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Are you a yoga-lover, the life of the party or the full time Mom constantly chasing after your kids? Find out which of the fun, fearless females from that you are most like with their online personality quiz. Once you find out whether you’re an Anna, Cheryl, Maya or Nikki, we’ll show you how to create the best spring beauty look for your personality and lifestyle.


ANNA is a journalist who loves yoga, and her dream is to own her own yoga studio. She’s currently dating a contractor and always seems to have it together. Anna’s low-key personality cries out for an easy, natural-looking routine that can keep up with her active life. Her look for spring is fresh and subtle with just a hint of a glow. See Anna’s spring look here

MAYA is happily married to a doting husband (lucky girl!) and owns a small fashion boutique. Her personal style combines designer classics with cutting edge trends. Considered the life of the party, she always looks impeccable thanks to regular spa, salon and gym appointments. When it comes to beauty, Maya isn’t afraid to experiment a little with trendy colors (age-appropriate of course) and new formulations. See Maya’s spring look here

CHERYL is a full-time mom married to a workaholic. Putting everyone else’s happiness first, her days consist of chasing after the kids and dragging herself to the gym once n a while. Cheryl needs a no-fuss 5-minute beauty look that works for everything from shopping to soccer games. On those rare occasions where she has a few minutes for herself, a few pampering products to help relax and renew are in order. See Cheryl’s spring look here

NIKKI is a spontaneous free spirit who enjoys anything creative she can do with her hands like painting and sculpting. The eternal optimist, Nikki enjoys aerobics, shopping and dancing all night long. Her spring look is fun, playful and just a bit quirky. SPF coverage is a must for her fair skin. See Nikki’s spring look here


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and if you are into skincare as much as we are, you make protecting your skin priority #1. Excessive exposure to the sun is one of the main reasons for premature aging, but it is also the cause of more than 90% of skin cancer cases. The good news is that skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer, so take a look at our top sun-protecting product picks (and one to help soothe skin after a day in the sun) that will keep you healthy and protected.


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Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45

We can’t help but get behind anything that makes protecting our skin simple and easy on-the-go. This transparent mineral powder, housed with a convenient brush applicator, works immediately to block out the sun’s harmful rays. It leaves our our faces shine-free and protected from sunburn and skin damage, no matter where we go. $30,





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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 70

This spray-on sunscreen is easy to use and very kid friendly. We find it much easier to spray the kids down, rather than fuss with a lotion-style formula. They think it’s fun, too. The mist dries quickly, is waterproof, sweat-proof and even sprays upside down. $9.99,





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Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream

This amazing face cream from Clinique offers sun protection that dries to a matte finish. If you are prone to breakouts, there’s no need to stress because this is oil-free and even sensitive skin friendly. $17.50,




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Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30

This is one of our favorite sunscreens. Not only does it deliver maximum protection for our skin, but it smells fabulous (no “sunscreen” smell), fights off free-radicals, never leaves our skin super shiny (like other sunscreens sometimes do), and doesn’t clog our pores. Thank you Dr. Murad… $30,



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Oscar Blandi Sun-Shield Spray

Hair also needs to be protected from the sun, especially if it is color treated. Prevent color fade, or use as a styling aid, with this limited-edition spray, and let the “invisible shield” block out harmful UV rays. Formulated with Pro Vitamin B5 to strengthen, rich in vitamins A, D, and E to protect and avocado and jojoba oils to nourish, moisturize and condition hair. $20,



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Blistex Lip Tone SPF 15

Your lips are probably one area of your face you forget to protect, and wearing gloss or lipstick alone won’t give them protection unless it itself contains an SPF. Run this over your lips before applying you favorite lip color and you’ll not only create an even base for it to stick to, but you’ll also give no reason for the sun to cause any damage to your precious pout. $1.99,



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Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel

Ideal after any day out in the sun, this ultra-cooling cream gel will provide its user with long-lasting freshness and comfort for the face and body. Yogurt, a natural source of lactose, proteins, and vitamins, hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. Soothes sensitive skin too. $23.50,

Last week, Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) held their annual award ceremony to honor the best in beauty, everything from moisturizer to mascara, and we were on the edge of our seats to find out what products would make the cut. These are our picks of products from the list of winners that we think you should consider adding to your beauty bag now.



avon anew clinical pro stretch mark smoother.jpgAvon Anew Clinical Professional Stretch Mark Smoother This break-through formula works to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks, as well as help prevent new ones from forming. The formulation is designed to help boost elastin and stimulate collagen; glycolic acid helps smooth the texture and even the tone and color of existing stretch marks. Through testing, over 90% of women show improvement in length, depth and visibility of stretch marks in eight weeks— we need to get this. $19.99,




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Fresh Fig Apricot Bath and Shower GelThis shower gel allows us to have a pampering experience while we get clean. The skin-loving formula nourishes with a blend of vitamins C & E, uses meadowfoam and evening primrose oils for hydration, and shea butter and borage seed oil for moisture. The luxurious scent of Turkish apricot, peach, fig and jasmine, doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the smell. $28, 



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Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector If you are like us, desiring an even skintone is one of your biggest skin care issues.lightweight, layerable serum helps to create a noticeably even and clear complexion. Within four to six weeks, it measurably and visibly corrects, clarifies and evens skin tone. Over time, it even helps prevent new dark spots from forming. Get this for yourself and a friend. $39.50,




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Estee Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Moisturizer SPF 15 contains an industry first called Tri-Hyaluronic Acid Complex. This unique blend of three Hyaluronic Acid technologies work at multiple levels in the skin to help replenish, rebuild and sustain the ideal moist environment for more lineless, youthful looking skin. For us, anything that will hold off the signs of aging a little bit longer will always get a vote form us. $58,



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CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation is a first-of-its-kind anti-aging makeup that won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, but rather will leave skin with an amazing finish. With Olay Regenerist serum in the formula, we can’t help but love the idea of this multi-tasking makeup. The lightweight formula goes on sheer but is easily buildable for fuller coverage and contains SPF 22. $13.99,



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Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 70 Wearing sunscreen everyday is important and this award-winner is the best at making application simple. Add to that it’s ability to deliver broad and photostable UVA/UVB protection, and you’ve got the best sunscreen on the market. This waterproof, no-rub formula is good for sensitive skin and everyday use. It also contains natural soy proteins, vitamins A and E, and antioxidants to help protect skin against environmental damage; convenient one-touch pump can spray at any angle. 10.99,

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,

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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,

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