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Hall of Fame: Foundations

Here is a rundown of some of my most loved, most repurchased liquid foundations.  I try to avoid full coverage and powder foundations as I…

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Road Trippin’

A list of some of my favorite vintage clothing and thrift stores in the USA and London. California Los Angeles American Vintage, 7575 Melrose Ave. L.A.…

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10 Beautiful Things

1.  The Guide to Non-Toxic Deodorant 2.  Brown Butter Fried Nutella Banana Croissant Sandwiches 3.  Fairy-tale Villages 4.  Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ…

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Pharmacy: Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella or Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy is probably the world’s oldest and still-operating pharmacy and apothecary in the world. Founded by Dominican friars in 1221, the monks first began producing rose water at the monastery to be used as a disinfectant during the Black Death. It’s still sold today as a toner and is one of their most popular products. For over

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10 Beautiful Things

A little charm and positivity to kick off the week. 1. Animals That Look Like They’re About To Drop The Hottest Albums Ever 2. Actually Helpful Life Tips From a Life Coach 3. How To Say Yes To The Right Things 4. 14 Famous Women and Their Favorite Perfumes 5. Miniature Paintings on Tea Bags 6. The Popular Songs From The Year You Graduated 7. The Best Chocolate Ice Cream You Can Buy at the Store

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Vintage Handbags & Purses

Vintage handbags and purses are where it’s at for me.  I never caught the designer bag bug.  It’s cool if that’s your thing but I get excited whilst out thrifting, I come across a beautiful and unique vintage purse that I’ve never seen before.  As you can tell by my extensive collection, collected over twenty-five years, I got excited a lot.  The majority of these cost $20 or less and

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How To Survive Brimfield Flea (or Any Antiques Fair or Flea Market)

Brimfield Antiques Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusettes is considered to be the oldest outdoor flea market in the U.S. going back 50 years.  It runs three times a year and their summer show begins this week, July 10-15th. Brimfield can overwhelm the most experienced pickers.  It’s huge.  Over 50,000 people attend each show during its six day run.  Thousands of vendors haul their wares to the show and set up

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Luxury Beauty Products I Regret Buying

It’s not that any of these are bad products, just disappointing in my opinion either in application or they were too expensive to justify. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – I regret buying this because frankly, I just don’t understand the hype.  It’s a longstanding best seller and I’m sure that it has benefits but I didn’t notice any compared to my medical grade serums and some drug store serums

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Hall of Fame: Moisturizers

None of these moisturizers contain SPF as I prefer to use a separate high-factor SPF.  Therefore, many of these options can be used at night but for the sake of this list, these are my favorite daytime moisturizers that work great under make-up or on their own for my normal-dry skin. My Hall of Fame.. Charlotte’s Magic Cream – I love this luxurious and hydrating cream.  Created by make-up artist,

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P.M. Skincare Routine – June 2018

My current evening skincare routine – June 2018 Step 1 – Cleanse Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips – I bought this to try because I loved Take The Day Off balm. This doesn’t work as well on stubborn eyeliner and mascara. I won’t buy it again but I’m glad tried it. Available a Clinique. TATA HARPER Purifying Cleanser – This is better suited

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A.M. Skincare Routine – June 2018

My current morning skincare routine – June 2018 Step 1 – Cleanse Dr. Lancer The Method: Polish – For serious exfoliators only. This is in my Hall of Fame. If you’re looking to resurface your face, you’re going to want this in your routine. Available at Sephora. Step 2 – Toner/Hydrate Life Plankton Essence by BIOTHERM – I’m still using and loving this essence. It leaves my skin feeling extremely

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