March 1, 2011

February Beauty Favorites

It's already way into March but thanks to my internet service provider, I didn't have connection for a couple of weeks, hence the late post. But these products are so great, that it's better late to see them than never.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum...After a little breakout last month, I was left with some hyperpigmented spots. Using this product twice a day has been awesome at fading those marks, while brightening and evening out my skin tone overall. It also leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth. Caudalie uses naturally anti-oxidant rich ingredients and this serum is oil-free, so it's not irritating. It's supposedly non-photosensitizing too, which means you could theoretically use it without SPF on top. Nevertheless, I always wear SPF any way and I recommend everyone else does too! At $79, it's definitely seems pricey, but lasts a long time as you only have to use it sparingly. Living Proof Full Thickening Cream...For me, this hair thickening cream is like a salon in a bottle! I simply work a nickel size amount in my palms and then apply to my hair, paying special attention to the areas by the roots. Then I use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the product evenly throughout. When I have some time to do a little something-something, I'll also blow dry my hair after spritzing on some heat protectant spray and it adds lots of bounce and shine to my otherwise limp locks. Almay One Coat Tripple Effect Mascara...I strayed away from this mascara for a while but this really is HG status! Besides lengthening, thickening and curling lashes all-in-one swipe, it conditions them with aloe vera and vitamin B5. My eyelashes should be thanking me now! I've noticed that in just a few weeks, my lashes look and feel healthier. I like to use the color Blackest Black for drama.
Urban Decay Naked Palette...This palette has hands-down saved me from laziness this past month. I just haven't had the interest in scavenging through my makeup kit. The Naked Palette has enough shades to mix it up every now and then but is still safe enough so that I don't have to think to much when I'm combining colors. Love, love, love the combo of Toasted, Hustle, Darkhorse and Sin for a plum-brown smokey eye.

Bio-Oil...After I somehow unknowingly scratched myself weeks ago, I was left with a 1.5" scar on my right hand. I thought it would go away on its own, but after a week, I realized it was probably here to stay. Applying bio-oil 2-3 times a day has dramatically reduced its appearance and I'm hoping it will go away within a couple of months with continued use. I haven't tried the oil on stretch marks or anything, but I suppose it'll have similar effects on other superficial scars and marks if you apply it religiously. Oh! And it smells SO GOOD. But that's just me.