Clarisonic Brush ($195). This is one of the best beauty tools going and an all-time Truth In Aging favorite. Just about everyone I have recommended this to loves it. It gently exfoliates and preps the skin for cleansing. With changeable brush heads, Clarisonic works just as well for body (one of the best things I've come across for controlling bacne) and face. You can see a demo of how to use Clarisonic here.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple ($10). This cleanser is densely populated with natural oils drawn from a range of botanicals including meadowfoam, geranium, rosewood, sandalwood, and sage. These plant components are known to nourish and soothe the skin, except perhaps, black pepper extract, which apparently can cause severe skin irritation. It doesn't quite live up to its name by including a few parabens and hexylene glycol, which can be an irritant, but very few products are completely squeaky clean.
Korres Wild Rose Moisturizer ($32.50). I don't really see the point of the SPF 6, but otherwise this is a good day moisturizer from a brand that has managed to carve itself a niche in the natural beauty market. The dominant botanical extract, imperata cylindrica, is a kind of grass that is known to be an anti-inflammatory. I once read that research had failed to prove this, however, I did a few searches on web and there seems to be plenty of corroborating evidence. I also found some research that concluded that it contains ferulic acic, a very powerful antioxidant. The other things to like in this moisturizer are rosehip and macadamia, both of which are full of fatty acids. Plus there's grape and a couple of types of vitamin C.
Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio ($28).The base of this eyeshadow is talc, which several consumer groups are trying to get the FDA to ban on the grounds that it is carcinogenic. The Environmental Working Group says the same about polyethylene terephthalate although this is based on a study dating from 1955 and there are plenty of other reports saying that it is safe. My main quibble is that I don't quite get the color palettes in this range as they seem to me to be a repetitive collection of pink and sand.
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips ($18). We end as we started with Bare Escentuals and for good reason. Like its sister product, Buxom Lash Mascara, this is elevated above run-of-the-mill warpaint by the inclusion of a few things that might actually be good for you. In addition to some vitamins, there is the collagen-forming petide Matrixyl for a long-term solution for fuller lips. A candidate for our next update of Five Best lip plumpers.
Ingredients in Philosophy Purity
Water, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Guaiacum Officinale, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Rosa Damascena Extract, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Extract, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, FD&C Yellow No.5.
Ingredients in Korres Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizer
Water, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Glycerin, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hexyldecanol, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Pentylene Glycol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Myristyl Olive Esters, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Olive Oil (0lea Europea) Unsaponifiables, Alcohol, Aluminum Oxide, Aluminum Stearate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bezoic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Isodecyl Salicylate, Fragrance, PEG-8, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Phytic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Xanthum Gum.
Ingredients in Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Nylon-12, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides, CI 77499, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake, Manganese Violet, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Chromium Oxide Greens, Blue 1 Lake.
Ingredients in Buxom Lips
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene; Tridecyl Trimellitate; Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate; Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate; Menthone Glycerin Acetal; Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer; Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate; Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina); Octyldodecanol; Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate; Silica; Fragrance (Parfum); Palmitoyl Oligopeptide; Retinyl Palmitate; Ethylhexyl Palmitate; Tocopheryl Acetate; Tribehenin; Sorbitan Isostearate; Sodium Saccharin; Limonene; Bht. (+/-): Mica; Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891); Iron Oxides (Ci 77491; Ci 77492; Ci 77499); Carmine (Ci 75470); Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140); Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090); Red 6 (Ci 15850); Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850); Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200); Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360); Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410).