Multi-Tasking Beauty Products

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I'm a multi-tasker. If I'm not doing four things at once, then I feel like I'm slacking. In fact right now, I'm typing, texting, feeding my kid lunch, organizing my sweaters and walking the dog. OK. Not true. I'm just feeding her a light snack. Regardless, I'm known to get things done. That's probably why my husband married me. Because now he pretty much doesn't have to do anything because I do it all. Sorry. Did I type that out loud? Kidding, honey. That's why I love multi-tasking beauty products.

If I could find a hair product that did it all, I could mark "multi-tasking the tresses" off my list. Well, Chaz Dean is back with another Limited Edition Cleansing Conditioner, which replaces basically everything you need for your hair. Read: shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment and even styling products. Up until February 28, you can ring in the chilly weather with his new Winter Vanilla Mint.

This is like a little bit of holiday joy even after the holidays, since it's minty and refreshingly tingly. Infused with vanilla extract, wild cherry fruit, goji berry and peppermint oil, this non-lathering cleansing conditioner is formulated to soothe and hydrate hair during the harsh Winter Season. Because it's non-lathering it eliminates stripping agents, detergents, harsh chemicals and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates so that your hair and scalp maintain their natural essential oils. It leaves my hair clean and not squeaky (that's right; squeaky clean is b-a-d--means your hair is without hydrating oils).

Sure, using it is a tad like a science experiment. First you have to rinse your hair for one minute. Then, based on the length of your hair, you have a certain number of pumps. Then you have to scrub for 3-5 minutes, then leave it in for 3-5 minutes, then rinse for 2 minutes. But this all adds up to beautiful hair, so that's the kind of math I don't mind.

Wen's Winter Vanilla Mint Limited Edition Cleansing Conditioner is available at chazdean.com for $32.

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A new year usually brings a chat on years past. A discussion with a friend of mine recently brought about the topic of how our beauty regimens have changed. Our cabinets are about five times heavier with creams than they used to be. I once just washed my face, then put on moisturizer and SPF. Now it's wash, exfoliate, serum, moisturizer, cream for upper lids, cream for lower eyelids (a different one if they're puffy than if they're just dry), then SPF. Seems I could add some stuff up (as you now now, I'm a multi-tasker). Buy a wash that also exfoliates. Choose a moisturizer with sunscreen. But seems I'll always have several eye creams. Seems like a lot for a little area.

Amway's Artistry brand new Creme LuXury Eye does just that. Unlike most eye creams which only work on one part of the eye area, it targets the signs of aging that impact both the upper and lower eye areas. That's a 360 view on better skin. And since the skin around your eye is thinner than the rest of your face, a little TLC goes a long way.

For your upper eye area, it lifts and sculpts so you look energized, reduces the appearance of saggy skin, and increases firmness. For your lower eye area, it reduces the dark circles and puffiness, softens of fine lines and wrinkles.

The creme contains CellEffect technology, which re-energizes the skin and boosts its natural ability to repair, helping it act up to 15 years younger and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It re-energizes skin cells and boosts their natural ability to repair visible signs of damage and aging, for skin that looks healthier and acts younger. The cream (which has a light texture for all the heavy work it does) deliver a 94% instant surge in moisture and a 100% improvement in moisture in just two weeks. After four weeks, forgettaboutit--firmer skin is yours.

So I'll happily toss my two eye creams for this one. So now I have 156 creams, instead of 157 creams in my beauty routine. Here's to a smaller beauty cabinet. One cream at a time.

Artistry Creme LuXury Eye is available for $175 at amway.com.

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I've been coloring my hair to hide the grays for as long as I can remember. In fact, I laugh at women who get their first gray hair at 31 and find it a reason to have a cocktail and tears. Try being an 18-year-old standing next to 50-year-old women, discussing which bottle number you think would cover all the grays in your chocolate brown.

But I embrace my color, and actually sometimes use it to my advantage, changing my look with the seasons (dare I try the colorblocking trend?). But regardless of the shade I choose, those grays peek out more often than I would like. Roots are not pretty.

I love their hair markers so much for root touch-ups, so when I discovered TouchBack Plus has a new color renewal system! Let's just say you could color me thrilled.

The TouchBack Plus Color Shampoo and Conditioner cleanse and condition hair while reviving dull color with Micro Foam. Each wash adds a layer of shiny color to both natural and color-treated hair, while protecting hair from UVA/UVB damage, oxidation and fading. Both are sulfate- and ammonia-free, so you can safely blend away gray, boost shine and repair damage. There's even a leave-in color conditioner for when you don't have time to shower (What? A mom with no time to shower?) that you apply to dry hair for a color boost.

Roots, begone. At least until I get that bottle #43. And once I do, I'm not afraid to use it.

TouchBack Plus Color Shampoo and Color Conditioner are available for $29.95 each at colormetrics.com.

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