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Makeup Wars: Favorite Makeup Removers

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Makeup is amazing. And so is the feeling of taking it all off at the end of the day. I tend to mainly use my facial cleanser to remove makeup, but some days require a little extra help. Here are the products I turn to when a little cleanser isn't enough.

Clinique's Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips removes everything without pulling or tugging. It won't sting eyes and is safe for contact lens wearers.

Neutrogena's Oil Free Makeup Remover has been a staple in my bathroom as long as I can remember. It may not remove waterproof makeup in a single bound, but it will remove daily makeup with ease. And it's super affordable at around $5.

The Body Shop's Chamomile Waterproof Makeup Remover is one that fellow bloggers keep raving about for good reason. It takes off everything without stinging the skin. It's perfect for you sensitive ladies, as it boasts no added color, fragrance or alcohol.

Want more ideas? Check out what the other makeup warriors think by clicking on the tiles below!

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Lipstick League: Favorite Foundation Right Now?

Question of the Week: What foundation are you reaching for the most right now? I'm still totally obsessed with Cover FX Cover Drops. I'm still searching for that perfect base. Right now, I'm loving mixing it with the Sunday Riley Flora Oil. Amazing.

  Phyrra - Lost on where to start with HAC? I’ve got you covered with the Pale Girl's Guide to Highlighting & Contouring! Included are recommendations for light to medium skintones too!

  we heart this - Can you get fab brows under 5 bucks? Answer: You can with THIS!

  Beautygeeks - takes a short trip down spray antiperspirant memory lane in this review of Dove Dry Spray.

  Clumps of Mascara - is in loooove with a lipstick. Honestly, it could very well be one of the best lipsticks I’ve tried all year.

  EauMG - often gets asked for perfume suggestions and one of the most popular requests goes like, “Are there any under $100 indie/niche perfumes that you recommend?”. And the answer is “Yes!”, here’s an indie line that offers a lot for fewer $!

  Gouldylox Reviews - I'm obsessed with this new eye brightening wonder product from Becca. OBSESSED.

Love for Lacquer - It’s time for the Earth Day promo from Zoya! Check out Jess’ swatches from the Delight collection and pick a few shades up for a great deal!

  My Beauty Bunny - Jen’s got a sweet Earth Month giveaway going on right now. Win $112 worth of cruelty free and vegan derma e goodies! Click here to enter!

  My Newest Addiction - Laura shares her favorite pieces from the new NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral collection.

  Nouveau Cheap - Wet n Wild has a new limited edition 10-pan eyeshadow palette in their Fergie line for Summer 2015. If you like neutrals and greens, this one’s for you.

  Prime Beauty - found an effective way to eliminate redness with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream! (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra - I'm obsessed with Blake Lively and I love my friend Ange's Age of Adaline look! You need to check it out!
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Sudden Change Will Change Everything About Your Eyes.

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I've complained about the crinkling around my eyes for a few years now. Sure, I'm only 42, but the lines are making me nuts. I just want something that works. I want to put something around my eyes, have them stay flat like I've ironed them and then go about my day. Is that too much to ask?

Enter Sudden Change. This drugstore gem changes everything you know about dismantling the wrinkles around your eyes (and in some cases, your 11s, too!). Sudden Change gives the look of ironing out the skin around your eyes. It truly does. I brought it to work one day to test on a bunch of seasoned advertising professionals. Everyone who came into my office left looking at least five years younger. Puffy eyes? Flattened. Dark circles? Lightened. Eye crinkling in the corners? Smoothed out. Those elevens between your brows? Reduced.

What the what? Sudden Change manages to lessen fine lines, while it encourages draining of the tissue under the eyes. It only takes about three minutes to see amazing results. While I don't have puffy bags or lots of lines, the reduction in darkness is kind of amazing.


You start with clean dry skin, sans undereye skincare, and the drier the skin the better. Oils will reduce the efficacy of this product, so you'll want to avoid them. Using the dropper and your finger, you'll apply two drops around your eye, smoothing it out carefully. Sudden Change will dry, forming a nearly invisible web that pushes out fluid, flattens wrinkles and shaves years off of your appearance.

