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Gloves In a Bottle Shielding Lotion ($12.95)
Gloves In A Bottle is a shielding lotion — it bonds with the outer layer of your skin and protects it from irritants while locking in your natural oils and moisture — the reason why dermatologists recommend Gloves as an effective dry skin treatment.
What makes it worth it: If you are familiar with our review on Skin MD Natural, you’ll know that I believe in the powers behind shielding lotions. This is a lightweight cream that you apply to your hands that dries in less than a minute. You don’t feel greasy or oily afterwards in the slightest, which is an absolute requirement of any good hand cream. (Literally, I applied it to test the scent again, and it was dry before I formulated my response.) I know I don’t want to have to sit around waiting for the cream to dry when I have things I need to be doing. Depending on how dry your skin is, you may apply this every four hours or be able to go with once or twice a day (morning and night). Shielding lotions help your skin to hydrate itself rather than artificially moisturizing it. Gloves In a Bottle also does not wash off, but rather comes off as skin cells are exfoliated.
Why you might pass on it: I was quite happy with this product as a hand cream, but the scent could use some work. It isn’t strong, so it isn’t enough of a downside for me to pass on the product itself, but it isn’t particularly pleasing if you put your nose to your hand. It smells kind of clinical or medicinal, which I’d rather have than a bad smell!
Find this product at www.glovesinabottle.com.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($23.00)
Clinically formulated to give every skin the ‘drink’ it needs. Use after cleansing and exfoliating, wherever skin feels dry. The moisture “drink” developed by Clinique’s dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for very dry skins, or skins dry in the cheeks, comfortable to oily in the T-zone. Softens, smooths, improves. Apply twice a day to face and throat all over, or where needed. For best results use after Facial Soap and Clarifying Lotion.
What makes it worth it: It’s one of the few high-end beauty brands that has put a moisturizer in pump form, which means it’s easier to extract the amount you want (no pouring required), plus you don’t have to dip your fingers in it (less contamination and chance of bacteria setting up shop in your favorite pot o’ cream). It’s a great lightweight moisturizer that feels hydrating on your face and gets absorbed rather quickly. I also liked that a little went a long way–one or two pumps is all you need to cover the entire face.
Why you might pass on it: The only real issue I have with this product is the lack of SPF. It means I have to use a separate product to ensure sun protection for my face, which is time I don’t necessary want to spend. On the other hand, if you happen to be attending an occasion where you’ll be photographed often, having something without SPF is essential.
Find this product at Clinique counters, boutiques, as well as www.clinique.com and www.nordstrom.com.
Hey, fathers can indulge themselves in a spa treatment–well, maybe not a spa treatment–but in some beautification for themselves, too. Unless your dad is like mine (hates beauty products, can’t stand any perfume-y scent, etc.), you can easily find an appropriate product or two to supplement that fancy gadget you already got for him.
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As we near the end of the year, we want to see what were the best products of 2007, and who better than to tell us than our very own readers? Take our survey and give your favorite products some love! We encourage all of our readers to help us come up with a truly representative list of products loved by Temptalia readers.
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- These are your answers–this means put what you feel is the best/worst, whether it is a drugstore or high-end brand.
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What’s on your holiday list? What are you really jonesing for this holiday season?
I have no idea as to what I’m going to put on my list, so I’m hoping your answers will give me some idea