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loreal hip jelly balm.jpgThe L’Oreal HiP line of products are all very highly pigmented, rich colors (HIP does stand for high intensity pigments, after all), but the Jelly Balms are the opposite. They give a pretty sheer wash of color while adding fabulous moisture to a very delicate, easily dried out area of the face: the lips!

We all love a good lip conditioner, so one that also gives our lips a hint of color is a major plus. There’s no need for a mirror with these either, and with our on-the-go lifestyles, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Well… maybe that L’Oreal would add an SPF to it— then it would be perfect!  $9, drugstore.com

infallible lipgloss.jpgAvailable in 16 shades, L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss promises a 6-hour wear without changing, dulling or fading. So what did we think?

We were actually surprised to find its staying power was like no other gloss we have ever used. The triangle sponge wand applies a beautiful, sheer color to our lips and never left them dried out. While the color does eventually disapper from our lips, if we let it, it will still stay on for an average of 3-4 hours— that is enough to convince us this is a product we can’t live without! $9.99, drugstore.com 

 

 

It’s not only the leaves that change with the season, beauty evolves into a deeper hued daily ritual with the addition of spicier scents, shades and angles. Soft, shiny hair is loosened and worn low with a bend, caressing cheeks and shoulders. Trends this year mimic those of the ’80s with a splash of ’40s femme. Beauty is sophisticated and luxurious. Some easy additions to pull off this year’s Fall-Winter transition include:

Black Orchid by Tom Ford

This decadent scent wafts with sex, smoke, spice and sweetness which are synonymous with the design of Tom Ford. My immediate reaction was to keep smelling my wrist after the initial spray. It’s one of those rare scents you occasionally encounter in passing and irresistibly are drawn to. The perfect fragrance to warm up the atmosphere during a chilly day or night.

Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette


Black as night shadow has been adorning the lids of celebrities and transforming their summer shades into a more mysterious vamp. Classic examples include Anne Hathaway and the ever so sunny Katherine Heigl. Their dramatic eyes are not as easy as just a brush of darkness. Quality of texture and pigment are key to achieving a smooth application of drama and the deep shades are never allowed to venture too far past the crease. This palette includes one of the best brushes I’ve seen in a ready made collection. This combo of smoky midnights and sheer cool pale shades are ideal for highlighting your more innocent side during the day and for releasing the vixen as evening falls!

Hot Tools Professional Spring 1 inch Curling Iron

2676-A8375.jpg Big beautiful curls are all the rage in this season’s sophisticated femme styles. Keep your roots with minimal volume while creating a cascading brushed curl around face and throughout hair’s length. Best way to achieve this kind of girly glam is to use a 1 inch curling iron around the sides and back of head twisting hair loosely around iron in both directions.

HairDo by Ken Paves

318839.jpg But what if you are still sporting last season’s bob? Have no worry, HairDo is quite possibly one of the easiest ways to add on hair. Yes, in one piece, and I cannot tell you how real it looks! Watch the video before you say nay, you will not believe the simplicity!



Biore Daily Recharging Enliven Eye Cooling Gel

200.JPG With chillier temperatures, we welcome dry heat into our homes which causes us to wake up puffy eyed and with dry skin and hair. A partial remedy for this beauty blunder is to invest in a humidifier or leave a pot of water near your heating device (do not leave it near electric heat). But it’s not a sure fix and we need an added boost to help. This gel works gently and effectively at combating the under eye bag, and it feels absolutely invigorating.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Crème Serum Overnight Repair Formula

103_large.jpgIf frizz and dryness are a part of your wardrobe this season, choose an overnight hair repair like John Frieda’s. Apply it to dry hair at night and wake up to smoother healthier hair in the morning. And don’t worry- it doesn’t leave residue on your pillowcase!


Sephora by OPI in Caffeine Fix

1111582_sw.jpg If you can grow your nails long and still function in your daily tasks, so be it, ladies. Long, rounded and violet is this season’s nail trend. A grape-inspired polish is definitely making a statement- so keep them shiny, on the deeper side and chip-free. My favorite long wearing shade is from Sephora by OPI. The rich coffee-inspired shade is perfectly plum.

Urban Decay Lipstick in Trainwreck and Sellout

P219002_hero.jpg Moist, matte shades are painting this season’s lips. The hottest shades include cranberry, fire- inspired and deep earth brown. Urban Decay lipsticks in Trainwreck and Sellout are a must-have for all intense purposes! Color lasts, stays creamy and within its defined lines.


Kerastase Specifique Bain Divalent Balancing Shampoo Oily Roots-Sensitised Lengths

kerast.jpgHands down, the hottest new product. If you color or highlight your hair, you know you’re not supposed to wash it daily because the color fades and the ends get dry. If you skip a day, your roots become a greasy separating fortress of darkness that nobody, including yourself, wants to touch. I’ve tried it and this shampoo works at getting you that second day and imparts a superior shine with all of its specified balancing. (available 11/10)

Clairol Perfect 10 Hair Color by Nice & Easy

clairol10.png Perfect 10 delivers head turning hair color in a lustrous easy to use formula. In fact, your new rich wintry shade is achieved in as little as 10 minutes. A selection of 20 super shiny shades to choose from without the time and money spent at a salon. The applicator and “smart” color technology make it a foolproof way to achieve your new shade for the season.
 

No Frizz by Living Proof

LP_Group_Light.jpgIt seems enough of us have cried to the hair gods to eliminate our frizz and static! These godly beings or more suitably named scientists have created the most advanced product to control our strands in 30 years. Living Proof is a weightless, PolyfluoroEster material that creates a surface on hairs that eliminates water absorption, repels dirt and oil, creates a bright shine, eliminates any sort of frizz and smoothes out the rough edges that cause coarseness and electric snaps. It is beyond amazing!





YSL-gloss-pur-black.jpg“Mysterious, sensual, luminous… A cosmetic jewel that turns lips into a spectacular fashion statement.From plum to ebony, it dresses lips in an infinite range of shades, depending on how it is applied - feather light or rich and bold. Transparent yet intense, it plays on the depths of black and the pure shine of a sparkle-free formula. For fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, black is THE color. And as a make-up artist, lips are THE focus.”

Besides being the must-have make up item for Fall 2008, Gloss Pur Black is a preview of a new formula which will launch in Spring 2009, in 6 radiant shades, full of pure color and high shine.


The new dark lip craze is in full swing now that YSL has released their new gloss. We are so excited to be able to dress up our dark pouts, and can only imagine the beautiful intensity this will give our typical burgundy and cranberry lips this season!

YSL GLOSS PUR Black Limited Edition, available online now, for only $28, yslbeautyus.com

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