Bioderma Crealine Face wipes. I discovered these in Paris…I already had the liquid cleansing solution (which is the best makeup remover out there), but these make it possible to be even more lazy! Great for post workout and late nights. Unfortunately, these are not available in the US and must be ordered on Amazon. You might be wandering what makes these better than your average Pond’s or Neutrogena wipes at the drugstore. They are extreeemely gentle and non irritating while still removing everything, cause no redness, no dryness, and are great for sensitive skin. I also picked up some other things in the French pharmacies – aka heaven- but need to test them out a little more before I post!
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream. I load this all around my eye area at night, on any other areas that happen to be extra dry, and use as a lip balm during the day. This is greasy…think Aquaphor or Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. The difference is that it is creamier and lighter, less sticky, glides on much more easily, and is petroleum free. If you don’t want to splurge on Josie Maran, I have been using Alba Un-Petroleum around my eyes for years…it is definitely stickier and thicker that the argan cream, a little more Aquaphor-ish.
Vegenaise. I know this stuff is nothing new, but I somehow just discovered it when reading Gwyneth’s latest book “It’s All Good.” I also highly recommend this book for all fans of GP, healthy recipes, and good photography. Back to the Vegenaise…It is the perfect substitute for mayo and works so well for different dressings and sauces. Miller and I made Gwyneth’s version of ranch dressing and as she would say…this stuff is like money in the bank. The ingredients are below- combine and whisk together. Find it in the refrigerator section at Whole Foods.
*1/2 cup Vegenaise
*2 teaspoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
*1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
*1 finely minced garlic clove
*1 tablespoon of chopped chives
Lafco diffuser. These are the best quality and prettiest diffusers I have ever used. Miller and I burn through candles so fast that it’s ridiculous. There is constantly one burning in our living room so we decided we needed a more cost efficient way to keep the bedroom smelling good. Funny I say cost efficient because this thing is not cheap, but it lasts an entire year and it gives off a very strong scent. The container is hand blown glass- we buy the Lafco candles too and save each container after the candle is finished burning because they are so beautiful- perfect to use for flowers. The diffuser we have right now- well I guess for this year – is Ski House, but all of their scents are absolutely wonderful. I would definitely order from a store that offers free shipping like Candles off Main or Candle Luxury.
Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion. My cousin Lauren introduced me to this mascara, and it will definitely be my go to mascara from now on. Like she explained on her blog, it really is lengthening, volumizing, and clump free. Add drugstore price to that list and it doesn’t get much better. One thing I should mention, this does have a thicker wand, so if you prefer something smaller where you have more control, this might not be the mascara for you.
Somme Institute. I am very hesitant to post on a skin care line because everything works so differently for everybody. I first read about Somme Institute on Into The Gloss…this is a lot of information, but if you find skin care as interesting as I do, you will appreciate.
After reading this, I got to thinking that I need to find another product to use nightly so that I am not overusing my retinol cream. Which, if you are not yet using a retinol cream, you 100% should be!!! I decided to try out the travel size to see how I liked the products without having to fully commit. I really did love it. My skin tone/texture definitely benefited. When I ran out of the travel stuff, the products I felt that were worth re-ordering were the Serum and the A-Bomb. The serum is filled with vitamin C which is great for skin tone, but you have to be careful with vitamin C because some forms of it will cause you to break out. This one does not, or at least didn’t for me.
The A-Bomb is filled vitamin A and E, which is very good for skin texture. This is much more gentle than the dermatologist prescribed retinol creams (also vitamin A) like Retina or Renova- with that said, I still believe those should be used, but not overused. So I use the A-Bomb most nights and use my strong retinol twice a week. If you have been looking for a new skin regimen or could use some brightening, you should try out the travel pack to test the waters!
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