Amazing Drugstore Skincare and Body Care Products!

Drugstore products can be so fun to try. With a small investment, I know I can find effective beauty products and new heroes!

I was sent the products below for my honest review.  Here’s what I think:

Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser

Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser ($6.49 USD) — A refreshing, daily liquid cleanser that achieves a deep, pore-clearing clean with without over-drying, stripping skin, or causing irritation. Natural charcoal absorbs oil, while salicylic acid treats existing pimples and prevents new ones from popping up.

What I think:  My teenage daughter has been loving this!  She has a bit of acne and usually treats it with a cleanser. This one has been working well.  It doesn’t irritate her skin and it  helps absorb oil and clear up acne.  Plus, it’s very affordable!

Available at Drugstores and Mass Retailers

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet Mask ($9.99 USD) is a fun, yet effective sheet mask that immediately turns into an oxygen-rich foam, revitalizing skin with oxygen as it deep cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes skin. They oxygen foam deeply penetrates into the skin to eliminate pore-clogging impurities to help prevent blackheads, and dead skin cells, while it helps brighten and uneven skin tones.

What I think: This is very different!  When I opened the packet, it was black cloth, which surprised me.  I applied it to clean skin, and it bubble up to a white foam.  I removed it after 15 minutes and rinsed it off (per directions).  My skin was a bit red in patches, but it did help with blackheads and pore size.  I think this is perfect for all but very sensitive skin types.

Purchase at Walgreens & Duane Reade

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — This revolution in wet skin technology doesn’t simply calm, smooth and soften, it also heals dry, flaky skin and restores your body’s ability to retain its own much-needed moisture. The water-activated properties penetrate deep into skin’s surface all happens in the shower – no rinsing required — so you can just dry off, dress and go!

What I think:  Wet skin moisturizers are such a cool idea, and this one really works!  The only thing is I usually forget to apply it right after my shower, before I dry off!  When I do, my skin is so hydrated, which I need after a shower because my skin can get so dry. This leaves my skin feeling silky.

Available at Drugstores and Mass Retailers

Ban Roll-On Deodorant

Ban Roll-On Deodorant  ($4.99 USD) — Traditional antiperspirant/deodorants merely mask odors and reduce odor-causing sweat in general, while Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness.

What I think:  I have this in Powder Fresh, and it smells nice, but this deodorant isn’t strong enough for me.  I need clinical strength.  But my daughter can use it and although she prefers stick deodorants, she likes this one.  It works well.

Purchase at Drug and Mass Retailers

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Hydrate Your Skin and Hair This New Year!

Is it cold where you live?  In Kansas City it’s 20 degrees one day and 50 the next!  Crazy, but it has been fairly dry.  So my skin and hair are dry, too!

I have been sent some amazing products for my honest review.  The following products are my current favorites for hydration.

 

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — This lotion is an easy, yet effective way to calm, smooth, soften and heal dry, flaky skin. The formula’s water-activated properties work to penetrate deep into skin’s surface all while  in the shower – no rinsing required – so you can just dry off, dress and go!  When applied daily, it helps heal dry skin and restore the body’s ability to retain its own much-needed moisture with the use of its revolutionary wet skin technology from:

  • a breakthrough water-activated formula
  • a propriety ceramide complex which helps replenish and fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier
  • two soothing and restorative ingredients — allantoin and panthenol
  • cationic technology that binds together the positive charge of the moisturizer’s innovative ingredients with the negative charge of moist skin.

What I think: Wet skin moisturizers are so cool, but take some getting used to, especially drying off with lotion.  But afterwards, my skin is so soft.  This one is really nice, it leaves my skin so soft and smooth, especially in the cold, dry air.

Available at select drug and mass merchant stores nationwide

Dermalogica Best-Selling Brightening Duo
Dermalogica Best-Selling Brightening Duo

Dermalogica Best-Selling Brightening Duo ($65 USD) –Limited time only! Your skin collects pollutants, excess oils and long-wearing make-up during the day – all of which dulls its natural radiance. Reveal your skin’s healthiest glow with this best-selling duo. Includes a full-size PreCleanse (5.1 OZ) to melt away stubborn buildup and a full-size Daily Microfoliant (2.6 OZ), the original powder exfoliant for smoother, brighter skin!

  • Deep-cleansing oil melts away excess oil, make-up and impurities.
  • Gentle, daily-use exfoliating powder works for all skin conditions.
  • Activates with water to deliver a cleaner, healthier-looking glow.

Massage PreCleanse over face with dry hands. Add water to create a milky emulsion. Rinse with warm water. Dispense about a half-teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant into hands and create a creamy paste. Massage gently onto skin for one minute, then rinse.

What I think: This set is a thorough way to cleanse the skin.  Not only does it clean, the exfoliating powder is an easy way to get all of the gunk out of pores and really make skin glow! This is safe, even on sensitive skin, to use every day.

Purchase at Dermalogica.com

Organic to Green Only Arctic Skin + Lip Moisturizer
Organic to Green Only Arctic Skin + Lip Moisturizer

Organic to Green Only Arctic Skin + Lip Moisturizer ($12 USD, 1 oz) — As beautiful as a glacier, ARCTIC is Organic to Green’s artisan edition creamy white coco shea formula made to soothe and repair dry skin and lips. With just a hint of natural vanilla it’s a perfect travel companion to moisturize and heal skin from sun or environmental exposure.

