What to buy Monday: Products I currently love

7/02/2012 04:08:00 AM
Nail polish.

Fairy Teal. No, I'm serious, this polish is unfortunately called "Fairy Teal." [insert heavy sigh]

I've been using OPI for years. Why? Because I'm a creature of habit and when something works, I just go with it. I recently saw an ad (of course, I did) for Sally Hansen "Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish" and it said that it was INCREDIBLE and that I needed to buy it (in not so many words) so in my last drugstore.com order I ordered it.

Holy wow.

It works splendidly. First off, I'm hard on my toenail polish. I don't have the most gorgeous feet. There, I said it. I very rarely have shoes on and it appears that the ever-present Cabo sand doesn't smooth your feet like one would think, it merely callouses it. That said, this polish STAYS on through beach visits and doesn't even dull.

It didn't chip for TWO WEEKS and it's shiny. This is good stuff. I'd buy it again, hands down. Also, it has a convenient little angled brush that I wasn't sure I'd like, but I do. It was handy.

The cost is $6.99 per bottle - as opposed to OPI's $8.50. Buy it here.

P.S. I bought that color above and I loved it.


Face sunscreen.

So my daily face routine used to go like this:

1. Rinse face in the a.m.
2. Apply Neutrogena age shield SPF 70 facial sunscreen.

This works well, but it's heavy. Probably not the best everyday facial sunscreen.

3. Wait.
4. Apply Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer 20 SPF (more sunscreen.)
5. Add blush and whatever else - done.

In my opinion, you can never be wearing too much face sunscreen.

The issue was that the Age Shield Face was THICK. And smelled like sunscreen. I hate that.

A friend introduced me to a very affordable alternative: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock, ALSO SPF 70.

This is good stuff. You can wear this everyday.

LOVE IT. It's a liquid and it dries immediately. It doesn't leave a weird white-tint on my face that other sunscreens do and my tinted moisturizer goes on quite smoothly over it after I let it dry. It also has a non-offensive smell and I don't seem to have gained any more sun damage/age spots. (More on that below.) It appears to be doing its' job.

So if you're looking for an affordable, liquid sunscreen with a high SPF to put on under your makeup or to wear alone - give this a whirl.

It's on sale for $11.69 on drugstore.com -- normally $12.99.


Hyper pigmentation, or as I'd like to call them: age spots

Age eraser in a bottle.

I hate sun damage. After I had my girls something weird happened to my face (and let's be honest, the rest of my body): I had some serious hyper-pigementation. Dark spots here, there, everywhere. It probably doesn't help that I live where the sun is merciless, but I've found a product that I really like that helps with this.

It's called Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. I had never heard of Murad before, (Yes, apparently I live under a rock.) but the reviews convinced me to give this a shot. I'm glad I did.

It's light and you can feel it working after you wash your face (and before you put on your moisturizer/eye cream for the night.) It's lightened many of my "spots"; one area in particular that I'm self conscious about. I'm content with it.

It's $60 (slightly steep, I know) - but seriously, IT'S YOUR FACE - and if my older sister has taught me anything, it's that you TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN. (If you saw her you'd see that she practices what she preaches. She looks like she's 20.)

So about this stuff - you get so much. A little goes a very, very long way.

Buy it on Sephora here.


NARS blush

I've bought "blush" exactly once. In high school and college I'd use Mary Kay that my Mom gave me but never could quite figure out how to apply it without looking like JEM. And if I were being honest I used to think that just old people wore blush and that they called it rouge.

(My grandma totally called it rouge.)

Well, now that I'm old I wear it.
Not exactly what the color looks like in real-life. Still, it's superb.

When I bought Bare Minerals like everyone else in the world, I bought an "add-on" blush and have used that here and there over the years. The bare minerals stuff, annoyingly named, "glee" always slid off of my face by late-afternoon. It was kind of useless.

Not this stuff. NARS blush, specifically the shade "orgasm" (uh-huh) is incredible. A little goes a long way, for sure. (The other day Craig saw me after said rouge-application and was like, "Um, that's too much." I LOVE HIM. A real man doesn't let his wife walk out of the house with too much orgasm on.)

So after you apply this stuff you can expect that it will be exactly where it should be hours later. (Keep in mind that we're in the mid-90's here right now and this stuff doesn't slide off.)

It's the perfect pink and well, it's pretty great. (Online it says that it's, "peachy pink with shimmer." I agree with that statement.)

Buy it on Sephora for $28.00.


And there you have it. A few of my favorite things.

**DISCLAIMER: Nope, I do not receive compensation for ANY of my product reviews. These are products that I've tried and liked -- no one gave them to me expecting a review to be written.



  1. Oh thank you, your recommendation for age spot lightening magic cream serum comes at a great time - I've got some offending spots on the side of my face. So annoying. They seem to get darker in the summer once I've been out in the sun. My mom has them in almost the exact same spot too! I will have to try this Murad stuff.

    I'm thinking I need to overhaul my makeup in general. I've been using BareMinerals for awhile now and it seems like I'm wiping it all off by noon because my face gets all oily and when I blot it, my makeup comes off too. So annoying. And that doesn't help with covering up said age spots - basically I have no coverage by the afternoon. I even use the BM oil control lotion! I'm thinking powder foundation might not be the way for me to go. Suggestions?

  2. I bought that SAME Sally Hanson color (Fairy Teal...I actually love the name, heehee) last year around the time I found out I was having a boy and I think I wore it every day from April - October :) Obviously, I loved it!

    I bought a couple other colors in the complete salon manicure line because it does work so well.

    I need to get better about wearing sunscreen on my face :/

  3. I've tried a bunch of Murad products. I think they're amazing.

    I have to wear plumb-y blush. Isn't that weird? You'd think purpley blush would be gross.


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