December 2018

Our Favorite New Beauty Finds

We love trying all the latest beauty products out there and sharing our finds with you. There are tons of new products for smooth hair, soft skin or long lashes. Which should you try? Read on for our faves.

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $42
When Rachel Zoe claims to be a fan, you know its got to be “MAJOR!” This tinted moisturizer is perfect for summer as it provides light, skin illuminating coverage as well as sun protection.  And coming from one of our favorite makeup brands, it’s no surprise the shades are gorgeous.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, $42
Illamasqua is known for their highly-pigmeneted, dramatic makeup, but this foundation is natural and beautiful.  It goes on so smooth and has staying power.  Plus you can layer and blend for the right amount of coverage for you.  It isn’t cakey at all and has a mild fragrance.

Simply Vera Vera Wang Cosmetics Transforming Shadow Duo, $19.50
Vera Wang’s line for Kohl’s has now expanded into cosmetics. The formulas and packaging are so luxe you won’t believe they aren’t from a high end department store.  The eye shadow duos are the perfect size to keep in your purse and come in an array of shimmer-y and matte shades that go on smooth and don’t crease.

Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen for Body SPF 50, $23
Kiehl’s new sunscreen not only protects you from the sun but is also full of antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients such as goji berry, vitamin e and wheat.  It’s perfect for sensitive skin, too!

 

Maybelline Volum’ Express The MegaPlush Mascara, $7.99
This new mascara’s gel mousse formula doesn’t flake and creates super long lashes that almost look fake. The unique flexor brush ensures lots of product gets on your lashes without clumping. Plus, you can’t go wrong with this drugstore price!

Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo, $9.50 and Split End Binding Daily Conditioner, $17
If you’re prone to split ends between cuts you’ve got to try Nexxus’ new shampoo and conditioner.  Their pro-mend line is formulated to treat dry, damaged hair and bind split ends.  The scent is addictive and keeps your hair smelling fresh between washes.

Eclos Anti-Aging Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream, $24.99
We recently discovered Eclos’ line of plant stem cell products that is amazingly moisturizing with great anti-aging properties.  The moisturizer smells fantastic and isn’t greasy…it will leave your skin feeling super soft!

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner: “Eye” am in Love!

I admit it, I have an issue with commitment . . . to my beauty products, that is! My excitement over new products is typically short-lived, leaving me vulnerable to all those glossy magazine ads and TV commercials about the “new best thing in beauty.” However, I’m proud to say there’s one standby that I have been faithful to for years now—my Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black Brown. The waterproof formula gives a perfect smudgy line, and the retractable case has a built-in sharpener if you want a more precise look. So while I’m still “playing the field” for the perfect mascara, I am thrilled to have finally settled down with this tried-and-true eyeliner! –Colleen Hagerty

Buy Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil in Black Brown, $6.49, at drugstore.com

My Shower Caddy Must-Haves

Melissa-Meyers-CEOBy Melissa Meyers

I love to try new bath and shower products, and I keep my shower caddy stocked with new discoveries and long-time favorites. Here are a few of my must-have lotions and potions.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

  • Made with almond oil, rosemary, and organic grape juice combined with red vine leaf extract, nourishing grape seed oil, and exfoliating grape seed powder
  • Lathers to a foam
  • Great for shaving, cleansing, and moisturizing
  • Nourishing lipids enhance skin hydration
  • Soft, delicate scent

Buy L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $22, at Beauty.com

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Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub (Coriander)

  • A small amount goes a long way
  • Creamy without feeling greasy
  • Also available in grapefruit, lavender, and pear tree scents
  • Leaves skin silky-soft, refreshed, and primed for moisturizing
  • Gently removes dead skin cells without drying skin

Buy Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, $25, at Kiehl’s

Wella Color Preserve Smoothing Shampoo and Wella Color Preserve Hydrating Conditioner

  • Lightweight
  • Leaves no buildup or residue
  • Smooth and silky feel while washing
  • Protects, smoothes, and hydrates color-treated hair

