Tips & Tricks

Changes – My favorite products for maturing skin

Yesterday I talked about the fact that our faces and bodies change as we age and so its only natural our beauty routines should as well.  I’ve posted some of my very favorite makeup tips for aging here, but that was a YEAR ago! So it definitely needs an update. Today I’ll start with my favorite sparkling products and next week I’ll post some more of the best beauty/makeup tips & tricks I’ve learned since.

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Glam Glow Thirsty Mud:
It is so hard to get a moisture that goes in deep and doesn’t leave you greasy but guess what!? It EXISTS! This creamy spectacular goodness has answered all of my moisturizing prayers. I smear it on like a mask right before bed  ever couple of days (it smells delicious BTW) and then I sleep in it. When I wakeup I rinse my perfectly moisturized face and try to stop touching it.
Budget friendly Option – Queen Helene Facial Masks:
In the world of Drug store moisture masks this one is raining queen in my opinion.

Hourglass Primer Serum Hydrating Primer
I LOVE the way this primer feels and I especially love the way it looks on mature skin. It feels silky and brings a radiance and dewiness that will really rock your world. It also has all kinds of benefits for your skin like vitamins and essential oils.
More budget friendly option – Porefessional:
This one is the ultimate primer for filling pores but it doesn’t do much for the moisture and the silkiness.

Clarisonic
I’ve talked about this before but when it comes to cleaning the skin well and making it look fresh this is a must have.
If you haven’t already bought it, I know you’ve heard of it and if you’re skeptical get one from Sephora and try this baby!! You can always return it if you don’t fall in love!
Budget friendly version: Skin Sonic which is a quarter of the price! I haven’t tried this myself but here is a great review on it.

IT Cosmetics Hello Light? Luminizer
I chose this beautiful formula because it has anti-aging properties in it as well as a very subtle non-sparkly illuminating effect. It is a gorgeous soft creme.
Budget friendly option: Maskcara IIID in Pearl– When I formulated my illuminator I was very picky! I didn’t want it to be glittery or too iridescent or too bold. I wanted it to make the skin glow without looking like makeup. It makes the skin look blurred and soft and radiant.

JolieMD Metamorphosis
This was sent to me a few months ago. When I read that that is to was supposed to: make the skin look radiant, shrink pores, soften fine lines and wrinkles and fight acne I was pretty much rolling my eyes but ladies. This is the real deal! I have never tried anything like it!  I always try my skincare products for at least a couple of months and then I try not using them again before I ever recommend them to you (cause sometimes you love something at first and then change your mind, other times you think you love it but if you stop using it you don’t notice a difference etc.) Well this stuff ran the gauntlet and came out a winner! I loved it at first use, waking up with soft tight skin and continued using it and getting so many compliments on my skin. Then I stopped a few weeks ago for a while, just to make sure, and I was really missing it. I felt like my pores were growing and my general texture wasn’t as smooth.
It’s pretty expensive, it seems like most age related products are for whatever reason but I have continued purchasing, cause it’s worth it to me!
They were gracious enough to offer to giveaway a set, so if it’s out of your budget now, enter to get one for zero dollars!
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Rita Hazan Root Concealer
Right now I’m growing out my roots (just because I have no idea what my natural hair color is at this point, it hasn’t been seen in its virgin state since the mid 90’s) which generally just makes me look like I’m balding because the hair growing in is so light. Now that I have this spray I just shoot some in my part and carry on with life. It covers my roots perfectly. When my mom saw this trick she was so excited, touching up her grays can be a tedious task and they grow back so fast. Shooting some of this over them is quick, easy and effective.

STAY Setting Spray

Instead of setting with powder (which can make the skin look dull and can sink into creases and crevices) I prefer using a setting spray.
This one is BY FAR the best one that I’ve used. It doesn’t feel sticky or weird on the skin at all, you won’t even know its there – except that your makeup will last and last. When I leave the house without it I definitely know a difference.

