By Julie Jorgensen
That’s right, friends – this month’s thoughts center on offering gratitude for all of our blessings. I must admit that I get a little peeved with the blind rush straight into Christmas without any pause for Thanksgiving. We have so many reasons for which to be thankful and I love the tradition of honoring it. Every year at Thanksgiving dinner, my family members and I take turns around the table giving three things for which we give thanks, and it never fails to take my mind away from the transient to the eternal. That said, I am the self-proclaimed Beauty Junkie, so in keeping with the theme of gratitude, I thought I’d offer my list of beauty products for which I’m always thankful – a “stranded on a desert island” list, if you will.
November in Tennessee translates to dreary weather, which has me reaching for a couple of gold-standard products to brighten up a gray day. I love Beautycounter Glow sugar scrub to buff away dull skin and leave me exfoliated, hydrated, and well – glowing. This luxurious oil-based scrub handles dry, rough skin beautifully without leaving your bathtub a greasy fall hazard (trust me, it’s been a thing with body scrubs). Another all-time favorite is Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster to brighten a heading-into-winter complexion. The formula’s changed since I first started using this product ages ago, but the effect is the same: a subtle, gorgeous lit-from-within hint of color that’s natural, not obvious. A few drops mixed into your day or night cream will have you fighting that it’s-almost-winter pallor like a boss.
I’m not going to judge those who thoroughly wash their hair every day, but my life has been made eternally more restful thanks to the invention of dry shampoo. It’s our second-day-hair’s best friend, and even gives volume and “guts” to fresh hair in need of a boost. Beauty Junkie tip: washing one’s hair everyday actually strips those precious highlights. Unless you sweat every day, a good rinse will often suffice. I’ve made use of dry shampoo for most of my grownup life and Pssst and Batiste are my two all-star brands. Though they’re not fancy, and were originally meant for those who physically can’t wash their hair, it’s no matter – the aerosol delivery system and colorless oil-absorbing powder in both products are a sleepy girl’s best friend. If you simply must put something onto your hair in the shower, check out R & Co. Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner. This stuff is magic. Dispensed in a cushy gel-foam, Analog miraculously rinses away dirt and residue without stripping or drying the hair, leaving your coif stylishly full.
Now that our skin is sleek and our hair is killing it, let’s talk about that face. Y’all know that I’m really big (no pun intended) on beautiful eyes, and there are three products without which I would shrivel up and die. Thank you for indulging my dramatic tendencies, by the way. NeoCutis Lumiere Riche eye cream is liquid gold and I get super-antsy when I come close to finishing a bottle of it. Caffeine tightens loose skin around the eyes, while a proprietary complex hydrates and plumps without rolling up under your under-eye concealer. Just go get it already. For a full, healthy fringe over those peepers, Cover Girl Lash Blast is quite simply one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used – period. I’m never without a tube in my makeup bag and a second one in the “to-go” makeup bag in my car. The volumizing formula in the fat orange tube is my jam, but there are other formulations to be had (lengthening, waterproof, etc.). I always pair Lancome Cils Boost lash primer underneath Lash Blast and have been asked more than once if I have lash extensions. This power pair is that good, y’all. As you prepare to live out your days on the afore-mentioned desert island, the last step is a good sunscreen. Intellishade is the perfect sheer, slightly-tinted formula that works beautifully by itself and blends seamlessly under makeup. With these all-star products for which I’m always “thankful,” you simply can’t go wrong! Cheers!
The Beauty Junkie