THE ICE FACIAL TOOL That Kourt and Kendall Love

Curious about the cute lil’ ice facial tool that popped up on both Kourt and Kendall’s IGS recently? We’ve got the intel (because of course we had to get our hands on one as well!).

Facial icing — and the wider concept of cryotherapy — have boomed in popularity this year. Cheap and easy, the cold temperatures work to constrict blood flow and define facial features, not to mention shake off signs of fatigue.

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First off, we are big fans of ice facials—they can help reduce puffiness, brighten our complexion, stimulate blood circulation, and lift skin. We’re into this type of tool because it is reusable, refillable, and foolproof to use. Kendall shared in her post that she loves using hers for her morning ice facials, but it can be used any time of day.

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The Contour Cube is essentially just a tool that can be used like an ice block container but is designed in a way so that it works with the contours of the face. You simply fill it with water (or coconut water, if you’re feeling boujee) and move it along the face to refresh, tighten, and tone. It’s a viral TikTok product (!) that explains how it might have found its way into Jenner’s skincare routine.

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To prep, it, simply fill it with filtered water and pop it in the freezer until it’s frozen solid. Take the top off and bada bing bada boom, it’s ready to glide across your face. The bottom cover stays on, acting as a grip so that the ice doesn’t slide out of your hands while you’re using it. When you’re done, put the top back on and stick it back in the freezer.

How to use the Contour Cube 

After cleansing your face, run your Contour Cube under water to defrost slightly 

Apply to your face in upward circular motions moving the ice continuously in 30-second intervals for up to 1 to 2 minutes on each side of your face

For optimal results, follow your usual moisturizing routine 

Avoid contact with eyes and if you have sensitive skin, discontinue use if signs of irritation appear

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But you’re not limited to just using water with this nifty tool, as you can see from Kourt’s post. Rose water, green tea, coconut milk, aloe vera, lemon water, and cucumber water can also be used instead of plain water. 

Kourt added cucumber slices for extra de-puffing action. Some other ideas: green tea for anti-inflammatory benefits, coconut milk for hydration, or rosewater for a glow.

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BENEFITS OF FACIAL ICING

Proponents of ice facials, or ‘skin icing,’ suggest that it can be used to: 

  • Eliminate puffiness, especially around the eyes
  • Reduce oiliness
  • Ease acne
  • Soothe sunburn
  • Reduce swelling and inflammation, including rashes and insect bites
  • Reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles
  • reduce the appearance of pigmentation or dark under-eye circles
  •  tighten pores
  • Boost the skin’s healthy glow
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Whilst you could technically just use an ice cube, if you’re into cold therapy, the Contour Cube is an easy, mess-free way to get the benefits.

How Working From Home Affected Our Relationship With Beauty

Since the spring of 2020, the BeautyLeeBar.com editors have been primarily working from home. It may not surprise you to learn that, before making these workweek changes, we all had pretty lengthy beauty regimens and loved experimenting with new products and looks on a daily. But as you can imagine, spending the majority of our workdays indoors and away from a traditional office building has inspired some changes, both in routine and mindset. Read on for the beauty lessons we learned during the pandemic

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Sara, Content Director

One of the biggest beauty lessons that I’ve learned during the pandemic (and there have been many!) is to fully lean into makeup that helps me feel most like myself — and whatever that may be is allowed to change day by day, week by week. In other words, I listen to how I’m feeling before I do my makeup every day, which is given me the freedom to have more fun with my look. Recently, I’ve been embracing nail art, bright nail polish shades, and press-on nails. I’ve got my eyes on Essie Risk Takers Only, a bright orange, for my next mani. On the skincare front, I have even more appreciation for my dermatologist’s recommendations. Since following my derm’s suggested routine, my skin has only gotten clearer, smoother, and healthier. 

