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Girly’s Product Review: Most Loved Now

I have a secret to share with you. No, well it’s not a secret in the slightest, but here it is: I love product testing.

It is my favorite perk of the job. I have a weakness for pretty packaging; I’m a sucker for curling fonts and shiny bottles. Last week I found a vintage pump perfume bottle and almost couldn’t convince myself to walk away!

That said, this feels like the perfect time to review the products I am loving most right now. The ones I use every day (or every day I need to); the ones I recommend to my favorite people. Like you!

Moisturizers:

Lexli Aloe-Based Moisture Intensifier Serum. Firstly, let’s talk about the scent. Oh my love. This citrus-y little wonder smells fabulous. One little dollop will moisturize the entire face and leave you feeling refreshed, bright, and energized. I apply Lexli before anything else.

Lily.B 24/7 Defense Daily Moisturizer. I worried at first that this would be a thick and heavy cream, but I slathered it on and found that it felt light and smooth once applied. After feeling how soft and silky it makes my skin I am in love! I now use it daily. And I leave it on the counter; I love the cute bottle.

Clean Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream. I keep this in my purse and it is just wonderful! Somehow I managed to procure a 1oz tube--I love the portability of it. My hands stay both clean and moisturized while I’m out and about. This is a great cuticle moisturizer, fyi, so bonus #1: manicures look better longer; Bonus #2: no more fear of touching shopping cart handles for me!

Cleansers:

Sephora.com, Inc.

Fab Pore™ Hot Cloth Cleanser: Love this lovely little wonder of a cleanser! It cleans. It smooths. It positively melts away makeup. It also comes with a muslin cloth to gently cleanse and exfoliate skin. One of the best products to cross the Pond in ages!

Kumani Shea Drench Hydrating Cleanser w/Micro Beads: A rich, refreshing cleanser for all skin types. Love the little microbeads that burst with rich moisture to revitalize your dry tired skin. Use on face, neck and chest.

Kumani Daily Dose Balancing Toner for all skin types: A great follow-up to the Kumani Shea Drench cleanser. Contains aloe, echinacea and chamomile leaf extracts which sooth and tone the skin.

Makeup:

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash. I have a particular weakness for mascara. What Hubby calls “an overwhelming need to try every mascara in the world, even if it makes you late for a date night I spent 2 weeks planning.” I’ll have you know my eyes looked AMAZING on that date, and I was only 10 minutes late. Also, he could not possibly have spent 2 weeks planning dinner and a movie. Anyway, I love Buxom Lash as a lower lash mascara. The fat brush makes it easy to separate my lashes without thickening them too much or leaving lumps and/or flakes. I prefer a combination of 2 different mascaras for my upper lashes, but that’s another conversation altogether.

Too Faced Naked Eye Soft and Sexy Eye Shadow Collection. This is my everyday go-to shadow collection. I love having one box with Day, Classic and Fashion palettes to work with. Easy to throw into a weekend bag, knowing I’ll be covered for whatever the weekend brings. Just the right amount of subtle shimmer.

Too Faced Primed and Poreless. My favorite face powder, hands down. Primed and Poreless is lightweight and absorbent. The fine powder covers up shine and leaves my skin soft and smooth.

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster. My preferred shade is Adored, but I’ve got my eye on Frisky for a summertime switch-up! LipSurgence is an awesome product. It’s like a moisturizing balm and lightweight lipstick in one. Non-sticky with a touch of peppermint and sparkle. Absolute favorite.

Too Faced Leopard Love Complexion Perfection Kit. I use this little set every day. In a pinch, I can even use select colors as eyeshadow. With a slim little case and built-in mirror, I can take it anywhere and keep my makeup fresh and clean.

Hair:

Clean Original Dry Shampoo. This stuff is perfect in a pinch. It has allowed me to look somewhat pulled-together on mornings when I’m short on time. Smells fresh, absorbs quickly and gets rid of the greasy-grossy. Tip: rub a small amount on your fingertips, then apply where needed on your hair. Those with darker hair will avoid the possible powdery finish from too much product.

Smooth ‘N Shine Olive & Tea Tree RevivOil Treatment Oil She She Me has been swearing by this product for a while, but I’d been waiting to finish off the serum I’d already purchased. I shouldn’t have waited — this product is fabulous. Non-oily, lightweight, and leaves hair shiny and frizz-free.

It’s incredibly difficult to choose favorites with so many fab products floating around. These are my current go-tos, but as I adopt newbies into my top 10 you better believe I’ll share. For now, let’s hear it for the reigning champs!

xoxo

Girly

Have a product you want us to try out? Let us know!


 


She She Me & Girly's Favorite Things


Say Buh-Bye to the Wrinkly Eye
Zelens Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream

Zelens Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream is a state-of-the-art cream designed specifically for the delicate skin around the eyes that helps diminish wrinkles and reduce puffiness and dark circles with instant and long-term effects. An innovative mix of potent active ingredients, it includes a host of scientifically advanced peptides, including SNAP-8®, an effective alternative to Botulinum toxin that helps drastically reduce wrinkles, and Eyeseryl®, which demonstrates proven efficacy in reducing puffiness. Antioxidants and plant extracts are also included in the innovative formulation, which boasts an exclusive hyaluronic moisturizing base enriched with marine collagen. $120 at Space NK.


