Over the course of a year I am lucky enough to sample many of the best American made beauty products. While I like something about nearly everything I come across I have some favorites. These products are the ones that set themselves apart from others in their category, products that have made themselves a place in my go to line up, products that I have had the best experiences with, and products I have had positive feedback from others as well.
Great American Made Face and Body Care Products
Exfoliant – Buff Her customized, all natural facial exfoliant serves a variety of skin care concerns. These blends are made by estheticians of entirely organic and natural foods. My favorite is the Strawberry Parfait; it give me very clear and refined pores.
Toner – Mario Badescu Rose Water Toner is a spray mist that can be spritzed on anytime to refresh your makeup and add hydration. I use this for a midday pick-me-up.
Moisturizer – Eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream is the best bargain facial moisturizer on the market! It has all the makings of a pricey cream for less than twenty dollars. I noticed more radiant skin, supple texture and it has a great scent.
Makeup Remover – SW Basics makeup remover is hands down the most effective solution for getting stubborn eyeliner and mascara off. This is an all over oil cleanser and leaves your entire face clean and nourished if you prefer the oil cleansing method. I prefer it as an eye makeup or heavy makeup remover only and it is now the only thing I use for my eyes.
Cleanser – Pangea Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Cleanser is good for all skin types with special care for dry and sensitive types. The cleanser is strong enough to cut through makeup and oils without aggravating any sensitivities or causing redness. Love the smell, touch and results of this cleanser.
Mask – Eslor Comforting Mask tones and detoxifies your skin. Everyone I know who tried samples of this with LOVES it. You get instant results with this mask. You can feel it working and when you remove it your skin shows the signs of a deep cleanse and nourishing treatment.
Body – Alpha Hydrox Body Lotion is the ultimate smoothing body lotion. It keeps skin renewed with AHA's and soft with hydraters. I have Pilaris Kerotosis and it does smooth those bumps on the back of my arms that are typical of the skin condition.
Made in USA Makeup and Beautification Products
Foundation – Merle Norman Perfecting Makeup Broad Spectrum 25 is a full coverage foundation. The makeup is hydrating and long lasting. It leaves a luminous finish with a greasy or sparkley look. I rarely even need concealer when using this foundation and always get complements on my complexion when wearing the Perfecting Makeup.
Lip Stick – Red Apple Lipstick is a gluten free and non toxic lipstick, gloss and balm brand. Everything is made in the USA and is of the highest quality. I literally recommend everything they make but their lipstick is the best I have ever owned. It is hydrating and highly pigmented. My favorite shade is Naughty, a nude shade.
Nail Polish – Priti NYC Nail Polish is a fashion forward, non-toxic brand of nail colors. They release great seasonal collections and always have the most unique shades.
Eye Makeup – Stila Waterproof Smudge Stick Eyeliner is self sharpening, precise eyeliner. You can make the straightest lines from subtle to bold or smoke this formula out for a great smokey eye. I love this product because it makes liner so simple.
Concealer – Benefit's FakeUp is a dual purpose product. This creamy concealer that has illuminating properties in it that allow it to double as a subtle highlighter. I have used this as my only source to even out my complexion on light makeup days. It is really easy to use and blend.
Self Tanner – St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse makes a self tan look fresh from the tropics. Orange streaky tans are pretty much impossible with this tanner. It goes on so you can see it and is a real life tanned color, not orange. It is instant but builds darker with regular use. It smells far less than any other tanner I have ever used too. Major perk!
Something for the Men and Their Grooming
Shaving Products – Beardition has everything you need to maintain a well groomed beard or clean shaven face. This company brings good, all natural products to the shaving table. Shaving is a time when you need the very best of skin care on your face as all your pores are freshly opened up. The whole line is great but the stand out product is definitely the Legitimately Cool After Shave.
I hope everyone had a fantastic year and enjoyed exploring through all kinds of new beauty and personal care products on USA Love List with me. I look forward to finding and sharing many more great American made items, beauty tips and reviews in 2014! Happy New Year.