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Hall of Fame: Mascara

  Mascara.  My favorite, cannot live without, beauty product.  Here is a rundown of my most loved, and most often repurchased brands and formulas.  All are available at the drugstore, Ulta or Sephora. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise – A kind of drugstore dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.  Gives you thick, fluffy lashes.  Essence Lash Princess – My favorite beauty discovery in 2018 is this rock solid mascara.

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Hall of Fame: Lip Balms & Treatments

My all-time favorite lip balms and treatments. I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for years.  Some don’t care for the smell but I love it.  This can be used anywhere on the body to treat dry, cracked skin but I use it mostly as a lip treatment.  Available at most department stores.  It’s a real hero product. Lanolips is a recent discovery that I will repurchase.  The Lemonaid

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Hall of Fame: Matrixyl Serums

Matrixyl is a peptide combination invented and trademarked in France. Its development was a breakthrough in anti-aging technology and it’s found in hundreds of skincare products. There are three types, or generations: Matrixyl™, Matrixyl™ 3000, and Matrixyl™ synthe’6. One is not necessarily better than the other. My skin benefits greatly from any or all combinations which is why I include it regularly into my regimen. Matrixyl signals your body to

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Hall of Fame: Eye Shadow Primers

Where were these back in the day when I was younger? I’ve suffered my share of bad eye looks from creasing between the time I left the house in the morning to walking into work. Using a primer under shadow helps your eye makeup last all day and/or night ensuring that your makeup looks more polished and professional. I’ll never be without one. Below are my fail-safe favorites. Urban Decay

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Hall of Fame: Eye Creams

The eye creams I’ve included here in my Hall of Fame focus on anti-aging meaning that they deliver some form or forms of active, anti-aging ingredients aside from mere hydration. I’ve been testing more affordable eye creams as of late and will include some of them in an upcoming post but none to date deliver the results of the following eye creams that come at a higher price. I will

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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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Best Red Lipsticks

One of the quickest and easiest ways to wake up the face and pull a look together, regardless of what you’re wearing, is to put on a red lip. That and the fact that red lipstick never goes out of style.  These are my Top 6 favorite red lipsticks in no particular order.  All of them have a few things in common.  All have a satin finish, none are matte.

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Budget Beauty Bible: Makeup – Best Beauty Buys Under $20

My favorite budget makeup picks.  All have a list price of below $20 but can be purchased for much less when bought on offer or with a drugstore coupon.  I rarely pay full price for drugstore makeup because there are always sales to be found.  Loyalty programs can result in big discounts by using points or coupons.  I’m partial to CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta.  This is where I get the biggest

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Hall of Fame: Overnight Sleeping Masks

When my skin is looking parched or fatigued, I love an overnight sleeping mask to turn things around.  I use them once or twice a week when my face needs a drink of moisture.  These are my favorites in my rotation.  Combined with a good night’s sleep, I wake up with plump, moisturized, and hydrated skin.   Super Facialist Probiotic Overnight Skin Recovery Cream – I used this last winter

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Hall of Fame: Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar water is a decades-old French creation supposedly due to the days of poor plumbing and awful tap water.  No one wanted to wash their face in it.  Most skincare brands have jumped onto the trend by now with their own version.   Don’t confuse micellar water with toner.  Micellar water is a cleansing water that removes makeup and hydrates the skin.  Some have instructions not to rinse off.  I

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