Beauty and wellness products we love!
By Carla Snuggs
Happy Winter, friends! It's time once again for my faves roundup where I share some of the the BEST beauty products tried by myself (or contributors) throughout the months of December and January. As always, I have loved discovering new brands and new lines and products from the skincare and makeup brands that I already love. The February faves will be up soon! So many fabulous beauty and wellness products, so little time!
What are some of your most fave beauty products you have tried this month? Leave your comments below!
Amarte Overnight Express Therapy
Amarte is the premiere Korean anti-aging and rejuvenating skin care line offering luxury products with a unique cross-cultural connection. Amarte Overnight Express Therapy is a new multifunctional sleeping mask that gives a lift One Step Beyond® routine skin care. Ingredients such as propolis, nano-encapsulated 1% retinol and bioactive peptides synergize within a silk fibroin nano-matrix, harmoniously boosting brightness, tightness, and clarity so you wake up to renewed, supple skin with benefits you can see and feel.
vbeauté Soft Core Rejuvenating Glacial Oil
vbeauté Soft Core Rejuvenating Glacial Oil is a super lightweight, fast-absorbing facial oil scientifically formulated with a combination of Swiss Alpine Rose and a plant-based Squalane emollient, which work together to help build a formidable barrier to keep skin soft and protected – bring tired looking skin to a climax once and for all! This protein-enriched daily booster made with 100% pure plant oils increases skin's moisture for up to 12 hours, helps optimize your skin's own collagen levels and helps give you a more radiant and youthful appearance by working with our body’s own power to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, increase and retain moisture, plump, smooth and protect the skin’s barrier. After using Soft Core just once, 100% showed an average of 143% increase in skin hydration. You can purchase at vbeaute.com and HSN.com
Nubian Heritage products are cruelty-free and without sulfates, parabens, phtalates, petroleum, DEA, artificial fragrance or synthetic coloring. The secret to Nubian Heritage is that they use proven traditional healing practices, cultural influence and indigenous ingredients including various oils, ash and more to create a solution for every beauty and skin type. My fave from last month was the Nubian Heritage's Patchouli & Buriti collection as I got to try the Patchouli & Buriti Bar Soap, Body Wash, Bath Bombs, and Soufflé. They condition and nourish your skin, enhance your skin’s appearance, they’re vitamin rich and contain anti-aging properties that will leave your skin with a youthful glow. And the packaging is pretty to boot! Shop: Nubianheritage.com
Blinc Box Discovery Collection
If you have sensitive eyes or you life an active lifestyle. You must try Blinc cosmetics. I tried the Blinc Box Discovery Collection, their set of 4 products that provide smudgeproof, run proof, and flake proof cosmetics that deliver Life Proof results. The collection includes Mascara Amplified (a Buildable, mascara that agives glamorous volume and length while forming tiny water-resistant "tubes" around your lashes that cannot run, smudge, clump or flake and slide off with a combination of water and gentle pressure), Eyebrow Mousse (brow makeup designed to give enhancing, water-resistant and moisturizing color to your eyebrows for all-day, no-smudge wear. It tints with water proof color, holds and sculpts like a gel, fills in sparse areas and moisturizes skin all at the same time.), Eye Shadow Primer (an antiaging Shadow Primer allows you to have crease-free shadow all day) and Eyeliner Pencil (a creamy eyeliner pencil with vitamins for anti-aging conditioning that is water proof, smudge proof, fade proof). The Mascara Amplified is the most amazing! I went on a long hike and my lashes great – no smudges even though I was sweating bullets.
Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss, Lipstick and Concealer
Mally Beauty’s H3 products are some of my favorite yet from Mally’s line of cosmetics. Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss is designed to give your lips a smooth finish while nourishing them with a triple punch of moisture, the formula is glossy, yet light, giving you the perfect shine every time. Available in shades: Shimmering Nude, Sweet Peach, Pinky Daisy, Shimmering Nude, Tea Rose and Orchid Berry (my fave!). Mally Beauty H3 Lipstick provides triple hydration with just the right amount of coverage and subtle shine. It is rich in antioxidants to help keep your lips smooth during the cold weather. The formula is gel based rather than wax, so it leaves lips nourished and rich in pigment all day long. Available in shades: Grapevine, Rosy, Poppie, Nudish (LOVE!), Buff, Coraline, Angelic, Sheerly, Crush, Hibiscus, Flame and Flush. Mally Beauty H3 Concealer is the best at covering dark circles, brightening the under eye area instantly and giving a boost of hydration. This formula is packed with pigments that are designed to neutralize discoloration, containing active anti-aging ingredients that will leave your skin feeling refreshed without fading or smudging. Available in shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich (my shade). Purchase: www.Ulta.com
Sio Beauty System
Spring and summer are right around the corner, which means lower cut tops, bikinis, and off the shoulder blouses. As one of the first areas on the body to show signs of aging, the often-neglected décolletage needs a little TLC too. Cue SiO (See-Oh) - the first and only 24-hour skincare system clinically proven to drastically diminish signs of aging on the décolleté, revealing visibly noticeable results overnight. The SiO System (SiO SkinPad, SiO Décolleté Serum and SiO Cleansing Discs) combines the proven benefits of medical grade silicone with latest wrinkle-fighting active ingredients to replenish hydration, restore healthy levels of collagen production, smooth wrinkles, and target inflammation, photo-damage, and hyperpigmentation.
