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When it comes to your makeup routine, one of the most intimidating steps can be applying blush. Too little and you look washed out; too much and you look like Ronald McDonald after he’s run a marathon. Thankfully, blush has ventured from beyond powder to new, easier to use formulas. For those who have struggled with blush anxiety, allow me to introduce you to three products that will change the way you feel about your cheeks. 

Cream Blush: Cream based blushes tend to leave a sheen on the cheek on top of the color, so they are perfect for creating that dewy skin look. The creamy consistency makes applying with your fingertips one of the easiest ways to put on your blush. My pick: Jouer Cosmetics Cheek Tint, $20

Gel Blush: Gel blushes are lightweight formulas that go on the skin smoothly and can be applied with your finger tips. This type of blush is best used over silicone based products, like your favorite BB cream. My pick: Per-fekt Beauty Cheek Perfecting Gel, $28  

Cheek Stains: Cheek stains are liquid based and applied with a small brush or rollerball directly to your cheek and rubbed in with your fingertips. Stains are more highly pigmented, so you’ll want to take things nice and slow when applying and layer on for more color. My pick: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30  


It might be just coincidence, but while ‘The Great and Powerful Oz’ is opening in theaters, emerald green has become one of the “It” colors of the season. One fun and easy (and amazingly cheap) way to infuse the color into your spring wardrobe is via nail polish, here are some of the best of the season.
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Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Thames
This beautiful green color has a nice shimmery sheen and a bit of depth.
Available for $15 at beauty.com

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Emerald City
The price, and color, are surely right on this perfect polish.
Available for $5 at target.com

Essie Trophy Wife 
A little more teal than emerald, yet this color is still gorgeously green.
Available for $8 at nordstrom.com

Sephora + Pantone Universe Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers 
Not only are these the trifecta of “It” shades, but they come in three different formulas from glittery to shimmery.
Available for $18 at sephora.com
 

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From a distance, the subtle, shimmery eye, perfected with a pop of pink on the lips seen at Dior’s Autumn-Winter 2013 RTW Collection at Paris Fashion Week is playful and sweet. A closer view shows the real silver lining — a dramatic cat eye with a twist. Silver eyeliner starts from the inner corner of the upper eyelid as a compliment to the more traditional cat eye technique used to line the outer eye corner and lower lid. Creating a bold eye with a subtle, metallic shade may be spring’s new go-to beauty trick. Because who doesn’t want to get a little fancy every once in awhile? Recreate the look at home with these top metallic eyeliners.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes                    Jane Iredale Liquid Eyeliner                                               L’oreal HiP Studio Secrets

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Organix-Moroccananoil-Hair-Treatment.jpgA product that makes your hair feel soft, smooth and manageable. That’s Organix Renewing Moroccanoil Penetrating Oil.

We love to use this oil right after we get out of the shower, before we blowdry and flat iron our hair. A dime-sized amount just creates a manageable texture that stays put for days. And, yes, we mean four or five — not just one.

Plus, it smells divine. What more could you want?

Organix Renewing Moroccanoil Penetrating Oil retails for $7.99 at ulta.com.
pixie-cuts-spring-2013.jpgAfter Charlize Theron took to the Oscars’ Red Carpet showing off her new super-short hair I couldn’t ignore the pixie as an “it” spring style anymore. I’ve also come to realize that this cut looks far better on more face shapes then I had originally thought and can be equally bold, cute and chic, depending on your mood — just check out the range of versatility from Charlize Theron’s to Anne Hathaway’s to Halle Berry’s styles. The pixie is officially this spring’s must-have hairstyle, so if you’re looking for a bold new look, this one is definitely for you! And while the cut itself doesn’t require a lot of styling, you will need to grab a pomade or gritty styling product to shape and bend your hair into all sorts of variations.

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