Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shape Magazines Best New Products!

From Shape magazine comes a list of favorite beauty products released from May of '08 to May of '09. The issue hits the stands on August 24th but I got a sneak peek!

Over 5,000 readers, editors and beauty experts (hello! where was Hello Dollface?) gave their opinions on a variety of products and here's just a sample of the items that made the cut.
There are lots of more so be sure to pick up Shape, which incidentally, is a magazine I subscribe to and read with the dedication of a scholar.

The years biggest winners....drumroll please....

Facial exfoliators
Olay Dual Action Cleanser + Pore Scrub ($7; at drugstores) For skin to look its best, you need not only to remove the day’s dirt and makeup, but also to slough off dead cells. Testers loved that this foaming daily cleanser did both. “It left my skin feeling clean and smooth, and my pores looked smaller,” said one.

Facial moisturizers
Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($15; at drugstores) Testers loved this product’s “totally natural-looking color” and “non-greasy” feel. Plus, the light-reflecting mica it contains helps even out skin tone, while the SPF 30 prevents future damage.

Facial cleansers
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser ($6; at drugstores) “The refreshing blast of grapefruit scent makes this a perfect morning pick-me-up,” said one tester. The potent cleanser also contains a blend of 2 percent salicylic acid and soothing botanicals. The result: clear pores, fewer breakouts, and skin that’s makeup- and oil-free (but never dry).

Body cleansers and scrubs
Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash for Very Dry Skin in Hibiscus & Fig ($20; “This thick cleanser was so hydrating, I didn’t need to apply lotion after my shower,” commented one tester. It has nourishing oils and minerals harvested from the Dead Sea, plus plant extracts.

Eye care
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller ($13; at drugstores) Testers loved this “totally refreshing and addictive” eye treatment. The formula contains caffeine to banish puffiness and dark circles, plus vitamin B5 and glycerin to hydrate skin and lessen the look of wrinkles.

Body moisturizers
Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Triple Smoothing Body Lotion
($8; at drugstores) This lotion delivers intense hydration and exfoliation, thanks to a mix of vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids. One tester said it absorbed so quickly, she could “get dressed right away.”

Olay Professional Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment ($42; at drugstores) Testers were surprised to find such a potent wrinkle-fighting formula at the drugstore. It features a blend of retinol, niacinamide (vitamin B3), and peptides, all shown to renew skin cells and reduce the appearance of lines. “Like Botox without the needle!” exclaimed one staffer.

Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer
($9; at drugstores) The usual complaints about self-tanners—too sticky, obvious, and smelly—didn’t come up once with our testers.

Almay Pure Blends Makeup
($14; at drugstores) “My skin is very sensitive, so I don’t usually wear foundation—but this one was so light, I forgot I had it on,” said a tester. Made with 97 percent natural ingredients—including botanicals—this foundation is notable for what’s not in it: potentially irritating fragrances, parabens, and talc.

Eye makeup
Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara ($7; at drugstores) For those times you want over-the-top-lush lashes in a hurry, this mascara truly delivers. “I’ve never seen my puny little lashes look so full!” raved a tester. It has a collagen-infused thickening formula and a brush big enough to cover every lash in a single stroke.

Lip color
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain ($7; at drugstores) Testers repeatedly commented on this long-lasting stain’s “fabulous texture.” “It felt like it wasn’t there—even though it stayed on throughout my entire lunch,” said one. The addition of conditioners, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, ensures that lips will stay soft and hydrated.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel ($5; This all-natural lip color “is perfect for someone who likes a no-makeup look—but with a little something extra,” said one tester.

Hair color
L’Oréal Paris Excellence-to-Go
($9; at drugstores) Even at-home-hair-color novices fell in love with this comb-in formula’s almost instant results. “After just 10 minutes, I had deep, rich, really natural-looking color,” reported one tester. A new technology helps pigment sink quickly into strands without causing damage. The comb applicator also makes it easy to apply all over or just as a root touch-up. “And it totally covered my grays,” said another tester.

Shampoo and Conditioner
Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Shampoo and Conditioner ($4 each; at drugstores) This cleansing and conditioning duo relies on the power of natural ingredients—cassia, calendula, ginger, and aloe vera—to leave hair silky and resilient. The cassia complex forms a protective seal around strands that locks in moisture and helps your brush or comb glide through hair without snagging. “Daily blow-drying makes my hair brittle, but after using this combo regularly, my hair felt stronger and softer,” said a tester.

Dove Visibly Smooth Clinical Protection Antiperspirant/Deodorant ($8; at drugstores) This potent sweat stopper has the maximum amount of the wetness-fighting ingredient allowed without a prescription. The sunflower oil it contains also “softens stubble so it isn’t as noticeable,” explained a tester.

Hair removal
Best razor Gillette Venus Embrace Shaving System ($10; at drugstores) The latest incarnation of this crowd-pleasing shaver features five blades surrounded by a skin-protecting ribbon of moisture. “It glides so well, there were no nicks,” said one tester.

**I have to agree with many of these. So many awesome products on the market and as you can clearly see, you don't have to spend a fortune on beauty.

I've been using the Embrace Shaving System and I love the light weight of the razor and how it so easily glides up and down my legs. The shaving gel in Lavender Kiss smells fabulous, it leaves my legs feeling like velvet.

Another product I want to give a shout out to is the Tone Body Wash with Anti-oxidants. I tested the Blueberry Body Wash and it smells like blueberry pie. It contains blueberry extract and vitamins. The lather is rich and foamy. Definitely four stars!**

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