I think one of my favorite features in magazines is when they test 100's of beauty products and then let us know how they measured up (pretty sweet job). Because honestly, if my decisions were based on advertisements, I would probably buy every product on the market (assuming I had the money to do so). So in true beauty magazine form, here are some of my fave, tried and true, and mostly affordable products:
These take off all my eye makeup perfectly, don't sting or leave a greasy residue, and only cost around $6!
Pronounced "dava-ness," these hair products are the BEST! Not cheap though :( Unless you have friends with access to beauty wholesale stores :) I use NouNou shampoo and also love their texturizing spray and mousse. All natural products, designed to protect and nourish your (colored) hair, all while smelling fab and helping my hair appear way thicker than it actually is. Love.
While we're on the subject of expensive shampoo, I'll go ahead and add this little gem. The price is outrageous (this big size is over $100 a bottle) but it is honestly the most amazing thing ever (and best if you can score it as a gift like I did ;) The first time I just bought the travel size so I could use it for special occasions. It is the best smelling shampoo and conditioner in the world, and makes your hair feel instantly soft and amazing. You don't need to use it all the time, so it lasts a long time. If you're ever wanting to treat yourself on a hair product, this would be the one to try.
I've already blogged about this before, but I'll throw it in while we're talking about hair products. Best dry shampoo ever. And only $7 or under.
My lovely hair stylist recommended this product to me, and as a perpetual self tanner tester and skeptic, I knew I needed to follow her advice. You spray the self tanner onto a mit and then rub it on your skin. Major plusses: it's almost like a bronzer in that it will start making you look tanner right away, the color is a lovely golden brown as opposed to an icky orange, and there is a barely a "self tanner smell" to it which could sell me on this product alone (can you tell smell is important to me? lol). Mistakes can also be corrected easier by just showering and scrubbing off certain areas instead of taking days to unevenly wash off. Downsides are that it's a little streaky at times (maybe my technique is just off) and since it is a little more of a bronzer, you have to be careful about it coming off on clothes, sheets, etc. But all in all I would rate this as one of my favorite self tanners to date! I checked out their website and am curious as to how some of their other products work as well!
One of my favorite lotions by far. It's from the True Blue line from Bath and Body Works and contains monoi oil that makes your skin feel so soft all day without being greasy. And it smells like a delicious tropical vacation on top of that.
I'll probably do a Part 2 of this at some point, but hopefully those recommendations can help you if you're looking for any of the above items!!