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)
  • 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 
  • 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
Scar Remover
  • Bio-Oil
  • Mederma
  • Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Koh Gen Do sheet masks
  • 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
  • Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate
  • Olay ProX Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel
  • 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
  • Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF 15 - promises to stay put for 15 hours.
  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation - 2016 Allure Readers' Choice
  • L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara - Real Simple recommends it as a sweatproof mascara, field tested in oceans and gyms. $20 at
  • 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 
  • Provocalips 16 hr Kissproof Lip Colour - supposed to last  and not transfer without being dry.
  • 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
  • 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.
Hair Products
  • 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
  • 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 EverPure Sulfate-free ColorCare System Volume Conditioner - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo- supposed to completely disappear into any color hair (to try)
  • TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Sampoo - Works well but I could do without all the white.
  • 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.
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo - 2016 Glamour Beauty Awards
  • 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
  • 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
  • No Gray Quick Fix - a mascara-like wand that instantly covers gray roots. Fast and easy - just wish it didn't wash away.
  • 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
  • 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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