Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Limited Edition Grapefruit Whipped Body Butter

Kiehl’s has a limited Grapefruit scented version of their legendary Creme de Corps, a fluffy cream with a fresh citrusy scent. It’s the consistency of whipped icing and the smallest amount goes a long way to soften skin for hours.

Forget the boring candles and grab this for a white elephant or any gift where you need something easy that’s a sure thing.

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Becca One Perfecting Brush

Watching this video on the One Perfecting Brush $49 from Becca Cosmetics makes me want to run out and get it. If it works this well to apply primer, foundation, blush, and eye color I’m seriously sold. The shape is interesting, as is the concept. I just wonder if another goat hair brush would do the same thing or if there’s something truly special about the hair density and brush shape. Either way I’m into anything that makes my routine that much easier.

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Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer: Review and Swatches

The new generation of lipstick/gloss hybrids have quickly taken over my kit. Rich in pigment with a little sheen but without the tacky glossy feel is how the best ones like Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers feel. They’ve basically replaced my high pigment and long wearing formulas like OCC’s Lip Tars and CoverGirl Outlast which work well but with a catch; Tars are messy and long-wearing formulas are drying.  Lauder combined the best of lip color; long wearing, creamy feel, vibrant color, and shine into an easy to apply wand that pretty much covers everything I need as a Makeup Artist. My hair was recently revitalized into a much lighter blonde so I kicked up my lip color a little with Mirrored Mauve even though Vinyl Rose is still one of the best pinky-nude shades I’ve tried, such an easy color to wear every day.

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Makeup Before and After: Liner and Lips

How adorable is this ‘girl next door’ bridesmaid whose makeup I got to do recently for a wedding? On girls like this who are so naturally beautiful to begin with, I really like to do a more casual, unstructured look that flatters without looking heavy. Could you imagine if I drew a big swoopy cat eye on her? Or did something really smokey? It just wouldn’t work. Filling in her brows, evening out her skin out, and adding some bronzer made a big difference, but her sparkly blue eyes and full lips were definitely the focal point.. Here’s what I used to make them front and center.

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My pencil liners have been getting a lot more use than the gel ones I’ve always carried in my kit because of the unstructured look they give. Laura Mercier’s long wearing pencils glide on so smoothly and wear as long as any gel. Typically a pencil this soft is the first to smudge, but this formula is as close to perfect as it gets. For this look, I used Noir (black) on her top lash line and Slate (charcoal) to line below. Using grey to line under her eyes looks less harsh than using just black all the way around.  Try it using a violet, blue, or ivy liner- just use a black liner on your top lid, then any color along the bottom. It’s a modern and easy way to wear colored eye liners and a fun departure from ho-hum black.

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Laura Mercier longwear crème eye pencils

Since she didn’t like the heavy look of lipstick, I lined her lips in a neutral pink and used Jouer Lip Sheer SPF 15 in Santorini over top. It’s a perfect, universally flattering pink that’s lightweight and moisturizing. You can use them solo (as I typically do since I use mine all the time in place of lip balm) or with a liner to deepen the color if you’d like. Either way, you’ll love how soothing they are, and their casual color that works for any occasion or no occasion at all.

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Jouer Lip Sheer SPF 15

Estée Lauder Fall 2013 Metallics Pure Color Nail Lacquer Collection

Estée Lauder’s fall collection is all about bold, rich metallics and the new Pure Color Nail Lacquers are beyond gorgeous. I couldn’t wait to bring the violet one into the nail salon to get a pedi that wasn’t a neutral pink or whatever soft shade I usually opt for. These colors are vibrant and fun and inspire me to keep my nails looking great. There’s something unique about Lauder’s polishes that seem to really strengthen my nails better than most. Here are 6 of the 8 shades from Metallics swatched below. Check em out soon before they’re gone forever as seasonal collections always are.

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New Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Advanced Night Repair (or ANR as I call it) is the original antioxidant serum. I remember selling tons of it when I worked at an Estée Lauder counter back in 1997 (my first cosmetics job!!) and trying to explain its benefits to customers in an era that was pre-internet and pre-Dr. Oz-type shows that regularly highlight products like this with supercharged ingredients that preserve your skin. Nowadays most savvy women are using an antioxidant on a regular basis and ANR is still one of the most popular around. Their new ANR Synchronized Recovery Complex II has even more benefits than the original and targets uneven skin tone, texture, hydration, and overall radiancy. It’s truly a do-all solution for all skin types.

Serums make the biggest difference in the skin. This is one to invest in if you’re looking to make changes in your skin and keep it looking great for years to come.

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Bonus: it’s a gentle formula that’s safe for pregnancy!