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It’s time to brighten up! Your smile, that is. No one can deny that a fabulous white smile looks great on everyone, but who wants to spend hundreds of dollars to get it? You don’t have to spend a fortune these days, there are so many amazing products on the market right now. Take a look at our five favorite products to help your pearly whites look their brightest.

 

 

covergirl wetslicks amazemint lipgloss.jpgCoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint Lipglosses are on our love, must-have, can’t-live-without list. “Fake it till you make it” is a great way to describe how these glosses help create a whiter smile. Each color has a slight blue tone that will give teeth the appearance of being whiter, not to mention the minty flavor has only raised our approval rating.  $6.49, drugstore.com

 

 

rembrandt intense stain toothpaste2.jpgRembrandt Intense Stain Toothpaste has become our must-have toothpaste. Not  only does it deep clean our teeth the way a facial does our skin, but it gives us even more reasons to smile. Our teeth are healthy and white, and the fresh minty taste leaves us looking forward to “getting our brush on” twice a day. $7.49, drugstore.com

 

 

tarte enbrightenmint2.jpgTarte Embrightenmint is a double-ended, tooth-whitening wand and lip gloss product specifically designed to not only give you the whitening you want on-the-go, but the gloss makes teeth appear whiter because of its bluer tone. We love it in Pearly Pink for day and Radiant Red at night. $26 sephora.com

 

 

 

it cosmetics my youthful smile kit.jpgMy Youthful Smile by It! Cosmetics features a Smile Brightening Lip Plumping Gloss on one end, with blue based colors specially designed to counteract the appearance of yellow teeth and make your smile whiter instantly, as well as a Smile Line Wrinkle Fill cream with collagen and anti-oxidants on the other to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth. Available in three shades. $32, beauty.com

 

 

crest whitestrips daily.jpgCrest Whitestrips Daily Whitening + Tarter Protection Strips only require five minutes of daily use to achieve beautiful pearly whites. These are fabulous if you have any sensitivity to whitening, but we really like that these give the results without the huge time commitiment. We have only been using these for a week, and already notice a difference.  $34.99, drugstore.com 

organicwear.jpgSo it seems like everyone is buzzing about the benefits of organic things these days. I’ll admit, my family is all about organic foods; Trader Joes anyone? But organic makeup seems to just be making its way to your local mall. Toting a heavy price-tag and boasting health benefits, organic makeup seems pretty legit.

But the Katie Couric in me has decided to investigate just how legit this organic makeup is.

First off, let’s make this Organic 101 for a second and define what it means to be organic. Organic products are products that are produced without pesticides or other chemicals. They are also produced in a way that is environmentally friendly, as toxins are not released into the air. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has now made standards that regulate which foods can be deemed organic. Although usually more expensive, organic foods can be better for you, so the same should be true for organic makeup right? Turns out, not so much.

I decided to check out my best friend, Sephora, to see just what organic products they offer. Sephora is stocked with three “organic” brands: Care by Stella McCartney, Juice Beauty and NVEY Eco. Each brand claims to be pure, luxurious, and certified organic. Looking through their products they look pretty great: Care is big on moisturizing skincare and NVEY has some really pretty eyeshadow kits.

Too bad that upon further research the term organic kinda seems like a hoax…

According to OrganicConsumers.org (yeah it’s a .org so I trust it) it turns out there are no standards for organic beauty products! The Organic Consumers Association is doing its best to alert buyers that “certified” labels are not actually set to a specific government standard unless they actually say “USDA Certified.” Unless these products are certified with that specific label, they often still contain the same chemicals as their non-Organic counterparts. Oftentimes the carcinogenic chemical 1,4-Dioxide is still put in makeup products falsely labeled as organic. These products claim to be certified but they are often certified by lax regulations.

Unfortunately, none of the makeup brands on Sephora are USDA certified and thus are not recommended by the Organic Consumer Association. (Shame on you Stella McCartney!)

Check out a list of more approved beauty products here. Some companies like Organic Essence have a 100% USDA organic line of beauty products (but it is mostly lotions and soaps).

I guess the bottom line is: if you’re gonna buy organic makeup be aware that many make false claims and are often equivalent to regular or natural makeup lines. Stay in the know and save your dough!


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Jenna Fischer
, who plays our favorite secretary on the hit series The Office, looked beautiful at the Golden Globes. We were mesmerized by her flawless look, and her makeup complemented her dress so well. So, just how did she get this look? We did some digging to bring you the beauty scoop.

Makeup artist Brett Freedman played up the Jenna’s look by extending the eyeliner on her eyes and created a more vivid, “out of the box glam” for the usually subtle Jenna using the following products:

 

Foundation: LORAC Oil Free Powder Foundation in #02 (light), $35, sephora.com 

Loose Powder: Magic by Prescriptives in Deep Translucent. Brett says, “This product has a gorgeous light reflective quality with a hint of bronze, so it photographs beautifully.” $35, nordstrom.com

Concealer: Cle De Peau Concealer in Beige.$85, cosmeticmall.com 

Blush: Almay Smart Shade Blush in Natural, $5.39, drugstore.com, topped with LORAC Oil Free Illuminating Powder in Luminous on apples of the cheeks. $32, beauty.com

Eyeshadow: RIMMEL Colour Rush Mono Eyeshadow in #330 Azure, applied wet and swept over lids and blended down to a sheer finish.

