R.E.M. Beauty Chapter 2 is officially out now. Ariana Grande’s makeup line shares a name with the singer’s song of the same title from her fourth album, Sweetener. Named after the phase of sleep during which we have our most creative, limitless and vivid dreams, the singer hopes to inspire beauty lovers to use her products to explore beauty.
The look of the R.E.M Beauty chapter 2 was inspired by Ariana’s 60’s retro futurism style. Characterized by dramatic eyes with winged eyeliner, a clean cut crease, and a neutral and metallic palette, the makeup is simultaneously modern and retro. Each product comes in fresh and exciting packaging that is unlike any other on the market.
The makeup line is sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty and R.E.M. Beauty. With products ranging from $15 to $24, the makeup is not only accessible but also filled with high quality products.
R.E.M Beauty chapter 2 introduced skin care products to the makeup line including a calming face mist. With the key ingredient glycerin, the fine mist helps to soothe skin and reinvigorates senses with a lavender infusion. Check out our post on creating a skin care routine for dry skin to learn how this product can fit into your skin care routine.
For an entirely unique product, try the brow and lash serum that promises to lengthen and thicken your hair and prevent breakage.
Kiss & Smink: The Everything is a multi-purpose triple threat cream stick that can be used on your cheeks, lips, and eyes. The stick is a sheer warm coral pink with shimmery golden specks. It is easy-to-use, mistake-proof, and can be applied with or without tools. With so many possibilities for looks this product can create, it could be added to your list of makeup essentials. Check out all the ways this stick can be used to create a warm, spring/summer look!
To apply The Everything stick as blush, draw a line along your cheekbone. Start from the tip of your cheekbone at the outer edge of your eye and finish at the hairline right before your ear. You can use your finger to blend the color into your skin or use a beauty blender or brush. I personally enjoy using a brush to get an even spread and soft look. To create more of a summery look, use your brush to take the color up the side of your face alongside your eye. I’m currently using a matte cream foundation and using this on my cheeks as blush adds a nice dewy look.
To use The Everything stick on your eyes, apply the color to your lids. Once again, you can use your finger to blend the color into your skin or you can use an eyeshadow brush to gently pat the product into your lid. You can also use a windshield wiper motion to blend the cream upwards into your crease. Because this is a lighter and brighter color, it can also be paired with darker colors and used as a highlighting option at the corner of your eye or on your bottom lid. This is a great option for almond eyes!
The lighter shade and shimmers in The Everything stick creates more of a frosted lip look. To tone it down a bit, apply a darker shade of lip gloss on top. You can also pair it with a darker lip liner and use it to create a subtle highlight in the middle of your lips. Use lip gloss to gently blend the two colors together.
Create a monochromatic look by using the stick on your cheeks, eyes, and lips all at once!
About a year ago I discovered scalp care when I used my first scalp scrub. I had noticed product build-up in my hair and had an itchy scalp. I tried several natural shampoos but nothing was giving me the results I wanted. Luckily, I came across my first scalp scrub in my monthly Ipsy Glam Bag. It was the NatureLab. Tokyo Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub. This was a revolutionary experience. Imagine getting a scalp massage with a sugar scrub that has soothing essential oils in it. It was euphoric.
After this experience, I was sold. While exploring other scalp scrub products, I realized that I was not alone in my newfound appreciation for this revitalizing experience. Scalp care is quickly becoming one of the biggest new trends in beauty and skincare. And, it turns out that the scalp has huge potential for wellness, specifically in the realm of aromatherapy. Essential oils applied to the scalp can hit your bloodstream quickly. The microbiome of your scalp can play a crucial role in the regulation of sebum and your overall hair health. When unbalanced, it can lead to itchiness, dandruff, and hair loss. So, if you are looking for healthier hair, taking care of your scalp is largely beneficial. Below are some of the best scalp products I have found and am excited to share with you.
NatureLab. Tokyo Perfect Shine Clarifying Scrub
$20 on Amazon – Click the image below
This is a 2-in-1 sugar scrub and shampoo with probiotic-rich sake water. Active ingredients include sake water which is a natural source of probiotics, grape stem cells filled with antioxidants, and pearl extract which unveils an iridescent finish.
The scrub gently removes product buildup and impurities leaving the scalp and hair feeling clean and healthy. It has a gentle almond and violet fragrance that is very enjoyable. The scalp scrub can be used once a week in place of shampoo. I found that the scrub left my hair feeling stripped of moisture. This is easily fixed with a moisturizing conditioner. I incorporated this into my regular hair care routine when I was transitioning away from shampooing everyday.
Gallinee Prebiotic Scalp and Hair Serum
$35 on Amazon – Click picture below
Do you love your face serum? Yes! Then you will love serum for your hair and scalp. Just like face serum, this serum is lightweight and feels barely there. It is enriched with fermented rice water and a special pre and postbiotic complex. Fermented rice water forms a barrier against external damage and allows vitamins to reach the scalp and hair shafts. The serum also includes artichoke extract which preserves the hair’s protective outer shield.
The serum can be used one of two ways: As a spritz after your shower or as a scalp treatment that you massage into the roots of your hair before bed and clean in the morning. I used this product as a spritz. It acted a bit like a detangler and left my hair feeling extra smooth and shiny. I used it for 1 week and noticed overall improvements by the end of the week.
Davines’ Nourishing Hair Royal Jelly Superactive
$64 on Amazon – click the image below
Hair jelly, yes you read that right. This is a super unique product! This jelly is delicious for a dry, thirsty scalp. It not only moisturizes but also helps to rebalance hair follicles. With a “buffet of minerals” including vegetal keratin (amino acids that boost hair resilience), conditioning royal jelly, and exfoliating lactic acid (gets rid of flakes and eliminates build-up), your scalp will be happy and your hair will grow. The jelly is applied with a thin applicator directly onto the scalp after shampooing. It is definitely worth the price for the experience. You will feel instantly cooled and refreshed as soon as it touches your head.
For the last year, I have subscribed to the monthly Ipsy Glam Bag. For only $15 a month I get to test out all of the latest skincare products and receive several full-sized makeup items (lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow palettes, etc.). If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend subscribing. It is such a great deal and is a good way to get exposure to new products before you decide what to buy.
I have received many different facial cleansers in the last few months. I have a small pile of them in a drawer! But by far my absolute favorite so far has been the Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Cream Cleanser.
The cleanser is made of a host of plant-derived ingredients, the main being organic Damask rose and Superberry. Damask rose is full of flavonoids that show an ability to fight against UV damage. It also includes vitamin C which helps to produce collagen and elastin, making your skin firmer and more resilient to aging. Superberries are filled with antioxidants that allow the skin to repair and correct visible damage.
Aromatic uses a unique extraction process, called decoction, for active ingredients that helps ensure that all of the plant’s best nutrients go straight into the product and onto your skin.
Out of the Bottle
The cleanser itself is a beautiful bright shimmering pink. If you hold it up to the light it really does sparkle. It has a sweet subtle rose fragrance that is just right. The texture of the cleanser feels more like a lotion. Really! It is creamy, smooth, and creates a luxuriously thick lather.
Onto the Face
The company recommends gently massaging the cleanser into the skin for 1 minute. I tend to go a bit longer because it is so enjoyable. Some cream cleansers leave a residue along with smears of makeup. This cream cleanser does not. It provides a deep clean, without stripping the skin. The dense bubbles remove debris and leave the skin feeling moisturized and lively. I have been using the cleanser for the last week and have noticed my complexion is clearer and my skin feels hydrated (and it’s winter!).