I'm such a sucker for beauty products, I'll try anything. And as I get older, more tired (and tired-looking), I can use all the help I can get. Here are three that I've been using for long enough to pass my test.
I actually bought this after seeing Bleubird post about it. Her skin is beautiful, obviously, but I'll be honest that it was the price tag that made me press purchase. For any price - let alone $15 - this is the best face wash I've ever used.
I still use my Rodan + Fields cleanser and mask at night, but I really needed something thinner that I could use in the shower with my Clarisonic (still my favorite beauty tool of all time). I'd maxed out on various facewash samples I had around, so I bought the Mario Badescu on a whim. The glycolic makes it stronger than I would want daily, but I do use it several times a week. My skin gets so dull looking that I need the extra oomph, even when exfoliating with the Clarisonic. My skin feels so smooth after.
Usually when I get out of the shower after using the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Wash, my face is a little dry and tight. So my first step is the Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Gel. I'm consistently dehydrated (which is another issue altogether) and it affects my skin. I bought the Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Gel after someone used it on me during a facial and my skin felt great. It took me nearly a year of regular use to go through the bottle, so a little goes a long way.
It feels a bit sticky when it goes on, but dries quickly and then I apply my regular moisturizer (which varies depending on the makeup I'll be using or how my skin is feeling in general).
I read about the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm in a magazine where someone swore it took 5 years off their life instantly. What an endorsement! (And also, I'm clearly easily influenced when people rave about their beauty products.) I'm not sure I'd say it takes 5 years off, but it defintely brightens and freshes up a tired-looking face.
It does the same thing (only a little better) that some of the beauty mists do that are intended to freshen up your makeup mid-day. I especially like the MAC Fix+ for that, but if my hair is done then I hate spraying my face with something. So this pops in my purse and goes on smooth and creamy and I do look more awake.
What beauty products are you using lately worth mentioning? 'Cause I'm easily convinced.
PS - I recently heard of someone buying a Clarisonic off of amazon and it turned out to be a fake. Several reviews seemed to confirm that, so I've not linked to the Clarisonic on amazon here. In general I don't think I would buy nice beauty products off of amazon. I did buy the foaming face wash off of amazon, though, and have been very pleased.