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Hall of Fame: Best Eyeliners

The best eyeliners in liquid, gel, and pencil formulations that will last the longest and best color selection for you to choose from. My favorite eyeliner formulations and shades must meet my criteria: be creamy and richly pigmented, apply very smoothly, don’t tug on the eyes, and last all day. Best Color Selection Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils – I love these pencils and have the purple, green, blue, and

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Spring Makeup Favorites – May 2020

Some of the things I love in my current spring makeup routine including some very old favorites as well as a couple of new discoveries. My spring makeup declutter continues. I have tossed dried up eyeliners, lipsticks in shades that I will never wear, and a couple of eyeshadow palettes that were well past their expiration dates. My makeup drawer is looking clean and organized, and I rediscovered a few

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5 Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums Under $35

Hyaluronic Acid is a clear substance that works to keep skin hydrated, visibly plump, and fights fine lines and wrinkles when used routinely. It is naturally found in the body and absorbs water like a sponge leaving skin fuller, plumper, and glowing. Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000x its weight in water helping skin to retain moisture. Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate) serums come in six different molecular weights which penetrate the skin

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8 Best Vitamin C Serums

Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your daily skincare routine works to prevent hyperpigmentation leaving skin brighter and firmer with a more even skin tone. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and when used in skincare offers a multitude of benefits.  It brightens the skin and boosts the production of collagen.  It fights free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution.   I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for nearly

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13 Nourishing & Anti-Aging Face Oils

Face oils are integral to any comprehensive skincare regimen. Face oils are nourishing, anti-aging, hydrating and healing. In addition to serums, face oils are my obsession. I do quite a bit of research before I purchase one digging deep into the ingredient list and proposed benefits. I use face oils morning and night, throughout the year, and have an apothecary of face oils in my beauty cabinet to address any

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Spring Makeup Favorites – March 2020

I imagine most of us aren’t wearing much makeup these days, however, I still need to make the occasional grocery run. These are some of the things I love in my current spring makeup routine. I’ve taken this opportunity at home to declutter some old makeup. In the process, I have rediscovered some things I had forgotten about. I also bought a few new items last month and I pulled

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14 Best Lip Balms & Treatments

Lip balm addicts unite. There is no shortage of terrific lip balms on the market. It’s probably the beauty product I consume the most. Here are my tried and true favorite lip balms and treatments that I repurchase and recommend. Best Lip Balms & Treatments LA MER, The Lip Balm – I’m reluctant to recommend this due to its eye-popping price tag but I have to admit, it’s incredible.  There

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9 Best Eye Creams & Serums

The best eye creams and serums focus on anti-aging meaning that they deliver some form or forms of active, anti-aging ingredients aside from mere hydration. The older I get, and the more high-tech skincare I use, the less reliant I am on having to have an eye cream in my daily routine. I could skip eye creams all together by using serums, creams, and treatments packed with active ingredients such

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Hall of Fame: Concealers

My picks for the best concealers for mature eyes, color-correctors, and general concealing of blemishes and discoloration. Concealers are a very personalized makeup choice. The way one person approaches and uses concealers is likely different than another. Age, texture under the eye, the severity of dark circles, and general personal preference in application come into play. I use a minimal amount when concealing my dark circles, just a little in

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Current Anti-Aging Skincare Routine – February 2020

My current anti-aging morning and evening skincare routine including some drugstore favorites as well as a few new discoveries. Morning Skincare Routine Step 1: Cleanse Alba Botanica Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub – I recently reviewed this in my blog post on exfoliators. It’s a brilliant budget option to use on the face and/or body in the shower. It smells a little fruity and contains big scrubby particles. The

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