A new year brings new beauty products, so read on for the scoop on what's new in the beauty aisle and what is trending for 2014. I found some interesting items.
For the Skin:
*Sexy Stems is a brand new skincare line that was created by a local Paradise Valley woman who says that she was tired of products that did not offer what they promised. She wanted to combine cellulite cream with a self tanner, so she did it. This product is formulated with skinPERK, which is Sexy Stems’ anti-cellulite proprietary blend. It contains bio-nutrient extracts that help firm and tone the skin and caffeine, well-known for its great results in fighting the dimpled ‘orange peel’ effect by favoring the blood flow. I'm told that the firming self-tanner is easily absorbed by the skin, it contains anti-oxidants and it provides skin with 24-hour moisture. Sexy Stems sells for $28 at http://shopsexystems.com.
* Scarlett Kiss is a new fragrance from bodycology that is a blend of rich pomegranate, pretty peach and warm vanilla that comes in a moisturizing body cream, foaming body wash and a fragrance mist. All sell at Walmart for $3.99 each.
*Boots No7 Pampering Dry Oil Body Spray ($8.99 at Walgreens) -- As I do for a lot of my beauty articles, I interviewed Walgreen's beauty expert, Bianca and this is her favorite new product so far in 2014. I see why, too. Not only does it smell amazing, but this is a dry oil body spray, so it dries instantly without leaving an oily residue on your skin and clothes. I like it as much as Bianca does.
*Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($6.99 at Walgreens) -- I haven't personally tried this new product, but Bianca loves it and so do her customers. Apply a little of this transparent gel formula on your face and it instantly blurs the look of pores, without clogging them. I like that this product is fragrance free, too.
*There is a UK brand that is brand new to the US called Organic Doctor and this line includes some interesting products like Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Cleansing Bar ($5.49 but on sale for $3.99 at Vitamin World stores); Organic Doctor Organic Tea Tree Beauty Spot Stick ($10.99 but on sale for $8.49 at Vitamin World) and Organic Doctor Organic Aloe Vera Wet Wipes ($5.99 but on sale for $4.49 at Vitamin World). This line has won numerous beauty awards and all of the products in this line contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients and no harsh chemicals. The company also stresses that all the products are tested on humans, not animals, and that they use natural ingredients like olive oil, tea tree and aloe vera that are both skin friendly and earth friendly. I am intrigued by this UK line that has made it to the states.
For the Hair:
*This one is so new that it launches next month with a February debut. This new volumizing hair spray collection from Salon Grafix is called Play It Big! Volumizing Hair Spray and it promises to achieve bigger, stronger-looking hair. Formulated with a unique Keratin Protein Complex to help strengthen hair while providing maximum volume and body, this multi-functional line is designed to offer the ultimate versatility and hold for any look. Play It Big offers three types of hair spray that include Touchable Hold Spray; Shaping Hair Spray and Firmer Hold Hair Spray and they sell for $12.99 each starting next month in drug stores nationwide.
* The new Agave Healing Vapor Iron conditions hair on a deeper level by infusing hair with Agave vapor infusion, loaded with agave plant sugars. Agave plant sugars penetrate deep in to the hair, strengthening the hair shaft while sealing the outer cuticle for ultimate shine and sleekness. This unique flat iron contains a removable cartridge where the Vapor Infusion is refilled before each use. Available next month at Sephora stores for $149.00 and that includes the flat iron and one Vapor infusion that smoothes, softens and adds shine to lackluster hair.
*L'Oreal Paris Ombre Red Feria Brush-On Hair Color ($14.99 at Walgreens) -- Bianca tells me that this pretty red shade is a brand new hair color that has been added to the L'Oreal line. I haven't had to color my hair yet, so I haven't tried this one, but if you are looking for a red shade, this is a new one to know about.
*OGX Coconut Water Shampoo ($8.79 at Walgreens) -- For dry hair and dehydrated strands, try this new shampoo that combines coconut water with coconut oil to hydrate hair. The scent is nice and light.
*L'Oreal Boost It Blow Out Heat Spray ($6.99 at Walgreens) -- Blowouts are still trendy and a lot of us are learning how to give ourselves a good one at home, so this product is handy. This heat spray protects hair from your hot styling tools, that includes both blow dryers and irons, and it also gives hair volume. To use, spray on damp hair from roots to ends, comb through and then give your blow out volume by using a big round brush while you dry your hair. I also love how this product smells.
For the Eyes:
*CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.99 at Walgreens) -- this new mascara by CoverGirl has two ends, one that is marked with a big number 1 telling consumers that this is step one and works as a volumizer. The other end, that is labeled with a big 2, works to seal in the base coat and intensify the look with a darker finish that will last all day. It did make my lashes look nice, but I found it to be a bit big and bulky to work with, so this does not replace my favorite mascara, but it was interesting to try out.
For the Nails
*My Walgreens beauty expert, Bianca tells me that the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Kit ($6.49 at Walgreens) is the first manicure kit to be sold at Walgreens that comes with tools. You get a detailer brush, a striping brush, a marbling and dotting tool and a stencil. I don't have a steady hand, so I'm not good with the mani tools, but if you are good at nail decor, this is the kit for you to give yourself a nail design at home. Bianca tells me that customers are very happy to finally be able to get manicure design tools at Walgreens.
*Sally Hansen also continues to put out new nail trends and does so again this year with the Sally Hansen Reverse French Nail Polish Strips ($12.99 at Walgreens). These easy to apply peel and stick on nail strips come in unique designs that reverse the traditional French manicure design. Plus Sally Hansen offers bold designs like a black and white zebra print called Horse-A-Round and a pretty pink silver combination called Read My Tulips. Look to the Sally Hansen line to see what is trending in nails.
*L'Oreal Gel-Lacque 123 Step System Nail Kit ($12.99 at Walgreens) and L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacque polish ($7.99 at Walgreens) -- Gel nails continue to be all the rage, so L'Oreal unveils their new gel system in this set. Customers must buy the 1-2-3 kit and then also purchase the nail polish to get the gel manicure to work. Step 1 is to apply one coat of the gel primer, then paint nails with two coats of the gel color and lastly top nails with the step 3 glaze. So with this system, you get sort of a gel manicure without needing a UV light to set it. I like that part. I like how easy it is to apply the three steps and I liked the finish look. This system does not last as long as a traditional gel manicure that you would get in a professional salon, but it did last longer than traditional nail polish. Regular nail polish chips on my nails usually by day 2 or 3, but this held up for 5 days, so I was happy with that. I also like that it is removed with regular nail polish remover with no need to soak it off like traditional gel polish.
So from head to toe, there you go with a few brand new beauty products debuting in this new year. Have you tried any of these products? Did I miss a new line that you love? Share your beauty feedback in the comments section and be sure to check out my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more beauty news, recipes, parenting articles, pet stuff and more. Happy New Year beauty shopping.