BIG BEAUTY REVIEW: A DOZEN Different New, Nifty, Affordable Beauty “Finds”

When the seasons change, new beauty products are one of those pleasurable rituals that every fashionista looks forward to. But what if you’re on a seriously tight budget?  No need to worry because there are high performance, pampering, beautifying products for you at every price point. Today, The Advice Sisters are suggesting a whopping dozen  new and nifty products that you can get in mass market retailers and drug stores at insanely affordable prices.  These product will help you get ready for summer literally from top to bottom!  These new, nifty, affordable beauty products are all available now, and can make a big difference in how you look. Get them now, before Summer, starts!



When the seasons change is always a good time to toss your old mascara and get a new one.  Rimmel’s Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara (avg. price under $7.00) arrives in a tube that’s season’s hottest color: orange.  But the oversized mascara tube isn’t the only stunning thing about this new product.  The mascara wand is longer, wide and 50% bigger than Rimmel’s largest brush, and it’s larger than most of the mascara wands on the market.  It reminds me a bit of DiorShow, but without the high price.  A big brush means you’ll get every last bit of your lash without having to wiggle the wand back and forth and apply as many coats.  It also means you’ll have less clumping.  It’s impressive, and inexpensive making it a real drugstore “find.” And, the product also has triple the collagen and keratin of other mascaras on the market, making it an even bigger “big deal” for the benefit of your eyes.  The mascara comes in Black and (if you dare), extreme black.  You can also add some new, trendy eye shadows for just a few dollars more.

Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow (avg. price under $6.00) are squares of intense color that give you the bold eye looks that  were seen all over the runways, for less! The simple, square black compacts with clear covers let you see the big cross of the primary color, embossed with the Rimmel heart logo, and the highlight and defining colors surrounding it. Each makes a statement, with colors that are full of reflective pigments. The dual-use shadows work wet or dry, allowing you to customize your color from diffused and medium-deep,  to seriously bold.  Two that are super-trendy for this season are:  “Black Cab” a  glittery combo of a large gold shimmered cross, along with tones of bronze, black and charcoal.  “Royal Blue” is another favorite, with a deep blue so dark it’s almost black,  plus highlights of ivory shimmer, and a big cross in the middle embossed with the Rimmel crown, in a subdued teal. If you’ve previously shunned blue as being too “girly” you’ll find this combo gives you just the right amoung of glamour, with a bit of “tough.”  These are really fun to experiment with, and, at less than the cost of a sandwich, you’ll get some real mileage out of them. The hardest thing will be to pick just a few!




Biore has always been a beloved drugstore brand. Who hasn’t tried those stick on strips that pull an amazing amount of “gunk” from pores you never even knew you had!  But Biore also knows that some women have combination skin. If you’re one of them, you already know that it’s hard to decide whether to treat the oily part while risking either breakouts, or not enough moisture, on the dry parts.  “Bioré® Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser deep cleans oily T-Zones while thoroughly yet gently cleansing drier areas, leaving skin clean and balanced. The oil-free cleanser has a light, fresh scent, and arrives in a pristine, white bottle with bright blue pump top and attractive graphics.  FYI, this nice cleanser  is now part of the new look of the Bioré® Skincare collection, now color-coded to help you find the right regimen for your complexion: Orange is ideal for complexion clearing, Blue is for thorough cleansing and Pink is for make-up removing.  Of course Biore has those iconic Pore Strips, along with a lot of other cleansers, astringents, cloths and makeup-removing towelettes.  You can find BIORE products at select food, drug and mass merchant stores. For more information, visit

Garnier is already popular for budget-minded beauty products but now they’ve got a brand new product that’s really special. The Garnier SPF 15 BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector is essentially a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15. But this lightweight cream in a flip-top tube doesn’t just protect and moisturize (for up to 24 hours), it also addresses other concerns such as discoloration, dullness, and blotchiness. Apparently, this “can-do” cream has some pretty impressive attributes: After just one use Garnier’s consumer evaluation study claims that 90% of users had a more even complexion, 93% saw a more healthy glow, and 96% saw smoother skin. The fresh-smelling, rich lotion has Vitamin C, hylauronic acid, lipidure microspheres, glycerin, Vitamin C and tinted mineral pigments.  It  is available in two different, sheer tints: Light to Medium and Medium to Deep, and the tint is “forgiving.” That means no matter what your complexion tone, one of these two will work for just about everyone.  I love the idea that this has UVA/UVB protection, but it only has a minimal SPF 15,  so if you’re really going to be out in the sun, use another sun block as well (for daily exposure such as walking to the store or driving to work, it’s perfect). This is a pampering, tinted moisturizing product. On normal skin, this product nicely evens out skin tone and adds a subtle (not shiny) glow to skin. And it does cover some blotches and imperfections. However, if your skin is seriously damaged and blotchy, you may need another lotion or powder over it for more coverage. But if that’s the case, it still makes a great base. Get this nice newbie at mass market retailers for just $12.99



LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer in HoneyBerry is an ultra-light formula made from pure Swedish beeswax that penetrates deeply into skin, leaving lips soft and smooth, while protecting them with SPF 15. $2.99 brings you this silky, nuturing, non shiny gloss from LypSul, a lip care line created over 100 years ago in Sweden.  The combination of  natural and therapeutic ingredients like organic Shea Butter, coconut oil, Vitamin E and Vitamin A make this multi-tasker a must-have for the entire family.  This one has a slightly fruity and honey-sweet scent that makes it more fun to use.  The packaging is also unique, a slim compact with a yellow, slide-up bar (in the shape of a sweet little bee) instead of the usual, twist-around the bottom, brings the lip balm to the top of the case. If you like LypSyl Honeyberry I have good news — there are other formulas including: LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer which gives a fresh minty flavor to lips, LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer Honeyberry creating the taste of fresh honeyberry, with SPF 15 protection, and LypSyl Extreme Cold Sore Relief.


Winter-weary skin needs extra moisturization and pampering before baring body parts on the beach, and beyond.  And once the Summer hits, you’ll want to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated as well.  Caress has two new body washes that not only keep your skin moisturized, but leave just a soft and sexy veil of scent, behind. Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash (it also comes in a a solid beauty bar) is enriched with “Moisture Beads” that you can actually see in the oatmeal-tinted product that leave your skin feeling soft, even before you add a moisturizer.  It’s scented with sandalwood and vanilla, but guess what? The fragrance was developed by experts at Givaudan, one of the most celebrated fragrance houses in the world!  The gourmand fragrance is rich with creamy vanilla and spicy sandalwood, but it’s not overdone. It’s so delectable, you might find people gravitating just a wee bit closer to you.  Body wash fragrances don’t last forever (they’re not perfumes) but for a short while, you’ll feel special and pampered. Caress also has a new body wash called “Passionate Spell” created by the experts at another illustrious fragrance house: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF). This one features a lingering scent of passionfruit and orange rose.  The “fruit” is a bit tart, not overly sweet or cloying, and the floral elements shine through on your skin.  You’d expect to pay a lot more than a couple of dollars for these skillfully fragranced products, but they’re just $3.99 for the 18 oz. and $3.50 for the 12 oz. flip top bottles!  The Beauty bars range from a 2-bar set at $2.99 to 8 bars at $7.99.  These are all available in your local drugstores and mass market retailers right now!  For more information you can also visit:

I know a lot of readers are reaching for “fake bakes” now that they’re baring more skin.  But self-tanners do not protect your from the sun’s damaging rays, even though you may look tan. That is, until now. There’s a new version of Jergens Natural Glow, called Natural Glow & Protect with SPF 20. This product not only helps create a gradual “tan” color for fair to medium, or medium to tan, complexions, it has broad spectrum SPF 20 UVA/UVB protection. The moisturizing product (with Vitamin E) can be used daily to give you a neck to toe, tan.  The product starts to develop nearly instantly, and keeps layering on more color every time you use it until you get as dark as you want (up to a week).  Then, use it as maintenance. I like the fact that you can add just a little color if you’re risk averse, or get realistically bronze while doing the type of moisturizing you’d normally do at least once a day, anyway.  If you like the product, you’ll not only use it, but help protect your precious skin.  You don’t need a tanning bad (very, very bad!) or soaking up the sun’s damaging rays, to look bronze. For “glow” and moisturization and decent spf protection, you will satisfy all your desires, and for an amazingly low price of just $8.99.  Jergens new Natural Glow & Protect is available in mass market retailers and drug stores nationwide.



