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With the weather change, skin tends to freak out. Our once smooth, hydrated faces turn to dry, patchy messes…exaggerating the appearance of wrinkles, especially around the delicate eye area. And we just got our skin under control from the change INTO summer!

eye-rule.jpgThankfully, Sampar Paris has our back: Sampar Eye Rule (Age Antidote) is formulated to combat the signs of aging by resurfacing and filling fine lines and wrinkles in an instant. Reduces dark circles and puffy eyes, moisturizes, and repairs skin in depth. The added bonus of the roller ball application stimulates the circulation to reduce the appearance of bags under the eye.

Here’s how it works:

Peptides and Adenosine firm the slackening of the skin while the steel roller ball combined with White Lupin work together deflate puffiness and bags and minimize darkness. The Adenosine also works with Extrait d’avoine to minimize the appearance of expression lines. Sampar’s patented Urban Defense Complex (a powerful alliance of 3 actives, a natural high-tech innovation: shea butter serum, mint endorphin, probiotic sugar) fights free radicals and pollutants along with Red Raspberry Seed Oil, which also joins Argan Oil and Imperata Cylindrica extract to fight dehydration. Horse Chestnut Extract and RSP Extract (which contains licorice, marigold, and Butcher’s broom) keep dark circles at bay.

Eye Rule really delivers on its promise: leaving dry patches, puffiness, and lines in its wake and revealing smooth, younger looking skin. Plus, it feels amazing going on thanks to the rollerball which we’re loving in eye care products… it’s like a gentle under eye massage!


There’s hardly anything more annoying than freshly manicuring your nails, believing they are fully dry, and then smudging them shortly after because they weren’t actually dry at all. 

Well, that’s why Essie’s Good to Go! Fast Drying Top Coat is pretty fantastic! Essie doesn’t specify exactly how long it takes to dry, but from our tests, it takes about a minute to a minute and a half to fully set. 

It leaves your nails super shiny (which we love), and sleek. However, our polish did chip after a few days, which was a bit disappointing, but we have the same problem with most top coats, since we type all day. 

Overall, we love Good to Go! because it really is super fast drying and moderately priced. 

ISAAC-MIZRAHI-SPRING-RTW-2011-BACKSTAGE-027_runway.jpgBackstage at Issac Mizrahi’s Spring/Summer 2011 show, the look was intentionally mussed, as if the girls had started out polished, then had slept in their hair and over-painted their lips.

MAKEUP: Using all Shiseido products, artist Dick Page first smoothed skin with foundation before powdering. Mizrahi wanted the girls to look “pure” and “blank”, aside from the sharp brows and attention grabbing lips. The rest of the face was kept bare, brows were filled in, and lashes were given a coat of black mascara. The focus was on bright, coral lips, applied with a brush and extended beyond the lip line.

HAIR: Eugene Souleiman for Wella gathered hair into a pony, flipped, and sprayed with hairspray for texture. He then backcombed the ends of the ponytail and pinned into place, for a mussed, slept-in appearance. Souleiman described the hair as “ladylike, but trashed and a bit quirky.”

NAILS: Mizrahi told the nail team he wanted “mannequin hands” like a “perfect Barbie” with polish that made the nails an extension of the skin. CND’s Wanda Ruiz coated nails with one coat of Desert Suede, a creamy nude, and followed with two coats of Super Matte Top Coat for a fleshy look.


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Backstage at Philip Lim’s Spring 2011 collection, the look was streamlined and textural, complemented by barely-there makeup, casually wispy chignons, and tough asphalt-colored nails. “The modern female dandy - stemming from individuality, balance and delicacy,” said Lim.

ab509baecb50ed22_Untitled-1.jpgHAIR: Odile Gilbert created a wistful, undone chignon using Phyto products. First, spray Phytovolume Actif volumizing spray to the root and work through hair before blow drying. Next, side part hair, leaving enough to create (or give the illusion of) a side swept bang, then pull hair back into a low pony, twisting hair to create an easy chignon  and pin. For bang:  spray Phytolaque Soie light hairspray to 3 front pieces. Curl pieces with a curling iron, creating ringlets, then pull 3 piece “bang” to side as if you were creating a braid, leaving one piece free to fall along face.  Twist, then pin pieces above the ear. Finish with Phytolaque medium hold hairspray and apply Phyto 7 crème de jour leave-in conditioner to smooth hair.

MAKEUP: Lisa Butler for NARS prepped skin then applied Sheer Glow Foundation. Cheeks were contoured with a blend of a new Pure Matte Lipstick mixed with Barbarella Lipstick, and a touch of pink was added to cheeks and lips using Pure Matte Lipstick in Madere. Eyes were given a wash of taupe, ivory and a little grey shadow and finished with a light coat of Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara.

NAILS: Apply one layer of Asphalt nail polish for full coverage, followed by one coat of Copper Shimmer Effect. All products by CND.

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If there is a starlet that rocks the winged eyeliner look fabulously again and again and again…and again, it’s Lauren Conrad. It’s her signature, and she does it so well. If you’re anything like us, the winged eyeliner has been attempted several times with many, many failures. Most times, we end up looking like Amy Winehouse, minus the beehive and the pink satin ballet slippers. But it doesn’t have to be that way! 

On several Fall Fashion Week runways, the winged eye was sported (at times completely out-of-this-world exaggerated, but winged, nonetheless). Plus, with the uber popularity of retro TV series Mad Men, this swooped eye look is everywhere. 

The key to achieving this mod, ladylike look is a good liquid liner (like Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen for $22), a steady hand, and keeping the rest of your eye makeup very light (or non-existent). 

For the rest, follow these quick (and we promise, easy) steps:

1. Apply your base/foundation/powder as usual.

2. Curl your lashes and apply mascara, focusing on your top lashes. 

3. Take your liquid liner and create pin-sized dots between your lashes on your lash line, and then connect them (this will help prevent the normal gap between your liner, and your eyelid that usually looks amateur.)

4. Steady your arm, and create a thin line with your liquid eyeliner at the base of your lashes (this should bring the line you already created between your lashes up onto your eyelid.)

5. On the outer half of your eyelid, create a slightly thicker line with your eyeliner, and in one swoop, slightly curve outward as soon as you get to the end of your eyelid. (Try to get it in one go, because once you start building it up, it’s hard to keep it clean.) 

6. Finish your face off with some slight bronzer or blush, and keep your lips neutral. 

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