincare. (Asterisks next to the ones I haven’t written about before!)



My Ultimate Skincare and Makeup Favorites

Top Skincare Picks

One Love Organics Easy Does It Face Cleanser

I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face – this cleanser has been my favorite for years. Gentle, smells great, and takes ALL my eye makeup off with ease. (And by “off with ease,” I mean with just my fingers. Trust me, I know there are lots of you out there tugging and rubbing your eyes with washcloths…ladies, THERE IS ANOTHER WAY. Come over to my side, it’s happy here.

*Osea Cleansing Milk

This cleanser is so good for super sensitive skin. When I had dermatitis flare-ups earlier this year, this fragrance-free cleansing milk was so soothing and lovely.

MUN Toner

The OG, baby! Nothing fussy…the Anarose Toner is a beautiful blend of rose flower extract, aloe leaf juice, and other goodness that performs exceptionally in preparing your skin for serums and such.

African Botanics Nutritive Molecule Serum

My daily Vitamin C serum with so many benefits. The Nutritive Molecule Serum also works well with sensitized skin because I was able to resume using it once I introduced serums again after my pared-down perioral dermatitis routine.

African Botanics Cell Resurrection Recovery Serum

My gold trophy, shining star…this retinol serum is the reason my skin looks pretty dang good for a lady turning 46 in less than two weeks. As you will see from this list, African Botanics products are my favorite and you can read my full review of the line here.

*Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum

I fell hard for this serum in 2020 when I was in desperate need of something to help reduce my redness and inflammation. Oh, this product did its job and then some! Leaves a lovely glow as well.

Maya Chia The Supercritical Chia Oil

After transitioning back to an oil moisturizer this year, I re-introduced this long-time love of mine and it did everything I knew it would. You can read my full review here.

Le Prunier Plum Oil

Another favorite I wrote about in the above-mentioned review! I will never get over how good this oil makes my face look with just ONE INGREDIENT. And I want to smell it all day long.

African Botanics Fleurs D’Afrique Oil

I use the Fleurs D’Afrique Oil in combination with the Cell Recovery Serum for my 1-2 retinol punch. It’s a gorgeous earthy blend of powerhouse ingredients that are insanely active in the best way.

*MARA Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil

I tried this oil for the first time this year and fell in love. It’s packed with algae, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and essential fatty acids formulated to help nourish tired, dry skin (*waving hands*) and it’s definitely in my top 5 facial oils.

*GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream

This cream has far-and-away become my favorite night cream. Obsessed. Full stop.

*One Love Organics Eye Bright Serum

Dayum! This cooling serum wakes my eyes up! And I love that it is fragrance-free because my eye area can be super reactive to scented eye creams and serums.

African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift

If you are looking for the quickest way to plump and revive your skin, put this amazingness on your face. I don’t rinse it off like typical masks – I just mix it with a facial oil and let it be. My skin always looks amazing when I use this!

African Botanics Mineral Cleansing Mask

Designed to deliver much-needed oxygen, nutrients, and minerals rich in iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium, the Mineral Cleansing Mask helps nourish and clear skin congestion.

Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask

Looking to do some clarifying? This cooling gel mask gently exfoliates, smooths, and rejuvenates skin with a blend of fruit enzymes, willow bark, and blue tansy oil. It’s such a gorgeous color, to boot.

Bonus: EleVen Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

Ladies, this SPF serum is exactly what you need if you’re looking for something very lightweight to wear underneath your makeup. It’s so lovely and leaves no cast on the face at all – just a velvety finish. And it’s fragrance-free!

Moving onto makeup!

Top Makeup Picks

*Exa Beauty High Fidelity Foundation

Ohhhhh, this foundation is good. Satin-matte finish, medium coverage, a bit of glow, doesn’t sit in pores or gather in fine lines. So affordable too. I am loving this one! (I wear Dana 430.)

Rituel de Fille Concealer

The Rituel de Fille concealer has such a lovely satin matte finish on the face. It’s super silky and blendable and doesn’t sit in my pores or look heavy at all. I love it as a spot treatment, undereye concealer, and a foundation. I wear the shade Metis in the warmer months when I have some color. And Ceres works for my paler months. I highly recommend it!

Kosas Creamy Concealer

The Kosas Concealer is my go-to when I want a more light-reflecting concealer. Full review here.

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight

Just buy this in Peau de Peche or Rosé and thank me later. Full review and photos here.

Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer

This highlighter in Phosphene is a color I’ve never seen replicated and looks downright ethereal on the cheekbones.

Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick

This highlighter makes you look like a straight-up dewy goddess. I love it and you can see it in action here.

Kosas Color + Light Pressed Blush in Contrachroma

I love several of the Kosas Pressed Blushes but there’s something about Contrachroma that immediately warms up my face and makes me look put-together in a snap.

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks

My favorite cream blush, no question! I love Petal and Chouchette. Thinking of buying Dou Dou today.

Westman Atelier Blender Brush

This brush is a must-have for blending blush and/or highlighters. It’s the perfect match for the Super Loaded Tinted Highlight.

Lily Lolo Bronzer in Honolulu

Best neutral-to-cool-toned bronzer. I’ve worn it for years!

