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LeeAnn’s Shares Her Current Wish List

November 8, 2015
I’ll never try them all. Never!  I’ve come to terms with that.

There is no way I’ll ever get to sample all the beauty products out there.  There are always a few that stand out, though. Products that do something new or are an amazing price always get my attention. As the year is closing, here’s my Wish List of products that made their appearance this year that I’d like to try, along with a summary of their reviews.

1. Ciate Kiss Play and Stay ($14)
What is it?  It’s a clear lipstick seal that is meant to keep lipstick from smudging or smearing throughout the day.
What do the reviews say?  It works for most of the day according to the reviews. The sealer comes off easily and application is simple. Reapplication of lipstick over the sealer wasn’t necessary, but could be weird according to some.
2. Tom Ford Extreme Mascara ($45)
What is it?  A mascara promising a great many things such as lash filling powder to keep clumps and caking at bay.
What do the reviews say? Most of the reviewers like the mascara and says it does prevent clumps and caking but that other mascaras make their lashes look longer than this one does. It does stay in place with no smudging through out the day.
3. Dr. Dennis Gross Color Smart Cleanser ($28)
What is it?  This cleanser changes colors as you use it to show where you have cleansed properly and where you need to pay more attention.
What do the reviews say? Reviews were mixed. Those who loved it, could not say enough good things. Claims include that visible skin improvement was noticeable after only a few days.  Others claim this is great for combination and normal to dry skin. Some reviewers complained about mess during use and a film left on skin for oily skin.
4. Murad Rapid Collegen Infusion for Lips ($24)
What is it?  In short, this is a thin clear gel to plump lips for a fuller appearance and reduce signs of aging like wrinkles and creasing.
What do the reviews say? I found nothing but praise for this product. Reviews include praise for being a wonderful base for lipstick, having a pleasant feel because some plumping lipsticks have a tingly feel, and fewer lines in lips after the first use.
5. Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment ($45)
What is it?  This is a no rinse “system” that cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions the skin.
What do the reviews say?  Reviewers, who love Perricone MD, said they like current products by the company better. Besides some odd ingredients like salmon egg enzyme, it just didn’t do everything. It cleansed well but most reviewers felt the need to still moisturize after.
6. Glam Glow Super Cleanse Mud to Foam Daily Cleanser ($39)
What is it?  A cleanser that switches from Glamglow’s famous mud to foam.
What do the reviews say?  Reviewers really liked this product.  It cleans all traces of makeup and leaves a clean feeling. Some thought it was best to use it only once a day. Others said they used it twice. All agreed it was a good cleanser.
7. Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58)
What is it?  This is an eyeshadow palette with five seamless colors to easily blend.
What do the reviews say?  There is a lot of chatter around this product with all of it being amazing. Everyone agrees that the color options are vast, the color when applied is beautiful, and it stays put all day. It’s easy to blend the colors for a unique look.
8. Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfollient ($16)
What is it?  This is a tin of exfollient balm especially for lips. It was meant to be applied to lips, wiped off, and lipstick applied normally.
What do the reviews say? Love love love all around for this product. Reviewers claim lipstick application is easier after use of the exfollient. Also, this exfollient is supposed to moisturize lips well.
9. 100% Pure Product Line (prices vary per product)
What is it?  This is a complete line of makeup, hair, face, body, and nail products. There is even a line of baby products.   The makeup is a natural fruit pigmented line. The products are vegan and cruelty free.
What do the reviews say?  Reviews claim this is a gentle product line. It’s easy on skin. The natural pigments do not last as long as some products, but overall the reviewers like this brand.
10. Redken Metal Fix ($28)
What is it? This is a pomade that comes in either silver or gold to add special highlights on a semi-permanent basis.
What do the reviews say? Mad love abounds for this product. The word is that application is simple and are able to control how many highlights are added. It’s called the next trend in hair color.


Photo Credit: Fons Heijnsbroek

Skin care

Say My Skin is Good… Please

June 5, 2015

I am obsessed with good skin. I’m not proud. I’m also not ashamed.

My children have had skin care routines since they were in early elementary school. If I forget to take my makeup off (a rare thing indeed) before bed and wake up in the middle of the night, I’ll get up and take it off then. Shallow and vain though it is, one of the best compliments anyone could give me is that I have good skin.

People have asked me through the years what products I use, and while I think products matter, I also think using the products matters more. Just the simple dedication to taking care of your skin is more important than periodically putting something expensive on your skin.

That said, if you can afford any skin care system, the Murad brand is amazing. And there is a line within the brand for everyone.

Both of my kids use cleansers from LUSH. My teenage son uses the Dark Angels cleaner, while my middle school-age daughter uses the Fresh Farmacy cleanser. All of the LUSH products are made with fresh, mostly organic ingredients and are free of preservatives. It’s a good starting point for tender skin. They both also use a tea tree oil spot treatment from The Body Shop.

My personal skin care routine starts with a morning exfoliation with the Let the Good Times Roll cleanser by LUSH. I scrub my face with this in the shower each morning, and it leaves my skin freshly exfoliated but also silky smooth. LUSH is leading the way in using natural exfoliants and not beads (#banthebead).

Always, always follow with a sunscreen. Admittedly, I love the Murad brand, but I’m longing to try the new one from Tarte. I have a few samples to try here soon. The basics are that you really just need an SPF 15 or so because most foundations also have an SPF included.

At night, I use a gentle cleanser by Neutrogena Naturals. Because my skin is dry, I never use a foaming cleaner. Foaming equal drying.  Mary Kay makes the best eye makeup remover ever. If you don’t already know a Mary Kay rep, ask around and find one, if only for this product. I follow with a deep moisture cream and then an eye cream. I also use an anti-aging cream every other night in place of the night cream. Because I believe (whether rightly or not) that lines are formulated to work together, I use all Neutrogena products. If I switched lines, I would switch the entire line.

And I try really hard to do everything to my hands and chest that I do to my face – sunscreen, treatments, moisture creams. I hate more than anything that some days I look at my hands and think they look like old lady hands. The best night cream for hands I’ve ever found is another LUSH product – lemony flutter. It smells like lemon cream pie, and it is smooth and luscious. My favorite hand cream to carry in my handbag is by Tokyo Milk. It has the richest scents that stay with you long after you apply the cream, and for a thick cream, it absorbs quickly and isn’t sticky.

I do a face mask here and there, and I haven’t even touched upon lip balms and body lotions. Another time. For now, this is my skin care routine.

At the very least, on a lazy, sleepy or sick night, grab a pre-done makeup remover wipe. Do something. Do a 40s ReStyle on that skin.


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