Most Valuable Products: March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I don't like putting up my monthly favorites post at the very end of the month, simply because everyone else does too, and you poor folks are probably being swamped with this type of thing. But I had a bit of a getaway and only just got home, so here's one more monthly list for you to wade through.

There isn't really a theme to this month's post--it's a smorgasbord of rediscovered favorites from shopping my stash, and new things from recent hauls.

1. Rene Furterer Curbicia Concentrated Purifying Shampoo: In case you didn't know about my oily hair woes, my typically oily scalp has been out of control lately. It's to the point where I really should be shampooing every day, but I can't bring myself to damage my hair that way. I researched the best oil-controlling shampoos, and this one was just about at the top of that list. It's not a guarantee that I won't need dry shampoo the next day, but it's a guarantee that I won't need nearly as much. It's incredibly concentrated, so like with all good shampoos, you don't need much, and even if you don't have ridiculously oily hair, this would likely work well as a clarifying shampoo.

Amber, left, Elektron, right

2. Tarina Tarintino Eyedream Highlight Duo in Amber/Elektron: I bought this back when Sephora was going to stop carrying the line, and all the products were fabulously discounted. I don't have any use for  Amber, but Elektron is a gorgeous everyday highlight. I've been all about highlighting my brows recently, so I'll typically use my finger and run a bit of the powder over my browbone in the morning. Alterantively, I'll chuck the little compact into my bag and highlight the inner corner of my eyes during a middway work slump. It's a lovely little duo, and I would be completely happy with it, if only there was some use for Amber. (That was a hint for you to leave a comment if you have any suggestions!)

3. Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Oil: This is a sample size, but it's lasted me a week or two, and I'm completely in love with it. I used to use an oil to remove my makeup back when Shu Uemura was still available in North America, and this has made me want to start back up. It's cushy and springy, and melts everything down beautifully. I may buy the full-sized out of convenience, or I might just have to place another Shu order online!

4. Lavera Faces Balancing Cream: I originally bought this for my mom, who's something of a Lavera fan, but I tried it myself one day and have yet to actually give it to her. Balancing made me think it was for combination/oily skin types, but this is one of those fabulous no fuss or frills European creams that could suit just about anyone. With my tremendously oily skin, I just need a little bit to do my face and neck, whereas my cousin with dry skin, can use a little more and feel thoroughly hydrated. It's available at the larger Duane Reades in the city, and I happened to catch it on sale for around $10--hope it still is so I can get my mom a new one!

5. Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner: I've gotten into liquid eyeliner again, and while this isn't the most smudge-proof thing in the world, application could not be easier. The tip is incredibly fine, and a little bit longer than most, so I can sort of lay the applicator flat and drag it along my lash-line for foolproof eyeliner. It wears well and doesn't flake off and look patchy at the end of the day, and the color is a fully saturated black. It does smudge a bit and can transfer if I don't set my under-eye concealer, but there's no quicker way to do eyeliner. 

6. Clean & Clear Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste: Ready for a shocker? I pop my pimples. Yes, I know, I know, I really shouldn't do that and I know better--but I pop anyway. It's just too easy and too satisfying not to, if you know what I mean. The trouble is that sometimes one that gets extracted can release too much liquid (sorry folks, getting graphic here) and kind of, um, run for a while. I'm sure this stuff is full of some strong chemical agents, so I just use a tiny bit right where the open area is and in a minute, everything's dry. The liquid isn't typically a big deal, but I need it to stop before applying acne treatment, and the smallest amount of this does the trick--just be sure to wash it off after.

7. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light: The "it" product of the month just had to be in this post, didn't it? I don't want to go into too much detail, since you're probably sick of hearing about these, but this powder is gorgeous. It melts beautifully into foundation and adds a warm glow subtle enough to be used all over. It's not oil-controlling enough for my T-zone, so I use my Neutrogena Shine Control powder (post) there, and then the Dim Light everywhere else. Apart from making my face look healthy, it also has the amazing talent of smoothing over any patchy areas from heavy concealer or foundation, if I've had a bad breakout. Simply put, this is one of those products that just makes you look better.

8. Physician's Formula Nude Eyes Liquid Liners: I hauled these a few weeks ago, and haven't stopped using them since. They're long-wearing enough for the average day, and the colors are so striking, I don't even need to pair eyeshadow with them. The pink is ultra-brightening and looks even more so next to pitch-black lashes, and the sparkly taupe is so flattering. My gripe here is with the applicators--they're not the most comfortable or easy to hold, and after a few uses, the sparkly black brush has started to splay a little. It's not difficult to work with, but I can't get as sharp of a line as I can with the Milani. 

9. Burt's Bees Pore Refining Mask: This product has been discontinued (sorry!), but I've really enjoyed using it this past month. I've been saving my last pot of this mask (reviewed here), desperately clinging to it when I first heard it was discontinued, and recently decided to just bite the bullet and use it. It's infinitely better than Queen Helene's and the average green clay mask, as I feel far cleaner and refreshed after using it. It's strong in the clarifying department, though, so it may be too much for normal skin, and you'll definitely want to use a good moisturizer after.

10. C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm: As much as I've been giving my Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balms a lot of love (both stick and pot), sometimes I want a thick balm I don't have to use my fingers to apply. (This began at the height of flu season). This one is like a slightly lighter version of the Kiehl's, which does require fingers, and is incredibly long-lasting, so I can slick it on once and let it work all day. It's been an absolute godsend these past few cold, dry weeks!

11. Nuxe: Yeah, I mean the brand. The affair that began with their Creme Fraiche 24 Hour Moisturizing Cream has now blown completely out of proportion. I stalk their products online by the hour, and I visit the range just about weekly in Bloomingdale's Space NK. I didn't try the hand cream soon enough for it to make this post, but I'm already loving it--feel free to mentally add it to my list of favorite hand creams (post). I suspect a Nuxe haul will occur sometime in the near future.

In case you didn't notice, March was a bad hair month for me--not a single styling product amongst the bunch! Apart from my usual wash-and-go technique, the only hairstyles I went for this month were of the two-second variety--sloppy ponytail, sloppy bun, or headband.

My goal for April is to step it up on the hair front--no more bad hair days months!

Have a lovely week!

1 comment :

  1. Rene Furterer Curbicia Concentrated Purifying Shampoo is really nice works for my oily hair.