Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top 5 Hip + Urban Girl Beauty Products

Sometimes there’s no better feeling than walking out of your local beauty emporium with a bag full of beauty goodies. It’s enough to make you want to run home and a) wash and style your hair with your new stuff, or b) wipe off all your current makeup and spend the remainder of the day playing with your latest finds. But of course, you’ll want to be sure that these products will, in fact, live up to their hype before spending your hard earned money.

I’d like to share a few of my current favourites with you. These are the ones I proudly display on my bathroom counter and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars on:

1) Moroccanoil (100ml, $40.80 at salons and spas)
I became a fan of this gem back in university, and at the time it was rare and virtually unknown to the masses. The original Moroccanoil made my hair shiny and soft, and I was even more sold when I discovered the Light version that worked even better for my fine hair. You only need a dime-sized amount (I only use it on my ends) so one bottle will last months. The Argan oil will strengthen and repair hair and protect it against styling damage. These days you’ll find almost the entire Moroccanoil product collection under my sink, but I must warn you I won’t share.

2) Cod Liver Oil ($7.99 at well.ca
It’s not a “beauty product” per se, but one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Michelle Villett is constantly raving about cod liver oil being her best-kept beauty secret so I had to try. It’s been a few months since I began taking two capsules a day along with my other vitamins, and I must say my skin has been clearer and softer than ever. Cod liver oil is said to improve your skin and even health by boosting levels Vitamin A and D. It’s great for anyone suffering from acne or hormonal breakouts. Find out more about this stuff here 

3) Dry shampoo (Got2b Rockin’ It $7.99 at Drugstores) 
I’ve never been one of those lucky ladies that could go an entire week with the same blowout, but since discovering the magic of dry shampoo I’ve been able to stretch my hair washing to three days (a miracle in my world). This stuff will refresh and give your hair volume in-between washes and also help if you’ve accidentally put in too much product. I like to spray it at the roots, let it sit while I do my makeup and then brush it out and style. 

4) OPI Axxium Manicure (At salons and spas)
Technically this is an in-salon treatment not a beauty product, but it’s definitely been my best new beauty discovery in recent months. You can check out my review of the process here, which can give you up to two full weeks of shiny, chip-free nails in a variety of OPI’s most popular lacquer shades.

5) Benefit They’re Real Mascara ($29 at Sephora and Select Shoppers Drug Marts)
I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve been searching for the perfect mascara since I was 14. I’ve tried affordable drug store brands and high-end formulas that all promise to give the lustrous lashes Mother Nature neglected to provide. I was just about to come to terms with my meagre eyelashes when I reluctantly sampled this tube and I can’t believe the results. My lashes are long, full and curled without being clumpy – something no other mascara has done for me before. 

Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto writer, editor and blogger. Follow her on Twitter and her blog.

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1 comment:

  1. Ever since I stopped using detergent (SLS) shampoos I have had to stay away from things like Moroccan Oil because it is heavy with silicone. Natural shampoos can't get the silicone out of the hair and, without a clarifying shampoo, the silicone will build up and the product won't work anymore.

    I recommend Coconut oil for the hair. It stimulates growth, does not build up in hair and costs a fraction of the price of Moroccan oil.