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12 Months of Beauty Products Review: Fall Edition

Katherine’s back with her ongoing series reviewing People Magazine’s “Best of” Beauty products as described back in January. Take it away, Katherine:

After a very busy start to the school year, I’m back with my reviews for September and wondering what I should blog about in 2017? So let’s get started.

September left me not wanting to walk away from summer, which was reflected in my two beauty picks.

Best Body Wash winner: Nivea Coconut Body Wash

Summer or winter, I love to pamper myself with shower creams that leave my skin soft and smelling great. Nivea is one of my favorite brands for these products because I like its price point, fragrance, and lather.Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 3.01.21 PM

The consistency is medium to light and honestly, I found this one to be a little less creamy than other Nivea shower creams. It does have a nice summer smell (light coconut fragrance, not overpowering). The formula contains Jojoba oil, which leaves your skin smooth and well moisturized. I also loved the lather. It did not leave my skin dry after the shower, which was another plus–especially going into winter months.

Overall, I would buy this one again.

Now for the Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Foam

Let’s be honest, this is a mouthful to say and I didn’t love the packaging. It did not last very long, either (and I only used this product in the mornings while in the shower).

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 3.03.56 PMIt was creamy and had gently exfoliating micro beads that I did like. This product promised to brighten my dull and uneven skin. It also said it would give my skin a smooth, conditioned, and even texture.

So did it deliver?

Well, I loved the smell–fresh and citrusy. The gentle exfoliator did not overpower my skin, and my skin was slightly brighter. But the even texture? Not so much.

Overall, Olay is widely available with a line of products to address any skin need, but this product did not WOW me. I look in the mirror and say to myself, “Time for a peel.”

Coming up for November- time to prep for winter! I’ll start with the Best Exfoliator winner, Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer ($8.99). As most of you know, charcoal is the new “it” ingredient and I have yet to try it.screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-7-53-40-am

Along with the exfoliator, I am going to use the Best Eye Cream, Best Cleanser, L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal ($24.99). screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-7-55-21-amThis little overachiever battles dark circles, fine lines, puffiness and bags–who doesn’t need help in that area?!

Look for my review at the end of November.


Now, start thinking about 2017. More beauty, or maybe some recipes, or a combination of both?

Please tell me, what would you like to read about in 2017?



12 Months of Beauty, Part 4

Hey Ho…Katherine here with the beauty updates on the two new products I mentioned back in March.

With spring here and summer knocking on our doors, I have found the perfect razor for you gals.  After over a month of using the SCHICK HYDRO SILK TRIMSTYLE, I’ve had a while to get acquainted with this 2-in-1 razor and bikini trimmer. Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 9.30.13 AMNote: before trying this product, I was a daily shaver.  You heard me right! I’ve been shaving my legs and under my arms daily for the last 30+ years until I found this little beauty.  Overall, this product has made shaving a slightly less annoying experience for me.

This razor gives such a close shave, I don’t need to do it daily.  Also, it has a moisture strip that, in my opinion, works just about as well as shaving cream. The razor glided right over my skin, removing hair quickly and easily with little irritation.  I usually get a lot of irritation when using other razors, especially the disposable ones. Due to habit, I did sometimes use shaving cream with this razor, and that works, too. Either way, you get a very smooth finish!

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 9.30.50 AMUnfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to sample the COMPLETELY BARE MOISTURIZING NO BUMP SHAVE GEL that I had wanted to test.  Why?  Because I couldn’t find it anywhere! I tried CVS, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.  If you find it, please let me know where.  I would still like to try it (even though you really don’t need shaving cream with this razor).

I enjoyed the razor very much, and for this reason I would most likely be willing to purchase this product again.


As for the bikini trimmer…that was a winner for me too.

I haven’t ever used one before, so I have nothing to compare it to. As for the features, it has an adjustable guard to keep you from nicking your lady parts, which is good to have while you’re experimenting. You can also remove the guard, if you’re looking to get a closer trim. There are four adjustable lengths, but I didn’t really check those out.  I am a girl that likes a nice bikini wax, so this will not really replace that for me, but it does extend the amount of time between waxes (which is a good thing for the checkbook)! I’ll say that using a bikini trimmer can help you cut back on (or get rid of) the irritation you’d normally get with saving.  And if you’re completely intolerant of the pain you’d experience waxing, then this may be for you.

Another plus to add to the list of pluses-the whole thing is waterproof. I was highly skeptical of this at first. But when I turned on the electric trimmer after having gotten some water on it and safely avoided being electrocuted, it kept working.  Also, interestingly, the product twists open in the middle so you can replace the battery. One was included in the package, in case you were wondering. To date, I have not had to replace the battery.  Also, all of the trimmer parts are detachable for easy cleaning, yet another plus.

In summary, I would give this razor and bikini trimmer a 9/10 collectively. 

What’s up for May?  Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.14.08 AMI am out of the Hydro Boost Water Gel that I liked so much over the winter months.  So instead of purchasing a new jar, I am going to try the Best Night Cream winner, GARNIER ULTRA-LIFT MIRACLE SLEEPING CREAM.  This product contains hydroxy acids that smooth your complexion, and lavender (I love anything lavender) oil that soothes your skin —while you are snoozing!

I’ll be back in May to review this product and introduce one or two others from the list of top beauty products I mentioned back in January. Until then, enjoy the beautiful spring weather!