On today's Twin Cities Live segment, I shared several of my current luxe-for-less favorite products plus a couple ideas for how to spiff up their packaging to make them feel more high-end. As a bonus, here are four more that make me feel well-cared for after using them. While you're going through these products, think about what you do to take time for yourself, then let me know in the comments.
- Rituals is a new-to-me line of bath products and their Soothing Shower Oils ($15) are a terrific introduction to the brand. Unlike other shower oils I've used - which maintain their oil form and completely slick up my tub - these emulsify into a lathering foam. The texture is incredibly luxurious and leaves my skin feeling clean, hydrated, with just a hint of scent. The scent on the left is my favorite; Sakura Spring combines organic rice milk with cherry blossom. Cherry blossom can smell really sweet, but the rice milk mellows it out nicely. The scent on the right is Shanti Shower, a combination of India rose and sweet almond oil. That one is heavier, muskier, and just not for me. But if you like a bolder scent, it might be for you. Oh! I also love the packaging, which really pushes the shower oils into luxe territory. The bottles are plastic but have a pretty "zen-inspired" design to them.
- I bought a bottle of Desert Essence Organics Hand and Body Lotion ($8.99) last month during a trip to Whole Foods. I'd run out of body lotion that morning and wanted a replacement that smelled great, had a nice creamy texture and was less than $10. Desert Essence fit the bill. The first scent I tried was Tropical Coconut, which I enjoyed but when I finished that up I went for Sweet Almond. It smells so fresh and light; I love the squeeze tube because that makes it easy to get every last ounce out of the bottle; and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. I also like the non-toxic ingredient list. A big win, all around.
- As an experiment, I took about a month off using an eye cream. (Ok, it wasn't a purposeful experiment. I'd run out of mine and kept forgetting to buy more). This little experiment proved to me that my under-eyes NEED eye cream. The second I applied a touch of the Botanics Age Defense Hydrating Eye Cream ($15.99), I swear that my skin sighed in relief. I selected this cream, too, based on the non-toxic ingredient list and the antioxidants that will protect that delicate eye area. I also think the packaging is functional (the tube dispenser cuts down on contamination concerns) and pretty. I know, it's not anything incredibly special to look at. But for whatever reason, I enjoy reaching for that tube during my face washing ritual. And that's all the really counts, right? The cream is on the thinner side, which I like because it works well underneath concealer. Obviously, you never know how effective an anti-aging product will be in the long run. But I'm feeling good about this one.
- Last but not least, a makeup product. I have a lot of Silk Naturals products in my makeup drawer and one of my favorites is the Cherub Mineral Glow ($7.50) I use it as a highlighter for my cheekbones, inner corner of the eye, and right above my brow bone. It's a flattering irridescent pink champagne shade that blends into my skin beautifully. It's a really high-quality product at a crazy low price. Granted, part of the low price is reflected in the simple packaging. But I don't really mind that. I just focus on the glowy effect that perks up my skin, perfectly. If I were to compare this highlighter to upscale versions, I'd say it gives the much-talked-about Becca line of highlighters a run for its money.