Best in Beauty: Volume 4

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

Calvin Klein Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss ($17.00) was a surprising discovery I made during last year’s Friends & Family sale at Sephora. I impulsively purchased Maven lip gloss, and I was quite pleased with it when I received it. In fact, I liked it so much, I went to my local Sephora and picked up three more — Knockout, Taffy, and Radar (at full price, even!). Shimmery, fairly pigmented glosses with exceptional glossiness and smooth texture. It didn’t feel sticky to me, but it wasn’t slipping off my lips either. Available at

Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butters ($3.69) is one of those brands I find cute, affordable, and reliable. I’ve never not loved a Yes To Carrots product. They have a whole slew of flavors from Citrus (my personal favorite!), Melon, Berry, Carrot, and Mint. Super hydrating, deliciously scented, and lightly glossy. These just melt like butter on your lips. Available at Drugstore.comicon.

See three more of my long-standing faves! Lush Sweet Japanese Girl Cleanser ($10.25 for 1.2 oz.) made my skin feel ridiculously smooth, soft, and hydrated every time I used it. It’s lightly exfoliating, and a lot of Lush fans love to use this to reduce blackheads on their noses. I just like the way my skin feels after using it, personally! Available at Lush.

True Blue Spa Just a Minute Manicure Scrub ($12.00 for 5 oz.) is an amazing scrub for your hands. I wash my hands a gazillion times a day, so my hands tend to dry out. I moisturize them when I remember, but exfoliating also helps heaps. What I love about this scrub is it scrubs and cleanses simultaneously! It has sugar to exfoliate, but it lathers up and leaves your hands feeling ridiculously soft and silky. Instant treat! Available at Bath & Body Works.

Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme Lip Gloss ($36.00) is still the ultra luxe gloss of my dreams. Rich in color, high in sheen/glossiness, and available in too many colors for my wallet’s comfort. I only own two (hey, they are quite pricey, and they are very limited in availability!), but they are stunning. Truly gorgeous and, for me, worth $36 a pop. Available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman (may not be available in-store, just a heads up!).

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Good news…I called the “Gone But Not Forgotten” hotline for MAC and they confirmed that the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is comming back! I remember reading earlier that you said that it was just a rumor, but it is confirmed and true! It’s suppose to debut in a collection at the end of August.

Anyway, I hope you read this in time! I’m sorry if I am telling you something that you already know, lol. I’m just really excited!

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Sorry I meant end of July.

Oh and FYI to all the beauty addicts out there – I cannot express how helpful the GBNF hotline is! On the MAC website it says that they only limit searches to permanent cancelled products, but they have helped me find various things from old limited edition collections. They even found “Waternymph” eyeshadow for me, which was from a limited edition collection three years ago!

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