Buy Wella Color Preserve Smoothing Shampoo, $15, and Wella Color Preserve Hydrating Conditioner, $17, at drugstore.com

Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cream Cleanser

  • Derma beads exfoliate and deep clean skin
  • Detoxifies skin, leaving a natural, refreshed feel
  • Creamy formula with amino-peptide complex
  • Regenerates skin’s surface at the cellular level

Buy Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cream Cleanser, $7.34, at Amazon.com

For more great bath and shower products, read Our Picks: Shower Caddy Must-Haves

Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cream Cleanser, $7.34

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Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cream Cleanser

  • Derma beads exfoliate and deep clean skin
  • Detoxifies skin, leaving a natural, refreshed feel
  • Creamy formula with amino-peptide complex
  • Regenerates skin’s surface at the cellular level

Buy Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cream Cleanser, $7.34, at Amazon.com

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $22

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L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

  • Made with almond oil, rosemary, and organic grape juice combined with red vine leaf extract, nourishing grape seed oil, and exfoliating grape seed powder
  • Lathers to a foam
  • Great for shaving, cleansing, and moisturizing
  • Nourishing lipids enhance skin hydration
  • Soft, delicate scent

Buy L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $22, at Beauty.com

Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub (Coriander), $25

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Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub (Coriander)

  • A small amount goes a long way
  • Creamy without feeling greasy
  • Also available in grapefruit, lavender, and pear tree scents
  • Leaves skin silky-soft, refreshed, and primed for moisturizing
  • Gently removes dead skin cells without drying skin

Buy Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, $25, at Kiehl’s

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $7.99

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Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Melissa Meyers, Founding Editor. Melissa reaches for Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser as her go-to makeup and dirt remover. The gentle, creamy formula is not only great for any skin type, but also you can’t beat the price. Read more of Melissa’s shower caddy favorites.

Buy Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $7.99, at drugstore.com

Get More from Your Makeup

We love a makeup that multitasks—it saves time, money and space in our purse. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Beauty Products Supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, $22-$60

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Beauty Products Supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne and Bath Oil

Come up smelling like a rose with a splash of this luxurious scent. Blended from seven types of roses from around the globe, we love the light, feminine fragrance packed into this cologne and body oil. The bloom on the rose? Jo Malone is donating $15,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from North American sales of this beauty.

Price: $55, cologne; $60, body oil

Purchase Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne and Bath Oil

Estée Lauder Elizabeth Hurley Lip Set

We love this trio of lip pencil, lipstick and lip gloss, selected by the actress herself, for a luscious look on any occasion. Packaged in an adorable pink-ribbon case, the collection comes in a soft shade of light pink that flatters any complexion. We applied and were ready to walk the red—or should we say pink!—carpet. But it’s the donation that’s Oscar worthy: $500,000 from sales of Estee Lauder’s Pink Ribbon Collection will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Price: $22

Purchase

Estée Lauder Elizabeth Hurley Lip Set

Aveda Hand Relief

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection

Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray

Clinique Lip Gloss Keychain

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Darphin Arovita C Energic Firming Cream

Darphin Energic Firming Décolleté Treatment

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom

Donna Karan Cosmetics Limited-Edition Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum Spray

Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder Lip Set

Estée Lauder Jeweled Pink Ribbon Pin

Estée Lauder Mirror Compact

Estée Lauder Beautiful

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Lab Series Daily Skincare for Men Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15

La Mer Crème de la Mer

Ojon Revitalizing Mist

Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief

Prescriptives Pink Ribbon Palette for Cheeks and Eyes

I Am King Fragrance

Weleda, $6-$16

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Weleda

We’ve always been a fan of Weleda natural beauty products, so we were thrilled to have children of our own to slather in their lotions, creams and soaps. We love the line’s soothing, earthy scent and its Calendula (a/k/a marigold), a plant with healing, soothing and antibacterial properties perfect for baby’s—and mommy’s—sensitive skin.

Price: $6–16

Purchase Weleda