best beauty of the past year!

eyes
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best mascara: diorshow waterproof black 090 $25 best eyelash primer: diorshow maximizer lash plumping serum $28 best eyeshadow primer: too-faced shadow insurance $20 best eyelash curler: shu umera eyelash curler $21 best eyeliner: bobbie brown long wear gel eyeliner $23 best brows: also winner of “product i can’t leave the house without” anastasia tinted brow gel (espresso) $18 best highlighter: benefit watt’s up! mini $8 best eyeshadow brushes: eco tools brush set $9

eyeshadows

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they’re all mac–because i won’t settle for anything less: best gold: amber lights best for a little drama in your everyday: folie best brown: mulch best on the town: antiqued

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best natural: sephora cocoa 21
also winner of “product i can’t leave the house without”

face

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best powder blush: nars blush in orgasm $24 best cheek stain: tarte cheek stain in flush $30 best foundation: chanel perfection lumiere long-wear flawless fluid sunscreen make-up broad spectrum spf 15 $55 best loose powder: josie maran argan matchmaker powder foundation spf 20 $34

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best cleanser: josie maran argan cleansing oil $32 best exfoliator: st. ives fresh skin apricot scrub $4 best anti-ager: skin ceuticals retinol 1.0 $60 best moisturizer & eye make-up remover: also winner of “the best multi-tasker” award: vitamin e oil $8

lips

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best healing: burt’s bees lip balm $4 best everyday lip gloss: also winner of “product i can’t leave the house without” award dior addict lip glow $31 best lip stain: (i don’t do lipsticks b/c they look too unnatural on my thin smackers) tarte lip surgence matte lip tint in fiery $24 best tinted lip moisturizer: fresh sugar rose tinted lip treatment spf 15 $23

skin

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best moisturizer: organic coconut oil $8 best sunscreen: the naked bee 70% organic vitamin c enriched moisturizing sunscreen spf 30 $12 best firming moisturizer: vichy laboratories destock stomach firming & refining treatment $38 best self-tanner: jergens natural glow (i like the one with sunscreen) $9

hair

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best conditioner: organix renewing moroccan argan oil conditioner $8 best dry shampoo: nexxus youth renewal dry shampoo $15 best shampoo: aveda smooth infusion shampoo $7-$63 best styling product: tresemme tres two hairspray $5

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best color enhancer: aveda hair care enrich color pure plant shampoos & conditioners $18-$32 best hair mask:amika nourishing hair mask-sea buckthorn berry with argan oil $28 best for on the go: kms free shape quick blow dry $15 best hairdryer: t3 featherweight luxe 2i $250 (i don’t have one, but since its dry is more healthful than air drying…i’ll have to save up)

beauty product of the year:

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lilash purified eyelash serum $80-$140

beauty tip of the year: use oils! you’re skin will love you. i personally favor: vitamin e, k, c, argan & coconut. they’re cheap too & can be a facial moisturizer, body lotion, eye make-up remover, & can even replace mascara for a more natural look. bring a bottle of one of these oils when traveling so your bag of toiletries is lighter!

product review: josie maran argan cleansing oil

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product: josie maran argan cleansing oil $32
uses: a facial cleanser that removes make-up & dirt while deep-cleaning pores. the argan oil repairs & nourishes skin.
verdict: this facial cleanser is different than any other i’ve used. it should be rubbed into dry skin first, then water should be added for a second facial massage to build a slight lather before washing off completely. lets just say i love this cleanser. it may be the best i’ve ever used. my skin glows afterwards & i have not seen one pimple appear since use. i also love that i can use this cleanser as an eye make-up remover while simultaneously washing my face. the all-natural & organic ingredients are a plus. 5 out of 5
beauty tip: after applying any cleanser to my face, i always let it sit for a few minutes so that the product can fully absorb into skin.

product review: estee lauder day wear

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product: estee lauder advanced multi-protection anti-oxidant lotion broad spectrum spf 15 $48
uses: apply on face am, pm, or both to prevent premature aging & reduce the appearance of wrinkles–the “anti-oxidant” complex is supposed to protect & nourish skin by fighting free radicals. can be used under make-up.
verdict: i like the smell & the texture–& the fact that it has spf in it…only i wish the spf was higher. i don’t see any dramatic differences with my skin, but the anti-oxidant ingredients in this & the fact that it has sun protection too, makes this product very desirable. 3 out of 5
beauty tip: you know what i’ve noticed? whenever someone has spectacular skin & i comment on it, or if i am reading about an exquisite beauty in a magazine & they ask her about her skin regimen, do you know what these stunning women say? ‘i always wear sunscreen.’

product review: roc retinol night cream

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product: roc retinol correxion deep wrinkle night cream $23
uses: massage into face, neck, and décolletage to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles
verdict: this product is supposed to be one of the best non-prescription retinol products available. while i’m not able to reap all the benefits of this product (i am only 28, after all), the wrinkles i do have–i’m looking at you, forehead creases–i noticed slight improvement. beware though: retinol can be very irritating on skin–luckily they have a version for sensitive skin available! 3 out of 5
beauty tip: be proactive! women should begin incorporating anti-aging ingredients such as retinol in their beauty regimen in their mid-20’s. skin experts believe this can delay signs of aging. i began using retinol, the “best” wrinkle-fighter, 2 nights a week when i was 25. over the years i increased my usage & now i use some form of anti-ager 3-4 nights a week. like i mentioned earlier, some of these chemicals can be harsh so i like to give my skin a breather by interchanging pure vitamin e, argan, or coconut oil with the man-made wrinkle-fighters.

product review: josie maran matchmaker powder

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product: josie maran argan matchmaker powder foundation spf 20, $34
uses: a light dusting on the t-zone instantly conceals redness & shine
verdict: i don’t like to wear face make-up, but with argan oil and spf i feel i am nourishing & protecting my skin with this powder. it conceals perfectly, & blends flawlessly so i look like i’m not wearing any make-up! i can work up to 16 hour days sometimes & it seems to stay put pretty well! it will not conceal zits or dark spots though–you’ll need something liquidy for that… 4 out of 5!
beauty tip: if you drop your compact, just glue the powder pieces together back in it with a little rubbing alcohol, let dry for 30 and, voila! almost good as new!