Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Top 10 Award


First off, thank you to Whitney from Elemental Styles for tagging Amanda and I for the Top 10 Award!!

The rules:
1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog.
2. Put the Top 10 Award logo on your blog.
3. List your top 10 cosmetics.
4. Choose 10 bloggers to tag, link to their blogs, and let them know.

Okay so, my Top 10 cosmetics... uhhh... I don't use any cosmetics... *shifty eyes* I just don't... I have a long list of excuses... sensitive skin, no money, bad past experiences, can't find concealer/foundation in my skin tone, ect... mostly the extremely sensitive skin around my eyes which Whitney herself has suggested I talk to my dermatologist about which I am in the process of getting an appointment with a new one since derms are notoriously hard to get an appointment with. So, long story short, I don't wear any makeup... I know, I can hear the collective gasp. So instead, I'm going to list my top 10 products, not necessarily cosmetics or beauty products. Just products I like, use everyday and repurchase... These are also in no particular order since I couldn't even begin to go about ranking them...

1. Suave Professionals Humectant Shampoo/Conditioner The only shampoo and conditioner my sensitive scalp can tolerate. I've tried just about every shampoo brand and have had reactions of some kind to all of them. I like the humectant one because its a very unique smell (seriously, just smell it next time you see it at the store because I can't describe it) kinda coconutty, floral, musky, vanilla-y... plus the scent always reminds me of my mom because thats what she used when I was growing up. I have thick, naturally wavy, unmanageable hair and this stuff tames it so its soft and easy to work with. I just love it, period.
2. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Cleanser I really don't care for the smell of this at all. At first it smelled like grapefruit, but the more I use it, the more its started to smell like ammonia (cat pee) but its not overwhelming so I can get past it. This makes my skin really soft (I have weirdly really soft skin naturally anyway) but this keeps it that way. This has also cut down on the amount of blackheads on my chin and forehead and decreased the oilyness of my face dramatically. I have combination/problem/sensitive skin and this has helped keep it under control.
3. Cetaphil Daily Advance Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Sensitive Skin This lotion works really well for when my skin is irritated and itchy (I also have eczema patches) or sunburned. Its soothing and sinks in fast. Its a little greasy, but every lotion I've tried is greasy on me. Its also non-irritating to my skin so I can use it on the eczema patches at the outer corners of my eyes, where I have baby-sensitive skin.
4. Bath and Body Works Dark Kiss and Secret Wonderland Lotions These are my favorite scents from B&BWs. I like their products because their cruelty free with no animal testing. I find their regular body lotions to be very greasy even I just use a little bit but they are quite moisturizing so I don't use them if I'm going to be doing anything. I save them for just before bed in the wintertime so I wake up with soft, moisturized hands and arms. Plus, they smell so good and are quite strong so I even use them as a perfume by rubbing them on my neck and shoulders and the scent lasts all day! They do irritate my skin sometimes though (not my hands!) so I don't always use them.
5. Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream I don't use this everyday but when I do, I get good results! This makes my natural semi curls appear more curled and less like waves (its hard to describe!) and keeps my hair from being frizzy and poofy (amazingly!) My natural hair is a monster, its very voluminous, frizzy and wild-looking. I like it sometimes by other times I just wish it was naturally smooth and flat. The only problem I have with this product is that I have a difficult time getting the right amount. The "quarter-sized" amount it says on the back is not enough for my hair since its so thick and just longer than shoulder length as well. I always end up with too much which makes my hair crunchy and weighs it down. Thats why I don't use this everyday.
6. Jeez, I'm only at 6 and I've babbled so much and have almost ran out of products... Blistex Medicated Lip Balm Pretty self-explanatory I think. New England winters are harsh and you need a good chapstick and this is the one thats worked best for me. I like this one because its a little minty, but not overly minty and I'm not a fan of overly minty things. Thats the main reason I like it. Otherwise its a pretty standard chapstick.
