Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tightening the Beauty Belt: Days 11 to 20

Day 11: Dove Exfoliating Daily Facial Cleansing Pillows
Chic Mommy loves these cleansing pads because they are chemical-free and do an excellent job of scrubbing away dry, dead skin off the face. The pads work well in with with acne medications as well.

Day 12: L'Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara

Both Chic Mommy and I love this mascara. For me, this was my drugstore go to before I discovered Cover Girl Lash Blast. I love voluminizing mascaras for their ability to fatten up my sparse lashes. The brush is very similar to YSL Faux Cils Mascara's brush -- chubby and filled with bristles.

Chic Mommy says that this is the best value in the drugstore. She thinks it lengthens and thickens as well as Chanel for only 25% of the cost.

Day 13: Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

This is the only lotion that Chic Mommy uses on her face at night and on the days she does not leave the house (for its lack of sunscreen). She says it is so gentle, she even uses it on her little ones!! The bottle costs $10, but it lasts more than 3 months with both her and the kids using it.

Day 14: Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30

Chic Mommy has used Olay brand for almost 10 years now and just doesn't see a reason to pay more for department store brands when this moisturizer works so well. An added plus is the great sun protection it offers!

Day 15: Booth's Ginger Sugar Scrub
Remember how I told you I love gourmand scented lotions and body creams? Well, that love extends to body scrubs as well. Unfortunately, some department store brand scrubs cost around 50 bucks!! Its a little too expensive for me for something that will be washed down the drain. Luckily, I found this sugar scrub which smells amazing yet does a wonderful job of exfoliating my skin. Further, the ginger scent is unique (not the typical vanilla or chocolate) yet not overpowering.

Day 16: L'Oreal Colour Juice in Peek-A-Boo Clear

I have been looking for a cheap clear gloss to slick on in lieu of chapstick during the summer months and this one by L'Oreal is one of the best out there. The gloss goes on smoothly, is non-tacky and has a nice scent to it as well. As an added bonus, this product would look great dabbed on eyelids for a glossy eye look.

Day 17: Booth's Buttercream Body Souffle
Like the Tree Hut Brazilian Nut Body Cream reviewed previously this month, this body souffle is amazingly moisturizing and scented. Whereas the Tree Hut cream is ultra thick and perfect for fall and winter, this souffle is somewhat lighter and I plan to use this all summer long.
Day 18: Aquaphor Healing Ointment

I had heard about Aquaphor on other beauty blogs as a sort of miracle product for dry, flaky skin. Yet this product is not just a lotion you smear on...its a multi-purpose project that can be used as a moisturizer, healing ointment, and even chapstick! I put this on my lips at night and when I wake up 7 hours later, my lips are still extremely moisturized. I plan on keeping a tube of this at my office desk as the constant temperature changes leave my lips and hands dry.
Day 19: L'Oreal Le Kohl Pencil in Cafe

If there was one product I was obsessed with back in high school (yes, you heard right, that was about 10+ years ago!), it was this eyeliner. I loved the smudgy kohl look and still do, and this drugstore eyeliner easily achieves this look. The liner goes on smoothly and smudgy, and does not drag or skip on the eyelids at all.

Day 20: Crest Whitestrips Dental Whitening SysteCrest Whitestrips were one of the original teeth whiteners on the market when they became so popular a few years back. This product remains popular despite multiple imitations by other brands for a reason - it works! My teeth were noticeably whiter after I used them for 14 days and I immediately got a lot of compliments on my teeth. I actually started using them when I complained to my dentist that my teeth were yellowing. His response was that I could either pay $500 or so for professional whitening or go get a box of Crest Whitestrips...I was sold!


  1. Can u recommend me a blush/bronzer for nude lips. im nc 42

  2. hey, ur blog is really cool. I just wanna ask if u've any experience for shahnaz hussain's herbal products. do they really work?

  3. Princess, try the new Blush/Bronzer duo by Nars in Orgasm/Laguna beach. It's availabe at Sephora. Also, were you the one asking me about a nice lipstick color that would give you a Kim Kardashian look? If so, I remembered you when I went out to Sephora recently, and I think NARS lipstick in Sexual Healing might be the ticket for you. I've tanned recently and am NC 42 now too, and this color, Sexual Healing (pardon the name, sorry so risque!) gives you that nice nudey pink look without looking too tacky. But you have to use a lipliner (I'd use MAC Subculture) and NARS Turkish Delight lipgloss with it to get the full look. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

    Woman, I haven't tried the Shahnaz products myself, but I have a friend who used them and said they were okay. They're incredibly hard to find in the U.S., only desi beauty parlors carry them, so if you can't find them, don't sweat it. The drugstores have great skincare products as well, I'll do a post soon showcasing some of my favorites.


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