Let’s talk beauty. I am a total beauty product junkie and am constantly changing my skincare routine. I do have some standbys (Clarisonic skin brush, Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Exfoliating treatment) but when it comes to moisturizer and eye cream, I’m always on a quest to find the perfect product. I recently tried out a few new products and have added them to my daily routine. Here’s the down-low.
1. M-61: M-61 is the new skincare line by Marla Malcolm Beck, the CEO of Bluemercury. The company sent me a couple of lab samples recently, and so far, so good. The hydraboost moisturizer is packed with peptides (they help fight wrinkles) and contains tamarind and aloe. It also contains hyalauronic acid, which helps plump the skin. The best part? It hasn’t negatively affected my hyper-sensitive skin—i.e., no breakouts, no redness. Gentle, but effective. Clearly, Beck knows her stuff. She’s the CEO of a multi-million beauty company that sells products from big names like La Mer, Bobbi Brown and Darphin, so I imagine she did a lot of research before formulating her own line. I think her products can easily go head-to-head with any of the bigger names.
2. NARS Nourishing Eye Cream: This stuff is my jam. It’s honestly one of the best eye products I’ve ever used—perfect consistency, absorbs really well and seems to be making a noticeable difference in the smile lines around my eyes. Also, it comes with a handy little applicator, so you don’t have to put your fingers in the jar (which makes the entire process far more glamorous and much less, er, germy.) I don’t yet have a lot of lines on my face, but I do live in Florida, so preventing wrinkles is pretty key in these parts.
3. NARS EFA Night Infusion: I use this product like a serum, applying it about five minutes before I put on moisturizer. It’s very light and contains hyalauronic acid and other fatty acids—it helps my nightly moisturizer absorb and sinks deep into skin to nourish and repair skin cells.
4. DDF Firming Cream: This product is pretty pricey and I wouldn’t normally shell out $150 for face cream, I was lucky enough to find a jar atMarshall’s for just $29.99. It’s thick, so I like to apply it at least an hour before my head hits the pillow (otherwise, I fear the product won’t have the chance to penetrate my skin). Also, the smell is kind of strange, but you get used to it. It helps to fight free radical damage (a huge plus if you live in a sunny place like Florida) and has a tightening effect. When I wear it, my skin really glows. (The directions say you can apply it AM or PM, but I think it’s a little too thick to wear during the day, so I slather it on post-serum before bed.)
5. Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advanced Hydration: I love Ole Henriksen products, particularly anything from the “Truth” line. It smells overwhelmingly of oranges (I’m talking really, really, strong) but contains a lot of good stuff—Vitamin C, which boosts collagen production and brightens your skin, and it promotes cell turnover and brightens your skin. I use this in the AM.
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