Riiviva PMD
I posted a while back about this little miracle and I couldn’t help but add it to this list as well. It has honestly changed my skin than I would have ever imagined. I could never get my makeup to look as smooth and flawless as I wanted before I found this. I tried every foundation on the market and always wondered what other people were doing to get it to look so smooth! It wasn’t til I found this that I realized it wasn’t the foundation, it was my skin! Getting rid of that dead outer layer of skin has made it so much smoother. Not to mention all of my other products work better because now they can sink in without a barrier! I’m a believer.

Perfecter
What is amazing about this sponge is that it blends your foundation into your skin in a perfect amount. A fine enough layer that it won’t move around or settle into creases and a heavy enough layer that gives you a flawless finish. You wet and wring the egg shaped applicator then dab your foundation onto your skin in a small stippling motion (I used it in this video if you’d like to see it in action)

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PS Be sure to watch out for the MM&L show, they are announcing the winner of the IIID today!

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154 Comments

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    [email protected]
    February 4, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Do you suggest using a finishing powder such as Hour glass Ambient lighting powder after the UD setting spray? This powder is supposed to “Captures, diffuses and softens the way light reflects on your skin.Utilizes cutting-edge photo-luminescent technology—transparent micron-size, color correcting particles—to alter and refine the appearance of the complexion.” Thanks, j bush

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    Jesse
    February 4, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Hi Cara! Just a quick question. I know your products are cruelty free and that’s awesome. Just wondering if all the products that you use otherwise are also? Im just trying to save myself a bunch of research..lol Thanks! Jess

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    Betsy
    February 4, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I want to try them all! Thanks, Cara….xo

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    Lisa Scott Provost
    February 4, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Thank you, thank you! Perfect post for my 43rd birthday. 🙂

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    Blaire Bingham
    February 4, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I really want to get one of the GlamGlow mud masks, but I can’t decide between the Thirsty Mud or the clearing treatment! It’s a lot of money to spend, so I want to make sure I get the right one. I have one problem area that keeps breaking out. I’m torn! Help!
    xo, Blaire
    http://peachesinapod.blogspot.com

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      Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
      February 4, 2014 at 7:10 am

      I think you’re safe no matter what because they are all awesome 🙂 Sephora is always doing some kind of sample giveaway or you can just ask them for a sample there.

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    pillowhappy
    February 4, 2014 at 5:45 am

    wonderful tips, and i pinned them all! i’m 47 and definitely need to try these. i was wondering if your mom could be your “poster child” for the maturing skin woman?? being that your skin is so young, i think it would help us middle aged peeps to know that she tried some of these products, and saw some great results!
    also: with my skin, the issues are also those darn vertical lip lines that run into your lips? (does that make sense?) i’d love to know something good for around the lips/mouth.
    and secondly, a good under eye cream/serum for that thin thin skin under the eyes…
    you may have showed everyone some good ones before, but just wanted to give a middle aged perspective.
    thank you for doing this blog entry today! a wonderful help…i’ve, so far, purchased the porefection and the tomas spray tanning face spray: and guess what? love em!!
    now i’m off to get your illuminator.
    a good 10 years are already coming off my face! haha.
    thank you cara
    shellie

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      Beth and Beauty
      February 5, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I just noticed your comment of how old you are and well I have a year on you, I am 48 plus in the last 2 years I have lost 120 pounds. So you can imagine while it is good that I lost the weight but at our age there are side effects on our skin and body. I did want to let you know I have started a beauty blog, I am in no way saying I am as good as Cara, but I am just close to your age. I would love for you to check it out. You can link to my blog by clicking on my picture above.

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    Andi Sutton
    February 4, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Aging gracefully, or just aging, is something we’re all going to have a bit of a struggle with, I think. I’m a Mary Kay consultant, and am thankful that I discovered some great new products before my skin was too far down the slope lol We’ve got a cleansing brush as well, that’s probably the best thing in the whole, wide world. My other fav anti aging/camo/hide-it-all product is a combo of our translucent powder and CC cream. Anyway, the point is, you have to find what works for you, no matter what that is. Cara, I’m so glad you delve into whatever the need is for your peeps. Keep up the good work! I look so forward to getting an email notification every day that you’ve posted something new!!!!

