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  • Writer's picturePamela Tucker


The beginning of a new year is a time for many to make resolutions to feel and to look better and therefore they might start a new beauty or skincare routine. Trying new products is also driven in part by companies introducing new and highlighting existing products via advertising, emails, gift with purchase and other marketing techniques such as social media posts.

For me, a new year also means keeping products that have served me well. Rather than exploring new products in January I took advantage of a several beauty promotions and bought items that have been successful for me in 2023. Favorites are those providing medium to full coverage and last a long time.

Below are some of my favorites. For one stop shopping convenience, all are available at Nordstrom.

  • Shampoo and Conditioner - Bleu (R+Co)

  • Foundation - Make Up Forever

  • Eyeliner - Trish McEvoy

  • Lipstick - Dior

Starting from the top-- this shampoo and conditioner duo are great for colored hair.

Bleu (R+Co) Primary Color Shampoo is a fantastic product for colored hair that makes the locks shiny and provides hydration.

(R+Co) Primary Color Conditioner provides deep hydration and maintains the vibrancy of the color. The link is here:

Foundation that lasts a full day could be difficult to find. What works for one person might not be good for someone else. At times I use a liquid foundation. But, I've found a superb matte powder foundation that provides all day coverage. And it has a long name to match! It is Make Up Forever's HD Skin Matte Velvet 24 Hour Blurring & Undetectable Powder Foundation. Offered in about two dozen shades, a leading product feature is that it is buildable. It does not crease or cake. The link is here:

I've been a fan of the Trish McEvoy brand since it was introduced. Lipsticks have been a favorite. One of the line's best products is the Intense Gel Eyeliner Pencil. II've tried other brands of eyeliner. Lasting all day, this one is the clear winner. Seven shades are available. I feel the deep aubergine shade was created just for me! It is a perfect color. The link is here:

Dior has quite a few excellent lip options. I've liked the Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer Proof Lipstick but my favorite is the Rouge Dior Transfer-Proof Lipstick. It is a matte finish, feels light and best of all it lasts a long time, even after drinking from a cup or glass. There are more than two dozen shades to select from. I'm partial to the color Forever Grace. The link is here:

In January I did not try any new beauty products as I've been happy with the ones I was using in 2023. What beauty products changes have you made so far this year?



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