*PYT Beauty Day-to-Night Cool Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is new to me in 2020 and it’s just incredible. The range of shadows is beautiful and every single one of them is wearable! Also love the all-over lid shades.

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

Nothing compares to this mascara. Nothing.

*Westman Atelier Lip Suede

I definitely prefer applying lipstick out of the bullet, but the colors in this lip palette are too good to pass up. I honestly love all 4 colors and am complimented on them constantly.

Kosas Lipsticks

Great, wearable colors for all skintones. Full review here.

*Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly

I was sent this lip gloss in the color Fire (which I never in a million years would have picked for myself), but it is so beautiful. Don’t be afraid of the orange hue in the tube. It’s gorgeous.

Top Hair Picks

I’ve talked about all of these ad nauseum, but if you are looking for great styling products, I love all of these.

EVOLVh Healthy Hair Trio

Reverie Milk

Innersense Whipped Creme Texturizer

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Oil

EVOLVh WonderBalm Magic for Curls

So who’s ready to shop?! As always, if you have any questions, hit me up in the comments!


Necessaire Rocks My Body

necessaire trio Neccesaire The Body Review

Get 10% off your Necessaire order with the code SARAHJ10 from Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25!

While healing my facial skin from my bout with perioral dermatitis earlier this year, I decided it was the perfect time to cease reviewing facial products and jump into body care. I rounded up all of the PR samples and products from around my house and started a 2-month testing period of tons of soaps, creams, exfoliators, and body oils, and here’s what I found.

I am utterly in love with Necessaire.

My thoughts in a nutshell? Buy this trio right now. #bossy

Necessaire The Body Essentials Review

Okay okay, let me break this down for you. Three products. Total fixation.

First off, The Body Wash is a daily multi-vitamin cleanser for skin health.

Three luxurious oils – Marula, Cacay, and Meadowfoam – are the perfect combo to nourish and soften skin. And guess what? It has the most luxurious foam (foam is trés important to me) thanks to mild plant-derived surfactants that gently cleanse without stripping or leaving residue.

Did I mention Vitamin B³, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Omega-6, and Omega-9? Yep. It’s all in there. The formula is available in fragrance-free, which is what I have, but you can also purchase it in three pure essential-oil scents: Eucalyptus, Bergamot, and Sandalwood. I’m pretty sure I am going to try all of them.

Next up, The Body Exfoliator is a weekly multi-exfoliation treatment for skin health.

Two methods of exfoliation—chemical and physical—work synergistically to exfoliate, soften, and renew skin: a gentle AHA/BHA trio ( of Glycolic, Lactic, and Salicylic acids) helps to remove dead skin cells, while Pumice and Bamboo Charcoal soften skin without irritation.

Also available in Fragrance-Free, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, and Sandalwood.

To tell you the truth, this is the one product I thought I would be “meh” about. As you will see in the below video, I’m not really one for pots of gritty, oil-based exfoliators that separate in the shower, but this exfoliator is the exact opposite! It squeezes out of the tube (leaving no mess), and the best part? It has a rich lather as well! You can see the product in action in the video below.

Lastly, The Body Lotion is a fast-absorbing yet deeply hydrating multi-vitamin moisturizer for skin health.

This proprietary formula has both immediate and long-term skin benefits and it’s the perfect balance between moisture and absorption. The three same oils as the body wash (Marula, Cacay, and Meadowfoam) infuse skin with vitamins and immediately moisturize and soften the skin. Niacinamide helps to restore and strengthen the skin’s surface for a healthy glow.

All in all, my skin’s tone, texture, and firmness have visibly improved with this non-irritating and non-sensitizing trio of goodness which you can purchase here!

psst – Right now you will receive a free travel-size Body Treatment Kit (Body Serum and Body Lotion) with purchase. 

Finally, because I know some of you would rather watch than read…I made a short video review below. (I guess I should have mentioned that before I made you slog all the way down to here. #oops)

As always, if you have any questions about Necessaire or body care in general, hit me up in the comments!



Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends 10.16.20

Odds and Ends 10.16.20

1. Who else has a teenage son and can relate to this? LOLLLL

2. Ummm, TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT. This is why I will never surf.

3. How to throw yourself a middle-age reveal party. Haha, the knee test.

4. The Shopbop Fall Event ends today! Here are my favorite picks.

5. Well, this just blew my mind. #iloveuno

6. Did you know I have daily style posts on Instagram? (You can check them out in my “Daily Style” highlight.) Yesterday I was gushing about how well these pants fit my curves.

7. This one-time box from Boxwalla ships the last week of October and I have fallen HARD for the brand. The overnight masks are incredible. (And gentle on my skin!)

8. Interesting take on kids trick-or-treating this year. This is kind of genius.

9. The unflattering dog photo challenge is what we all need right now. Also, good boy.

10. My beloved hand cream trio is back with new scents! Buying one thousand.

11. This. So true! #wheredoesitallgo

12. Dexter is coming back for a new season. And for a full 180, have you seen Emily in Paris? I thought it was a cute little series and the male cast members were not hard to look at. #justsayin

13. Winter is around the corner and it’s time to profess my love for these slippers. I’ve worn them for years and they are super cozy while keeping your ankles warm!

Happy Friday! Wishing you all a great weekend.

image credit: ash holmes art