Thursday, June 12, 2014

Beauty Buys

I'm always on the look-out for new beauty products that will make my life easier, make me look prettier, etc. So I think I'll start tracking what I buy and what catches my eye as something to try.

BB & CC Cream
  • Aveeno® Positively Radiant® CC Cream with SPF 30 (medium) -  supposed to provide natural looking coverage, while brightening and protecting, instantly enhancing skin’s natural radiance (purchased 10/14; I like it!)
  • Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector (light/medium) - supposed to control shine, minimize pores, even skin tone, hydrate with broad spectrum SPF 20 (purchased 6/14; results ok)
  • L'Oreal Visible Lift® CC Cream (light/medium) - multi-action cream to correct color and tone and over time, deliver 5 age-correcting actions (used summer 2014, ok as a light foundation but made skin shiny)
  • Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Balm - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice
  • Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream - supposed to brighten skin and minimize the look of discolorations, dark spots, blotchiness and blemish marks for flawless, even-looking skin in 4 weeks, with broad spectrum SPF 30 (to try)
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial - wake up to fresh, radiant skin
  • L'Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler - supposed to fill in lines/wrinkles and restore moisture for smoother, plumper skin (trying 4/2016)
  • L'Oreal Age Perfect® Glow Renewal Day/Night Cream - said to provide all-day hydration so that over time your skin feels firmer and a healthy glow is restored. Follow at night with L'Oreal Age Perfect® Glow Renewal Facial Oil (both to try)
  • Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream - supposed to give you skin that looks refreshed, revitalized, smoother and firmer in just one week. Good Housekeeping seal. (to try)
  • Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector - advertised to work in 3 ways: instantly skin is smooth, luminous and even-toned; in 5 days skin feels firmer and the appearance of fine lines is minimized; in 4 weeks wrinkles are reduced and a more youthful look is restored (to try)
  • Mederma - has both a day gel with sunscreen and an overnight cream (both to try)
  • Lumene’s Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer ($20; is said to glide on like silk, doesn’t get gummy, and can also be used to blot out enlarged pores (to try)
  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Light Hydrating Lotion - plumps skin and helps lessen the look of brown spots
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice $25
  • Olay Total Effects Feather Weight Moisturizer with SPF 15
  • Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Night - won Prevention magazine's designation as best night cream, with testers finding improvements after 2 weeks.
  • Priori Smoothing Eye Serum - won Prevention magazine's designation as best eye cream, with comments like "genius" and "wonderful."
  • Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream - derm says "Retinol speeds up skin-cell turnover, boosts collagen production, and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a powerhouse ingredient for treating wrinkles and acne."
  • RoC Skincare Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • offers patches that you wear overnight to reduce the look of wrinkles and loose skin
  • SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum - praised as really being youth in a bottle, but costs $281
  • StriVectin High-Potency Wrinkle Filler - said to be a wrinkle eraser that really works $59
  • Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water $9
Scar Remover
  • Bio-Oil $20
  • Mederma
  • ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets (expect results in 3-6 months)
  • Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment - say goodbye to under-eye bags $68
  • Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair Eye Cream - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum - did this really soften the appearance of crow’s feet in just 2 weeks? I'm not sure, but I did notice the difference when I ran out and stopped using it. (purchased summer 2014; also 2016 Allure Readers' Choice and Good Housekeeping rated Regenerist products better than creams costing hundreds of dollars) 
  • RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream - said to destroy dark circles if used every night $23
  • Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels - supposed to reduce puffy eyes and dark bags (tried spring 2016; feels good, but not sure I see a difference)
  • StriVectin Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment - at $75 it better be good! (to try)
  • Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Freeman Feeling Beautiful Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay Mask - $4.29
  • Koh Gen Do sheet masks
  • Nugg Soothing, Hydrating and Deep Cleansing Face Masks - $3.29 each
  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice - supposedly no need to rinse off, just wake up to "dewy perfection"
  • Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturizing Pads
  • Hey Honey I Peel Good Biomimetic Honey Peel Cream - an at-home peel that mimics a facial
  • Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate
  • Olay ProX Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel - said to producing glowing skin overnight
  • Yoon Dermaline Marine Complex Exfoliator
Clarins Skincare Routine (from the awesome Trish at Bloomingdale's, August 2016)
  • One step facial cleanser
  • Instant eye make-up remover (heavy make-up)
  • Gentle refiner exfoliating cream
  • Double serum
  • Extra-firming day lotion (SPF 15)
  • Total eye concentrate
  • Instant smooth perfecting touch (before make-up)
  • Instant concealer
  • BB cream
  • Lip gloss
L'Oreal Skincare Routine (consider as replacement since it's likely less expensive)
  • Revitalift bright reveal brightening daily scrub cleanser
  • Revitalift bright reveal bright peel pads
  • Revitalift bright reveal day lotion SPF 30
  • Revitalift bright reveal dual overnight moisturizer
Foundation/Tinted Moistureizer/Powder
  • BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - "your skin but better"
  • Beautyblender Swirl - said to be the makeup tool you can't live without
  • Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF 15 - promises to stay put for 15 hours.
  • IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ - first solid serum foundation; said to make skin look like a million bucks
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - New Beauty Award Winner said to blur skin imperfections
  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice
  • L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 - matte finish and tone-perfecting tint
  • L'Oreal True Match™ Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer (W4.5) - does a nice job of covering blemishes and concealing imperfections but cakey undereye (tried 2014)
  • Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice
  • Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
Eyeshadow & Brows
  • Benefit Cosmetics Foolproof Brow Powder
  • Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • CoverGirl The SuperSizer by LashBlast Mascara - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice - supposedly super narrow brush coats every lash
  • Fitglow Beauty Vegan Good Lash+ - supposedly has vitamins etc to promote longer and stronger lashes (expect results in 2-4 months)
  • L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in Very Black - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice
  • Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara (black/brown) - trying 4/2016
  • Physicians Formula Eye Booster™Instant Lash Extension Kit - supposed to give you long, lush lashes that last for 24 hours.
  • Rimmel Wonder'lash Volume Colourist Mascara - semipermanentlyy tints lashes
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - New Beauty Award Winner said to work miracles
  • Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara - Real Simple recommends it as a sweatproof mascara, field tested in oceans and gyms. $20 at
  • Fresh Sugar Cream Lip Treatment - hydrating treatment with a hint of color
  • NYC Liquid Lipshine Lipgloss - LOVE IT! Especially in Rivington Rose. Use it by itself or over another color.
  • NYC Expert Last Lip Laquer - didn't like either either the pink or the red I tried; color was too intense and although it looked shiny at first, it was drying not moisturizing.
  • NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice and said to be non-sticky
  • Provocalips 16 hr Kissproof Lip Colour - supposed to last  and not transfer without being dry.
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Clearly Pink - New Beauty Award Winner said to look good on everyone
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm - on lists everywhere $30
  • Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs - supposed to cover imperfections and make cellulite appear less noticeable (to try) - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun - dermatologist tells patients to "use this self-tanning mousse all over their bodies, not just on legs. It’s great for covering up scars, veins, redness, or other imperfections.” (to try) 
  • St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower (tried summer 2016; not really a winner: didn't noticeably tan my legs and awkward to use)
Hand and Body Lotion
  • Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion with Royal Jelly - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra-Repair Cream - even helps with redness $30
  • Nivea Extended Moisture Body Lotion - I received a sample of this in the mail and immediately fell for it's rich texture and fresh smell. Whether it will really keep my skin hydrated for 48 hours is still TBD.
  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - said to have great scent and caffeine to tighten skin $45
Hair Products
  • Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo - said to make 2nd day hair look better than first
  • Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist hair mask - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Big Sexy Hair Full Bloom - A fragrant blowout spray for fuller, thicker looking hair that's supposed to last for 72 hours.
