I know I skipped last week, but things have been a little, um, busy. But, anyway, here are the Top 10 beauty products for the week!
#10: HiP high intensity pigments™ from L'Oréal Paris
HiP is a new line from L'Oréal Paris and it is amazinggggg! Brighten up your look with their colorfuls products, all in a wide palette of bold, rich colors! Just make sure to focus on only ONE part of your face at a time to avoid looking trashy. And go light. (**HOWEVER**, stay away from the lip colors: L'Oréal Paris is among one of the top brands that tested highest for lead in their lipstick!) Each product comes with a brush to apply it (if needed), so you won't be tearing apart your makeup storage case looking for one to finish the job. Which brings us to #9...
#9: Monave brushes
Monave is an online retailer of all-natural, almost completely vegan beauty products. Sure, they don't sell the cheapest cosmetics around, but if you're looking for high-quality stuff that is all-natural, then you've come to the right place. Besides makeup products, Monave also makes brushes. They are cruelty-free, and all are synthetic, with the exemption of their shadow and kabuki brushes, which they are working on getting manufactured with synthetic bristles. You can be assured that Monave makes their brushes to reflect the high quality of their makeup. As Monave describes it, "We are totally in love with these brushes. They are super soft, apply the makeup beautifully, and never shed. No nasty dyes to wash out first, no worries about how the animals are really treated, just beautifully crafted, silky soft cosmetic brushes."
#8: Cuticle Cream
It's almost beach season, and that means that new manis and pedis can be found left and right -- all you have to do is step outside. You're going to want to take care of your nails this summer, and Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is perfect for softening cuticles and fortifying nails. Seriously, this stuff works amazingly and smells great!
#7: Citré Shine Fresh Fusion Shine Miracle Anti-Frizz Serum
I lovveee Citré Shine products. This particular one is available at CVS. Why do you need it? For the summer, of course. Your hair will get thirsty, and it's up to you to keep it hydrated! Work a small amount of this miracle serum through your hair daily, and it will keep your locks lustrous, healthy, and frizz-free!
#6: Candy Paint Lip Gloss
Want awesome lip color? Candy Paint lip glosses from Carol's Daughter deliver color, moisture, protection, therapy, flavor (a "hint of peppermint"), and shine all in one small, all-natural (here we go again...) tube. What's not to love? Plus, there are twelve juicy shades to choose from!
#5: Daisy Eau de Toilette by Marc Jacobs
This sweet, innocent fragrance has been flying off Sephora shelves! A light, whimsical, and fresh scent is perfect for the summer and has a carefree spirit. And Marc Jacobs is offering up so many options -- sprays, solid perfumes, body butter, body lotion, and shower gel, so you're sure to get your Daisy fix!
#4: Bourjois Paris Coup de Theatre Mascara
I wear this mascara on a daily basis. It does not clump and makes your lashes so long and pretty, without weighing them down with huge amounts of makeup. It looks natural and it's GORGEOUS! Trust me, it's well worth you're $18. If you haven't tried it, go to Sephora.com now and order some!
#3: Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15
This lip gloss is another beauty product I always have with me. You know how every company who makes lip gloss says theirs lasts "6 hours!" "10 hours!" "12 hours!" Yeah, right. As soon as you take a sip of water, it's gone. Well, not this stuff. According to Clinique, it lasts 8 hours. I'm not so sure about that, but this gloss does LAST. Plus, it moisturizes your lips in the process, and protects them if you're out for a day at the beach.
#2: Sun Shades™ After Sun Hydrogel E
Even if you don't have sunburn, this product is a great way to soothe and replenish your skin after you've been baking. With extracts from aloe and algae, your dry and irritated skin will feel moisturized and nourished after applying this gel! And if you do have some horrible, burning sunburn, use this product to keep the redness down. It's a must-have for your beach tote, along with the #1 pick of the week...
Take my advice and protect your skin this summer. Don't worry, you'll still get that tan you've been wanting, but if you don't protect your skin, you very well could suffer some serious consequences in the future (skin cancer! premature aging!). I used to be one of those skeptics too. I thought it took too long to apply. Or I wouldn't re-apply it every few hours. But now I'm completely for sunscreen. If you are going out in the sun, take 5 extra minutes and apply sunscreen! Click HERE for an article with 9 great sunscreens and more info! Want more product recommendations? Click HERE or HERE. Above is La Roche Posay's Anthelios sunscreen.
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