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Emotionally charged movies aside, the best part of indie film festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival are the understated celebrity beauty looks that populate the “red carpet”, which is usually just a small few yards outside of the venue where the screening takes place. The celebrity equivalent to dress down days in high school, if you will. At the premiere of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, Kate Hudson’s makeup stayed basic with a nude lip, but kicked up a notch with a smoky eye to remind us that she will always bring a little Hollywood glamour to the table (or the carpet in this case).  

As the face and Global Ambassador for Almay, Hudson’s team at Almay shared their inspiration for a budget version of Kate’s look with us featuring Almay’s makeup made especially for sensitive skin. 

Face: 
Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup in light/medium
Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in pink

Eyes:
Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner in Onyx
Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara in Midnight
Almay Intense i-Color Shimmer Kit

Lips:
Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in nudetrients
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I’m so over gooey gloss that sticks to everything, like my hair (UGH) and paper napkins (double UGH). I’ve also never been a big fan of matte lipsticks that make my lips look dry and cakey. Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks give you shine, texture and color in the best type of formula (crayon-style). Application is easy and effortless and the results are amazing. Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks are packed with ingredients aimed at enhancing your pout, creating fuller, more noticeable lips. They only come in three different shades — do you want barely there Nudist, bright and bold Fuschia-ristic, or deep and dramatic Plum Jam? Nudist, my shade of choice, is a great spring shade.

You can buy Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Glossy Sticks for $16 at sephora.com.
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Am I the only one who gets immediately overwhelmed when it comes to thinking about going green and ‘doing the right thing’, especially when it comes to cosmetics? Earth Day is the perfect excuse to take a step beyond neurotic thinking about how you should have recycled that soda can and into proactive research on how to start making better decisions for our health and our environment. Thankfully there are several websites that have taken this complex issue and simplified decision making with their informative databases and articles. These three sites are dedicated to helping you make safe and informed decisions about the products you use every day, without needing a degree in chemistry or environmental science. 
 
1. Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: Reporting to be the world’s largest personal care product safety guide, Skin Deep was launched in 2004 by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group to provide “practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals”. Their aim is to fill in where the beauty industry and government have left off by creating online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. They have eight categories including: Sun, Makeup, Skin Care, Hair, Nails, Fragrance, Baby & Mom, and Men’s.

2. GoodGuide: This site states that it “provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on health, environment, and social impacts of consumer products.” With over 145,000 products rated using a combination of scientific experts and a “sophisticated ratings system”, the Good Guide helps consumers make purchasing decisions that reflect their preference and values”, whether it be issues related to health, environment, or social responsibility.

3. No More Dirty Looks: As opposed to the first two recommended websites which are databases of product ratings and reviews, No More Dirty Looks is a clean beauty and lifestyle blog. Written by Siobhan O’Connor, an editor of Prevention.com and Alexandra Spunt, art director for Everlane clothing, the authors believe that “making safe, natural, and responsible choices can not only be easy but also luxurious and — the part that matters most — effective.” Easy to navigate and fun to read, the website turned into a book deal for the duo, No more Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products— and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, your guide to greening your beauty shelf.   

Image from Redbook Magazine    


Found in the fruit of the marula tree in southern African and parts of West Africa, marula oil has been used for thousands of years for moisturizing, cooking, and even as a leather treatment. Often referred to as a ‘miracle oil’, this beauty elixir is packed with omega fatty acids, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. 

Pure marula oil is similar to the ever popular argan oil which in its pure oil form is an all-in-one product: body, hair, face — you name it, you got it moisturized. Marula oil has made its way into a range of beauty lines being sold in the US, including Clarins, Fiafini, African Botanics, and Marula Pure. Get in on the trend early by shopping these marula-infused beauty picks.  

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We got the inside scoop on how to copy Selena Gomez’s MTV Movie Awards hairstyle. Marissa Marino of the Nine Zero One Salon worked on the punky pompadour and used UNITE Hair Care products to get it just right. Here, from UNITE Hair Care, are the steps to recreate the look:
  1. To create the pompadour, section off hair from the front of your hairline and sprinkle it with the UNITE Expanda Dust ($25) throughout. Tease it back, using a comb. Next, pin this section with a bobby pin to secure it in place. 
  2. Take the rest of the hair and make five small ponytails down the center of your head. 
  3. Create a French braid using all of the ponytails together. (You can find French braid tutorials on YouTube.com).
  4. Spray the UNITE Session Max Hairspray ($29.95) all over to tame frizzies and smooth the sides around the hairline.
  5. To make the braid look undone, pull it apart and pin these pieces down, using bobby pins. 
  6. Finish the look with the UNITE Max Control Hairspray ($27.50) to tame down any fly-aways. 
Image Credit: David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

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