Allure Magazine: NYX Matte Bronzer Review

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WHAT IT IS:

A pressed-powder bronzer

HOW IT FEELS/LOOKS:
The bronzer is shimmer-free and comes in a mirrored compact.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
This highly pigmented matte bronzer warms up all complexions, giving a beachy glow without any orange undertones or tacky glitter.

AWARDS:
Best of Beauty 2012

—Renee Trilivas

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Allure Magazine: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash Review

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WHAT IT IS:
An exfoliating body wash

WHAT IT DOES:
Cleans, moisturizes, and smooths skin

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Sodium laureth sulfate and cocamidopropyl betaine (cleanse); polyethylene (exfoliates); glycerin, glycine soja oil, and helianthus annuus seed oil (moisturize)

HOW IT FEELS/SMELLS/LOOKS:
This thick, golden-brown cream contains tiny buffing beads and smells like warm amber and vanilla.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
The creamy body wash produces a luxurious lather, and the small beads gently slough away dead skin. It smells good enough to eat, but the scent left behind isn’t overpowering.

AWARDS:
Best of Beauty 2012

—Renee Trilivas

Allure Magazine: BareMinerals Ready Foundation Review

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WHAT IT IS:
A mineral-based pressed powder foundation with sunscreen

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
The solid powder comes in a mirrored compact and feels silky on skin.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
You can build coverage from sheer to full without it looking or feeling cakey. The powder is best suited for sensitive and oily skin, so skip it if yours is dry (it can make your skin feel a little tight).

AWARDS:
Best of Beauty 2012

—Renee Trilivas

Allure Magazine: Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush Review

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WHAT IT IS:
A powder-gel blush (shown here in Fresh Pink)

HOW IT FEELS/LOOKS:
The spongy gel melts into skin and dries to a powder finish.

WHY WE LIKE IT:
The unique texture gives cheeks a natural-looking flush with just a hint of sheen. But be generous if you have dark skin—the pigment blends so easily that you’ll need more for a noticeable look.

VIEW MORE COLORS:
Fresh Pink, Peach Satin, Pink Plum, Plum Wine

AWARDS:
Best of Beauty 2012

—Renee Trilivas

How to Wear Orange Lipstick (And Not Look Like a Clown)

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I consider orange lips to be one of the most elusive makeup looks. Every time I see my Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk at the bottom of my makeup bag, I have to fight the urge to smear it all over my lips. But then I realize I would probably feel (and look) like a drunken clown on a rampage—it’s definitely not the easiest to pull off. But Jessica Alba recently walked the Golden Globes red carpet with bright tangerine lips. The mouth-watering shade inspired me to try the look again. Here, four tips to keep in mind when trying out the juicy trend.

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Marion Cotillard at the Golden Globes

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Like many of you, I watched the Globes last night, but I didn’t really care who took home a little statue. To me, the winners are decided on the red carpet, and my personal favorite makeup look of the night goes to (drum roll, please!) Marion Cotillard. Paired with sleek, simple hair, Cotillard’s fresh skin, flushed cheeks and defined eyes looked glam but totally natural, a tricky balance to pull off. I chatted with the Rust and Bone star’s makeup artist, Christophe Danchaud, and got the scoop on her look.

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How Old Is Too Old to Wear Hair Bows?

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There are certain hair accessories that will see you through the pigtails of your hopscotch days and the ponytails of your Equinox days (snap clips, rubber bands, bobby pins). And then there are hair accessories that fade out of your wardrobe around the time you stop wearing Velcro shoes. Namely, hair bows. Thats’ why I was a bit surprised to see one of my style icons, Kerry Washington, rocking a big old bow on her head at a Django Unchained press event in Germany. Here, in three words, is why I think her hair bow looks totally chic and not inappropriately cutes-y: it’s by Vuitton. And it matches the checkered Vuitton sheath she was wearing. But, of course, her sexy side-swept bangs don’t hurt either. A few things to consider before you dust off the hair bow:

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