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Q. What do I use to erase sun spots?

A. As a makeup artist, I’m more qualified to tell you how to conceal sun spots, so I consulted with Connecticut based dermatologist Dr. Loyd Godwin to give you more permanent options. He advised that sun spots can be challenging to remove. There is a prescription product called Solage that can be applied twice daily to sun spots to help to lighten them. Also, dermatologists can use lasers, chemical peels, and cryotherapy in their office to help lighten these lesions. Vigilant sun protection will then be needed to decrease the chance that these lesions will darken again over time. I hope this helps.

It’s that time of year again, and there is nothing worse than not havng a plan of action in regards to what you want to get for those you love. If you’re like most of us, you want to get that perfect gift, but don’t want to spend too much. Let us help give you some ideas before you head out to brave the stores— be inspired by these wallet-friendly gift ideas!

 

 

 

 

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Palette is the largest (and most unique) palette Urban Decay has ever offered. This limited-edition palette features a pull-out drawer containing sixteen eyeshadows, two premium brushes, and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion! Can you imagine the amount of different looks that could be created with this one palette? Wow. $45, sephora.com

 

 

 

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Benefit 24k Sexy Gold Set features a sheer gold 24k lipstick and a complementing, golden loose powder that can be used as an eyeshadow or as highlighter for her cheekbones. This set will certainly make her feel like a million bucks! We love the fact that this chic gift comes in its own clutch, perfect for future use. $34, benefit.com

 

 

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DuWop KissCase promises to give soft, shiny, full lips with this special collection of lip products. Housed in a zip-up pouch, this set would be perfect for the gal that loves lip products that give her lips the best look. Available in pink or nude. $35, beauty.com

 

 

 

 

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Bliss The Sock-ettes are the best treat for over-worked feet! Give yourself or a loved one an excuse to take a time-out to give those tootsies a break. In just twenty minutes, your feet will be moisturized, softened and pampered with olive oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E (all found in the self-activated lining). We think our feet would love these… $48, blissworld.com

  

 

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M·A·C Fascinating Ruby, Smoky Eyes palette will give your makeup-loving friend or family member a glamorous gift that she can use all year! This simple, easy to use palette, from the Passions of Red Holiday Collection, features the 6 perfect shdes to create a smoky eye effect that works for many occasions. Includes eye brush 213SE. $38, nordstrom.com  

 

 

 

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Smashbox Travel Brush Collection is the perfect gift to give to both the brush newbie and brush pro. This limited-edition collection features five travel-size brushes in a take-along quilted pouch. They not only will travel well, but will work brilliantly for everyday use. $49, nordstrom.com 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clinique Black Honey Glow Set will not only give a low-maintenance gal the best-selling Almost Lipstick— that is sheer and beautiful on everyone— but also a Shimmering Tones Bronzer and High Impact Mascara, perfect for creating a beautiful, no-fuss look. $42.50, sephora.com  

infallible lipgloss.jpgAvailable in 16 shades, L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss promises a 6-hour wear without changing, dulling or fading. So what did we think?

We were actually surprised to find its staying power was like no other gloss we have ever used. The triangle sponge wand applies a beautiful, sheer color to our lips and never left them dried out. While the color does eventually disapper from our lips, if we let it, it will still stay on for an average of 3-4 hours— that is enough to convince us this is a product we can’t live without! $9.99, drugstore.com 

 

 

Global Goddess Beauty South Pacific Shimmer is not only a favorite of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, but it’s one of our favorite products too! Of course we know we aren’t as well-known around the world, or even recognizable out in public by those who don’t know us, but we can appreciate the fact that we share the same great taste!

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This multi-tasking bronzer features three hues of bronze and a soft dose of shimmer to illuminate and enhance the complexion, and is packaged in a slim, mirrored compact (say yes to purse-friendliness!). The pressed powder is ideal for complimenting a natural tan or creating a warmer tone in paler complexions. Blend all three shades together for a multi-dimensional, all-over hue, or layer your favorite colors for a bronze-themed eye shadow application. $32.50, dillards.com

Q. I’ve always wondered, if my foundation is 20 SPF and my moisturizer is 20 SPF, does that add up to 40 SPF? Or is it still just 20 SPF? Basically, what I mean is, if you are layering different products that contain SPF, do you increase the protection?

A. Great question. It seems everything contains a bit of sunscreen these days, whether it’s our mineral makeup or our lip balm (which is so important). With all of the layering, something has to give you protection if not double your protection, right? Unfortunately this is not the case. I consulted with Connecticut based dermatologist Dr. Loyd Godwin who indicated that you do not increase SPF by layering two different products. You should always use a sunscreen of at least 15 that provides both UVA and UVB protection.

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