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What are the hottest colors to add to your wardrobe this season? Purples and plums! And makeup companies have considered this when creating the”newest, hottest, latest” in their product lines. They’ve looked at the popular trend, and are offering their mascaras in this eyecolor-enhancing hue. We are excited to see some of our favorite mascaras available in this gorgeous new shade, and urge you to try them out for yourself this season.




Dior Diorshow in Plum is exclusive to Sephora, in stores and online, and still offers the same show-stopping drama to your lashes! This best-selling mascara formula volumizes, lengthens, defines and doesn’t clump or flake. $24,




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L’Oreal Panoramic Curl Extreme Curl & Separating Mascara in Plum Plum offers users the benefit of curling and separating lashes to create the ultimate eye-opening results. Removes easily with soap and water, and is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. $8.95,



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Borghese Superiore Mascara in Prima Plum promises to give nourishment and moisture to lashes while it creates superior thickness. Features built-in silk-powder foundation for long wearing results. $19




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Awake Stardom Escalate Lash Mascara in Plum Escalation features a curved wand to enhance your lash curl, while the formula works to give natural-looking volume.  $23,




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Benefit BADgal Plum Mascara is the newest in the BADgal family, and offers its users the opportunity to experience the fullest, knock ‘em dead lashes with this eye enhancing shade! $19,




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Lancome Fatale Mascara in Amethyste Envoutante is a new mascara that claims to boost spectacular performance with a patented 3D comb that gives exceptional filling power from first application. The super coating formula delivers a fine, strong mesh on lash to plump it up. $27,



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Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara in Ripe Plum was designed for the risk-taking woman. Formulated with Algae Extract and Beeswax to condition the lashes and keep them healthy. The formula creates amazing length and thickness in addition to adding s a certain allure and drama to your eyes.


Summer has come to an end but that doesn’t mean you should put away the sunscreen. With all we do to get (and keep) younger-looking skin, a broad-spectrum sunscreen should be the one thing (among others) we don’t leave the house without wearing. Protecting your skin is the most important thing you can do to prevent premature aging.

This simple, yet overlooked, cosmetic step can become second nature with these products:


kinesys spf 30 fragrance free.jpgKinesys SPF 30 Spray Sunscreen is an alcohol-free spray that dries quickly and never left a greasy feel. This works fabulously if you plan to outdoors working in the garden or taking a long run, but works just as good for an “around town” day of errands. 1oz., $6, 4oz., $18,




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Kinesys SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick is a convienient way to add sunscreen to our faces while running out the door. This solid stick is purse-friendly and is easily re-applied throughout the day (just apply it before the afternoon re-touch). $12,




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DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15 not only protects our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but treats the hyperpigmentation we may have aquired from past acne or sun exposure. The non-greasy formula absorbs beautifully and leaves our skin looking radiant. $58,






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Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 works amazingly well, especially for those of us with oily skin! It doesn’t cause any additional shine and we are left feeling confident our skin is protected. The bonus: Our skin gets treated well because of the antioxidant vitamins, A and E. $26,





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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 30 is the best when it comes to applying sunscreen in hard to reach places. We love the light mist of spray and quick-drying formula that won’t clog our pores and is resistant to water and sweat. $9.99






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Kiss My Face Hot Spots Certified Organic Formula Sunscreen, SPF 30 gives the “green” girl inside of us the satisfaction of knowing that what we are using is natural and contains no weird stuff. With a certified organic base of beeswax, coconut oil, aloe, herbs and wild crafted shea butter this is the perfect choice of sunscreen for our face and lips. $9.19,


pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.jpgOctober is the official month of Breast Cancer Awareness. The entire month is dedicated not only to support those with the disease, but to educate and inform men and women about the importance of early detection, prevention, treatment and more.

Many companies create special “Pink Products” and gift sets that are exclusive to the month and will donate portions of sales to organizations that support this cause. We think this is fabulous! What a great way to show your support and also get something beautiful and pink for doing so!

The following products all help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF): 


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Sephora Pocket Brush Set is an amazing little set of brushed that we all agree are perfectly sized for travel. They already come in a cse, so there’s no reason to have to spend more on one! $1 from every set sold will go to the BCRF, Sephora will donate $3 as well! $15, 





Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the best-selling moisturizer that miraculously works for all skin types. This limited edition jumbo-sized bottle is equipped with a pump for easy use and comes with collectable Clinique and Pink Ribbon key chain. $10 of each sale will be donated to BCRF. 6.7oz., $35





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Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector SPF 15 is not only one of our personal faves for moisturizing and conditioning our lips (not to mention we love the way it leaves them the perfect hint of pink), but this month it is being sold at Sephora in a fabulous new tube. Purchase this must-have lip treatment and 10% of the retail price will be donated to the BCRF. $16.50





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Too Faced Betsy Baby Duo Eyeshadow was created by founder Jarrod Blandino and Sephora Sr. VP of Marketing, Betsy Olum. The beautiful mauve pink and light neutral pink was named Betsy Baby in honor of Betsy’s battle and triumph over breast cancer. $9 per sale of Betsy Baby will be directed to BCRF! $17,




ojon le revitalizing mist.jpgOjon Revitalizing Mist is a weightless, pre-stying leave-in conditioner that gives hair amazing softness and shine. This amazing smelling spray works to refresh your hair when you are short on time. It now comes in a pink ribbon box created especially for breast cancer awareness month, and contains the same Ojon oil the company has become known for. 20% of North American sales will be donated to BCRF with a maximum donation of $35,000. 5fl. oz., $26, 




bobbi brown pink ribbon collection.jpgBobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection is a set of two fabulous lip products sure to look good no matter your skin tone. Pink Glitter Lip Gloss and the top-selling shade of Tulle Lip Color comes packaged in a pink photographic carton. This would make a great gift! Bobbi Brown will be donating $35,000 in connection with the North American sales of Pink Ribbon Collection to BCRF. $40,


shopsmart-november-2008.jpgYou’re willing to scrimp on some things to save money, but not your makeup. So how can you save without giving up your favorite brands? Go online of course!

