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Last night, A-listers gathered at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles for the 2011 People’s Choice Awards. From the looks of many starlets we love (and love to hate), spring is just around the corner. Above all, chanteuses Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, along with reality buxom beauty Kim Kardashian, were shining bright (or in Kim’s case, brilliantly understated) with bold lip choices. 

In her usual fashion, Taylor Swift was rocking her signature garnet pout. Our favorite look, however, goes to Mrs. Russell Brand. Though her bright fuchsia pink lips are not an easy look to pull off, she did it beautifully. Whether it’s the combination of her skin tone and hair color, or her perfectly balanced full, but not overdone, eyes, she looks like a dream. 

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Though Kim opted for a complete lack of color, her perfectly nude mouth still made a loud statement. Soft pink cheeks and insane lashes balanced her skin-toned pucker, leaving her looking sleek, polished, and girly.

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As always, Taylor didn’t disappoint with her gorgeous winged black eyeliner and meticulously lined and applied scarlet lipstick. (Check out more red-lipped beauties, and get tips for how to get the perfect red lip here.)

Who was your favorite beauty at the People’s Choice Awards? Chime in!


Mario-Badescu-Cucumber-Cleansing-Lotion.jpgChalk this up to genius inventions we wish we had come up with. We’ve slathered creams and gels all over our faces, we’ve sprinkled, sprayed and otherwise spritzed. Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion is one of the most brilliant products we’ve come across in all our years of playing with beauty products.

This genius bottle contains a remarkably bright green formula that, when applied to a cotton pad and swiped across the face, turns CLEAR. The watery consistency is cooling, refreshing and unbelievably moisturizing.

You’ve heard the phrase “cool as a cucumber?” Badescu’s cleansing astringent most certainly delivers on that theory. It disinfects the skin while removing residue, oil and bacteria from the surface, therefore preventing future breakouts. And did we mention how cooling it is? (We just can’t get over it!)

Simply pour some onto a cotton pad, wipe in circular motions across your face, and watch as the magic happens. You’ll be amazed at the veritable difference in your skin within just a few uses.

Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion retails for $15-$45 at mariobadescu.com and nordstrom.com.
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We love mineral makeup, and above all, we love bareMinerals mineral makeup. Since their prime, their starter kits have been all over Ulta and Sephora. They are great, because they give you everything you need to, well, start. 

That kit hovered around the $60 mark, which was always a little steep (but well worth it). Well, just recently, bareMinerals reached out to the skeptical first-time shopper and released the Try. Believe. Love. kit for an incredible $20!

Though all the products are smaller, and it doesn’t come with their amazing kabuki brush (that’s what creates that airbrushed look), it does come with the following: Original and Matte SPF 15 foundation, Mineral Veil finishing powder, SPF 20 concealer, mini full flawless face brush and mini concealer brush. The $60 kit comes with two shades of foundation, the extra brush, and what they call “warmth” which is a transparent, bronzer-like powder. 

Overall, we think the Try. Believe. Love. kit is a fantastic pre-starter for the beauty maven who is interested in diving into mineral makeup, but wants to dip her toes in first. $20, sephora.com

2011 is here! And with that comes a slew of resolutions that we are certain we’ll do the best to keep … and then we’ll fail miserably. But this year, we’re trying something a little different and giving ourselves beauty resolutions instead of unattainable goals (like learning to cook like Julia Child, for instance). We’ve listed our resolutions below — and we’d love to hear what yours are, too!

Supergoop-SPF-30-Everyday-UV-Moisturizing-Sun-Protection-Lotion-For-Faces-&-Hands.jpgWear Sunscreen Daily
Every dermatologist and aesthetician tells us this is a must … and, still, we walk out of the house sunscreen-free on pretty much a daily basis. No more! We’ll be turning to our fave sunscreen, Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday UV Moisturizing Sun Protection Lotion for Faces & Hands ($22 at supergoop.com) to ensure our faces remain young, vibrant and wrinkle-free for years to come.

