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When we were a bubbly teenager, the top of our dresser was adorned with at least seven Bath and Body Works body mists. One of our favorites (which we swore made us smell grown up, whatever that means) was the pear scent. The bold, almost nauseatingly pungent spray was light years away from Jo Malone’s new cologne, English Pear & Freesia. 

The key notes include King William pear, white freesia and patchouli. The sweet, crisp pear comes through on top and transitions slowly into a light floral scent. The patchouli is present in the slight warmth behind the cool fruity notes, making the complex cologne the perfect combination of late summer and early fall. 

Though Jo Malone fragrances are a little pricey, we think they are well worth the money, as a little goes a long way, and the scents are so unique and mouth-watering. 

Overall, English Pear & Freesia is layered wonderfully with soft, yet crisp scents that is perfect for autumn (or all year long, really.) $55/$100 (30 ml, 100 ml), nordstrom.com

Backstage at L.A.M.B., for Spring 2011 the look was classic Gwen Stefani - rasta meets punk rock. Models were given deep red lips, a copper and gold cleopatra eye, and Harajuku braided dos with miles of extensions added in.

NYFWSS11 968.jpgMakeup: Charlotte Willer for Maybelline used Eye Shadow Quad in Give Me Gold #5 to highlight the browbones, inner corners and the tops of the cheekbones, then brought the copper shade from the inside of the eye through the crease blending it out into a cat’s eye. Gold was added to the lid, and the bottom or the eye was rimmed with black kohl for a Cleopatra look.  Willer coated lashes with The Falsies Mascara, and contoured cheeks with bronzer, before caoting lips with Deep Red Lipstick #645.

Hair: Gwen’s personal stylist Danilo created rasta-punk hair, heavily inspired by Gwen’s beloved harajuku girls. He started by clipping extensions near the front of the face, divided them into three sections, and made a long braid. The rest of the hair was pulled back into an asymmetrical ponytail, pulled halfway through the elastic into a messy bun. The hair was finished by either adding contrasting color hair pieces to the braided area, or randomly pinning strands back or to the sides.

Nails: CND’s Angie Wingle blended Speedy, Inkwell, Studio White and Anchor together to create a dusty dark blue hue.


Nothing screams confident, sexy and bold better than a woman sporting red lipstick. Thankfully, vampy pouts are coming back with a vengeance for fall. Seen on gorgeous celebs like Jessica Alba, Jennie Garth and Kim Kardashian, the key to looking chic and elegant with bold crimson lips is to keep the rest of your face clean and simple. Mascara and light liner is all you need to complete your confident look. 

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If the idea of going out with scarlet lips leaves you running for the nude-mouthed hills, don’t fear. Follow our five quick tips to maximize your crimson pout. 

1. Red lipstick has a knack for creeping out of the lines. Keep it in place by priming the outer edges of your mouth with concealer. 

2. If the shade of red you purchased looked great in the store, but didn’t quite live up to your expectations at home, don’t run out to return it. Add a gold-toned gloss to tone it down, or add a light pink gloss to cool down the hue. 

3. Red lips may be sexy, but red teeth certainly are not. Always finish off an application by popping your index finger in your mouth, lightly pressing down your lips, and slowly pulling it out. 

4. Such a bold color must be applied precisely, so take special care when putting on your lipstick. A small lip brush works well for this. 

5. We’ve said it once, but we’ll say it again. Keep the rest of your face simple to put your best, sexy face forward. 
Tarte-Amazonian-Clay-Passport-to-the-Amazon-20.jpgOverplucked, over waxed, abused brows? Tarte to the rescue!

The brand’s new amazonian clay-infused brow mousse is a DREAM and comes in Taupe, Medium Brown, or Rich Brown. The waterproof formula glides on, blends softly for a natural look, and is nearly undetectable.

To use, brush brow hair in the direction of growth with a brow brush, then begin filling in sparse areas with an angled brush swiped in emphasEYES brow mousse. Brush brows back into place to blend and set.

Available at tarte.com.


yume-blush.jpgVery rarely is there a product that can be used head to toe. Which is why we were very impressed with Yume Blush’s whipped body cream chiffons. They are 100% botanical and vegan, making them edible, natural and chemical-free. We tried a handful of the seven flavors, including coconut lime (our favorite), apple raspberry and lavender honey. 

The dense, yet airy body chiffon warmed up with our own body heat, melting deliciously into the consistency of a massage oil - though it leaves no greasy, slick-like residue. We also scooped up a finger tip full and used it as a rich body butter. Though, we must say, that our favorite application was as a thin, tasty and very moisturizing lip balm. 

Best of all (because who doesn’t love free samples?), with every purchase, you get four 1/2 ounce jars in any flavor of your choice. These little jars work perfectly for throwing into your bag, and using on your lips, cuticles or hands.  $30, Yumeblush.com

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