The number of beauty products on the market today seems infinite. Drugstores and grocery stores have entire walls of products. The choices at a well-stocked cosmetic counter in a department store are mind-boggling. Still, after trial and error, many of us manage to come up with our favorites.
When we asked Eagle readers to share with us their favorite beauty products, we got a huge response. Some mentioned specialty products such as a hand-knitted washcloth or a spa facial.
But most had favorite cleansers, moisturizers, smoothing and firming lotions and products to erase fine lines. Many shared the names of cosmetics such as mascara and foundation, as well as cosmetic removers. And some shared information about the favorite tools they use in their beauty regime.
Here are some of the products that readers said they couldn't part with:
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* Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, $7 at grocery and drug stores, Target.
* Gentle Cleansing Cream Formula by Mary Kay, $12, at MaryKay.com or from a sales representative.
* Mary Kay TimeWise Cleanser, $18, and Moisturizer, $22.
* CANUS soap, made with goat's milk, $2.99 a bar, at Spice Merchant.
* Neutrogena Oil Free Makeup Remover, $8.39, at Walgreens.
* Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover, $4.50, available at drugstores, grocery stores and Target. "I have used this for years. It's inexpensive, removes everything and hydrates," said Kim Roskam.
* Three people suggested Mary Kay Microdermabrasion, which exfoliates and moisturizes, $55 for 30 applications.
* Cathy Brewer, wife of Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, said she loves Line Tamer by Colorescience. She says it smoothes on the face easily when applied with the fingertips. It makes your skin look smooth. "It even temporarily covers up my frown line my mother kept telling me for years that I was going to get," she said. It's $45, at www.colorescience.com.
* Velvet Skin Coat primer and line filler, at dhcare.com, $21.
* Satin Hands, $34, and Satin Lips, $18, both by Mary Kay.
* Apple cider vinegar and water to wash your face and Milk of magnesia to keep your face soft and tight. "It is better than spending $40 or $50" on commercial products, said Doreen Foster.
* Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, $8, at Walgreens and Walmart.
* Bag Balm, $6, available at drug stores, farm stores, pet stores, hardware stores, feed stores and tack shops.
* Ponds Dry Skin Rich Hydrating Cream, $3, Walgreens.
* Cetaphil Body Creme, $12, available at Walgreens, Walmart and Dillons. "It's the only product that works on dry skin in our Kansas winters," said Diana Dauner. "It goes on creamy, dries quickly and is not sticky."
* Burt's Bees tinted lip balm, $4, at most drug stores.
* L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream, $26. Buy online or at Sephora.
* Boots Time Dimensions Rejuvenating Day Moisturizer SPF12, $17, at Target or order online. "This stuff smells good!" said Marci Johnson, who discovered it in the UK.
* Lubriderm Moisturizing Lotion is Ena Burke's longtime favorite. She's 104 and has used it for years every day on her face and body, $8, available at drug and grocery stores.
* Creme de La Mer, $135 for 1 ounce, at cremedelamer.com.
Firm and lift
* Three people recommended Avon Anew Lift & Firm Pro Serum, $54. Available at local Avon Beauty Centers, from representatives or online.
* Lancome Renergie Microlift Eye, $60, available at Dillard's and Von Maur. Bobbi Glover said her eyelids were so droopy that it was impeding her sight. "Now I use this once in the morning and once at night and my lids are normal!" she said.
* American Beauty Uplifting Firming Face Cream, $28, at Kohl's.
* Mary Kay Eye Revitalizer, $35. "It's an eye roller that applies a cool liquid under and around the eyes and it's fabulous!" said Trudy Souba, who says it gets rid of bags and dark circles under her eyes.
* Aveda Mosscara,$16, available at local salons. See Aveda's website for details.
* May Kay Eye Primer, $12.
* Rimmel Mascara, $8, at Walgreens.
* Maybelline Lash Stiletto, $8.50.
* Revlon Color Stay Brow Enhancer, $9.
* Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel, used as a face primer. "It keeps my T-zone from becoming an oil slick, smoothes fine lines and creates an airbrushed look, said Valorie Martin. At Target, about $8.50.
* Revlon Color Stay Foundation, $9.95, at Walgreens. "I swear by it. I put it on early in the morning and it stays. And it doesn't come off on my clothes," said Shirley Beggs. "If they quit making it I don't know what I'll do."
* Clarisonic Facial Brush, at Healing Waters Spa and other local salons, about $200.
* Wonder Makeup Remover Cloth, $15, at Bed Bath & Beyond.
* One-Size-Fits-All Exfoliating Gloves, $2.99, at Dillon's.
* Organizing containers to keep vanity and makeup drawer tidy. Travel toothbrush holders are great for makeup pencils. Use a travel soap dish for eye shadows. "It makes it much easier to find everything," said Chris Martin. "You can find large, round holders that will hold several pencils and a brow brush."