Before I met this potion, I thought pore products were a myth. Strips, scrubs and masks may have left me disappointed, but Dr. Jart's Black Label Detox Pore Penetrator ($24, Sephora.com) took my blues (and congested pores) away. It's a serum that you leave on your face for five minutes before rubbing off. It turns into a scrub as it dries and really does a great job of clearing up those nasty specks on your face.
If there's one thing that makes me wary of beauty products, it's over-promising. So when I heard Eco-Armour had a shaving foam that prevents cuts, razor burn, ingrown hair and sharpens dull blades, I was sure it would be a dud. Thankfully, Shave With Benefits ($24, Eco-armour.com) proved me wrong. After using it, my skin was finally irritant-free post-shave.
I have wasted plenty of money on at-home waxing kits that did little more than irritate my skin. When I heard that Completely Bare was releasing its own drugstore line, I hesitated on taking the Hypo-Allergenic Wax Strips For Face, Bikini, & Body kit ($12.99, Cvs.com) home. But with each pull of a strip, I was amazed to see it was actually gripping my hair removing it. While yes, it still hurts like any other waxing system, they have products for that, too.
I know I'm about to sound like a commercial, but Clear shampoo and conditioner is amazing. I have a very sensitive scalp that is prone to dryness and flakes (gross, I know), but their Moisturizing Dry Scalp line ($4.99 for each, Target.com) completely took care of it. Oh, and their formula also managed to leave my hair tangle-free and smelling delicious. Hallelujah!
Once a month I experience a few cystic pimples that are deeply rooted into my skin. Even an injection of cortizone does little to calm down those pesky monsters. When I used the Bliss No 'Zit' Sherlock face mask ($38, Blissworld.com), I noticed a huge reduction in size the next day. Run, don't walk to buy this face-saver.
I'm a sucker for any product that tries to multi-task or compact multiple items, so I had to have this Benefit Perk Up Artist palette ($30, Benefitcosmetics.com). It combines three creams: one that corrects redness or sun spots, one that covers blemishes and dark circles, and one that brightens the skin. And guess what? They all did their jobs and blended perfectly into my super pale skin. Win!
I'm all about organic when it comes to my produce. With cosmetics? Not so much. I just have a hard time believing the all-natural versions will deliver the same results as my chemical-laden favorite. Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara ($9.95, Physiciansformula.com) just might have converted me. With this mascara, my lashes get longer, they look fuller and I feel green.
I'm all about defining my waves, so trust me when I tell you I've been around the curling iron block. I know all the gimmicks and and promises of hassle-free style. When I received the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver ($189, Qvc.com), I was more than ready to give it a shot before throwing it into the trash. But since that first day, I've used it almost every day for the past few months. With the press of a button you get perfect beachy waves every. single. time.