Pro+Therapy MD Ultimate Lift +
Correcting Eye Cream

Pro+Therapy MD Ultimate Lift + Correcting Eye Cream

This exclusive formula features elastin-strengthening technology to visibly transform the delicate eye contour for a resilient, more youthful look. Combined with Intensyl®, it produces a rapid firming effect in 30 minutes that lasts up to four hours. Provides unprecedented levels of the Kinetin-Zeatin Complex through the Prosome Delivery System to improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.

 


British Beauty Invasion!

As seen in a recent New York Times article, British Invasion is once again sweeping the U.S., but this time it isn’t rock-and-roll and The Beatles. With Americans lusting after the Downton Abby TV series and Kate Middleton’s style, you're going to want to check out Soap & Glory: Soap & Glory has been supporting the Clean of England since 2006, when founder – suds-loving serial entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore (who kicked off her career as a celebrity facialist and started up that big spa Bliss) – used her cosmetic chemistry savvy to introduce fun, fearless, and fantastically formulated bath, beauty, and body products to the British. Within weeks of launch, the word – and the gloss – on everybody's lips was Sexy Mother Pucker™ (Soap & Glory's now iconic super-plumper). Then one better: The Righteous Butter™ Body Butter was voted Britain's Best Body Butter. The bar was set, and everything that followed was brilliant. Soap & Glory recommends applying products with happiness and abandon, because while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn't matter absolutely. www.sephora.com

Check out two of my faves from Soap & Glory

Fab Pore™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

What it is:
A natural cream with a muslin cloth for cleansing, polishing, and smoothing the skin.

What it is formulated to do:
It cleans. It smooths. It melts away makeup. This product's three-in-one concentrated formula purifies skin deeply with a natural blend of revitalizing and aromatic essential oils for an all round Fab Pore™ complexion.

What else you need to know:
Apply this cleanser and gently exfoliate skin with the included muslin cloth. Ideal for all skin types, especially those seeking natural alternatives for their skincare routine.

Make Yourself Youthful™ Eye Cream

What it is:
A lightweight antiaging serum with the newest high-tech surface perfecting and energizing ingredients.

What it is formulated to do:
This amazing, award-winning antiaging serum includes collagen-boosting pentapeptides, the proven wrinkle-smoother Deliner™, and a secret, circulation stimulating organic Oxygen Complex. Together, these super-regenerating ingredients help energize tired skin, smooth surface imperfections, refine pores, recalibrate uneven skintone, brighten, tone, and tighten. It also acts as a light-to-medium nightly moisturizer.

What else you need to know:
Normal to oily skins can use alone as a superactive anti-aging moisturizer. Drier complexions may need to layer. This product will work under any other moisture cream. In its home-country, the U.K., it's won awards for 'bang-for-your-buck' efficacy.

 


Help Heal Dry Skin with Aquaphor!

Now that American Reunion is in theatres, we’re excited to share a skincare tip from real-life and on-screen mom, Alyson Hannigan!

What’s her secret remedy for diaper rash? In the movie, Michelle (played by Hannigan) uses Aquaphor Healing Ointment on her son Evan’s bum to help heal the rash!

Michelle and Hannigan know – like many other moms – that Aquaphor is a miracle healer great for many skin ailments ranging from diaper rash to helping protect and heal dry, cracked or irritated skin all of the body.

Enjoy this great real-mom tip from one of Hollywood’s favorite moms!


Give Your Hair Shiny New Life
With Smooth 'N Shine!

Smooth ‘N Shine Olive & Tea Tree RevivOil Treatment Oilis a weightless treatment oil that penetrates hair to protect and stimulate as it locks in moisture. It’s instantly absorbed by hair to strengthen, smooth and tame strands. With a non-greasy, non-heavy feeling, this oil provides lightweight care with the perfect balance of olive and tea tree oils, and helps to fight frizz.
Smooth ‘N Shine Keratin Power Semi-Permanent Hair Tamer is a gentler and more manageable approach to taming your curls and frizz than traditional relaxers. It includes the breakthrough Keratin 4 + Aloe protein smoothing chemistry, which contains real keratin proteins and offers hair a smoother, straighter texture with up to 5x less damage than relaxers!

 


Beauty Care That Puts the Caring First
Kumani Essentials

Kumani is an exquisite line of hair, face and body care products made from meticulously sourced, Fair Trade Certified™ Shea Butter. Created by women, to help empower women, Kumani uses only 100% natural, organic Shea Butter, harvested and manufactured in West Africa in accordance with the strictest fair trade practices.