Liquid Liner: LANCOME La Laque Liner in Pure Black, applied in a line across the top lash line, thickening and extending out and upward for a dramatic look. $25, nordstrom.com

Brow Highlight Shadow: LOREAL HiP pigment powder in Restless. Brett says, “I love a bright, crisp browbone. This champagne hued shadow looks natural yet packs a punch.” $12, drugstore.com

Mascara: VANITYMARK ‘the LASH’ in Blackest. Three coats were applied to really amp up the top lashline. One full coat on the bottom to give eyes definition without overpowering the top lash line. $16, vanitymark.com

Faux Lashes: Kre-At Beauty individual lashes. A mix of the short (on the inner eye) and the long (for outer) in black were used to give an alluring sweep.

Body Bronzer: VANITYMARK Summerskin, applied first to ‘tone down’ the tawny shade so Jenna would have a healthy glow without being too tan. Brett says, “When you’re showing that much flesh it’s good to have a nice lift of color.”  $14, vanitymark.com

Lips: BENEFIT Pocket Pal in Benetint, $20, sephora.com



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The Golden Globes was a night of gorgeous gowns and beautiful hair and makeup looks. Most of our favorite celebrities showed up and wowed us. Unfortunately, some of them didn’t. Take a look at our favorite and not so favorite looks of the big night.

 

Our Favorites:

 

 

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Maria Menounos looked gorgeous as always. We love the romantic updo and soft makup that ony helped to compliment her one-shoulder royal blue gown.  

 

 

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Kate Beckinsale never dissapoints us when it comes to red-carpet looks. At the Golden Globes she opted for a sleek updo and dewy skin. Bold earrings really helped add a strong, yet polished statement.

 

 

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Beyonce isn’t one to shy away from trying bold looks, but we were happy to see her looking more refined at this event. Soft grey smokey eyes, a pale shiny lip, and a polished low ponytail brought this very beautiful look together.

 

  

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Kristen Scott Thomas was the picture of glamour and elegance on Sunday night. We couldn’t help but be in awe of her glowing skin. Nothing overdone, just sheer and pretty. 

 

 

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Olivia Wilde looked fabulous in her strapless lilac gown, and instead of going the updo route, chose to wear her hair down. Thankfully, the Golden Globes aren’t a stuffy event, so it worked. Lightly smudged eye makeup, pink cheeks and pale pink lips make this star look cool and comfortable under the heat of the sun.

 

 

 

isla fisher golden globes2.jpgIsla Fisher glowed in neutral pink and brown makeup tones. But while this makeup made the Confessions of a Shopaholic star look gorgeous, we could only covet her shiny hair! It seemed to be the focal point of her look as her dress was also neutral. Wow…

 

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Jennifer Morrison had all eyes on her as she walked the red carpet in her breath-taking blue gown. Of course our eyes were on her hair and makeup: icy metallic-rimmed eyes, peachy-pink cheeks and lips, not to mention glowing skin. Could she look any better?

 

 

Our Not-So-Favorites:

 

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Renee Zellweger could have knocked her look out of the park had it not been for her over-done hair. We were disappointed, of course, to see one of our favorite stars not looking her best. At least this is only the start of award season. She’ll have many more chances to wow us in the coming weeks.

 

 

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Drew Barrymore has shown us many looks in the past. Some have been good, some not, and this has definitely landed on the latter list. We love the idea of a bombshell ‘do Drew was going for, but somehow the finished look didn’t work for us, though we know many people loved her look.

 

 

 

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Angelina Jolie didn’t seem too into the night’s event, and it showed. Her look, to us, fell flat. We’re sure she would much rather have been home with her kids than attending yet another red-carpet function, so we hold nothing against her for that.

 

 

 

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Blake Lively arrived at the Golden Globes in a fabulous blue gown, and her makeup was stunning, but we didn’t really care for the under-done look of her hair. Don’t get us wrong, loose waves are always a do, but this style just missed the mark.

 

Megan Fox golden globes2.jpgMegan Fox is one actress we feel has many missteps on the red carpet. Her gold gown is beyond flattering, and her makeup is flawless, but, like the other starlets on our not-so-favorite list, she threw it off with her hairstyle. The bun is just too tight. We would have preferred to see her hair in a looser style. Oh well, maybe next time.




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January Jones and Freida Pinto looked amazing at this weekend’s Golden Globe Awards. Although January went for an old Hollywood look and Freida opted for a more sunkissed glow, both looked gorgeous, and we were in awe of their flawless looks.

 

To create the glamorous eye look on January Jones, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin used Chanel Automatic Liquid Eye Liner in Brun along the upper lid extending out to the edge of the brow. $34, nordstrom.com

January’s tangerine-red lip was acheived using Chanel Rouge Allure in Dazzling, $30, nordstrom.com

 

For Freida’s sunkissed look, makeup artist Jeffery Paul mixed together a foundation and concealer, only using it where it was needed. He then used Jouer Creme Highlighter on her cheeks to bring out her natural definition. $20, jouercosmetics.com

For a pretty pink that accentuated Frieda’s natural lip color, Jeffery used Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Monsoon, $20, jouercosmetics.com




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