My favorite beauty and lifestyle products for January 2016
By Carla Snuggs
Happy 2016, beauties! Hope your year is going great so far. This is my first faves roundup of the year and I have some really great beauty products to share. Here is the latest monthly roundup of the some of the BEST beauty products tried by myself (or contributors) throughout the month. What were some of your faves? Leave your comments below!
AcneWorx Gentle Treatment System
I am a big fan of products by DermWORK and I just tried the AcneWORX Gentle Treatment System. It's 3 gentle steps to acne-free, blemish-free skin. Step 1: Pure Balance Cleanser (Gentle, clinically proven formula with a skin-balancing blend of botanicals to control oil, maintain moisture balance and gently purify the skin). Step 2: Gentle Acne Treatment Cream (Medicated 2% Salicylic Acid spot treatment that uses a special Novosome technology that eliminates harsh alcohols and solvents). Step 3: “Gly/Sal” Micro Exfoliating Pads (Complexion-enhancing pads with a gold-standard combinationof glycolic and salicylic acids plus over a dozen skin-enhancing naturals). What I love about the products is that not only are the effective, but they don't dry out my skin like a lot of acne products. The cleanser is super hydrating, gentle and doesn't irritate my skin. The exfoliating pads make my skin look dewy and fresh.
Neova Dual Matrix [Retinol + DNA]
I have some damage caused by hormonal acne, so it was pleasure using NEOVA Dual Matrix to clear up some of those spots. This innovative, refining facial treatment uses a patented retinol technology and liposome encapsulated DNA repair enzymes. Pairing retinol with DNA repair enzymes, the serum delivers a dual action reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while visibly improving skin tone, texture and clarity and fighting hormonally-related acne, I definitely saw a difference within 14 days. Skin feels brighter, tighter and I definitely need to use less concealer.
Downy Wrinkle Reducer Plus
Velvet lace, sequins and satin are some of the most popular Valentine's Day fabrics. However, all of these fabrics have a reputation for being platforms for wrinkles and static. Downy Wrinkle Reducer Plus can be used on virtually all fabrics and will not cause fading or hurt clothing. With just a few spritzes, Downy Wrinkle Reducer Plus gets rid of unsightly wrinkles in your clothing and it is now a must-have in my get-ready routine. I haven't touched an iron in years, and I use a steamer or take my garments to the dry cleaner for heavy-duty jobs. I use Downy Wrinkle Reducer plus to reduce wrinkles from clothing, reduce static cling, and add a light, fresh scent to my clothing. And I always bring it with me when I travel.
Violife Slim Sonic
Slim Sonic by Violife is my fave toothbrush! This battery operated toothbrush cleans at 22,000 brushstrokes per minute and is completely portable, meaning you can keep it tucked in your clutch. It has the most effective sonic-optimizing precision bristles, so functional, but also sleek and stylish. I've reviewed The Slim Sonic before, but was delighted to see that there are fabulous new colors! It's got a Mascara-style vented cap keeps it portable and also allows bristles to dry completely (very important). It also comes with a free replacement head and AAA battery Purchase at Bed Bath & Stores and online at Violife.
Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator
I recently discovered new Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator , a laundry additive that works with your detergent to target and cling onto odor molecules in the wash and flush them down the drain with the dirty water. FebrezeI n-Wash Odor Eliminator gets rid of tough laundry odors like mildew, sweat, smoke, pet smells and more. I mean eliminates, not masks. All of my workout clothes come out super-fresh! It's like deodorant for your clothes.
Curel Rough Skin Winter
You will see in my upcoming winter skincare piece, that harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Work with your skin’s natural exfoliating process to uncover healthy, smooth skin by using Curél Rough Skin Rescue. Ideal for severely dry, flaky skin, this smoothing lotion gently loosens flakes without irritation, allowing essential hydration to reach the areas that need it most. I use on my slightly damp skin and it really locks in moisture. It'also super affordable at $7.99.
Holiday Nail Art 24 Design Projects
Now you can create fashionable and stylish do-it-yourself nail art designs in seasonal themes! Holiday Nail Art 24 Design Projects by Janel Lucas is a book of simple and easy-to-follow steps and tutorials for 24 holiday projects. Now, designers at all levels can learn techniques to transform fingernails into attention-grabbing conversational art. Included is an assortment of festive projects that can be completed with ordinary nail polish and an easy-to-find nailart tool. For Valentine's Day you can create hearts and roses and best of all, you don’t have to be a professional to create the designs and have fun painting your nails!
I love trying supplements that encourage healthy skin and hair from the inside out. Celebrity-stylist-approved Nutrafol is an advanced daily supplement designed to promote overall hair growth while combating heredity, stress and other root causes of thinning hair. The daily supplement encourages existing hair growth and may help reduce the cycle of inflammation, which leads to hair loss using and uses a patent pending Synergen Complex. Nutrafol aids the follicles to absorb nutrients and produce healthier hair.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Products
I haven't used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula products in a good while and recently learned that they have many products to ensure healthy and moisturized skin! Not only are they effective, but they smell heavenly! I am loving the range including the tried and true Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion which transforms even the roughest, driest areas into buttery soft skin. Much needed during winter! The products I'd never tried and now love are:
- Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick which is great to touch up those spots on face and body and to is great for soothe dry, cracked, chapped lips
- Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Face that gently cleanses skin with the power of Pure Cleansing Oils, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin C
- Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil that is infused with restorative ingredients that improve overall skin quality
Disclosure: Press samples were provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and honest review.
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