Chyanne, Editor

The biggest beauty lesson I’ve learned throughout the pandemic is to not be afraid to wear lipstick — mask and all. I’ve gotten a thorough idea of what the ultimate lipstick is for me to get me through long days on Zoom calls or errands with a face mask. The recipe is matte, long-lasting, and transfer-proof. My go-to has been the NYX Professional Makeup XXL Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick. This little tube has gotten me through it all over the past few years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ariel, Editor

One thing the pandemic taught me was how to master the five-minute face. Pre-pandemic, I used to wake up at least two hours early to apply a full face of makeup, pick out an outfit, and account for my commuting time. During the pandemic, those habits shifted drastically. Anyone who works from home has likely had a morning (or maybe quite a few mornings) when they woke up minutes before a Zoom meeting and had to rush to look polished before logging on. In my case, I usually swipe on mascara ( Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara has been my go-to for years) and a bright lip gloss, like the Benefit Cosmetics Liquid Lip Blush & Cheek Tint. Together, these makeup products pair up to make me look freshly caffeinated and awake in minutes. 

Katharina, Social Media Editor

Being at home through the pandemic has taught me two important lessons when it comes to my beauty routine. First, being utterly bare faced is completely fine. Second, when I do choose to wear makeup, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little bit bold and experimental with it. I probably wouldn’t have shown up to work without an ounce of makeup on before the pandemic but being virtual has shifted my mindset to a point where I can be fully confident in a meeting with nothing on my face but some light, natural mascara (I swear by the Maybelline Green Edition Mega Mousse for a no-makeup makeup look). I also have the freedom to play with my makeup a little bit more; if I want a bold lip in the morning and a subtle gloss in the afternoon, I have my entire makeup kit at my fingertips and can play around with my look.

Crystal Lee, Founder

Pre-pandemic, you could find me wearing only full-coverage foundations and concealers to hide any skin imperfection. You would never catch me with a bare face, especially if I was walking into the office or going out to eat with friends. After countless social distancing parameters and countless Zoom meetings, I’ve found myself becoming more comfortable with embracing my skin’s natural texture and opting for products that have a “your skin but better” feel. I’ve started leaning on buildable, lightweight foundations like the Valentino Beauty Very Valentino 24-Hour Wear Liquid Foundation on the days I decide to wear makeup. It leaves my skin with a natural look without the heavy feel of foundation.

Calling All Lazy Girls: These Multipurpose Beauty Products Made My Routine 10x Quicker

We hate clutter. We find that the less stuff we have around us easier our life is. We can relax easier in our home, we don’t have to shuffle around too many decorative objects when we clean, and we never lose anything…. sometimes. We could tell you where every single Chapstick we own is located, which is why we love it when a dress can work in multiple seasons, or our beauty products can be used in multiple different ways.

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Speaking of beauty products, if you’re looking to cut down on clutter in your bathroom, want to make your morning routine faster, or simply want to do less with more, then we have the beauty products you’re looking for.

Keep reading for our tried-and-true multipurpose beauty products that will streamline your routine. And don’t worry, you won’t find any 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners here—the horror.

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JONES ROAD Miracle Balm

Bobbi Brown launched a new beauty brand called Jones Road and it does not disappoint. We have tried and enjoyed a handful of products from the line, and by far, our favorite is the Jones Road Miracle Balm. This moisturizing balm can be used all over your face for the prettiest glow. Our favorite way to use it is to dab a bit on the cheeks and the bridge of my nose for that perfect “I was out in the sun for a bit too long” look. But we also use it on our lips and eyes whenever we are rushing to get ready for class and don’t want to spend more than 30 seconds brightening our whole face up.

INNER BEAUTY Shine Infusion Lip Oil

Lip oils are majorly trending right now, and the second we heard about the concept, we were sold. Our first step into the lip-oil world has been with the Inner Beauty Shine Infusion Lip Oil, and it is the best product to throw in your bag. It acts as a moisturizing lip balm and looks like the prettiest clear lip gloss. We sometimes add it over a matte lip color to make it glossy or use a tiny amount to smooth out flyways when I’m on the go.

FENTY SKIN HYDRA VIZOR INVISIBLE MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 SUNSCREEN WITH NIACINAMIDE + KALAHARI MELON

Because we spend most days glued to our computer not interacting with people in real life, we try to avoid wearing makeup on weekdays. We never skip sunscreen, which makes the Fenty Skin HYDRA VIZOR INVISIBLE MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 SUNSCREEN WITH NIACINAMIDE + KALAHARI MELON the perfect addition to our morning routine. If we do run into neighbors on a walk, want to pop over to the grocery story, or need to hop on a video call, it gives us enough coverage to feel put together. On days we want to wear makeup, it offers really smooth coverage when paired with concealer or acts as a nice base for foundation. Of course, the main perk of this product is that it provides solid sun protection and is really moisturizing. It’s a one-and-done product for the days I don’t want a fussy morning skincare routine.

