After trying out different beauty products as part of my work, there are some that I've relied on for years and will still be using this year-unless something better comes along.
While thinking of what best to write for the first Friday of 2016, I looked through my dresser, toiletry kit and bathroom for products I could throw away. I checked expiration dates and also gave away some products I hadn't opened and knew I wouldn't use.
I kept a few and here are some favorites I think you should also try.
Toni & Guy Cleanse Shampoo for Fine Hair
Having fine hair which I colour and style every so often, I don't want the weight that some products give. But this Toni & Guy product gently cleanses and adds body from the roots, while plumping and strengthening hair fibers to restore fullness. I also like that it doesn't have a strong scent, so even if my scalp smells clean, I can still use cologne without having to worry about clashing fragrances.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I first bought this product during a layover of a long flight when I was feeling tightness on my skin. I've since been hooked on it, always feeling good upon waking up to supple, radiant skin. Its 99.8-per cent-natural, paraben-free formula boosts the skin's natural reparative functions for a smoother, firmer complexion. It's addicting and quite pricey, but the results are all worth it.
Perricone MD, No Foundation Foundation Serum SPF 30
This foundation is so easy to apply and makes the skin look good, but is also buildable. I put about three drops in the palm of one hand, rub it in both hands, than dab on my skin. No Foundation Foundation Serum instantly softens imperfections and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and pores with neuropeptides without settling into fine lines.
A luxurious, fluid texture ensures a semi-matte, suede-like finish with a breathable second-skin effect. It comes in one universal shade or you can customise to match your skin tone with No Bronzer Bronzer.
Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara
After using this product for the first time, I thought I was going to make a mess because the wand is extra large. It turned out that it was rather easy to apply; and for someone who has the shortest, finest lashes, one application gave them amazing length and volume that looked natural. Just when I thought I had the best mascara, this one came along.
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
While buying lipstick, I noticed the saleslady highlighting something on a piece of paper. She said she did this every time someone bought Prep + Prime because it was their best seller.
After buying and using it, I wish I had known about this product earlier. It keeps the lips from getting dry, makes the colour of the lippie last, and most impressively makes the ridges on my lips disappear.
Moroccanoil Treatment Original
This product created the buzz in argan oil. But no, not all Moroccan oil is created equal. I love using oils on my hair, and so far this has been my fave because it keeps my locks shiny, silky and healthy no matter how many times I blow-dry it.
The original foundation for hairstyling, Moroccanoil Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine-leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use.
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF30 50 ml
I haven't stopped using this product since the first time I tried it. It's not sticky upon application and it feels light on the skin.
As the skin ages, hormonal fluctuations may cause intense dryness, lines and wrinkles, irritation and loss of the skin's natural glow. Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF 30 improves natural glow immediately while working to help prevent age spots and discolouration over time.
Firmness and moisture increase, giving the look and feel of younger skin, while SPF protection helps minimise skin-aging damage. It reduces damage to enzymes and helps increase collagen to diminish wrinkles and improve elasticity with an exclusive Golden Peptide. It softens the effect of harsh lighting and provides instant surface luminosity through reflective elements, including colloidal Pure Gold Boosts hydration and skin function while minimizing irritation. It prevents formation of age spots and helps even out skin discolouration, while UVA/ UVB SPF 30 neutralizes damaging effects of exposure to sunlight.
Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
I've tried a number of eye makeup removers and still go back to this. It has come to a point I actually panic when it's about to run out. Simply shake to activate the bi-phase formula that leaves the eye area perfectly clean. The lipid phase lifts off eye makeup, while the water phase contains special emollients to refresh and condition skin without a greasy residue.
It lifts off all types of eye makeup, even waterproof mascara, while conditioning the skin. It leaves eyes feeling cool and refreshed, with no oily residue. It simply is a product I can't live without.