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Product Girl Summer Essentials Turned Fall Favorites

We are well into the fall season now, which we’re happy about… pumpkin spice lattes and sweaters are part of our every day routines now. We are still hooked on some of our summer essentials though, these products saved our lives during the summer and now they are helping us throughout the fall.

  • Votre Vu On Holiday Moisturizing Body Spray – I am not really a fan of body lotions but this is one body moisturizer I can get down with. It sprays on without feeling greasy and leaves my skin smelling AMAZING. Its just like I got back from the tropics and still have gardenias in my hair, this will help keep the tropical vibe going through fall and winter.
  • Osea Undaria Body Polish – This body polish smoothes and moisturizes all without being harsh and abrasive on the skin, it’s really gentle and rich and creamy as well. Thanks to the lemongrass a fantastic citrus scent that’s particularly invigorating in the morning.
  • Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock - This was Laurie’s go-to SPF all summer long. As the name indicated, it’s ultra sheer and ultra absorbent. It’s a summer essential, but this will likely see a lot of action in the coming months too.
  • La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion – This was my go-to moisturizer this summer, I went with the “less is more” approach with this in the hopes that a light formula would help prevent my face from turning into an oil slick and it did really well. Now it’s going to be my oil absorbing staple this fall.
  • Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak – Chlorine in the pool did horrible things to my hair but this brought it back to life. Just 3 minutes with this on and my hair is manageable again and as soft as silk… and fly away free! Plus I love the smell, it reminds me of my favorite shampoo.
  • Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage – This is a skincare gem for Laurie. She stores this in the refrigerator and uses it every morning while the coffee’s brewing. Beyond helping perk up the undereye area, it actually helps wake her up! It’s an icy cold blast of caffeine, botanicals and antioxidants. It’s delightful.

What about you? What are your fall favorites? Do you have any summer essentials you’re still using?

Product Girl 2009 Favorite Beauty Products – Bath, Body & Fragrance

To wrap up our favorite products for 2009, we’re reviewing our picks for bath and body and perfume.

Lisa Hoffman was high on our list of favorites this year, I happen to be obsessed with everything Lisa Hoffman now thanks to my love of her Madagascar Orchid Variations. Lisa Hoffman Bath Soak is a bath experience. To soak in a tub with her bath soak to love her. The same Madagascar Orchid scent is in this product and it is such a beautiful scent.

The La Mer Body Refiner is smooth skin in a tube. It is infused with diamonds and exfoliates the skin without being harsh. Plus is smells amazing, it has a completely refreshing scent for the shower. It is definitely pricey but I loved my sample so much that I went out and splurged on a tube of this.

Anyone with dry feet knows the “slather in vaseline and put on some socks” trick for softer feet but that doesn’t last very long. I don’t know about you but laying on thick layers of vaseline on a daily basis doesn’t appeal to me. With Barielle Total Foot Care Cream, I put the Vaseline behind me this year. It is effective without having to lay it on thick and does wonders for my heels.

Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Shower Cream is exactly what it sounds like – moisturizing as can be. This may be B&BWs best formulation yet. Laurie’s a huge fan of this lotion-esque body wash and is currently housing the Twilight Woods scent in her shower.

Both a good buy and a fantastic formula, Vaseline Sheer Infusion was a great new product of ’09. It has multiple layers of moisture (they call it Stratys 3) and absorbs really deeply into the skin. We’re a fan because it doesn’t leave our skin with a thick feeling but has the benefits of a deep moisturizer. The Mineral Renewal is our top pick!

Being musk lovers, Tom Ford White Suede was an immediate hit with us. The whole Tom Ford Private Blend White Musk collection is just beautiful but White Suede is our favorite. We’ll take a closer look at that one soon… I promise.

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne makes us feel all warm and sultry. This floral features blackberry, rose and sandalwood notes for just the right amount of mystery. It’s completely feminine and totally seductive, just like Paris.

When Kenzo takes one of their best sellers and puts a twist on it, we’re all for it and Kenzo Amour Florale is just such a perfume. The original KenzoAmour is warm and sexy but Kenzo changed it up a little bit. KenzoAmour Florale was introduced with notes of neroli, grapefruit and black currant providing the burst of freshness we were looking for.

Is it the gorgeous bottle or the gorgeous perfume? Well, it’s actually both. Marc Jacobs Lola is a warm floral that Laurie instantly fell in love with at first glance and sniff.

We love Philosophy’s State of Grace perfumes and we loved seeing them add a new perfume to their line of fragrances. Philosophy Unconditional Love is a great addition to their fragrances. If you ask us, the fruitiness in Unconditional Love is just what they needed in their line up.

So that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our favorite beauty products from 2009. We’ll be back next year with more of our favorites. ;) We’re excited by all the new collections we’re seeing so 2010 looks like it will be a great year. What have been some of your favorite products this year? We want to hear all about it in the comments.

Splurge vs. Steal: EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm & La Mer The Lip Balm

Right now I am obsessed with two lip balms: the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm and La Mer The Lip Balm. They are fantastic and I just have to rave to you about them. One is definitely a splurge and the other is so wallet friendly that you’ll want to get each flavor, which is what I did. :)

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I picked up La Mer’s The Lip Balm a few months ago on a whim. I was at the La Mer counter admiring their new concealer (more on that next week) and thought “what the hell” so I picked it up. It’s definitely one of the most expensive lip balms I’ve ever bought (my old tube of By Terry Baume de Rose is slightly more expensive) but I had seen so many raves on it that I couldn’t resist any longer. The Lip Balm’s texture is nice and thick, which just how I like it. Every time I dip into it, it makes my lips feel absolutely pillow-ey. Plus it smells delicious, like mint-chocolate chip ice cream.

The wallet friendly EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm definitely gives the La Mer The Lip Balm some competition. I love this lip balm so much that I went to 4 Walgreens and 5 Rite Aids trying to get all 3 flavors.The first time I tried this lip balm, I had just picked it up in a boutique (that shall remain nameless) in New York for twice as much as it sells for in a drugstore but that’s ok, it was still worth it. It has a thinner texture than the La Mer but it still keeps my lips moist and today’s key word: pillow-ey. EOS also makes a stick lip balm but I love gliding that sphere along my lips. My favorite flavor is the Sweet Mint but Honeysuckle Dew and Summer Fruit flavors are just as good. At under $4 each, it’s worth a shot.

Have you tried either of these lip balms? Which one do you like? Let us know in the comments.

New! La Mer's Body Refiner

Looking to add a little bit of bling to your shower routine? Then give La Mer’s Body Refiner a try. This product actually contains over one and a half carats of diamond dust!

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With that in mind, I expected this product to be a little abrasive but what I found was the exact opposite. The grains in this product are not harsh at all, they gently exfoliate the skin and the longer you work the product into your body, those grains begin to dissolve. La Mer’s Body Refiner left my skin smooth and moisturized enough that I was able to skip moisturizer for the day. And the smell, oh the smell…just wait until you smell this. It’s spring in a bottle!

La Mer Celebrates World Ocean Day

La Mer World Ocean Day Wrap You may have missed it but this past Sunday was World Ocean Day. Being proud of their sea heritage and dedication to preserving the beauty of the oceans, La Mer is donating $100,000 to Oceana to help fund global initiatives and support their mission of ocean conservation. As part of this special day, La Mer has released limited edition in-store packaging for Creme de la Mer that will remain at counters until the end of the week.