Just for fun, I thought I'd participate in this "Beauty Secrets" thing hosted by a young mother named Kelly. Part of simplicity, for me, is finding something that works and crossing that decision off my list. I do have some particular issues, and I have found some things that work for me. While I'd love to talk lipstick shades and fragrance preferences, tastes vary and I think it would be most helpful to highlight the real problem-solvers.
Skin Care: For my blemish-prone skin, I use Clinique Acne Solutions soap, clarifier, and moisturizer. I also use the emergency gel-lotion.
Sunscreen: The very best facial sunscreen I have ever tried is Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream. It is a tinted moisturizer with UVA and UVB protection. It is sheer and looks like velvety skin. It has never caused a breakout, and I never need a foundation. I love using this every single day.
Hair Care: I have naturally spiral curly hair that can be a true headache. I apply Ouidad Climate Control Gel every day. It has the best slip of any gel I have tried, and truly protects natural curls from frizz while never weighing it down.
Slimming: Weight Watchers online. I had always thought WW was for the very overweight, but I have found the online option to be perfect for those of us who are constantly battling those last five pounds.
Smoothing: This. It hurts, but, with practice, it works, inexpensively and in absolute privacy. That's all I'm going to say.