Monday, March 15, 2010

My latest finds....

I am constantly on the lookout for new beauty products, be it skin care, makeup, haircare or beauty appliances and recently I have been to trade shows and events as well as researching online and in stores and these are what I've come across that I think are great! Some are new on the market and some are just new to me but read on for some amazing discoveries:

Pevonia: This is a botanical range of skin and body care and I particularly love their Youthful Lip Retinol Serum - an overnight treatment that smooths lips and the fine lines around them.Pevonia Retinol Serum Youthful Lip (0.5 oz)

Instantly Ageless:  A 'facelift in a bottle' this serum tightens and smooths and really is a miracle in a bottle. It lasts for hours and is perfect before a big night out to give you a confidence boost!

Talika: I love their heated eyelash curlers. They heat up without burning your lashes and really do curl them (I've used others that don't do anything). Tip - use a waterproof mascara straight after using to keep the curl in place all day.

InviCible Scars: A creme gel that minimizes scars - from acnes scars to surgery scars. You can feel it working and I've seen a difference in a few weeks from some minor scars I had on my face.

Latisse: I've been using this for a little over a month now and my lashes are really starting to grow! When I have mascara on they now look false!

Bring it Up: A range of instant brow, breast and neck lifts. These are incredible and give you help when you need it! I love the breast lifts, you can wear any backless dress with these!Fashion Forms Bring It Up Breast Lift 3-Pack Accessory (One Size Clear)

Crystalift: An at home microdermabrasion machine. At last a way to get salon results at home. The smoothness it imparts to skin has to be seen to be believed.Crystalift Skin Resurfacing Microdermabrasion System for Smoohter Softer Skin

Tanda: Light regeneration is big right now. This is a little handheld device that you can attach two different heads to - one for blemishes (it does shrink them overnight!) and one to prevent aging and diminish fine lines. I'm addicted!

Youngblood Mineral Makeup: I have just discovered this line, it has been around for a while and I can't believe I hadn't tried it. The Hi Definition Loose Powder is now a staple in my kit. It combats shine without looking heavy and blurs imperfections too. Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Powder (Natural)

Votre Vu: Golden Love Multi Vitamin Oil for face, hair and body is now my essential item to take on my travels. It gives the skin a gleam and moisturizes it deeply. The fact it has multi uses makes it perfect to put in your overnight bag.

Herban Essentials Assorted TowelettesHerban Essentials: Talking of travel, these towlettes come in a range of scents (all from natural oils) and have many uses. I keep these in my makeup kit and travel bag to disinfect my hands, combat travel sickness and refresh my skin.

Rohto: I always carry eyedrops, for my kit and myself. They are an instant way to look awake and these eyedrops also have a cooling factor, which is so refreshing after a long day at work or if you're shooting on the beach!

O2rifik: Another multi use product that is great for traveling as well as to keep at home on the bathroom shelf. It calms sunburn, heals pimples and razor burn and is a generally soothing spray for any type of skin irritation.

Covergirl: One of the latest products from Covergirl is the Smoky Eyesticks. These are double-ended cream sticks that making a smoky eye one of the easiest eye makeups you'll ever do! You blend one end all over the lid and line with the other, I like to define the crease with this end too. It's so easy it's making me worried!

the grapeseed company - grapeseed organic starter setThe Grapeseed Company: This is a local Santa Barbara company that hand makes all sorts of lotions and potions that contain grapeseed oil a natural byproduct of winemaking. This means that the products are rich in antioxidnants, vitamins and reservatrol which fight free radicals. I love the Lavender and Rose toner, it makes your skin feel fresh and tightens the pores. I sometimes use this over my makeup to refresh.

Mor Cosmetics: If you're looking for a luxurious gift for somebody, look no further than here. A range of body care, scents and candles that are beautifully packaged and smell delicious! The hand and body wash is in the most amazing wooden bottle that would make any bathroom look like a 5 star hotels!

Scott Barnes: The original body glow, this shimmering lotion makes you look like you just returned from a tropical vacation. Created by Jennifer Lopez's makeup artist, one of the reasons she always looks radiant.

Sweet Spot Labs: A range of products to make your 'sweet spot' feel fresh as a daisy! There are wipes, washes and sprays and are perfect to keep in your purse or gym bag for a quick waterless shower!

24.7 Skincare: I particularly love the firming eye serum from this brand. You can see the difference immediately, great in the morning when you're tired or before a night out. I also carry the Skin Perfector with me at all times to quickly smooth out lines under my eyes and brighten my face.

Mineral Essence: The Cover Me Duo Magic concealer is sooo good. A double ended pencil with two shades of concealer to get your perfect match. Another great purse product.

Milani Cosmetics: Often referred to as the Mac of drugstores, if you like to experiment with color this is the range for you. It is affordable and the colors and textures are exceptional. I am currently obsessed with the Black Magic Liner and Eye Glimmer Pencils.

SamPar - Lift Me Up Bust Cream - 1.7 fl. oz.Sampar:  Lift Me Up Bust Cream is magical! It gives measurable lift after 3 weeks and makes your skin so soft too.

JRL:  The best hairdryer ever in my opinion! It is extremely powerful but very quiet, no wonder it's name is Hush!

Carita Paris: This French company do a great range of skincare but at the moment I'm loving their Haute Beaute haircare products. Rich creamy shampoos that leave your hair soft and shiny and full of body.

Orly Matte Couture (Display of 12)Orly: Have I ever mentioned I love unusual nail polish colors?? Orly have just brought out a Matte Metallic range - genius! I've been wearing Glam Rock a scene stealing gold out at night, it dries quickly too, bonus!

Spa Ritual: Talking of matte nail polishes Spa Ritual's matte polish in Mind is the most understated but glamorous polish I've come across in years. It is a shimmery matte champagne and goes with any outfit making you look modern effortlessly.

Vincent Longo: The latest product from this independent makeup artist label is a beautiful tinted moisturizer called Light Canvas. The name says it all, it feel weightless but creates a flawless canvas and gives you a 'I've just come back from running on the beach' glow.

Dayna Decker Candle - ZELIA 6 ozDayna Decker: Beautiful perfumes, body lotions and candles from a luxury brand. I am now wearing Ella perfume daily, a light flowery fragrance that you can use on your linens and to scent your room too. The candles are exquisite too, with a natural wood wick that gives the sound of a log fire burning!

(Some of the above brands were provided to me and some I bought)


  1. Loved your blog. Readers might also be interested in another article I found, about beauty and dry eyes. It can be found at this website:

  2. Hi Melissa, Becky here an old friend of yours from London. Cannot believe how well you have done - excerlent. You look great - even younger than when i last saw you - maybe 10 years ago well done on your tv debut and loved reading your blog and all about you. Congratulations x