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Several months ago I found these red patches under my eyes. I have sensitive, fair skin and I blush easily, so I figured it was a reaction of sorts. After being treated like a human lab rat by a dermatologist, I still had no answers. I wasted many an hour googling and thought I had nailed it to a sensitivity to SLS (sodium laureth sulfate), so I cut all those from my regiment and those patches didn’t seem to go away. 

A little over a week ago, I was digging through my linen closet and found Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. According to the packaging, “Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.” I’ve been using it twice a day, every day since I found it and I’m happy to report that those pesky red patches are basically gone. I still don’t know what caused them, but this simply serum has made them a non-issue! Kiehl’s says the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution will also help with acne scarring and that with continued use overall skin tone will even out and future dark spots and other skin discolorations could be prevented.

You can buy Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for $49.50 at kiehls.com.
The-Soap-And-Paper-Factory-Jasmine-Hand-Cream.jpgStrangely, I’m normally not a fan of scented lotion. I’m not even an everyday perfume wearer, but a lot of hand creams and moisturizers are scented so heavily that I feel like they overpower my fragrance, my body lotion and just my actual being. Not so with The Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream.

I love so many things about this hand cream. First of all, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. I love the flowers and butterflies in vibrant colors adoring both the outer box and the actual lotion tube. They brighten up the nightstand, the coffee table, my purse … anywhere I choose to bring this hand cream, which, recently, is everywhere!

But it’s the hand cream itself that really takes the cake. It’s light, lush and non-greasy and immediately sinks into the skin. The jasmine scent is gloriously fragrant but somehow not overpowering, so it just makes my skin smell subtly floral and mysteriously sexy. Only a small amount is needed to immediately transform skin into a soft, smooth expanse, even if it’s previously been dry and cracking.

Is there anything not to love about this luxurious hand cream? My answer is certainly no.

The Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Hand Cream retails for $18 at soapandpaperfactory.com.
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My poor hair was beginning to show signs of wear and split ends from my adoration for how it looks after I blow dry it. And I was beginning to show signs of stress and fatigue from worrying about my hair. That is until I found L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment. This stuff is a wonder product! I generally use one to two little drops after blow drying to help add moisture and shine to my hair. But I have also used it on damp hair when I didn’t plan to blow dry and been happy with the results. It doesn’t wear my hair down, I avoid the roots and apply it only to ends, and it leaves my hair silky smooth and very shiny.
Marvis-Aquatic-Mint-Toothpaste.jpgWant those pearly whites to sparkle—and your breath to taste and smell great? Then pick up a tube of Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste, stat!

While we have nothing against Crest or Colgate, once in awhile we just want something a bit more luxurious on our toothbrush. And Marvis is definitely the way to go when this is the case. This particular flavor is minty fresh and delicious, and keeps stale breath at bay all day long.

Plus, it helps to fight plaque and tooth decay. What more could you want from a luxurious toothpaste such as this?

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste retails for $12 at barneys.com.
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I’m always sharing pics of my nail color combinations, so it’s obvious that I like having them painted. What isn’t as obvious is the fact that I always paint them myself. I just can’t bring myself to part with the money to have a manicure and honestly I’m rough on my nails so the color has to be redone every 5 or so days. So to keep my hands looking nice I started doing manicures myself. I learned very early on that a good base coat is key to a good at-home manicure. My favorite is the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat. I find it helps smooth out the nail surface and seal my nails nicely for color. I also find that it makes it easier to remove color when I’m done because of the barrier between the nail and color that it creates.

You can get Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat for $7.99 at ulta.com.

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