Despite knowing the jingle from their commercials (easy, breezy, beautiful cover girl!), I've never actually used any CoverGirl products before, but I'm now loving their CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation ($15.99). It's a packed cream compact with a white swirl in it. This soft, creamy foundation contains Olay Regenerist Serum to help give skin a boost of anti-aging benefits (it's clinically proven to provide significant improvement in just 4 weeks). Apparently, It's also the product that Ellen does the ads for and she definitely looks good. I don't usually use liquid foundations though, as I've been using MAC powders for some time. Yet, when I forgot to pack my makeup on a business trip and had this sample in my purse, I started using it. It comes with a circular sponge for application and it feels slightly wet going on, but it blends really well and quickly dries. I really like how light it feels on my face and moisturizes my skin and evenly covers red areas and any flaws. I briefly went back to my powders when I went home, but was disappointed with how dry it would look on my skin, so now I'm definitely sticking to CoverGirl Simply Ageless and have since purchased another shade. Oh and it also has SPF 22!
While at BlogHer '09, Suave hair care had a booth in the conference's exhibit hall and were giving out full-sized bottles of their shampoos, conditioners and styling products. I picked up their Suave Professionals Volumizing foam mouse and root lifting spray ($2.99) as my straight hair sometimes can use a little poof. So, as I got ready for the different evening parties, I eagerly applied the volume products to my hair and was impressed with the lifting it caused and overall added volume to my hair. I've now been using it since BlogHer! They also smell really good. On the bottles it reads that it's comparable to Matrix Amplify. Note: Suave is a company client, but not in my office or my account.
Another beauty product that I tried and enjoyed is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($24.50). Apparently Liz Earle is already a popular natural botanical company in Britain, but it was my first time trying the brand. I immediately liked the fact that their products contain natural and safe ingredients. The polish includes cocoa butter and skin-brightening eucalyptus and comes with a muslin cloth to wash it off with and a zip-up kit bag to put it all in. Not sure if it's the creamy polish or scrubbing with the muslin cloth, but it left my skin looking bright, fresh and radiant. I found it especially soothing after being in the sun like getting a facial, but without going to a spa.