My friend and editor of Bisous Magazine, Shelli Wright, recently asked me to share some of my beauty favorites with her awesome Bisous readers for Beauty Month on their Daily Fix blog. It’s a complete “Sophie’s Choice” for me when it comes to picking favorite products. There are simply far too many to choose from. Having said that, I’ve selected a few products that are favorites of mine. If even in a long list of faves, these products are truly loved by me. Off we go!
I’m all about the Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil. I can’t get enough of it. The Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil is such a beautiful product! For me, it’s skin care decadence. It’s a luxurious self-indulgence that I absolutely long for. Warning: I get very passionate about my products! This lightweight Face Oil not only softens my skin, but it has a scent that I beyond adore. Mmmm…perfection! After I apply the Extra Oil to my face, I rub whatever bit of the product is left all over my hands. Using the Oil at night, I go to bed extra happy because I have the scent of the Extra Oil on my face and hands. And truth be told, on these nights, I actually fall asleep with my hands close to my face so that I can bathe as much as possible in that scent as I fade away from my day. If I could, I just might drink it. Not really…but maybe (cheeky girl!). The Extra Face Oil is so soothing to your skin and it truly does have such a calming scent. With the inclusion of lavender (my absolute favorite), neroli, patchouli and sandalwood…I breathe in all of those essential oils and I smile with complete satisfaction. If you have dry skin or even just dry patches, you’ll love this product. And when the winter months come along and your skin is begging for extra hydration, treat yourself to Bobbi Brown’s Extra Face Oil. I love, love, love it! By the way, while I’m at it, the Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm is also an amazing product when you’re looking for extra hydration. I can’t rave about a product from the Bobbi Brown Extra line without mentioning my love for the Extra Soothing Balm. Such beautiful products! Molto bella!!!
If you are not familiar with Jurlique products, I highly recommend introducing yourself to Jurlique. I love products that make me feel special. Jurlique’s Silk Finishing Powders are so special. I’m currently using the Rose Silk Finishing Powder. With the light scent of rose, it’s the perfect way to finish your makeup application and a sweet surprise for anyone who leans in to kiss your cheek. For something so basic as the application of a face powder, you can actually make that application feel special and smell beautiful. These are very light notes of rose. I don’t want to give the impression that this powder acts like a fragrance for your face. Not at all and nobody wants that! Jurlique offers their Silk Finishing Powder in Lavender and Citrus, as well the Rose that I’m using (all made for different skin types). These powders are all translucent and lightweight, and they are all positively lovely.
Tip: If you don’t feel like a princess at some point during your entire makeup application process, you need to look into investing in some different products. Feel beautiful!
I’m a huge fan of Murad products. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite product from Murad. But I have to tell you about one product that’s been amazing for me lately. I’m loving the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. I’ve tried other lightening gels/creams that are made by skin care lines that charge an arm and a leg for bottled promises that aren’t kept. This lightening gel actually works on my skin. It truly lightens spots. I also wanted to highlight this particular Murad product because a lot of women that I know have been trying various lightening products and aren’t getting positive results from what they’ve tried. I highly recommend the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. Bonus: A little goes a very long way with this lightweight gel. While I’m raving about Murad I have to mention that if you’re in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Howard Murad is my favorite dermatologist and I absolutely love his peels. If you can get an appointment with him, he’s the best at what he does and you couldn’t find a lovelier man. He’s done an amazing job with my skin. I’ve literally watched in the mirror while he’s given me a peel and have seen freckles lighten instantly. When it comes to my skin, Dr. Murad is always on my list of favorites.
I have to give my friend Kate Walsh credit for turning me onto Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (click to read Kate Walsh’s interview). She raved to me about ExfoliKate so much that I had to try it, and I loved it. I keep it in my shower. My skin always thanks me for using ExfoliKate. I love the way the application process of this product feels and how the product feels on my skin while I let it sink in. It’s great for when you need that extra bit of cleansing. It contains salicylic acid, always a bonus, and it smells like cinnamon. Not only does it soften my skin, but my skin looks great after I use it. I always reach for ExfoliKate when I don’t want to wear makeup but still want to have a little rosy glow and have extra fresh feeling skin. Another Kate Somerville product that I love like crazy is the Deep Tissue Repair. Who am I kidding?! The Deep Tissue Repair is probably my absolute favorite Kate Somerville product. I just didn’t want to “go there” because this particular product is a bit pricey. So I didn’t want to do that to you…or me. However, if it’s in your budget, happily indulge! For me, the Deep Tissue Repair is skin care heaven in a small jar that I like to imagine sings “Ave Maria” to me, ever so softly, each time I open the jar. I have to stop! It’s too good!
Check out ExfoliKate. It’s a truly wonderful product that I love!
I know, I know…everyone loves it! For lips, I don’t leave home without Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment. I actually don’t leave home without a handful of different lip products because I’m completely addicted. But if I had to choose one above all the rest, it would be Fresh’s Sugar. Even when I’m using another product on my lips I often use the Sugar first, before applying the other product, just to give my lips that extra soft and wonderful treatment first. Plus, I think my mind just immediately goes to Fresh now when I think of applying anything to my lips. Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment was actually the first product that I featured on MySkinAffair, over three years ago. And since then, I’ve celebrated the expanding Sugar line. I also love the Sugar Rose. I always keep the original Sugar in my purse along with the Sugar Rose. “Sugar, ahhh honey honey. You are my candy girl, and you’ve got me wanting you.”
I have to add that I’ve never tried a product from Fresh that I didn’t love. I’m a huge fan of their Soy Face Cleanser. It’s a fantastic product. I love so many Fresh products, I love their scents, and I adore their beautiful packaging. I’m a very big fan!
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 $22.50
I’ve got so many more faves for you to read about in the future. I love all of the products that I write about. I’m not interested in spending my time writing negative reviews at this point, as MySkinAffair was created to share what I love and to share the beautiful things that I find. So when I find a product or a treatment that I don’t love, I just simply don’t write about it. And, of course, there are certain products that I do love more than others…we all have our faves. My list of faves is miles long! So stay tuned.