Over the past couple of months, I've happened upon some awesome new products that I am currently loving! Since I love to share good finds and products I adore, I rounded them up for your viewing pleasure!
Based on the reader survey I posted last month, I know beauty products and product reviews aren't necessarily the favorite posts of some of you guys and that was awesome feedback!
Instead of completely doing away with them, since some of you do enjoy them, I'll plan to share a round up like this every couple of months instead of sprinkling in random reviews all the time. How's that sound?
This little roundup has a little bit of everything! Some are on the high end side, but some are less than $10 at Target. Either way, there's something for everybody!
#1 | Baked Body Frosting by Laura Geller
I've become a HUGE fan of anything by Laura Geller and this stuff is no exception. I have a very fair complexion, but in the interest of protecting my skin, I don't lay out or do the tanning bed route. I try to do self-tanners, but I just have no patience for them!
While I've embraced my ghost-like appearance over the years, I do love finding products that will give a quick boost and don't require me to stand around naked for 15 minutes to go into effect (I ain't got time for that!).
Laura Geller's Baked Body Frosting is designed for the body, but works on the face just as well and gives a lovely, realistic bronzy glow. You can go light or heavier (especially if you wet the puff!) so you can easily customize this to your own liking. Love, love, LOVE this stuff!
#4 | Eyelash Boosting Serum by Lashem
I don't know about you, but my lashes are not quite as plump and full as I'd love them to be. However, about 6 months ago, they were at their worst. If my mascara caused a few lashes to clump together, I felt like I had a gaping hole along my lash line! It was bad.
So, I went online and looked for something to help boost lashes without chemicals or anything that can cause your eyes to change colors!
While this eyelash serum has mixed reviews, I have had very good success with it! No...my lashes aren't as lush and thick as I'd like, but they never will be. But, after using this every night for 6 months, they're noticeably fuller and I never have the 'gaping hole' issue even if my mascara clumps!
#5 | Triple C Peptide Firming Oil by Dr. Dennis Grossman
Now that I'm 'getting older', I'm starting to use some very specific anti-aging products. I'm going to be fighting this process as much as possible! My ghost like appearance that I just mentioned is definitely my friend in this area. No one EVER thinks I'm the age I am and I haven't started developing wrinkles (thank god!). But, I do see some early changes in my skin, so time to get to work!
My research on fighting the aging process suggested using an oil with peptides. Apparently, peptides are great for adding firmness to the skin. I've used oil based products in the past and wasn't overly thrilled (like argan oil) because it left me looking very shiny and oily (so I could only use them at night).
This firming oil, however, is perfection in a bottle!! It absorbs beautifully with no lingering shine. My skin feels ah-mazing after I apply this product and I have to say, it is looking brighter and more youthful! I use it on my face and neck both morning and night.
#10 | Miracle Worker Retinoid Pads & Solution by Philosophy
Another thing I discovered in my research is that once you get in your 40s, it's best to introduce a retinol product into your regime. Since I just turned 40, it was time to follow that sage advice.
These little pads by Philosophy are awesome! After cleansing my skin at night, I just swipe one of these over my face, neck, chest, and backs of my hands. I've been using it for almost a month and I can definitely tell my skin is smoother, clearer, and more even (and then I follow it up with the Peptide oil and a moisturizer).
#2 | Voluminous Extra Volume Collagen Mascara by L'Oreal
I am super picky when it comes to mascaras and it has always been difficult to find a really good one that both plumps up my puny lashes and sticks around all day. While I have a few faves, they're all pretty pricey.
Several of you guys recommended L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara in comments on past posts, so I had to give it a try!! You guys are right...this stuff is pretty awesome! It does exactly what I need and want, but it doesn't break the bank (and I love that I can pick it up at Target instead of a pricier store!).
Thanks for the suggestion ladies! If you're in need of a good mascara, then definitely give this one a try!
#6 | Luminous Veil Cream Stick Foundation by Laura Geller
Yep...Laura Geller is making my list again! If you've read my blog for awhile, you'll know I am particularly partial to a certain foundation. Until now, I hadn't found another to rival it's awesomeness, but Laura Geller's Luminous Veil Cream Stick foundation is fabulous!
It's so good in fact, that I haven't used the other foundation since I got this one. I love how smooth and creamy my skin looks. I also love that it's in a stick! It's a little less messy, it feels lighter on my face, and next time I travel, my 3 oz or less baggy will have a bit more space!
#7 | Mega Shine Lipgloss by NYX (color: Cosmo)
I know I've mentioned it before, but I'll say admit it again. I have a wee bit of an obsession with lipglosses. It's really hard for me to bypass a pretty gloss when I unfortunately spot one (I honestly try not to look these days, but it's right there...taunting me...I swear!).
I was in Target the other day (and you know what happens in Target...they somehow get you to buy a cart full of stuff when you only go in for ONE thing!! How the heck do they do that??) and somehow ended up in the makeup aisle.
I LOVE NYX lipgloss...in fact they're my favorite brand. I didn't realize Target carried NYX, so when I saw the display, I couldn't not check it out. And of course, this lovely new number came home with me! The color is Cosmo and it's gorgeous neutral with a lovely shimmer. It's going to be my new go-to gloss!
#8 | Instant Eye Lift by Trish McEvoy
This Instant Eye Lift product came in a kit that I bought awhile ago. I never really used it much, but recently decided to give it another go. Ummmm....this stuff is awesome!
You can use this as an under eye concealer, or if it's a particular dark baggy day, you can use this under your regular concealer for an extra little pep. I love that it brightens up the area under my eye, blends in perfectly, and doesn't look like I'm wearing concealer. Seriously loving this stuff!!
#9 | INKcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner by Laura Geller
I hope you're not sick of my raving about Laura Geller's products yet, because I have another one!! I got this amazing eyeliner as a free gift at Ulta when I bought one of her kits.
It's a black eyeliner and while I normally wouldn't wear a black, I like to use it just at the lash line to boost my poor little lashes and make them appear thicker. It totally does the trick and since it's waterproof, it sticks around all day! Yet, it easily washes off with my makeup remover pads at the end of the night. Win-win!
#3 | Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment by Living Proof
In the past I've had mixed results with Living Proof products. Some have been awesome, some have been disappointing.
When I received a sample of this a few months ago, my expectations were middle of the road, but this Perfect Hair Day stuff did just that...gave me a perfect hair day! Every time I use this, my hair looks awesome!!
What are the '5' treatments you might be asking? According to Living Proof...smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish are the keys to a perfect hair day and they deliver this in this little product that packs a punch! It is my new must-have product in my hair products line up!
Alright girls...lay it on me! What are YOUR favorite products these days?