Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Fave Beauty Products

Since Nikol keeps planting the idea in my head of making all kinds of lists, I thought I'd start off easy and do my favorite beauty products. I lovelovelove beauty products, but I wouldn't necesarily recommend each and every thing I've tried. However, I can think of some that are just so completely awesome that you should really just trust me and try them out.

So here we go....

1. Loreal Double Extend "beauty tubes" Mascara - My fave used to be Philosophy's Supernatural Mascara that was a similar formula but has since been discontinued. There are some pricey brands that have the "tube" formula, but this cheaper version ($9.49) is just as good. Stays on all day, doesn't flake or smudge, and no raccoon eyes when you wash it off....just use warm water and "rub" it off. I don't bother with the white conditioning stuff (takes too long to dry) I just use the mascara by itself.

2. Bare Escentuals Foundation - swirl, tap, buff. Lightweight, non-cakey, lets your skin breathe, easy to apply, no line of demarkation. Downside: the little pot of powder can get messy and not very portable/travel friendly.

3. Philosophy Purity Cleanser - gentle (you can even rub it on your eyes, it doesn't hurt!), non-drying, good on all skin types, removes dirt & makeup like nobody's business. I also use it to clean my makeup brushes. QVC has it in this ginorm size, which I totally recommend for value. I pour some of it in a bottle for my shower and each bathroom sink.

4. Bye bye blemish - I can't tell you how many magazine articles I've read where Hollywood types recommend Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion as their fave beauty secret. This is exactly the same product for only $10 instead of like $30. Its not always easy to find though...I have yet to spot it at Target or Walmart, which aside from Costco, are like the only places I shop these days. Try Walgreens, Longs Drugs, CVS, etc. This little bottle has a pink paste at the bottom and a clear liquid on top. DO NOT SHAKE THE BOTTLE. Its supposed to separate like that. Before bed, just dip a q-tip all the way to the bottom and dab it on your monster zit and let it dry. You will look totally un-sexay with dried pink paste on your face, but when you wake up, your zit will be all dried up, and then you can thank me for your beautiful complexion.

5. Jonathan Silky Dirt Shine & Define Cream - I would love it if my hair were no-muss, no-fuss. I'm essentially retarded when it comes to hairstyling. Seriously. My version of no-fuss means just pulling it back in a ponytail. Unfortunately, I realized last year that I look hideous with my hair in a ponytail. I ain't gettin any younger, girls, and it shows! I'm forced to cut my hair just short enough so that it won't go in a ponytail, just to avoid the temptation. Therefore, I require styling products. But when you're styling retarded, its hard to find the right product. No one wants crunchy or goopy hair. Sprays were too stiff and waxes were too heavy. This is my happy medium. My straight, fine hair stays soft and even manages to hold the style.

6. Gold Bond Ultimate Lotion & baby oil - During Santa Ana and Winter seasons, my skin gets all dry and itchy. To fix it, I keep a cheap bottle of baby oil in my shower and slather it all over before toweling off. It's the ONLY thing that works for me. During the day, I put Gold Bond lotion on my hands. It soaks in and is long-lasting. I keep some at each sink.

7. Amazing Grace Perfume - fresh, feminine, clean. Doesn't give me an allergic reaction where my nose burns or make me feel like I'm choking. One of Oprah's faves too.

8. Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift - gel on upper lid, cream on undereye area. Lifts saggy skin, smoothes lines, lightens undereye skin so you may not need concealer anymore. Sometimes Avon runs sales and you can get it for half price or less. See, it won awards and everything!

9. Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System - half the price of the Philosophy brand version, works just as good. Use once a week for great exfoliation. Your skin will be so soft! I keep it in the shower because I'm too lazy to stand at the sink & do it.

10. Lips! - okay, I basically love ALL lip products (gloss, lipstick, balm, etc). So picking out a favorite isn't very easy. Aside from the cheapie drug store brand stuff that we all find, my fave brands would probably be Burts Bees lip balm (mint & pomegranate), Philosophy lip shines (delish flavors), Bare Escentuals lip glosses any style (except the non-full color Buxom glosses, which are too sheer for my taste), or Smashbox lip gloss.


Madison! said...

I just can't get behind the Jonathan products, only because the guy is such a freak. Did you ever watch his show? Train wreck.

Kris said...

No, I've never seen Jonathan's show (though I've heard about it...potty mouth!) I tried his "Dirt" wax/paste when everyone proclaimed that it was made of awesome sauce, but I thought it was crap. It just made my hair look dull and dirty. But I really do love his new lighter formulation of it, and because my hair is short-ish, I only need to use a small amount.