In this HAWT Report, I’m bringing you a few of the items I just can’t stop talking about and obsessing over! I mean these products find their way into a majority of my conversations, and I’ve been known to send a few of the items to friends and family so they could join in my love fest.

If this is your first HAWT report, let me give you the 411…I love sharing great finds, brainstorms, and really whatever the heck is on my mind! Sometimes many of these things and ideas are pretty HAWT and even thought provoking (go figure). Since I do have my own little space in the world to share, I figured why the hell not shares with some of my favorites peeps…how frickin’ lucky are you?!?! Each month I will bring you The HAWT Report with great fashion finds, cool gadgets, health and beauty must-haves, exciting trends, and whatever else I feel fits!

  1. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

I have loved micellar cleansing waters for about two years now, and I’m glad to see that many skin care manufacturers are adding it to their product assortments! I must admit that I really didn’t love the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water when I first purchased it. I felt that at $7.99 it could not be that good and I would stick with my Mega-Mushroom Micellar Cleanser by Origins (retails for $31.50). Boy was I wrong! After running out of my Mega-Mushroom cleanser right before a trip, I reached for my bottle of Simple Micellar Water and never looked back. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Origins one but have not seen a difference in the two products performance.This gentle facial cleanser removes makeup, hydrates the skin, unclogs pores, and it also has a pH that is in balance with our skin’s natural pH level, leaving the skin clean without that tight feeling. If you have sensitive skin, you will be head over heels for this product since it has no artificial perfumes or dyes and no harsh chemicals.

  1. Vintner’s Daughter (available at Kuhl-Linscomb exclusively for the Houston area)

This botanical serum for the face deserves a round of applause with a standing ovation for its epic levels of badassery! It’s made in Napa Valley (and yes that alone earned it extra badass points) using the highest quality organic ingredients, which are formulated with the world’s most active botanicals and essential oils. The payoff is increased elasticity, along with more resilient and naturally radiant skin.

I apply a little to my face at night and mix a few drops into my foundation in the morning, which has been a game changer! It helps my foundation go on better and gives my skin a beautiful, healthy brightness.

  1. Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

This long-wearing matte liquid lipstick from Smashbox is a must-have for any and all matte lipstick enthusiast! The claim is that it last and looks fresh for up to 8 hours. I’ve made it up to 6 hours with it staying in place and looking good, which is still pretty darn good. I also like how it feels on my lips; that is due in large part to it being infused with lip-smoothing Primer Oil. It comes in 20 fabulous colors- my two favorites are Girl Gang (Plum) and Driver’s Seat (Warm Pink).

  1. Pixi Glow Tonic

This toner not only replenishes my skin after I’ve used cleansers and such on my face to remove makeup, but it also firms, tightens, and brightens! A few things to note about this product…it’s alcohol-free so you don’t have worry about dry skin. The biggie for me is that it contains 5% glycolic acid, which removes dead skin cells and helps reduce the appearance of dark spots.

  1. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist 50

On days my skin decides it wants to be extra oily and not cooperate with me, this is my go to product. This setting mist is amazing on so many levels – it’s a three-in-one weightless mist that sets make-up, controls oil and shine, and provides defense against UV rays with SPF 50!

  1. Flipbelt

I am one of those people that refuse to put my big ass cell phone in one of those large armbands when I’m working out at the gym or park! It just looks all kinds of crazy since the size of cell phones keep increasing. While looking for an alternative solution I came across this gem! The FlipBelt is a fitness belt that is an alternative to the armbands and running pouches. It’s super lightweight and has room for my cell phone, money, keys, credit cards and ID. I just step into it and then pull it up and around my waist where it sits securely over my workout pants. All my items stay securely in place without the uncomfortable bouncing.

  1. The Wrap Life

On those bad hair days or days I just want to wrap it up, my head wraps come in handy! The Wrap Life added a dark denim, and it has recently been added to my collection. We all know denim is trending right now, so this is the perfect blend of being classic and on trend!


Until soon…Toodles!

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.


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