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11 (Not "10") Things We All Need to Know...

There are 2 people that I've come to really respect their knowledge of skin care and makeup: Lisa Eldridge and Caroline Hirons.  Lisa is exceptional at knowing how to make makeup wear and look better, while Caroline is equally brilliant at understanding the skin and what ingredients it does and does not need--and she is blunt, straight-forward, and speaks from knowledge, not theory.


To follow are Caroline's "Things I Say Over and Over Again".  I know a lot of my questions have been answered by her blog--especially her "Cheat Sheets", so I'd thought I'd share with y'all in case it helps even just 1 person.  Enjoy!


1.  You are obsessed with your pores. They do not open and close like doors. You say they are HUGE - then send me a picture and I can SEE NOTHING.  We CANNOT see your pores. The only person that can see your pores close-up is your opthamologist - or your boyfriend. Your opthamologist is looking at your eyes. Not your pores. And if your boyfriend is thisclosetoyou and notices your pores? He's gay. Or not attracted to you. Or at best, rude. Rethink the entire relationship.

2.  You overuse the Clarisonic. A lot of you. A LOT of you. You can use it - you're just not meant to use it every time you brush your frigging teeth.  Step away from the trendy facial tool and wash your bloody face properly.

3.  Nothing good ever came from scrubbing your face with a peach kernel.  There's a reason they are 99p. Step away.

4.  In general, foaming is what you want Fairy Liquid to do. Not your cleanser. And to the brands: I am unapologetic.

5.  Freckles are cute. At any age. You will do damage to your skin trying to get rid of them. Leave them alone. Embrace them.

6.  Stress is the key to most flare-ups, whether they are acne, rosacea or eczema. Practise relaxation. And not in some hippy-dippy way. Seriously. See the bigger picture. Chill.

7.  Inflammation is the root of all evil. Eat less sugar, take more fish oil supplements. A lot of fish supplements.

8.  Natural doesn't mean you won't react. Essential oils are one of the biggest triggers for skin.

9.  'Dupes' belong in makeup and nail varnish. There is no 'dupe' for a high quality, years-of-research-behind-it skincare product.

10.  Spend your money on supplements, skincare, foundation and concealer and scrimp on the rest. You will look fabulous.  


11.  If you would spend more on shoes, handbags, lipstick, jeans or fashion in general than you would on high quality skincare - you will be a sixty year old woman (and man) with a vintage wardrobe and a face like an alligator.

Re: 11 (Not "10") Things We All Need to Know...

iYes I completely agree.  Have found so many examples in my own health from taking them.  Lots of research proves how Asian cultures have fewer problems because they eat so much fish.  Good for you And thanks for your post!

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I don't eat fish AT ALL so I'm glad I can reap the benefits without feasting on Nemo. o.o


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I don't eat fish either... don't like the taste or smell. Love to go fishing, just can't eat it. Fish oil is a blessing. I found a brand that sells one big pill that doesn't smell, no burps, no bad taste & you take it once a day instead of 3. Love it! 

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What brand is this?? I have to take two big pills and they are definitely super fishy, unless my palate is just extra sensitive..

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Sounds crazy, but try sticking your fish oil supplements in the freezer. Not only will this help prevent that fishy taste, but it should also help to decrease the fish burps! Smiley Happy


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Really?!  It doesn't break them down??

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It actually helps preserve them. Putting them in the freezer/fridge keeps the oil from getting rancid!

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Thanks for the tip! Since I buy mine in bulk or in a two-pack, most of them end up sitting on a shelf anyways. Woo!! Decreased fishy burps!!

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I swear by Perricone's Metabolic Formula...all about having the right balance of fatty acids!

Re: 11 (Not "10") Things We All Need to Know...

#9 is my mantra! 

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