May 21, 2014
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Multi-Tasking Summer Beauty Finds

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It’s that time of year: The sun is shining but I’m holed up inside with a blanket, bottle of Pinot and a remote, glued to the TV for season finales. I’ve screamed my way through the finale episode of Scandal, sobbed through Grey’s, and am now preparing for the Modern Family wedding and whatever maddening surprises await us on Mad Men. During these marathons, I tend to stay up way too late, making a multi-tasking morning beauty routine all the more essential.

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I’ve rediscoverd CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation ($10), a drugstore darling that’s been smartly reformulated to give skin for more flexible and forgiving coverage if, like me, you vacillate between varying degrees of faux glow all summer. I also appreciate that it’s oil-free but leaves me looking fresh-faced.

PG-BronzerAnother multitasking must: the new CoverGirl TruMagic Skin Perfector in Sunkisser ($11). I’m normally such a powder bronzer person, but this sheet balm is the bomb dot com. I love wearing it alone if I’m having a really good skin day, or swiped on top of foundation along cheekbones, forehead and the bridge of my nose for a sheer, natural-looking sun-kissed look.

PG-hairsprayVidal Sassoon ColorFinity Hairspray ($4) has the lift and staying power of a Betty Draper-sized bouffant, providing extra-strong hold for up to 24 hours without being sticky weighing hair down. It also keeps the humidity, the bane of my hair existence, at bay. Do tell: What beauty multi-taskers have you discovered this season?

This post brought to you by P&G but, as always, all opinions are my own.

{PHOTOS: MELISSA OHOLENDT}

January 15, 2014
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Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Collection

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Ummmmm, what? Just when I find myself stifling a yawn over Katie and her collab with Bobbi she goes and looks like this. Glow doesn’t really cover it, does it? I want to reach through my MacBook and caress her dewy, cloud-like softness. I am, in fact, blinded by the etherealness of it all. If I had to guess, those gorgeous Brightening Finishing Powders ($50) are the key to this look, followed by that shimmering, taupe-y Lip Sheer in Pink Gold ($25). Just what we need to make it through until spring!

January 8, 2014
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How to Look Like a J.Crew Model (Sort Of)

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When I got this J.Crew catalog in the mail last weekend I was enamored with the cover model’s super-neutral makeup. I mean, here’s something I NEVER do: brown cheeks, tawny lips, zero color. And yet, with dark hair, pale skin and that gray and khaki outfit it totally works—and is kind of refreshing, don’t you think? Not expected and not overtly sexy or trendy, just chic in an understated way. So I set out on Saturday when no one was looking to see if I could re-create the look:

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Minus the 15 years I have on the model that no makeup can erase, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. And there’s really not much involved here, just getting the shades right for your skin tone. Here’s what I used:

1. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Matte Brown eyeliner on top lash line and smudged into the lower corner.
2. Vapour Organics Stratus Instant Skin Perfector on the bridge of my nose and cheekbones for sheen.
3. Quite a bit of AERIN Quartz blush on the hollows of my cheeks, plus a pop on the apples so I don’t look like a contouring experiment.
4. AERIN lipstick in Jacquard, but I think that any dark, warm nude would work here, even a rosier shade if you have more pink in your skin.

What do you think? Any new makeup looks you’ve been experimenting with?

November 20, 2013
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French Pharmacy Beauty Finds

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I love to troll ebay for exotic beauty products. The Korean and French in particular know what they’re doing! Those women don’t mess around when it comes to clean pores, flawless skin or effortless-looking beauty. I’m trying to take a few lessons, starting with these:

(clockwise)  Nuxe Huile Multi Usage Dry Oil – Give it up for Gwyneth for spilling the beans on what gives her famous limbs that unmistakeable gleam.  Guerlain Terra Soleia – A limited-edition version of Guerlain’s the one and only Terracotta bronzing powder, Terra Soleia imparts a golden shimmer to face, shoulders and decollete.  Klorane Dry Shampoo – Spritz this oil-sopping wonder in at the roots for instant volume and an extended blowout.  Embroylisse Lait-Creme Concentrate – Beloved the world over by makeup artists for keeping skin moist and glowy on photo shoots, this Parisian secret is most definitely out.  Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub – Go ahead, have another pain au chocolate. Thanks to naturally stimulating and draining essential oils, this scrub has slimming capabilities. Darphin Orange Blossom Aromatic Care – Press a few drops into clean skin to help fade sunspots, or into makeup for a dewy, runway-worthy finish.

November 14, 2013
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Steal/Splurge: Illuminating Powder

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Girlie, glamorous and oh-so flattering, illuminating powders hold a special place in my heart. While I used to shell out 30 dollars for MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Rio, I recently took a chance on Mark Light Show Illuminating Powder ($16). After a cheek-by-cheek comparison, it’s safe to say these two products are indistinguishable except, of course, for the price. A versatile combination of peach, pink and bronze, Light Show dusts on a like a dream, imparting a long-lasting dose of luminosity and brightness. And unlike other cheapie shimmers I’ve tried, this product adds more glow than glitter, a very good thing for those of well out of our teens (ahem).  –Meghan

 

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    Hello lovelies! I'm Elizabeth Dehn, a beauty writer + lifestyle editor who's equally fanatical about lip gloss as juice cleansing. I live in Minneapolis with Mr. Bets and our white lab, Molly Thomas.

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