Our traditional methods of making Shea Butter also maximizes its proven anti-aging, moisturizing and healing qualities. Other naturally nourishing ingredients like White Tea, Baobab Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe and Moroccan Argan Oil, are added to our unique formulas to complement and enhance the benefits of our Shea Butter.

I recently received three fabulous products from Kumani Essentials that I would love to share with you!

Kumani Shea Drench Hydrating Cleanser w/Micro Beads
This rich, refreshing cleanser for all skin types contains fast-absorbing micro beads to renew 
and revitalize dry, aging or tired skin on face, neck and chest, while skin receives the rich,
nourishing benefits of Shea Butter and Aloe. For best results immediately follow with
Kumani Daily Dose Balancing Tonic and your favorite Kumani moisturizer or anti-aging cream.
Kumani Daily Dose Balancing Tonic for all skin types  
 
Aloe, Echinacea and Chamomile Leaf Extracts give this soothing toner its gentle effectiveness, as it 
removes impurities from eyes and face. For best results use morning and night after cleansing with
either Kumani Shea Drench or Kumani Shea Soothe Cleansers and follow with your favorite Kumani
moisturizer or anti-aging cream.
Kumani Shea Remedy Healing Moisturizer

Our blend of Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba balances and heals problematic skin, while it soothes, tones and resolves skin irritations, rashes and blemishes. Use day and evening. For best results apply aftercleansing with Kumani Shea Soothe Healing Cleanser and toning with Kumani Daily Dose Balancing Tonic


Pantene launches new Nature Fusion Pure+Strong

This spring, don’t just clean – purify!  Introducing the Pantene Pro-V Pure & Strong line, the newest addition to the Pantene Nature Fusion Collection, available exclusively at Target.

The Formulas

The Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Pure & Strong Purifying Shampoo contains a purifying, silicone-free, dye-free and paraben-free formula that provides clean, refreshed hair and reveals hair’s natural shine.

The Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Pure & Strong Strengthening Conditioner has a dye-free and paraben-free formula that conditions to help reinforce each strand to strengthen hair against damage that leads to breakage.

The Sugarcane-Derived Packaging

If you are looking for a product that will make your beauty routine a little greener, Pantene’s got you covered.  Pantene’s Nature Fusion packaging is now made with 59%* sugarcane-derived plastic.  This material has significant environmental benefits, including less reliance on the planet’s non-renewable resources than traditional petroleum-based (HDPE) plastic. 

Sugarcane-derived plastic uses less fossil fuels and has a lower potential to cause global warming (when compared ton per ton – or gram per gram – to petroleum-based plastic).

  • Its production process uses over 70% less fossil fuels than traditional petroleum-based (HDPE) plastic
  • Its production process releases over 170% less greenhouse gases than traditional petroleum-based (HDPE) plastic

Pantene Nature Fusion, which combines the best of Pro-V science with naturally derived cassia, is the first in hair care to use renewable, sugarcane-based plastic on its product packaging. 


Don't Leave Home Without these
Beach Bag Essentials

It’s that time again! Beach time!! And we’re all ready to take a dip in the sparkling blue ocean but don’t forget to bring you skin essentials with you! Here are a few Beach Bag Staples to make sure you’re ready for the sun but also take care of your skin!

Just in time for the heat waves to hit across the nation this June, Murad is launching MuraSol™ Antioxidant Defense, an advanced suncare technology that will be rolled into all Murad products containing SPF protection.

What is MuraSol Antioxidant Defense Technology?

MuraSol is a blend of powerful antioxidants featuring a unique encapsulation technology that penetrates the skin’s top layers to create a protective barrier of free radical neutralizers, providing a whole new level of environmental protection. These neutralizers release slowly over time, helping protect skin from free radical damage and creating long sustaining defense against harmful UV rays.

By providing skin with protection against both broad spectrum UV rays and free-radicals, Murad sunscreen products featuring new MuraSol technology offer a complete system to defend skin from the signs of environmental aging and help preserve a glowing, youthful complexion.

Murad Oil-Free Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ (1.7 FL OZ, $31) prevents signs of premature aging caused by environmental exposure by delivering high SPF protection and providing intense hydration with an oil-free matte finish. This lightweight, easily absorbed formula protects and restores the appearance of healthy skin

Murad Water Resistant Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ (4.3 FL OZ, $30) is a long-lasting, high SPF water resistant formula that protects skin with three active sunscreens. Pomegranate Extract enhances sun protection and prevents free radical damage. The patented Skin Repair System protects skin elasticity to maintain firmness while broad spectrum sunscreen delivers maximum UVA/UVB protection for active lifestyles

Murad Oil-Free Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ and Murad Water Resistant Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ will be available on Murad.com, Murad Inclusive Health Spa®, salons and spas June 2012 and at Sephora and Ulta July 2012.

Essential C Moisturizer SPF 15 PA ++

Why you need it: Powerful antioxidant-rich sunscreen shields and restores environmentally stressed skin

Primary Benefits: Blocks UVA/UVB rays to prevent sun and free radical damage. Improves skin’s barrier function to maintain optimal hydration

 

 



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