Friday, November 20, 2009

Ten Of My Favorite Things: Beauty Edition

In this time of giving thanks (Thanksgiving of course!) I thought I would share with you the 10 beauty products I am most thankful for discovering! Enjoy!

10. OPI Rapiddry Top Coat: Drys your nail polish in 5 minutes... and when you have a two-year-old to wrangle, sometimes 5-minutes is all you've got!

9. Gigi Wax Warmer and Honee Wax: I was sick of paying $100+ for a simple bikini line and leg wax. So, compliments of the Internet, I found where I could purchase all the supplies I needed to do it myself at home. It doesn't hurt anymore than paying to have it done, and just takes a little practice and patience.

8. Benefit's Georgia Peach finishing powder: I've been using this powder for years. Very versatile, smells great, and easy and quick to use! Compliments my complexion through the winter and summer!

7. No.4 Reconstructive Conditioner: My hairdresser only recently introduced me to this relatively new brand. It's amazing... expensive, but amazing!!

6. Bio-Oil: So, I know that science says there is no way to topically erase stretch marks, but this stuff is amazing!! So amazing, in fact, that I checked my old-school, had-them-since-high-school stretchmarks in the mirror before heading to the dermatologist the other day (because I was going to ask for a Rx treatment of something) and to my delight, after two years of religiously using Bio-Oil, I could hardly see them anymore!! I'm actually comfortable with the way they look now... miracle!

5. Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizing Lotion: Takes that winter-white glow off your skin and replaces it with a nice soft sun-glow. The scent was updated a couple of years ago and is much less offputting now. ... however I think the price has gone up, so I'm thinking of switching to one of the store off-brands. Anyway, love it! (PS - Also good for helping blend pesky tan-lines in the summer!)

4. Arbonne's No Sun Intended Compact Powder Bronzer: Great as an all-over bronzer and for accentuation cheekbones, etc... Comes with a huge mirror and is a great brown color, not orange!

3. BareEscentuals Eye Glimmers in Bare Skin: This is THE BEST eyeshadow color ever. I use it everyday - everyday. I can dress it up with other shades, or wear it alone. It's always out of stock in this shade around my house so I have to order it online from Sephora. Seriously, everyone needs this color and a fluffy eyeshadow brush in their makeup drawer!

2. Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm by Phyto: Wonderful, everyday use hair product. I use this humidity-blocking balm on my hair after every wash, whether I'm letting it dry naturally curly, or blow-drying straight!

1. GHD Professional Straightener: I used to think CHI was the holy-grail of hair straighteners, but as it turns out, they just spend a lot of money on advertising! What brand is used more by those in-the-know? GHD. Check them out! Hard-core, simple and easy, hair straightening power. It'll cost ya, but it's worth it!


  1. Ooh, I totally need to check out the Bio-oil. My legs are my biggest problem area (in my eyes) because of the stretch marks I got in high school (thanks, weight lifting!) I am SO self-conscious of them!!! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Love it - and I'm going to check out bio-oil! Where do you get it?

  3. AppGal and Stacie: I get the Bio-Oil at Walgreens and CVS. I think it might be available at Target now, but definitely not WalMart (by my house) as I just recently checked! If you can't find it in-store, you can definitely get it online!!

    AppGal: My outer thighs are where I have been using the oil for a couple of years ... I've had those puppies since I was 14 and it's really helped! Good luck!

  4. Great post, thanks for sharing. I have checked out the BareEscentuals Eye Glimmers in Bare Skin yesterday while I was at Sephora, but it was horrible on me (maybe I didn't apply it correctly though). I guess we are all different!

  5. Ema: Bummer about the color.... I guess everyone's "neutral" color is different!! I literally just throw it on with a brush (or sometimes my finger in a hurry!) because it blends well with my skin tone... so precision isn't that important! Keep looking for a good color from them .... I've found that the mineral eyeshadow sticks well without creasing.... even if I wear it to the gym!!


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