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Here’s the first of my reviews as a Clinique Insider. It’s on Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator (try saying it 3 times-it’s a tongue twister!). Watch the video above to hear my honest thoughts!

Have YOU tried Clinique’s Moisture Surge?




It’s the end of May and that means graduations! For those of you who have the big celebration coming up, here are some makeup tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure to moisturize before applying any makeup: It’s going to be a long day with lots of pictures being taken, so make sure to keep your face hydrated and looking smooth
  • Make sure not to go overboard with the makeup: Yes, it’s a big day in your life and you want to stand out, but that doesn’t mean the attention needs to be on the access amount of eyeshadow you put on. Don’t go overboard. Subtle shades can make a big statement. For those graduating in the morning/afternoon, go with light eye shadows, blush, and a hint of gloss. Save the dramatic makeup for your celebrations that night!
  • Make sure to carry your ‘essential product’ with you: I know it’s tough being in a cap and gown, but right after the ceremony means photo opps, and you don’t want your lips to look dull in all of them because you couldn’t find a place to fit your favorite gloss (my pick for 'essential product’). I understand that you don’t want to carry around a clutch or purse with you, but that’s the benefit of wearing those unflattering baggy gowns-you can wear a side bag under them! Simply strap the side bag over the dress you’re wearing under your gown, and you’re good to go. You’ll have some gloss on you to put on right before you walk the stage if you want (kinda extreme but you know…)!

The biggest tip of them all- SMILE! No product can make you look better than your smile, so make sure to rock it, and and enjoy every moment of the day because you def deserve it. Congratulations to all the graduates in the class of 2011!




Like I have said, I have EXTREMELY dry skin. Because of this, it is important that I moisturize my face constantly. The worst feeling is when you put powder on your face and you can just tell your skin is dry. An even worse feeling is when someone points out that your skin is flaking (puke)! I have tried every moisturizer out there from high-end to drug store. It annoys me thinking about how many bottles of moisturizer I’ve bought for 40-50 dollars EACH! I really don’t think they are worth it at all. There is NO NEED to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars to take care of your skin. I decided I wasn’t going to support any moisturizer that over prices their products. Because of this, I was able to find my two favorite moisturizers:

Clinique: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion with Pump (NOT the gel)

                             Clinique Moisturizer

Olay: Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid (under ten bucks!)

                                               Olay Moisturizer

I recommend hitting the pump twice and putting it all over your face. Make sure you dab extra on your problem areas (mine is under my eyes and around my nose). There are three times during the day that putting on moisturizer is a must:

  1. After showering: The water and soap from the shower tends to dry out skin. It is important to moisturize your face right after to prevent flaking.
  2. Before applying makeup: This is ESSENTIAL to apply before adding any makeup onto your face.  If you wear primer, put this one BEFORE.
  3. Before bed: It is important to remove your makeup and apply moisturizer before bed. This is to help your skin “breathe” over night. 

If you don’t have dry skin and want to read more about the best skin care, check out this article on the “Best of Beauty” by Allure.

What is YOUR favorite moisturizer?