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9 Apr

IN THE MOOD FOR BEAUTY PRODUCT SPEED DATING

DVF Beauty SS16 runway image
There are too many beauty product choices. It can feel overwhelming. Here is my take on 45 beauty products I recently tried. Winners are in bold (and more can be found on my previous posts IN THE MOOD FOR SPEED & IN THE MOOD FOR CLARITY). Most are at parity with others, yet some did wow me.

TREATMENT PRODUCTS:

Dr Dennis Gross age erase recovery mask step 1 enriched hyaluronic gel & step 2 vitamin-infused self-heating mask. $35 for 6 pack HERE – I used this after getting a professional facial (had dry patches) and my skin is back to 100%

Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti-wrinkle Serum  –  At parity with others

Perricone MD RE:Firm Surface Recovery Treatment  – At parity with others

Olay Regenrist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Serum  – Nice price, layers well with face oil

Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster  – At parity with others

Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask  – Did not feel or see hydrating results

Glycolix ELITE Facial Cream 15% – Initially my skin reacted to this, no visible change to my fine lines

Iluminage Pond’s Institute Youth Cell Night Cream and Day Cream with SPF15  – Lovely textures, good for normal skin

DERMOLOGY Phytoceramides Wrinkle Repair Complex – At parity with others

LIONESSE Day Moisturizer – At parity with others

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment – Ok for someone with T zone oil

Sunday Riley Artemis Facial Oil  – Nice but a bit pricey vs. alternatives like Physician’s Formula Argan

MAKEUP PRODUCTS:

Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara $30 HERE – Instant effect with no clumping or flaking

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara (Combine L’Oreal Voluminous with it, and you get a winning combination) $7 HERE + $6 HERE – Love the effect, start with Voluminous then comb through with Telescopic, use only Telescopic on bottom. Available at any drugstore at great low prices.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 – Lightweight, hint of color/coverage, dewy finish, nice all in one for summer. Available at any Sephora or click HERE ($44).

Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom Mascara – It took some time for me to appreciate this mascara, adequate as everyday low price option

Cover Girl TruBlend 123 concealer stick  – Surprisingly am using this constantly, no need for foundation just dot this, press and go. Great low price. Nice shades. Available at any drugstore or click HERE ($8).

ILIA Illuminator Polkadots and Moonbeams  – Popular among editors, do not like the greasy look in natural light

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Ultra Definition Powder Wet/Dry Foundation  – Melts into skin, good for travel

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour Rose Gold – Popular among editors, ok color payoff, quick on the go application 

Make Up Forever Artist Palette eyeshadow single  – Sephora makeup artist favorite, pretty shades, shimmer just right

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick for lips in Sweet Watermelon – Editor raves about this, nice price, pretty, emollient, no liner needed, I also used on cheeks for a flushed look

Benefit posie balm hydrating lip balm  – Ultra natural, emollient, no fragrance, nicer package than Aquaphor but pricier so I’ll stick with Aquaphor

Wet n Wild Kohl Crayon eye pencil 607A Calling Your Buff  – Nice price, dot on blemishes & in corners of eyes, better than white – peachy

MUA Color Drenched Lip Butter  – At parity with others

BECCA BACKLIGHT Priming Filter  – At parity with others

OTHER PRODUCTS:

Ardell fake eyelashes Individuals  – At parity with others

Kerastase laque couture Micro mist fixing hairspray medium hold  – Works well even on fine hair, no stiffness

Pantene Pro-V Airspray no alcohol flexible hold hairspray –  Love that this has no alcohol, effective even for a dancer. Available HERE. Finally, a great hairspray with no ethanol and no helmet head, also great low price ($6).

Aveeno daily body moisturizing lotion  – At parity with others

RUSK mousse maximum volume and control  – At parity with others

RUSK Styling Collection Five Shampoos straight medium hold + RUSK Smoother anti-frizz shampoo + RUSK Smoother anti-frizz leave-in conditioner – Excellent products to get and keep your hair stick straight, frizz-free, no parabens or sulfates, available HERE ($10-$16).

Suave MOROCCAN ARGAN Styling Oil  – Beats frizz even for fine hair ends only but use in small doses

John Frieda Color Refreshing Gloss  – Did not see any difference

Tecni ART Wild Stylers by LOreal Professional BEACH WAVES Hold 2 texturizing salt spray  – Adequate, fine hair requires more

Aussie Aussome Volume 2 in 1 Shampoo  – At parity with others

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo  – At parity with others

Maison de Parfum Mandarine Glaciale Cologne Absolue – I use as my “French bath” (no time to shower)

Prada CANDY eau de parfum – Ditto above 

Miu Miu eau de parfum – Pretty and subtle

Beauty By Earth Boar-Bristle hair brush  – Feels nice on scalp and gentle for styling even fine hair, doesn’t tear hair out

Caruso Molecular Steam Hairsetter – Gentle option vs hot rollers, good for damaged, processed hair, must blow dry after you set

DVF SS16 image – runway backstage pre show makeup application

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