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Question: I have dark brown eyes. How can I make them stand out and look brighter without putting on too much make up?


Answer: Thankfully, it really doesn’t take a whole lot of makeup to make eyes stand out. We recommend two products: eyeshadow and mascara. With each you can achieve gorgeous results. Shadows in every color look great on brown eyes (can you say lucky?), so while staying with brown tones will always work if you want a neutral look, purples, greens and blues are fantastic if you want to use stand-out colors.

Using an eyeshadow brush to apply your eyeshadow will ensure you’ll only apply a sheer wash of color when you don’t want to over-do it, but you can continue to layer it until the color effect you desire is achieved. You can also use eyeshadow to line your eyes for a more defined look. Mascara will pump up your lashes to give you a more of a wide-eyed look that always looks pretty. Two coats is usally enough to do the trick. Hope this helps— best of luck!

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The weather is heating up, and while you may be feeling the need to leave your foundation behind, you still want a glowing complexion, right? We love Rose Byrne’s glowing look, and think something like Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More would do the trick. This luminating primer glides on smoothly, helps to fill in pores and keeps skin clear with breakout-fighting tea tree oil. The best part about this primer is how it also imparts a translucent veil of tint, meaning you won’t need foundation. If you do have any unsightly spots or blemishes you’d like to cover, use a concealer after applying the primer. $45,

Question: My eyelashes are weak and skimpy. I am using Latisse, but was wondering if either Vaseline or almond oil is good for lashes? I’ve heard conflicting things. Thanks so much.

vaselinejar.jpegAnswer: While both Vaseline and almond oil are great for keeping lashes greatly moisturized and conditioned, neither really will make them grow longer. It seems you are on the right track with Latisse, since it is FDA approved for lash growth. To acheive nourished lashes, you might also want to look for a mascara formula that offers vitamin and colagen rich ingredients. Many lash primers offer these benefits as well and these have little color and can be worn on their own over night. Almay, Lancome, Smashbox, Vincent Longo, Fusion Beauty and Clinique are all brands that have moisturizing and fortifying mascara or lash primers.

Good luck!

As you know, we love beauty products. There are those that we have loved for many years, but every year, batches of newbie products are thrust into the market, and we, being the beauty junkies that we are, must give in to our product desires. Some leave us not so thrilled, while others have us excited to discover what impact they will bring to the masses. Check out the folowing products that are keeping us optimistic for the year ahead.


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AgelessFantasy by Harvey Prince is one of the first anti-aging perfumes. That in and of itself caught our attention. The scent, it turns out, is formulated to mask the smell of aging and it contains antioxidants to fight off free radicals. The formula (a blend of pink grapefruit, mango, anti-oxidant rich pomegranate, jasmine and musk) is based on natural bio chemistry and created with one goal in mind: to make you smell younger! The brand’s research found that when men smelled a woman wearing this fragrance, they thought she was eight years younger on average. 3.4 ounces, $98,

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Victoria’s Secret Pink Body puts VS into a new market with organic, vegan products all housed in post-consumer recycled packaging. Four lines include Energizing (like a wake up call for your skin, packed with organic citrus and mint), Nourishing (leaves skin feeling super soft and moisturized with organic Shea butter minus the greasy feel), Soothing (Hypoallergenic goodies infused with organic soy milk and oat extract, so it’s great for extra sensitive skin) as well as a line of Essentials. from $10,

l'oreal everpure.jpgL’Oreal EverPure line of shampoos and conditioners are sulfate-free, contain UV filters to protect haircolor, and even work beautifully if you don’t color your hair. The new, more natural formulation is the first for the brand and the only one of its kind in drugstores now. The refreshing, aromatic scents leave our bathrooms smelling like a spa, our healthy-looking, shiny hair gives us something to be thankful for and the price tag is the sweetest of all. $6.99,


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Max Factor Vivid Impact Lip Color was created to deliver fresh, rich pigment to not only saturate lips with amazing, look-at-me color, but to treat lips to fabulous moisture. This Shea butter-infused lipstick makes us forget we’re wearing actual lipstick in the first place. $8.97,


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No Frizz by Living Proof contains a mocule called PolyflouroEster that forms a lightweight barrier on the hair to ward off moisture and eliminate fly-away causing friction. The breakthrough formula has already won awards and is sweeping up a plethora of loyal users with all hair textures- including us- because it works better than anything we’ve used in years. from $14,

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Clinique ‘Turnaround’ Radiance Peel Once a Week System provides the much-desired clear and bright complexion of a low-level (30%) glycolic peel but without all of the irritation and stress to skin. The result? Skin that is smoother, more even-toned and luminous. $55,


lancome oscillation mascara.jpgLancome Oscillation Vibrating Mascara gives lashes the ultimate look as it oscillates 7000 times per minute (but don’t worry, it won’t hurt). Since the latest craze is lush, full lashes, we think this does a fabuous job of delivering the results; our lashes are longer, fuller, clump-free and all of the wiggle work is done for us— who couldn’t love that? $34,

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We love, love, love, CoverGirl LashBlast. Now the volumizing formula has been glammed up a bit into a Luxe version that we are adoring right now (we can’t resist the fabulous hot pink tube). With four black shades infused with a hint of color, each also contains a hint of shimmer to give lashes a little something extra— so fun! Colors include Black Cabernet, Black Emerald, Black Royale and Black Platinum. $7.99,

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