Monday, September 24, 2007

The Best of Summer '07

Yesterday we bid farewell to summer and welcomed in the crisp, cleansing winds of Fall - or at least we did until today's 30 degree humidex. Mother Nature's ADD aside, I had a summer full of excellent beauty product finds and thought that I would share them with the world.

Best Body Moisturizer:
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Butter
LOVE this moisturizer. Coming from a genetic legacy of old ladies with flaky, crepe-papery skin I am doing everything I can to keep this white skin from cracking - which means that everyday I slather some form of body butter into my nooks and crannies (I apologize for the visual). Given all this slathering I have a thing or two to say about body moisturizers and am very picky about the consistency, smell, oiliness and packaging. I give this little darling an A+ in all categories. Love that it's a smooth lotion without any oily residue, it has a lovely smell that makes me want to lick myself and it comes in a PUMP which I love. There's nothing I hate more than a tube of lotion flying out of my greasy hands. The one downside to this line: No SPF. C'mon Vaseline. Really? In this day and age no one should be making a lotion without an SPF, it should just be a given. And yet here I am, still slathering on the sunblock. One day my prince will come.

Best Face/Lips/Eyes Moisturizers:
Jameson Vitamin E Cream / 100% Oil / Eye Serum
I was alerted to this product by my bf's sister - she has the skin of a 19 year old so I trusted her on this one. I started out with the 100% Oil which I now use solely on my lips (it's very reminiscent of Mac's Lip Glass) and also when I get cuts and boo boos. It's amazing when it comes to healing cuts and bites and now my lips feel like satin. Next I got the cream which I apply before bed because it's heavier and acts as a night cream. I love it and perhaps it's psychological but I have already noticed a difference in the texture of my skin and I've only been using it for a month. Lastly, the D-stress eye cream. This was the most expensive of the three so I waited until I could use my Optimum points on it at the SDM. So far I don't have that much to say in the way of how firming or de-stressing this cream is, but I'm happy to have found one that doesn't sting my eyes or make my mascara run across my face like I'm Baby Jane.

Best Hair Conditioner:
Kiehl's Olive Fruit Nourishing Conditioner

After I fell out of love with my L'Oreal Professional conditioner in June I went on the hunt for a fresh new option that still had as much kick as the old. Again, I'm very picky about all aspects of my hair conditioner and I need one that packs a shiny punch because I tend to have the dry, frizzies throughout most of the summer. Don't even get me started on how much I love shopping at Kiehl's because I could go on about their customer appreciation and free samples for a long time. And not to sound like a broken mp3 - but I LOVE this product. Again, I could eat it. It literally feels like running butter through my hair but it rinses out clean and silky. What more do you want?

Best New Product:
Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste
Last summer I had to have a filling in a molar replaced and ever since then I haven't been able to chew on that side of my mouth (winner of worst dentist ever to be announced later). I had always heard about Sensodyne and basically wrote it off as snake oil - until this new ilne of Pronamel was launched and changed my life forever! Suddenly I can eat popsicles, swallow ice water, chew black's a miracle! The flavour isn't the best but the fact that I'm not in pain is good enough for me.

Second Best New Product:
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Sexy Legs
By the end of the summer I had given up on faking a tan and just went with my ghostly white pallor, but in late June I was all about the Sexy Legs. Not only does this body makeup have a fairly pleasant odor (unlike so many of the self tanning products) but it also washes off easily in the shower. Not exactly the product you'd want in a rainstorm or at the poolside, but good enough for parties and nights out. It has a bit of a sparkle to it that I kind of liked as well. Bravo Rimmel. Now if only you could have added some SPF to this concoction I'd have given you an A++.

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