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Monthly Favorites: September 2012

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September 2012 Monthly Favorites

It’s the first week of October, which means it is time for my monthly favorites of September.  These are the products that I especially enjoyed, and found myself reaching for over and over again during the course of the month.  To see what my non-beauty favorites were for the month, click on over to my other blog, Defies Description.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

A rediscovered favorite of mine is the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads.  I used to use these all of the time, but had gotten away from them while I was using other cleansers.  I started to use them again in September and couldn’t understand why I stopped in the first place.  They are quick and easy to use, and leave my skin clean and exfoliated, without over drying.  I have a full review of them here, so check it.

Black Radiance Urban Jungle

I have been loving this 8-pan palette from Black Radiance.  Urban Jungle is a gorgeous mix of greens and browns, shades which we’ve already established to be by weakness.  Black Radiance is made by the same company that makes Wet n Wild, so these shadows are just as fabulous as the WnW 8-pan palettes that we all know and love.  I actually want to do a more in-depth review on Urban Jungle with some compare/contrast swatches to WnW Comfort Zone, so I won’t say too much more here.  Urban Jungle is versatile, and has been perfect to transition into fall.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara is my favorite, Holy Grail mascara.  I have sad, wimpy lashes, and Lights, Camera, Lashes makes them look like they have some life to them.  I do not like paying full price for it, though.  Luckily Ulta had Lights, Camera, Lashes as one of the 21 Days of Beauty specials, so I was able to pick it up for only $10.  I can’t say enough good things about this mascara.  With the holidays coming, Tarte may have some value kits coming out that include this mascara, and if they do, you should totally pick Lights, Camera, Lashes up to try it out.

(L)Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (R)Revlon Balm Stain in Romantic

My go-to lip all month has been one of two shades, both from Revlon.  The first is the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, which is a deep brownish pink neutral.  This is a shade that looks fantastic with my skin, and goes with everything.  The other product I’ve been using is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic, which is a sheer tomato red.  The Balm Stains can be built up for major impact, but I’ve been liking Romantic on the lighter side like my swatch below.

(L) Pink Truffle (R) Romantic

I have reviewed both the Lip Butters and the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, so be sure to check them out here and here for more info.  I love warm-toned brown and red-ish lips for Fall.  I know that berries and purples are in, but I feel those are more winter shades.  Pink Truffle and Romantic are perfect for me right now.

NYX Slide On… Pencil in Brown Perfection

NYX Slide On Pencil Eyeliner in Brown Perfection has been my go-to eyeliner all month long.  I have an in-depth review with swatches of the four shades I own here, so be sure to read my rave.  In short, this is one of NYX’s best products, in my opinion, and they are as good as $20+ eyeliners.  Brown Perfection is a deep dark brown.  I prefer brown liner to black when I’m wearing warm eye looks.  The brown softens the look and makes it more natural.  If you haven’t tried NYX Slide On Pencil Eyeliners yet, go do it.  Do it now.  Trust me, it’s worth it.

That is it for my favorites for September.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I hope that you check out my non-beauty favs over at defiesdescription.wordpress.com as well.  What about you, what were your favorites for September?  Let me know in the comments below.

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2011 Favorites: The Final Chapter

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This is the fourth and final chapter in my 2011 Favorites series.  This post will cover skincare as well as body and hair care.  For the final time, when I say “favorites of 2011,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that the product came out in 2011, but that it has been a favorite of mine this last year.  I chose one favorite and one honorable mention in each category.  My favorites are all drugstore items (and Bath & Body Works) but my honorable mentions may include high-end items.  I also limited my selection to items that I had time to enjoy during the year, so anything I got in November or December is not going to be included.  Just because a product isn’t listed, doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it.  These products are the ones that really stood out to me this last year.  I’ve reviewed many of these products, so be sure to click the provided links for more info.  I forgot to include the prices this time, but all of my “favorite” choices are budget friendly.

Skincare  I covered most of these products in my Skincare Routine post, so check that out for more details.

