Best of Beauty 2017

The 2017 round up of my most favorite beauty discoveries is finally here! Some of the products are tried and true, and some are new additions that feed my addiction. From skincare to make up to hair care, I’ve got you covered đŸ˜‰

best of beauty 2017

  1. BLNDN Save you for all of us blonde wanna-bes out there. Really helps dry ends and can be used on dry or wet hair. I use it everyday. Less is more is not a rule I stick to these days.
  2. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo for those days when mornings are especially rough, which to be honest happens more than I want to admit. Make sure to use this at night before bed, otherwise you are risking showing up to the office with some white roots.
  3. Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair leave-in conditioner is a new favorite and might be coming to the gym with me in 2018, since I spend half of my life there anyways.

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The best kept secret of 2017 found on Amazon:

  1. Vaadi Face Mask that helps minimize acne scars, dark spots, etc.
  2. Eraser Cream is my new must have, I order 4-5 at a time, because it comes from India. This smells amazing and works wonders on my skin. I use it as my night cream, and I swear that it even helps me sleep better!

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Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Serum, because your home girl isn’t in her 20s anymore.

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  1. Marc Jacobs highlighter. Yes this product is shaped like a deodorant stick, but man does it make my skin shine and glow better than post an hour long session of yoga. In fact, even the hipsters at the Logan Square farmers market notice. This is a must have for when you want to spend $20 on a paper bag of mushroom medley.
  2. It Cosmetics finishing powder. Perfection. SPF 50

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It Cosmetics mascara primer. A Product so good, it doesn’t matter what mascara you use.

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WunderBrow – I don’t know where this has been my whole life. GAMECHANGER. Now to set a reminder to make an appointment and get my eyebrows waxed.

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It Cosmetics Superhero Eyeliner – precision and pigment go hand in hand. Here is hoping your hand doesn’t shake during application.

best of beauty 2017

Finally, the only oils you are ever going to need:

  1. Argan oil from Trader Joes – perfect for skin and hair.
  2. Essential oils from Whole Foods – find your favorite scent and keep around the house, the office or throw it in your purse, or gym bag. Jasmine is a long time favorite, and Bergamot obsession comes from my love for Earl Grey! There, now you know what I smell like!
  3. Calendula oil, the best moisturizer that is helping me survive yet another miserable Midwest winter. Remind me why do I live here again?

And there you have it! My best and favorite of 2017! What are some of your 2017 beauty must haves? Do tell!

 

Peter Thomas Roth New Water Drench Line Review

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My fascination and mild obsession with Peter Thomas Roth started about 5 years ago with his facial cleansers, one bottle of which was supposed to last you a whole year. I have to admit I got by on a few samples from Sephora for about a month, but never got to buying the actual full-size product. I still regret it! So once I run out of all the facial cleansers I have, I am heading to the nearest store that sells them and buying whatever the newest bestest version is, because I believe PTR is the skincare god.

So what is all the hype about? Well first of all I was incredibly excited to receive samples that included description in Russian. Not like I need it, but I always get so excited/sentimental when I see it.

But more importantly I really needed to bring up my skincare a notch. Since turning 30 I noticed my skin getting dryer. Fine lines are becoming more visible an the elasticity that was once there is gone. Aging is no fun I tell you, but all of these new products are making it manageable and tolerable for me!

I started using WATER DRENCH™ HYALURONIC CLOUD CREAM HYDRATING MOISTURIZER a couple weeks ago. This concentrated 30% Hyaluronic Acid cream provides your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere, helps replenish skin to make it appear more supple, full and smooth. Ceramides help lock in moisture while ProHyal+® helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin. Anti-oxidant-rich Elderberry helps defy the look of aging. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced, leaving a silky, hydrated and more youthful-looking complexion. This product is also oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free. As someone who likes to sleep on her stomach with my face buried in the pillow I need all the extra help I can get. Have wrinkly clothes? Talk about wrinkly face over here. But this definitely helps. Being a beauty addict that  I am, I look forward to using my cream every day.

A moisturizer is only as good as the serum it comes with. That’s why WATER DRENCHâ„¢ HYALURONIC CLOUD SERUM is a must have! This super concentrated 75% Hyaluronic Acid formula creates an invisible veil of deep, long-lasting hydration with Hyaluronic Acid, which constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere. Superpower humectants like Sodium PCA, Sea Algae, Honey and Yerba Santa from the Pacific Northwest to help replenish the appearance of dehydrated, aging and environmentally-damaged skin for a dramatically younger look and feel. Fine lines, wrinkles and roughness are visibly diminished, while proteins derived from pure silk leave skin looking and feeling smooth and silky soft.

In addition to using these wonderful products I am starting a 7 day #RetinoidChallenge! I will be using 3% Retinoid Plus Serum this week and post pictures on my Instagram for you to compare and for me to experience the difference it makes. It’s always exciting to see if the product actually works, isn’t it? So let me be your test subject before you buy! If you can’t wait, then head to your closest Sephora for your own bottle of this magic goodness.

What is your favorite skincare brand or a brand you’ve been dying to try?

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