What I think: This generous amount of lip moisturizer is perfect for cold and dry weather. It has a light scent of vanilla, and is super hydrating.   A little goes a long way.  It can also be used for cuticles and dry patches, like on elbows.

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com

 

Bhave Rescue Shampoo ($27.25 10.1 fl. oz) – your go-to shampoo for hair in dire need of rehabilitation caused by chemical treatments, heat appliances and environmental aggressors. It restores strength, condition, elasticity & shine, rebuilds & repairs dry, brittle, damaged hair, provides a protective shield – guards against future damage, weightlessly moisturizing and luxurious feel.

Bhave Rescue Conditioner ($27.25 10.1 fl. oz) – a luxurious conditioner formulated to nourish, strengthen & repair severely damaged hair.  It has the same benefits as the  shampoo above.

Bhave Deep Conditioning Masque ($27.75 5 fl.oz) – a deep conditioning masque that provides intense moisture and repair to extremely stressed, colored, dry or damaged hair.  Benefits are intense moisture & repair, nourishes & conditions, restores elasticity, improves strength and boosts shine.

What I think: First of all, these all smell really amazing!  Very refreshing and clean.  They all hydrate the hair so well.  A little of the conditioner and masque goes a long way.  Hair is so moisturized.  I use the shampoo and conditioner every day, but the masque only once a week.  It hydrates so well!  It keeps my hair soft and shiny.

Purchase at http://www.bhave.us

PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR Intense Nutrition Mask
PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR Intense Nutrition Mask

PHYTO PHYTOELIXIR Intense Nutrition Mask ($59 3.7 fl. oz. USD) — This indulgently rich mask becomes a luxurious hair rescuer that transforms even the driest, most porous hair. Narcissus flower wax, a beauty powerhouse envelops hair in prodigious nourishment. Macadamia oil, extremely rich in essential fatty acids, replenishes hair lipids with the promise of new suppleness and radiance. The mask is formulated to offer continuous active ingredient release to the hair, protecting it against the recurring drying-out process. Hair is infinitely soft to the touch and totally manageable. This light-as-air formula is suitable for all hair textures, even the finest hair.

What I think: This is such a luxe hair mask!  It smells amazing and is so hydrating.  I only need to leave it on for a few minutes and my hair is bouncy and shiny.  My hair is very porous and dry and this makes it feels so healthy.

Purchase at http://www.PHYTO.com

What cold-weather skincare and hair care products are you loving right now?

 

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 24-30, 2016

Tomorrow is Halloween, which is so exciting! I can’t believe that it’s almost November!

This week, I’m loving cute headbands, a towel just for my hair, a fun bubble cleanser, an amazing-smelling body wash, and a wet skin moisturizer.

Scunci Fleece-Lined Space-Dye Headwrap ($4.99 USD) — This soft headwrap with a trendy space-dyed pattern will keep you cozy, covered, and looking cool all winter long. Available now at Walmart.

Scunci Rhinestone, Ribbon, and Metal Flower Choker Headwraps ($12.99 USD)
An assortment of elegant chokers – which can also be worn as fashionable headwraps – decorated with rhinestone, ribbon, and/or chic metal flowers. They’re easily adjustable and perfect for parties. Available now at ULTA.

What I think:  These are so cute, and a great way to change up hair for fall and holidays.  They are also really fun gifts and stocking stuffers.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel
AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel ($30.00 USD) — Lisse Luxe may sound like the name of an ‘exotic’ artiste. But she’s the perfect towel for normal hair. Lisse Luxe also excels at curly hair, fine hair, damaged hair and any hair that needs gentle treatment. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and tucks easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage.

What I think:  This towel is light weight, but really absorbent.  I wrap my hair up after a shower and it’s much drier in a few minutes.

Purchase at http://www.aquis.com

Spa @ Home Foaming 02 Bubble Cleanser
Spa @ Home Foaming 02 Bubble Cleanser

Spa @ Home Foaming 02 Bubble Cleanser ($19.99 USD) — Exfoliate bumps and dead skin cells for skin that’s bright and smooth to the touch! The Spa @ Home Foaming 02 Bubble Cleanser contains micro bubbles that draw out dirt, makeup, and other impurities, while the potent extracts of orange, lemon, and tea tree give this cleanser its superior exfoliating and brightening abilities.

What I think: This is a fun cleanser to use.  It bubbles up and once it’s rinsed off, my face is soft and smooth.

Available at http://www.walgreens.com

Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Sport Luxe Body Wash
Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Sport Luxe Body Wash

Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Sport Luxe Body Wash ($16 USD) — This is a sulfate-free body wash that was created for an active life in motion. Coconut oil infused with proprietary Smartsport Technology gently tackles post work-out sweat, dirt and oil while hydrating rosehip and aloe deliver a silky, smooth shave. Bursting with breezy freshness, skin is left clean, soft and invigorated.

What I think: This body wash smells fantastic!  It works really well when shaving and it leave my skin soft and clean.

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — Keep skin hydrated and moisturize daily before you step out of the shower! This is a revolution in wet skin technology that doesn’t simply calm, smooth and soften, but also heals dry skin and restores your body’s ability to retain its own much-needed moisture. The water-activated properties penetrate deep into skin’s surface all happens in the shower – no rinsing required — so you can just dry off, dress and go!

What I think:  This is so easy to use.  Just apply to wet skin before leaving the shower and dry off.  Skin is smooth, but not greasy.

Available Mass retailers and drugstores