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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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Thin Mints or Luna Bars?

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time, and while that would usually have me singing at the top of my lungs, this year not so much. I have put on a bit of pudding and need to lose about ten pounds. Now, I am not saying not to buy these scrumptious cookies, quite the opposite. I believe in the organization, I was a Girl Scout, and I believe it’s important to support them. But, I have a problem. You see, I can not eat just one cookie. No, I eat an entire box. I love them so much. Luckily, I have found a delicious alternative, and they are really good.

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My kryptonite- Samoas and Thin Mints

So, what is my solution? Luna Bars! These bars are made for women by women (the Girl Scouts would be so proud) and they are the best. They contain 70% organic ingredients and vitamins that meet the special needs of a woman’s body, and are available in yummy flavors. Here’s how they compare to my beloved scout cookies.

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The Samoa (or carmel delight) breaks down like this: a two cookie serving contains 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 11 grams of sugar.

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The Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna bar contains 190 calories but 9 grams of protein, 11 grams sugar, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

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The Thin Mint (4 cookie serving) contains 160 calories, 10 grams sugar, 8 grams fat, and only 1 gram protein.

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The Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bar has 180 calories and 12 grams sugar. However, it also has 5 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, calcium, folic acid, vitamin D, and iron.

Surprisingly, the cookies have less calories than the bars, but Luna does offer more nutritional value. I was very surprised how much the Luna bars tasted like their Girl Scout cookie counterparts. I will still buy some Girl Scout cookies (the hubby can eat them) because I do think it’s a great thing to empower these girls and help them reach their goals. But, it’s nice to know there is an option out there that fills my craving for the most delicious cookies in the world.

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To find out where you can purchase Girl Scout cookies, please visit Girl Scouts Cookies

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Luna bars are sold individually or in boxes. I got these at Target for $5.89 per box (6 bars). The individual price was $1.09.
available at major drug and grocery stores.

And remember, you can support the Girl Scouts and still be healthy. Everything in moderation. Unfortunately, I have no self control when it comes to these iconic treats. But if you do, enjoy!

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