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Clinique’s Black Honey Almost Lipstick is the one lipcolor we know we can gift our friends without worrying if it will “work” on them. Now the amazing gloss power of the brand’s Superbalm is available in the much-loved shade. Superbalm is an ultra-moisturizing lip balm that thinks it’s a gloss, contains antioxidants to protect your pout, leaving lips feeling pampered. It’s one of our must-have lip products, and now that it comes in Black Honey, we love it even more. Sephora Exclusive. $13.50,

nude_IMG.jpgFoundations are the best product for creating a more even, flawless complexion. With so many formulations on the market these days, we care most about finding the ones that feel lightweight but give us the coverage we desire. Now that we’re moving into the warm-weather months, these requirements also need to be teamed up with long-lasting finishes that won’t melt away. The following picks are some of our favorites, and for you recessionistas, all cost less than $40.


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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 provides a natural-looking, semi-matte finish on normal/combination to oily skin and stays fresh-looking for up to 15 hours. While it hides every flaw, it feels amazingly light and doesn’t smudge or rub off on our clothes. Oil-free, fragrance-free. $33.50,





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CoverGirl Smoothers AquaSmooth Cream Foundation is a truly affordable foundation perfect for those with a more dry skintype. We love that this goes on smooth, is easy to apply and gives flawless coverage without a heavy makeup feeling. Special light-reflecting pigments help minimize the appearance of fine lines and imperfections so you can feel confidant in your own skin. $10.11,



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MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is great to apply especially when we’re on-the go. This foundation is designed to be used dry, and the fine-milled powders and pigments create a matte, velvety texture that leaves skin looking smooth and fresh. Apply with a brush, powder or sponge. $26,



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Revlon Age Defying Makeup SPF 15 W/Botafirm for Dry Skin works well for mature skin types and provides excellent coverage without looking fake. This foundation is specially designed to help remove fine lines and moisturize the skin all day long while visibly softening facial features for a glowing, youthful look. Also available in a normal/combination skin formula. $13.99,



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Shiseido The Makeup Fluid Foundation provides skin with a light, refreshing texture and a translucent matte finish. Fabulous for all skintypes, The Makeup moisturizes skin and minimizes flaws, but still offers varied coverage, from light to full, without heaviness. $37.50,

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Hair that is full of volume is on every woman’s beauty wish list these days (think more Victoria’s Secret model, less 80s ‘Dynasty’ character). Tresemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse will make it easier to achieve the full body you crave thanks to its Volume Control Complex. This formula builds body, leaving hair looking soft and feeling light. Applied to damp hair, it works with heat styling tools to maintain optimal body and bounce. $4.99,

Many nail colors have been launched for the Summer season, and while we love the bright neons and (surprising) blue and purple hues, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the new Essie Summer 2009 Collection. We imagine our tips and toes will be quite happy in these shades of pinks and corals…

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Chubby Cheeks - sophisticated sunset coral

Cute As a Button - bright, vibrant persimmon

Funny Face - sexy, punchy fuchsia

Lovie Dovie - perfect pink flamingo

Luscious Lips - sheer, soft light pink

Not Just A Pretty Face - naturally pale nude


Essie Summer Collection 2009, from $8,


Now that the heat is rising, more trips to the pool or beach will be occurring. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looking your best. You should, however, consider investing in a few water-resistant products to prevent makeup meltdown. Then, should you choose to splash around, you’ll know your makeup isn’t running down your face. Here is an assortment of amazing products that will stay in place all day and keep you looking gorgeous— wet or dry.



For face:

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Clinique Work-Out Makeup will keep your skin looking flawless even while you work you way through those high-impact kickboxing classes. This long-wearing liquid makeup stands up well through heat, humidity and much needed dips in the pool. $20.50,




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Becca Beach Tint is a water-resistant lip and cheek stain that wears beautifully all day. The blendable, non-greasy formula suits all skin types, dries to a perfect, streak-free finish, and each shade is scented in its synonymous name: Watermelon, Peach and Raspberry. $25,




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Benefit She Laq will turn your non-waterproof mascara, eye shadows, and liners into splash-resistant wonders because of its “magic” sealing ability. Trust us, use this and your makeup will stay put. Comes with a complete set of mini brushes. $30,




For eyes and lashes:


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Max Factor 2000 Calorie Aqua Lash Mascara provides all the lash-building properties we have loved for years, but in a water-proof version. The gel-based formula coats lashes in rich color that dries to keep moisture out, but without drying our lashes out. $5.49,




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Make Up Forever Pearly Waterproof Eyeshadow Pencil is specially formulated to deliver rich, pigmented, long-lasting color that can withstand any damp condition. We love that we can also use these to line our peepers for an ultra bright-eyed look. $18,




For lips:


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Philosophy The Super Natural Lip Pencil gives lips a natural, your-lips-but-better hue and really lasts. We love that we can define and add subtle color to our lips and coat it with our favorite sheer gloss for an effortless lip look. $12.50,



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 L’Oreal Infallible LipColour is an affordable, long-lasting lip color that really stands up to the test. Even hours after spending the day in and out of the water, this still sticks to our lips as if it were our own natural lip color. $11.99,

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