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Makeup Favorites: November 2019

This is the 11th month of my no-buy makeup year. It has been the most effective challenge forcing me to 1. be grateful for, and 2. use up the makeup I already own before buying anything new. This year, I have allowed myself to purchase replacements only or if I have completely run out of a particular kind of makeup. So far the only things I have purchased are mascara

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Brand Spotlight: No7 Top 3

One of the best affordable skincare brands available at the drugstore today is No7 Skincare. This UK company has been in the skincare business since 1935 and fortunately is now readily available to us in the US. Their serums, arguably their most popular products, are packed with the same active and potent ingredients found in high-end (expensive) skincare brands where you are likely paying for a luxury name and fancy

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Brand Spotlight: Pixi Beauty Top 3

Pixi Beauty is a London based skincare and makeup brand. Its skincare range is affordable (most under $30) and infused with botanicals and skin-loving ingredients. In the US, Pixi products can be found in Target and some drugstores. You can shop the entire range online. They offer free shipping on orders over $25. Pixi Beauty is also cruelty-free and does not test on animals. I haven’t been overly impressed with

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Makeup Favorites – September 2019

2019 is my low-buy year in a dedicated effort to use, utilize, and be grateful for the things I already own, but when it comes to makeup and skincare, it is strictly, no-buy. I’m buying replacements only while I use up what I have. Therefore, I’ve been digging into the deep recesses of my makeup cupboard to bring new attention to long-forgotten products. I’ve decluttered some items which brings me

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Hall of Fame: Cleansers

I would almost say, “any cleanser will do” since most cleansers and a washcloth will adequately clean the face but there are a few that I think are exceptional. That’s not to say out of the hundreds of cleansers on the market, most don’t rate, they do. They get the job done. Neither does one have to spend very much money on a cleanser. After all, it’s on the skin

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick: My Picks

The best drugstore lipstick range for its creamy formulation, pigmentation, color range, and price, in my opinion, is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick. I have and have had several shades, and there are many more that I would like to try. They rival any department store brand and continue to prove one does not need to spend a lot of money on deeply rich, vivid, and comfortable lipsticks. Below are my

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Makeup Favorites: May 2019

Erborian BB Creme 5 in 1 Baby Skin Effect SPF 20 – This is one of my favorite BB creams of all time and I have been wearing it most days rather than a foundation. If my complexion is clear, I prefer the sheerness of a BB cream. It offers minimal coverage and makes my skin look dewy. I use the lightest shade: Clair. Available online. NYX HD Photogenic Concealer

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Hall of Fame: Eyeliner

Below are my current favorite eyeliner formulations and shades.  All of them meet my criteria: creamy and richly pigmented, apply very smoothly, don’t tug on the eyes, and last all day. Quality eyeliners will last quite some while others dry up rapidly.  If you have an eyeliner that you haven’t used in a while, do err on the side of caution and sharpen it before you apply it to your

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Pharmacy: Victoria Health

Recently, I discovered the online pharmacy, Victoria Health.  This London-based retailer is a treasure trove for vitamins, supplements, affordable skincare with high concentrations of active ingredients, as well as organic and natural health and beauty products.  They offer expedient international shipping for a nominal fee.  I placed an order to try out some things.  The Ameliorate body care products are a dream.  I can’t get enough of ultra-hydrating skincare and this

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Hall of Fame: Vitamin C Serums

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and when used in skincare offers a multitude of benefits.  It brightens and boosts the production of collagen.  It also fights free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution.  Incorporating Vitamin C into your daily skincare routine works to prevent hyperpigmentation leaving skin brighter, and firmer with a more even skin tone.   I use a Vitamin C serum nearly every day.  These are

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