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  1. Finest Hour Week: Skin Care
  2. In My Shower: SimpleHuman Adjustable Horizontal Tension Caddy
  3. New On StyleUnited: The Best Workout Clothes
  4. Malie Organics Liquid Hand Soap In Plumeria
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Finest Hour Week: Skin Care

Finest Hour Week Skin
You guys, it's been TWO YEARS since I've instituted a Finest Hour Week, my favorite week of the year. That's a shanda for the NEIGHBORS, in the words of my Yiddish-profish 92 year-old grandmother. I LOVE a prom! And why haven't I been guiding you on what products you need to stockpile for YOUR prom? I can't ANSWER this. I guess I've been busy, which you and I both know is no excuse for anything. So for 2012, Finest Hour Week is BACK. And it's starting on a Thursday, because when you have your own blog, you can start the week any old day you WISH. If you remember, Finest Hour Week is named in honor of ridiculous song "Finest Hour," which played as Teen Witch's Louise (Robyn Lively--sis of Blake) dramatically threw her magical amulet which she THOUGHT was the only reason hunky Brad liked her, but really---it was her enchanting SELF and not her supernaturally enchanting powers. Observe (and read on)... 

Are you ready for prom-worthy skin? I recommend the following as prep for the big day.

Tanda Clear+
$195 -

SkinCeuticals | LHA Solution
$36 -

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Treatment
When it seems like a pimple you had at the start of the Gossip Girl season is STILL aggressively establishing residency on your face like a party guest that won't go home, you need to bring out the big guns. Kiehl's = the big guns, in this scenario. This stuff contains Active C, a vitamin C derivative. It's also silicon-free, which is HUGE for me, as there's no easier way to clog my pores than stuff them with silicon. I've been exclusively rocking s-free cosmetics in 2012 and if you tend to break out, I suggest you do the same. This stuff's also not made with optical diffusers or pearls to mask discolorations or dark spots. It just does what it's supposed to, which is why it's a clear liquid in a clear bottle.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
If your skin's dull and congested, a twice-weekly application of this wash will deep-cleanse pores and even out skin tone quickly. I find a little Gly is perfect for really getting my skin clean, especially before I apply self-tanner.

Tanda Clear +
Got an unsexy blemish just days before the prom? Treat it yourself with the latest from Tanda. In just days, you'll see a reduced appearance from your uninvited prom date after using just three minutes, twice a day on clean skin. Follow it up with your favorite non-comedogenic skin care products.

Clarisonic Acne Clarification Collection
Sometimes, standard issue cleansing isn't enough. The fine folks at Clarisonic have taken the needs of acne-prone gals to heart and have paired the power of their sonic technology with a new Acne Cleansing brush head and Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser. In a single step (though gentle enough for twice-daily use), you can remove dirt, oil and impurities more thoroughly to start the treatment process by flushing pores effectively. This new set is available in April.

SkinCeuticals LHA Solution
Before smoothing on moisturizer, a spritz or three of LHA will encourage cell-by-cell exfoliation. It's great to use before a facial (even on sensitive skin) to "loosen" the innards of your pores, making extractions easier and aiding in making pores look miniscule. Always the goal.

With this skin ammo in your arsenal, it'll officially never be the same again. In a good way.

Are you going to a PROM? Tell me everything. Go. And stay tuned for more Finest Hour hair, body, nails, fragrance and makeup suggestions tomorrow and next week.

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In My Shower: SimpleHuman Adjustable Horizontal Tension Caddy

As you can imagine, my shower ALONE looks like a true-life set of "Hoarders." There are no fewer than 3 shower gels, 4 separate shampoo/conditioner/masque combos, about 6 razors and at least 2 soaps at any given time. And that's not even counting the extra shine treatments, hair exfoliants, sugar scrubs, in-shower lotions and other fakakta paraphernalia I pretend is necessary and part of "my work," but really is there because I'm... insane.  Read on...

So my three-tier shower caddy in ADDITION to the one I have hanging from the shower head was nowhere near enough and the caddy had to be perfectly balanced with heavier beauty product "linchpins" in specific places, lest it tumble and maul me with items in the shower (happened weekly) AND the bottom was starting to rust. It wasn't cute. I needed a solution and decided to invest in the $100 SimpleHuman Adjustable Horizontal Tension Caddy. And it's changed my LIFE. It mounts onto these little holders you put on the walls using silicone glue (I had to invest in more, the package doesn't include enough to hold the caddy, unfortunately) and keeps all your shower essentials in a non-rusting horizontal shelf onto which you lock in steel baskets. It's everything.

Buy it at And tell me: What are you using to hold your products in your shower?

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New On StyleUnited: The Best Workout Clothes

If you’re going to work out every day (and you are, right?), you may need to wear your gym clothes on your way to and from the gym running errands or having brunch with friends. Lucky for you that there are a lot of good looks out there that will work for both activities. Here are some great pieces of seamless workout-to-weekend wear.

Read more at StyleUnited.

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Malie Organics Liquid Hand Soap In Plumeria

After a long, brutal winter a gal starts dreaming of tropical vacas and most definitely of the lush gardens of Kauai. While it's not in the cards for me to jaunt off there at this point, I've been taking mini olfactory trips there every time I wash my hands. Working at home means using my home hand soap ALL the time, so I find I get bored and switch it up fairly often and my latest score is so divine, I've been SMELLING MY HANDS Mary Catherine Gallagher style every time afterwards. Read on....

It's Malie Organics Liquid Hand Soap in Plumeria, $30 at This tropical floral manages to capture the essence of sunshine in a manner that transports me straight to the sands of Hawaii. And the adorably decorated bottle boasts bright pink flowers in a hue you just don't see in nature on the mainland. It is truly a scent SUPERSTAR.

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