Surprises are exciting, but only if they’re really good ones. So in that spirit, I’m suggesting some surprising beauty products that I think will really make your day! They definitely were a pleasant surprise for me!
Multi-Tasking Makeup From Merle Norman
For 90 years, Merle Norman Cosmetics has been helping to make women beautiful. It’s common today, but Merle Norman championed the concept of ‘Try Before You Buy,’ that is, handing out trial sizes of products. She knew that once women tried her products, they’d be hooked. I’m hooked as well!
But the surprising beauty products I’m googling is one in particular right now: Merle Normans’ nifty Timeless Illuminating Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 30 foundation. Inside the simple glass bottle is a foundation that does a lot more than just beautify.
SPF Protection With Your Foundation? Surprise!
Many people still refuse to wear sunblock, even though the sun’s rays can damage their skin and a skin cancer the size of a dime can be lethal. For beautifying and sun protection purposes on a daily basis, Merle Norman’s Timeless Illuminating Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has a surprising performance. SPF 30 might be the minimum suggested if you’re wearing a sunblock,. but for daily use it’s a great choice. The dermatologist-tested, oil, fragrance and Gluten-free formula provides sun protection thanks to actives of 7.5% Octinoxate and 2% Oxybenzone. But that’s not all.
Skin Loving Benefits
This makeup doesn’t just protect your skin from the sun. It beautifies with a smooth matte formula with 11 different colors and tones from light to medium-deep.
Along with a range of great color choices, the skin-loving benefits include a patented probiotic ingredient, Brightenyl®, which helps to restore skin’s natural tone and healthy-looking luminosity. Kombuchka™ helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and make skin appear more plump and luminous. The formula also has a boost from 24-carat colloidal gold, a peptide, and it effortlessly provides sun protection.
Choose A Color
Out of 11 colors, I tried three close to the middle range: Alabaster Beige, Alabaster, and Creamy Beige. It’s medium to full coverage, but I should also mention that once this foundation sets, it really does stay on your face until you wash it off with soap and water. That is a good thing when you’re out in the sun, perspiring, etc.
Of the three light to medium tones, the middle one, Alabaster was the best fit for my skin. But I could blend out the others as well. They still looked fine. With SPF 30, it’s a great everyday choice.
Soft Focus Powder
Heat and exercise can add a “glow” to your face that you don’t want. Merle Norman also sent a Soft-Focus Finishing Powder (light to medium and medium to deep). The powder really takes down shine. However, it’s a finishing powder, so it’s not going to take the place of your foundation.
The Medium to Deep tone was too dark for my skin, but I got a nice surprise when I lightly brushed in on as a bronzer. The sheer natural results just works. The matte black round compact holds a cute, mini-sized fan brush in the bottom well. You can use a larger or smaller brush for more or less coverage. Of course, the powder is dermatologist tested. fragrance-free. and oil-free. It’s no surprise that Merle Norman has won so many fans. For more information visit the Merle Norman website.
Surprising Dazzle Dry: Nails Fast and Fabulous!
Dazzle Dry’s nail system actually did dazzle me. Their Dazzle Dry complete nail system includes a nail prep along with beautiful nail polish colors, and of course, the top and bottom coat and a “rescue” for a polish that has gotten too thick. Dazzle Dry is vegan, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, and ree from harmful chemicals and skin-sensitizing ingredients such as toluene, formaldehyde, TPHP, nitrocellulose, camphor, formaldehyde resin, ethyl tosylamide, phthalates, xylene, and MEK.quick-drying and long-lasting.
Nail Prep is a Must:
If you’ve ever noticed, a nail tech will clean your nails to remove oil, lotion, or other residues before applying polish. Step 1 is Dazzle Dry’s Nail Prep that cleanses your nails while offering some benefits of moisture, calcium, vitamin B5, & hydrolyzed protein. This is not a surprise, but you might be skipping this and therefore helping your polish to chip.
Steps 2, 3 & 4
If your polish or topcoat becomes thick, you can add 6-8 drops of alcohol-based Revive, a glass bottle with a dropper tip, It revives polish that has gotten thick due to the evaporation of solvents –just don’t add it to the base coat. With color polish and Revive, the 4-step Dazzle Dry system is $75 and mini kits are $35 (good for up to 5 manicures). You can purchase each piece if you wish). Individual color polish is $18.
A Surprising Beauty Product For Your Hair!
At the very end of December 2020, advicesisters.com reviewed some fabulous dry shampoos from the UK by COLAB. The colorful cans feature different scents and is suitable for all hair types, colors, and textures. The key is a waterless formula that absorbs oil and refreshes the roots with an invisible lightweight finish and UV and pollution protection. The cruelty-free and vegan-friendly products use a fine starch that won’t’ leave an icky white residue.
I didn’t think it could get any better, but in January 2021 COLAB launched a new and surprising beauty product. It’s an Overnight Renew Dry Shampoo. It works while you sleep. Even more surprising is that the product is available for $6.38 at Walmart and CVS. You might just call it a hair product game-changer!
Works While You Sleep
So how does this work? Before you’re ready to hit the hay (so to speak) just shake the can well, hold it 8” from dry hair, and spray it into roots 2. Massage into roots with fingertips and let the pink clay, aluminum, and rice starch in the formula absorb oil and impurities while it nourishes hair and scalp with panthenol, as you sleep. Calming notes of amber and tonka (vanilla-like), soothing eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils also provide aromatherapy as it detoxes your hair.
I sprayed and enjoyed the scent. The surprise was the next morning. My hair really did smell great and look less limp and greasy. While it’s not a substitute for washing your hair, it can go a long way to making you look ready for your zoom meeting in the morning! Visit the COLAB website (where to buy)