Our "Guess That Lotion" is Revealed!

Remember reading about the new lotion we were testing a little while ago? That lotion is finally revealed and it is Vaseline’s new and improved Total Moisture! This lotion comes in a range of formulas that can give you just the right amount of moisture your skin needs. If you’re like Goldilocks looking for a body lotion that was just right, Vaseline would have you covered.

If I had to guess, I think I tested the light formula and for me it was just right… the formula I tested was not revealed to me. I admitted that I’ve never been one to slather myself in body lotion, my skin has just never needed it in the past and I cannot deal with the feeling of it all over me as it dries. Although lately I have noticed that my skin’s level of hydration has slowly been decreasing and that a little lotion is not such a bad thing. I’m turning 34 this year so it must have someone to do with aging! ūüėČ

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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. ūüėČ 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: NARS Monoi Body Glow & Vaseline Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil

This Christmas, I am the most tan I have ever been. Usually I am a lovely shade of pale in December, but not this year,¬†thanks to a mid-November vacation in Hawaii. One month later and I’ve still got a bronzey glow going on. I attribute it to my obssesive use of moisturizer. I think I literally locked the tan in – and I’m hoping to ride it out as long as I can!

In my quest to to maintain my Hawaii tan, I’ve been using body oil after shower and bath time. I find that applying it on damp/wet skin produces the most softening affect and locks in moisture.¬†I’ve been a long-time fan of NARS Monoi Body Glow II which smells like a mix of coconut and gardenia and gives a luminous sheen. Seriously, this stuff makes my skin softer than any body butter ever could. But it’s a definite splurge at $59 for 3.9 oz.

So when one of my coworkers¬†recommended I try¬†Vaseline’s Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil,¬†I was eager to give it a try. For under eight bucks, you get 6.8 oz. of product. The smell is less floral and slightly more nutty, but it’s darn close. The consistency is more of a gel, which I actually prefer because it’s harder to spill! I have to be careful when applying the NARS because sometimes it drips from my hands. In terms of performance, I can hardly tell a difference.¬†I deem this a worthy steal!

I would recommend both of these products in a heartbeat, especially the Vaseline! But if you are really interested in trying the NARS, I wanted to throw out a friendly shopping suggestion. In the online sale section at Sephora, they have a full-size NARS Multiple in South Beach, a shimmering apricot, along with a deluxe sample of the Body Glow.