7. Garnier Fructis 100% Color This is my absolute favorite hair dye. Unfortunately, its gotten harder to find in the past year or so and that makes me mad. My go to color always used to be Blue Black but I haven't been that color in a year or so. My natural hair color is... well... here's another long story. I've been dying my hair since I was 12. I've been every color you can think of, some a few times. When I began dying it all those years ago, it was a golden blonde color. My parents both have dark brown hair. I was born blonde and was blonde growing up... I looked like Shirley Temple with my curls... well actually I looked exactly like the little girl (young Drew Barrymore) in ET, or so people have said who've seen pictures of me growing up. Anyway, I have no idea what my hair color is now. My roots growing in are a medium mousey brown, so its probably that. But I will continue to dye my hair different colors my whole life, I believe. Anyway, this dye is the best one ever. It doesn't smell at all like hair dye, it smells fruity, it lasts months longer than other "permanent" hair colors I've used. It even outlasts the expensive stuff I've bought at Sally's. Try this stuff, if you can find it!
8. Degree Ultra Clear in Pure Rain Best deodorant I've tried and I can honestly say I've tried them all. Even the weird indie brands that smell like a grandmother. Even a medicated prescription one (that I was allergic to, haha!) I know everyone's body chemistry is different but I am only saying that this one worked for me and I no longer have a sweating problem (gross, I know!) Plus, I love the smell of this one, so pure and clean, mmmmm!
9. St. Ive's Oatmeal and Honey Shea Butter Body Wash EDIT: I checked the name and fixed it! At least I think that's what its called... anyway, I love St. Ive's because they're a vegan brand, with no animal testing or animal products and thats awesome. I'm not a vegan, by the way, I'm a cheating vegetarian. I eat chicken and occasionally cheat and eat pork or beef. I try though. Anyway, I like this body wash because its moisturizing, so its good for the winter so thats the only time I use it since I find it makes my skin greasy in other seasons. It has a light, subtle smell which is okay, not my favorite. I mostly like this because its vegan and is nice in the winter. It also lathers nicely.
10. Shick Intuition Razor This is the most genius thing ever invented! I have never, not ever, cut myself shaving while using this. It has the soap already on the razor so there's no need to use shaving cream and make it a whole ordeal. You can just shave in the shower and not worry about cream washing off before you get to that part of your leg. I love everything about this, except for 2 things. The price is ridiculous, and the reason I can only use it occasionally when I get the money. Its $9 for a starter kit: a razor, 2 refills and a shower hanger thing. Refills are like $12-14. Seriously. Its total robbery, and you only get 3 refills in a package! The other thing I don't like is how quickly you go through it. You can get maybe 4 shaves out of one soap head thing and than you need to replace it. So its not worth the money, but I still love it anyway because I cut myself with every other razor. Maybe I'm just inept at shaving without it.

So, those were my top 10 products. I hope I wasn't too boring (although I'm sure some of it was...) and at least some of you read it!!

Now its time to tag 10 more bloggers to do this. I apologize if you've already been tagged for this!! I tag:

1. Gotham Polish
2. Jessica's Nail Art
3. No Naked Nails!
4. The Kiwi With The Crazy Nails
5. The Nail Buff
6. Deez Nails
7. Nailstah

Whew... this is hard, so I think I'm gonna leave it there. The other 3 people I would have tagged, Whitney, Liz, and Amber were already tagged for the award...

I hope you all enjoyed your Wednesday!! (as much as a person can enjoy can enjoy a Wednesday, I suppose...)

I actually have a nail post to do today as well and was going to include it in this post, but this post has become so long so... yeah. I'll do another post right after this one. :)

Thanks for looking! Don't forget to comment and follow (please?)



  1. Haha I knew you'd be able to find 10 products you use regularly :) If I would've started talking about hair/body wash products I probably could've added 10 more!!

    Great list!


  2. Thanks, Whitney!

    Yeah, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be... I probably could've added a few more and babbled on and on...



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