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Pore Refinement

This time of year we all start feeling a little more greasy and our faces take on an unwanted shine. There are many products out there that can help keep this problem at bay, but Clinique has created a new little miracle that really does keep your skin grease-free while giving it just the right amount of hydration.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator is an oil-free and non-acnegenic hydrator that instantly refines the look of pores with unique light-scattering optics and controls unwanted luster on your face. It controls oil and shine and your t-zone stays fresh and matte for up to 8 hours. Using this twice a day will give you a renewed appearance and your skin will glow, not shine. And that is just what I want and need during the hot summer months.

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Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator $36
available at department stores and Sephora

Trust me when I say this will keep the shinies away. I suffer from oily skin and this does wonders. My skin looks radiant and comfortably matte.

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Sunscreen That Creates Clearer Skin

I was a naughty girl this past weekend and did not bring sunscreen with me when we went for a hike (there may have been some beach time as well). Of course, every product I put on my face contains sunscreen, but as we all know it’s essential to reapply. And then there’s the problem of finding one that doesn’t leave my skin greasy, especially given my battle with oily skin. Well, I have found a solution for anyone that battles acne or the greasies.
DERMAdoctor “Ain’t Misbehavin’ Skin Clarifying and Mattifying Broad Spectrum SPF 30” actually is the perfect sunscreen for those with less than perfect skin. This little beauty helps oily, combination, or blemish-prone skin from premature aging due to UV exposure. This will hydrate and protect skin without feeling greasy or sticky, which I am all about. Plus, it’s formulated with willow bark, a known clarifying agent. So, it can actually help prevent new blemishes from occurring and will help eliminate the ones you already have. The light texture absorbs instantly and is for the face or the body (another bonus for those with problematic back and chest areas). Just be sure to reapply every two hours if you’re outside.

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DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Skin Clarifying and Mattifying Sunscreen $30
available at Sephora

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And just to prove how important sunscreen is to the younger people, here’s a picture (albeit a weird one) of my chest. I didn’t have freckles growing up-this is all sun damage. We didn’t know about or use sunscreen in the 70’s and 80’s, and this is the result. Sunscreen is vitally important! You don’t want a freckle chest when your 40+. Nothing ages you more!

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Liner Notes

As a young woman, I could not get enough eyeliner. That seems to still be the trend in the land of youth. As a more elegant woman (I refuse to say mature), I’ve come to realize less is more. Eye makeup can give away your age quickly. It has a tendency to settle into fine lines and creases or smudging onto the brow bone. But sometimes a lady does need a little definition and color. Enter the wonderful eyeliner/ shadow stick from E.L.F.
This combo is a dream. The eyeliner is so slim it’s virtually fool-proof. It has twist-up ease, so there’s never a need to sharpen (just make sure you twist it back down before capping). This soft gel liner makes it a breeze to create dramatic definition and the light-reflecting pigments help line the eye subtly but effectively. Because of my eye shape, I often get mascara along my upper lash line, but one swipe of this hides those mistakes. The smooth glide shadow stick provides a soft, highlighting color that compliments the liner and really makes my eyes pop. Again, I just do one swipe and have instant and flawless color. It wears really well and never ends up where it shouldn’t be. It’s available in 6 shades, which makes achieving a smokey eye super easy.

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Eye Liner and Shadow Stick $3.00
available at ELF and most major drugstores (I got mine at Target)

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Two Times A Charm

Most of us ladies use a blush and bronzer every day, especially in the summer months. I know I’m feeling a bit pale these days and the right blush/bronzer combination can make all the difference. The latest and greatest from Charlotte Ronson puts the two together in one stick and it is fabulous.
Charlotte’s “2 X A Charm” double-ended cream stick is perfect. One side is a cream blush, the other a cream bronzer. Both impart a sheer, natural wash of color onto your cheeks. The color glides on effortlessly and blends very easily (I like to use my finger). The pigments used absorb and reflect light for a glowing effect. It comes in two shades, which are named after two of her friends. Abby Elliot (from SNL) is a bright azalea blush with a milk chocolate with gold shimmer bronzer and Mindy Kaling (The Office) is a soft, rosy blush with a toasted almond bronzer. Both are super pretty and flattering. And, think how easy it will be to throw in your purse or suitcase! This is a definitely a new love of mine.

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Charlotte Ronson 2 X The Charm Blush/Bronzer $26
available at Sephora

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