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Almay-Concealer.jpgOK, so sometimes, prestige makeup brands (think M.A.C., Nars, Lorac, etc), are really worth the price tag. They deliver on their promises. Their products last on your skin and don’t rub off the moment you put your hand up to your chin in an extended, deep thought. But sometimes, you can find the same powerful punch in a very valuable package. 

Such is the case with Almay’s Clear Complexion Concealer. Now, we’ve tried a lot of concealers in our days. We have oily, acne-prone skin that tends to scar easily when we just can’t resist the naughty pop. So finding a concealer that stays in its place, covers well but doesn’t look caked on, and blends nicely is sort of (very) important to us. The medium color works perfectly with our tan skin tone, and isn’t too pinky-beige like some other concealers in that color range. Almay’s covering gem has salicylic acid in it, as well, which helps tame occasional breakouts, but don’t really expect clear-skin wonders from it either. Where this product shines is in its coverage and texture. 

We’re a fan of its consistency - not too thick and cakey, not too thin and runny. It covers discoloration and acne-scarring wonderfully when you follow it up with foundation (we use mineral makeup.) After a long, oily day, we appreciate its staying power, too, and the oil-free, hypoallergenic formula doesn’t add to our ever-present t-zone slickness. Though the package mentions not to use it near your eyes (we imagine because of the salicylic acid), we often use it for under eye coverage without any irritation whatsoever. Overall, for under $10, this is the best concealer your drugstore has to offer. $7.99 at

Carmex, the company that makes the classic healing lip balms, has just introduced a new skin care line designed to heal, soothe and moisturize dry skin. It stands to reason that what has been keeping lips healthy for over 70 years would also be beneficial for your skin, so we were more than happy to give Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream a test drive.

The Healing Lotion is designed to use anywhere skin feels dry and contains rich healing ingredients, including Aloe and Vitamin E to nourish and moisturize skin. The Healing Cream is for use on your driest skin, especially hands, feet, elbows and knees. It’s super concentrated and contains 9 healing ingredients to penetrate and repair very dry, rough or cracked skin.

Both formulas were made using a patent pending process that delivers healing and moisturization without a greasy feel. And let me tell you, it’s true! Amazingly, both formulas absorb in seconds, leaving absolutely no slippery residue, even from the Healing Cream which is the thicker of the two products.

Anyone who has ever used Carmex lip balm knows the scent - a vaguely medicinal smell resulting from camphor and menthol ingredients. The smell alone is oddly soothing, as it alludes to the healing properties within. The Healing Lotion and Healing Cream contain notes of the classic Carmex scent but mixed with vanilla and other fragrances to create a light, pleasing smell.

As for moisturizing properties, there are many. As stated, the cream works better on dryer skin, making it the perfect winter skin companion. The lotion is ideal for warmer months or skin that isn’t intensely dry. And at only $5.99 each, I definitely recommend adding this to your body care regime. Available at Walgreens and

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Sally-Hansen-Diamond-12-Hour-Lip-Treatment.jpgReady to give your lips a little bling? There’s nothing better than Sally Hansen Diamond 12 Hour Lip Treatment. This lipgloss is so uber-sparkly, we’re betting the glitz can be seen from space.

This lipgloss is super moisturizing and hydrating, promising to condition lips for up to 12 hours. And that’s fairly unheard of in a gloss! Time-release Lipid Moisture Complex and Retinal, combined with microfine diamonds, bring a radiant and glittery finish to any lip look.

We love layering these glosses on top of other glosses or lipsticks — especially Solitaire, a gorgeous peachy pink that looks amazing with every single skin tone.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to bring on the bling.

Sally Hansen Diamond 12 Hour Lip Treatment retails for $5.99 at
Burts-Bees-Lip-Balm.jpgOver the past few years, we’ve tested more lip sticks, glosses and balms than we could possibly count, all promising numerous benefits with varying results. 

Some were too sticky, some were too slick. Some too pigmented, or poor tasting. But the one balm that has proven one of our favorites of all time has been Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil. For merely $3, this perfect lip ointment packs the ideal combination of hydration, tint, texture (super silky smooth!), scent and price. 
With a few passes on your lips, your smackers will be soft and supple with a slight sheen. 

Plus, we love Burt’s Bees for its commitment to using all-natural products, such as the anti-oxidant rich pomegranate oil in this lip balm. And for those that already call themselves devotees to this brand’s lip products, make sure to try their new acai berry and mango butter varieties. Yum! $2.99,

Pantene-Pro-V-Medium-Thick-Hair-Solutions-Silkening-Detangler.JPGIf your hair borders on unmanageable, we’ve got the perfect product for you: Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Silkening Detangler. Yes, the name is a mouthful — but look past that and your coarse, unruly mane will thank you.

To start with, this leave-in conditioner takes the form of a spray rather than a cream or gel. It’s extremely lightweight and sinks right into the hair shaft with no unsightly residue. Hair becomes softer and smoother upon impact — even ours, which is admittedly hard to style and even harder to get a brush through without at least two conditioning products every time we wash it. We’ve found that about 10 spritzes throughout the hair, then working the product from the roots all the way down the hair shaft, leaves behind unbelievably shiny and silky tresses.

Not to mention we just feel like a true Pantene model after blowdrying.

Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Silkening Detangler retails for $3.39 at

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