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jurlique biodynamic refining treatment.jpgWe fell in love with Jurlique’s Biodynamic Beauty Refining Treatment a few months back, and can honestly say our skin has thanked us for it (well not literally, but you know what we mean). It has reduced the appearance of pores, smoothed out rough skin texture, and lessened the amount of discoloration we have,  revealing only healthy, luminous skin.

This expert complexion solution uses extracts of Willow Bark to help renew skin, while Apricot Kernel and a hand-harvested biodynamic blend, straight from Jurlique’s farms, gently slough away dull skin.


Over at StyleBakery, we featured Tarte The Vanity because we couldn’t miss the chance to share such an amazing deal with you. Today we think it would make a great gift! 

So, if you’re still looking for that perfect gift, we suggest you look into purchasing Tarte’s The Vanity Limited Edition Palette, being sold exclusively at Sephora. This amazing little kit is packed with everything (except foundation) to create an amazing face for day, night and anything in between. Take it on a trip, or keep it on the countertop. Whether you give it to your mom, your daughter, your niece or your best friend, she is sure to love this palette!


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As a follow-up to last years’ best-selling ‘we wish you wealth’ palette this limited-edition beauty treasure chest is back and better then ever! In addition to eyeshadows, lip glosses, and brushes galore, this year’s kit also includes deluxe sizes of Tarte’s best-selling Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara and Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. All products are loaded with skinvigorating™ ingredients: vitamin E, beeswax, rice bran wax, carnauba wax, and mineral pigments.

This set features:
- 16 brand-new eyeshadows
- 16 brand-new lipglosses
- Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara
- Deluxe Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
- Deluxe luminizer
- Four powder blushes
- Deluxe eyeshadow
- Eyelining brushes

A $494 retail value, $52, 


The holiday season can be stressful, and the most important thing we can give ourselves is sleep— hey, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Why not give yourself or a loved one products that offer a restful slumber, or at least help you look like you had a full 8 hours. Let’s check out some beautiful products that help aid in a better night’s sleep and repair, relax, renew and soothe.



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Crabtree & Evelyn Soothing Body Lotion moisturizes skin with shea butter and relaxes with a calming essential oil blend of lavender and rosewood, tonka, chamomile, vanilla and violet leaf. Skin is most receptive to moisturizing products at night, so one that does so, and helps us relax is a must-have! $25,  


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Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Sleep Mist is a favorite among many of us beauty editors, and for good reason! It encourages great sleep with essential oils of lavender, bergamot and ylang-ylang. It’s relaxing just thinking about it… $44,



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Lavender Naturopatch combines the soothing scents of lavender, chamomile and jasmine in a patch to help you unwind and ease you into sleep. We like the idea of a convenient, take-anywhere patch that travels easily, leaving us with no worries about spilled oils or creams! $15,



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Space NK Relaxing Candle not only soothes our senses, but the combination of patchouli, rosewood, lavender, and vetiverre help to focus our attention on beginning to wind down from the day. $58,




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Bath & Body Works Dream Bath in Black Chamomile creates a luxurious bubble bath that really gives our achey, tired bodies no choice but to relax. $16.50,






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RareMinerals Skin Revival Treatment treats skin to yummy nourishing ingredients like vitamins A and C as well as a host of botanical extracts. This skincare treatment delivers clearer, brighter, smoother-looking skin during sleep, so even if 4 hours of sleep was had, they’ll look like they had 8! $60,



clinique all about eyes.jpgClinque All About Eyes is a best seller because it gives the delicate eye area the appearance of having a good night sleep everynight. You’ll never have to wake up looking puffy-eyed, and makeup will go on smoother because the skin is smooth and moisturized. from $28.50, 



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Philosophy Save Me will treat your skin while you sleep! Rest easy as your skin is nourished with vitamin C to brighten skin tone, retinol to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and clogged pores, and antioxidants to protect skin. $60,  




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L’Oreal Skin Genesis Intensive Night Complex will help strengthen and give skin a more even tone by helping collagen production and giving skin much-needed hydration. It’s light-weight and smells amazing! We can’t believe a drugstore brand can do a just as good of a job as some more expensive brands that give the same claims, but trust us, it does! $19.99,

Scarlett Johansson1.jpgScarlett Johansson and the stars of the new movie The Spirit have been quite busy promoting the movie all over Europe for the past week or so. At the London premiere, Scarlett looked primed and ready for spring in a gorgeous floral print dress and soft, pretty makeup to complement it.

For a look like hers, we decided to put together a list of products to help you create a similar using the line that Scarlett is a spokesmodel for: L’Oreal. Not only does the brand produce fabulous products, but they are all priced to be wallet-friendly!



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Color Juice Stick in a mauve-pink tone like Mango Tango will give your lips beautiful sheer lipcolor that feels like a lipstick but has the shine of a gloss. $9.50,




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Bare Naturale Blush in a color like Bare Honey will add a perfect warm “flushed” tone to your cheeks that isn’t too overdone for the soft look you might want to achieve. $15.25,





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Wear Infinite Eyshadow Duo in Mocha Buff contains a light pearly shade that will help make eyes pop! We love the smooth application and the long-lasting wear that this eyeshadow gives. $5.25,





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Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black is the perfect way to create that timeless cat-eye look. $9.99,




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Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara in Black finishes the look by creating dramatic, look-at-me lashes. This new mascara has become one of our favorites. $10.95

It’s the second week of December, how are you doing with your holiday shopping? If you are like us, there are still some people you haven’t shopped for. Finding the best gifts for them is priority #1, so we are here, as always, to recommend some great beauty-inspired gifts!

Take a look:


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Pixi Lumi Lux Eye Palette has 20 gorgeous, blendable eyeshadows that is sure to wow your recipient! Palettes not only keep everything in one place, but it also is great for travel. Another plus: this one gives a plethora of options without taking up any extra space. $38,


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Essie Winter Collection features colors that were inspired by the fashions that were shown on the runways of NY Fashion week for the Fall/Winter 2008 season. With names like Damsel in a Dress and Sexy Divide, any fashionista will appreciate this very wearable and versatile set of six polishes. $26.99,



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Smashbox Ultimate Beauty Palette is the one that will leave  whoever gets this, speechless. This amazing palette has so many eyeshadows, lip and face colors that we were shocked at the price! So we all added this on to our list of most-wanted beauty goodies this year, and all we can do is hope that we will get it! $59.00,



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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Body will polish and soften skin with aluminum oxide crystals, leaving even the driest areas of the body (elbows, knees, and feet) well moisturized. We think this makes a great gift simply because taking care of skin on our entire body is just a s important as taking care of the skin on our face! $45,


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Sonia Kashuk Glamified Brush Set is a must-have for any gal that needs quality makeup brushes. This inexpensive set features every basic brush needed to help create a flawless face and a great brush case for keeping the brushes in at home or while traveling. $19.99,




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Crabtree & Evelyn Skin Polishing Ritual is and all natural Asian beauty secret that blends exfoliating spices with rich tropical oils to smooth and polish skin to satin-y smoothness. Contains revitalizing lemon and coriander essential oils and conditioning mango seed butter, avocado and coconut. We feel relaxed just thinking about this wonderful, customizable skin soother. $49.50,




hourglass eye and lip palette vol 6.jpg Hourglass Vol.6 Eye & Lip Palette in Zodiac is a luxurious compact that not only looks chic, but is beautifully functional. Features four silky shadows that can be worn wet or dry, alone or layered, and two pretty glosses that will make lips look and feel fabulous! Includes a double-ended eye and lip applicator and is housed in a 360 swivel compact with rotating mirror to adjust to application needs. $58,

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