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Nails & Makeup Fit For Spring

Complete your Spring style with these nail and makeup trends we spotted on Cosmopolitan and Glamour:




-       Blush Pinks: A blush shade of pink is not too dark or light, making it perfect for the spring season – plus it looks great with all skin tones.

-       Baby Blues: Light blue shades give off a relaxed, resort vibe that anyone will be eager to wear after a long winter. The cool blue also helps minimize the appearance of redness on your skin that is more likely to occur in the warmer weather.

-       Coral-Peach Combos: This orange-tinted shade is nice because it works with most skin tones and is a subtle way to work orange into your wardrobe.

-       Bold Berries: For a dark shade that is still spring appropriate, go with a subtle berry polish like the Chanel Nail Vernis in Coup De Coeur. The color is the perfect dark shade for spring because it still has brightness to it.


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-       Soft Berry Lips: A light berry shade like the Michael Kors Lip lacquer in Dame provides a soft and neutral look – try it with minimal makeup for a natural, spring-appropriate appearance.

-       Blue Eyeshadow: Rich, solid blue from the lash to the crease creates a stunning appearance. To create the look, apply a shimmering cream eye color like the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Ice onto the lids, creating a crescent shape just above the creases and finish it off with a layer of vibrant blue.

-       Cat-Eyes: Chic cat-eyes are especially big for spring, so bust out the black liquid liner. To ensure a clean line, apply a thin cotton swab dipped in eye-makeup remover.

-       Ethereal White Eye-Shadow and Liner: A wash of iridescent whites and pinks gives your lids a dewy freshness ideal for spring. Complete the look with white eyeliner and rim the inner corner of your eyes with white eye shadow.

Derek Lam’s Collection for Estee Lauder Has Finally Arrived!

  • posted April 12th, 2014
  • Beauty

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The wait is over, beauty addicts! Derek Lam’s much-anticipated collaboration line with Estee Lauder has finally arrived, and you can have it all for $85. The collection actually isn’t a range, but rather consists of just one stylish set – a chic minaudiere clutch filled with midnight-inspired makeup hues like Kajal Crayon in Near Night, eyeshadow in Smoked Gold, and a universally flattering lip color in Smoked Blush. Derek Lam worked directly with Estee Lauder creative director Tom Pecheux to come up with a set of makeup must-haves inspired by the textures and tones of Lam’s Spring 2014 collection. Designed to be versatile enough to suit both the subtle and the statement-making beauty maven – and to create looks for both day or night – the collection consists of more wearable hues that can be used to create a stronger, sexier look when desired. It would have been a great addition to my Christmas wishlist, but hey – now I have something to spend one of my many gift cards on!

Top Products for Your Hair

Whether your hair is curly, straight, long or short, the below products we spotted on Real Simple can help you tame it.



John Frieda Salon Shape Air Brush: This handy tool is nice because it combines a bunch of styling tools in one. Air flows through vents in the brush so you can dry and style your hair with one hand. The tool even works as a hot-curler when used on dry hair.

Twistband Headbands: These fashion-forward headbands are convenient because they go with everything, suit any hairstyle and length and provide maximum comfort with their elasticity. Available in a variety of colors and prints, there is one for every style.

Cricket Ultra Smooth Comb Collection: For those that suffer from difficult knots, the Cricket Comb is for you. The teeth of the comb are infused with argan and olive oils that make detangling easy while smoothing hair without tearing.

T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers: If you struggle with using curling irons, consider getting these voluminous hot rollers instead for gorgeous curls. They warm up in 3 minutes and retain heat for up to 20, allowing you to go about your business while your style sets – nonslip clips ensure they stay in place.

Jonathan Product Green Rootine Dry Shampoo: If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to wash your hair, get rid of grease with Jonathan Product Dry Shampoo. The portable brush-on applicator is packed with oil-absorbing powder for quick and easy freshening on the go.

Sray KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry: Avoid long, 45-minute blow-dries with this speedy blow-dry spray. Simply apply it to towel-dried hair and it cuts your drying time in half. The formula includes water-repelling silicone and also softens strands.

Would You Splurge on Essie’s At-Home Gel Manicure System?

  • posted April 5th, 2014
  • Beauty

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Although it doesn’t leave my nails in the best condition, I love me a gel mani! I quickly got hooked on gel manicures after finally taking the plunge and popping my Shellac ”cherry” last summer, after too many years of wasted money on insufficient, chip-prone “regular” manicures. And then last fall, like it was meant to be, one of my favorite nail polish brands Essie released their own professional LED gel system. Essie’s system boasts a gentler, care-conscious take on the traditional in-salon gel manicure that won’t leave nails in crappy condition when it’s time to take them off, and also comes equipped with a line of 36 gel shades to keep your nail game on-point! Of course, a salon-worthy tool like this doesn’t come cheap; the lamp itself will cost you a pretty penny ($199 to be exact), but think of all the money you’ll save on salon manis in the future!

Have you tried Essie’s at-home LED gel system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Bold Brows Made Easy Thanks to Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

  • posted March 29th, 2014
  • Beauty


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As someone who has been cursed with sadly sparse yet fiercely coarse brows, I’ve more or less made it my mission to defy my God-given features and somehow achieve awesome arches, even if that means faking it. I don’t have too many outlandish or unrealistic requests; I like my brows clean and precise without looking Sharpie’d on, and I like hairs to look groomed without appearing cemented into place. So far, I’ve tried a bevy of brow-shading and arch-taming projects — from pencils and gels to eyeshadows and even brow markers — but until recently, I had yet to find a “holy grail” of brow products that would shade, shape, and keep hairs in place throughout the day. Figures Anastasia Beverly Hills would come to the rescue! The brow mecca’s latest product ventures into a product variety I had not yet seen before: brow pomade! Dipbrow Pomade is highly-concentrated and buildable, so you can shape, define, and “carve” brows with the utmost precision, and also expertly blend color to create a more natural appearance. As for wayward strands, the waxy formula also keeps hairs in place, but won’t smudge or smear, even on oily skin.

