Day 16…Health & Beauty Favorites

One thing I haven’t really discussed on this blog (except for the occasional mention in my favorite monthly ‘What I’m Into’ linkup posts) is my favorite health & beauty products.  Thanks to a request/suggestion from my new blogging friend Sarah,  I’m sharing my favorites today.    {Some of these links are affiliates – any compensation goes directly back into this blog – thanks!}


1. Whole Foods 365 Lavender scented body wash:  I discovered this heavenly scented and affordably priced body wash on my last trip to Whole Foods.  It’s all natural, and doesn’t irritate my uber sensitive skin.

2. EO lavender natural hand sanitizer:  I first grabbed this as an impulse buy when in the grocery line at Whole Foods in NYC.  I needed a quick hand sanitizer, and it was right by the checkout counter.  I was happily surprised when I used it over and over on my trip, and fell in love with the lavender scent, the way it didn’t feel sticky like most santizers, and its all natural ingredients.  Unfortunately, its not cheap, but its definitely high quality.  I honestly don’t want to use regular hand sanitizer again.

Bare Minerals lipstick – 3. Buxom Lip Gloss in Dolly;  4. Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in ‘Stand Out’:  I’m a creature of habit, in general, when it comes to my makeup products.  A friend of mine let me use her ‘buxom’ lip color a few years ago, and I’ve been using this gloss ever since.  My favorite shade is ‘Dolly’.  I love the natural sheen, the cooling tingle when I apply it, and the fact that its quite moisturizing.  I found the lipstick shade ‘Stand Out’ at a local spa/nail salon.  Its a wee bit dark and matte, but looks great layered under or over lighter gloss, and stays put–its my new favorite fall shade.

5. Pressed Face Powder (Makeup Forever Duo-Mat):  I got this powder at Sephora, on the recommendation of an awesome sales associate, who understood the needs of my crazy skin. (After a few rounds of Accutane in my 20’s, my skin is quite sensitive and doesn’t react well to a lot of cosmetic lines).  This silky powder would provide all the coverage needed for someone with good skin, but I use it over a light layer of Bare Minerals powder foundation.  I love the coverage, and the fact that it covers the rosacea on my cheeks quite nicely and naturally.

6. Triple Action Cleansing Water Makeup Remover:   Confession time: for many years, I didn’t use makeup remover–just soap and water.  Usually makeup remover made my skin irritated, or dry or tight.  I discovered this ‘triple action cleansing water’ remover at Sephora, and love it.  I now consider this product a new permanent fixture in my skin care regime. 

7. Puressential Headache Roller Natural Oils:   I suffer from headaches pretty regularly.  Last year, when my husband and I were in Paris, I ducked into a pharmacy quickly to buy an over the counter pain reliever.  I thought I was buying a bottle of ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but quickly discovered a ‘happy accident’ because of the language barrier.  When I asked for a pain reliever for my headache, I was given a small natural oil headache roller.  (And it was cheap at under 8 euros!)  Its one of the best natural oil remedies I’ve ever used for a headache, and I’ve tried plenty.  It actually contains 9 different natural oils, whereas most products have one or two.   I carry it everywhere in my purse.  It most definitely takes the edge off of a migraine.   You can purchase it on Amazon–just watch out for the high overseas shipping. {If you suffer from headaches regularly, I think its worth it.}

(Not Pictured) Mygrastick  (headache) natural oil roller:  My friend found me another natural oil headache roller when I was out of my favorite one above – this one is a very close second – and a wonderful treatment if you don’t want to pay overseas shipping.  The main ingredient is peppermint oil, and it smells wonderful!

8. CeraVe Face Wash (for normal to oily skin):  I had the hardest time finding a face wash that wasn’t a gazillion bucks, and still made my skin happy.  My dermatologist recommended this one, and I love it.  {I was using Cetaphil for oily skin previously, and FYI:  my derm didn’t like the fact that it contained castor oil.}  You can find it at most grocery and drugstores, and the large size is under $15.

