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September 2008 Archives

Fall is the perfect season to discover a new fragrance. It could be one that has been on the market for years or one that has only been around for days. Either way, the scent you choose is a personal choice. 

No matter your preference, floral, oriental or fresh, let your fragrance be an extension of who you are. Consider these selections and you may find something wonderful to add to your fragrance wardrobe.




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Juicy Couture is a fun, flirty fragrance created for the girl who loves to have fun with fashion, beauty and all things in her life. With notes like watermelon, mandarin, pink passion fruit and marigold, this fruity floral is ideal for wear during the day. $64.99,




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John Varvatos is a warmer floral, beautifully blended with notes like coriander flower, apricot, plum and golden mandarin. This sophisticated scent is perfect for anyone who loves florals that might be looking for a more grown-up fragrance. from $70,




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Christina Aguilera Inspire is a new frangrance boasting notes of mango, citrus and freesia, with accentuated tuberose. This scent is for any woman who loves to be flirty, feminine and daring. from $49,






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Giorgio Armani Mania takes feminine notes of lily of the valley and peony and combines it with pink spice, cedar and musk to create a fragrance that conveys a sense of sophistication, simplicity and elegance. from $55,



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Dior Addict combines mandarin leaf, orange blossom, night queen flower, vanilla and sandalwood to indulge it’s wearer in a soft yet passionate scent that is perfect for a night out. from $68,



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Nanette Lepore Shanghai Butterfly is inspired by Thailand, Russia and China. Opening with crisp, exhilarating accords of lush lemon slice and mandarin, the florals and exotic notes of green cedar, Siberian musk, and sandalwood mingle together for a lush, sophisticated fragrance. $42,  



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DKNY Be Delicious is a fresh citrus scent with notes like American apple, cucumber and grapefruit. This fragrance combines the scent of apple with a blend of exotic flowers and sensual woods for a sophisticated smell as individual as it’s wearer. from $38,


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CLEAN Lather combines notes like lemon, orange and green ivy to capture the essence of soft soap lather and fresh-faced, girlish femininity. A delicate scent that blends soapy freshness with purity into a naturally inviting fragrance. from $34,




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L L.A.M.B. is described as a luscious floral scent that bursts with sparkling freshness, then wraps you in the warmth of sensual musks. While also being described as being a fusion of masculine and feminine, this fragrance leans more toward the latter with notes like white freesia, fresh pear and violet leaves. from $25,  




Vanessa Scali, who created the look for America Ferrera, decided on a timeless, sophisticated look inspired by the 50’s: an Audrey Hepburn eye, a Vargas mouth and a sheer, radiant face to keep the look modern. All of these elements really helped to enhance the Ugly Betty star’s natural beauty. 

Vanessa shared with us her step-by-step routine that helped give America her beautiful look:


nars balanced foundation fiji.jpg“I like the skin to look flawless but real so I always use foundations and concealers sparingly. That said, I prefer spot coverage for foundation. On America, I used NARS Balanced Foundation ($41) in Fiji and Barcelona (I mixed two colors for the prefect match). I use a brush to apply it to the areas that need it and then I blend it in with my fingers. Using your fingers heats the product just a bit and leaves a seamless finish.

nars concealer.jpg Then I applied NARS Concealer ($21) under the eyes where necessary.”





nars bronzing powder casino.jpg“I used NARS Bronzing Powder ($29) in Casino to contour her cheekbones and accentuate her bone structure.”






nars multiple portofino.jpg“For extra staying power I used a combination of NARS cream and powder blush. This will make your blush last longer and require fewer touchups. First, I applied NARS The Multiple Stick ($37) in Portofino to the apples of the cheeks. Cream formulas are my favorite. They are the easiest to blend and leave the most natural finish.

nars blush orgasm.jpgThen after I used a touch of NARS translucent powder and then I applied NARS Blush ($25) in Orgasm. The combination gave her face a touch of color and a subtle shimmer that left her looking radiant - not made up.”





nars all about eve duo.jpg“The eye is sophisticated yet innocent. First I used the NARS Multiple Stick in Copacabana all over the eye lid. Followed by the right hand color in the All About Eve Eyeshadow duo ($32) all over the eye and under the bottom lashes. This layering help gives staying power.

nars mascara.jpgNext, I lined inside the NARS Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in Iceberg (white) to make them look bigger and I lined her eyes (upper lid only) with the NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Moon Black. Because mascara and lashes were very important to define the eye, I curled them and gave them several coats of NARS mascara ($23) in Black Orchid.”




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“I used NARS Brow Pencil ($19) in Ipanema brow pencil to fill in as needed.”





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“The lips are bold and semi-matte. I used NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick ($24) in Scarlet Empress.”



Makeup artist Tina Turnbow was inspired by Mary-Louse Parker’s dress, shoes and personal style when she created  this fresh, luminous and femnine look for the actress.

