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The weather is heating up, and while you may be feeling the need to leave your foundation behind, you still want a glowing complexion, right? We love Rose Byrne’s glowing look, and think something like Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More would do the trick. This luminating primer glides on smoothly, helps to fill in pores and keeps skin clear with breakout-fighting tea tree oil. The best part about this primer is how it also imparts a translucent veil of tint, meaning you won’t need foundation. If you do have any unsightly spots or blemishes you’d like to cover, use a concealer after applying the primer. $45,

As you know, we love beauty products. There are those that we have loved for many years, but every year, batches of newbie products are thrust into the market, and we, being the beauty junkies that we are, must give in to our product desires. Some leave us not so thrilled, while others have us excited to discover what impact they will bring to the masses. Check out the folowing products that are keeping us optimistic for the year ahead.


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AgelessFantasy by Harvey Prince is one of the first anti-aging perfumes. That in and of itself caught our attention. The scent, it turns out, is formulated to mask the smell of aging and it contains antioxidants to fight off free radicals. The formula (a blend of pink grapefruit, mango, anti-oxidant rich pomegranate, jasmine and musk) is based on natural bio chemistry and created with one goal in mind: to make you smell younger! The brand’s research found that when men smelled a woman wearing this fragrance, they thought she was eight years younger on average. 3.4 ounces, $98,

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Victoria’s Secret Pink Body puts VS into a new market with organic, vegan products all housed in post-consumer recycled packaging. Four lines include Energizing (like a wake up call for your skin, packed with organic citrus and mint), Nourishing (leaves skin feeling super soft and moisturized with organic Shea butter minus the greasy feel), Soothing (Hypoallergenic goodies infused with organic soy milk and oat extract, so it’s great for extra sensitive skin) as well as a line of Essentials. from $10,

l'oreal everpure.jpgL’Oreal EverPure line of shampoos and conditioners are sulfate-free, contain UV filters to protect haircolor, and even work beautifully if you don’t color your hair. The new, more natural formulation is the first for the brand and the only one of its kind in drugstores now. The refreshing, aromatic scents leave our bathrooms smelling like a spa, our healthy-looking, shiny hair gives us something to be thankful for and the price tag is the sweetest of all. $6.99,


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Max Factor Vivid Impact Lip Color was created to deliver fresh, rich pigment to not only saturate lips with amazing, look-at-me color, but to treat lips to fabulous moisture. This Shea butter-infused lipstick makes us forget we’re wearing actual lipstick in the first place. $8.97,


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No Frizz by Living Proof contains a mocule called PolyflouroEster that forms a lightweight barrier on the hair to ward off moisture and eliminate fly-away causing friction. The breakthrough formula has already won awards and is sweeping up a plethora of loyal users with all hair textures- including us- because it works better than anything we’ve used in years. from $14,

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Clinique ‘Turnaround’ Radiance Peel Once a Week System provides the much-desired clear and bright complexion of a low-level (30%) glycolic peel but without all of the irritation and stress to skin. The result? Skin that is smoother, more even-toned and luminous. $55,


lancome oscillation mascara.jpgLancome Oscillation Vibrating Mascara gives lashes the ultimate look as it oscillates 7000 times per minute (but don’t worry, it won’t hurt). Since the latest craze is lush, full lashes, we think this does a fabuous job of delivering the results; our lashes are longer, fuller, clump-free and all of the wiggle work is done for us— who couldn’t love that? $34,

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it only fitting to share with you some of our favorite green-hued beauty goodies, sure to keep you from getting pinched, and always leaving you looking gorgeous.


laura geller hocus pocus eye rimz.jpgLaura Geller Eye Rimz is a fabulous eyeshadow that can be used wet or dry, and produces some beautiful effects no matter how you decide to use it. Create a rich smoky eye or just give your peepers a hint of definition, you can’t go wrong with this. Try it in Hocus Pocus for a deep emerald green that looks great paired with a peachy-pink lip. $26,




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M.A.C makes a fabulous shimmery green shadow called Humid that we love to add to our eyelids all alone for a great pop of color on our face. $14, 



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Another green shade from MAC comes in an unusual form— lipgloss. You read right, Lustreglass in Spring Bean looks like a neon, who-would-put-that-their-lips color, but when worn, is a beautiful, shimmery gold. Looks great over any gloss or worn alone. $14,



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Almay Intense i-Color Mascara in Emerald Green is a great and subtle way to give your eye look a bit of color. We don’t mind that it’s intended for those with green eyes, because we think our brown eyes look just as good in it. $7.49,



