December 23, 2010

Shape shares the beauty products that have changed lives!

Along with all the good advice on eating well and exercising (that I will read and then ignore), January's Shape magazine shares the pros "much have" beauty products.  I think the article is interesting because as a beauty junkie, I try a lot of different things but I don't really have any loyalty to just one product.  Even when I try something amazing it doesn't stop me trying other things because there is always a little voice telling me that there might be something even better out there!  It's probably not normal but at least this blog gives me a good excuse, I am now duty bound to try new things, just for you!  Anyhow, check out the article with normal people who try good things and then keep using them:

The beauty product that changed my life

It starts with the rush you feel at first glance. You spend time together to decide if you’re compatible. But in the end you know you’ll be loyal for life. No, we’re not talking about the way you feel when you’re smitten with a guy, but with a product—say, a frizz-fighting shampoo or a confidence-boosting lipstick. While you probably have a few standbys of your own, we wondered what the pros would pick. Check out their choices and you might find true beauty love.

Body Beautifiers
  • Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly restoring moisturizer ($7; at drugstores) “This has antioxidants that repair skin over time—and it does all that work while I’m asleep!” —Sapna Westley, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC
  • Ila blissful Body Scrub ($95; “I recently started to eat more organic foods and decided that I wanted to green my beauty routine too. That’s when a friend told me about this scrub. It contains only natural ingredients and leaves my skin feeling silkier than any other product.” —Bethany Goodfellow, lead therapist at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 
  • Victoria’s Secret Sunkissed Bronze Instant Self Tan Lotion ($12; “I grew up on the beach and love a bronzed look. To get that gorgeous glow safely, I smooth on this self-tanner once or twice a week. The lotion smells like coconut, not chemicals, so it reminds me of summer all year long.’’ —Adriana Lima, swimsuit model
Hair Dos
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti Frizz Shampoo ($20; “Formulated with an organic oil that seals out humidity, this fresh-smelling shampoo keeps my frizzy hair in line—no matter the weather. Now I look amazing rain or shine.” —Jessica Gillin, a hairstylist at the Marie Robinson Salon in NYC
  • Aveda Beautifying Composition ($21; “I think I have the driest hair in America! This smoothing oil helps keep my strands moisturized and shiny. I pinch a little onto my ends when they start to look and feel fried from heat styling.” —Andrea Arterbery, beauty blogger for
  • Roux ’Tween Time Instant HairColor Touch-Up Stick ($7; “This crayon-like tube of temporary hair dye is the best invention on the planet for covering grays. I keep one handy for times when I’m too busy to sit in the salon chair.” —Giselle, a celebrity colorist at the Susan Ciminelli Day Spa in NYC
  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue ($65; “It’s my go-to product because I can use it all over. I comb it into damp or dry hair to make it glossy and slather it on my body to soften my skin. I go through a bottle in two months!” —Edris, owner of the Edris salon in NYC
  • Nexxus Comb Thru Finishing Mist ($11; at drugstores) “Some hairsprays don’t provide enough hold, while others make strands too stiff. This prevents flyaways without giving me helmet head. ’’ —Kristan Serafino, a celebrity hairstylist in NYC 
Smile Savers
  • Supersmile Professional Whitening System ($36; “Other whitening products have made my teeth too sensitive. But this one doesn’t—and it keeps my smile gorgeous.” —Kelly Ripa
  • Dentek comfort clean floss picks ($3; at drugstores) “These are slim enough to slip into a clutch. You never know when you’re going to need to floss on the run!” —Debra Glassman, D.D.S., a dentist in NYC
Tool Time
  • Goody Spin Pins ($6; at drugstores) “I have thick hair, so twisting it into an updo usually requires lots of bobby pins and elastics to make sure it doesn’t unravel. I wasn’t expecting much when I received a box of these corkscrew-like fasteners in a swag bag, but now I’m a convert. Using only one or two, I can create a cool chignon in 30 seconds or less.” —Annie Tomlin, blogger for
