Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Then vs. Now: Grown Up Versions of Products You Loved as a Teenager
Then: Clean & Clear's Blackhead Eraser Scrub
Now: Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate
I no longer deal with blackheads (whew!), but I haven't lost my affinity for scrubs and exfoliators. You won't find anything more powerful or effective than ExfoliKate.
Then: Body Glitter
Now: Urban Decay Urban Ammo Eye palette
I used to smear body glitter over my eyelids and wander around the halls of my junior high thinking I looked just like Britney Spears...yes, really. Now whenever I'm in the mood for sparkle, I use some of these shimmery eyeshadows from Urban Decay. Much improved!
Then: Victoria's Secret Body Splashes (remember Love Spell?!)
Now: SJP NYC
I usually dislike celebrity fragrances, but this one is a grand unique exception. With notes of mandarin, strawberries, gardenia, and honeysuckle, this perfume is fruity and floral like those VS Body Splashes but much, much better. Plus the bottle will look prettier on your vanity!
Then: Ten-O-Six Deep Pore Cleanser
I used to constantly strip my skin of oil with harsh alcohol cleansers, thinking I was doing my skin a world of good. Not so! That causes your skin to produce even more oil to compensate, and nobody wants that. Now I use a Clarisonic to deep clean my pores and my skin is better for it. Yours will be, too.
Then: Herbal Essence shampoo
Now: Philosophy Pure Grace Foaming Shower Cream
Herbal Essence has some sketchy ingredients, so consider yourself warned. This Philosophy all-in-one shower cream is super gentle and extremely moisturizing! The scent is also pleasant and calming.
Then: Mood changing lipstick
Now: Too-Faced Mood Swing lipgloss
Technology has improved a bit and so have these "mood changing" lip products. Too-Faced's lipgloss reacts with your skin's natural chemistry to create your own perfect customized shade of pink without the drying effects of lipstick. It smells amazing, too.
Then: Neutrogena Oil-Free Healthy Defense Sunblock
Now: Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45
As a teenager I was loathe to apply liquid sunscreen on my face and mistrusted the "oil-free" label. Actually, I still kind of do and was thrilled to discover mineral powder sunblock! No more horrible greasy creams on my face, just a light dusting of powder!
Then: Stridex Daily Care Acne pads
Now: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance pads
Again, acne isn't too much of an issue for me anymore. Instead I'm concerned about aging, but I still want a glowing complexion. First Aid Beauty's pads resurface skin, while still remaining gentle without any harsh chemicals and with aging prevention rather than acne treatment.
I think we can all agree that there is simply no replacement for LipSmackers. Come on, they make a Dr. Pepper flavor!