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My Favorite Products: Perfume


In the final installment of the actual products that I use regularly as part of my daily routine, I will discuss my perfume. There are a few different ones that I like, most of which are not too expensive, but this is my favorite. It’s L’Air du Temps from Nina Ricci.

This perfume was first given to me in a tiny little half ounce bottle from my grandmother as a gift when I was younger. I fell in love with it immediately! It has been around a very long time and is not as popular as it used to be, but for me it’s perfect. The reason I like it is that it is very light and doesn’t offend. It has a gentle scent that is somewhat flowery without being to sickly sweet like most floral scented perfumes. I have very little worry of “overdoing it” with this perfume like I do with some others occasionally.

Generally I use the Eue de Toilette spray, and the talcum powder is also very nice. The price is certainly reasonable. It is a perfect compliment to my every day beauty routine.

February 24, 2010   1 Comment

Straight Sexy Hair

Straight Sexy Hair using Smooth & Seal spray for your hair. My hair stylist first introduced me to this product. He and another stylist were actually fighting over the last bottle of this product in the salon that day. He always used it on me, but I just didn’t realize how fabulous it was until we almost had a cat fight at the beauty salon!

This isn’t a traditional “hair spray”, although you do spray it on your hair. I have naturally wavy (sometimes frizzy!) hair, but I love to wear it smooth and straight most of the time. This stuff makes it shine and it also makes my flat iron glide right through my hair without pulling or sticking.

It works best for me if I blow dry my hair until it’s about 80% dry, then spray it with this product, and then flat iron it. At that point it is usually completely dry and gorgeous. Another plus is that it also seems to take care of the static problem that dry straight hair can often have, especially in the winter.

February 17, 2010   1 Comment

My Favorite Wrinkle Cream

In the never ending search for the perfect miracle cream to stop these wrinkles, I am currently using Loreal “Advanced Revitalift Anti-wrinkle concentrate“. I have not been using it very long, so the jury is still out on this product for me as to whether I will continue to purchase it in the future or not.

From what I have learned so far, it does make my skin feel very silky and not gummy like many other moisturizers. It does seem to produce some toning to my skin as well. I wish I could say that it has erased my wrinkles, but I think it will truly take a real miracle to do that. Either a miracle or something more drastic like surgery, which I am not exactly keen on doing. My vanity has not gone there yet!

The Revitalift cream comes in a very handy tube, which I really like, as opposed to those awkward jars that most creams come packaged in. This should make it easy for travel.

So, while I wait to see if it truly has wondrous effects, I do know that I already like it better than most other similar products I have tried. I wonder if others will have the same beauty results.

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February 10, 2010   Comments Off

My Favorite Daily Lip Color

For my continuing reviews of my daily products, I am now to my lip color. For several years now, I have been a huge fan of CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lip Color. The color I wear most often is #815.

This product comes with two parts. First is the color part. It reminds me of a paint. You must apply it to dry lips. It won’t look good on lips that are already very dry or flaking though. After you apply the color, you wait a minute or so and then apply the top moisturizer coat. That part is clear and glides on very smoothly. If you wear it with out the moisturizer, it will feel very drying and uncomfortable, not to mention that it won’t look that good. I have found that a very light coat will give me a lot of color that lasts a long time.

As for it’s lasting ability – I have found that it lasts a very long time! Even all day, including eating and through some “light” kissing LOL. However, greasy foods will cause it to come right off onto your napkin. In fact the only way to remove this lip color is with some cold cream greasy type makeup remover, or some sort of oil based remover like vaseline.

It seems to be a pretty good value when you consider how long it will last. However I usually use up the moisturizer tube long before I run out of the color. Fortunately I can buy more tubes of the moisturizer separately without having to buy more of the entire product.

They have a huge variety of colors to choose from, and the long lasting look is definitely my favorite part!

February 3, 2010   Comments Off

My Favorite Blush

My daily makeup routine includes Almay Powder Blush. I use “pink” number 140. It seems to be the color that is best suited for me, and I have had trouble finding similar colors in other brands. This has resulted in me using this for a long time. Recently when I did finally locate some after having trouble, I bought 3 packs of it so that it would last me a long time before I had that trouble again!