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    Elishia Heilbrun
    February 4, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Hi Cara! I am looking into the JolieMD Metamorphosis and I was wondering if you have found a good cleanser to pair with this and what your morning routine is like since they recommend using it at night? Thanks!
    Elishia

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    Beth
    February 4, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Thank you!awesome post-just what I needed! Yesterday’s post was fantastic, too!

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    Susan
    February 4, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Cara,
    I was wondering what you think of the link between using loose powders, mineral makeups and lung cancers? Can you talk about that topic soon?

    I just saw it being spoken about over at my wise mom dot com. It scares me to think that women are more likely to get cancer from using makeup!

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    lana
    February 4, 2014 at 6:35 am

    im 38 and about a year ago i noticed laugh lines below my eyes (instead of just out to the side). for whatever reason i had bought the lie that aging doesn’t really show up on your face til late 40’s…i mean just look at sandra bullock, julianna margulies, kim basinger, christy brinkley and jennifer aniston.

    so.. i googled people who claimed to not have done anything to their face to halt the aging and i figured out it’s actually normal. i found pictures of drew barrymore, kate winslet, caroline de maigret (specifically a picture on the madewell instagram where where’s smiling) all with laugh lines.

    beauty is interesting, it’s a genetic lottery and so is aging. we praise people “for looking so good for their age”. sure you can not smoke or not lay out with crisco, but so much of it is just genetics. we are presented specimens in media of those “who age beautifully”, women in the 40s or 50s with not a brown spot, broken vein, or line to be found. a huge photo-shopped ad in walmart of julianna margulies, she is 47 and she has the skin of a 16 year old.,…so frustrating. so, if we buy this product we can look 16 or is that the work of fraxel, juvederm, ipl etc? exactly, it’s not real.

    im not sure how to walk the line between wanting to look your best and halting it all together. i just know that its taking some work to undo the subliminal definitions of “what 38” looks like i somehow gathered from media. finding the balance between subtle fixes and overhauls, accepting and improving. but until women stand up and demand honest photos and honest aging we will continue to strive for things unreal.

    just sayin 😉

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      karen
      March 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Wow lana, well put! Replying to your post over a year later, but I just came across it now. I too bought into the lie that how we age is totally up to us, and if we buy the right product, or get the right facials, we can all look like Julianne Moore or Jennifer Aniston or the other actresses who never seem to age.
      But the truth is that at 41 my bone structure has changed, my face has lost volume, and no creams or personal microdermabrasion is gonna change what genetics has predetermined.

      Yet I still come to Cara’s blog & others seeking ways to make the best of what I have. It’s a difficult balancing act, though, and I easily fall into hating my looks, and sinking money into Strivectin, and Nuface, and dermarollers, you name it. Anything to “fix” my face.
      I feel lIke I’m going through a kind of second puberty where I have to learn to get comfortable in my own skin all over again.

      There has to be a line between healthy self improvement and compulsively buying products and gadgets out of a desperate need to halt or reverse the aging process. But I haven’t found it.

      That said, if I could afford it, I’d buy the Hourglass primer serum, Thirsty Mud, PMD, and JolieMD Metamorphosis.

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    Faith Wilfley
    February 4, 2014 at 6:51 am

    love, Love, LOVE posts like this:)
    Seriously. You save me so much money!

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    February 4, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I love a good product-full post 🙂 Growing out your virgin hair will test your patience but it’s worth it. (So low maintenance and healthy.) Can’t wait for the tips and tricks post!

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    ashliemwinter
    February 4, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Hi Cara! Just wanted to let you know that there is a site that has the Riiviva Microdermabrasion Device on sale for $219.99 for the regular, acne and stretch mark kit and then $279.00 for the face lift kit and the body kit. It is all on HauteLook.com. You just need to make an account with your e-mail and that is it! Hope this helps some of the ladies! It can save them up to $100!

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      Angela
      February 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you for posting about the Riiviva being on sale on HauteLook.com!

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    Chessa
    February 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Loved this post! In my opinion you have the best written blog! Love you!

