On My Vanity: January

On My vanity

Welcome to the new year! New resolutions & goals! New energy! Plus of course new beauty products on my vanity!!

This post is the first of a monthly series I will be doing this year that is aimed at giving you a peek at the specific products I am currently using and loving.

Since you know I am always on the hunt for great beauty products, I try tons and tons of stuff. That means some misses, but also some hits–like, seriously great products that for one reason or another, I forget to mention on social media.

So, On My Vanity will feature three products each month that I’ve been using regularly and loving. All have undergone my (non-scientific) process of review and have been deemed to be Pretty Freakin’ Great by yours truly.

(It’s also further justification for my continual purchasing of extraneous beauty products. Therefore, helpful and indulgent. Genius, right? Right.)

Let’s do it!


Kaplan MD Daily Moisture Concentrate, SPF 30

new beauty products on my vanity

If you know me, you know my affinity for a good SPF product. There is no more-used product in my routine than my SPF creams and lotions. When you live in Florida, you always have a reason to try new formulations.

This is one I just discovered and have been using daily.

What to Know
  • Physical sun protection: This means that the sun protection is from titanium dioxide (or zinc dioxide, but in this formula it’s just titanium dioxide), which sits on top of the skin and forms a barrier, deflecting the sun’s rays. This formula blends so well and doesn’t leave behind a white cast!
  • Serious anti-aging benefits: This lotion also contains a host of other anti-aging ingredients, including marine collagen peptides, plant stem cells and other organic extracts to provide extra protection.
  • Paraben and sulfate-free

Here’s a helpful post I did a while back about why I like physical sunblocks rather than chemical sunscreens.

Use it alone or under makeup; I do both and it works well as a makeup base, too!


Indie Lee CoQ10 Toner

Indie Lee Beauty Products

I’ve been loving everything in this line lately, and this product is no different!

Perfect for a winter toner, this formula is gentle and replenishing. I swipe it on with a cotton pad after cleansing and it immediately gives my skin a boost of moisture and preps it for my daily moisturizer or SPF.

What to Know
  • Moisturizing
  • Replenishing
  • Good for dry skin
  • Rebalances skin’s pH level
  • Contains aloe vera for extra moisture
  • Alcohol-free

I also interviewed the amazing owner, Indie Lee herself, about her inspirational journey, on my podcast. Her backstory is pretty incredible. Diagnosed with a brain tumor and told that she could potentially only have months to live, Indie began a mission to clean out all the things she put in or on her body, including her skincare. The result was this incredible line, which is now carried in hundreds of stores worldwide.

Check it out (and don’t forget to subscribe!) right here.

Aleavia Restore Soothing Mist

aleavia smoothing mist

I am obsessed with everything good bacteria. This isn’t a pro-biotic product, but rather a prebiotic, which means that it feeds your skin microbiome, therefore encouraging the growth of good bacteria on your skin that heals it and makes it healthier.

I’ve been using Aleavia’s products on and off for quite a while now; here’s my review of the brand and what it’s all about.

What to Know
  • Can treat eczema and psoriasis
  • Use as first step after cleansing, before toner
  • Good for body or face
  • Balances pH of skin

I interviewed the founder of Aleavia, Kelly Graham, on my podcast as well, and much like other skincare brand founders, this line was started after a medical issue. She started this line after a battle with infertility. Her story is insane; I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

Kelly says this product also works for molluscum contagiosum, which parents may know unofficially as “the most disgusting skin condition EVER.”

When I add this step into my skincare routine at night in particular, I seriously wake up with skin that looks brighter and somehow healthier. I can’t describe it precisely, but there’s an extra glow and my skin tone even looks a bit smoother. I will always have this product in rotation on my vanity because of this.


What products are you currently using and loving? Let me know in Comments below!

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