Monday, March 1, 2010

Happily reunited: product junkie and products

It doesn't get much worse than being without our bed for three weeks. But I'll tell ya... as much as my back hurt during our spell of unplanned urban camping, my skin didn't fare much better. I had basic moisturizer and travel-sized shower products with me, but that was it (oh the whining!). So this weekend, in the midst of our broken furniture and boxes upon boxes to unpack, I happily reunited with these goodies. I mean, if you're going to be facing a heap of broken patio furniture, at least your skin can glow while doing so, yes?

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask

The only thing I miss about wedding planning was my excuse to get expensive facials on a regular basis. Oh Bliss, your triple oxygen facial is to die for! Lucky for us all, they make a to-go version that's really fantastic. It doesn't do nearly what the real thing can achieve, but any time I need an instant pick-me-up, this bottle is what I turn to... and dang if it doesn't produce results every time. (I was actually jonesing for a skin recharge so much while waiting for our stuff that I splurged on Bliss' new Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream... so far, so good!)

MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

I got hooked on this two-step system six months or so before our wedding, and never looked back. I'm telling you, a wedding's all it takes to ramp up one's skincare routine. These do such a brilliant job of evening and brightening skin tone and texture. I was absolutely desperate to have these little pads of magic back!

Origins Clear Improvement Mask

I worked for Origins in college, and this mask is still my go-to when I need to suck my pores clean of gunk. It just plain works. And oh how I needed those pores sucked clean this weekend...

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

Love this product - so sheer and clean, yet really effective to combat dryness.

Origins Modern Friction

The best face scrub I've ever used, hands down. The texture of your skin after using this stuff is completely changed once you rinse it off. LOVE.

 Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub

 As if I needed another excuse to spend lots of time in the shower now that we have a fancy shower head... But this jar of goodness will give you one. I just adore this product. The creamy smoothness, the SMELL... the best. I have other products in this line, too, but this one's the big winner for me.

Davines LOVE curl enhancing shampoo + conditioner

I love these products, and my hair was very much over the travel-size drugstore shampoo I'd been using for three weeks. The shampoo is lovely, but the conditioner is out of this world fantastic.

Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel

My lack of daily hair styling is half laziness, half natural hair texture... and this stuff doesn't make me feel guilty for never picking up a blow dryer and/or straightening tools. Hey, if it ain't broke...

Fekkai Luscious Curls Cream

As stated previously... give me a product that makes my styling laziness look like something purposeful, and I'm yours. The texture of this product is perfect for me.

Origins Out of Trouble Mask

When all else fails and you have breakouts anyway, this mask is what you need. It's like a boot camp instructor for your face, yelling at it to clean itself up pronto. Sometimes we all need a little ass-kicking, after all.


  1. Love everything Fekkai, dying to try the Bliss triple oxygen mask, but the Origins black clay always made me break out. My bestie is obsessed with SkinCeuticals, but I don't quite have the budget to afford that stuff...

  2. You know how I feel about Triple Oxygen Facials... and the Alpha/Beta Peels? LOVE LOVE LOVE

  3. @Teresa: With the Clear Improvement you can definitely expect to break out a week after you use it until the gunk's outta there. I think of it as a "better now than later, planned than unplanned" breakout, but I hear ya...

    @Kate: Indeed! We are total product twins. These plus Laura M/Nars for makeup...

  4. ps Teresa: If you go to a Bliss Spa you can buy great samples of the oxygen mask - enough for 3 or so uses.

  5. so glad to hear your bathroom is restocked again! a coworker of mine once wrote this long piece for the nyt magazine about how she went crazy over her skin for her wedding -- injections, peels, gazillion-dollar creams, etc. -- and i thought she was a little wacko.

    i totally understand now.

    (of course, i guess it was helpful that hers was all in the name of research and thus expense-accountable....)


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