NATURALLY SERIOUS Sleepover Retin-Oil Nighttime Treatment

Fun fact about us: we have washed our face and done some version of a skincare routine every single night since we were 10 years old when acne first arrived on the scene. There’s no number of cocktails that could keep us from removing our makeup and washing our face before getting into bed. When we need a quick and easy routine, this Naturally Serious Sleepover Retin-Oil Nighttime Treatment really comes in handy. On nights we wouldn’t normally have the energy to add more than a moisturizer to our routine, we can reach for this treatment to also get some retinol action to help improve skin tone, fine lines, and acne.

REFA CAXA RAY

This handheld device is our new favorite addition to skincare. The ReFa CAXA RAY serves two purposes for us: skincare and self-care. After sitting at our computer all day or hitting the gym, we like to hop in the shower, follow that up with a full skincare routine, and then relax in bed while watching Netflix and rolling this device all over our face, neck, and shoulders. It’s designed to scoop and knead your face, neck, and décolletage to help visibly reduce puffiness. I find that it also feels amazing on tight neck and shoulder muscles after a long day and helps us unwind and relax.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Hollywood Flawless Filter

OK, hear us out: we were loyal to the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter before it took TikTok by storm. However, believe those 30-second videos—the hype is real. We bought this insanely impressive product after the sales assistant at Sephora told us it was a foundation. When we got home, we realized it was not quite a foundation but actually something a lot more useful. This light and dewy formula acts as a subtle foundation (more like a BB cream) on the days we don’t need much coverage, can moonlight as a highlighter, and makes for a very glow primer on the days we wear foundation.

Comment below what Lazy Multipurpose Beauty Products is your fave? Or comment which one you are eager to try!

6 Portable Makeup Brushes You Can Take Anywhere

We’ve done our makeup in plenty of questionable environments: while sitting on a towel at the beach, in an airport bathroom stall, and inside a moving car. Thankfully, we always pack our bags strategically, knowing that a makeup moment can arise any time and any place. To prepare, we usually rely on the help of dual-purpose makeup stickstravel-size products, and portable makeup brushes. 

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Travel makeup brushes are surprisingly helpful, take up very little room in your bag, and will calm the nerves of every makeup lover who gets antsy when separated from their everyday makeup brushes

Ahead, we’re rounding up some of our favorite portable brushes, featuring retractable options for the beauty guru with the bag that’s bursting at the seams, the sleek pink set your friends will ask to do their touch-ups with, and the palm brush for seamless, your-skin-but-better coverage.

IT Cosmetics Your Superheroes Full-Size Travel Brush Set

For those of you who just can’t live without all of your brush essentials, this set of six brushes comes housed inside a cute metallic makeup case. Pack it in your beach bag, store it in your carry-on or bring it in your purse to the bar — no judgment, ever.

EcoTools Retractable Brush

At under $10, this retractable brush is super affordable and will help you apply powder and bronzer in seconds. It includes a cap to make sure your brush stays safe from whatever has collected at the bottom of your makeup bag.

Artis Elite Mirror Palm Brush Mini

If you’ve tried an Artis Palm Brush before, then you’ve witnessed how beautifully these brushes blend makeup into your skin. The coolest part is, you could realistically use this mini palm brush for your entire makeup routine which is ideal when on-the-go — just don’t forget to wash it afterwards

lilah b. Retractable Crème Foundation Brush

Prepare to fall in love with this brush’s super soft, dense bristles. It makes application fast and easy leaving practically zero room for error. We love pairing it with PRO FILT’R SOFT MATTE POWDER FOUNDATION.

Easy-Taken Travel Makeup Brush Set

This blush-colored case comes complete with five mini brushes and a mirror so you can perfect a full face en route to wherever your busy schedule may take you.

Fenty Beauty Portable Contour & Concealer Brush 150

Who would’ve thought that a portable makeup brush could leave you at a loss for words? This one was designed for portability — to conceal, contour and touch up no matter where you are.

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