NARS-Single-Eyeshadow-Daphne.jpgBe Adventurous with Eyeshadow
We’ve gotten into a bit of an eyeshadow rut. A bit of taupe shadow here, a bit of bronze shadow there, a coat of mascara to top it off … we’re getting super bored with our go-to look! In 2011, we vow to take chances with our eye makeup. Purples! Pinks! Greens! Blues! The sky’s the limit, thanks to gorgeous colors from every brand under the sun (our favorites are from NARS, M.A.C, Make Up For Ever and Bobbi Brown).

Drink More Water
Yes, we know we should drink 2 liters a day … but, to be honest, sometimes water is just too boring! Give us a Diet Coke, give us a martini, even give us cranberry juice — it’s tough to drink so much of the clear stuff on a daily basis. But we resolve to do our absolute best to drink tons and tons of water each and every day — because, at the very least, we know it will make our skin that much less dehydrated!

Rescue-Beauty-Lounge-Recycle-Nail-Polish.jpgPlay with Nail Color
We resolve to only wear boring pale pink on our nails once a month … at most! There are so many fabulous colors out there from brands like Deborah Lippmann, Illamasqua, Rescue Beauty Lounge (Recycle, above, is a favorite — $18 at rescuebeauty.com) … it seems foolish not to play!

What are your beauty resolutions for 2011? Let us know in the comments!
Deborah-Lippmann-Boom-Boom-Pow-Nail-Polish.jpgOur favorite thing about the holidays? Glittery nail polish. Our least favorite thing about the holidays? Removing glittery nail polish. “Glitter polish is wonderful for layering over other shades to create a fun, distinctive look,” says celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann. So we turned to some of the biggest names in the manicure biz for the tips and tricks for removing every last ounce of pesky glitter from our nails.

“Glitter can be a real pain to remove, and you MUST NOT pick it off, no matter how fun it is to cover the subway in flecks of gold,” says Nonie Creme, manicurist extraordinaire and founder of butter LONDON. “When you pick, you remove little chunks of nail as well, causing damage that has to grow off.”

One thing all manicurists agree on? For best results, be sure to use an acetone-based polish remover, like Cutex Quick & Gentle Nail Polish Remover ($2.49 at drugstore.com). Soak a cotton pad or cotton round in remover and then place over your entire nail, firmly pressing down for about a minute. “Let them soften up a little bit with the pad on top of them,” says celebrity manicurist Beth Fricke. “I think that’s really the only way.”

After pressing the cotton round against your nail, use a fresh remover-soaked pad to whisk away remaining polish. Celebrity manicurist April Foreman recommends swiping the cotton in a downward motion, away from the cuticle. “This ensures that you don’t press glitter into cuticles and surrounding skin, which makes cleanup that much more work!” she says.

And if that glitter is just so stubborn, no amount of rubbing and acetone-based remover seems to make it go away? “Follow up using a facial exfoliating pad for a second pass over nails,” Foreman recommends. “This grabs any remains of glitter, leaving your nails completely bare and ready for the next color.”

Manicurist Susan Nam, who owns Polished Beauty Bar on NYC’s Upper West Side, says you can also pour an entire bottle of acetone-based remover into a glass bowl and then soak your nails for about 2-3 minutes. “The polish should come off completely,” she says. If you let the remover sit in the bowl for awhile, you’ll notice all the glitter sinking to the bottom — at which point Nam says you can actually pour the remover back into the bottle “until the next time you need to take off that really stubborn color!” Just use a coffee filter when pouring to ensure none of the glitter gets back into the bottle.

If you plan on repainting your nails right after removing the glitter, Creme recommends doing so immediately following the remover. But if you’re taking a break from polish — “Heaven forbid!” Creme says; she advises washing your hands thoroughly and rubbing a capful of olive oil into your nails.

Seen above: Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, $20 at deborahlippmann.com

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