February had it going on ... and on! I am talking total rock star products. It's rare to have a straight A month. This one was well deserved.

gradeAvolumeplusVincent Longo Cosmetics: Volume Plus Mascara, Gluten-Free*
Yes, gluten-free! In fact, most of the new spring products in the Vincent Longo line are gluten-free. This rich black mascara, with a signature blend of algae extracts, is buildable while keeping lashes soft and supple (and the formula helps to strengthen lashes and encourage growth). The specially shaped brush was designed for easy application from root to tip — and that it is! It contains silk fibers to provide immediate length to lashes.

gradeADr. Dennis Gross: Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel*
If you are a fan of the regular strength peel pads, you will love this formula even more. The pre-soaked towelettes, a number one seller, are a patented two-step facial peel that diminishes wrinkles, reduces pore size and dark spots, and improves skin tone and texture. You use the first one (in circular motion on face, neck and décolleté), wait 2 minutes, then follow up with the second towelette (full of antioxidants). There is no question my skin is firmer as a result of using these peel pads. While you can use them every night, I tend to use them every other night. The resiliency of my skin is highly noticeable. I am addicted.

gradeAdgglowpadDr. Dennis Gross: Alpha Beta Glow Pad*
For well over a year, I have been listening to my friends at Jeffre Scott sing the praises of this product. All the benefits of the peel pad above and a hint of color, to boot! How ingenious — an anti-aging self tanner in the form of a single step pre-soaked towelette! Containing active Vitamin D, microencapsulated DHA and soy proteins, this treatment delivers color deep into skin while exfoliating, tightening pores, eliminating blackheads and helping to fade existing sunspots for an even, streak-free glow. And let's talk color! Whoa. I am amazed at how much color developed while looking completely natural with no evidence of where I stopped and started. How cool is that?

gradeALa Mer: The Face and Body Gradual Tan
This happens to be my favorite 'hint of color' self tanner, perfect for winter and spring. It provides just the right amount of beautiful and believable color and is mistake proof. I happen to love the scent — it's yummy. And this gradual tanner is good for your skin, infused with the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth, heart of La Mer's profound powers of transformation. It hydrates your skin while boosting your radiance factor. Although it can be used for face and body, I only use it on my body. Totally worth the price.

gradeABobbi Brown: Essentials Eye Shadow in Bone, Grey, Taupe and Hot Stone
Bobbi is known for neutrals. So when I needed the perfect neutral palette for my easy eyes days, I knew just where to turn. And these eye shadows are awesome beyond color. The texture and ease of application (absolutely no product lands outside of where you apply it — hooray!) make them stellar. It's not often you find brilliant color coupled with the perfect formula. These eye shadows stay put all day and can easily deepen for a more dramatic effect.

gradeAMAC: Brow Set in clear
Holy grail. Yep, I said it. I cannot believe I hadn't come across this product sooner. It was in my quest to find the best eyebrow tools that I stumbled upon this remarkable product from MAC. Let me tell you, it does everything it claims, to my (major) satisfaction. It keeps your brows in place all day and all night long. In fact, it keeps brows at attention until it's time to wash your face at night. My biggest issue with waxes and gels was getting these products to last more than an hour. This gel sets your brows with ease (and it's not stiff at all) so you can get on with your day. Γber fabulousness!

The team of testers were not paid to review these products. However, most of the products listed above were supplied as samples for review purposes.

*Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte and Turner and Scott in Asheville.

 

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