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The Ordinary by Deciem – Affordable Products THAT WORK

If there was any brand launch that could kick-start WLV 2.0, it would be The Ordinary by Deciem.  Why?  Let’s just say that I’ve been SO EXCITED about this line for months now, that I’ve been talking the ear off of anyone who will listen.  I could wax poetic about this company for hours, but so as not to deter readers right out of the gate, I’ll give it to you straight: It’s affordable, proven and effective. The Ordinary is…

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Beauty, Lifestyle

Oh Look A Sunscreen I Don’t Despise! – Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

Creams, scrubs, powders, glosses… If you couldn’t already tell, I love beauty products.  A serum promising more radiant skin? I’m all over that.  A deep conditioner that will rehydrate fried strands? Sign me up.  A cream that gives you instantly firmer skin? Okay, kind of skeptical… but in it goes into my basket! One product, however, sticks out in my mind as abhorrent no matter what I do nor which ones I try…sunscreen.  I loathe everything about it from its smell,…

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Beauty

2 week wear and TWO sets of manicures from 1 box of Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips

I’ve always thought that nothing could ruin even the most perfect outfit faster than half-chipped off nail polish (ugh tacky!).  With this in mind, I splurged on a salon-quality gel polish kit a couple years ago when the at-home sets sold in drugstores didn’t exist and most salons hadn’t even offered the service yet.  It was well worth the price for glossy, chip-free lacquer and zero dry-time—Hallelujah!—but eventually the huge time commitment for nail prep, precise application and soak-off removal…

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Beauty

And I thought the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler couldn’t get any better!

As a little bit of background to this particular situation, I had been using the iconic Shu Uemura eyelash curler for years and can say that it did live up to the hype.  Consistently awarded best in its class by beauty editors from magazines like Allure and InStyle, this tool is easy to use, fits all eye shapes and legitimately curls lashes rather than merely crimping or bending them. Now imagine my disappointment when I lost it.  At $24 it…

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Beauty

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

Lipsticks tend to be one of those things that I could go with or without. I only have a few lipsticks that I’d be truly devastated to lose since I gravitate towards tinted balms, lip stains or highly pigmented glosses, but last fall/winter’s matte red pout and this summer’s bright bold lip have renewed my interest in this makeup staple. A few of the drugstore makeup lines have released light-weight formulas of lipstick/lip balm hybrids, such as L’Oreal’s Color Riche…

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