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Top 5 Quick & Easy Beauty Tips!

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Quick and Easy Tips: Take the “Time” Out of Timeless Beauty! 

In the world of “I needed that yesterday”, it helps if a lady can cut down on her primping time without sacrificing great face. Thankfully, cosmetic companies everywhere have felt our pain and created a plethora of products to suffice. Here are our top five favorites!

• Nars ~ The Multiple. Not only are these colors gorgeous on nearly every skin tone, but this gem packs a double punch by being the go to item for both cheeks and lips.

Stila ~ Convertible Eye Color. Gone are the days of searching through your beauty drawer for eye shadow, liner, and the tools to perform the magic. This multitasker has eyeliner on one end, a tool for smudging and blending on the other end, and a coordinated eye shadow color inside.

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Guerlain ~ Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara. Most mascaras promise volume OR length but let’s face it, the average girl needs it all! Instead of wasting money on two different mascaras, this one comes with one formula and two brushes. One brush has long bristles for length and basic volume, the other with small bristles for tackling hard to reach spots like corners and bottom lashes to create depth.

Garnier Fructis ~ Miracle Dry Oil. Ever wish you could use just one lotion or moisturizer for your face, body, and hair? Wish granted! Made from olive and avocado extracts, this oil is light enough to use on the face but still has enough moisture muscle to tackle dry, frizzy hair.

Sally Hansen ~ Complete Salon Manicure. While a salon manicure always looks amazing, who really has the time? This polish has a base coat, color, and top coat all built into one time saving bottle.

by Sian Bitner Kearney

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Friday Top 5 – Travel Essentials

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1)DermOrganic Travel Set:  My newest haircare obsession.  These products leave my hair soft and luscious. Contains: Daily Conditioning Shampoo 3 oz, Daily Hydrating Conditioner 3 oz, Leave-In Treatment 1 oz and Intensive Hair Repair Masque 1 oz.
 
2) Sedu Travel Set:Perfection! What more do you need?  A small but powerful combo of a hairdryer and flat iron. Both are gentle on the hair, and leave it super shiny! Sedu Revolution Pro Ionic Travel foldable hair dryer and Sedu Revolution Mini Styler Iron with heat protective glove and travel pouch.
 
3) Trish McEvoy Effortless Beauty Ready-to-Wear Makeup Planner Collection/Flirt:This is all you will ever need for makeup on the go! I have been counting on Trish McEvoy for years to keep my travel makeup contained. An exclusive edit of Trish's essential basics and newest shades is beautifully organized. Set includes: Eye Base Essentials Demure; Petite Makeup Wardrobing Page; NEW eyeshadows and blush; travel-size Bronzer Resort; travel-size Translucent Finishing Powder; High Volume Mascara; travel-size Intense Gel Eyeliner in deep aubergine; medium refillable Double Decker compact; EvenSkin Portable Foundation shades 2 and 3.5; Lip Liner Barely Rose; NEW Lip Color Flirt; Flawless Lip Color Perfection and travel-size Precious Pink Jasmine. Boom!! 
 
4) Lilly Brush: I take this with me on set, and especially when I travel to keep my clothes looking fresh. So easy, and super effective! 
 
5)Kiehl's Since 1851 Healthy Skin Essentials Every Night Set:
My skin goes haywire when I travel, and this set calms it down.  I can't travel without my midnight recovery!!  Set comes in an exclusive canvas Kiehl's travel bag and includes: Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 1 fl.oz./31mL Midnight Recovery Eye, 0.5 fl.oz./15mL Rosa Arctica, 0.25 fl.oz./7mL Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 0.17 fl.oz./5mL
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Quick and Easy Office Makeup Looks

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I can't tell you how many women I've seen who don't know the difference between office makeup and night out makeup. The two couldn't be further apart. When you're at the office, your look should be more toned down. The best part about office makeup is it's quick and easy to pull of stunning looks that will still make you look amazing in little time.

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Keep It Natural

Avoid extremely bright or bold colors. Instead of focusing on your work, most people will be distracted by your makeup. Great for a night out, but not so great for ensuring people take you seriously. Stick with neutral colors such as browns, peaches, light pinks and even soft lavenders for eyes, lips and cheeks. Instead of liner, use a black/brown or brown mascara to make your eyes pop.

Use a lightweight matte foundation or tinted BB cream along with concealer. If you have dark under eye circles or redness, a brightening concealer or multi-color concealer will take care of trouble areas. Add just a light dusting of pressed powder to set your look. Avoid bronzers as they can often make you seem too glowing or tan. Trust me when I say you'll like bright eyed, professional and beautiful.

Just A Little Shimmer

If natural isn't your thing, no problem. Just by adding a little bit of shimmer to your look, you can drastically change how you look without over-doing it. Start a medium coverage concealer and finish with an all day liquid foundation with SPF. Once again, an all in one tinted moisturizer will work perfectly. Use a sponge to apply to better blend with the concealer. Set with a translucent powder with just a hint of sparkle. Your face will instantly light up without looking like a glitter bomb.

