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The Best Concealer for Men with Dark Circles

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I'm a huge Stern Show fan and I'll happily list a million reasons why you should be too. One of those reasons is Sal Governale. If you don't know Sal, he's famous for writing horrible songs about his wife, being late to work on really important days and making great phony phone calls to pizzerias.

But Sal has been hiding something. His undereye circles.

Sal's dopp kit, courtesy of the Stern Show.

On Monday, it came to Howard's attention that Sal can't face the day without his special man kit.  In fact, he's so uncomfortable without his fully stocked bag that he needed to run home during Snowmageddon and grab his secret beauty stash, despite Howard reminding him that this could be a terrible idea. When he arrived at the studio on Tuesday, he offered to share the contents of his makeup bag, but only after he hid a few things. What product could Sal not get through one day without?

CoverFX Conceal FX Concealer. This creamy, natural-looking, hard-working concealer is exactly what Sal "The Snow Queen" Governale needs to cover this dark circles, which have plagued him since he was a teen. Even if Sal had known that the Sephora on 34th between 7th and Broadway would have gladly given him a sample at no charge, he was in fact justified in going home to grab his precious, so he could face the day without his circles.

Why? After a quick bit of sleuthing, I was able to confirm my fear. CoverFX no longer makes Conceal FX. CoverFX makes phenomenal products, especially for people who need a lot of coverage, but they no longer make this exact concealer.

Since I'm sure this news is sending Sal into a tailspin, I asked Baltimore-based About Faces Makeup Artist Owen O'Donnell where Sal should turn next.

"Nars Stick Concealer is sweat-proof, matte and blends seamlessly into skin with a wide variety of skintone-correct shades. The Honey, Vanilla, and Custard shades' pink-y peach tones pack an extra punch against under eye circles.

"Darphin's new Dark Circle Under Eye Illuminator de-puffs, massages fluid out from under the eyes and has a universal brightening undetectable tint that matches everyone. Men tend to do best with either a combo of oil-free BB cream and Powder Foundation, or either used individually.

"Smashbox's new Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation is also sweat-proof, with adjustable, easy-to-blend coverage that controls shine and will completely cover blemishes without turning white in photos or rubbing off. Dryer skin would like the oil-free BB cream with SPF 35. New Photofinish Primer Water is clear, sprays on to provide oil-free hydration before cosmetics, contains electrolytes  like Gatorade to energize your skin, then can be misted after to ensure all day wear and no smearing to give away what's covered up."

And guys, listen up. If you aren't confident without a bit of concealer, your fancy shampoo or a special lip balm, you aren't alone. In fact, one in ten British men wear makeup daily. A separate survey among 1,000 men in the US and UK revealed that 54% of men use a special face wash (Aveeno is a great choice, by the way!). 39% wear lip balm, 33% get waxed and 10% wear foundation or concealer daily. So don't be afraid to swagger into your neighborhood Sephora and ask for a little help.

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How To Look Amazing, Save Big and Win $50 from CVS/Pharmacy

Purchased by me. Sent for review. Contest by CVS.

Lately, I've been spending more time in my CVS/Pharmacy than Sephora. Crazy, right? Beauty tech and formulas are advancing at the speed of light and CVS is hand-picking the best of the best and offering them prices that won't make you cringe. There are so many items I've stopped buying at the mall. I've instead opted to use my ExtraBucks points to save big. Check out my favorites!

Vichy, Vichy, Vichy! This is my favorite skincare line at the moment. I'm seeing real results, really fast. My favorite is the Neovadiol Magistral Elixer and the LiftActiv 10 Serum. And the LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes and ProEven Night Spot Corrector. I could go on and on. This line is amazing and I'm not sure why I don't hear more raves.

After one use, John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Conditioner made my hair even shinier than I previously thought possible and made my highlights pop. I can't explain how, it doesn't deposit color or lighten your hair over time. But it works and it was way less than what I was using from Sephora.