Have you tried Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade yet? What are YOUR favorite brow products? Let us know in the comments below!

CLEAN Rollerball Collection Celebrates the Simple Scents in Life

  • posted March 22nd, 2014
  • Beauty


Maybe it’s my relatively weak sense of smell, or maybe it’s just that my overzealous obsession with makeup leaves little room for perfume-buying… either way, I’ve never been much of a fragrance girl. Sure, I like to smell nice (who doesn’t?), but I’ve never really considered the act of choosing a fragrance to be a can’t-miss step in completing my overall beauty look or “identity.” So, for all the girls who want to just-plain-smell-nice without the fuss, CLEAN has created a 5-piece rollerball set dedicated to the simplest, freshest, purest fragrance pleasures in life. The result? Light, wearable scents in fragrances like Fresh Laundry, Rain, and Warm Cotton. I know, I know, they sound a little too literal and not, well, pretty… but mixed with your own natural scent and skin chemistry, they’re addictively fresh and even a little floral. Keep them on-hand to freshen up mid-day at the office, after the gym, or just as a light, clean, everyday scent that’s never overpowering.

BB Cream For Your Body? Jergens Delivers!

  • posted March 15th, 2014
  • Beauty


Just when you thought you’d seen it all, the ever-popular alphabet beauty trend shows no signs of stopping! Nearly all of our favorite makeup and skincare brands have jumped on the BB bandwagon, but few have expanded into developing BB creams that aren’t just for your face! That is, until Jergens’ latest moisturizer! After all, with spring around the corner and miniskirt weather not too far away on the horizon, skin-perfecting from head-to-toe is essential for prepping for the stylish, sunny days ahead! Available in two different shades (light-medium skin tones, and medium-deep skin tones), Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream boasts 5 skin-boosting perks: it hydrates, illuminates skin with a subtle sheen, evens redness and discoloration, firms, and corrects tone while blurring the appearance of imperfections. It goes on sheer and dries quickly, improving skin with each use while also creating the immediate appearance of a more perfect complexion. And at only $12 a bottle, you’ll be ready for shorts season in no time!

Pucker Up & Stock Up on Tarte’s New Power Pigments

  • posted March 14th, 2014
  • Beauty

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Why is it that lipstick in crayon or pencil form is so much more fun than your traditional tube? Maybe it’s my childhood obsession with art supplies, combined with my knack for hoarding any and all lip products, but whatever the case, Tarte’s Power Pigments are pretty darn hard to resist. Part balm, part lipstick, part lip stain, these handy tints serve triple-duty, saving you some serious room in your on-the-go makeup bag. Inspired by the brand’s newly-redesigned cheek tints, these punchy lip pencils nourish with a moisturizing combo of shea butter, vitamins, and a dash of refreshing mint, and deliver shiny, bold color for a flattering pout that lasts for hours. The twist-up applicator — no sharpener necessary — make them great for slathering on some quick color on the go or for mid-day touch-ups. With color pay-off this awesome, keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so don’t be intimidated by the $24 price tag!

Advanced Mineral Makeup: Naturally Good For Your Skin

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Every woman’s desire is to look beautiful naturally but many women feel more comfortable enhancing their beauty with makeup.  With Advanced Mineral Makeup it can be done naturally!  Made with ultra-refined all-natural minerals, this line of makeup offers a wide range of products suitable for all skin tones and types.  The line includes:

  • Loose Powder Foundation — If there’s just one product to use, this is it.  This 4-in-1 product can be used as a powder, foundation, concealer and sunscreen (SPF 30)
  • Perfecting Concealer — Need some extra help with dark eye circles? This product effectively conceals dark circles and puffiness without caking or drying.
  • Liquid Mineral Foundation — Available in 7 shades, the product stimulates cell growth and rejuvenates tired skin while providing luminous coverage.
  • Pressed Powder Compact — Similar to the loose powder, this is also a 4-in-1 product for on-the-go touch-ups.

Advanced Mineral products are available in dermatologist offices and high-end spas and have been used by makeup artists on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and NSIS.  Enhance your natural beauty naturally with Advanced Mineral Makeup.


Benefit Debuts a Sweet New Multipurpose Makeup Tint

  • posted March 8th, 2014
  • Beauty

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It looks like even San Francisco-based beauty brand Benefit is jumping on Pantone’s Radiant Orchid bandwagon! Streamlining your mid-day touch-up makeup arsenal just got a whole lot easier, thanks to Benefit’s latest multipurpose product, Lollitint! The new lavender-hued shade joins the ranks of the brand’s other much-loved cheek and lip tints, Benetint, Posietint, and Cha Cha Tint, to smudge-proof color for lips and cheeks. Much like its multi-tasking stains, Lollitint adds a lightweight, blendable flush that’s buildable without caking or sweating off. Though closest in hue to the petal pink Posietint, this new “candy orchid” take on the fan-favorite product packs a bigger punch with a more opaque pigment. For those of you beauty mavens who are having cold feet about going full-out with this year’s Radiant Orchid trend, Lollitint is a flattering, more versatile way to ease into it! Plus, for $30, a little bottle goes a surprisingly long way!