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Got some last minute gifts to take care of? We love Sephora Favorites samplers. Our two picks in particular are the LashStash and Glitz & Glam. With New Year’s Eve less than two weeks away, we’re already planning our ultra-glam look. There is really no other day of the year where you can go all out with glitz (sparkle shoes, anyone?) than on the last day on the calendar. If you have a makeup addict on your list, check these out. $40 and under, both kits (as well as most of the others available) come with a little bit of everything. LashStash is equipped with 10 of Sephora’s top selling mascaras and a handy eyelash curler. Some of our personal favorites such as Benefit BadGal Lash (great for volume!) and Blinc Kiss Me (wonderful separation, and no smudging, we promise) are packaged up for sampling. 

To get (or give) a gorgeous glow, the Glitz & Glam kit comes with everything you could need to be photo and spotlight ready for the holidays, or the whole year (though these little jars won’t last that long.) Overall, both are great values, and any beauty junkie would squeal at the variety to play with. $39 (Glitz & Glam) and $40 (LashStash); sephora.com

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Though the advertisement is not set to be released until January 2011 with CoverGirl’s new NatureLuxe line, we were given a sneak peak at the fresh line’s new flawless campaign featuring having-the-best-year-ever-starlet, Taylor Swift.

NatureLuxe, CoverGirl’s up-coming upscale sister line, was created as a nod to the affluent, environmentally and naturally-focused customer. Honestly, we think the delicate and lady-like Swift is a perfect fit! She looks - and yes, we’re about to get super cliche - easy, breezy and beautiful. (Duh!) 

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“I’m really excited for people to discover the new NatureLuxe line from COVERGIRL! The Silk Foundation and Gloss Balm are really light and fresh, they feel amazing on my skin,” she says in a release. 

The two new products being released under the NatureLuxe line are formulated without fillers and chemicals, but rather with ingredients like jojoba oil, cucumber water, rosehip extract, mango and shea butter. 

We bid cheers to Taylor, and are excited for this new line! (Don’t worry, as always, well provide a full report.) 

aqualin.jpgTarte EmphasEYES™ Aqua-Gel Eyeliner captures the high-pigment concentration and staying power of a gel pot in an effortless pencil, without the need for a brush. The formula suspends rich mineral pigments in a 50% water concentration by a process of hydrous pigmentation, in which cooling and refreshing pure water absorbs into the skin to hydrate and replenish the delicate eye area, leaving behind an intense, long-wearing, and pigment-rich color.

EmphasEYES™ ingredients include:

- Pure water that suspends mineral pigments while delivering and retaining moisture to replenish and hydrate skin,-
- Aloe leaf extract known for its soothing, healing, and antiseptic properties, which maintain moisture balance in the skin,
- Vitamin E, which acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and fights free radical damage,
- Cucumber extract, which is rich in vitamins A &C and helps soothe skin, and
- Mineral pigments, which have been known to soothe and soften the skin.

The best part is that due to the unique nature of this formula, you don’t need to over advance the tip, so it lasts a while, so long as you remember to always securely replace the cap to prevent dry out.

You only need a little for intense color payoff, and it seriously doesn’t move. We even wore it to the gym to test, and while the rest of our face was dewy, the liner DID NOT BUDGE, even from the waterline.

Available in 8 shades for $18, at Sephora.

Philosophy is known the world over for their skincare with whimsical names, such as their Hope in a Jar moisturizer, When Hope is Not Enough serum, and The Great Mystery Daily Facial. You may have salivated over their so-good-you-could-eat-it food inspired 3-in-1 bath gels (Red Velvet Cake, anyone?), or doused yourself in the heavenly Amazing Grace fragrance. But did you know that Philosophy has amazing makeup too?

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Philosophy’s the supernatural line is just that: super healthy, mineral-based, your-skin-but-better makeup. Standouts include:

  • Airbrushed Canvas- a high-pigment, talc-free foundation that conceals, camouflages and provides spf protection all in one easy step. best of all, it’s safe for all skin types. Airbrushed Canvas looks natural and almost melts into skin, leaving you flawless with no tell tale makeup look or “shiny” appearance that other mineral powders can take on.
  • Superbeautiful Hybrid Liquid- a healthy, good-for-skin makeup infused with natural, plant-based moisturizers, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and spf 20 to deliver sheer color, moisture and protection. Perfect for those who like the look and application of liquid makeup with the benefits of minerals. This one truly does double duty to keep skin flawless with or without makeup.
  • Lit From Within Cream Blush - a superblendable, creamy, natural mineral blush that moisturizes, refreshes and adds sheer, healthy color to cheeks. This cream is easily applied with fingers or brush (we prefer our fingers!), and makes skin glow.
  • You Make Me Blush Cheek Duo- a mineral powder duo creates a believable, natural flush of color for an all-over healthy look. The two shades complement each other, while also creating endless options for defining, highlighting, and accentuating features, all while remaining completely natural.
If you’re like us, you want super-performing products that leave you looking your best…without looking like someone else…which is exactly what you’ll get from Philosophy. Definitely worth a try!

The line retails between $22-$35, available nationwide at Sephora, or at Philosophy.com.


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We’ve been a fan of Tarte Cosmetics for a few years now, especially their coveted cheek stains. Which is reason enough to have been excited to hear that this natural makeup company recently released their Lipsurgence Natural Lip Stain

It’s no secret that lip stains tend to be a bit drying. You put them on, and they instantly parch your lips, making a moisturizing lip balm an essential partner product. Tarte’s Lipsurgence stains claim to increase your lip’s moisture level by 6,000 percent in 28 days, and though there really is no way we could have quantified those numbers ourselves, we no doubt appreciated the soft, moisturizing effect achieved by this product. 

We loved how the stain just glided right on in sheer layers, which could be built upon depending on how deep we wanted the color (we found the perfect shade by applying two layers, and blotting). The infused peppermint oil was a pleasant surprise, and had a great cooling effect. We tested Joy (peach), Lust (red), and Enchanted (rosey pink). Enchanted worked best with our tan skin tone for every day use, though we could definitely see ourselves playing up the Lust for a saucy night out. 

Though we’ve used lip stains that have lasted longer, the most impressive part of Tarte’s Lipsurgence Natural Lip Stain is the “natural” part. It’s formulated without parabens, mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate, glutens, talc, dyes, synthetic fragrances or phthalates. The price tag may be a bit steep compared to drugstore varieties, but a little goes very far, making the MSRP more than worth it in the long run. 




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