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things to try this april.


1. always sheer liners - when spring comes i switch to a significantly smaller purse (see #2), meaning i need to pare down my handbag essentials.  a stack of these liners is so thin that it takes up almost no space at all - leaving my limited purse space free, but keeping me prepared for any surprises. 

2. the cambridge satchel company fluorescent satchel - i will always love neon, though think it is usually best in small doses.  this purse is my new spring neutral.  available on the j crew site.

3. pickled lemon - is something i discovered by way of a blue apron recipe.  all it requires is dicing a whole lemon - skin and all - stirring 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of salt and letting it sit for 1/2 hour.  the fresh and flavorful compote is now my favorite topping for spring fish dishes.

4. l'occitane neroli + orchidee candle -  l'occitane has added a new scent to la collection de grasse - their line of dual note fragrances.  neroli + orchidee combines two precious white flowers, one from the mediterranean and one from madagascar.  i love to burn the candle with the window open for a breezy, balmy island evening ambiance.

5. korres showergel in jasmine - i can't get enough of feminine florals all year round, but that goes into overdrive in spring.  this unadulterated jasmine really captures what many (myself amongst them) consider to be the sexiest floral.

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#aveenodailychallenge

{off we go}
i'm taking the #aveenodailychallenge to get healthier this spring.   for the next three weeks i'll be eating more fruits and vegetables (i'm going for 5 serving/day).  even more challenging, i'll moisturizing every day with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion.

both of these things will be tricky for me - it's so easy to grab food on the go that is devoid of nutrients.  and even though my skin has been totally dessicated by the winter weather, daily moisturizing is a habit i've never picked up.  i went to trader joe's and stocked up on grapefruits, tomatoes and cucumbers so that i'd have some healthy choices around, and i'm trying to apply lotion immediately after the shower.  

follow my challenges on twitter - @makeuplovesme.  to see the other bloggers participating visit the aveeno facebook page.


editor's note:  please be advised that this challenge is part of a campaign sponsored by aveeno.  all opinions are my own.

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new: clinique moisture surge CC cream compact hydrating colour corrector broad spectum SPF 25.

{CC solidified}

i've seen a lot of CC cream innovation - but this is the first one i've seen in a compact!

the same benefits of clinique's CC cream, now with a little more coverage:
  • even tone and obscures imperfections
  • corrects sallowness and brightens skin
  • SPF 25
this is perfect for work days -- days when you want some additional coverage but without feeling like you have a mask of makeup on.   6 shades.  $35 on clinique.com.

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new: bliss fabulips treatment kit.

{kiss-o-matic}

NYC feels like the land of perpetual winter lately, a fact that enrages me daily.  the skin on hands and lips are taking the cold, dry weather almost as poorly as i am.  my parched, flaky lips make it hard to wear my favorite bright lipsticks.

as of today i've started my lips on a therapy regimen with bliss.  the bliss fabulips pout-o-matic kit comes with:
  • a lip exfoliator tool
  • sugar lip scrub
  • AAA battery
  • replacement polishing head
  • protective cover
unlike many exfoliators, tip of the exfoliator is not made of bristles.  the exfoliator is actually a textured, rubber head.  it's very gentle, and even tickles the lips.  the sugar scrub has a buttery, hydrating texture.  when used in combination with the sugar scrub the exfoliator evens out rough skin and softens lips.
after using it this morning i'm back in my favorite neon red-pink lipstick (covergirl lipPerfection lipcolor in flame).  kit is $48 at blissworld.com.

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