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This Mother’s Day we plan to give the moms in our lives products that will make them feel and look their best. It can be difficult being a mom, and that’s why we believe that “me time” should also be on the daily to-do list (that never seems to end). We think these sets should help…

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Give her the Philosophy Makeup Optional Kit if you know she isn’t too much into makeup. Great looking skin begins with great skincare, and this set is one of our favorites. Everything she’ll need to get a glowing complexion is included: Purity Made Simple cleanser, Hope In A Jar moisturizer, When Hope Is Not Enough A.M. Serum, Hope in a Tube Eye and Lip Firming Cream, plus two-applications of Microdelivery Vitamin C Foils. $78,



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Every glamorous mom knows that Smashbox delivers the fabulous goods when it comes to makeup. The new Glambox Vol. 4 Set— inspired by palettes in every Smashbox artist’s kit— will keep her prepared thanks to the latest must-haves in the set. Each palette is sleek enough to fit into a purse for flawless beauty on-the-go. Includes a travel-size Arced Liner Brush. $68,



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For the mom who likes to glam it up, but is short on time, consider this Laura Geller Show Stoppers set. It comes with everything she’ll need to create a classic, fool-proof look. We particularly love the Bronze-N-Brighten that suits most skin tones as well as the lipglosses- we think she will, too! $37,




the body shop spa sanctuary gift set.jpgSpa-loving moms who enjoy indulging in life’s simple luxuries will appreciate The Body Shop Spa Sanctuary Gift Set that comes complete with everything she could want to create a tranquil and pampering bath experience; the salt scrub along with products with ingredients like Monoi oil, Shea butter and honey, will leave her skin feeling renewed and feeling soft. $37,




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Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Travel Set is a set featuring three products that will transport her senses to an island paradise. We love the luscious guava scented body butter, candle and solid perfume that can go anywhere and the fact that it leaves money in our pocketbooks makes giving this as a gift even sweeter. $14,





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Josie Maran Earth Day Essentials Green-On-The-Go Kit is green, but still packs a serious glamour punch (it’s even on our beauty wishlist!). Featuring five eco-chic products, each will get her gorgeous, as well as introduce her to this award-winning line. $48,





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Our moms have always wished to have their own personal styists. Since that is way out of our reasonably-priced gift-giving strategy, she will have to accept this set by Oscar BlandiOscar’s Tool Kit. In it she will find Jasmine Protein Mist for Restyling Hair, Luce (a rinse-out gloss for adding shine to hair), Olio Di Jasmine Shine Spray, Seta Silk Polishing Cream, Pronto Dry Shampoo, plus an instructional DVD with Oscar’s secrets for great hair. $48,

For more, check out Mother’s Day Gifts at

A few months ago, we shared our picks for adding more color to your beauty bags. Now the season is in full swing, and we can’t help but feel inspired by all of the colors blooming outdoors, being displayed in store windows and taking center stage at our local beauty counters. This is the perfect time of year to add more punches of color to your beauty routine, no matter how subtle. Find these colorful picks in stores right now.



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MAC “Just A Pinch” Gel Blush is a seriously bold red color in its pot, but goes on smooth and sheer when applied to our cheeks and lips. This color looks great on all skintones and can be worn as light or amped up as you like. $18.50,



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Essie Neon Collection

What better way to add color to your look than to add it to your tips and toes? We know that neon can be a bit scary for some, but when worn on the hands and feet, it’s a lot less “in your face”. Get this mini set, and don’t be afraid to try them all. $18,




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L’Oreal H.I.P Bright Duos Eyeshadows pack gorgeous, even more rich pigment than the original, into two colors that can be worn together or separately. Highly blendable, these colors go on sheer when applied with a shadow brush. Add more layers to turn up the volume on your desired look. $7,





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Bare Escentuals Free To Be Naturally Adventurous Set With gorgeous, vibrant colors, this 100% pure, preservative-free set allows the user to play up her bohemian style; give yourself exotic eyes, sparkling cheeks, and inspiring lips with all of the lively colors. Includes a blush, two eyecolors, one liner shadow and a gloss housed in a teal clutch. $39.50,




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Sephora Brand Moroccan Sunrise Bag Collection We believe beauty junkies can never have too many cosmetic bags. We know these will never be worn with our favorite ensembles, but these tangerine colored bags look so good in our bathrooms, and really make keeping our ever-growing beauty arsenal well-organized. Available in four sizes. From $9,

If “green is the new black”, then green should be sleek, sexy and make anyone who wears it feel fabulous. After all, just because something is good for the environment, or your health, doesn’t mean it has to lack in the glamour department, especially in the beauty department. These five gems have stolen our hearts, and if you haven’t tried them yourself, what are you waiting for?


