While this week has bestowed snowy wonderlands upon so many of you lucky souls, it has given me freezing fog and long working hours! So I've been thinking up ways to beat the winter blues, starting with one in the beauty department: sampling a few products that promise cosmetic pick-me-ups. I put them to the test throughout this week, and here are my verdicts!
I finally asked for a sample of Origins VitaZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer at Sephora. The first thing I noticed is that this moisturizer is full of tiny dark-colored beads, which I assume release the small amount of pigment that the product contains. It offers very light coverage (less than most tinted moisturizers), and it evens out and warms up my complexion without feeling heavy or greasy. On days when I don't need a lot of coverage, this is what I want to be wearing. I know I'll be purchasing the full-size as soon as I finish a product I already have! I also revisited my sample-size tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, a multipurpose "skin protectant" that you can use on dry skin anywhere from lips to cuticles. It is very emollient, but I'm still not convinced by all the hype. To me it just feels like a medicated version of Vaseline that smells slightly like tar, and I don't seem myself purchasing a full-size tube any time soon.
I'm on the hunt for a "magic potion" shampoo and conditioner... you know, the ones that will make long locks look luscious? I didn't have the highest of hopes for Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo; but don't be fooled by the boring name... it left my hair looking shiny, healthy and voluminous. It contains moisturizing avocado oil and astringent nettle extract, and it has a very faint cucumber-y scent. I don't color my hair, but according to the packaging, this shampoo is gentle enough to use on colored hair. I paired this shampoo with Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner, another great product for anyone with dry or chemically-processed hair, and it was a winning combination. The only downsides? The shampoo might not be gentle enough for everyone because it contains sulfates, a known irritant to more sensitive scalps. Also, the price tags: an 8 oz bottle of the shampoo is $25 and an 8 oz bottle of the conditioner is $24.
I'm curious to know... have you tried anything good lately? What is your favorite shampoo?