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I have so many favorite looks that I want to try, and I’m beyond excited about all the fun, whimsical products and colors that I can experiment with right now—especially since it’s almost summer. But there are just those days when I’m in a rush (snooze is my friend) and I need that lip gloss that’s going to work with everything in my makeup bag (and that’s saying a lot). So I’ve noticed that I keep reaching for these two in particular: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips Diamond in Celeste (a sheer light pink with a touch of shimmer), and Fusion Beauty LipFusion Color Shine in Sweet (also a sheer pink, but this is a bit more flat).


Now normally, I’m not a sheer-pink-lip kind of gal, but these colors are so pretty and literally work with everything in my bag. Though these are both plumping glosses, I don’t notice a difference in the volume of my lips. I just love both shades so much that I just pretend to.

I use the Celeste under other lipsticks and with other glosses or on its own, and the Lip Fusion looks so pretty with a bit of a darker eye, and is perfect for punching up any other color.

stylebakerybeauty.com:images:lipfusion.jpgBoth are available at Sephora.


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DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer is a moisturizing serum that instantly minimizes the look of pores while it exfoliates and hydrates to continually diminish the appearance of wrinkles. You’ll get immediate gratification and long-term results for younger, more flawless looking skin.

The serum contains a Vitamin Peptide Complex with VitaminB3/Niacinmide to exfoliate and improve overall skin smoothness. Amino Peptide Vitamin E hydrates skin, while Titanium Dioxide provides light-diffusion and a “filling-in” effect.

When tested our skin looked plumped, smooth, luminous, and years younger… instantly. We kept catching glances in the mirror and couldn’t figure out why we looked so good…and then remembered we’d applied the serum earlier in the day. The immediate effects are impressive, with or without the long term results.

Aside from its intended use, the serum is a dream as a foundation primer. Our makeup has never looked SO good.

The price tag is a bit hefty at $85 at sephora.com, but for the results we’d gladly pay double to keep this in our lives. Don’t tell DDF.
bik.bmpWe’ve got the tips and products to get you smooth, sun-kissed, and sexy….just in time to pull out those teeny bikinis! Here’s how to effortlessly transition out of winter hiding:


Smooth Skin


The number-one way to make pasty winter skin beach ready? EXFOLIATE. Bliss Slim & Bare It ($45) is a a scrub-and-rub, cellulite-sabotaging duo, and does the triple duty of exfoliating, moisturizing, and fighting stubborn cellulite. The set includes full-size jars of FatGirlSlim, the ‘caffeinated’ visible dimple-demolishing cream, and FatGirlScrub, the circulation-stimulating skin-smoothing slough, and is all you need for smooth, bare-worthy skin. Yay for three in one, err, two products!scrub-1.jpgTip: To boost its effectiveness, rub using a circular motion, spending extra time on rough knees, heels, and elbows.

Banish Blemishes

Not so perfect skin on your back, shoulders, chest making you dread putting on a tank top? No worries. A simple acne fighting routine can make all of the difference and get rid of shoulder-shyness in no time. First, cleanse the areas daily with a salicylic acid based cleanser, like Murad Acne Body Wash ($40). The cleanser contains Salicylic Acid and Date Seed Powder to deeply penetrate skin to control and prevent breakouts, while humectants lock in moisture, keeping skin hydrated and healthy. To reap all of the acne-fighting benefits, let the cleanser sit on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing it.bodywash-1.bmpTip: If you have stubborn blemishes, you can spot treat them with the same product you use on your face.

Pretty Peds

It’s pedicure season! With all of the fun new summer nail colors out, there’s no way you should forget your feet.  Philosophy Soul Owner ($14) is a foot treatment featuring an extra-rich emollient cream super-charged with salicylic and glycolic acids to help reduce rough soles. Tip: it works wonders on rough elbows and knees too. Here’s an easy, at-home pedicure program designed to get your feet in perfect pedicure shape: Soak feet in a  bowl of equal parts warm milk and water (the lactic acid naturally sloughs dead skin and softens.) After soaking for a few minutes, smooth rough spots with a pumice stone, then massage Soul Owner all over.foot.bmp Tip: For added softness, do this at night and put on a pair of socks before bed, to seal in moisture.