Keranique Haircare Products
Keraniquehas cutting edge, strength building formulas that will cure any hair panics you may have. When you haven’t gotten your roots done or washed your hair, try Keranique Tint & Texture Color Density Treatment : 3-N-1 hair treatment spray that tints, texturizes, and treats thinning hair. Amps hair volume, treats hair by absorbing excess sebum to promote a healthy scalp and conceals thinning hair. When hair is dull and lifeless try Keranique Marula Oil Hair Mist is an easy to use hair oil treatment spray adds instant moisture and shine to thin hair. Makes fine, thinning hair look and feel softer and healthier. Multi-benefit lightweight oil that revitalizes, increases shine, softens texture, and fights flyway’s for thinning hair. This blend containing natural mongongo, marula and Cyprus oils creates a light layer of moisturizers that conditions the hair without build-up. When you need to fake it will you make it volume, try their Amplifying Lift Spray. This easy to use styling spray adds instant volume, lift, fullness, body and bounce. Use it for blow drying, holding and setting, protecting, adding volume, lifting, controlling, and finishing any style. Makes fine, thinning hair look and feel thicker. Keranique's Amplifying Lift Spray lifts and holds thinning hair - even in high humidity - for lasting volume and fullness. Forms a sheer film on each hair strand that acts like invisible scaffold on the hair for touchable yet lasting volumizing lift. Boosts fullness and lift at the roots with Keratin Amino Complex to thicken, strengthen and protect the hair.
Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation
Get healthy and work out more this year and look GREAT while you do it. I have the just the trick to help you look great as you slaughter your goals! Unlike other cosmetics, Oxygenetix foundation not only covers up blemishes, but it’s also sweat proof! Studies show Oxygenetix is up to 13 times more transfer-resistant than other cosmetics, that means lifting, running, yoga, boxing or even 90 mins of swimming - it won't smudge off!
• Non-Comedogenic (won't clog pores)
• Fragrance -Free
• Organically certified ingredients
• Contains SPF 25 (for UVA/UVB sun protection)
• Not drying - allows retention of natural fluids - even following aggressive resurfacing.
• Hypoallergenic (less allergic reactions than with other cosmetics)
• Cruelty-free and Vegan.
Elemis Skincare Products
ELEMIS VP of Global Education , Annet King, has a 1-2-3 Step Routine for Sensitive Skin that has been a life-saver this winter, so I had to include it in my faves!
Step 1 .: Start with a non stripping cleanser
Product recommendation: ELEMIS Soothing Chamomile Cleanser
This gentle cleanser removes makeup and daily pollutants without stripping your skin thanks to the calming properties in this cleansing milk including German Chamomile (ideal for soothing and distressing skin!).
Step 2. Then tone without harsh ingredients
Product recommendation: ELEMIS Soothing Apricot Toner
Use in the am and also throughout the day as needed by adding a spritz to your face when you need it to calm & smooth. Plus, it works to remove sensitizing pollutants from the skin without the use of alcohol or other harsh detergents.
Step 3. Finish with a skin protecting day cream
Product Recommendation: ELEMIS Hydra-Boost Sensitive Day Cream
Sensitive skin needs a layer of protection and this antioxidant-rich day cream is key, with Hyaluronic Acid to lock in essential moisture and Orange Blossom Milk to soothe and nourish so skin is left feeling balanced & hydrated.
Tweezerman Holographic Tweezer
Boring, bland tools are a thing of the past, get out of this world brows with the Tweezerman Holographic Tweezer. Jazzed up in an iridescent pattern, this award-winning tool looks like it’s been plucked from the future. The bold brow trend is here to stay & we are psyched! Toss this new eye-catching accessory in your makeup or purse to ensure your brow future is looking bright.
La Vanila Body Butter and Healthy Fragrances
Promote smooth, soft skin with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection, which is a super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrances The Healthy Fragrance Collection. Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Purchase: Lavanila.com
A Complete Youth Preserve Routine
The Brand: A Complete is a brand new skincare line created by one of Latin America's most recognized businesswomen and philanthropists, Angelica Fuentes. The line is based on cutting edge research of highly concentrated, Mediterranean Diet-inspired formulations that work together for a complete twice-daily regimen. The A Complete regimen is ideal for hydrating and exfoliating dull, aging skin and was made especially for busy women on-the-go. The Youth Preserve Routine is five multi-functional products that work together for A Complete daily routine. Based on cutting edge research in the cosmetic & beauty industry, our line of highly concentrated products feature active ingredients, many from botanical and marine origins. Let science and nature work together to create A Complete daily routine, just for you!