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    Rachel B
    February 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I’ve been dying to buy the Clarisonic Mia for months but could not bring myself to spend $180 for it. I did find it on eBay for less than half the cost and it was brand new legit item sealed in the box. Down side is that unless you buy it directly from Clarisonic or one of their retailers you do not get the warranty (fine by me to save 1/2 the cost). My 16 year old son confiscated it from me because he loved it so much…so I bought another! Awesome facial tool!

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    Ary C
    February 4, 2014 at 8:08 am

    and my beauty list continues to grow 😉 Love it!

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    Lisa Reischman
    February 4, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Atta girl, Cara! Excellent post! After giving you grief yesterday, I owe you a commendation today! My skin so happy!

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    Beth and Beauty
    February 4, 2014 at 8:16 am

    First of all, thank you for giving a more budget friendly products when you could and for the great giveaway. I have the Clarisonic Mia 2 and love it. I have a question . How is the correct way to use an illuminator? Before your foundation, mixed in foundation or on top of foundation? I also use the UD All-Nighter but never thought about using it instead of an setting powder. I did dive in and get the Beauty Blender and I LOVE it. I do agree that the RT one at Ulta is the closest dupe, I even have an article on my blog comparing the two of them.

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      Beth and Beauty
      February 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

      I forgot to mention I have an 20 Personal Random Facts About Me (tag) on my blog today. Cara I would like to tag you for it.

      Beth
      bethandbeauty

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        Jenna
        February 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Hey, Beth,

        Do you have a beauty blog? Ha ha, just pulling your leg! 😉

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          Beth and Beauty
          February 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

          No problem…Jenna! Why yes I do have a beauty blog….. how did you know….LOL!

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    Blackgiraffe
    February 4, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Whenever I use brushes like the Clarasonic (haven’t used that one specifically) my face freaks out and breaks out like crazy. I’m working on clearing my face from using one 3+ months ago 🙁 Sensitive skin, or acne skin girls be careful!

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      Beth and Beauty
      February 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

      The Clarisonic for the first 2 weeks will purge your skin so you will see this on your skin but after that 2 weeks your skin will thank you. I am 48 and have sensitive skin also. I use the Delicate skin clarisonic brush head and I have no problems with it. Would love for you to pop in and check out my blog.

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    Cassie
    February 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I’m growing out my roots too and I HATE it. I think light roots are so much worse than dark roots, and I don’t even know why. I just can’t stand the look of it! Gotta get that root concealer ASAP! Thank you!

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    Jean Kronzer
    February 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

    could you post some more before and afters of maturing skin?

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    Liz Lewis
    February 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Oh my gosh. I am SO excited about this Rita Hazan root concealer. I’m going through the exact same thing…super light roots. I chopped my hair and am growing it out too! Thank you for posting this!

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    Stefanie
    February 4, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I totally have to try the skin sonic brush, and your illuminator! I love highlighters in theory, but then I feel like the shimmer just emphasizes my eye crinkles.

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    Lynda Olsen
    February 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Thank you Cara, I am so pleased to see that you are really committed to your readers of all ages. I plan on trying as many of these anti aging products as possible with my tax refund. Thank you,again! Your the real deal.

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      Jenna
      February 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      After reading your comment from yesterday, I think what you really mean is that you are glad that Cara is committed to YOUR age group. Sheesh! Glad to see you’re satisfied! 😉

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        Lynda
        February 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

        No Jenna. I’m quite capable of expressing my own feelings. I was already convinced she was very capable of addressing young women’s make up concerns,but hadn’t seen anything regarding some of my own She asked…I answered. I think Cara relies on the honest feedback of her readers,but doesn’t need you to address her customers because you don’t like their posts. Fan or SWF?