Makeup Remover:

Favorite- Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes  I prefer the Neutrogena wipes to take off my makeup because they remove all of it without stripping my skin.  The Neutrogena formula feels slightly oily (not the bad kind), as if I were removing my makeup the old fashioned way with night cream.  Because I follow this step with cleanser, I don’t fear the oils.  My skin certainly appreciates the more moisturizing Neutrogena wipes over other brands.  They don’t irritate mt eyes at all, and mascara and eyeliner are no match.

Honorable mention- Ponds Clean Sweep, Original Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes  I used these for the first half of the year and they worked well, but I prefer more hydration.  Those with oily skin may prefer these to the Neutrogena version.

Cleanser:

Favorite- Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads  The pad is smooth on one side to lift away dirt, oil and makeup, and textured on the other side to gently exfoliate and smooth away dry patches. The textured side is perfect to mildly exfoliate without causing the micro-tears on my skin that harsh abrasive scrubs cause. My skin feels fresh and clean, without stinging or turning red.  Read my full review here.

Honorable mention- Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser  This cleanser has teeny tiny micro beads, so there is a little bit of exfoliation, but not too much.  It’s super gentle and does not strip my skin of moisture while still giving me a clean feeling.

Treatment:

Favorite- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment  I use this as a BHA treatment. Those with dry skin, don’t be scared off by the name of this product.  The Neutrogena Treatment contains 2% salicylic acid, and is a good BHA lotion for all skin types.  It has actually helped a lot with my Rosacea redness and definitely has moisturizing ingredients, leaving a decent level of hydration.

Honorable mentionClark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask  I received a sample of this white clay mask in my October Birch Box.  It smelled fantastic, left my skin feeling great, and the sample was large enough for three masks.  It really left quite an impression and is the best product that I’ve put on my skin all year.  Too bad about it’s $72 price tag.

Moisturizer:

Favorite- Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum  Since I’ve been using the Eye Lifting Serum I have not had any problems with dry patches on my lids and the fine lines around my eyes are much less noticeable, so this is a Holy Grail product for me now.  I will absolutely repurchase again and again.

Honorable mentionOlay Regenerist Regenerating Serum (Fragrance Free) I use this silicone-based serum to lock in moisture and help heal my skin discoloration.  It has softened my fine lines and helped a lot with redness.

Body

Bath/Shower Gel:

Favorite- Bath & Body Works Shower Gel  I am totally loyal to B&BW and almost exclusively use these shower gels.  I have several favorite scents and love the formula.  I will probably always use Bath & Body Works Shower Gel to get clean and yummy-smelling.

Honorable mention- Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in “Vanilla Birthday Cake”  I received this multi-tasking product in July as my free birthday gift from Sephora.  I really like how creamy and moisturizing the formula is.  Though I’m not a fan of sugary scents most of the time, I’ve been loving the scent this winter.  One tip though, don’t try to use it as a shampoo.  Philosophy lies, ‘nough said.

Moisturizer:

Favorite- Boots Extracts Body Butter  I am really loving Boots Extracts Body Butter, in Brazil Nut especially, and featured it in my November favorites.  I am a huge body butter lover, and for me, the thicker the better.  Boots brand is really thick and creamy, and leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft.  I’ve also smelled the mango and shea butter scents and they all smell divine.

Honorable mentionJergens Ultra Healing Lotion  Call me old fashioned, but I have been a regular user of plain old Jergens Lotion for years.  It will always be my go-to lotion to fall back on.

Body Care item:

Favorite- Spongeables Pedi-Scrub  “A unique blend of glycerin, olive oil, shea butter, tea tree extract with lavender aromatherapy infused into a double sided sponge to exfoliate, smooth and relax your tired feet.”  They smell amazing, and feel really great.  These really keep my feet in order and ready for sandal season.

Honorable mentionAquaphor Healing Ointment  This is a godsend.  I won’t go into details, but I have a skin condition on my elbows.  Aquaphor really helps to keep the symptoms at bay.  I’ve used it while sick to avoid a chapped nose, on minor cuts and scratches; you can even use it on chapped lips.  It’s excellent.

Hair  Disclaimer: I am truly crap when it comes to hair.  I don’t really do anything to my hair, so I don’t have styling favorites.

