Best In Beauty: Volume 1

The best in beauty products that have truly stood the test of time.  Tried and true, these still rock.

One question I am frequently asked is, “What are you still using? Do you still love what you loved a month ago?” Both good and bad, I am forever on the hunt for the next newest thing. This means even when I love a product, I’m often trying out something else, though it doesn’t diminish my love in the least bit! I thought I’d dig through the review archive and pull out some products that are still hardworking favorites and have earned their place in my beauty space.

Osmotics Cream Extreme Barrier Repair ($75.00 for 1.7 oz.) is still my go-to for ultra dry patches on my face. After using Retin-A for a few months several years ago, the skin above my upper lip became extremely sensitive to products, and it tends to get dry and flaky as often as the wind changes directions. (It is also incredibly annoying!) Thankfully, Cream Extreme works immediately and tends to minimize any cracking skin in that area for me. I do find it a pricier cream, so I personally use it as a spot treatment for dry patches. It is likely too moisturizing for me to use all over my face on a regular basis. However, if you have dry to ultra dry skin, you might find this a savior. The best place to purchase Osmotics’ products is at Nordstromicon.

Prescriptives Instant Gratification Skin Renewal Peel ($45.00) is one of my absolute favorite chemical masks/facial treatments. It makes your skin and look fantastic right after you’ve used it. I was really wow-ed by this product from the first application to the umpteeth application. Funny enough, this review was written in January 2008, and I am still on my first tube. I’d say there’s at least 20-30 usages per tube. (It just goes to show you that I’m regularly trying other face masks… but when I really need and want one to work, I know where to turn.) Available at Nordstromicon and Prescriptivesicon.

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T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Blow Dryer ($200.00) BLEW me away. It was my first non-super-duper-cheap blow dryer. This was back when my hair was fairly long, too, and I rarely blew it out, because my old Conair took ten billion years to dry it. It would take so long that I would just give up and let it air dry. I’ve actually since upgraded to the Evolution ($300.00), because I like the addition of the heat controls. The biggest reason why I love both hair dryers is that my hair is dry in less than five minutes (even when I had long hair). They’re both incredibly lightweight (huge plus!). The only downsides were that the controls could have been better placed, but you get used to it and it’s a non-issue for me now. I would love to see T3 create these fab blow dryers with retractable cords. Then they’d be perfect! Available at Nordstromicon and

Burberry The Beat Eau de Parfum ($84.00 for 2.5 oz. Eau de Parfum) is a scent I first got a whiff of back in spring 2008. It’s such a classy, sophisticated scent that’s light on the nose, but still potent enough to be noticed. It’s something I can wear everyday without feeling like it’s too much. Available at Nordstromicon and

Olay Body Quench Mousse ($8.49 for 7.1 oz.) is an affordable way to get your moisture on. I used this nearly everyday after I first tried it out, and I would have kept using it, had I not felt compelled to pass it along to my sister who suffers from even drier skin than I. (I am also quite disloyal when it comes to body care, so I was eager to try out something new, anyway!) But it’s one of those products I know will do the trick when I really need soft, moisturized legs. Available at Drugstore.comicon.

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Anitacska Avatar

I have been using Nivea cream as my hand moisturiser ever since I can remember. My Mum’s been using this for 30+ years too. I sometimes use it on dry spots on my face and it works really well too.

Tanya Avatar

So I looked up the Perscriptives link, since its sounded super duper fab and just like the type of thing I would love to try. However, it doesnt say on the site what type of active ingred. are in the product…since I am super duper allergic to salacytic (sp?) acid, which is sooo often used in these type of products. Do you know what type of acid its using?


Christine Avatar

It took me awhile, but the information I received is:

Enjoy the instant smoothing and radiance benefits of a facial, peel and micro-dermabrasion in one easy product…instantly! Prescriptives’ NEW Instant Gratification Skin Renewal Peel is a luxurious self-heating treatment that will leave you looking and feeling like you just spent a day at the spa. In fact, this treatment is so lavish that it is equivalent to a 30 percent Glycolic Acid Peel*. NEW Instant Gratification delivers a combination of targeted ingredients that gently and immediately refine skin’s texture. A gentle warming softens the skin and opens the pores, Glucosamine and Beta Hydroxyl Acid loosen and exfoliate while resurfacing beads sweep away roughness, dead skin cells and dry patches for smooth, radiant, younger-looking skin. The combination of Acetyl Glucosamine, Salicylic Acid, beads and heating provides the ultimate skin renewal. Refining your skin has never been so gratifying!

* Beta Hydroxy Acid helps exfoliate skin by removing dead skin and roughness
* Acetyl Glucosamine loosens the bond between the old layers of the skin to the face, revealing new skin underneath
* Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone and Silica provide a warming sensation to soften skin and open the pores
* A blend of natural exfoliants (Bamboo Extract and finely milled Pumice) mixed with spherical beads for gliding provide effective physical resurfacing

Tanya Avatar

Thank you so much Christine for getting this info 🙂 I am sad that I have to pass on this, it really does sounds super duper awsome!

Faheema Avatar

The prescriptives skin renewal peel sounds very promising! I am definately going to check this out 🙂
Is it suitable for young skin though?

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