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Korres Guava Lipstick is free of parbens and sulfates, but full of antioxidant vitamin C & E. With lip-soothing Shea butter, this lipstick goes beyond giving lips rich, beautiful color— it really gives lips something to smile about. $22,





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Tarte Natural Beauty Cheek Stain For a natural-looking flush created with natural ingredients, this is one to try. The sheer berry color gives cheeks (of all colors) just a kiss of natural tint by using pigments derived from fruit and pure minerals. Wear it alone or under your favorite powder blush. $28,




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100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Mascara lengthens, separates, thickens and glosses lashes with fruit and Black tea pigments. This long-lasting, water and smudge-resistant formula uses lash-nourishing ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat proteins to condition for lashes that look and feel healthy. Suitable even if you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes. Available in three shades. $27 for two, 




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Organic Wear Duo Eye Shadow uses all 100% natural ingredients, and gives your pocket book a break. For less than $6 each, these shadows come in shades to suit your eye color, but we use them all- just because we can. OrganiSoy™ evens out skin tone and texture to restore skin smoothness while Eco-Olive™ helps shield skin from harsh environmental aggressors. $5.96,


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Josie Maran Concealer doesn’t just provide full coverage to hide any skin discolorations or imperfections. This natural beauty must-have treats skin with rejuvenating and antioxidant benefits. Like all of the products in the line, 100% Argan Oil is used to keep skin looking refreshed day after day. $22,


Jessica-Stroup3.gif It’s a bit chilly in New York, but that doesn’t mean stars look any less hot when they attend shows at the Tents for Fashion Week. Take 90210 star Jessica Stroup, who, despite the bitter cold, heated up the room at every show she attended. Want the scoop on how her smoldering look was created? Of course you you do— that’s why you’re here!

theBalm makeup artist, Felicia Roman wanted to keep all attention on Jessica’s bright blue eyes, so she went dramatic with the lids and kept the rest of the star’s face simple.

Here’s the step-by-step:

thebalm pick up liners.jpg1.) Felicia started by using the Pick-Up-Liners pencil in Don Juan (three in a set, $19, to smudge a line around the lashes and in a thicker line covering most of the bottom part of the lid to achieve smoky definition. Because the Pick Up Liners are half the size of a typical pencil, Felicia was able to get up close and really push the liner into the base of the lashes with perfect precision.


thebalm shady lady.jpg thebalm overshadow.jpg2.) Felicia dabbed Lucious Lani eyeshadow (the champagne shade from the ShadyLady Eye Shadow Palette, $38, ) across the lid to highlight the symmetrical shape of her face and then finished it off with a light dusting of the sheer 100% mineral Overshadows in You Buy, I’ll Fly (a copper shimmer, $15, to make Stroup’s eyes really pop. It was also blended into the lower lash line over the pencil for an ethereal finish. thebalm two-timer mascara.jpg

The lashes were defined and volumized with 3 coats of Two Timer Mascara ($20,; two coats to instantly build fuller lashes and a third to separate and lengthen.





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timebalm concealer.jpg3.) When it came to the skin, Felicia evened out and smoothed Jessica’s skin by blending BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer ($25, with TimeBalm Concealer ($18, Becaue the TimeBalm Concealer has time released hydrating properties, there was no need to reapply between shows- Jessica’s under eye area stayed bright all day.




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bahama mama bronzer.jpg hot mama blush.jpgA few swipes of SexyMama translucent powder ($19, gave a photo-finish, and then a combo of the matte Bahama Mama bronzer ($19, with the more shimmering berry-toned Hot Mama blush ($19, gave a healthy glow to Jessica’s cheeks.




thebalm to the rescue.jpg balmshelter gloss.jpg4.) Finally, Felicia conditioned and nourished Stroup’s lips with theBalm to the Rescue ($16,, and topped them off with either BalmShelter Lip Gloss in Girly-Girl (for a pinky-coral finish, $19, or Plump Your Pucker in Cocoa My Coconut (a warm nude, $15, to add some shimmer. Jessica LOVED the yummy flavors of the glosses, especially Cocoa My Coconut which she wore at the Jill Stuart show.


It’s Fashion Week in New York, and while we are previewing all of the fabulous trends coming for Fall ‘09, we have our eyes on Spring, and fabulous warm-weather trends. One of the hottest makeup trends for the season is bright and cheerful palettes of rich blues, pretty pinks, and oh-so flattering corals. We love that we can create a beachy look without turning to the predictable bronzer. These are some items that you’ll want in your makeup bag to carry you through the season:


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Maybelline Expertwear Duo Eyeshadow in Sea Glass will give your eyes a gorgeous wash of blue shimmer. Layer for a dramatic look or simply keep the look sheer by swiping over lids with a light hand. Either way, wear them paired with a glossy lip for a look that is this year’s new beach cool. $3.59,



wet n wild turquoise eyeliner.jpgWet ‘n’ Wild Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Turquoise will give your eyes a fresh pop! of color just in time for spring. We not only love the smooth, creamy formula that lasts all day, but the price tag has us hooked every time. $1.29,



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Bobbi Brown Brights Eye Palette is every eyeshadow lovers dream. We’ve featured this before, but we can’t get enough of it. It does, after all, have 35 colors to choose from, and even Bobbi herself recommends wearing these sparingly. The blues we’re loving? Pacific, Blue Denim and Cloud Blue shades. $70,



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Revlon Strawberry Electric Nail Polish is just the bright pink to cheer you up if you’re feeling down. We love the on-the-brink of neon this color has, and the faint undertones of violet keep us wanting more. $4.99


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JK Jemma Kidd Airkiss Shine Lipgloss in Poser is a fantastic bright pink that never looks obnoxious. This shade is every bit the glamorous shade. We love that this moisturizing gloss isn’t sticky, but full of high-watt shine. lasts . $16,



givenchy rouge lipstick.jpgGivenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Tempting Coral will smooth and nourish your lips with antioxidants while long-wearing color will get you through a long day of fun in the sun. $27,



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Benefit Coralista is our must-have face color. With an amazing buildable formula,, you can take it from sheer and sweet to bright and bold. $28,

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