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Yes, even celebs get breakouts, but you don’t always need a star salary to get rid of them. Some of our favorite star beauties forego expensive spas and treatments in favor of at-home treatments in order to keep  their skin red carpet ready.

celebacne.JPGMegan Fox swears by Bliss ‘Pore’-fector Gadget Kit ($185), an innovative complexion-improving set featuring a high-tech, dual-action skincare tool and advanced pore-clearing formulas. The tool generates sonic vibrations, which work with Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner to create micro-jets (fine, steady streams of moisture) that extract impurities and deeply clean clogged skin. The sonic waves help to loosen up debris, creating a cleaner, smoother, more receptive surface, setting the stage for revitalizing antioxidants, hydrators, and the rest of your skincare regime to work effectively. So that’s why Megan always looks flawless!

Charlize Theron reaches for Ole Henriksen Micro/Mini Peel System ($95), a three-step kit containing all you need to exfoliate, refine, peel, and renew your skin in minutes. Almond Polish emulates the benefits of a microdermabrasion, refining skin to smooth perfection. next, a Lemon peel emulates the benefits of an acid peel; lactic and glycolic acid combined with orange and lemon extracts plus aspartic acid go to work peeling and renewing skin. Lastly, a chamomile formula comforts skin after the more active treatment steps. Convenient, effective, and luxurious… no wonder Charlize loves it!

Miley Cyrus is a fan of Kinerase Clear Skin Blemish Dissolver ($39). A blend of proven blemish-fighting ingredients targets imperfections and works quickly and gently to reduce the buildup and blockage that can cause skin problems. The convenient stick with a roller-ball applicator offers precise spot application that helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and other breakout-related skin imperfections, even on the go. Perfect for a jet-setter like Miley!
Sometimes, it’s hard enough to remember to apply sunscreen to our bodies as part of our beauty regimens, and when you actually do get around to spritzing on the protection (which you should do, every day….we know we don’t have to tell you twice), your lips are probably pretty low down on the check list. 

But guess what, our lips are skin, too - and sensitive skin to boot - that need protection from the sun as much as our faces, limbs and chests. So we rounded up three types of lip products, a gloss, a balm and a traditional conditioner, that can be implemented into your daily routines without even a second thought. 

The lip gloss of the bunch, Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 in Pink Shimmer, has a nice high shine with no real scent or flavor. We like it because it has a pretty light pink color, and though it’s the only shade it comes in, we think it’s sheer enough to suit most skin colors. The non-sticky gloss boasts six anti-aging ingredients, as well as aloe and vitamins A, C and E to boost volume and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. $15,

Too Faced Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm Sunscreen doesn’t just do double duty, it’s a triple threat. Not only does this sassy tube come packed with fresh smelling orange essential oils and a sun protection factor of 15, but a big portion of the sale of each balm goes to the Too Faced Love Lisa Melanoma Research Foundation Grant. It’s colorless, and has a satiny finish, which we love for pairing with lip stains, or to wear alone. $16,

The highest protection in the lip products we tested was Kinerase’s Ultimate Volume Lip Conditioner with SPF 20. It is a little thin and runny for our liking, but it was very hydrating. For women concerned with fine lines or wrinkles around the mouth, Kinerase uses an ingredient called Volulip which is supposed to increase the production of collagen. $28,

rouge-artist-491.jpgThe latest in lips from Make Up For Ever, Rouge Artist Intense, is a show stopping new lipstick collection with high pigmentation for dramatic, long-lasting color in just one stroke. The formula contains 50% more pigment than traditional lipstick formulas and is available in 3 different finishes for varying intensity: matte, pearly, and satin.

The line boasts an impressive 50 shades in an assortment of reds, nudes, and pinks [click for color chart] to help every woman find a shade that suits them. Because this can be overwhelming, Make Up For Ever has also developed a special shade selection tool that narrows down hues by both hair color and skin tone, assuring the most flattering shade recommendations. The tool will be available both in-store and online at Sephora.

We used the tool to select two hues based on hair and skin, and were more than pleased with the choices. The selector is pretty much spot-on; both shades selected looked gorgeous on!

$19, Sephora.

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We’ve been a fan of Tarte Cosmetics for a few years now, especially their coveted cheek stains. Which is reason enough to have been excited to hear that this natural makeup company recently released their Lipsurgence Natural Lip Stain

It’s no secret that lip stains tend to be a bit drying. You put them on, and they instantly parch your lips, making a moisturizing lip balm an essential partner product. Tarte’s Lipsurgence stains claim to increase your lip’s moisture level by 6,000 percent in 28 days, and though there really is no way we could have quantified those numbers ourselves, we no doubt appreciated the soft, moisturizing effect achieved by this product. 

We loved how the stain just glided right on in sheer layers, which could be built upon depending on how deep we wanted the color (we found the perfect shade by applying two layers, and blotting). The infused peppermint oil was a pleasant surprise, and had a great cooling effect. We tested Joy (peach), Lust (red), and Enchanted (rosey pink). Enchanted worked best with our tan skin tone for every day use, though we could definitely see ourselves playing up the Lust for a saucy night out. 

Though we’ve used lip stains that have lasted longer, the most impressive part of Tarte’s Lipsurgence Natural Lip Stain is the “natural” part. It’s formulated without parabens, mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate, glutens, talc, dyes, synthetic fragrances or phthalates. The price tag may be a bit steep compared to drugstore varieties, but a little goes very far, making the MSRP more than worth it in the long run. 

christina-ricci-02-300x400.jpgOn Wednesday, Christina Ricci debuted a new, softer style at a Blackberry Torch launch party. Ricci, who famously played Wednesday Adams in the big screen adaptation of The Adams Family, is best known for wearing a severe, dark style similar to her movie character… but is certainly no stranger to experimentation; the actress has dabbled in hues from buttery blonde to cherry red in the past.

Her new style, a gorgeous caramel auburn with varying levels of tonality, sets off her golden skin and makes her eyes pop. The actress also chopped off much of her length, taking her chest length hair up to the nape of her neck.

Definitely an upgrade in our book, although Ricci could probably pull off anything.

What do you think of Christina’s new look?

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