This is kind of a random conglomeration of items—some new, some not so much—but I occasionally like to share what’s been in heavy rotation in my beauty closet. My hope is that you’ll find something you love, too.
I’m a bit of a nail polish junkie, as I’ve mentioned before, but the removal process takes a lot of the fun out of it—and it can also be really damaging to your nails. I like the convenience factor of removal wipes, especially for traveling since it means there’s no chance of nail polish remover exploding in my suitcase. Enter a problem solver: Crabtree & Evelyn’s Nail Polish Remover Wipes ($5 for 8, crabtree-evelyn.com). It uses an Earth-friendly, soy-based formula that contains conditioning oils to keep cuticles in check. One individually wrapped wipe will clear polish off of all 10 fingernails, and it lacks the horrible smell that plagues most removers (which means I can get away with a quick removal at my desk without evicting my office neighbors).
Our tasting schedule here at Cooking Light is a bit erratic: You could be eating a garlicky pasta at 10 a.m. or sampling a stout beer at 4. That means fresh breath is always at the forefront of my mind in the office. I’ve been looking for a mouthwash that can deliver the minty goodness without the extreme burning sensation that some rinses impart (remember: it doesn’t have to hurt to work). Fortunately, I’ve found my mouthwash mate: Colgate’s Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash ($3.50, colgatetotal.com). It does the bad breath busting while protecting against germs for up to 12 hours, even after sipping and snacking. And it does so without the burn, which I (and anyone with a sensitive side will) appreciate.
If you’re interested in the world of beauty products, you’ve likely heard of BB creams (and now it’s on down the alphabet to CC creams, right?). These multi-purpose products go on your face to help even out skin tone, provide a hint of color, and skin benefits. But have you heard of a BB cream for your hair? Honestly, I was a little skeptical when this product first landed on my desk a few months ago, but Pantene’s Ultimate 10 BB Cream ($8, pantene.com) claims it solves 10 hair problems with each application. It tames flyaways, imparts smoothness and shine, repairs damages, and a bunch of other stuff. I really like that it’s equally effective on dry and wet hair (I use a tiny pump of product both before and after blow drying). I started using it this past winter, where it helped combat dryness, and it’s proving equally effective as the summer humidity sets in here below the Mason-Dixon.
What products have you been loving lately?