In the November issue of ShopSmart, the editors checked out more than two dozen beauty sites to find the best ones, screening out sites with bad Better Business Bureau records, no contact information, poor return policies or high shipping fees and ones where items were bundled (Amazon’s best cosmetic deals were in multipacks). We’ve narrowed the list even further to include only our favorites, and we couldn’t agree more with the results:

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Best Overall Selection:
Shipping: Free if you spend $49 or more.
Return policy: 30 days on unopened products or, for certain items, if you don’t like the color. Returns cost $4.99 unless a product is damaged or incorrect or the color is wrong.

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Great for Hard-to-Find Products:
Shipping: Free on orders of $100 or more; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy: 14 days on most items. No returns on opened or used products.

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Great for Trendy Brands:
Shipping: Free on orders over $75; otherwise $5.95 to $8.95.
Return policy: 30 days. You pay for return shipping unless the product was damaged. All returns are for exchange or store credit only. There are no refunds or returns on color cosmetics.

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Best Prices:
Shipping: Free on orders of $35 or more; $4.95 on orders of less than $35.
Return policy: 30 days. Products must be unused and unopened, unless they are defective. You have to call or e-mail before returning products; you will also have to pay the costs of return shipping.

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Great Return Policy:
Shipping: $5.95 plus 93 cents per pound.
Return policy: 30 days. You can return most products for any reason, even after they’re opened.

drugstore logo.gifGreat Drugstore Makeup Section:
Shipping: Free on your first nonprescription order of $25 or more; free on orders of $49 or more after that.
Return policy: 30 days. Returns are free if a product is damaged, defective, or incorrect. Returns are free on certain products if you don’t like the color. Otherwise, products must be unopened and unused.

sephora logo.gifGreat for Freebies:
Shipping: Free on orders over $50; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy: 60 days. Free return shipping. Store credit after 60 days.

skin botanica logo.gifGreat for Organic Products:
Shipping: Free on orders over $49; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy: 60 days.

P.S. ShopSmart is a fabulous magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. If you’re not reading it, you really should be! There ae no ads, only the best reviews for products you want. They break down what is worth your money and what to leave on the shelf.

Fall is the perfect season to discover a new fragrance. It could be one that has been on the market for years or one that has only been around for days. Either way, the scent you choose is a personal choice. 

No matter your preference, floral, oriental or fresh, let your fragrance be an extension of who you are. Consider these selections and you may find something wonderful to add to your fragrance wardrobe.




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Juicy Couture is a fun, flirty fragrance created for the girl who loves to have fun with fashion, beauty and all things in her life. With notes like watermelon, mandarin, pink passion fruit and marigold, this fruity floral is ideal for wear during the day. $64.99,




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John Varvatos is a warmer floral, beautifully blended with notes like coriander flower, apricot, plum and golden mandarin. This sophisticated scent is perfect for anyone who loves florals that might be looking for a more grown-up fragrance. from $70,




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Christina Aguilera Inspire is a new frangrance boasting notes of mango, citrus and freesia, with accentuated tuberose. This scent is for any woman who loves to be flirty, feminine and daring. from $49,






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Giorgio Armani Mania takes feminine notes of lily of the valley and peony and combines it with pink spice, cedar and musk to create a fragrance that conveys a sense of sophistication, simplicity and elegance. from $55,



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Dior Addict combines mandarin leaf, orange blossom, night queen flower, vanilla and sandalwood to indulge it’s wearer in a soft yet passionate scent that is perfect for a night out. from $68,



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Nanette Lepore Shanghai Butterfly is inspired by Thailand, Russia and China. Opening with crisp, exhilarating accords of lush lemon slice and mandarin, the florals and exotic notes of green cedar, Siberian musk, and sandalwood mingle together for a lush, sophisticated fragrance. $42,  



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DKNY Be Delicious is a fresh citrus scent with notes like American apple, cucumber and grapefruit. This fragrance combines the scent of apple with a blend of exotic flowers and sensual woods for a sophisticated smell as individual as it’s wearer. from $38,


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CLEAN Lather combines notes like lemon, orange and green ivy to capture the essence of soft soap lather and fresh-faced, girlish femininity. A delicate scent that blends soapy freshness with purity into a naturally inviting fragrance. from $34,




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L L.A.M.B. is described as a luscious floral scent that bursts with sparkling freshness, then wraps you in the warmth of sensual musks. While also being described as being a fusion of masculine and feminine, this fragrance leans more toward the latter with notes like white freesia, fresh pear and violet leaves. from $25,  



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