We asked Tina to share with us what products she used and why, and this is what she told us:

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I used an oil-free moisturizer, eye gel and the NARS Sabrina Lip Balm ($23) to prep the skin for the makeup.



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I started with NARS Balanced Foundation ($41) in Mont Blanc, then applied NARS Concealer ($21) and followed it with NARS Pressed Powder ($29) in Snow. I also applied some of the NARS Foundation Powder ($45) in Mont Blanc to the chest area. We wanted her skin to have a luminous glow. She’s so fair and her skin has a very delicate, ivory quality about it that is so pretty.

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I have given her a beautiful hot pink lip using NARS Lipliner Pencil ($20) in Funny Face. After I lined and filled in the lips, I blotted and added a hint of powder to set the lipliner. You can use your finger or a Q-tip to achieve this look. Blotting the lips after applying the lipliner created a gorgeous softness to the lips. I wanted most of the color in the center of the lips.

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For her cheeks, I used NARS Blush ($25) in Desire and applied it the apple of the cheek. I then used the NARS Blush Brush ($46) to soften the edges of the blush.




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For her eyes I used NARS single shadow ($22) in Tibet and for the crease I used the Duo Eyeshadow ($32) in Violetta.

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I also used the Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in London on the upper lash and smudged it out to create a soft cat eye. I finished the look using NARS Mascara ($23) in Black Orchid WTPR.



This season, lips can go bold and beautiful, or nearly nude. Depending on the eye look you want to create, smoky or subtle, consider these products when it’s time to perfect your pout.


Nude lips, or lips that look as close to your natural color as possible, are always flattering when it comes to lipstick or gloss. Pair these shades with your dramtic eye or natural face.



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L’Oreal Bare Natural in Soft Mauve is not too pink or too brown. This sheer and flattering color gives lips moisture and looks great on most skin tones. $9.95



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Tarte Double-Ended Lipgloss in Fred and Ginger is a shimmery nude and shimmery champagne color that can be worn separately or together for a glossy, pretty lip. $19



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Maybelline Mineral Power Lipcolor in Pink Pearl contains mineral-based pigments that give full impact color! This color works great on fair and darker skintones, making it a fabulous pick. $5.99



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LORAC Sheer Lipstick in Nude gives lips the perfect hint of pink-beige that will compliment every smoky eye wonderfully. The bonus? This lipcolor will nurture your lips with moisture—perfect for dry, cold weather. $18.50  







Now it’s time to give your lips a BOLD edge! Dark lips (even black!) are so in this season. No matter what color you choose, brick red to deep burgundy, make sure your eye makeup is minimal. Skip eyeliner and only use mascara on both upper and lower lashes to make your eyes pop. Be sure to always line your lips as well! Red lipcolors tend to bleed outside tha natural lip line, so choose a liner that is as close you the lipstick shade as possible or choose a neutral tone. Tip: If you’re unsure of wearing dark, rich tones on your lips, look for the word “sheer” when choosing a formula.



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CoverGirl Outlast Smoothwear Lip Liner in Nude goes on smoothly and works fabulously to use before you apply your color because it won’t add any extra color. $7




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DuWop Reverse Lip Liner can be applied outside the lip line to really ensure you “fence in ” your lipcolor. When applied to lips, it fills in lines and helps hold color on longer. $19   



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Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Red Red Red is formulated to keep that “just applied” look for hours. Great for fair skintones because it won’t wash you out like some reds. Won’t feather creep, stain or dry out. $14


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Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Vintage Vamp is the perfect deep plum. Wear this lip color with a sheer pink cheek color for an ultra glam look! $3.25






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Tropez Moisturizing Lipstick in Buttered Rum is the perfect dark cranberry color for any occasion. This formula glides on soft and is long-lasting. Give your lips a hint of color or layer it on for a truly bold lip. $0.99

Mary-Kate Olsen really has her messy-on-purpose hairstyles down. We can’t help but admire her bohemian-chic, I-didn’t-take-any-time-to-do-my-hair-today styles. If this is a look you’ve been wanting to try, consider these tips before you attempt them.


Try a messy style a day after washing. Super clean hair may require the use of more product that can lead to product overload, thus creating a weighed down or greasy look.


Leave your brush alone. Styles like these require the use of fingers only…remember, the style should look like you spent five minutes on it, not five hours.



For super straight hair: Try braiding your hair loosely the night before with slightly damp hair and a light holding styling product to add loose waves to your hair. Try using a product like Frederic Fekkai Wave Spray, $20






For natural wavy or curly hair: Define existing waves and curls using product on damp hair. Try Terax Styling Gel, $12




Practice creating the messy look. Like all hairstyles, they too require a bit of practice before they look “perfect” (but you know, not perfect).

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