Saturday, April 21, 2007

Beauty Blitz

Do you ever find yourself reaching for the same brand of lotion, conditioner, lip gloss or _____________ (insert your own here), wondering, "Is this the best thing out there?" I frequently suffer from product envy - sharp pangs of uncertainty, punctuated by, "That bottle is prettier than mine!" But there's also a large part of my Bombshell psyche that just wants to look great, no matter what brand names and labels populate my medicine chest. (Incidentally, my medicine chest does not house any medicine.)

So, I asked my girlfriends to help me out, tell me which products they rely on each day to look as fabulous as they do. They gave me so many terrific recommendations, that I'll be spreading them out over a series of posts called "Beauty Blitz."

If you use a product that should be added to the Beauty Blitz, write about it in the comments!

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream is a staple for Mindy, who loves the fact that the lotion is creamy, soothing, and has noticeably strengthened her nails. I've held hands with Mindy once or twice and have always found her grip to be strong but her skin very soft.

Kassina has amazingly beautiful eyes and she'd perfected framing them with lush lashes by way of applying two different formulas of mascara. She recently tried out a new mascara which has turned her beauty ritual upside down. The culprit? Maybelline Intense Volume XXL. Use the white primer first, then swipe on 1 and a half coats of black. She swears you'll be able to tell the difference between 1 and half and two.

Stephanie swears that she's come up with the definitive step-by-step process to handle her fabulously curly hair - none of the steps include a ponytail holder or a hat.

1. Start with DevaCurl No Poo Shampoo, a non-lathering, sulfate-free shampoo that smells of peppermint and turkish rose.

2. Follow with Curl Solutions Serum by Alto Bella, to coat and soften the hair.

3. Finish up with a spritz of Instant Recurl by Samy. Voila! Beautiful, frizz-free curls.

Product Details:
Ahava Lotion - available at $17 for 3.4 fl oz.
Maybelline Intense Volume XXL mascara - available at $6.89
DevaCurl No Poo Shampoo - available at Ulta (in stores and online). $13.00
Curl Solutions Serum by Alto Bella - available at Roco Altobella Salons
Instant Recurl by Samy - available at Ulta (in stores and online). $5.99

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