Skin+Pharmacy is bringing really effective products to CVS at much lower than mall prices, including dupes of really expensive products you'd like to try, but can't afford. Forget dropping a hundy on those acid-rich face wipes that turn over new skin quickly. Their Anti-Aging Therapy Glycolic Peel Pads ($20!) work really hard to reduce fine lines and tired skin and their Acid Face Wash is as good as one that costs $100.

If you've loved the idea of Wen and haven't made the move to try it, CVS is offering a new line specifically designed for long hair. Grow Gorgeous is a lovely line that promises no harsh or yucky ingredients (it's SLS-free! huzzah!). I've been using the cleansing conditioner and need to get my hands on the Cleansing Conditioner for blondes. I've also been using the Hair Growth Formula for about a month and have seen small results. It takes a while for your growth cycle to kick into overdrive, so I'm excited for the results (and the packaging design is so cute, no one will ever know it came from the drugstore!).

Finally, you can take a lot of expensive supplements to beef up your hair, nails and skin. Instead of spending $50 a month on vitamins, grab the CVS/Pharmacy Biotin Soft Chews. They taste just fine, contain 10,000 mcg of biotin and work just as well as anything else I've tried. I swear by these!

Don't forget to save big with your ExtraCare Card. I swear one of these days, they are going to give me money back at the checkout. I saved over $15 with coupons on my last purchase! And remember, if you don't like what you buy, you can always return it. I'm not kidding. Use half and hate it? Get your money back! They even have an app that helps you manage your savings and prescriptions.

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Lipstick League: What LE Item Do You Miss The Most?

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Question of the Week: Name a beauty item that was discontinued that you wish would come back, even if it was only for a limited time. Ooh. This is a hard one. I don't fall for LE items often. The only one I've ever hunted down and bought extras of so I would feel safe is an Estee Lauder summer bronze-gelee-powder thing that I had sales associates hunting down on twitter for me. (I think I still have an untouched one. It's so pretty. Now where did I put it?)

  Phyrra - Looking for an easy way to fill in your eyebrows? Try my quick and easy tutorial!

  we heart this - If you use our $10 off coupon, you can get $384 in products for just $39.99 (including shipping!) Check out the FabFitFun Winter VIP box...

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Have you tried L'OrĂ©al's latest mascara yet? It's called Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara, and I've got the scoop and before/after photos. What do you think?

  Clumps of Mascara - can’t get enough of those gorgeous polishes from Cirque Colors. If you love holographic polishes, you pretty much HAVE to buy these.

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - A well pigmented, long-lasting blush stick for $2.99? You have to check this out!

  Gouldylox Reviews - Try a lob before you go in for the chop! It's easier than you think (and you could win $100 of styling products!)

  Love for Lacquer - Love is in the air! Be prepared to be blown away by the new Valentine’s Day collection from Different Dimension!

  Nouveau Cheap - Want a handy list of all the new 2015 products from Wet n Wild with photos, prices and product info? Here you go!

  Prime Beauty - shows you the Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Palette which truly takes you from day to night AND can be worn wet or dry! (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra - My friend Eugenia is awesome and I love her blog and videos. I wanted to share her Top 10 Beauty Products of 2014 because I adore many of her choices!

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Kat Von D Innerstellar Shadow Palette

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I wasn't going to pick up any new palettes in 2015. And then I went into look at the PANTONE UNIVERSE Marsala palette and before I knew it, both the Marsala and Kat Von D's Innerstellar had jumped in my basket. After I got it home, I decided I just wasn't that into the colors in the Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette. Shiny, matte, neutral with some metallics just seemed kind of meh. I wore it a few times and debated returning it.

Experiment With More Than Just Your Hairstyle

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Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific was my favorite shampoo when I was a kid. I thought using it would make me so irresistible that my boy-on-the-bus crush Kevpatrick Axelarmon* would finally notice me. It never worked, except for the one day he said he liked my spray paint-splattered blouse. Ah...seventh grade.

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