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Most Loved Beauty Products of 2012 ♥ Skin Care Edition

Happy New Year lovelies!!

I hope your holidays went well, with 2013 starting off amazingly for you all and continues to be a wonderful year. So I’m here with my favorite skin care products of  2012!

Fair warning, my name is Samantha and I am a beauty addict. Skin care, body care, make-up, nails, perfume and tools – I’m throwing all my most used/most reached for items out there! So stay tuned for more 2012 favorites…

This is a product heavy post – so I won’t be going in depth on the products, since there are so many; BUT if you see a product you like or are curious about, and want to know more or want me to do an entire review post on – let me know in the comments or via email!

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These are definitely my go to facial skin care products and I don’t deviate from them (or my routine) very often – if at all – unless I am testing a new product out. I have a couple other well liked products that, depending on the weather or situation, I may use them in place of these; but these are my overall well loved favorites.

1. Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex – My everyday morning/day/pre-make-up moisturizer.

2. Yes To Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum – My nightly serum for the neck and chest area.

3. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer – My nightly moisturizer. It is all about being proactive!

4. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque – My go to (and usually weekly applied) mask for getting/keeping my skin clear. You can read my review on this masque here.

5. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery ConcentrateThe product that really keeps my skin glowing and looking great every morning!

6. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream (as above) or the Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream – I go back and forth between the two, but either one is a must for my nightly routine!

7. Origins GinZing Eye Cream – My day eye cream, great for brightening up the eyes in the morning.

*8. MAC Fix + – I had just sadly ran out and forgot to include it in the photo, but I go through 2 bottles of Fix + every month! Vitamins, minerals, calming ingredients and just overall really lovely on my skin – I use it to refresh my skin in the morning, pre-moisturizer, throughout the day and at night as the start to my nighttime routine!

 

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When it comes to body care, I’m not as picky, so I’m not really going to bother with body lotions and body washes, but I do have some stand out favorites I just have to mention!

1. Neutrogena Body Oil – A must have in my shower for everyday!

2. Victoria’s Secret Jasmine & Water Lily Body Oil – When I want just a little something more luxurious and the scent – to die for!

3. Soap & Glory Hand Food – I take this hand cream everywhere 🙂

4. Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish – My all-time favorite scrub – nothing has beat this one yet! Read my review on this scrub here.

There you have it, my most loved skin care products of 2012! Look out for more of my 2012 favorites this month!


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It’s my BIRTHDAY and I’ll go to the BEACH if I want to!

Whoa… I feel like I have been M.I.A. from the blogosphere – gosh, sometimes having a job really gets in the way of blogging!

Well, guess what, I’m getting old – yeah, it’s my birthday very soon and one of my presents to myself is a mini-vacation to the BEACH!! So excited, haven’t been in a few years, plus I’m actually taking some vacation days from work! I haven’t taken any vacation days, whatsoever, since I have been working at my current job.

I’m not sure how the company will survive without me, BUT I don’t care ’cause I’ll be chillin’ at the beach!

So, since I’m obviously a make-up junkie, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ll be taking with me.

SKIN:

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50

Neutrogena SPF 15 Lip Moisturizer

MAC FIX+ Spray

Great for giving your skin a moisture boost!

MAKE-UP:

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in “Bisque” 

Great coverage and so light on the skin! Love it.

Neutrogena 3 in 1 concealer in “Buff 09” 

Lightweight concealer + Eye cream + SPF 20 = Awesomeness!

NARS Bronzer in “Laguna”

Check out my love and tips for bronzer here!

Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”

Show me swatches! << Click!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in “Medium”

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish  in “Whisper of Gilt”

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in “Glorify”

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in “45 Bold Gold”

Stays put forever!! Wear it sheer or layer it up for gold painted lids! Use it subtlety on other areas to highlight and brighten.

MAC Paint Pot in “Rubenesque”

Who doesn’t love a MAC paint pot and this one is perfect for that bronzed beach look!

Top: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in “Buried Treasure”

A black-brown with gold shimmer and serious staying power. Hello waterproof!

Bottom: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Junkie”

Great way to add a pop of color at the beach without going heavy on the make-up! Waterproof!

Korres Lip Butter in “Mango” 

Great for keeping your lips soft and hydrated, with the perfect flush of coral color!

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain and Balm in “Flame”

Long-lasting color, plus a balm – perfect for sunny beach days.

FRAGRANCE:

 Jo Malone Wild Bluebell 

Keep it light and fresh! Want more on Wild Bluebell?

 HAIR:

Tresemme Climate Protection Finishing Spray

For all hair types, won’t leave white residue in your hair, works against humidity, static, wind and has a UV blocker!

SUNBLOCK!!

 

 Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Faces SPF 50 Sunblock

Oil free, waterproof, sweatproof, fragrance free, tear free, hypoallergenic – if its good for a baby’s face its good for mine!

Neutrogena Fresh Cooling  Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45

Amazing feeling on the skin in hot weather! It’s also non-greasy and waterproof, also non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores).

Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 100

Ultra sweatproof, waterproof, non-greasy, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), oil free! Resists wear-off from friction, activities, sweat and water! Of course, you need to reapply throughout the day.

 So excited for my mini-vacation!!! Did I mention it was going to be PERFECT weather 😀