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Stila Lip Glaze

A friend of mine once insisted that I boycott Stila products with her.  A long story… but I said “no problem” at the time, and found it easy to avoid their products… until now.  Stila’s lipglazes are luscious, in fruity flavors with smells that remind me of my childhood glosses.  The “watermelon” gloss is especially great for a natural look, and it’s barely there color makes me long for the casual days of summer every time I put it on.

Brush Cleaner

Since we’re on the topic of brushes– let’s discuss brush cleaners.  Ladies, you MUST regularly shampoo your brushes!  I’m sure so many women don’t, and it just doesn’t make sense.  If you spend time regularly cleansing, moisturizing, and agonizing over breakouts…  Why would you use dirty brushes and spread oil from 3 months ago back onto your face?

But I digress.  This brush cleaner from Paula Dorf is fantastic.  It thoroughly cleans your brushes of makeup residue, and is gentle enough to keep them in good shape.

Must Have: The Foundation Brush

Foundation, boring as it is, is really the most important part of a beauty regimen.  It’s the one product that can simultaneously even skin tone, set the rest of your makeup, and even protect your skin from sun exposure (providing you smartly chose one with SPF).

But, how you apply foundation is as important as the foundation you use.  A foundation brush smooths the liquid perfectly over the skin for a flawless finish with impeccable blending.  My personal choice is Chanel’s brush #16, Le Pinceau Teint.  The bristles are so soft, they feel like silk.  Despite the fact that my brush is many years old- each time I wash it, it looks brand new.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Moisturizer

Juice Beauty Green Apple Moisturizer…

It’s light, it absorbs quickly, and it has an SPF 15.  Enough said!

Beauty Deals and Bonuses

When you buy as much product as me, being rewarded for it is a major treat.  Two beauty retailers are very actively courting we addicts for our business.

Sephora has a relatively new program, referred to as “beauty insider”.  Through beauty insider, you can earn deluxe samples for every $100 you spend, get access to hot items in limited quantity, and even get treated to a birthday gift! 

Beauty.com is generous to the extreme, offering periodic discounts on purchases over a certain threshold.  Currently, you can get a $20 discount off of any purchase of $150 or more.  They also offer gifts with purchase and money back for future purchases through their drugstore dollars program.