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          Jenna
          February 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

          I am sorry but I cannot answer your question. I do not speak internet. What is SWF? If you are asking if I am a fan, then I would hope that my actions might speak for themselves. Of course I am a fan of Cara’s blog or I would not be spending my time here. Before becoming a psychologist, I attended beauty school and while I choose not to work in the field, I’ve always had a love for hair and makeup. It is refreshing to see someone so passionate about her work. The field of cosmetology tends to be superficial and cutthroat, but this beautiful (inside and out) person has found a way to, rather than cut women’s self-esteems for profit, make them feel better about themselves. As both a licensed psychologist and a licensed cosmetologist, frankly, her blog fascinates me. Additionally, it helps me to remain updated on the latest and greatest, something that I do not have time to do on my own between my private practice, university teaching and research. Speaking of my research, I have extensively published on self-entitlement and to be honest, Cara’s attitude and professionalism appear to be an outlier in comparison to her generational counterparts. Call me crazy, but I am intrigued, as a social scientist, to have the pleasure of interacting with a twenty-something who is so mature and pleasant. Would you like to hear more about how I am a fan? I do not think that you or I are qualified to determine what it is that Cara needs and while I care for her as a human being, I do not personally know her and have my own family to worry about. I think it is clear that she is a grown up and is capable of handling distasteful comments from her customers – my goal was not to defend her feelings. Cara asked, in her survey, what it was that her readers would like to see. If you participated, then you answered. I do not recall what your original comment was but if it was memorable enough for me to have spent my time commenting to you here, I suspect it was probably quite rude. Some people ignorantly confuse honest feedback with tactlessness. It is not necessary to be hurtful/blunt in order to have your opinions heard. Perhaps you could work on becoming “quite capable” of “expressing your feelings” more kindly, especially when you are addressing someone who is working her tail end off to give you free information. That’s all I’m saying. If you cannot see how honest feedback can also be kind, then we will have to agree to disagree.

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    Melissa
    February 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This is super helpful, thanks for posting both high end and budget friendly versions.

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    Janice
    February 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Thanks so much for all the helpful information!

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    Samantha
    February 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I cant WAIT to try the Thirsty Mud when I get enough money to splurge BUT I splurged not too long ago on the Glam Glow Super Mud and I am soooo in love. It’s expensive, but I would buy it again and again and again. I have large pores only in my T Zone but I am so picky and hate that it’s SO hard to get the dirt and grime out of them without a facial. I have a Clarisonic and I’m in love with that too, but it just wasn’t getting those hard to reach deep places. I tried the Super Mud one time and knew I was in love, my skin has never been so soft and clear and it’s only gotten better with more uses. The Super Mud paired with my Clarisonic and Purity is a God Send….can’t even imagine throwing the Thirty Mud in the mix but I CANT WAIT. LOVE LOVE LOVE the blog as always Cara!

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    mommyfrank1
    February 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Cara, I’m excited to introduce you to a new patented antioxidant anti aging product called NeriumAD. Please visit my website and contact me about getting you tester bottles. I’d LOVE to get your opinion of the product! Always enjoy reading your blog. http://www.wendifrank.nerium.com

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      Jenna
      February 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Seriously?!?

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    Lindsey
    February 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Great recommendations Cara! Ive been meaning to buy a PMD for a while now. I noticed you didn’t talk about Benefits Porefessional balm. I was wondering if you have ever tried Monistat Chafing gel in place of the Porefessional balm? In my opinion, it does the exact same thing but its only $5 instead of $30. Sounds freaking weird but try it! Its the perfect primer and pore reducer.

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    sarabeisel
    February 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    This is so excellent, thank you for sharing! I have really dry skin in the winter and I can’t wait to try the glam glow thirsty mud!!

    http://www.secretsofacitygirl.com

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    Nona
    February 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Okay – I’m done with this self promotion fest. Fooled me for awhile but no more. Nooobody can try all these products (plus the economy versions) enough to pick their “faves” unless maybe they have two faces … Hmmm.

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      gingererin
      February 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Oh stop. Seriously lol. It’s her job. She’s been doing it for years. How do you know what she’s tried? Even when she couldn’t afford everything, she’d get samples and try things. Leave her alone. If you don’t like her blog, why do you come here?

