Late! I’ve been so busy with my detox and finding new + exciting things to do with KALE that this list didn’t come together quite as timely as I’d hoped. But the best of the best don’t expire! I give you my absolute most favorite, life-changing products of 2012. What were yours?
Skincare obsession:Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads: If I have a big event. If my skin is PMS-dull. If I’m traveling with TSA-approved products. This is the treatment I reach for time and time again. It leaves my face smooth, shiny and taut—just like post professional peel. And it takes, like, 60 seconds. I’m sort of at a loss for words!
Haircare: We’re all enamored with Aveda’s new Invati line, which Danielle credits for her epic hair regrowth. I just appreciate how thick and full and healthy my hair feels when I use the shampoo and conditioner. Addictive Aveda scent included.
Mind-blowing makeup: Most BB creams are made for girls with oily skin, which I am not. So it was with skepticism that I tried Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream. Result: totally glow-y skin that stayed that way all day. The secret is in a sheer yet waterproof finish, and the bonus is SPF 25.
Red lipstick: My search for the perfect matte, not too orange, not too pink red lipstick officially ended. Behold: MAC Ruby Woo.
Sun Protection: It’s about time, people. A broad-spectrum, mineral facial sunblock that has it all: high SPF, water-resistant, paraben-free, residue-free, faintly tinted to (no, really) match all skin tones. Ladies and gentlemen, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50!
Handiest tool: Have we talked about Q-tips? I mean, really talked about them? I can’t live without. And if I accidentally travel without, it’s the first call I make to the front desk. For my Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner just doesn’t come off without a Q-tip or look as nearly as neat without ye old cotton swab. The new Q-tips Precision Tips make all this and more wildly more enjoyable and definitely more precise. (Total Beauty editor agree so I can’t be too cray cray)
Nail polish:Butter London anything. One coat often does the trick and stays put. Plus, the chemical-free hues keep getting better (currently obsessed: Royal Navy).
Surprise hit:DevaCurl Flexible Hold Hairspray. The only hairspray I’ve ever written about, because it’s the only one that keeps a blow-out fresh and waves in place all day—without that awful sticky, crunchy nonsense—AND doubles as a root booster in a pinch. Don’t even get me going on the lavendar scent . . .
Fall is in full swing at beauty counters everywhere, and there is no shortage of swoon-worthy products. Before you start shopping for holiday gifts, pick up a little something for yourself. I’ve got my eye on these unexpected finds: (clockwise) Butter London Royal Navy Nail Lacquer ($14) – I’ve never wanted a nail polish shade so badly. If you, too, love a classic navy blue blazer, then you’re going to want to this nautical-meets-naughty shade. It will instantly turn your preppy white button-down or cashmere cardigan on its head. Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream ($48) – Most BB creams are made for girls with oily skin, which I am not. So it was with skepticism that I tried this new beauty balm. Earth-shattering result: totally glow-y skin that stayed that way all day. The secret is in a sheer yet waterproof finish, and the bonus is SPF 25. Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder ($65) – I’d like to start each day like geisha, cleansing my skin with an exotic enzyme powder that, when hand-mixed with water, removes makeup and impurities without stripping my skin of its natural moisture. Sjal Serum 1 Liquid Vitamin Lift ($255) – I received a tiny sample of this and, after it rendered my skin practically unrecognizable in a brighter, smoother, and practically ageless way, squeezed every last precious drop from the packet. It costs more than a pair of premium denim, but that’s a small price to pay for daily facial of energizing oxygen, fancy gemstones and fast-acting peptides. Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream ($60) – A number of my fellow beauty writers have sung the praises of the original Rosa Arctica and the precious, rare resurrection flower it contains to defy aging, but I’m loving this lightweight version for day. Bobbi Brown Blush in Plum ($25) – Part of Bobbi’s new Pretty Powerful Uber Basics collection, this deep pinky plum is girl-next-door when applied to just the apples, and nighttime-sultry when swept across cheek bones.
Ever since Mr. Bets and I started remodeling our kitchen, I’ve found myself scouring eBay on a regular basis. First it was for chandeliers, then blue and white ginger jars. During one trolling session I stumbled upon a treasure trove of J.Crew jewelry at J.C. Penney prices. You know where this is going. Beauty. Endless beauty. From drugstore to Dior, everyday to the exotic, beauty goods floweth over on the shopping site you see before you. eBay also happens to be the best-kept-secret for discontinued and limited edition collections like Emanuel Ungaro for MAC. I’ve got my eye on a number of products for fall—unless one of you beats me to the bid!
1. Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm ($26.60) – A lip balm pushing thirty bucks better be something pretty special and this one is, right down to the luxurious lucite compact. Inside, a pale pink pan of silky, subtle-y sheeny, shea butter infused balm. Laced with pure jasmine and neroli, it’s going to be worth every penny.
2. Heaven by Deborah Mitchell ($121.43) – The beauty world has been buzzing ever since Kate Middleton got a bee sting facial before her wedding day at the suggestion of mum-in-law Camilla. Her esthetician Deborah Mitchell created this real bee venom face mask to give skin an English rose glow. It isn’t available in the U.S. yet but now you know how to get your hands on a jar!
3. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish #559 Frenzy ($29.99) – Of the three shades in Chanel’s ever-anticipated fall nail trio, Frenzy is my favorite. A hybrid of last season’s nudes and the ongoing griege trend, it’s a pale, elegant gray I can get behind without the risk of looking like a corpse.
4. Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream ($41.95) – Most BB creams are made for girls with oily skin, of which I am not one. I don’t want mattifying, I want dewifying. So it was with skepticism that I listened to a facialist rave about this new beauty balm. Then I tried it. Result: totally glow-y skin that stayed that way all day. The secret is in a sheer yet waterproof finish, and the bonus is SPF 25.
5. Weleda Arnica Massage Oil ($17.78) – Winter’s around the corner and with it a chill that won’t leave my Midwestern body until spring. When I can’t get to the sauna or spa I’ll be reaching for my massage therapist’s go-to treatment for tired, achy muscles. The organic arnica flower extract has a warming affect that’s so soothing—and smells so much better than Bengay!
6. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb ($87.50) – The older I get, the pickier I become about fragrance. My husband is even pickier. But when I brought a sample of this woodsy, sporty, very masculine scent home we both agreed: It’s the bomb.
7. Benefit Porefessional ($31.49) – So much more than a pore minimizer, and so much better than the primers that promise big things but don’t deliver. Apply under makeup for instantly smoother, magically more flawless skin. Pores disappear, lines blur, and you may not even need that makeup after all . . .
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