“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

Please Bear With Me...

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Please bear with me as I deal with the loss of my mother. I will return to blogging shortly. 


Coppertone Sensitive Skin for Faces Sunscreen SPF 50

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So as you all know, I'm a sunscreen fanatic. Can't stand to be touched by the sun. I avoid it like the plague, and when I do have to go out in it, I protect myself with high-SPF sunblock to minimize the damage. Therefore, I've tried a lot of sunscreens over the years. A LOT. I've told you about a couple of them, one being Chanel UV Essential Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50 and the other being Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF 50 PA+++. Both of these are amazing sunscreens, but are a bit on the pricey side, with Chanel running $52/ounce and Shiseido costing $19.50/oz. 

Today, we're going to talk about my favorite lower-cost sunscreen, Coppertone Sensitive Skin for Faces SPF 50. It holds its own against its big sisters for only $7.99 for TWO ounces!


L'Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation

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You have probably seen the ads, both in print and on TV, for L'Oreal's newest foundation. It seems Magic Smooth Souffle is everywhere! I'm obviously not the only one who's noticed, either--every place I've looked has been nearly sold out of the foundation, with only a few color options available. Luckily, I was able to snap up a Light Ivory on my last trip to Wal-Mart, and now that I've worn it for a week or so I'm ready to tell you what I think. 

Dermalogica Ultracalming Serum Concentrate

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At my last facial, my aesthetician once again commented on how sensitive my skin looked. She explained to me that the redness and tightness I was experiencing was probably due to overexfoliation and that much of the inflammation (which I didn't realize I had) may be caused by some of the anti-aging products I use. Her suggestion? Take a break from all exfoliating products and anti-agers (gasp!) for a while and start on a sensitive skin regimen immediately until we can get my skin calmed, soothed, and generally whipped back into shape. I, of course, balked at this idea since in my experience products for sensitive skin are not exactly the most effective skin care products, but she finally convinced me and recommended Dermalogica as a good product line. Since she does not sell Dermalogica herself, I felt she was probably giving me an honest, unbiased opinion, and I headed off to Ulta to see what I could find. Enter Dermalogica Ultracalming Serum Concentrate. 

Clinique Take the Day Off Balm

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Clinique is one of those odd lines for me. It's very hit-or-miss. When they miss, they hand us something that is, at best, "eh" and at worst "this is one of the worst products I've ever put on my face." However, when they hit, they hit it out of the park with an absolutely fabulous product.   Take the Day Off Balm is one of those "hit" products, and has become an indispensable part of my daily regimen. 

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver Gray Smokey Look Palette

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I'm writing about the Winter in Moscow palette today not because it's the newest palette around (it's not) or because it's a totally new concept (it isn't). No, the reason I'm writing about Winter in Moscow today is that it's one of the best smoky eye palettes I've ever worked with, it includes 14 shadows, 2 blushes and 5 lip glosses, and you get it all for $19.99!

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover Heavy Makeup Sensitive Eyes

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The other day I was doing some pictures of a smoky eye look and needed to get a lot of makeup off my eyes quickly without washing my entire face. Since I normally don't use eye makeup remover, I was rummaging around under my sink to see if there was any sort of sample or gift I'd forgotten about and--voila!--I found a bottle of Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. Now I'd found what I was looking for, could it stand up to the layers of shadow, liner and mascara I'd packed on to my eyes? We shall see...

Back To Basics: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

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I'm a big fan of mascara. I'm also a big fan of high-end cosmetics. However, I have a really hard time shelling out $30 for a mascara that will need to be thrown out in 2-3 months (well before it's been completely used) just because it's from one of my favorite lines. Not that I don't loooove those high-end mascaras! I absolutely adore Chanel's Inimitable Intense and Dior's Diorshow...and one day, my goal is to be able to have the money to purchase them and not worry about the throwaway issue. But for now, I'm sticking with lower-priced alternatives, which leads me to today's review for L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara. 

My New Favorite Chanel Rouge Allure Laque--Stunt!

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Back in September, Chanel launched a small limited edition collection known as the Soho Story Collection. As with most Chanel Collections, it included a blush/highlighter, Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow, Rouge Coco lip color, Glossimer, and Le Vernis nail color. Unlike many collections, it also featured an item that has become indispensable to me...a Rouge Allure Laque lipstick in the limited edition color Stunt. 

Now why, you may ask, am I talking about a Limited Edition lip color from September? Because I just picked it up last week at my Chanel counter, which means there are still some out there. You still have a chance, ladies! 

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