It's virtually undetectable, although your face will feel very tight where you've applied the serum. You'll get used to the tight feeling fairly quickly, so don't worry about it. While the product dries, it's very important that you don't contract your facial muscles, talk or smile. Once dried, you can go about your day as you always would. Except your eyes will look years younger.

If you want to wear this with makeup, you'll need to blend a few drops into your concealer and apply the same way. Remember, the drier the area, the better the results. Avoid applying skincare and oily foundations if you want Sudden Change to really work its magic.

The results will last for about eight hours. This is amazing for women and men who want to look a little younger without spending gobs of money on skincare that may or may not work. This product is also perfect for those who don't wear makeup every day. But even if you do wear makeup daily, if you don't mind playing with this a little bit, you can look flawless in three minutes or less. Talk about instant gratification!

Grab Sudden Change in CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, ULTA, Walgreens and Walmart for around $15. You can also enter to win a Sudden Change prize package, including a $100 gift card! Three winners will each get a $100 gift card to a national Sudden Change retailer (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens or Walmart) for new makeup and other beauty essentials, including Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum! Winners announced on Friday, 5/1, at 12 p.m. ET.

 If you've tried this, share your photos with me using #InstantRetouchwithSuddenChange. I want to see how it works for you!

To learn more about the Sudden Change brand visit them on the web at and LIKE the brand on Facebook.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received a package of Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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Seven Tips To Look Younger Forever

I don't have the answers. There is no such thing as youth in a bottle. But there are things you can do to slow down how quickly time marches across your face. Some are easier than others, but each one of these is an easy decision to make. You don't need to spend a million dollars or go broke in a Sephora.

1. Wear an SPF every single day. Start when you are a baby and never stop. If you've tanned a lot in the past, stop doing that. Wear an SPF every day from today forward. If you don't, then stop spending money on creams and lasers. Stop reading beauty blogs. You're doing it all wrong. Either make the change or stop thinking about how to look younger.

2. Don't smoke. Don't drink to excess that often. Get plenty of sleep. Meditate. Relax. Smile more. Take deep breathes and appreciate the beauty around you. Slow down.

3. Use skincare. Any skincare. Until I was in my mid-30s, I wore Oil of Olay every day. Estheticians gave me guff about this constantly. I look younger now then they did then, so get off your high horse. Yes, some products work better than others. But the key to a solid skincare regimen? Consistency. Find out what works for you and use it daily. I switch my skincare every six to eight weeks and it still works for me. The key is to do something. And to do that something every day.

4. Wash your face before you go to bed. I don't even care if you don't wash it in the morning, but wash the day off of your face. Every day.

5. Wear sunglasses when you're outside. I need to do this more often. Your eyes will crinkle much faster if you don't.

6. Apply sunscreen and your skincare to your neck and the back of your hands. The neck and hands are a dead giveaway if you do nothing. Don't neglect them.

7. See a derm once a year and make sure all of your bits are in good shape. If you can swing it, a laser treatment may be very, very helpful.  If you've got sagging skin, Ultherapy  may be what you're seeking.

Easier said than done, right? Here's to a younger looking you!

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Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector Is Flawless

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I'm obsessed with this Under Eye Brightening Corrector from Becca. It's not only amazing under the eye for brightness, but apply it under (or over) foundation for a radiant effect where you want a little highlight. It's not shimmery, just brightening. While it's a little thicker than a usual concealer, I'm not having any issues with caking. It wears forever and looks amazing. 

When I stopped by Ulta to check it out, I was warned that it is too thick and people were unhappy with the texture. I'm not sure what they were talking about. It's a little on the sticky side, but it clings flawlessly to skin and is a beautiful highlighter / brightener. A little goes a long way and this little pot will last forever. I'm very fair and while this is a little too salmon-y to use as a concealer on its own, it's perfect under or over foundation--even if you don't add any other concealer. 

I apply it  below my eyes, in the center of my forehead above my nose, on the nose and on the middle of my chin using a dampened beauty blender. I find that this method gives me the most natural look and is the easiest way not to overdo the highlighting thing. 

It's currently sold out at Sephora, but you can still grab it from other beauty retailers. It's a great find if the color works for you; I really hope this stays permanent. It's amazing and might be the best $35.00 spent (recently).

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