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SPIRITED BEAUTY TOASTS THE SEASON

Posted by 12.24.12

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This holiday season, you can obviously drink beer, wine, and champagne…but who says you can’t wear them, too? With these beautiful beverage-inspired products, you can get into the festive spirit, and look your best.

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First, let’s talk holiday hair. Here’s a surprising treat: did you know that the proteins found in beer are great for making hair shiny and smooth? That’s the science behind Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo ($29.95), which promises to leave hair frizz-free. And because it also contains yeast, this organic shampoo is also great for moisturizing the scalp, and promoting hair growth. And what if your man wants to join the beer shampoo party? Hook him up with Redken for Men Clean Brew Extra Cleansing Shampoo ($12.50) (don’t worry, ladies—you can use it, too). This blend of malt, brewer’s yeast, and orange zest will leave your hair clean and your scalp healthy.

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And while you’re still in the shower, keep up the holiday drinking spirit with Philosophy Old Fashioned Eggnog shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath ($16). This scent of this nifty three-in-one product might just make you feel like you’re already sipping eggnog, warm and cozy in front of the fireplace.

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After the shower, why not moisturize with Antica Farmacista Champagne Body Moisturizer ($25)? Not only will it leave your skin feeling silky and smooth, but its champagne-inspired scent—which contains citrus and floral notes—will also intoxicate anyone you might meet under the mistletoe.

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Want another way to smell great, and keep up the festive spirit? Try Victoria’s Secret Strawberries and Champagne Fragrance Mist ($12). Trust us—you won’t be able to get enough of this sexy, fruity scent (luckily, the same scent is also available as body lotion, hand cream, and body wash!). Or, you can try Kelly & Jones Sommelier Sprays ($50). Inspired by the flavor notes of real wine, these luxurious perfumes come in delicious varieties like “Notes of Sauvignon Blanc” and “Notes of Merlot.”

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Don’t forget to leave the house without lipstick! For another wine-inspired treat, try Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick ($24). This beautiful lipstick is good for you, too; it contains resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of red wine grapes, which fights free radicals and rejuvenates the look of your lips.

It’s the holiday season—drink up!


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THE GREAT PUMPKIN BEAUTY ROUNDUP

Posted by 11.19.12

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First Halloween and then Thanksgiving, fall is definitely pumpkin season. Believe it or not, besides making great pies and jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkins also contain vitamin A, which softens skin, vitamin C, which reverses skin damage, and zinc, which promotes elasticity. Plus, who doesn’t love the warm, spicy scent of pumpkin? Try these great pumpkin-enhanced products to keep your skin beautiful and strong through the coming winter months.

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If you love the sweet, warm smells of fall and Thanksgiving, coat your body with Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Body Lotion ($9.50). This aromatic cream not only contains intoxicating scents of pumpkin, apple, and spiced vanilla, but its moisturizing properties will leave your skin feeling smooth and healthy. Can’t get enough of the scent? It’s also available as a shower gel and a body mist!

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And if you want to get serious about skin repair, try Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion ($35). Made with pumpkin extract and glycolic acid (to strengthen your skin), this cream will help reduce wrinkles, promote elasticity, and reverse sun damage.

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Want to keep your face glowing and moisturized in even the coldest, driest of weather? Try Ilike Pumpkin & Orange Mask ($44). This organic face mask uses pumpkin to help repair and rehydrate damaged and dry skin, and orange to help reduce inflammation. Also check out June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque ($78), which combines the power of pumpkin with the benefits of antioxidants to create a rejuvenating experience for your face.

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Looking for an all-natural or gluten-free way to enjoy pumpkin products? Don’t miss Mychelle Dermaceuticals Incredible Pumpkin Peel ($26.69). Containing pumpkin pulp, enzymes, and fermented juice, this award-winning formula uses the power of nature to rejuvenate and detoxify your face. Users report  glowing, clearer skin after repeated use. Plus, it smells delicious!

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And let’s not forget that besides nourishing the body and face, pumpkin can be extremely beneficial for the scalp and hair, too. That’s why you should try Philosophy Homemade Pumpkin Pie ($16), which combines shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath all in one delicious product. Scrub it into your scalp, lather it onto your body, or pour it into your bath to enjoy the scents of Thanksgiving all winter long.


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BEAUTY MADE SIMPLE: 7 ALL-IN-ONE MAKEUP SETS

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Posted by 10.23.12

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With the crazy, fast pace of the holiday season nearly here, wouldn’t it be nice to find simplicity in your makeup collection? I mean, imagine having your eye, face, and lip products all in one, simple product. The good news is, you can! Forget about the cluttered makeup bag, and say hello to these great, all-in-one sets.

Keep the warm colors ablaze with the Laura Mercier Glamour Wardrobe Dual Decker Palette ($98.00). This two-tiered kit features eyeshadows on the top, and lip and cheek colors on the bottom, all in cool, wintry shades like Chambord, Heather Plum, Midnight Navy, Buttercream, and Cherrywood. As an added bonus, the Glamour Wardrobe palette also comes with three different brushes and a full-size mirror.

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For a fresh, everyday look, try the Jouer Bare Beauty Collection ($58). This neutral-toned kit comes with: a translucent mattifier; beige, taupe, and chocolate brown eyeshadow; a pale pink tint blush; and a creamy nude lip gloss. With all those warm, neutral tones, you’ll be able to let your natural beauty shine at this year’s holiday parties.

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But what if you want the warm…and the cool? Check out Bare Escentuals’ bareMinerals Spark A Trend: White Hot Palette ($54). Go warm and sultry with tan bronzer and Gleaming Gold eyeshadow, or go icy and fierce with shadows in Glacial Blue or Iced Lilac. Either way, with the White Hot Palette’s beautiful array of lip-gloss, bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow, you’ll be looking totally fabulous.

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If you’re looking for a palette with some holiday shimmer, try out the Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip & Eye Palette ($75). This fun collection comes with ten eyeshadows in glimmering gold, rose, and bronze hues. It also has four ultra-shiny, ultra-rich lip glosses—you’ll be glowing through the darkest of winter evenings!

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Or, turn yourself into a sweet holiday treat with the Too Faced Sweet Indulgence Palette ($52). This loaded kit contains 16 different eyeshadows in candy-licious colors like Gum Drop, Cherry Cola, Peach Fuzz, and Malted Milk Ball. Their varying textures—from matte to shimmer and glimmer—will let you mix up your sweet new look. But that’s not all the Sweet Indulgence Palette is serving up; there are also two blushes, two bronzers, a highlighter, and eye shadow primer.

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The holidays may be all about tradition, but you can rock an edgy look this year with NARS Debbie Harry Eye and Cheek Palette ($65). The four eyeshadows come in funky, glittery shades like Twinkling Purple and Sparkling Turquoise, and the two blushes come in Shimming Pink Champagne and Brilliant Cream. You’ll surely spice things up with these shimmery shades.

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Finally, embrace the wintry weather with Stila Snow Angel Color Palette ($39). This gorgeous, snowflake-shaped palette contains 18 eyeshadows in deep, warm, neutral shades, plus 12 rosy cheek colors. As Stila says, you can “create as many holiday looks as there are snowflakes in the sky.”


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