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Make Over Your Beauty Routine with These Top Picks
By: Kellie Speed   |    October 16, 2013   |   0 Comments (1) (0)

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It’s time to face the truth. Your beauty routine could use a makeover and you need a little help. Here are our top picks that will be sure to get you looking your best:

If you are suffering from dry skin being out in the sun for months, it’s time to rid your face of those impurities. USANA Sensé Gentle Daily Cleanser,a mild, soap-free formula, will do just that by washing away all impurities without drying or irritating the skin. We love that it is made with green tea extract, which works to defend against environmental stress, while soothing and moisturizing with aloe and clary sage.

Step into the shower for a new kind of clean with Yardley London’s limited edition bath bar treats with scents of almond buttercream, jasmine pearl and vanilla and sweet orchid. The soaps smell so deliciously good and are made with rich oils for a moisturizing clean.

Speaking of Yardley, they have come together with the popular shampoo brand Finesse to offer a great smelling cleanser “with a touch of Yardley lavender.” The result? Clean, soft hair that smells beautiful.

We all know the damages a hair dryer can provide when overused. From dry, brittle hair to unruly locks, we now have the perfect control for you – SHOW Beauty’s sheer thermal product. Made with hydrolyzed wheat protein, this unique protection system defends hair from heat. Simply spray it onto damp hair and style as usual.

Finish off your look with AquaNet’s Professional Hairspray. While you may have used this product in overload during the 80s, this product has only gotten better over the years. The hairspray will keep your hair in place all day long.

Can’t seem to perfect that ideal blow out? Head over to James Joseph Salon at the W Hotel in Boston for a wash, blow dry and flat iron where stylist Kathy Chum will straighten your tresses leaving them hydrated, manageable and shiny.

With the cold weather fast approaching it’s time to keep your lips hydrated and no one knows that better than the folks at LypSyl. Their hydrating Swedish Moisturelock keeps you puckered up and kissable at all times. Made from all-natural pure Swedish beeswax, the creamy texture goes on smoothly, thanks to organic Shea butter, coconut oil, Vitamins A and E and provides continued protection. Flavors include vanilla plum (our favorite), original mint and honeyberry.

Speaking of the perfect moisturized pout, Jane Iredale has just introduced a new line of PureMoist lipstick in 24 different shades, all madefrom nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing. They are all made from properties of moringa oil designed to moisturize and orange peel wax, avocado and sunflower seed oils to give them a luxurious, quenched feeling. Vitamins A and C and coffee seed extract infuse the delicate lip area with antioxidant protection while the organic pomegranate and blackberry fruit extracts provide a natural flavor and scent.

Now it’s time to top off your new look with The Ann Taylor Signature Fragrance. This is theirfirst new fragrance in five years and we are glad it was introduced. The new scent contains ingredients like plum, dewdrops and magnolia with hints of jasmine and sandalwood leaves. We love the clean lingering scent of vanilla, musk and floral green.

You’re almost at the beauty finish line. Round off your look with a nail polish of MiniCure from MiniLuxe. The pale pink polish was designed to support the Ellie Fund Do Good Campaign’s effort to battle breast cancer with all net proceeds going towards the campaign).

If you are in the Boston area, head into bliss spa for a quick 30-minute rapid rub massage with therapist Caroline Klein. In just a half hour she will miraculously de-stress, detoxify and revitalize the areas where you need the most attention. Finish it off with a visit to the steam room to leave your feeling refreshed.

There are ancient secrets and then there are hidden rituals. When they come together, they make magic and we have just discovered one of the best kept secrets to healthy hair – Maijan Argan Oil. If you have hair or skin issues, this line is designed to treat even the most difficult issue. For hair treatment, simply moisturize into the scalp to alleviate dryness and produce a shine like no other. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, this miracle skin oil can be used to combat wrinkles, spots, acne and dryness.

Now that you are looking and feeling your best, it’s time to kick back and relax. We recommend getting some candles from Fragrancenet.com. If you thought they just sold perfumes and colognes, think again. We love their gorgeous collection of candles like the ivory candle globe, in which the beautiful interior is painted with wax to create swirls of gold and rich hues. It looks almost too nice to light but smells even better when lit. The luxe candle comes in a satin covered gift box and burns for approximately 50 hours.

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