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My Winter Skin Saviors

I have uncomfortably dry skin. When winter arrives, Vichy products are what gets me through. Product junkie that I am, I stray. I’ll try what’s hot, what’s new, what’s luxe. But no. In the end, I always come back to my tried-and-true. They never let me down. If you haven’t tried Pureté Thermale, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. It has a feel unlike any cleanser I’ve ever used. The first time I used it, I kept rinsing and rinsing my face, feeling like there was some sort of film left behind. But then I patted my face down with my fluffy towel, and…wow. The softest, smoothest skin I’ve ever had. In addition to being extremely dry, my face is also hyper-sensitive, often turning red and irritated by even “gentle” products. But this cleanser leaves my face absolutely irritation free. It’s the least-red my skin has ever been. Aqualia Thermal is moisture, pure and simple. Deeply hydrating, it somehow manages to feel light, refreshing and never heavy or greasy. How good is it? It’s search-through-every-drugstore-in-a-foreign-country-because-you-forgot-to-pack-it …

Vinylux: Holiday Edition

I’m done with UV gels. Not worth the brown spots on the back of my hands, the skin cancer risk (no matter how small that may be), or the acetone damage to my nails. And since the introduction of Vinylux, I don’t miss them one bit. I’ve been a fan of CND Vinylux since the minute it came out. Now I use it almost exclusively. I’ve tried other two-step, no light required gel polishes, but they just don’t compare. Smooth, easy application. No bubbles. No streaking. Super-fast drying time. Super-shiny finish. And acetone-free removal. What could be better than that? How about 10-14 days of wear! No, I’m not exaggerating. Ok, it does start to wear at the edges after about 10 days, at which point I often just file down the tips a bit. But it doesn’t get to the point where I *have* to take it until two, sometimes nearly three, entire weeks. Only drawback? The topcoat gets thick in the bottle relatively quickly. I always purchase two at a time so I have plenty …