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November 2009 Archives

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means it’s time to get serious about your gift purchases. Most of us have many people to buy for, while others of us have chosen to keep ourselves on a tight budget. In either case, we’ve found a few beauty-ful gift ideas that are both fabulous and seriously wallet-friendly.



sephora_ultimate_blockbuster_palette.jpgSephora Ultimate Blockbuster Palette

Complete with 84 eyeshadows that have been reformulated with enhanced pigments, 3 blushes, 60 lipglosses, 2 lip liners, 3 eyeliners, 6 cream eyeliners, 6 matte eyeshadows, 6 sparkling eyeshadows and all the brushes and applicators you’ll need to create over 60,000 looks, the recipient of this gift should have every reason to love you just a little bit more this year. $48,



Laura_Mercier_Almond_Coconut_Milk_Duo.jpgLaura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Duo

Encourage your friend or family member to take a little more time out for himself or herself with this luxurious, skin-loving bath duo. Honey Bath, a foaming, moisturizing bath, contains natural ingredients that will leave skin feeling clean and soft. Soufflé Body Crème provides luxurious all-day moisture without a greasy feel. Limited Edition. $40,


deliriumandco-blue-sweet-tobacco.jpgDelirium & Company Sweet Tobacco Candle

Don’t let the word “tobacco” put you off considering gifting someone this candle. From first whiff, we were hooked on this soy wax candle’s sophisticated mix of sandalwood, Virginian cedar, musk and tonka bean. It’s a bit masculine and a bit feminine, so feel free to give it to any candle lover in your life. $38,



BE_sweet_obsessions.jpgBare Minerals Sweet Obsessions

We love shadows and sweets, so these sugar-high-inducing eyecolors are not only something we think would make a fabulous gift, but are also on our personal beauty wish lists. Kit contains 9 calorie-free colors. $38,




Zoya Color Lock System

Zoya’s best-selling kit will not only give your recipient the ability to give herself the best and longest-lasting manicure she’s ever had, but it will save her money over time. Who wouldn’t love that? $48,



An effortless-looking hairstyle is always sexy when worn with a more put-together look. Jessica Biel proved this when she complimented her crisp strapless dress, long cardigan and flats with a loose, texurized ponytail for the premiere of the new family film, Planet 51. We’re loving the free-spirited feeling of this hairstyle, created by Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel.




To add texture to her hair before securing it in a ponytail, Adir sprayed it with Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray ($23, As an extra boost, he followed this with a little teasing at the crown and made sure to leave some loose pieces around Jessica’s face.

This Thanksgiving we’re thankful for our families, our friends, warm sweaters and hot cocoa on chilly nights. We’re thankful for you, our readers, and the opportunity to cover the best in style and beauty as a job. Of course, we can’t help but be thankful for the products we use everyday. After all, they keep our makeup in place, give our skin the hydration it needs and accentuate our most positive features. These are the products we’re most thankful for this year (and every day of the year).


twilight_makeup.jpgSharp fangs may be what vampires are best known for, but thanks to Twilight, it’s their stunning appearance that always seems to captivate the attention of the saga’s millions of fans; skin that glistens and blood-red lips are complemented by magnetic eyes and a barely-there flush, creating a look that is both innocent and yet dangerous.

To celebrate the premiere of the latest Twilight insallment, New Moon, Nordstrom is exclusively launching the Luna Twilight Cosmetics Collection in their stores. So, whether you side with “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob”, we think these products have what it takes to seduce any Twilight fan.




Luna Twilight Mortal Glow Blushing Cream is an infused blend of mousse and cream that glides on effortlessly for a satin finish. Available in 2 shades. $20,





Luna Twilight First Light Body Glow can be used on collarbones, arms and legs with a light-weight, hydrating formula that leaves skin dazzling. $34,





Luna Twilight DuWup Lip Venom is a lip conditioner with real bite. Use for an intensely crimson-stained pout. $16,





Luna Twilight Moonshadows Eyeshadow contains a duo of a shimmery powder shadow and a creamy formula that can be used together or separately to create an alluring smoky eye effect. Available in 4 duos. $20,


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gabrielle-union.jpgGabrielle Union’s full, glossy hairstyle is easy to acheive and, to the excitement of our wallets, also affordable— thanks to products by Tresemme. We always find it so refreshing knowing that our favorite stars use the same products we ourselves love.

We got the scoop from Tresemme stylist Tyler Laswell on how he created this full-bodied look for the star:



To begin, prep hair with TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray ($4.75, all over.




Next, separate hair into four sections; sides, back of head and top of head. Then, wrap 1” sections around a curling iron, holding the ends. Alternate between a 1” curling iron and a 1 1/2” iron. This adds more demention and volume to the hair.




Once entire head curled, use a blow dryer and just your fingertips to stretch and soften the curls into waves. Finish the look with one of our favorite glossing products, TRESemmé No-Frizz Shine Spray ($4.75, to create a natural sheen.

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