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We’ve all been there: alarm blaring WAY before we’ve completely slept off last night’s cocktails with the girls. A shower and coffee may help wake us up, but wait a minute - what’s going to help wake this tired skin?! 

We say: if you can’t beat it, fake it. You may not feel anywhere near a million bucks, but follow these tips and you’ll look it in no time…five minutes to be exact.

1. Give skin a double boost by smoothing on a  primer that hydrates and brightens, Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow primer.
P254900_hero.jpgThe primer hydrates and smooths skin while light reflective crushed pearl pigments brighten skin and diffuse light to fake a radiance. Time: 1 minute.

2. Apply a sheer to medium coverage tinted moisturizer to mask imperfections and even out skin tone. Depending on the amount of coverage you’d like, use fingers for more control and coverage, or a dampened sponge for a more sheer finish.
P49000_hero.jpg Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer has just enough pigment while still being lightweight and invisible. Added bonus? SPF to protect skin from harmful rays. Time: 1 minute.

3. Any problem areas are easily covered with a creamy concealer like Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
P109931_hero.jpgUse a small concealer brush to dot onto problem areas with precision, then use your ring finger to tap into skin and diffuse, for the most natural coverage. Time: 1 minute.

4. We’ve been trained to be afraid of powders to set our makeup, for fear of looking unnaturally matte or cakey. The new HD powders are foolproof, and give skin a soft-focus look. Makeup For Ever Microfinish contains silica powder, which helps to soften the appearance of imperfections.
P210400_hero.jpgSprinkle a small amount into cap, swirl powder brush, tap off excess, and lightly dust over contours of the face. A little goes a long way. Time: 1 minute.

5. Lastly, here’s an insider tip to a fresh, no makeup look: Spritz skin with a light facial spray to take down the powder, set, and give an added dose of hydration. Shu Uemura Depsea Facial Water Mist contains over 60 minerals to enhance moisture.
P235606_hero.jpgHolding bottle 1-15 inches from skin, mist lightly and let dry. It may sound counter-productive after applying the other four products, but trust us: One time, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this step! Time: 1 minute.

Total time elapsed: 5 minutes, which leaves you time to stop for that double latte!






With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we think it’s time to get your lips in good condition, regardless of whether or not you have someone special to kiss. Lips, like the rest of your skin, should be treated properly. Healthy lips not only look good, but your favorite lip colors, especially lipsticks, will look and apply so much better on a smooth pout. Here are some of our lippie picks that get and keep those lips in soft, kiss-ready shape.

 

It’s a new year (2010, can you believe it?), full of possibilities and positive expectations. Why not take a little time to discover a new, fun scent? The following are a handful of floral-infused scents that we are loving and think you may want to try on for size in 2010.

 

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DKNY Sweet Caramel Candy Apple

“A crisp, irresistible surprise”. We find this scent to be delicate, succulant and creamy, with the right amount of sweetness. We highly recommend you try the other “flavors’ in this limited-edtion collection as well— yum! Limited Edition. $55, sephora.com

 

 

 

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Vera Wang Glam Princess

The newest princess to join the Vera Wang family is Glam Princess. Like a modern and feminine fairy-tale, this princess seems like a very inspired, imaginative and flirty one thanks in part to notes like crushed red berries, guava, marshmallow and vanilla orchid. Limited Edition. From $45, macys.com

 

 

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Leslie Blodgett Santa Barbara Eau de Parfum Spray

Like a getaway in a bottle, we love the cool vibe of this scent. A blend of subtle fruits, soft white flowers and mellow woods are captured in this Sephora exclusive. From $16, sephora.com

 

 

 

 

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Smashbox Heartbreaker Eau de Parfum

Smashbox’s Spring 2010 collection, Heartbreaker, also includes the brand’s first fragrance, an “alluring, spicy floral” eau de parfum. While the scent is the perfect blend to take us into spring, the rollerball packaging makes it travel-friendly—  love that. $22, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

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Helena Rubinstein’s Wanted

“Vibrant, modern and fresh”, this new fragrance isn’t too daring so it’s suitable for the office. With notes of iris, cedar, sandalwood and vanilla, you may want this feminine scent carrying you through the year. From $60, macys.com

 

 

Whether you resolve to get in shape, quit smoking, get back into a beloved hobby or learn something new, creating goals is never a bad way to start the year. We, of course, must add our “2 cents” and encourage creating beauty-ful goals for 2010. Here are 4 ideas that you can incorporate into your life beginning this week.

 

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