Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Hey everyone! Today is the second day of my "Best of 2011" series! I'll be sharing my favorite/must-have products of the year with you. Some of them are new, some of them aren't.. they're just products I've discovered in 2011. Either way, I'm super excited to share them with you!

Each day will have a new category: hair, skincare, nails, makeup, and fragrance. Are you excited to see what makes the lists?! Let's get started!


BEST SKIN REGIMEN: Murad Acne & Aging Skin Solution

2011 is the year I was finally able to take control of my acne and I feel super confident in the way my skin looks and feels! Yes, I still get an occasional breakout, but I've been able to switch over to using tinted moisturizer (or even just powder!) instead of heavy foundation every day.. and that's worth everything to me! Read my full review here.

BEST GENTLE CLEANSER: philosophy's purity facial cleanser

My experience with Purity was basically love at first use. This cleanser is so gentle, but so effective. And the smell is amazing! Very light and herbal. Purity is non-greasy and perfect for those days when I can see that my skin is a little dry and needs some extra TLC. It's lightly hydrating without exacerbating my oily skin. Read my full review here.
BEST CLEANSING CLOTHS: Pond's Morning Refresh/Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Cloths

I originally gave these an average review.. but the more I use them, the more I love them. I've even begun to appreciate Morning Refresh. I just adore how convenient these are for nights when I can't be bothered to wash my makeup off, or for mornings I wake up SUPER late for work. (Happens to the best of us from time to time.) But the Evening Soothe is still my favorite by far. I just can't get enough of the smell! Read my full review here.
BEST FACIAL SCRUB: St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub

I've been a devotee of St. Ives' Medicated Apricot Scrub for about a decade now. I love how it smells, and how smooth it makes my skin feel. Plus, it's gentle enough for me to use daily if I want! I like to use this in the shower after I wash my face and then let it sit while I do everything else I need to. I rinse it off as the last thing before I turn the water off, and my skin is soft and glowing! I also like that this is a great drugstore product that's all natural, doesn't test on animals and retails for under $5!

BEST DRUGSTORE MASQUE: Freeman Mint & Lemon Clay Masque

I love everything about this masque. It's inexpensive, smells amazing, and is green! Who doesn't like walking around with a green face every now and then? :)

Haha, but seriously. This masque truly does deep clean your pores to remove any excess dirt or oil. It also helps control acne and blackheads. I love how it cools while it dries, then you get to rinse if off with warm water. Your skin is left feeling super clean and refreshed! Plus it's less than $4. What could be better than that?!
BEST LUXURY MASQUE: June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque

I love everything about this masque... except the price. It's thick, and rich, and smells just like my suntanning body butter which is amazing and gives me a little bit of summer all year long. Unfortunately, it's $60+ a tub. But oh my gosh, it's SO worth it. 

It's a luxurious treat for my face when I feel like I need some extra special pampering. Chris can always tell when I use this masque because he says my skin feels "baby soft" and I notice that my face seems less oily the next day. Both are wins in my book!

BEST SUNLESS TANNER: Ocean Potion Ever Glow

It's true that I've tried practically every sunless tanner on the market.. and this is by far my personal favorite. It's gradual, natural-looking, smells good, is easy to blend.. and you can get a 20 oz bottle (which is HUGE) for $3.98 at WalMart. Tell me that's not the most amazing news you've heard all day! Read my full review here.

BEST MAKEUP REMOVER: Sonia Kashuk Remove

As a contact lens wearer, I appreciate that this product is safe for contacts and sensitive eyes and completely removes all of my makeup without any burning or irritation. It's not oily, has no scent and leaves no residue. I'll never use another makeup remover because I don't think I could ever find one I like better. Read my full review here.

BEST SHOWER GEL/BODY WASH: Bath & Body Works Products

Pick your favorite scent, and B&BW probably has it. I love their shower gels so much. They smell great and they're always on sale. I don't even want to tell you how many bottles I have in reserve right now.. except that it's probably entirely too many. But when they're $2, how can you refuse?! I just wish they wouldn't retire my favorite scents. It makes me so sad!

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Whew! That's a lot of stuff! Stay tuned tomorrow for The Best of Nail Products!

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