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Pharmacy: Prague

When I went to Prague this summer, I had high hopes of browsing Old World pharmacies.  I’m sure they exist but on this trip, my time was limited and I was melting away by the minute due to the sweltering heat.  I discovered Ryor, a Czech skincare brand and picked up a simple moisturizer to try.  I also nabbed a tube of A-DERMA Dermalibour Cream.  This is a French brand and

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My Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora has two sales a year for their loyalty club customers (Beauty Insiders and VIB’s), one in the spring and one in the fall.  VIB and VIB Rouge receive a 20% discount and Beauty Insiders receive a 15% discount.  Loyalty customers know which category they are in based on how much they spend throughout the year.  If you are new to the program, you can still sign up online and

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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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Pharmacy: Madrid

This summer, my family and I went to Madrid during a heatwave.  The blistering temperatures didn’t spoil my fondness for the city.  I’d love to visit again, most definitely in the cooler months.  I had a serious browse in Antigua Farmacia de la Reina Madre, the oldest pharmacy in Madrid, created in 1578 by a Venetian alchemist.  The carved wood interior, tiles, and old apothecary jars were beautiful.  How lucky for

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Current A.M. & P.M. Skincare Routine – October 2018

My current morning skincare routine. Step 1 – Cleanse/Exfoliate Soap & Glory SCRUB YOUR NOSE IN IT Face Scrub – I prefer a scrub in the morning over a cleanser.  My skin is already clean from the night before.  I just want to wash off any residual product, flakiness from retinol treatments, and generally like an invigorating scrub in the am to help wake myself up.  This is a good

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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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Pharmacy: Vienna

When I’m perusing pharmacies in foreign countries, I try to stay focused on skincare and treatments loved by locals and unavailable in the USA.  No reason to spend money on things I can buy at home.  I didn’t see too many brands unique to Vienna in the two pharmacies I popped into but they are well stocked in wonderful French skincare lines.   I picked up a few things such

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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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Pharmacy: Stockholm

I always bring back a sampling of beauty products when I visit a new city.  The amount of which is usually dictated by how much room I have in my suitcase.  I love to explore the numerous offerings (foreign to me) in far away pharmacies.  When I’m able to strike up a conversation with the store clerk, I enjoy learning which creams, treatments, and routines their local clientele gravitate toward as well as

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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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