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Burtsbeeslipbalm2.jpgWhile cruising the beauty section of Target the other day, I stumbled upon Burt’s Bees new line of tinted lip balms. With colors like pink blossom, honeysuckle, hibiscus and red dahlia, I had a hard time picking just one. The lip balms come in an eye-catching cardboard tube that turns out to be a total waste of paper, but the product itself is really quite perfect. Unlike their lip shimmers, they don’t have that too-powerful minty smell and they give your lips just the right amount of color. The only negative is that they taste bitter when you smack your lips.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, $6.99 at
Red-Flower-Japanese-Peony-Cleansing-Body-Wash.jpgWhile many floral-scented body washes and perfumes are way too strong, once in awhile we come across one that’s simply perfect. Such is the case with Red Flower Japanese Peony Cleansing Body Wash.

For starters, the bottle the body wash comes in is beautiful. It features a sweeping floral pattern that just evokes the feeling of being in a Japanese garden.

But it’s the body wash itself that we’ve fallen head over heels for. A blend of peony blossoms, honey, Bulgarian rose, lily of the valley and lemon blossom create a heady, completely unique scent that just permeates our shower and our body without feeling cloying or over the top.

And our skin after using this body wash? So soft and smooth, it’s not to be believed. Wild-crafted botanicals, silk extract, green tea and honey work to moisturize and condition the skin while making it highly absorbent and supple. And yes, this lasts for hours on end!

Every Red Flower product is animal friendly, certified organic and environmentally kind. The bottles are bio-degradable, and the products are free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and synthetic preservatives. Kind of makes you wonder why you haven’t been using Red Flower all along, doesn’t it?

Red Flower Japanese Peony Cleansing Body Wash retails for $20 at
Makeup-For-Everyone-Image.jpgWe know, we know … so many products that supposedly work for every skin tone or every woman just, well, don’t. But we promise there are a few out there that really do look amazing on everyone! Check out our picks.

Stila Lip Glaze in Starfruit
This coral lipgloss is a total dream. It seriously looks amazing on every skin tone, from super pale to super dark. Totally fabulous.
$22 at

Benefit Posietint
While we haven’t found many blushes that really work for everyone, this one really and truly does. The pale pink hue perks up your cheeks with just three small dabs of the brush across the apples and cheekbones—and leaves such a pretty flush in its wake.
$28 at

M.A.C Russian Red Lipstick
Though many makeup artists have told us that every woman can—and should!—wear red lipstick, we never believed them. Until we came across this gorgeous intense blue red, that is. Pale, olive, creamy, dark … everyone looks amazing in this hue.
$14.50 at

NARS Night Rider Single Eyeshadow
Soft plum with silver glitter? YES! It’s so much prettier than grey, and it picks up on every eye color and makes them stand out.
$23 at
justinbiebersomeday_smh.jpgIn another semi-shameless way to take his fans’ allowance money (see his OPI nail polish line) Justin Bieber has created a fragrance called Someday — as in, ‘If you buy and wear this perfume, someday maybe Justin will be with you… but probably not.’

I’m only kidding; if anyone is a self-admitted Belieber, it’s me. All the proceeds from Someday are actually being donated to charity (although the website does caveat it with “Donations to charity are after taxes, expenses and company requirements), so back off the Biebs, maybe.

And this move isn’t totally unexpected. Justin already dabbled in the fragrance world with his scented dog tags. Remember those? What, you’re not fourteen, so no? Fair enough.

Justin’s signature scent, not his own obviously, is said to be more than a fragrance: “It’s energy with a state-of-mind that inspires. It is a personal gift straight from his heart, giving fans a chance to get one step closer to Justin. It’s a fragrance he can’t get enough of and can’t stay away from, making those who wear it irresistible.”

Okay, first question. Does this mean Selena Gomez wears Someday because that would mean she can’t release a perfume of her own until they break up, right?

Second, I hate to be a hater… okay, I don’t really, but I can’t help but notice the striking similarity of the perfume bottle’s plastic rose cap to Marc Jacobs’ Lola. Seriously, I can’t believe no one caught that. The cap is actually made up of hearts, not rose petals, but from the side, it looks almost identical to the Lola cap. It also should have been purple (Justin’s signature color) instead of pink to avoid comparisons to less-than-innocent imagery. Yeah, I said it.

The fragrances top notes include: mandarin, pear, wild berries, jasmine, floral and musk. 

KenzoKi-Barefeet-Fantasy.jpgNow that sandal season is upon us, it seems imperative that we prepare our tootsies for what’s to come. And that means, of course, that KenzoKi Barefeet Fantasy has made its way into our nightly body regimen.

A combination of shea butter, cupuacu butter and rice plant water work to soften, moisturize and condition skin in a flash. You’ll see — in a matter of days, your feet will be so smooth, you’ll wonder whether they’re brand new.

The moisturizer itself is rich and lush. Its whipped consistency feels like a combination of whipped cream and butter—and only a dime-sized amount is needed for each foot on a nightly basis!

KenzoKi Barefeet Fantasy retails for $30 at

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