Editor’s Favorite Picks for the Month

I love hanging out in cosmetic departments.  Whether it’s in a drugstore aisle or well-known department store,  I am always looking and searching for what’s new and good.  Here are my new favorites for the month:

Garnier Ultra Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

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Image by newshealth.com

This cream is a miracle.  I can’t say enough about it.  It restores dull, fatigued skin over-night as you sleep. I used it every night for a week when I first purchased it.  I saw a noticeable difference in 3 nights, and by the end of the week my skin was radiant and glowing.

Bio Oil

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Image by Lisa Beard

An oil that can be used on your face and on your body? Yes and yes!   It has won over 57 awards from all over the world,  (bio-oilusa.com/en-us/accolades/awards).  It treats scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging and dehydrated skin. It does it all and has earned a permanent spot in my daily skincare regimen. If you can only take one beauty product when you travel, this is the ONE!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Body Lotion

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Image by ispot.tv

Aveeno’s formula for dry skin care is some of the best on the market.   One of the active ingredients – oats, holds moisture in your skin.  After a few weeks of using it, I noticed changes in the texture of my skin, it looked healthier.  Now you can have those great results  in a lighter formula with a powder like feel, that absorbs quickly and can be used all year long.

Alterna Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

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Image by popular.sleekhair.com

This heat protection spray is feather light, so your hair is not weighted down. It not only protects hair but also softens it. I love that it has vitamins E, B12 and B6 in it.

Julio Lip Gloss in Graceful

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Image by lacqueredlady.me

This was included in my Allure Sample Society monthly beauty box. The lip gloss is a sheer pink  with a touch of shimmer. The color is perfect for the summer “no make-up” trend. I love it because it makes my lips look plump and gives them a healthy glow. It has earned a permanent place in my make up bag.

Cotz Face sunscreen SPF 40 in Natural Skin Tone

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Image by lovelyskin.com

This came in one of my monthly Allure Beauty Boxes also.  It is everything you want in a sunscreen for your face. It is light, the Natural Skin Tone gives a faint tint of coverage.  You can go natural with it alone, or wear it with your makeup.  But even under make up it is light and you don’t have that “caked on” feel.  It blends into your make up and gives you a smooth complexion

Benefit Professional

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Image by likeaphoenix.pl

This was another item I received in my beauty box, and is definitely one of my picks for “PRODUCT OF THE YEAR”. It is a light-weight balm that minimizes the appearance of pores.  I wear it underneath my makeup as a primer. I also wear it on top of my make up for those mid-day “oil slicks”.  My skin is very oily, so in the middle of the day when I become shiny, I touch up my face by dabbing it on my t-zone. I keep a sample in my desk, travel size in my purse and full size at home. What? I am not getting caught with my pores out!

Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color in “Back To The Fushia”

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Image keringkeristore.com

I initially purchased this product because of the color, (fushia is my favorite color). But after wearing it, I am definitely a fan!  I was impressed with the pigmentation, the color is rich and brilliant.  What won me over even more is the fact that it is long lasting. It stayed on until I took it off. I was “pretty in pink” all night long!

Sally Hansen Nail Gel 2 Step in #340 Sweet Talker

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Image by Lisa Beard

Finally, a gel manicure you can do at home with no UV light for application, and no harsh chemicals for removal.  What took so long to come up with it? Thank goodness for Sally Hansen.  My favorite color, “Sweet Talker #340” actually lasted for 2 weeks.  The great thing is you don’t have to keep purchasing both bottles. You can get Step #2, the gel, and as many colors in Step #1 that you want. No light is needed, easy to remove, and the shine is awesome! This is also an Allure Readers Choice Award Winner.

Additional images & information courtesy of: http://discountdesignerclothing.ca/editors-picks/; Allure Magazine, June 2015,  “Readers’ Choice Breakthroughs”; pinterest.com

Lisa Beard, Contributing Beauty Writer

Lisa Beard, Contributing Beauty Editor


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