9. Natural Muscle Rub ‘What’s Hurting You’ – Organic Pain Relief:  This muscle rub lives regularly in my gym bag, and soothed my sore muscles and shin splints during multiple dance/tap classes last year.  I also use it regularly on my neck and shoulders when a headache strikes.  It’s made entirely of natural oils that help decrease inflammation, and is handmade in Texas.  If you are local to Dallas/Fort Worth, its available in a variety of stores, but otherwise, order it direct here.

10. Clinique Moisture Surge Gel Moisturizer:  I fell in love with the light and cooling feeling of this gel-like moisturizer when I first found it in my free Clinique freebies bag last year.  Its not cheap, but a normal sized jar lasts me almost a year.  If your skin is sensitive, and you want a light moisturizer, this one’s great.

11. Redken All Soft Argan Oil: My superstar hair stylist Sally turned me on to this hair product, and its now a staple in my hair care regime.    A little goes a long way – this bottle has lasted me over a year.  The oil used in the popular Moroccan oil products, it has a variety of good benefits to the hair.  Apply it to wet, clean hair to help it dry quicker, and keep your hair soft and nourished.  It’s a great styling tool to rub into your hair before flat ironing (I usually use a smaller amount when applying to dry hair).  It also gives your hair a lovely shine without weighing it down, and smells wonderful, too.  Sally has said if she was forced to only use ONE product on her hair, this one would be it.

12. Bare Minerals Foundation (Barely Light):  I have used Bare Minerals foundation for a good many years now–its one of my favorite makeup products.  I had terrible acne in my early 20’s, and in my early 30’s, struggled to find makeup that didn’t irritate my face.  I don’t know if it was serendipitous timing, or hormones, or what –but as soon as I started using this makeup in place of liquid foundation, my skin cleared up completely.  They have great colors to match various skin tones, and has an SPF.  Bare Escentuals claims the makeup is gentle enough to sleep in, and while I’m sure skin care experts would cry, “No! Don’t do it!”, I confess I have slept in it a time or two with no breakouts.  If you’re looking for a good mineral makeup, look no further.

13. Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue Perfume:   I hesitated to put my perfume on this list, because I’m gonna be honest – it’s not cheap.  {And I am nothing, if not a thrifty beauty product girl.} My sweet husband has given me the larger size  as a Christmas gift, but I found a travel size priced at around $20 at Sephora.  I’m sharing this beauty product with you because it is hands down, my favorite perfume on the planet.  I have terrible allergies, and haven’t been able to use many wonderfully scented perfumes, but this one is light enough that it never bothers my allergies, but has the staying power to last a long while, and be used lightly.

I’d love to hear what you think if you try or use any of these products.


 What are some of your health and beauty favorites?

Let me know in the comments!

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3 comments on “Day 16…Health & Beauty Favorites

  1. Fun post! I’m not much of a make-up girl either — I’m so clueless about it that I always learn something when I hear what other people use. We don’t have Whole Foods where I live, but I think a trip to Sephora may be in order. I’ve slacked on moisturizers, etc. too long and it’s starting to show!

    1. I’m so glad you liked the post Sarah – you were my inspiration for it! 🙂 I understand about not knowing – I feel like I’ve found most of my beauty favorites through recommendations of people who know more about them than I. We don’t have a Whole Foods in Kansas either. I sometimes go in Texas, when we’re home, but even then, I have to drive pretty far. I think you can get some of their products on Amazon too, and the hand sanitzer I talked about in the post isn’t unique to them – I’ve found it at other grocery stores, and on Amazon. You know, I wasn’t a big Sephora fan for a long time, but I’m realizing I can buy a lot of my makeup and skincare products there, and they keep track of the points you accrue. If I buy my makeup and skin stuff there, I usually get loads of awesome, pricey makeup and moisturizer samples, and get a small size expensive product for free. If you’re thrifty, but want to get some nice quality products, I think Sephora’s great. I’ve sometimes gone to Ulta too (more locations of that store), but you don’t get as many freebies there as Sephora. Thanks for reading, friend!

  2. My daughter suffers from horrible acne. She really likes the bare minerals also. I’ll have to suggest the cerave to her. We both love their body creme.

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