Everyone knows that proper cleansing and moisturizing helps keep skin healthy, but did you ever stop to think that your scalp is also part of your skin system?  While many of my readers know to moisturize their hair and treat the ends, they never focus at all on the health of their scalp. Your hair grows from the roots, sprouting up form the scalp, after all!  Now there are brand new CLEAR Scalp & Hair Therapy shampoos and conditioners that focus on the cleansing and moisturization not just of your hair strands, but also your scalp. The collection includes a whopping six shampoos and five conditioners in interestingly-shaped bottles with flip-tops, and more importantly,  infused with “Nutrium 10,” a blend of great for your hair and scalp, nurturing ingredients. The slightly fruity-smelling products cleanse nicely, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing a good thing for your entire head, not just your hair (and this goes for the guys, too). The shampoos and conditioners include Total Care duo for all hair types with Vitamins B5, C, E, sunflower, almond, soybean and coconut oils, plus aloe vera. Can’t you just sense the pampering?  Other duos include Damage Therapy; Volumizing Root Boost, Strong Lengths, Moisturizing Dry Scalp, Complete Care for Dandruff.  But the big surprise is the price:  just $4.99-$5.99 for a 12.9 oz. shampoo or a 12.7 oz. conditioner, available in mass market retailers and drug stores right now!

Whether you’re traveling, or find yourself with a last-minute date (and no time to shampoo), Clean Freak Refreshing Dy Shampoo by Not Your Mother’s will instantly refresh your hair so you’re not forced to wear a hat! The dry shampoo with a non-abusive-to-your-nostrils, light and clean scent, absorbs excess oil and leaves a matte finish to give your “I really meant to shampoo but didn’t have time” hair, a fighting chance! The lightweight, take-me-with-you,  1.6 oz. spray can,  is perfect for purse, tote or suitcase and apparently has plenty of television and movie actors and actresses happy it’s there to help them!  You can get this little life-saver too, for just $2.99, at mass market retailers nationwide. No that you know, why would you ever leave home without a can, on hand?!


Finally, when the weather heats up, perspiration increases (at least in most of us).  Body odor is not a friendly thing! Two respected companies in the odor protection business have created new deodorant/anti-perspirants that will make you feel fresher for longer, and believe me, everyone will be thankful! From the Degree Women product line comes two new types of deodorant/anti-perspirant protection. Degree Expert Protection $3.97 – $6.25 (2.6 oz)*suggested retail price has Degree’s motionSENSE technology. Exclusive to Degree, motionSENSE™ Technology has a micro-encapsulated fragrance that gives you an instant release of fragrance as you move.  It’s activated by movement, not moisture first, so the more you move, the more it works! Believe it or not you will be “covered” all day long!  The active ingredient is 20% Aluminum Zirconium Tretrachlorohydrex GLY.  A new, light floral fragrance called: “Linen Dry” is just the kind that’s perfect for warmer weather. There’s also a light and user-friendly Cotton Fresh, Fresh Energy, and Active Clean.  Degree Clinical Protection (srp. $7.47 – $10.99 (1.7 oz) also features Degree’s motionSENSE™ technology and what is billed as “prescription strength” wetness protection.  The lotion-style product is dispensed through a swivel up stick that leaves a dry (not wet or sticky) coating.  A new scent called “Cotton Fresh” leaves a light, creamy musk and smooth amber fragrance. Other fragrances you can choose are: Fresh Energy, Active Clean, Sexy Intrigue and Sheer Powder.


Also new and nifty, from DOVE, is their Clear Tone Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant products. Shaving can have harsh effects on delicate underarms causing skin to lose up to 50 percent more moisture, leading to dryness and inflammation. This, in turn, can lead to red and dark marks that 32 million U.S. women experience.  The new Clear Tone products are the only ones in the US specifically designed to reduce red and dark marks and even skin tone. The new formula has calendula, sunflower seed extracts and unique Dove® moisturizers, help accelerate the natural skin renewal process. But to me, the main point is that the product helps control wetness for 23 hours without any white marks. It’s available in two very light and fleeting fragrances: Skin Renew (notes of violet, lilac and rose with vanilla musk); and Sheer Touch (notes of  Citrus with hint of almond and coconut milk).  Dove Clear Tone® Anti-Perspirant/Deodorants are available in food, drug, mass and online retailers


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