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May 2013 Archives

At any given moment, you will find over five different types of lip products in my purse. At last count, over nine lip products were floating around in the recesses of my large bag. Clearly in my opinion you can never have too many lip products. If you’re looking for a beauty product to stock pile, lip balms are small in size, effective in purpose, and easy on the wallet. At just a few measly dollars a pop, these four lip balms help keep your lips hydrated through spring, summer and beyond.

Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Care ($2.99): Enriched with lemon extract and vitamin E, the lemon sooths rough, dry lips and 
the olive oil moisturizes. The subtle scent is like a mini-Mediterranean vacation, making this an absolute favorite among the Nivea lip care line.

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($3.49): The egg shape may take a few applications to get used to, but the lasting hydration, yummy flavors (lemon, mint, pomegranate to name a few), and all-natural formula will keep you hooked. 

Aquaphor Lip Repair ($4.99): Similar to the Aquaphor repair lotion, the rich texture of the Aquaphor lip repair works well for severely dry, cracked lips, especially for individuals with sensitive skin since it is fragrance free with no preservatives or dyes. 

John Masters Organics Lip Calm ($6): Olive oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter combine in this lightweight organic ‘lip calm’ that glides on more like an oil than a wax based product.   
Maria Menounos’ hair on the red carpet for Star Trek: Into Darkness definitely sparked vivid memories of 80s style for me. But where a bright scrunchy and teased bangs were missing, a classic and stylish twist on a staple hairstyle was taking shape. 

To get the look, you’ll need a small elastic band and a lightweight styling spritz, like Philip B. Self-Adjusting Hair Spray. Begin by separating the crown of your hair from the rest and pull it into a high ponytail. Secure the ponytail with the elastic, but try not to over adjust or tighten it too much, as doing so will create unseemly bumps in the hair style. Take some of the strands from the ponytail (a very small section will do the trick) and wrap them around the ponytail. You will wrap the ends into the ponytail holder to ensure they stay. Lastly, to ensure the front strands stay in place, spritz some of the finishing spray on your hair. You don’t want helmet head, so just a couple spritzes will do the trick — take it from me, the Philip B. Self-Adjusting Hair Spray acts as the perfect thin mist hair spray! 

After overdosing on Pantene Pro-V as a teenager, most of my adult life has been spent searching for a shampoo and conditioner that would give me the bouncy waves and voluminous lift that my hair always seemed to lack. Fairy tales of shampoo changing the structure of my hair have faded but my search for great hair products has not. When I was recently reintroduced to Pantene, I was surprised to find that my old stand-by was chicer, more adult-looking and included an Expert Collection. With sleek black packaging and the promise of repairing damage through replacing the keratin that damaged hair is often lacking, I decided to give Pantene’s Expert Collection Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner a chance. 

According to Pantene scientists, our hair is made up of up to 80% of the protein keratin. The Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair line helps replace the keratin that is lost due to brushing hair, coloring, and using heat style products. What does all of that translate to in reality? My hair was smooth, but not weighed down. With the help of a wide barrel curling iron I was able to achieve those bouncy waves I’ve been dreaming about. For $8.99 for the shampoo or conditioner and a Pantene Smart Beauty Satisfaction Guarantee the Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair, there’s really no excuse for not trying the grown-up version of Pantene’s Expert Collection. 
If you think the only way to get amazing lashes is to pay top dollar for a mascara then let me be the first to introduce you to some of the very best mascaras you can buy … and all at drugstore prices.

CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara ($7.01): CoverGirl’s length-promising mascara makes good on its claim. One or two swipes and lashes look longer and perfectly separated.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The MegaPlush Washable Mascara ($7.19): The word plush in the name of this mascara explains it all, the mousse-like formula goes on cleanly, lifting and separating lashes as it goes. 

Rimmel London Glam Eyes Mascara ($7.29): With a brush that offers great volume and clean definition this mascara is certainly worth the few dollars it costs.

Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara-Lengthening ($6.99): Almay’s nourishing formula is infused with aloe and Vitamin B5 which they say helps keep lashes conditioned and silky. 

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara ($9.99): Organic ingredients ensure a better-for-you mascara and the formula delivers beautifully enhanced lashes. 
From Cle de Peau’s $13,000 crystal-encrusted jar of face cream to the rows of skin care products at the drug store, there are few things in life that vary in price as much as facial moisturizers. With so many choices and so many price points, it’s no surprise that just finding a good moisturizer manages to be one of the most difficult parts of a skin care routine. Surprisingly a lower price does not always mean lower quality for moisturizers, and these five brands are a testimony to this fact. While each person’s skin type varies in its moisturizer needs, here is a sample of some of the affordable, quality products each of the five brands featured offer, all impressively $20 or less.  

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($13.99): Always a drugstore favorite, CeraVe was developed with dermatologists, and focuses on affordable products for sensitive-skin.  

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil ($14): Using oils on for the face may be a little intimidating, but women around the world have been using products like argan oil for years, the reason why Josie Maran started her own line of argan oil based products.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($18.50): Kiehl’s has had 160-years to perfect their formulas, and their Ultra Facial Moisturizer is a prime example of the quality skin care that has kept Kiehl’s in business all these years. 

Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer ($18): New York Magazine refers to the botanically-based skin care as a line touted by “starlets and supermodels”, making the affordable price points and the effectiveness of the products that much more impressive. The Buttermilk moisturizer is a lightweight, daily moisturizer with naturally exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids.   

Simple Skincare ($12.99): Already a #1 seller in the UK, the entire Simple line is free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and other harsh irritants making the daily moisturizer a good choice for those with sensitive skin.    

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