November 11, 2012

Chic Shopaholic: Beauty Products Discoveries

The past couple of months I've discovered some new beauty products, some I love and some not so much.

First up, hair products that I found at T.J.Maxx:
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo: When my hair is a little greasy or dirty from products and I need to style but I don't have time to wash my hair, dry shampoo is the best product ever invented for hair. It absorbs excess oil and makes the hair feel clean without using shampoo or water. To use, you simply shake the aerosol can, lift a section of hair, spray underneath at the roots then distribute the powder with your fingers or a brush. I use near the front of the hairline, especially the pieces where they frame the face, as well as on the top of the crown. While refreshing the hair, it can also add a bit of volume and body. Batiste makes the dry shampoo in many scents, the one I bought is in "Brit" scent which has the British flag design. Hard to say what Brit smells like - sort of old lady-ish? - but it is quite strong and fortunately the scent doesn't linger in my hair. The powder comes out white but once you brush it through, it disappears even on my black hair. This is not my favorite dry shampoo but for the price, it gets the job done.
  • Sebastian Professional Shaper Zero Gravity: I'm a fan of Sebastian hairsprays, having bought the Shaper Hairspray over and over again. Shaper Zero Gravity is a lightweight, brush-able light holding hairspray. You can use it as a prepping product with heat styling tools or to set the style. Shaper gives a finer mist of spray, while Zero Gravity is still light but has build-able hold. It doesn't flake on my hair or make it feel sticky with residue.
Then my mom's friend has access to getting a discount at Sephora and was kind enough to get me a couple of things when my mom met up with her for lunch.
  • Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil: Six blend of oils and two extracts to tame frizzes and add shine. It has UVA/UVB filter and protection from heat styling tools. You can also apply it after styling to finish the look, to smooth fly-aways and make it look healthy. The thin, lightweight formula doesn't make my hair feel greasy or oily, instead it makes it feel super soft and touchable.

For makeup, I've been wanting to try a Benefit They're Real! mascara from the rave reviews I've read and my sister being a fan herself. I got the World's #1 Mascara set which includes a mini travel version along with the full size. The lengthening, curling and volumizing formula doesn't claim to be waterproof but it does say it is long wearing. There are tiny bristles on the domed-shape tip of the brush that helps get the tiny inner and outer corners lashes, as well as the lower lashes. I like that the formula isn't too runny or dry and the color is very black. Although it's not waterproof, it doesn't smudge underneath my eyes or flake off and  holds a curl pretty well. If I apply a second coat though, it does start to clump a bit. It's a nice mascara but for some reason I can't say it's my favorite.

I needed to restock my skincare routine with moisturizers so I bought one from two different brands.
  • Origins Make a Difference Ultra Rich Rejuvenating Cream: For dry/very dry skin. This moisturizer hydrates and repairs deep into the skin all day. It has quite a thick texture so I like to use it as a night cream, especially under my eye/cheek area where it's most dry. It doesn't feel oily or heavy but my skin feels more supple.
  • Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel: For normal/combination skin. This moisturizes and eliminates shine from heat and humidity. Katafray Bark and Pomegranate acting as a protective shield from hot weather, pollution and the environment, it's best for skin types in tropical climates. I really like the gel texture, it feels refreshing, absorbs quickly into my skin and works well under makeup.
There was a GWP going at my Clarins counter, three sets to choose from focusing on different skin needs. I chose the brightening set which consisted of:
  • Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser with Peach Essential Water
  • Vital Light Serum
  • Vital Light Day
  • Beauty Flash Balm
  • Instant 01 Rose Shimmer Light Natural Lip Perfector
I haven't used all of it yet but if I like the products, I may purchase it and review on my blog.

Do you have new products that you think I should try out?

Glamour Girl

1 comment:

  1. Great post. I just did a piece about mascara yesterday and the benefit mascara was in my list of mascaras that I love. Like you said if you apply to much it does start to clump but other then that I adore it.


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