Leonora Epstein
Updated Mar 10, 2016 @ 5:38 pm
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Hi, my name is Leo and I work at this wonderful website. I don’t know about you, but I find that at a certain part of my workday — usually around 3-4 p.m. — I’ll get really flushed or I’ll catch a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and be surprised by how red my complexion looks. It could be excitement and the busy-ness of life, or a reaction to intense concentration, but either way, I usually end up realizing I haven’t really relaxed my face in a few hours and I’ll generally feel hot and tense across my cheeks, under-eye, and nose.

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It’s as if the folks at Milk Makeup had me in mind when they created their Cooling Water stick. Even just the look of it immediately caught me, like — why yes, that does like a cool lagoon in stick format that I could rub all over my face.

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So, what exactly, is in this product? “Soothing seawater” and “firming caffeine.” The “rich marine minerals” deliver moisture, while the caffeine apparently increases circulation, energizing the skin.

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Let me just say: Ohhhmmerrrrgawwwd. It DOES feel like rubbing a cool lagoon on your face. There’s an immediate cooling effect, and there’s something about the texture that’s equally delightful — it’s certainly a balm, but is glides over the skin so easily without leaving a sticky residue. My suggestion: Keep this on your desk and use it on an afternoon timeout. Close your eyes for a minute, rub this stick all over your face, and relaaaaax. Bonus: It’s vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Downside: It’s a bit pricey at $24.

Available at milkmakeup.com.