  • T3 Featherweight Gold Dryer ($200; “I’m constantly flying between New York, L.A., London, Paris, and Milan for work, and I always pack light. Most travel blow-dryers simply don’t cut it, though, because they’re not very powerful and take forever to dry my thick hair. But this one is a lifesaver—it barely weighs anything, yet it’s as strong and effective as a dryer I’d use in the salon.” —Eloise Cheung, celebrity stylist in NYC
Makeup Must-Haves
  • Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Pressed Powder ($15; at drugstores) “Now I no longer have to think about reapplying SPF. I simply dust this on whenever I’m shiny and I know my skin is protected too.” —Joanna Schlip, a celebrity makeup artist in L.A.
  • Lipfusion Micro-Injected CollageN Lip Plump Color Shine ($38; “Because I have so much on my plate, I’m obsessed with multitasking products like this. It makes my lips look fuller and adds color and sheen.” —Kim Kardashian
  • Piret & Tamara Eye Silks ($35 each; “Most cream eye shadows crease or disappear in an hour. These contain silicone, which helps the color adhere to lids, and they’re totally goof-proof.” —Suzette Lemos, a celebrity makeup artist in NYC
  • L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara ($9; at drugstores) “The brush gives loads of length and definition to lashes, and the formula is the blackest and richest around. Best of all, it doesn’t flake—ever!” —Tina Turnbow, a celebrity makeup artist in NYC 
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Red Revival ($7; at drugstores)
    “Bright red lips were all over the runway this season, and this is my favorite shade. Every time I wear it, women stop me to ask what color I have on! ’’ —Charlotte Willer, a makeup artist in NYC
  • Tarte EmphasEyes aqua-gel eyeliner in navy ($18;
    “One of my favorite tricks to make me look alert and awake is to line my lower lids in blue pencil. Not only is this liner the perfect shade of indigo, it doesn’t sting my sensitive eyes.’’ —Maria Maio, a celebrity makeup artist in NYC
Mani Cures
  • OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go ($8; “A few drops prevent hangnails. Plus, it comes in a pen-like applicator that never spills in your purse.” —Beth Fricke, a celebrity manicurist in L.A.
  • 95 and Sunny Nail files ($8 each;“These have an ultra-fine grit that won’t cause damage to your tips.” —Jenna Hipp, a celebrity manicurist in L.A.
  • Nars Dovima nail polish ($16;
    “I don’t wear polish when I’m working since it would just get smudged. That’s why I love this color for special occasions. It makes me feel like a Hollywood starlet.’’ —JIn Soon Choi, owner of the Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spas in NYC
Sensational Scent
  • L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc Extreme Eau de Parfum ($155 for 3.4 oz; “I’ve worn this fragrance since I was 12 years old. I asked my mom, ‘Why can’t I wear perfume like my older sister?’ So she took me to Barneys New York and said, ‘Pick one.’ It’s such a signature fragrance for me. Everywhere I go, people are like, ‘That’s Kelly.’” —Kelly Osbourne
Complexion Perfectors
  • Elizabeth Grant Skin Care Collagen Capsules ($50; “These tiny pods are little miracle workers. When I pop one open and smooth it on under my foundation, my skin immediately looks plumper and firmer.” —Samantha Hosker, a celebrity makeup artist in London
  • Alyria corrective protection sunscreen SPF 30 ($40; “I’ve used sunscreen every day since I was 21. I love this one because it doesn’t drip into my eyes or cause irritation.” —Jeanine Downie, m.d., a dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey
  • St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub ($4; at drugstores) “Exfoliating makes your skin brighter and helps anti-aging creams sink in better. This product does both without being harsh.” —Marsha Gordon, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC 
 Keep in mind that all prices are in US$ and being American, they don't know how to spell "colour" properly - so spill, what beauty product (if any) has changed your life?

- Lisamarie -


  1. I actually just did a before and after using the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes on my blog and I am really impressed with the results!! I never thought that a drugstore mascara could deliver such great results.
    I can send you a link if you want to see it! :)

  2. I did the same thing and you are right, great results! Yes, I'd love to see yours, the link would be great!

    Best, Lisamarie


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