Well that was a long list wasn’t it?!! There were just too many great discoveries in 2012. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!
What were some of your favorites you discovered in 2012?
Mint Julep Masque is the original natural home treatment developed by a dermatologist that helps dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads and shrink enlarged pores. Simply apply Mint Julep Masque to your clean face and neck. Within minutes it firms and hardens, drawing out impurities from your pores. After the masque is removed, your skin will feel clean, refreshed and smooth.
Not only is this masque amazing but it is SUPER affordable! I purchased mine at Walgreen’s for around $3 and the bottle lasts forever. I apply this to my face once a week and it helps to treat current breakouts as well as cut down on blackheads. The only downside is that the green masque is a bit stereotypical, i.e. it’s gives you the look of the mom on sitcoms that would scare little kids away. My hubby seems to put up with it though so I guess it isn’t that scary 😉
Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Body Scrub
Delight your senses as you smooth your skin with the fresh, botanical combination of coconut and lime. The sugar grains will softly smooth away excess dry skin while Shea and Coconut Oil replenish moisture to your skin.
Since I switched to the non-tanning bed lifestyle last summer I knew I had to find a great scrub for exfoliation. I picked this one up at my local Wal-Mart because I liked the smell (so summery!) and because it was fairly inexpensive. I use the scrub once a week and am always amazed afterward how soft my skin feels.
So what are your beauty rituals? Do you have a product you use weekly or something you swear by?
Let me know in the comments below! I love finding great new products 🙂
I decided to just do a random mash up of the drugstore favorites I’ve come to depend on. As my mom, sisters and myself have often discussed, there are certain things you will pay extra for (i.e. MAC concealer is my must) and other things from the drugstore that will do the job. So today I’m going to give a brief overview of a few of my current drugstore staples that I absolutely love.
That being said, Maybelline’s “The Falsies” is my go to mascara when I am going for a dramatic look. I really think a lot of this comes down to the formula of the mascara and more importantly the “spoon brush.” The product is a little wet so I have to make sure to let it dry (and not sneeze after I’ve applied it, haha!) but it really gives me that full, dramatic lash look I want for a night on the town! I should say, it is not the same as actually wearing false lashes (as the add campaign will have you believe) but the spoon design of the brush really gives me the ability to apply multiple, thickening coats that build up to my ideal finish. Love this stuff!!!
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When I first tried this shade I was pleased to see I could apply a sheer coat or easily amp up the color & add lip liner for a classic red lip. The color is strong and the feel is incredibly moisturizing with a shiny finish. I want to be able to rub my lips together and without stickiness or a rough feeling. I was so pleasantly surprised by the overall look and feel and even more thrilled when I checked the color after my typical breakfast and some time had elapsed. The color had faded a bit but I still had a strong wash of red on my lips. I applied another swipe of the product and was easily back to square one. Perfection! A++
I had a really hard time trying to decide what pink shade was the best shade to try. Pink truffle wasn’t exactly what I wanted and other shades in the line were too pink for my coloring. I tend to look better in coral pinks because I have naturally red/auburn hair and add highlights (trust me, it’s unique and can be tough to work with!). I tend to break many style rules for redheads but pink color on or around my face is very tricky. I decided to give strawberry shortcake a try and am pleased to say the feel was just as fantastic as the others that I loved. In the dead of winter right now it isn’t quite right but I know that come summer when I work on my tan it will be perfect. Gotta love a good pink lip! Also, if you are someone who loves different shades of pink they have a ton of others in the line that you will love including a hot, hot pink and a cool pink as well. Lots of pink options, really!