MONTHLY OBSESSION

Mascara is one of my basics.  I never leave the house without some on, and I’m usually pretty loyal when I find the right one.  But since I’m a makeup junkie, I’m always trying new ones in hopes of bigger, thicker, longer lashes. (Who isn’t?)  So when I tried Giorgio Armani’s Eyes To Kill, I was hooked.  Beyond giving more volume and length, it separates and you can add layers without leaving them brittle as straw.  The unique shape and large head make it easy to keep them curled and reach the smaller hairs in the corners.  I still love my Définicils for the bottom lashes, (and I’ll even add it to the top lashes over the Armani for even more length), but Eyes To Kill is definitely the new one to beat.

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PESKY PIMPS

Ugh….pimples.  They are the worst.  The feeling of a brewing zit under your makeup is the ultimate “Debby Downer” and I seem to get a bad one about once a month (thanks Flo!).  After trying just about everything out there, I’m listing my top 6 spot treatments for battling those pesky pimps. Now you can get on with your day without stressing that it will be bigger by morning.

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Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix – I use this primarily in the morning after moisturizer and under makeup.  It dries clear but doesn’t leave a weird film on the skin, which is perfect for daytime.

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Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick – This little bottle of 100% natural ingredients packs a potent punch.  I don’t mind the strong scent, but it is noticeable.  I used this regularly during pregnancy and is perfect for anyone that prefers something more natural.

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – This tends to be the holy grail of acne spot treatments.  The unique blend is amazing at shrinking zits by morning.  It goes on pink though, so as long as you wear it at night, you’re good.

skin-purifying-maskProActiv Skin Purifying Mask – I started using this in college when I was a ProActiv subscriber.  I’m a fan of their whole line, but the skin purifying mask works wonders.  You can use it to spot treat on zits and it dries them up fast.  This is also a nighttime only one, since it goes on white.

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Kate Somerville EradiKate – A direct competitor of Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, this spot treatment is very similar.  It’s available at Sephora, which for some is easier to come by, but runs a little more expensive.

eveologie_intensiveblemishserum_new_900x900Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum – I’ve wrote about this little gem on my Monthly Obsession series, so I have to include it. It’s my go-to for zit treatments and I use it regularly to keep breakouts at bay.  Only thing is that even though it dries clear, it’s tough to wear under makeup, as it leaves a film that tends to roll when you put something on top of it.  Great for anyone that can leave the house without covering up though!

 

HOW TO DEPUFF YOUR EYES

My amazingly talented cousin Claire, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, and beautiful photography.  I am proud to be part of her monthly beauty series and now a part of her YouTube channel, 10 Second Living!  In this video, I’m sharing my tricks for depuffing eyes using items you can find in your kitchen.  So if you planned to watch any sappy movies or you just didn’t get enough sleep the night before, watch below to see how you can look bright-eyed and bushy tailed despite those puffy eyes!