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01/23/2015 09:15AM ● Published by Melissa Gulden

A Few of our Favorite Things

February 2015
By Melissa Gulden

I don't know about any of you, but I have a serious beauty product addiction. Drug stores, department stores and especially Sephora/Ulta-type beauty meccas—I visit them all. Luckily, I have an excuse—it’s my job to research the latest and greatest so I can help guide Enjoy readers toward the season’s must-haves. So from my heart to yours—here are a few of my favorite things. (Cue music…)

FOR SKIN: I’m obsessed with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift line. Unless you roll out of bed
looking like a woodland nymph, you need a little makeup subterfuge. Start with a dab of a
sheer, creamy highlighter under your eyes (this brightens up dark circles without leaving a cakey residue). Next, brush on a dimethicone-rich primer to instantly blot out pores and wrinkles. (L’Oréal Paris Miracle Blur, $25, drugstores)

If you like BB creams, you’ll love Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. Quick refresher
about BB creams: They’re supercharged tinted moisturizers that hydrate, even out skin tone and protect from environmental damage. So imagine what this does for legs! Right away, skin is
softer, but look closely… a slight tint in the formula acts as a reflector and highlighter. Tiny
particles of silicone temporarily camouflage imperfections like spider veins, fine lines and scars.
And there’s just enough DHA (the ingredient in self-tanners) to even out skin tone and create a
subtle glow.

BATHTIME BLISS: If you haven’t tried any Lush products (www.lush.com), go online
now! The bath ombs are, well, the bomb. They fizz, they leave skin silky smooth, and
sometimes, there’s even a surprise hidden inside! Take your bath to a whole new level. Cocktail
that bomb with a slice of one of the homemade soaps (Honey I Washed the Kids is a favorite)
and you may never leave. Scents are seasonal, but you really can’t go wrong. And the company
supports humanitarian causes and continues to fight against animal testing. Win!

EYES: Get thee an eyelash curler, stat! There are many good ones out there, but my favorites are Shu Uemura and Sephora (find both online, $20 and $17, respectively). Curling lashes opens up eyes, especially if you aren’t blessed with the doe-eyed look. Just be sure to replace the silicone pads often, and once those are used, toss the instrument and buy another one. They aren’t meant to hold onto.

And speaking of doe-eyed, if you haven’t yet tried the winged eyeliner trend, now is your time. Though I love many products as far as eyeliner goes, Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner ($24) is amazing. There’s a reason this took five years to develop: The small dial twists to allow the precise amount of gel out of the narrow slit in the skinny end, while the wider base pushes lashes out of the way so you can get as close to the lash line as possible. Genius.

LIPS: The perfect complement to that black, winged liner is a classic red lip. Look no further—MAC Ruby Woo is what pros use. When I worked in Vegas, the showgirls would all come in for this color, so we had to be sure it was always in stock. It works on all complexions and the color stays put. (Macy’s, $16)

GIFT SETS: I am a huge fan of gift sets, if you are really going to use all of the products; otherwise, it isn’t a value. This time of the year, many cosmetics companies offer value sets featuring their best sellers. The secret to getting the best value out of the set is 1) to be sure the product for which you are buying the set is the full size you would normally buy on its own, and 2) that you will actually use the other products in the set. If you don’t use shower gel or lotion, then forsaking the gift set for a single perfume spray is probably your best bet. What’s great about skin care gift sets is that you often end up with a mini eye cream, night cream, or face serum to try.

NAILS: Finally, my new favorite for nails: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish and top coat. Forget the multi-step salon or at-home gel nails of yesterday—this is easy-peasy. Apply the two-in-one basecoat plus color polish then follow with the topcoat. When daylight (or any light, for that matter) hits your nails, the chemical compound works like a solar panel to capture the light and convert it to energy, linking the color and topcoat together in one solid layer with a smooth, shiny surface. And it comes off with regular polish remover— seriously. ($9.99)

There you have it. From my heart (well, bathroom cabinets) to yours, those are some of my favorite things. I’m always on the look out for more, so let me know what you find out there!

Tweet me @melissagulden


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