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best mineral powderI used to be a big fan of Bare Escentuals mineral powder because of its easy application and great coverage.  But, then I began to experience dryness (even though I have oily skin) and more lines around the eye area.  After speaking with beauty specialists I learned that  the product was known to exacerbated  the look of pores and wrinkles!  — terrible for the middle-aged women the company was targeting.

So what now?  I loved the coverage of a mineral powder but didn’t want the chalky look of Bare Escentuals.  I wasn’t ready to completely give up, so I decided to try Sheer Cover – which you may have seen on infomercials.  To my surprise the product was great.  It eliminated shine and had great coverage, but didn’t dehydrate the skin.  In fact, the intro kit even included an SPF-15, anti-aging moisturizer to be worn underneath the power.

Apparently Sheer Cover blends with your skin’s natural oils for perfect coverage.  The product is 100 percent natural, infused with skin soothing botanicals, natural sun protection and anti-oxidant green tea to help protect your skin from the visible signs of premature aging.

If you too are committed to your mineral powder but need more hydration, try Sheer Cover ($29.95).  You may just be converted.  To learn more and/or purchase the product, click here.


julie and juliaIt’s not too often you attend a movie where the audience applauds at the end, but Julie & Julia is that kind of film.  And if you were classifying it as a chick flick, think again; it’s much more than a testament to “girl power.”   The film is a hilarious story about two people with parallel lives:  both seeking fulfillment through self-actualization. 

As usual Meryl Streep delivers a delightful performance, channeling the late Julia Child.  And Amy Adams’ sweetly understated performance demonstrates her burgeoning talent as a young actress. 

If your looking for a good film this summer, Julie & Julia transcends audiences and is a must see!

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Photo by svilen001

Summer is here and the last thing you want is sun-damaged skin.  To get a fantastic glow while protecting your skin from the sun’s intense rays, Marvelous Girl recommends these products:

Murad Vitamin C Infusion Home Facial Kit ($70 for 4 treatments) – this antioxidant-rich thermal mask is to be used once a week and reverses the appearance of aging caused by environmental damage, reduces the appearance of fine lines and encourages cell turnover.  You’ll love the warming sensation.  It leaves your skin brighter and smoother than ever!

Murad Active Radiance Serum ($89) – this environmental aging treatment features Resilient-C™ Complex,a unique combination of three forms of Vitamin C that gives your skin 50 times the collagen-building, skin-brightening and cell-protecting power of ordinary topical Vitamin C treatments.  You can use this serum daily and it leaves your skin looking so good you’ll feel confident leaving the house without makeup.  Get a free sample by clicking here.

Jason Natural Ester-C® Lotion ($15) – this facial cream promotes the natural creation of collagen to smooth away wrinkles and maintain a youthful complexion.  You’ll love this lotion because it’s light, but extremely moisturizing without being greasy.  You can use it day or night and leaves skin with a smooth, refined feeling.

Mederma® Cream plus SPF 30 ($30) – The sun’s rays can make any existing scars look worse, but now you can reduce the appearance of scars and protect your skin from sun damage with this sunscreen by Mederma.  Recently awarded with the American Academy of Dermatology Seal of Recognition, this is a must-have for the summer.  Click here for a $2 coupon.

EPIONE Signature Series Restoration Firm and Fade ($175) – For those with stubborn sun and age spots, you may have to spend a little more money.  This great product was created by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and if it were any stronger you’d need a prescription.  You’ll love this cream because it improves uneven skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and lightens or eliminates age spots, freckles and scars.