By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Looking Good Blog Series
Sometimes, a beauty product comes into my possession that is so great I have to share it with other and other times several do. This time, let's talk fundamentals. The foundation of any good beauty regimen - a glowy, smooth complexion.
Here are my top picks:
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser
Let's start with my newest love, Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser!
My skin has continued to grieve me in recent months, and despite my previous satisfaction with Pronexin, that cleanser just doesn’t work for me the way it used to. I’m assuming that as I’ve grow older, my skin has changed.
So, in an effort to once more find a product suitable to my needs, I tried the Aveeno Ultra-Calming. Prior to this decision, I had noticed patches of red along my jaw and on the apples of my cheeks. The Aveeno worked literally overnight, as I had washed my face with it before going to bed and woke with a clearer, brighter complexion that wasn’t quite so red.
This cleanser is fragrance-free, soap-free and hypoallergenic. The first listed ingredient is water, and it’s intended for dry, irritated or sensitive skin. If you fall into any of these categories, I wholeheartedly recommend that you try this product. It really does work to soothe away redness.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer
Another recommended product intended for use with the above-mentioned cleanser is Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer.
It has made my skin baby-soft, and it contains an SPF 15 with UVA/UVB sunscreen. It’s oil-free and hypoallergenic with a rich consistency. One of its ingredients is feverfew, an element related to chamomile and known for its calming properties. I love this lotion and the way it makes my skin feel, especially during the harsh months of winter when I’m prone to excessive drying. I have no scaly skin whatsoever, and my breakouts have dropped dramatically in just one week of use.
Cover Girl CG Smoothers Concealer
When breakouts can’t be managed with either face cleanser or soap, Cover Girl CG Smoothers Concealer works really well at hiding redness.
It contains ginseng, chamomile and vitamin E, and it stays in-place throughout the day. This product is also relatively inexpensive and lasts for a very long time. And it’s shaped like lipstick, meaning it can easily fit into a purse or clutch for an evening out. This concealer is available in a number of different shades to match your skin tone, although I prefer medium because it seems to be the most natural color for me.
Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer
To combat the whiteness of winter and still maintain a healthy glow, Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer is the ideal product.
It features bronze and gold woven together in strips so you get the perfect blend of color with every application. This bronzer also applies to skin really well, giving your face a natural, warm glow with almost effortless ease. It’s priced below $15, so it won’t break your wallet, and you don’t need a lot of powder when using so it’s likely to last quite a while. For convenience, an attached mirror and mini brush are also included.
L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes
Okay, now I said we'd cover complexion products, but a fan of full dark lashes are bound to make your complexion sing as well. Anyhow, I HAD to share L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes with you all because it is unlike any other mascara I’ve ever tried.
And believe me, I’ve tried almost every one out there, from expensive department store brands to the least costly variety available. This one is by far my favorite, because it works to lengthen and plump lashes. Just like its name, this mascara really does create an almost false-looking effect, so you get that glamorous movie star appearance. And like most of the products I now use, this one is priced comfortably in the seven or eight dollar range, available in the traditional colors of blackest black, black/brown and black.