So, I can’t seem to stay away from CVS. And really, I blame Shape and Self Magazines. They always have these ads for new health & beauty products that I ultimately get the urge to try out. That always results in a trip to CVS and/or Target.

Shape’s current issue features the “Shape of Beauty Awards”, which are their editors picks for best products in various cateogries like eye, lip, tooth, foundation etc.

It was nice to see that I already use quite a few items on their list such as Best Sun Protection (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 85 and Secret Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant), but I also was curious about a few others.

Shape’s choice for “Best Depilatory” was Nair Shower Power. I tried it earlier this week and love it. My only gripe is that it takes so much product that one tube isn’t going last but 1 or 2 applications. But for what it does, it does it well. I’ll check in again later with how long the treatment last.

In between these lists, was a new Neutrogena product: Oil-Free Acne and Body Wash in pink grapefruit. I already use the Body Scrub in this product, but having a pink grapefruit twist to it was music to my ears. The scent — or lack thereof — of the original product leaves much to be desired. So I picked up the Body Wash because I didn’t see a Body Scrub. Survey says: I LOVE IT! Wonderful lather and it smells sooooo good! I hope this isn’t a limited edition thing, because I am already in love with it!

Then I realized that I had picked up a tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara last month and hadn’t tried it. I keep reading all over the web how much women swear by it and have it as their HG mascara, so that’s why I bought it in the first place. I tried it out yesterday and like it. I had been using L’Oreal’s Voluminous, and liked it as well. Comparing the two, I might like Great Lash a little better. I like how my lashes look with it on, plus it doesn’t clump. A slight negative is that my lashes feel so much stiffer than the Voluminous.

Shape magazine recommends Cover Girl’s Lash Blast Waterproof. I’ve read relatively good things about the non-waterproof product as well. Maybe I’ll try one of them next trip. I don’t wear mascara enough to worry about a waterproof version, and if it’s raining, my ass won’t be out in it, much less worrying about my makeup!

So that’s my update on makeup. I’m sure I’ll make another trip to CVS in the near future and return with another makeup haul. I want to try the L’Oreal HiP Jelly Balms, but only after getting my hands on some MAC Pro Lip Erase. We women of color have darker and often pigmented lips, so we don’t get the true color of many products on our lips because of that.