Shampoo:

FavoriteOrganix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo  I wanted to try a sulfate-free shampoo.  Organix is free of sulfates and parabens, and is safe for color-treated hair.  Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo leaves my hair soft and shiny, but also controls oil (my hair is the only oily part of my body, go figure) and keeps my hair looking clean longer.  It smells wonderful and worked well for me, but those with dry or damaged hair may want to stay away.

Honorable mentionHerbal Essences Color Me Happy  I’ve used Herbal Essences for years and the line has always worked well for me.

Conditioner:

Favorite- Herbal Essences Color Me Happy  While I really liked the Organix shampoo, I hated the Organix conditioner.  With Moroccan rose and passion fruit nectar and an infusion of hydro-activated silkening ingredients, Herbal Essences Color Me Happy leaves my hair super soft and silky.

Honorable mentionJohn Frieda Full Repair Full Body Conditioner  I got several (like, 4) samples of this conditioner and really liked them.  I have purchased the full sized version and will be using it with my Organix shampoo.

And that c0ncludes my 2011 Favorites series.  As always, I hope that you found some of this information helpful and that you spied a few items that you’d like to try for yourself.  2011 saw a lot of advances in the beauty world, and 2012 is already looking to surpass it.

Skincare Routine

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I don’t know about you, but I am always interested in what other people do for their skincare routine.  I have not been blessed with clear, alabaster skin.  My skin has so many issues, it needs therapy.  If I go without makeup, I am not a pretty, pretty princess.  So I am very interested in what products other people use to combat their own skin issues.  That being the case, I thought that I would share my skincare routine with you.  Keep in mind that my skin is very dry, slightly sensitive, and I have mild rosacea, so these products are geared for those issues.  If you have oily skin, these products may not be the best option for you.

I start with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes to take off my makeup.  I have tried Ponds brand towelettes and prefer Neutrogena because they remove my makeup without stripping my skin.  When I used the Ponds wipes, my skin felt leached of all moisture.  The Neutrogena formula feels slightly oily (not the bad kind), as if I were removing my makeup the old fashioned way with night cream.  Because I follow this step with cleanser, I don’t fear the oils.  My skin certainly appreciates the more moisturizing Neutrogena wipes over the Ponds brand.  Added bonus:  I get them at BJ’s (it’s a Costco-type store) for dirt cheap.

Next comes  cleanser.  When I don’t feel the need to seriously exfoliate my skin, I use Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser.  Cream cleansers are best for dry skin, while gel cleansers work well for oily skin.  This cleanser has teeny tiny micro beads, so there is a little bit of exfoliation, but not much.  It’s super gentle, and again, does not strip my skin of moisture, but still gives me a clean feeling.  Again, I can get a club pack of these at BJ’s, so it is also a cost-effective choice.

When I want to step up the exfoliation, I turn to Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads, which I reviewed here.  I pretty much said it all in the review, so be sure to check it out.  I really love how quick and easy the pads are to use, and they really work well.  It still kind of amazes me that those tiny bumps can get the job done so well, but they do.  I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads about three times a week.  If my skin wasn’t so sensitive, I would use them more, but it can’t handle manual exfoliation more than that.  Which brings me to my next product.

After my face is cleansed, I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment.  I didn’t pick it up as an acne treatment so much as a chemical exfoliant.  Most of my acne issues are hormonal.  I was looking at Paula’s Choice Beta Hydroxy Acid exfoliant, but it’s kind of pricey.  Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment was recommended to me as a cheaper alternative.  Those with dry skin, don’t be scared off by the name of this product.  The Neutrogena Treatment contains 2% salicylic acid, and is a good BHA lotion for all skin types.  It has actually helped a lot with my Rosacea redness, which is awesome.  It definitely has moisturizing ingredients, and those with oily skin may not even need to add a light moisturizer on top of it.  My dry skin needs more help, though.

