Today’s editor’s picks may seem a bit random. What they have in common—aside from my endorsement—is that they’re all hitting stores this month or next. Here’s why I like each one:
Cosmo’s Sexiest Beauty Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Gorgeous
I can’t resist a good beauty guide, and this one—written by Cosmopolitan‘s editors—covers all the basics. (And here I thought it was just going to be full of catch-a-man tricks.) Lots of good advice here, including a really helpful section on haircuts and colour with lots of modern photos you could bring to show your hairdresser. Worth a look if you don’t have something like this already in your collection. Out April 6th in Canada (see here).
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Kiehl’s Açai Damage-Minimizing Cleanser, which is one of the best foaming cleansers I’ve tried. (And organic too!) I’m also a habitual facial mister and am loving the one in this line. Also organic, it’s supposed to clarify, tighten pores and restore radiance. For a limited time you can get one designed by Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams, Jeff Koons or Malia Jones, with proceeds going to the Rainforest Alliance. Details here.
HIGHLY recommended for your desk at work to combat the drying effects of indoor heating and A/C, refresh your makeup or just give you a mid-afternoon boost. Trust me, ALL beauty eds have a facial mist on their desks.
Clarins Gentle Beauty Soap
I’m so excited that Clarins has introduced their very first organic product (certified by EcoCert). You can use this on face or body and it smells amazing in that signature Clarins citrusy way. It suits all skin types and contains organic shea butter and hazelnut oil.
Okay, so you need to know that this line isn’t completely natural… if you’re a purist, you should probably go elsewhere (eg. Noah’s or Whole Foods) and prepare to spend a bit more on less mainstream products. I’m okay with this range though, because as much as I TRY to be natural, sometimes performance and price are more important factors—especially when it comes to hair products. You may know about my love for TRESemmé’s 24 Hour Body range—one of the best performing drugstore lines and GREAT value. With the Naturals products, I got the same crazy volume but with a “lower sulfate” formula in the shampoo and no silicones in the conditioner. That’s good enough for me! More info here.
PS. Although it saddens me to say this, skip TRESemmé’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoo and instead spend your bucks on a higher-end one from Kevin Murphy or Ojon. I was super excited that a drugstore brand was finally coming out with a dry shampoo (at a drugstore price!), but dry shampoos and tricky. They really need to do a good job of absorbing the oil and this one felt a bit greasy (as in more grease than I started with). I also detected a bit of grey-ish residue, which can be a problem on non-blondes.
These little kits that Benefit keeps coming out with get me every time! This one I REALLY identify with, being a bit of a concealer addict myself. It contains mini versions of That Gal (a brightening face primer), Erase Paste (an eye-area concealer), Boi-ing (a truly industrial-strength concealer for zits and stuff), Lemon Aid (eyelid primer) and Eye Bright (a pinky eye-area brightener), plus two brushes. It’s $44 for the lot, but what great value!
What’s YOUR take on these new products? Anything you’re planning to try?