Fight Fuzz

The first thing most people think about when getting bikini-ready is hair removal. No one wants to be the fuzzy gal in the sand. Waxing, lasers, depilatories…there are so many options out there, but we are still partial to a good old shave, especially with the way shave creams have evolved! Evolution of Smooth’s (EOS) Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream is paraben-free and made with natural aloe, oat, shea butter and antioxidant vitamins E and C to leave skin radiantly healthy. The non-foaming cream boosts skin’s moisture level and keeps it smooth long after shaving. Bonus? It’s so moisturizing, you can shave wet or dry. The cream comes in the most amazing scents: vanilla bliss, pomegranate raspberry, lavendar jasmine, island blue… and a fragrance free version for senstive skin. Seriously yummy. Available at evolutionofsmooth.com, Target and Wal-Mart stores.

eos-1.jpgTip: Cut down on irritation by relathering an area if you are going over it a second time.

Get Glowing

If you’ve followed all of our steps, you’re almost ready for the sun… but wait. You’ve been smoothed, sloughed, and silkened, but what do you do with the ghostly skin?  Self-tanners can sometimes be too harsh, especially on skin that’s been hidden all winter long. For a natural, sun-kissed glow, warm up your skin tone with a gradual tan lotion. St. Tropez Gradual Tan ($30) combines serious skincare benefits with a healthy touch of bronze. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother skin while building a gradual golden tan, every day.tan-1.jpgTip: Make sure to prep skin with the aforementioned steps for a smooth canvas, and you’re good to glow!


With the muggy weather we’ve been experiencing lately, naturally we are going CRAZY for Make Up For Ever’s new Aqua Creams. MUFE claims the shades are crease-proof, smudge-proof, and even waterproof….but all we really hear is sweatproof!

IMG01302-20100525-1808.jpgThe line is divided into two types— Eye & Cheek and Lip & Cheek— though all can be worn wherever your heart desires. The colors are intensely pigmented with a shimmery, light-reflective finish. We decided to try one from each category, and chose #5, a peachy-pink with gold shimmer, and #15, a glistening grayish-taupe shade.

IMG01297-20100525-1804.jpgIMG01296-20100525-1804.jpgThe creams can be applied with fingers or a brush, though we had better experience with our fingertips. One swipe across the lid packed bold color, while blending it back and forth made the color more subtle. You can apply them to cheeks, eyes, lips, even as liner — the possibility are truly endless.

IMG01300-20100525-1805.jpg Both colors were vibrant, easy to apply, light, and yes…. smudgeproof (seriously, they barely came off without proper makeup remover). These may even be bulletproof…but we’ll just have to keep wondering about that one!

Available in 22 shades at $22 each (coincidence?) at sephora.com

Ok, so we JUST wrote about Votre Vu the other day, but the products are so great that we’re mentioning them again. This time, we can’t stop raving about Duetto.

duetto.jpgDuetto is an awesome two-in-one product— one part luxe lip balm to one part rich hand cream.

The balm is light yet deeply nourishing, and makes your lips super soft. It’s made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax, protects with UV filters, and is lightly flavored with coconut. Yum! There’s also a mini-mirror in the lid for easy application.

The hand cream is a concentrated version of their wildly popular Tarte D’Amande body cream, which smells like almond pie and gives you the softest hands ever. Seriously, like silk. The richly moisturizing formula is made of sunflower, grapeseed, and jojoba, combined with aloe to soothe and UV filters for ultimate in anti-aging protection.

The coolest part (as if you weren’t sold already) is the genius packaging. The double lid design allows you to nourish lips and hands with little effort. Flip the top portion for lips, and the middle for hands.

x2_1263f7e.jpgDuetto is so amazing that we need two at all times- one on the nightstand, and one in our bag. We are officially addicted!

$38.00, VotreVu.com    


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