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Six Awesome Beauty Finds

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1. Eve Lom Muslin Beauty Cloths ($22).  Recently, I watched a video about a “miracle” face cleanser from Eve Lom that is supposed to decongest and detoxify skin.  While I’m not ready to pay $80 for soap, I was intrigued by the way Eve Lom used the muslin cloths to steam and cleanse the skin.

After removing my makeup, I apply my Peter Thomas Roth face wash and lay a hot-water-soaked muslin cloth over my face.  The steam really opens up my pores for thorough cleansing, while the cloth does a remarkable job of gently, but thoroughly removing whatever makeup and dirt is left behind.  If you’d like to try using a muslin cloth to wash your face, you can spend $22 for the Eve Lom cloths, or pick up eight facial muslin cloths from Amazon for $10.

2. Napoleon Perdis Enhancer ($22).  A little highlighting goes a long way.  Just apply this enhancing stick along the brow bone, in the inner corners of the eye and along the lower lash line to brighten up tired eyes.  You can also apply it on your lips underneath your lipstick to really make the color pop.  And unlike my previous favorite highlighter from Anastasia, this one is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to nourish skin.

3. Stila Smudge Pots ($20). When I skip the full face of makeup for some tinted moisturizer and a bit of mascara, I like to give my eyes some added oomph with this awesome shimmery shadow from Stila.  It’s easy to apply, comes in lots of lovely colors and works as an eyeliner and shadow in one.  Need a drugstore alternative? Try Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded.

4. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($5). I’ve mentioned this product before, but it’s so awesome it deserves multiple shout-outs.  This top coat resists chipping, gives a glossy finish and when it says fast dry, it means fast.  I painted my nails at 10:30PM one night and was amazed when five minutes later, I was crawling into bed with completely dry fingernails.  No smudges here.

5. Illamasqua Complement Palette ($47).  This palette has a great selection of richly pigmented shadows that look amazing alone or when used to create an amazing smoky eye.  The dark color (Queen of the Night) also looks great as an eyeliner when you apply it with a thin angle brush.

6. Bliss Grapefruit + Aloe Body Butter ($29).  I’m a Kiehl’s Creme de Corps addict, but since my Mother turned me onto this rich lotion with a great citrus scent, I’ve been thinking about switching.  The fragrance is wonderful, and this is coming from a woman who doesn’t like scented things.  Also, the lotion moisturizes all day and doesn’t feel greasy.



  1. Cynthia W says:

    Has anybody tried Nerium face cream? A neighbor has recently started selling it and the testimonials look good, but I don’t know that I can justify $80 a month for face cream. And that’s if you subscribe – otherwise, they want $110.

    September 17, 2013/Reply
  2. Anna says:

    Not sure about the grapefruit and aloe scent, but Nordstrom Rack often has the lemon and sage bliss body butter on sale. I always stock up when they do. The last time I got some it was $17 for the jumbo size.

    September 17, 2013/Reply
  3. Nicole says:

    The Eve Lom cleanser is worth a try!! Got a sample in my birchbox and was hooked!

    September 17, 2013/Reply
  4. Alana says:

    Are you not all about the Clairsonic anymore? Or do you do the Clairsonic and the muslin cloths?

    September 17, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I slowed my Clarisonic use to two or three times per week on the advice of my derm.

      September 17, 2013/Reply
  5. Emily says:

    One trick for Seche Vite to make your manicures last. Wait 15 minutes after your last coat of polish, then apply the Seche Vite. Your manicure will last another 3-4 days since the polish will have hardened before the top coat went on. Especially if the polish is 3-free (OPI and Essie are), as they tend to take longer to dry than other polishes (which Seche Vite isn’t).

    September 17, 2013/Reply
  6. Erica says:

    Perfect timing – I’m in need of a new top coat! Thanks for the tip!

    September 17, 2013/Reply
  7. MM says:

    Bliss also makes a “Naked” (non scented) body butter that may be worth checking out if you want something without the fragrance. I recently found some at TJ Maxx ($17 for the huge bottle) I’m also a fan of the lemon/sage and the blood orange/white pepper from Bliss.

    September 17, 2013/Reply
  8. Stephanie says:

    Seche Vite is my favorite top coat too! That stuff is miraculous.

    September 18, 2013/Reply
  9. Andrea says:

    Try Liz Earle cleanser with muslin cloths- my favorite!

    September 18, 2013/Reply