Apply a cream based shadow. Once again, choose a light or medium tone color. Dust a slightly lighter shade of a shimmer based shadow over the cream. If you really want to do more with your eyes, apply an extremely thin line of light brown, hazel or gold liner to your lower lid. Apply a lighter shade to your upper lid. Follow up with mascara.

Finally, apply just a hint of blush to cheeks. With the sparkle of your powder and eyes, you don't want to go overboard here. The entire object is a brighter face with eyes that really pop. As an added touch, use a clear gloss over your favorite pink, peach or even red lipstick. If you use red, ensure you eyes and blush are toned down.

Overall, just keep it simple. I say let your confidence shine through and you'll look great no matter what.

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How to Keep Your Non-Waterproof Eyeliner From Coming Off

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Today's question is, "How do I keep my non-waterproof eyeliner from fading and how do I make it last?" Well, the answer is very simple; it's called layering. You just simply put your eye shadow over your liner to give it that kind of binding and to make it stay.
Eyeliners tend to fade or tend smear, for lack of better words, when they don't have anything to hold them in place. For example, if you're using your normal eye shadow, you can see it has a really nice creamy consistency. It's a coal base. So, to keep that staying on, I want to take my eye shadow and just simply apply it right on top with an eyeliner brush. This is going to make sure that your eye shadow stays all day and it also really helps to give a beautiful, kind of softer look to eye shadow. You can blend it, you can smudge it out, you can do whatever. If I wanted to make this a little smokier, I can, and now that shadow is going to last until I take it off.
 
It's so simple to do and it really also gives you a lot of other options of how to use your eyeliner.
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5 Tips About How to Apply Mascara

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5 Things You Never Knew -- Until Now -- About How to Apply Mascara

If you’re like most women, mascara is one of your top two or three can’t-live-without beauty products. But even though you may think you know everything there is to know about applying mascara, you can probably still learn a trick or two. Here are five new twists on how to apply mascara from a couple of top pros.

1. The best method for applying mascara is a two-step method, says Andrea Q. Robinson, a onetime Vogue beauty editor, beauty industry exec and author. Step one: Hold the wand close to the lid horizontally and in a quick back-and-forth -- almost vibrating motion -- move the brush from the roots to the ends of the lashes. This will give you coverage. Step two: Change the wand to a vertical direction and move back and forth like a windshield wiper. This is for separation and will help prevent clumps.

2. Waterproof formulas are too tough on your lashes for everyday use, Robinson says. You’ll have to rub hard to loosen the color, and in doing so you risk breaking your lashes. Save the waterproof mascara for those times you know you’ll be tearing up -- like a weepy movie or your best friend’s wedding. And keep in mind that most regular formula mascaras will wear well throughout the day without smudging, and are easily removable with soap and water or makeup remover.

3. Do you have droopy lashes that won’t stay curled? Try curling them twice, suggests Hollywood makeup artist Brett Freedman. First curl them before you apply mascara and then give your lashes a second curl after your mascara is on (and dry).

4. If you’re going to pump up your lashes with individual false lashes, apply them after the first coat of mascara.

“That way you can see exactly where you want a little extra fullness and length,” Freedman says. “Then apply another coat of mascara to marry your real and false lashes together.”

5. Colored mascara looks gorgeous in candlelight. Purple, blue or emerald mascara “reads black,” Freedman says, until you get next to light, when your lashes show a touch of hue. It’s subtle, but it gives your lashes a little more interest. Use a coat or two of your regular black mascara, then layer just the tips of your lashes with a colored mascara. Tip: Deep blue mascara looks good on every eye color.

Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of Self and senior writer at People.

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Top 5 Bronzer Tips

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 Bronzed to Perfection by Erica Sun 

Even though this summer is coming to a bittersweet ending, your beautiful skin does not have to stop glowing. You can still get that luminous beach tan effortlessly with a few swipes of bronzer. Finding the perfect formula can accentuate and bolden your whole look.

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Drugstore Beauty Finds For Under $75

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Yesterday, I shared some of my favorite tips with 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic (have you read her blog? You must!).  Of course, I wanted to share these tips with you as well. Remember, the great products don't have to break the bank!

So many women make the mistake of thinking they have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Wrong!!! While it may make you feel sophisticated to spend $100 on foundation, you could look just as great with something under $10. Personally, I like the idea of having an extra $90 to spend on cute shoes, purses and outfits. In fact, if you know what to look for, you can build your very own beauty kit for $75 or less. I'm talking makeup, skin care and hair care. I had a feeling you'd like that idea.

Low Cost Makeup That Delivers

I can't rave enough about e.l.f (eyes, lips, face) from Target. From tinted moisturizer for just $3 to on-the-go eyeshadow, lip gloss and blush compacts for only $15. If you went with this line, all your makeup supplies could cost less than $30. That's including brushes.

If you want to branch out a bit, I recommend buying trio eyeshadow kits to create both day and night time looks. Almay and CoverGirl both have amazing sets for everyone for under $8. For foundation, get your best face with L'Oreal Paris True Match, CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer (for skin toning) or Almay Clear Complexion (for acne prone skin) all for $10 or less.

For extra coverage, match your concealer and powder with your foundation. For instance, Neutrogena has a 3-in-1 concealer that works to make skin look healthier while covering. If you mix, ensure the colors don't clash.

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