I use Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum (Fragrance Free)to lock in moisture and help heal my skin discoloration.  This is a fairly new product for me.  I’ve only been using it for about a month, give or take, but I like it so far.  It’s a silicone-based serum that leaves my skin feeling velvety soft.  I do not understand the science behind the ingredients, but I believe the big winners are niacinamide and peptide for healing and restorative properties.  I have been impressed with the Olay Regenerist line, in general, and though I haven’t formed a solid opinion on the Regenerating Serum, at this point I’m positive on it.  It certainly feels great, though I don’t really expect it to preform miracles.  This is another item that I can find at my local warehouse store.

My last step is to use Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum.  Some people say that eye serum is not necessary.  If you are using the proper moisturizer on your face, you should be able to use it on your eyes too.  I actually agree with that sentiment for most skin types.  However, because  of my skin issues, I sometimes get dry patches on my eyelids.  I really need the extra moisture.  Since I’ve been using the Eye Lifting Serum (sixth months or so), I have not had any problems with dry patches and the crinkles around my eyes are less noticeable, so this is a Holy Grail product for me now.  I will absolutely repurchase again and again.  This is another item that I can pick up at BJ’s.

I seriously recommend checking out your local warehouse store to see what makeup and skincare items they carry.  You may be surprised.  Not only are several items on this list found at my local warehouse store, but I also found my current favorite mascara Cover Girl Lashblast, in a club pack.  It can’t hurt to check, especially if you already buy your groceries there.

I hope that you found this interesting, and maybe you found a new product or two to try out next time you go shopping.  All of these items are available in drug stores, as well as Target and Walmart.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

I’ve been using Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads for about a month or two now, and I really like them a lot. According to Aveeno’s website: “These dual-textured cleansing pads, moistened with foaming skin-conditioning cleansers and natural Soy, help even out skin tone and texture for brighter, naturally radiant skin. The pad is smooth on one side to lift away dirt, oil and makeup and textured on the other side to gently exfoliate and smooth away dry patches. Oil-free, soap-free, noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic, these pads are gentle enough for everyday use, even on sensitive skin.” I used to use a strong facial scrub to exfoliate, but have gotten away from that since realizing how harmful abrasive scrubs can be for skin. I have dry skin with mild Rosacea, and the scrubs made my Rosacea way worse. Dry skin, however, likes to cling to dead skin cells like they are clutching a life preserver, so I couldn’t go without exfoliating. I’ve been experimenting with chemical exfoliants, but I still like to use something extra to make sure that I’m really getting rid of dead skin and impurities. Enter Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. The textured side is perfect to mildly exfoliate without causing the micro-tears on my skin that harsh abrasive scrubs cause. My skin feels fresh and clean, without stinging or turning red.

I personally like to remove my makeup before using Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads, though you can use the pads alone. I like the extra step because I can still be super gentle with my skin while making absolutely sure that it’s getting super clean. They are very easy to use, just wet your face and gently scrub in a circular motion to help the pad lather up. I find that there is plenty of product on the pads to foam up really nicely and cover my entire face. I find that regular cleansers can sometimes be messy, but it can’t get any more simple than these self-foaming pads. The smooth side is gentle and I have no issue running it over my delicate eye area. The textured side, as I said, is perfect for mild exfoliation. I doesn’t look like it would do the trick because the bumps are really small, but you can feel it working on your face. It does have a strong fragrance that smells herbal, but I do not find it overpowering. It just smells natural and clean. It has a horrible taste if you accidentally get it in your mouth, so watch out for that because it’s truly terrible.

Although Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads can be used daily, I only use them two or three times a week. My skin can’t handle daily manual exfoliation, but that’s because of my sensitivity issues. I agree with Aveeno’s claim that the pads are gentle enough for sensitive skin. I’ve had no issues with bad reactions to this product and I don’t feel that tight feeling on my skin like it’s been stripped bare like some cleansers cause. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads leave my skin feeling clean and healthy. You can find this product wherever Aveeno products are sold (Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.). It retails for around $7-$8. I definitely think that Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads are worth a try.

Speed Read: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads are self-foaming, dual-sided pads that cleanse and gently exfoliate for clean, healthy skin.

Best For: Those who like an alternative to traditional cleansers, and those looking for gentle exfoliation who don’t mind frangrance.

Keep Walking: If you dislike manual exfoliation and prefer traditional cleansers, or if you are extremely sensitive to fragrance.