The problem with most cosmetics shoppers these days is that they feel they need to buy all of their products from one specific line. Here is the dead truth... Not every line is good at everything it makes. Cosmetics lines instead focus 90% of their time on a few distinct products and spend little to no time or money on the rest of the products they make. Therefore, while you shop for products, make sure you are extremely diverse in your choosings, not segregated to one favorite line. Your make-up bag should look more like a department store, and less like a specific boutique.
As an experienced beauty advisor, skin specialist, and product junky, I am the go-to girl for solid and honest information on products throughout the cosmetics industry. I have my favorites, my loyalties, and my dislikes, but one thing is for sure... I know these products inside and out from personal experience. Therefore, I have chosen three of my FAVORITE beauty lines. You will be surprised because they are so vastly different in style and product focus but they are all truly works of genius. Read carefully and take my advise. I promise you you will NEVER be disappointed.
Smashbox Cosmetics is one of those lines less talked about. It is less mainstream compared to Clarins and LUSH Cosmetics. However, the customers this company obtains tend to be extremely loyal and long-term users of the brand. They over several varieties and shades of foundations and powders, making it easy for one to match their skin tone perfectly. Smashbox also offers an array of colors for the lips and eyes, making it a line both attractive to the younger and more mature crowds.
One of the most incredible products within this line is their Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It truly gives you an ultimate Photo Finish. It is a silicone-based primer that is meant to be applied before the use of any facial cover-up, including liquids and powders. The silicone layers on top of your skin, filling in fine lines and wrinkles and creating a feel that is silky smooth. The primer holds your make-up in place despite humidity, rain, or any other weather conditions that would otherwise clump or remove your coverage. This specific primer has won several awards, including the 2010 TotalBeauty.com Award, 2008 Best of Sephora Award, and Marie Claire's 25 New Products That Will Change Your Life Award.
Other incredible items that need to be mentioned are as follows:
Clarins is truly a beautiful line when it comes to the more mature skin types. While the line offers a small selection of products for younger skin, its focus is really geared towards anti-aging, age, reversing, and correcting. It does not offer a large selection of make-up products either.
Nevertheless, Clarins will be rankes #2 because it is truly amazing at what it does. Clarins is one of those lines that has mastered a specific detailed area in the cosmetics industry, and has not tinkered or tweaked its methods. It simply sticks to what it does best - Anti-Aging
My favorite product to date in Clarins is, hands down, the Instant Smooth Golden Glow. This product works to instantaneously add a tan and a glow to the facial area while at the same time working to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used from the forehead all the way down to the decollete. It is the perfect product for summer. Its texture remains on your skin despite weather conditions or reactions to body temperatures. It does not clump or blotch. This self-tanner for the face is truly a masterpiece.
Other AMAZING products within this line...
LUSH Cosmetics is my #3 pick, but do not let that fool you. It did make my list didn't it? This line is spectacular because it is 100% vegan, all natural and organic. The company prides itself in using earthly ingredients to product luscious, indulgent (and sometimes tasty!) final products. My favorite little fact about this line is that every single product, from the soap to the facial toner, is mixed and created handmade by one person. Every item is then label upon finishing with little sticker on the back saying "Made By..." and includes a picture of its creator. The company travels world wide to pick the best most active ingredients and to learn new combinations to improve skin care technology. They are truly leaders in the organic skin care industry.
My favorite product is of course the Brimstone - A bar that you bring into the shower to exfoliate a stressful day away. The bar is made of organic hemp oil and sea salt. It does wonders for the radiance of your skin. It is exceptionally useful during the dull and dreary winter. This bar is also incredible for removing old and cracking sunless tanners.
My second favorite (nearly equal) is the Sonic Death Monkey Shower Gel, and not only because it has a awesome name! This shower gel is made from a combination of lime juice, chocolate, and CAFFEINE! Three of the most amazing indulgences! I swear this product is crucial for those who are "forced" to be morning people. It is also fantastic on rainy or snowy days. All you have to do is get your butt into the shower, and let this Death Monkey do the rest!
Other amazing products...
Every line has its own masterpiece (or masterpieces). The specific products mentioned above are not only reputable, but truly genius in creation. Therefore, when shopping for a primer, maybe SMASHBOX should be your go-to counter. However, if you are looking for an indulgent and creamy anti-aging formula... CLARINS would clearly be your best bet. Finally in order to obtain beautifukky crafted organic products, you may want to walk past Clarins and head straight towards LUSH to fullfill your earthly needs.
Careful when choosing what you put on your precious bodies.
Good Luck my little product junkies and please let me know how you do!