January 26, 2010

My Beauty Favorites: Body and Hair Products

I am always looking for product suggestions from friends (hint hint) so I figured I'd take a little time to go through my favorite beauty products for body and hair. I love trying out new hair products, make up, shampoo, and other nonsense that you really don't need. Seriously I walk out of Target always wondering how I just spent $50 on a bunch of crap. Am I alone in this?

Body Lotion
I have a freakishly sensitive/dry skin which I think is because I have mild eczema (makes sense since I have asthma too). That was probably tmi but I felt like Itchy Legs McGee until I found Eucerin Calming Cream. It is the ONLY thing that works for me. I've tried a million different lotions and none of them compare. It is expensive ($8-9 a tube) but in my opinion totally worth it.

At this point I pretty much just use the giant tubs of Pantene from Costco but if you are looking to splurge I love Kerastase products. After reading this post you're going to think I'm obsessed with this brand but its because my hair salon in Boston uses the products so I always get suckered into trying something. (If you are looking for a salon in Boston, I go to G2O on Newbury Street and see Chrissy - she's only $55 for a cut and blow dry)

Bain Satin 2 is great for dry hair. Its expensive at $32 a bottle but it does make your hair feel lovely.

I like Bain De Force because I put my hair through hell with blow drying and curling/flat ironing. Its gentle and made for people with damaged hair. Still $32 though...

Deep Conditioner
Ciment Anti Usure is amazing. Its $36/bottle but makes my hair so soft and it feels thicker somehow. If you're choosing between shampoo and conditioner to splurge on, I would always splurge on conditioner. That's just me though...

For a much less expensive treat, I love Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. It also makes my hair super soft and smells wonderful.

Dry Scalp Care
I love to use Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Conditioner in the summer when my scalp and hair get dry. Its feels really soothing and works wonders. ($13/6.7 oz bottle)

Styling Products
I currently use Kerastase Ciment Thermique before blow drying.

I was using this Living Proof No Frizz styling cream for a while but didn't think it was all that amazing so I switched. $24/4 oz bottle

Then before curling or flat ironing my hair I just started using this Shu Uemura Iron Design which works pretty well and gives your hair some texture. $28/bottle

If I want to give my hair some extra shine or if my hair is kinda frizzy I use this Kerastase Lumiere Nutri Scupt which is amazing. Its $29/bottle but I've had mine for 2 years because you only need a tiny bit every time you use it.

Dry Shampoo
When I'm lazy or don't get up with enough time to wash my hair I'll use dry shampoo to make sure my hair isn't greasy all day.

I've tried a few brands and these are the ones I like:

Klorane ($18/bottle)

Ojon (although I like this one the least and its $24/bottle)

Rene Furterer ($24/bottle)

I hated Bumble and Bumble's version because its really thick black spray (and expensive at $35/bottle). If you touch your hair, your fingers get black and gross. In theory its great because all these sprays can leave little white specks if you don't brush them out enough. Clearly not optimal if you have dark hair because then it just looks like you have a dandruff problem.

Curly Hair Days
I have yet to find a product that I love for this. Right now I'm using Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Calming Creme and it actually works okay. I have to apply once when wet/damp and then again when its pretty dry to get my hair to be non frizzy. I barely leave my hair curly though so maybe I haven't given it enough of a chance. ($27/bottle)

I use a lot of stuff on my body and hair I guess. I'm sure I'm actually forgetting things but for now these are my body and hair product favorites. At some point I'd like to do make up and face products as well.

What are your favorites? I'm a product junkie so please share away :)

*No one is paying me to recommend these products - they are just my own product finds and suggestions :)



  1. For a cheap treat, try Organix shampoos and conditioners! They're about $5 or $6 a pop and come in lots of yummy flavors like grapefruit mango butter and mandarin olive oil. I sound like I'm writing an ad for them. But really, they're great! And cheap!

  2. ooooh, I needed a recommendation on a dry shampoo. I've been running at lunchtime and I don't want to wash my hair midday, but I feel gross. Thanks!

    I'll post my favorite beauty products soon, but in the shower right now, I use Pureology products - love them!

  3. no no you are not alone, i think i spent most of my salary at Boots!!!

  4. before drying my hair i use biosilk...i've tried everything from frederic fekkai to phyto products to bumble and bumble and i still biosilk the best...and its by far the cheapest. AND its now at costco! :)
    for my hair, i also use those big tubs of pantene, but really want to try kiehls shampoo/conditioner. everyone i know who uses them loves them! although, i never buy it b/c i can't justify spending like $30-40 on shampoo when i can get a huge thing of it for like $5 from costco. sigh one day.

  5. also, the tub of Cetaphil lotion is amazing for moisturizing. And I love the smell and feel of Frederik Fekkai lotion. :)

  6. wait... do you like keratase? ;)I've never tried any of their products but now I'm very tempted...

  7. Unrelated, but check out this video...it is totally worth its own blogpost...you're welcome


  8. Have you tried Tresemme's curl line? It works pretty well on my permed hair, and it smells really nice! And much cheaper than Keratase!


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