A few days ago I posted my favorite color items, you can find that post here. ’Top picks’ posts are the ones I enjoy writing up the most, I love sharing the extra good stuff with you, and I love being able to put all this fabulousness in one review! I was going to publish today’s post of my favorite skin care, body care, and other miscellaneous items yesterday, but boy did I get hit with the flu. I’m all better now, so here is my list for you.
Favorite skin care:
I found several skin care items that I am constantly reaching for over and over. I love the Chella Foaming Cleanser Lavish Souffle, it the perfect cleanser and you only need a tiny bit.
Chella Foaming Cleanser
I really got into natural organic lines, like Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Neroli Toning Mist and Coconut Oil, beautiful products from a fantastic line with a great message.
I also loved the Artisan Naturals Lemon Cypress Exfoliating Mask, which is my favorite go-to for pesky breakouts.
To even out my skin tone, I have been absolutely loving the Omorfies Etenia Lightening Cream by Kleraderm.
Two other skin care lines that I adore are 3Lab (for their amazing Super Eye Treatment and Perfect Lips)
and YBF Skin Care (Hydrate B and Boost are flipping fabulous).
This one is a tie for me. I am completely impressed with Reviva Labs Makeup Primer,
it’s a great silicone based primer that actually goes on light.
And I am totally loving the Youngblood Mineral Primer,
Youngblood Mineral Primer
which has a wonderful texture and really helps my makeup stay put all day.
My favorite facialist this year was Joanne Kallabat, owner of Kleraderm.
Joanne Kallabat with her son, Michael
It’s such a treat to go to Nordstrom and get a $150 facial for only $20 – plus she gives the BEST face massage ever. I love how she gives tons and tons of samples first. She wants to figure out what works best for your skin before she will even let you buy anything!
I have completely embraced the layering concept by Lisa Hoffman, and her Tuscan Fig fragrance is just to die for.
Lisa Hoffman Variations case with the Tuscan Fig fragrance
Plus, her iScentify scent finder is super fun to play with.
I also fell in love with the Juara Candlenut Fragrance.
This is a swoon-worthy coconut scent that makes everyone want to hug you. And then hug you again.
Favorite storage solution:
Wow, this one was a life changer – the Zuca Pro Artist Case.
It has totally changed my organizational system, and has made makeup gigs so much easier, as well as travel. Looks like we are going to be doing more contests with Zuca this year, so stay tuned!!
Favorite hand cream:
I am a hand cream addict, since I work at a school and need to wash my hands about twenty times a day. I cannot do without my Votre Vu Duette Lux Lip Balm and Hand Cream.
Little mirror, lip balm, and then hand cream, all in one package?? Absolute genius, and the hand cream smells truly amazing.
Favorite body products:
2011 was a Whish year for me, that’s for sure. I love this retro line, every single product is a winner.
Just this morning I was thanking the Whish Gods for making their amazing Shave Crave Shaving Cream.
Tarte Cosmetics is a line better known for its great color products, but a true unsung hero is the Tarte Celebutante.
It’s a gorgeous body shimmer spray that smells unbelievably good, like fresh coconut and vanilla. Yummy!!
Speaking of coconuts, I went pretty ‘coconutty’ for the Bodycology Island Coconut products.
The body cream, body wash, and body spray are all truly terrific, and I reach for them all the time.
Favorite sunning/self-tanner products:
I am a big fan of faux tanning, and I had some great discoveries this past year. Hampton Sun is a go-to line for any sun products, including faux tanning. I love the Privet Blossom products, they have a unique scent that is totally summer in a bottle.
Hampton Sun Shimmer Spray in Bronze
The spray SPF is amazing, and the faux tanning and body shimmer products are excellent. Try this line, you won’t be disappointed.
Another great discovery that changed my faux tanning was the Beautisol Self Tanning Magic Mitt.
This $6 wonder completely changed my faux tanning experience for the better!! No streaks, no worries, no problems. Love it!!
I also fell in love with Tan Towels. Such a quick, sanitary way to get a deep tan, plus the towelettes travel so well.
I am the first to admit that housekeeping is never a priority for me, so finding things that help make cleaning joyful is huge for me. Sweet Grass Farm has pretty awesome cleaning products that give me extra motivation, my favorites are the Dusting fragrance and Lemon Verbena Liquid Soap.
Favorite clothing line:
I am totally digging the Sprigs clothing line. Pictured above I am wearing my Banjee while shopping. I love these little guys, they really do make life easier. And I wear my infinity scarves all the time too. So many great items, it’s a fabulous line that I am so happy I discovered this year!
That’s it for all my favorites of 2011. And now on to an amazing year of even more terrific discoveries in 2012!! – Lisa