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

 

June 13, 2013
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Best of Self Tanners 2013

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A few years ago, my super-healthy, June Cleaver of a mother announced that she was giving up broccoli. She didn’t like it, never had, and she was done beating herself up about it. That’s how I feel about self-tanners with built-in bronzers. Sure they offer instant gratification, but I can’t handle the stain they leave on my hands or the mess they leave on my white towels and fluffy robe. I know there are mitts and gloves for this sort of thing, but who has time? When I step out of the shower already behind schedule, all I want is to slap on some lotion and go. No matter how many self-tanners are in my beauty closet (at last count: 23), I find myself reaching for the same handful of no-muss, no-fuss products that also happen to tan like the dickens. St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse ($42) is super slick to apply and dries in seconds so you can quickly dress and get on with your day. An excellent shade for fair skin types. I didn’t think Kasia Honey-Dip Natural Sunless Tanner and Anti-Aging Cream ($29) could get any better, but it’s been reformulated with even more organic ingredients and an even yummier scent. I can’t express how beautifully this darkens or how long it lasts. MIND BLOWN.  St. Tropez Gradual Tan Face ($35) is the ONLY facial self-tanner that doesn’t turn my fair skin a shade of Oompa Loompa. I use it every other night as my moisturizer and wake up with a lovely, natural-looking tan.  I’ve never had any luck with Jergens sunless tanners but when this season they finally got rid of that awful stench gave it a second chance. The Natural Glow & Protect Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 ($7) does it all, and the price can’t be beat.  Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel ($35) makes my  list every year because the oil-free formula deepens in just a few hours and can be used on both face and body.

 

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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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