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Over the past few months, olive and mossy tones have been everywhere - from military-inspired camp shirts, jackets and skinny cargo pants, to starlets’ eyes. Sporting a green hue isn’t always the easiest thing, especially if you have yellow or olive undertones in your skin. But picking the right color for your lids and pairing it with a hefty serving of jet black mascara will leave you looking like a goddess. 

If you’re still sporting a bit of your summer glow, be sure to pick out a green shadow (or liner) that has gold flecks in it (such as #1 and #2 below) to play off your luscious tan. This olive-gold shade works great for blondes or green-eyed ladies, like Kate Hudson. If you have pink undertones and brown eyes, stick to a slightly more emerald, cool-toned green, such as #3 and #4 shown.

To get the look, bush your mossy or forest green shade heavily on your upper lash line and blend upwards into the crease. Apply a light amount of the color below your lower lash line, and finish the inner corners of your eyes with a helping of gold shadow. To keep the look seamless, use your eyeshadow wet as a liner to add depth to your autumn look. 
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2. NP SET Eye Palette in Dublin, $20, target.com
4. DuWop Green Eyes, $32, sephora.com

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Bottega Verde, Italy’s largest cosmetics brand, has finally hit the US market with its best-selling, natural beauty products. Founded in Tuscany, Bottega Verde uses more than 300 active ingredients derived from nature. Their vast range of products includes beauty care and body treatments that harness the natural properties of almond, aloe, shea, olive oil, honey and more.

Since olive oil is so closely associated with Italy and the Tuscany region, we chose to sample some of Bottega Verde’s extra virgin olive oil products, including Olive Oil Body Butter, Hand Cream, Lip Balm and Shower Gel.

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The Olive Oil Body Butter has a really nice creamy consistency that is much lighter than other body butters we’ve tried. The smooth texture makes it easy to spread as it literally sinks into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky smooth. The floral fragrance with subtle green notes is delicious without overpowering. The Olive Oil Hand Cream is an even lighter consistency which is ideal for softening and protecting hands without any greasy residue.

Organic olive oil is the active ingredient in the Lip Balm Stick which glides on easily and offers long-lasting protection for lips, making them softer and smoother immediately. The balm also has a light fragrance which pleasantly lingers. Finally, the Olive Oil Shower Gel has a nice, creamy consistency that cleanses while nourishing the skin leaving it lightly fragranced.

Sound amazing? Don’t just take our word for it - you can sample some of Bottega Verde’s most popular products for free with their Italian Beauty Sample Package (worth over $24).

We’re also giving away an Olive Oil Gift Set featuring all the products mentioned here. Just leave a comment below and we’ll choose someone at random to win! (Contest is open to US residents only; winner will be chosen on 11/30/10)


This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Bottega Verde. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Carol's-Daughter-Sweet-Honey-Dip-Chocolate-Brown-Sugah-Scrub.jpgWell, Halloween totally ruined our diet. We’ve been chowing down on candy ever since Sunday night! But there is at least one chocolate product that we refuse to feel guilty about — because no matter how often we use Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub, we won’t put on a single ounce.

This rich, sweet scrub seriously smells exactly like the most delicious chocolate you’ve ever had the fortune to come across. Real sugar crystals exfoliate and slough away every dead skin cell and bit of annoying flakiness while cleansing pores and balancing skin’s natural moisture level.

As if that weren’t enough, this scrub is formulated with a host of aromatic oils. Evening Primrose Oil contains substantial amounts of polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids to rejuvenate skin cells and improve elasticity. Olive oil, which is rich in protein, minerals, Vitamin E and antioxidants, conditions and moisturizes the skin to no end.

This scrub is definitely perfect now that the seasons are changing and it looks like cold weather is here to stay. A dime-sized amount is all you need for each arm and leg — and you’ll be AMAZED at how baby soft and smooth your skin is after you step out of the shower!

Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub is $34 at sephora.com 
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If ever there was a wondrous, magical hair potion, it would have to be Moroccanoil. Formulated with silicones (which are great for anti-frizzing) and argan oil (the ancient beauty marvel native to Morocco), this slick solution leaves your hair super soft, shiny, and really beyond many other descriptive words. 

The first time we tried Moroccanoil, we were in the salon (which is where it is sold exclusively to ensure that the product is 100% original, as there are many knockoffs online). As we saw our stylist pour what appeared to be straight oil in his hands, our bodies instantly stiffened with fear. Oil? In our already too-greasy hair? Say it isn’t so! Before we could stop them, the oil was being slathered from wet root to wet tip. The smell was divine, but that only temporarily took away our fears of walking out of the salon looking like our head was dunked in a fryer. As Mr. Stylist started blowdrying our newly shaped coif, we caught glimpses of glossy, satin-smooth hair that looked straight out of a perfectly-lit commercial. Running our hands through our styled locks was an experience that could only be described with a corny phrase like “Out of this world.” 

No, our hair was not greasy in the least, something that could have only been accomplished by some strange, unseen magic. But for real, this liquid amber is a product that, though very pricey, is worth its weight in gold. A 3.4 fl. oz. bottle normally runs for about $40, which should last you (depending on how often you blow out your hair) a few months. If you’re weary of splurging, there is a 0.85 fl. oz. bottle that retails for $15 that is a great trial run of the product with enough to get you through about two to three weeks. moroccanoil.com
Clarisonic-Mia-Skin-Cleansing-System.jpgAdmittedly, the Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System is a bit of a splurge. Ringing up at $149, it definitely makes a bit of a dent in your wallet. But believe us when we tell you that it’s the best $149 you’ll ever spend.

The technical details: the vibrating brush moves back and forth over 300 times per second with sonic frequency. It clears pores, removes all traces of makeup and cleanses skin thoroughly in just one minute.

The actuality: this skincare brush is AMAZING. In just one use, you’ll have noticeably softer, smoother skin. It clears up blackheads and unsightly blemishes, and in just one week? Your skin will be baby soft and gorgeous. Not too bad for just a minute a day, right?

The Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System retails for $149 at sephora.com.

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