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ZOYA nail lacquer in Suvi is an amazingly rich, deep emerald green with a bit of metallic edge. We love that it’s dark and not obnoxious on our grown-up tips. Of course, if you’re not sure you want to wear it on your fingers, toes love this shade, too. $6,

Looking for a good cleanser for your own personal skin type? By choosing a cleanser that suits your skin you’ll not only give your skin what it needs, but in time will make it look amazing. These are our picks:



For Normal Skin:

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Ahava Cleansing Cream self-adjusts to your skin’s pH level so it never overdries. We love that the creamy smooth consistency thoroughly cleanses and comforts skin on the first application, then removes oil, dirt, makeup, and other impurities without a trace left behind. $20,




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Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cream Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin is a pure and simple face wash that really cleans your skin. It nurtures skin with vitamin E for moisture and replenishes with aloe and chamomile. $4.79,




For Combination Skin:

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Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser is rich in lavender and tea tree oil to lift away surface impurities and help rebalance excess oil while soothing the dry parts of your face. The best part about this cleanser is that it leaves skin clean and refreshed, never dry. $40



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Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser is what we call a no-frills cleanser. It’s soap-free, rinses clean, and is suitable for normal to combination skin, eliminating impurities and makeup while soothing and softening the skin. $17,





For Dry Skin:




Cetaphil is mild enough for babies and even dermatologists love it. It’s clean, simple, and isn’t packed with chemicals or perfumes that can irritate the skin. It soothes and softens as it cleanses, helping the skin retain needed moisture. $7.99,



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Lancome ‘Galatee Confort’ Comforting Milky Creme Cleanser is great for dry skin because it’s emollient-rich and milky, giving dry skin the moisture it thirsts for. This melts away makeup and impurities and instantly comforts skin with honey and sweet almond extracts. from $30,




For Oily/Acne-Prone Skin:

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Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser is the go-to cleanser to keep oil under control and keep blemishes at bay. Lavender soothes skin irritated by drying acne products, while salicylic acid keeps pores clean. $7.99,



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Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser is one of the best when it comes to deep-cleaning clogged pores. This gel, featuring antibacterial triclosan and salicylic acid, helps to gently but effectively reduce acne blemishes to keep skin clear. $26,




For Sensitive Skin

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Caudalie Gentle Cleanser leaves skin clean, feeling soft and free of impurities and makeup. This mild fluid protects skin against free radicals, gives skin new clarity and balance, and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and phthalates. $26,



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Olay foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin was created especially for the special needs of sensitive skin. This gentle cleanser is soap-free, oil-free and gently, yet effectively, cleans without overdrying. A plus is that it comes as close to being “unscented” as a cleanser can be. $4.49,




For Mature Skin:

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser not only contains moisture-rich soy extracts and light diffusers to leave you with luminous looking skin, but this won’t overdry skin which is great when you’re skin is older. $7.49,



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Bioelements Moisture Positive Cleanser is rich and creamy, great for skin that is losing moisture. With natural plant extracts and aromatherapist oils to leave your skin feeling soft, clean and comfortable, skin will be hydrated, radiant and refreshed. $28,


Getting a manicure is great, but sometimes we need to save money, so we opt to do it at home. This is our quick and easy recipe for a DIY manicure.


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Begin by removing any existing nail polish so your nails are clean and dry.Try Cutex Quick & Gentle Nail Polish Remover, $2.09,




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Use a cuticle remover to help remove any dry cuticles and clean up the skin around the nail without having to cut anything. Try Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, $5.99,



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Apply a base coat (especially important if you’re going with a darker color. A base will protect your nails from stains). We like Nubar Foundation base coat ($6.99,, it really helps polish last.




zoya malia.jpgNow it’s time to apply your color. Apply a thin layer of nail polish over the base coat. Placing the brush about half-way down your nail, push downward (which fans the bristles out) until you almost touch your nail bed. Then reverse and sweep upward. Repeat on each nail. Our pick right now? Zoya Malia, a gorgeous violet cream, from the new Twist Collection, $6, 



After your first coat is nearly dry (this prevents bubbling), sweep the brush horizontally across the top of your nail to create an edge of polish and help prevent chipping, then proced to apply a second coat to the nails. 




After a few minutes, go over your hands with the polish remover soaked Q-tip ($4.99,, removing any excess smudges or paint from around your fingers.




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Finally, apply a clear top coat over each nail to protect and seal the color. We love Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, $9.99,



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