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We don’t know about you, but we’re simply thrilled that summer is finally here! Warm weather and bright sunny days always make us feel so happy, and much more willing to be a bit more adventurous with our eye makeup for some reason. And what better way to have fun with eye makeup than with these 6 amazing makeup palettes?

Summer-Makeup-Palettes-Image-1.jpgSonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette
12 gorgeous colors, ranging from shimmery nudes to deep greens and purples, all with step-by-step instructions that help you figure out exactly how to apply them. Genius.
$19.99 at

The Body Shop Lily Cole Shimmer Cubes
Each of the four cubes in this set leave your lids awash with shimmering, buildable color.
$22 at

Dior 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette in Green Design
Three gorgeous greens, shimmery gold and silver, all presented in a luxe velvet case. And, oh, it’s DIOR. Is there anything better?
$59 at

Summer-Makeup-Palettes-Image-2.jpgRimmel Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow in Purple Reign
What a fun take on the Union Jack pattern, and just in time for the Olympic Games in London! Not to mention four different shades of purple and beige that can be worn as shadow or liner.
$5.69 at

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shades of Nature Eye Shadow Palette
With 35 different silky eyeshadows, this palette is definitely not for the faint of heart. But it is for the adventurous eyeshadow lover who’s always looking for new colors to try and new color combinations to create!
$55 at

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are always so packed with color and shimmer, and this palette is no different. You wouldn’t think so many different takes on nude (12, to be exact) could be so fun and exciting!
$50 at
Benefit-Snow-White-And-The-Huntsman-Rare-Beauty-Kit.jpgWhile I’m not necessarily sold on the new Snow White & The Huntsman movie (no amount of staring at Chris Hemsworth makes me want to watch Kristen Stewart), I’m definitely in love with one beauty item that was inspired by the movie. Namely, the Benefit Snow White & The Huntsman Rare Beauty Kit.

Benefit always comes up with creative, totally ingenious, super cute ideas, and this set is no different. Each of the four products within the pretty metallic silver and purple makeup case is designed to make you look into your magic mirror to reveal your inner Snow White (read: skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, hair as black as night). You’ll find the following within the case:

BADGal Lash Mascara
The POREfessional
High Beam

In other words? Four of Benefit’s bestsellers that are guaranteed to bring out your inner Snow White … and maybe even land a Huntsman of your own! I’m personally loving the miniature Benetint, which not only comes in the cutest mini size, but leaves the most gorgeous flush upon lips and cheeks.

Benefit Snow White & The Huntsman Rare Beauty Kit retails for $45 at
Got some last minute gifts to take care of? We love Sephora Favorites samplers. Our two picks in particular are the LashStash and Glitz & Glam. With New Year’s Eve less than two weeks away, we’re already planning our ultra-glam look. There is really no other day of the year where you can go all out with glitz (sparkle shoes, anyone?) than on the last day on the calendar. If you have a makeup addict on your list, check these out. $40 and under, both kits (as well as most of the others available) come with a little bit of everything. LashStash is equipped with 10 of Sephora’s top selling mascaras and a handy eyelash curler. Some of our personal favorites such as Benefit BadGal Lash (great for volume!) and Blinc Kiss Me (wonderful separation, and no smudging, we promise) are packaged up for sampling. 

To get (or give) a gorgeous glow, the Glitz & Glam kit comes with everything you could need to be photo and spotlight ready for the holidays, or the whole year (though these little jars won’t last that long.) Overall, both are great values, and any beauty junkie would squeal at the variety to play with. $39 (Glitz & Glam) and $40 (LashStash);

Packed with deep, shimmering blues and icy greys and pinks for eyes and fresh rose shades for lips and cheeks, this limited edition Denim & Rose face palette is the beauty equivalent of dressed-up denim. Whether you’re in the mood for flushed cheeks or a sparkling, smoky eye, you’ll have plenty of options for day or night. The dark denim packaging is almost as pretty as the makeup within.

While everyone was oohing and ahhing over Sandra’s super-shiny hair at the Oscars, we were busy obsessing over J Lo’s  perfect eyebrows! Yes, there are many salons that can shape similar brows, but remember the recession?! Not everyone can afford a trip to the brow Dr every month. The best advice is to lighten your brows a shade with dye, but it isn’t safe to recommend any at home kits, because the trick is to know how light to go. Worst case scenario you end up with no eyebrows, or disproportionate eyebrows…it can get scary. Second to dye, brow shaping kits are a must-have and the best way to perfect your arch. 

And the nominees for best eyebrow shaping kits are:

1. Tweezerman Mini Brow Kit, Sephora $25 2. Cle de Peau Beaute Eyebrow and Eyeliner Compact, Neiman Marcus $70 3. Too Faced Brow Envy Shaping and Defining Kit, Sephora $35 4. Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, Benefit Cosmetics $30 5. Anastasia All About Brows Kit, Sephora $75 6. Sephora Collection Arch it Brow Kit, Sephora $35

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