  • Dove Refresh + Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Frederic Fekkai The Ultimate One Repair Mask
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice - supposed to make hair look and feel fresher; also winner of Self Beauty Awards
  • L'Oreal Paris Elnett Strong Hold Satin Hair Spray - hold without helmet hair $15
  • L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-free ColorCare System Volume Conditioner - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Mason Pearson or other boar bristle hair brush adds shine to hair
  • Pantene Original Fresh Dry Shampoo - love the scent and the way it looks at first, but hair looks dirty again a few hours later.
  • Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Hydrating Shampoo - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice for best shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Hydrating Conditioner - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice for best conditioner
  • Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss - Get your shine back without a trip to the salon by using this in-shower gloss up to three times a week between your usual shampoo and conditioner.
  • Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo- supposed to completely disappear into any color hair (to try)
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Sampoo - Works well but I could do without all the white.
  • Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo - not only does this product help you take fewer shampoos thereby ensuring your color last longer, but it comes in blonde, brunette, and dark brown to help cover roots and grays
  • Color Wow Root Cover Up - a powder that comes in a compact with dual-tip brush $35
  • dpHUE Color Boosting Gloss + Deep Conditioning Treatment - to perk up color and reduce brassiness
  • EverPro Gray Away Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder (trying light brown/medium blonde 6/2018)
  • Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Haircolor - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss - a tinted gloss
  • John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder In-Shower Treatment - Shape called it "the quickest highlights ever," praising the subtle yet visible results and the major dose of shine.
  • Jonathan Root Touch Up 3-in-1 (covers grey hair, dry shampoo, volume/texture maker)
  • L'Oreal Paris Feria - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice for best home hair color
  • Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo - to color correct brassiness
  • No Gray Quick Fix - a mascara-like wand that instantly covers gray roots. Fast and easy - just wish it didn't wash away.
  • Orlando Pita Play Ampli-Tint Color Depositing Hair Mask - to add shine and take down brassy tones
  • Rita Hazan Root Concealer - a powder to dust onto scalp to hide roots (to try)
  • Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss - a quick way to refresh color in the shower (to try)
  • Hint: create highlights with kit that's 2 shades lighter than color and use toothbrush to paint it on in 3 small sections on either side of face w/light touch near roots and more pressure toward ends
  • Soft waves are said to be an easy-to-do style that takes years off your appearance. Make them with a curling iron (curl sections from the mid-length down, holding iron for count of 10); or braid large sections of hair before bed.
  • Colgate Optic White Platinum - supposed to remove stains beneath the surface and form a shield around teeth, to help seal out new stain (to try)
  • Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice
  • ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Toothpaste - ads claim it whitens, repairs and strengthens enamel in just 5 days (to try)
  • Supersmile Professional Teeth Whitening Toothpaste - New Beauty Award Winner said to be most powerful whitening toothpaste
  • Degree Woman Dry Spray - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant - supposed to go on dry with no residue and last for 40 hours
  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid in Completely Clean - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice
For My Feet
  • Dr. School's for Her Miracle Shield - supposed to dry to a powder finish and protect feet from the friction that causes blisters.
  • Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair Push-Up Stick - supposed to provide intense hydration.
Sephora Recommendations for CH
cleanser: Dr. Jart Micro Water
moisturizer: Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum & Tatcha Water Gel
eye cream: Tatcha Firming Eye Cream
face prep: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores
foundation: IT Full Cover CC - light
concealer: IT Illuminating - medium
powder: Sephora Matte Perfection - 08 fair/neutral
bronzer: Bare Minerals Faux Tan (palette)
blush/contour/highlight: Bare Minerals "Be Beautiful" Palette (Golden Gate Matte)
eye primer: Smashbox 24 hr Shadow Primer
lid/crease/corner/highlight: Bare Minerals "Be Beautiful" Palette (Promise/Beautiful/Confident/Presence)
brow: Benefit Gimme Brow Gel #3
eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Fine Liner - Truffled
mascara: Wander Beauty Unlashed
lipstick: Wander Beauty Carryon Lip & Cheek - Pink City

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