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Clarins-Beauty-Flash-Balm.jpgLooking for a way to perk up your sallow, tired skin? Well, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is the answer.

This miracle product makes even the dullest skin look fresh, rejuvenated and totally glowy. We’ve worn it when we had 9 hours of sleep and when we only had 4 and a half, and either way, our skin looked amazing! It’s especially perfect for dark under-eye circles and cheeks that need a little extra something special.

The balm smells amazing and feels fantastic upon the skin. It’s rich and creamy but sinks into skin immediately, just leaving behind a freshened up glow and super softness in its wake. Best of all, you only need about a dime-sized amount for your entire face.

And did we mention it makes your skin glow?

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm retails for $45 at clarins.com.
loccitanefull_smh.jpgWhen it was announced last fall that J.Crew stores would begin stocking L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream (a.k.a. Creme Mains with Beurre De Karite), beauty insiders labeled it an odd decision on J.Crew’s part due to L’Occitane’s classic image and J.Crew’s recent efforts to be more youthful and eclectic.

Having finally used the product while in line at J.Crew in Tyson’s Corner Galleria recently, I would call it an odd decision on J.Crew’s part due to L’Occitane’s hand cream smelling like diaper ointment. 

“The quality of the moisturizer is well worth smelling like old lady or baby powder for a few minutes,” a reviewer argued on drugstore.com. Nice try, Sweet Merry Mayhem, but we’re not buying. Cool username though.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the smell. When I put on a hand lotion, I value moisturizing and fragrance almost equally… but more on that to come next week.

$26 for 5.2 ounces at loccitane.com
The-Body-Shop-Lip-Scruff.jpgWant to soften and smooth those chapped lips? Then you’d better slick on The Body Shop Lip Scruff.

The unassuming little tube is filled with a speckled green treatment that, once swept across the pout, immediately conditions and smooths even the roughest of lips. It moisturizes as well as any lip balm, while the exfoliating particles really bring an extra layer of softness.

We love putting this on before bed, usually under a lip balm or shea butter product for extra conditioning. And, lo and behold, it’s still on our lips eight hours later when we wake up!

And an added bonus? It tastes and smells amazingly minty — such a fresh end to the day.

The Body Shop Lip Scruff retails for $12 at thebodyshop.com.
Benefit-Foamingly-Clean-Facial-Wash.jpgIf you’re in the market for a new cleanser that really works, then listen up. We recently came in contact with the brand-new Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash, and you know what? Our skincare regimen has gotten a complete overhaul.

This delightful, pearlescent cleanser strips away impurities and leaves behind gorgeous, glowing skin in just seconds. We’ve taken to using it daily in the shower, especially after a long and grueling workout, to really clean out the gunk from our pores and ensure no unsightly blemishes will appear.

This cleanser is best on normal-combination skin, so if you’re on the oilier or drier side, you may want to skip it. But our skin actually tends to dry out quite a bit in colder temperatures, and the creamy texture has helped to bring moisture back to our visage thanks to the product’s tri-radiance complex: a blend of ingredients that capture and maintain water on the skin’s surface and develop the skin’s reserves of water.

Plus, the packaging is just too pretty for words! We love the mint green bottle with the faux cork cap — it’s minimalist and at the same time totally chic.

Now, you may be thinking a cleanser like this must cost upwards of $50+. Well, you would be (thankfully!) very wrong! Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash retails for just $21 at benefitcosmetics.com. How can you beat that?
Palmer's-Cocoa-Butter-Formula-Lip-Butter.jpgWant smooth, buttery soft lips that stay that way for hours and hours? Then you simply must invest in a tube of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter.

Yes, the name of this product is unbelievably long. But you know what? We’ll let that slide, because ever since we’ve started slicking it on our pout, we’ve noticed a vast reduction in the amount of chapping and dryness.

The soft and smooth feel is thanks to a host of good-for-the-lips ingredients, including Vitamin E, and petrolatum. And let’s not forget Palmer’s cocoa seed butter, which helps to moisturize and nourish lips even if they’ve been wreaked havoc on by this horrible winter that just doesn’t seem to want to end!

And that’s not all. The taste of dark chocolate and cherry is so luscious, it’s all we can do not to keep refreshing our lips every 10 minutes. Luckily, the formula lasts much longer than that, so we only have to reapply once or twice a day.

In a nutshell? This is one dessert we’re unbelievably happy to snack on.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter retails for $3.30 at palmers.com.

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