You could say that I'm slightly obsessed with beauty products. I was about 12 years old when I was first tempted to sneak into the stash of items my mother kept tucked away in the linen closet. I pulled out her makeup kit in the pink plastic box with "Ultima II" written in gold lettering on the front and smeared on some cream blush, carefully blending so as not to reveal my crime. I looked in the mirror. The reflection I saw was still me, but I had been somehow...transformed. The lure of products has been too great to resist ever since.
This passion for products that Christine and I happen to share is the whole reason Splurge began, and even though we now make our own products, we still love trying new ones and sharing our results. Because when you find a product you really love, you want to tell people about it. So, here's what we're loving right now:
May Lindstrom, The Youth Dew : This brand is a small, luxury, organic line that is pricey, so not for everyone’s budget. However, it receives rave reviews from just about everyone who tries it, and Christine is no exception. She says, “My prized possession. I only allow myself to use a little each week. The smell is unreal and it leaves my face glowing.” The Youth Dew is a facial serum that retails for $120. The May Lindstrom website says it “transforms skin with a power-packed bouquet of 20 ambitiously regenerating and indulgent plant and botanical oils infused with time-stopping CoEnzyme Q10.” You can find the product here: http://maylindstrom.com//the-youth-dew/
Shamanuti, Golden Light Creme: This is a brand based out of Massachusetts (here’s to shopping local!). Their website describes it as, “The most hydrating creme in the line, Golden Light is packed with delicious butters and has an exotic scent that will lull your senses as it nourishes your skin.” This pick is a little easier on the wallet, and retails for $46. Christine says, “I love trying fellow local brands and this one does not disappoint. I use it at night when my skin is feeling very dry. It is extremely moisturizing and sinks right in. Find it here: http://store.shamanuti.com/product/golden-light-creme
Waxelene: Last, but certainly not least, is the multipurpose Waxelene. This product is like an organic Vaseline, but better – it is less greasy, totally petroleum free, and best of all it just works. Christine says, “This is my can’t live without product this winter. I have one by my bed and one in my bag. I always have a Splurge “lip buttah” on hand and Waxelene.” It is budget friendly too, ranging from $4.99-$15.99 depending on the size. Find it here: https://waxelene.com/store
Juice Beauty, Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment: Juice Beauty deserves credit for producing organic products that deliver real results. I recently went back to this after having first tried it about a year ago. To be honest it is the only eye cream I’ve ever used that produced a noticeable difference when looking in the mirror. My eyes tend to get puffy, especially if I haven’t had enough sleep (which is most of the time). When I use this my undereye area looks smoother, tighter, and dare I say, almost well-rested. It has the consistency of a thick serum/light cream and it wears well under makeup too. Juice Beauty’s website says it is “a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol-rich grapeseed formula, for lasting, advanced age defying results.” This retails for $45, and you can find it here: http://www.juicebeauty.com/store/skin-care/shop-by-category/eyes/stem-cellular-eye-treatment.htm
Andalou Naturals, Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask: Who doesn’t love a good mask? Masks are very spa-like and make you feel like you’re doing something special for your skin beyond your daily routine. The best ones give you instant gratification, and this one doesn’t disappoint. First of all, it smells like chocolate and it looks like chocolate pudding – 2 of the main ingredients are cocoa and avocado oil. Andalou’s website says it is a blend of “Fruit Stem Cell Complex, dark cocoa and organic avocado oil, abundant in Vitamin E, superfruit antioxidants, and amino acids, that deeply nourishes dry, damaged, and depleted skin.” What I say is that when I rinse it off, my skin has a noticeable glow. An affordable indulgence at $14.95. Find it here: http://andalou.com/index.php/skin-care/masks/avo-cocoa-skin-food-mask.html
Medicine Mama’s, Sweet Bee Magic: You had me at magic. My newest acquisition, I found this little gem while perusing the skincare aisle at Whole Foods and it has quickly become a favorite. This is actually a knock-off of the cult favorite “Egyptian Magic” cream (which I have not tried). It contains the exact same ingredients, but most of Medicine Mama’s ingredients are certified organic. On top of that, it is a significantly better buy, so I decided to check out the hype. The “magic” comes from the honey, propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly, and I have concluded that bees are indeed hype-worthy. The texture is more like an ointment and although it is somewhat oily when you first apply, after a few minutes it completely sinks in and leaves your skin soft and moisturized. I have been slathering it everywhere. The 2 oz. jar is $19.99, 4oz. is $29.99. Find it here: http://medicinemamasapothecary.com/sweet-bee-magic/
What products are you loving right now?
*All products mentioned were purchased by us, and our opinions, as always, are our own.