This blush does not have that shimmery look to it, which I hate. I don’t like a shimmery blush because it tends to accentuate my wrinkles (I know! I can’t believe I am admitting I have wrinkles!!). It is also not overly scented like a lot of other blushers. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s highly scented makeup which conflicts with the scents I actually want to wear.

It blends easily and looks very natural. I often use it to add a little color just under my brow area as well, so that I don’t look so pale.

It doesn’t last as long as an “all day” type blush would last, but I find that it blends better than the cream blushers do, which definitely meets my needs. The application brush is a little small for my needs though, so I usually use one of my nice long-handled brushes to apply it.

January 20, 2010   Comments Off

My Daily Products: Mascara

My daily makeup routine includes Almay “one coat nourishing mascara”. I prefer the “thickening” variety, in the color black.

I have tried a lot of different mascaras over the years, but I always seem to come back to this one. It has never let me down. I am a contact lens wearer, so my mascara brand is very important. This one does not flake off, it’s easy to apply, and it really makes my lashes look thicker. I usually only need one coat to get the effect I want, which lives up to it’s name!

It’s easy to wash off with soap and water. I don’t normally wear the waterproof one since it’s much harder to remove. This one will run if I get really wet (like surfing!), but it’s not too bad if I’m just crying at a beautiful wedding.

It’s super comfortable, very affordable, and gives me the look I want. I have been using it for many years and will continue.

January 13, 2010   Comments Off

My favorite Concealer


This is the second entry where I am reviewing all of the products that I use on a regular basis. This week it is my concealer! I use Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer, in the color “fair”.

I just discovered this product about a year ago and I love it. It is great for small blemishes that I want to cover and it really does last all day. It’s like a nice paint when it goes on and it won’t come off after it dries. Hide those blemishes! Most of the blemishes that I am trying to conceal are actually dark sunspots caused by sun damage that I got when I was younger and never wore any sunscreen. It does a good job of concealing them and blending in with my natural skin color.

I like the applicator on the wand since it helps blend and spread nicely. It’s also a great value and really seems to last a long time. This is definitely a winner and something I will continue to buy.

January 6, 2010   Comments Off

My favorite products: Eyeliner

For the next few weeks, I am going to talk about some of the products that I use on a regular basis. they are part of my daily make up routine which usually takes me only 5-10 minutes.

Today I will discuss my favorite eyeliner. I love the Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus eye pencil. My favorite color is #210 “espresso” which is a dark brown color. I find that it is not as harsh as using a black eyeliner.

It’s an auto loading pencil, so I don’t have to use a sharpener on it. It’s easy to blend and even has a built in sponge tip on the end of it to use for soft blending, which I love. The cover to protect the top stays on well, so it travels well in my purse.

It is a water soluble eye liner, so it doesn’t always last as long as I wish it would, especially if I’m sweating really hard like working out or dancing in a hot dance floor, but I figure if I’m that sweaty then what’s the difference anyway!

It’s also very comfortable which is important to me since I am also a contact lens wearer.

December 29, 2009   1 Comment

Oil for Your Hair

Oil FOR your hair?! Yes! Seriously!

This Moroccan Oil was recommended to me by my hair stylist. I got it at the salon. If you have dry hair, color treated hair, or hair that you regularly heat treat (with a hair dryer or flat iron), then you could probably benefit from this hair oil. All that treatment tends to dry your hair, and even shampoo removes it’s natural oils which were intended to protect it. This will replenish it.

I just put a small amount in the palm of my hand and rub it on my palms and then gently rub my hands throughout my hair after I have shampooed it. I was surprised at how fast my hair actually dries and it feels shiny and thicker. It works great when using the flat iron on my hair too and smells fantastic.

It is somewhat expensive, however, you really do not need very much for each application and it does come in smaller trial-size sample vials that are much less expensive. So, definitely look for the smaller bottle the first time you try it. Although, if you’re like most people who have tried this, you’ll love it and continue using it (check out the reviews on the product page from other users who rave about it).

This is definitely a new product that I will be using for a long time to come.

November 25, 2009   Comments Off

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