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      Jenna
      February 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      People whine when Cara doesn’t give them beauty tips and now I see that they whine when she DOES. Seriously, I just don’t understand. I keep going back to the fact that this is information that is being provided to you free of charge. What right does anyone have to complain about something they are receiving for free? Do you expect Cara to go out and expend HER time and HER money to give YOUR spoiled princess pants some free information? If you don’t like what you see here, go pay someone to tell you how to take care of your skin. I guarantee you though, they’ll be promoting products, too… and they probably won’t be as nice as Cara. Before I became a psychologist, I, too, went to beauty school (this was right out of high school). With all of the suffering going on in the world, the core of who I was and how I believed could not handle working in such a superficial environment. This was not to say that I didn’t love hair and makeup, but I can tell you that the general attitude of the industry is sell, sell, sell… and make people feel badly about themselves so they’ll buy even more! If you don’t like product promotion, your interest in cosmetology is going to cause you some grief!

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        Beth and Beauty
        February 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

        You go girl!!!!!!

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    gingererin
    February 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I’m excited to try the root concealer! I started graying early, so I need to get this! Is it sort of like a dry shampoo? Like Batiste Deep and Dark Brown at all? Or is this soley just for cover up? Either way, excited to try it.

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    Elizabeth
    February 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I haven’t tried the Clarisonic (and probably won’t since I’m so darn cheap…) but I bought the Olay Pro X brush about a week ago and I can already tell a difference in my skin. I have had pretty bad acne for about year and couldn’t find anything that made a difference but this has already been great! I can’t tell you if it quite lives up to the clarisonic but it is a great product and definitely worth it if you don’t want to spend the money on a more expensive one.

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      Beth and Beauty
      February 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

      I used the Olay Pro X brush before I was able to purchase my clarisonic mia 2 and it is a good alternative. It may not do all that the Clarisonic will do for your skin but it will definitely help get your skin cleaner. I gave my Olay one to my daughter and she loves it!

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    mrs.rmb
    February 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Cara, I’m wondering if you’ve experienced the product Nerium AD? If so, I would love to get your take on it before I purchase.

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    Becky G
    February 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    What cleanser do you use with the Clarisonic? I have one and think I need to change my cleanser since I am using Aveeno which is a foam.

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      Beth and Beauty
      February 5, 2014 at 11:04 am

      I have found that cream cleansers work well with it. On the cheaper end I use the New Pond’s Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser and on the more high-end I use the Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid (lucked out and found mine at TJ MAXX).

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      Beth and Beauty
      February 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

      I have a review on the Clarisonic Mia 2 and what cleansers I use with it on my blog at http://www.bethandbeauty.com

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        Becky G
        February 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

        I appreciate your help but find it strange you are going on someone else blog and answering all her questions? I’d like to know what Cara uses 🙂
        Thank you for your help!

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          TQ
          July 25, 2015 at 10:48 pm

          Except Cara doesn’t seem to always be able to get to all the questions…so until she does, it’s nice to hear what others use. Could do without other people pushing their blogs/products though…

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    Dora
    February 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Cara,
    I’ve never posted before, but I have to thank you for your fantastic blog. I would like to echo the requests that you do a video with a makeover on a mature lady. I would love to see the step by step of the makeover you did on your Mom-What a beauty!

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    Blackgiraffe
    February 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Dang! Didn’t see an MM&L video today :/

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    Alicia
    February 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for your tips! I just left a message on your fb page about this exact post! I’m so addicted to your blog these days. I think you’re so amazing at what you do!

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    sarah
    February 5, 2014 at 3:28 am

    HI Cara! Do you have any recommendations for eye creams? That is the one area where I really notice the thinning, crepey skin as I get older.

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    Melissa Charmaine Photography
    February 5, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hi Cara 🙂 Do you have any recommendations for something to deal with black heads please?

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      Erin
      July 18, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Md metamorphosis. Cara is right. It works great for acne and aging.

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    Megan Rose
    February 5, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Cool blog! Check out my skincare blog and give me a follow back please! theskincarebible.com

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    Kaleigh
    February 5, 2014 at 10:27 am

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      I am on the other end of age spectrum of you but I also have super sensitive skin and I use the delicate brush head for the Clarisonic and I have no problems.

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