Beauty Classics

11 Jul

Top 5 Brands from my library of tried and true products I reach for again and again…

5. L’Oreal is the largest beauty empire in the world, with more than 500 brands under its corporate umbrella. From drug store makeup to department store luxury, L’Oreal offers it all. Though I don’t use many of their products, they made the list because of their Sublime Bronze Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist. In my search for the perfect safe-sun tan, I stumbled upon the L’Oreal product at a Walgreens. Though I was initially resistant to its charms, with its suspicious orange can and seven dollar price tag, I was eventually wooed by the beautiful result. It works similarly to St. Tropez’s mist offering, but for a third of the price! I misted on exfoliated, moisturized skin and the effect was natural, glowing, tan skin.

Honey Coconut Hand Creme

4. Love and Toast With the motto, “Pretty is as Pretty Does”, I feel good about my purchases with this philanthropic company. A portion of every sale is donated to Regional Affiliates of Girls Inc. I discovered their Honey Coconut hand crème at a privately owned boutique in California, but their website offers a full selection of their yummy smelling crèmes and potions. Honey Coconut hand crème is the perfect level of hydration with macadamia, olive fruit, and Shea butter and smells like heaven! Its sugared vanilla scent has hints of violet and sandalwood and is an alluring blend of the beach and fresh-baked cupcakes.

3. Aveda The first beauty company to manufacture entirely with wind energy, Aveda is the greenest professional hair and skin brand around. With on average 98% plant derived ingredients, their products are both nutritious for skin and hair as well as good for the earth. In my personal effort to minimize my carbon footprint, I visit my local Aveda store for just about all my hair product needs including a fairly recent find Invati Thickening Conditioner. Designed for people with thinning hair, it thickens each hair strand and prevents breakage. I don’t have thinning hair, but a girl could always use some thickening. It leaves my hair shiny, bouncy and full of volume. And there is just nothing like Aveda’s unique pure flower aromas.

Good to Go

2. Essie Beginning in 1981, Essie has been a forceful presence in the nail world. In fact, Queen Elizabeth won’t wear anything other than their iconic shade Ballet Slippers. An award-winning and editorial favorite, Essie offers a rainbow of glossy nail colors. Though they did not make #1 on the list, Essie’s Good to Go top coat is hands down my single favorite beauty product of all time. It dries to a tough, chip-resistant, glossy finish in about a minute and gives the illusion of a gel manicure for under ten dollars a bottle.

M.A.C Cosmetics

1. M.A.C, or Make-Up Art Cosmetics, is a widely known source for all things beauty. With over one hundred colors for eyes, lips, and cheeks at any given time, they have what you need, trust me. Though well-known, it can be overwhelming to gaze upon the kaleidoscope of colors and products at any given M.A.C store or counter. They did not make number one on my list simply for their products, but for their artists. The artists are highly skilled and paid to show you techniques and products that will help you achieve your desired look. Whether it be the perfect nude lip, winged liner, or a whole new look, ask for help or make an appointment. Unless you are an artist yourself, it is the only way to successfully navigate the veritable labyrinth of products you will encounter. Plus, it’s fun! On my last visit, I received a full application and was overjoyed that not only was I certain I had the right colors, but I knew how to apply them.

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2 Responses to “Beauty Classics”

  1. Shayla July 11, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Great tips!!! Love that Essie!

  2. Desiree Wauters July 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Brilliant words about all my fave stuff too!!

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