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We firmly believe that certain products are best bought as sets (think eyeshadow duos, gloss palettes), but we never really ventured into blush/bronzer sets….until now! How cool is Hourglass Cosmetics’ new Illume Créme-to-Powder Bronzer Due?! Encased in their signature swivel compact, this new pair includes both a bronzer to add a little healthy color and a blush for a rosy glow.  We naturally gravitated towards the bronzer first, but couldn’t resist giving our cheeks a little extra flirt with the blush. It’s the best of both worlds.

As always, Hourglass is  free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates. $40, Available in May online at Sephora.

Brit retail favorite, Topshop, is expanding their brand to include beauty. Starting this month the retailer will introduce their first in-house range of color cosmetics, a 97 piece core collection of “essentials”, offset by additional trend collections that will launch every three months.

To celebrate the collection’s launch, Topshop is giving away this cute canvas shopper with every purchase in store and online. 
The collection will retail between $7-16 for the core range ($8-23 for the smaller Spring-Summer Limited Edition Trend range), and will be available at Topshop stores and online starting May 5th.

The totes are limited supply, so make sure you don’t miss out!

mary-j-blige3.jpgMary J. Blige, celebrity ambassador of beauty brand Carol’s Daughter, is set to release a new fragrance in collaboration with the brand this summer. My Life by Mary J. Blige, is named in honor of the Grammy winner’s second album, which represented a major turning point in Blige’s life and career.

“I wanted my fragrance to be something special for my female fans,” said Blige. “My fans and I are smart now. We know we’re smart now, but we didn’t know it then. We know we’re beautiful now, we didn’t know it then. We’re educated now, we didn’t know it then. We’re soft, we’re edgy — we’re all those things. And I wanted this perfume to represent every female’s everyday life.”

Blige had complete input into the scent’s creation. “I have to be involved,” she said. “Because when your name is attached to something, and it’s not good, that’s your name. So I prefer a good name rather than vanity and riches.” The scent’s top notes are gardenia petals, Bartlett pear and white freesia; the heart is tuberose, blooming jasmine, gold lily and apricot flower, and the drydown is cashmere woods, praline, sesame and incense.

My Life will retail for $46 for 1.7 oz. The scent will be available exclusively on HSN starting on July 31st, and will arrive in department stores across the U.S. next year.

There’s nothing more opulent than a little gold in your makeup and mani! Chanel’s new Orient Extreme collection inspired us to add some drama to our beauty bag. Not too much gold, just some highlights around the eyes, the lips and even the body (think…glittery Décolletage). Not into gold makeup? Then opt for gold nails  — Chanel’s Gold Lamé polish is the best.

We’re crushing over these must-haves (gold nuggets not for sale):
1.Chanel Le Vernis Gold Lame, $25 2. Tarte Pressed Shadow - Shimmer, $17 3. Chanel Ligne Et Ombre De Chanel, $45 4. Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner, $12 5. Shu Uemura Painting Liner, $24
Ok, so we JUST wrote about Votre Vu the other day, but the products are so great that we’re mentioning them again. This time, we can’t stop raving about Duetto.

duetto.jpgDuetto is an awesome two-in-one product— one part luxe lip balm to one part rich hand cream.

The balm is light yet deeply nourishing, and makes your lips super soft. It’s made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax, protects with UV filters, and is lightly flavored with coconut. Yum! There’s also a mini-mirror in the lid for easy application.

The hand cream is a concentrated version of their wildly popular Tarte D’Amande body cream, which smells like almond pie and gives you the softest hands ever. Seriously, like silk. The richly moisturizing formula is made of sunflower, grapeseed, and jojoba, combined with aloe to soothe and UV filters for ultimate in anti-aging protection.

The coolest part (as if you weren’t sold already) is the genius packaging. The double lid design allows you to nourish lips and hands with little effort. Flip the top portion for lips, and the middle for hands.

x2_1263f7e.jpgDuetto is so amazing that we need two at all times- one on the nightstand, and one in our bag. We are officially addicted!


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