1. The Body Shop Tea Tree and Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Masks ($2.50) // 2. Clinique CC Cream ($35) // 3. Burt’s Bees Mini-Salve ($2.49) // 4. The Honest Co. Sweet Orange and Vanilla Shampoo and Body Wash ($10) // 5. Nars High Seize Multiple ($39) // 6. Trina Pencil Makeup Case ($12) // 7. Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster ($45) // 8. Boots No. 7 Precise Liquid Liner ($9)
One. I discovered these little masks at Ulta before the holidays, and I love them. The Body Shop makes several formulations. The two above are an acne treatment with tea tree oil and a vitamin-C microdermabrasion mask for treatment and exfoliation. They also make clay and seaweed mask for oil control and a vitamin-E mask to restore moisture. These masks are a great way to treat skin without stressing it out with harsh scrubs or potent chemicals.
Two. The cold, windy weather has been murder on my skin. To give it a bit of moisture, I switched from my usual foundation to this CC cream. It helps alleviate dryness, sallowness and redness. The perfect choice for that blah winter skin. Need a cheaper alternative? I’ve heard good things about this Almay CC Cream and this Avon Flawless CC Cream.
Three. After walking around outside, I develop dry patches on my face and hands. I keep this Burt’s Bees salve in my purse so I can tap a little onto the dry spots. It relieves split cuticles, rough patches on my elbows and heels and that thin, sensitive skin under the nose. It’s a bit of a cold weather miracle.
Four. I’ve been slowly weeding out the parabens and sulfates in my medicine cabinet. To that end, I decided to try this shampoo and body wash from The Honest Co. I love the smell and the silky texture. It’s great as a body wash, but I’m not thrilled about it as a shampoo. I have fine hair and it weighed it down a bit. Next time, I’m going to try this RenPure Organic Shampoo.
Five. I bought this Nars stick after seeing it on the Makeup & Beauty blog. I love the rosy-golden shimmer. Many women avoid creamy color sticks because they don’t know how to apply them. I learned how to apply creamy blushes using this video from Birchbox. (Hint: You’re supposed to use a brush.)
Six. Need a makeup bag to carry in your purse? Maybe something to hold your lipstick collection? I own several Trina bags and they’re my favorite. You can’t do better for the price. I like this black and white bag with a hint of neon, but you might prefer this set in leopard or this one with a mint inner lining. I bought this set of three pouches, they’re perfect for everything and a great price.
Seven. I added a vitamin-C serum to my makeup routine a few years ago. While I like Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, the gel-like consistency isn’t my favorite. This Resist serum is a liquid that is packed full with active ingredients. I love it for ameliorating the effect of acne scarring and sun exposure. Just don’t forget to wear your facial sunscreen because sun exposure and vitamin-C serums don’t work.
Eight. I wanted to try an eyeliner in a color besides brown, grey, purple or black. After searching around, I settled on this navy-colored No.7 liquid liner. It’s a great buy for the price and the color is really vivid. I also like the shorter brush, but the staying power could be improved. I also liked the Maybelline Eye Studio liner in emerald-green.
Did you have any beauty buys this month that you would recommend? Any we should stay away from?