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It may be the dead of winter, and my tan line may be practically nonexistent now, but I walk around feeling rosy and bright thanks to my Fresh Here Comes the Sun Face Palette. I’m a fair-skinned blonde and that can spell trouble when it comes to blushers and especially bronzers — one swipe of the wrong color (or product) and I don’t even come close to achieving a natural glow. This product has three great shades, left to right: resolute gold, here comes the sun, intense bronze. I like to use here comes the sun on the apples of my cheeks and then use a VERY LIGHT (I can’t stress that enough) dusting of resolute gold across my forehead, the bridge of my nose, and on top of here comes the sun on my cheeks. The dusting of resolute gold to the areas where the sun typically kisses our faces the most really helps to add dimension — achieving the desired end result of the most natural of glows!

You can get Fresh Here Comes the Sun Face Palette for $45 at
Philosophy-Love-Sweet-Love.jpgIf falling in love were as easy as opening up a bottle of Philosophy Love Sweet Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel, we’d be married by now. But for the time being, we’ll settle for this delectable scent.

Philosophy’s signature 3-in-1 proves not to disappoint, just like every other scent from the line. Love Sweet Love just smells sweet, delicious and otherwise intoxicating. And, since it’s great as a shampoo, bubble bath or shower gel, there are so many ways to get your kicks from the bottle!

We always prefer to use Philosophy 3-in-1’s as shower gel, but we’ve been known to pour a few capfuls into a bath or wash our hair with it in a pinch—and we’re here to tell you all three ways are equally as sweet!

Philosophy Love Sweet Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel retails for $24 at
While welcoming her 49th birthday and preparing to celebrate her husband’s second inauguration, I assume Michelle Obama wanted to make a splash with a bit of a different look. She used her new twitter account to reveal the new style and many, present company included, seem more than happy with the new cut. The new bangs are more wispy and feathery and fall just above her eyebrows perfectly. With her thick hair and layered cut she looks stylish and youthful and appropriately ready to embark on another term with her husband. 
Bliss-Rubberizing-Mask.jpgWant to feel like you’re conducting a science experiment with your skincare … with truly “fabulous” results? Then you simply must try the Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask.

We’ve long been fans of this mask, and in fact we request it every time we get a facial at any Bliss spa. Not only does it make skin glow and feel like silk, but it just feels so cool—and cooling!—upon our skin. The texture really is like rubber, which is like no other mask we’ve tried. It hardens but somehow still feels soft and pliable. Plus, it’s super easy to remove after about 15 minutes.

Intrigued? Want to know how it works in the comfort of your own home? You simply open one of the packets and dump its contents into a bowl. Fill the included measuring cup with water, pour it into the bowl and then use one of the enclosed spatulas to mix the concoction into a pale purple paste. Apply immediately and liberally to the skin, wait the aforementioned 15 minutes, and peel off. Voila! Soft, smooth skin.

We just think this mask is fun and ingenious—and it’s taking all of our willpower not to use it every single day!

The Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask is $38 for a pack of 6 at
Beauty-Tips-Image.jpgLast week, we brought you our 11 best fashion tips ever. And, of course, it got us thinking about our best beauty tips ever, too! Over the years, we’ve given tons of beauty advice and tips to help women look (and feel) their best. Here are 11 of our best beauty tips of all time.

1) Have fun with your nail polish.
If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that nails are the new accessory. Whether you’re choosing a bold color you’ve never worn before, experimenting with nail art or just trying out new and different formulas (like rubber or leather), it’s a relatively inexpensive way to express yourself. Plus, it’s easy to change on a whim!

2) Just have fun in general.
Really, makeup is just such a great way to express yourself. Want to try purple eyeshadow? Go for it. Interested in the Pantone color of the year? Have a ball. Intrigued by the looks seen on the runways during Fashion Week? Try them out! Multiple makeup artists and hairstylists have given us this one sound piece of advice: Beauty is supposed to be fun.

3) Get inspired by celebrity beauty looks.
The onslaught of paparazzi photos and red carpet looks can at times be overwhelming, but it can also lead to new ideas for hairstyles, makeup looks, nail art and more! We’ve been known to take a picture of a celebrity in when we’re getting a haircut—and you can even take one to a makeup counter if you’re looking for something specific!

4) Some of the best beauty products don’t cost a fortune.
The idea that all of the best products out there cost a ton of money? Not true. Some of our favorite cleansers, mascaras and more come straight from the drugstore—and cost under $10! And while we recommend trying different products to figure out which one is right for you, if you’re on a budget, chances are you can still look and feel gorgeous 100 percent of the time.

5) Skincare is everything. EVERYTHING.
Great beauty starts with great skin. Your face is a canvas, and don’t you want it to be as soft, smooth and perfect as possible? Make sure you treat it right, whether that’s getting facials, wearing night cream, choosing an eye cream … you get the picture.

6) Sometimes, mascara is all you need.
If you only have two extra minutes in the morning, apply a coat of mascara. Every makeup brand has at least one, if not several formulas, to choose from—and they do everything from curl to lengthen to volumize. Our favorites range from Maybelline to Dior, and we can’t recommend the idea of coating your lashes strongly enough!

7) Always take off your makeup. Even if you just use cleansing wipes.
We know, we know—sometimes, taking off your makeup at the end of a long day just seems interminable. Well, it’s just so much better for your skin if it can breathe while you sleep—not to mention it cuts down on eye infections and pimples! If you’re strapped for time, or you just can’t face standing in front of the sink, at least reach for a package of cleansing wipes. Your skin will thank you.

8) Traveling with your beauty products doesn’t have to be a nightmare.
We’ve covered this topic fairly extensively (check here and here for some of our favorite travel-ready products). From the aforementioned cleansing wipes (not only great when you’re lazy but great when you don’t want to pack a full-sized cleanser!) to dry shampoo and even nail polish remover, so many brands have products that are just perfect for that quart-sized plastic bag.

9) Sunscreen is NOT overrated.
Another topic that really gets us going is sun protection. (Just a couple of examples: here and here.) You should always, always make sure you’re wearing SPF when you’re outside, regardless of whether you’re hitting the beach or just walking to work. We’ve rounded up tons of fabulous SPF products over the years, from moisturizers and BB creams to facial sunscreens and even lip balms.

10) Some of your favorite beauty products do double duty.
Run in your tights? Check. Stain in your clothing? Double check. You’d be surprised at how many of your beauty products do more than just what you think they do!

11) Get your beauty sleep. Always.
Good skin health starts with a good night of sleep. So before you settle down for those eight hours, make sure you’re doing everything you can to ensure you’ll look and feel your best in the morning!

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