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Shaking things up a bit with #rosegold hair! #yolo #haircolor #spring

Shaking things up a bit with #rosegold hair! #yolo #haircolor #spring

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Is it a lip gloss or a lipstick? Neither.

There are few things as exciting as a totally new lip color formulation—for me at least. I’m especially fond of vivid color and mirror-like shine, but I’ve found it’s hard to get both without a heavy, sticky highly pigmented product. But that has all changed thanks to the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick.

Don’t let the packaging fool you… Yes, it looks like a lipstick at first glance, but a little twist reveals a plush gloss applicator. This formula is revolutionary because it’s water-based instead of oil-based, which translates to a refreshing sensation when you put it on—and an absolutely weightless feel. You may not feel like you’re wearing anything at all until you catch a glimpse of your shiny, colorful lips in the mirror. This lippie is also majorly long-lasting (without getting dry or cakey) and available in 17 eye-popping shades, so I recommend giving at least one a whirl ASAP.

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This lotion is like Photoshop for your skin

We all know that watching what we eat and exercising is the best way to keep our bodies looking fit and trim. But all the exercise and dieting in the world can’t do anything for the appearance of our skin—or for those minor imperfections like varicose veins, stretch marks and loss of elasticity. Personally, I’m not letting any of the above stand between me and skirts or jean shorts this summer, and I have Prtty Peaushun to thank for that.

More than a flaw-concealing moisturizer, this skin-perfector also contains a blend of natural plant extracts that works to tighten and firm skin. It’s packed with light-reflecting particles that leave skin with a gorgeous glow that’s far from sparkly, and I’ll even go so far to say that it enhances muscle definition. Seriously, it’s a must for any and all bare skin, whether legs, arms, back or belly (especially if you’re rocking the crop-top trend). It’s available in 5 shades including “Plain” (untinted so all you get is the radiance), Light, Medium, Dark and Deep Dark, and the minimal packaging makes it easy to get to every last drop.

So stop complaining about everything you don’t like about your body, slip on those shorts, and let Prtty Peaushun help you go bare confidently! After you see how amazing your skin looks, you may never want to cover up again.

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This brush takes your hairdryer out of the equation

Unless you’re a professional, hair styling can be tough… From tired arms to difficulty wielding a blow dryer and a brush, these are just two reasons I try to limit styling to twice a week. Toting this equipment along for touch-ups during the day isn’t exactly practical either, but the new Salon Shape Hot Air Brush from John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair solves all of these problems—and helps keep frizz at bay.

With 500 watts, two heat settings and a 1-inch barrel, this cordless styling brush dries and styles your hair in one simple step. The ceramic titanium-coated barrel also uses ionic technology to fight frizz and condition your strands for smooth, shiny strands whether you go straight, wavy or curly. Now that the weather has warmed up, humidity isn’t far behind, so we suggest arming yourself with this super-styler pronto!

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VERY excited about this month’s @lacquerous picks! #nails #manicure #pedicure

VERY excited about this month’s @lacquerous picks! #nails #manicure #pedicure

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Eyeliners that boost lash growth

I’m a sucker for any product that works double duty, especially when they provide both instant and long-term results… If you’ve tried (and stuck with) lash-enhancing serums, you know how wonderful they are for increasing the thickness and length of your lashes. And if you depend on eyeliner as a finishing touch for your makeup, you know what a difference this small extra step makes. So if you like the results of each on their own, you’d love getting the benefits of both in one product, right? Enter these hybrid products that replace two strokes with one—or deliver lash-boosting ingredients day or night.

LASHEM Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner: Packed with peptides derived from plants and flowers, this multitasker offers precise application and versatility since it can double as an eyeshadow in addition to a defining eyeliner. It’s available in Blackest Black, Black Pearl and Espresso so it has the basic hues covered.

Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For The Liner: Not only do this liner’s pen-like packaging and felt tip allow for precise application, the color stays put all day (and all night). Infused with peptides to enhance length and thickness, it glides on effortlessly leaving the blackest of black color behind.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum: The most budget-conscious of the bunch, this liner offers a similar experience to the Peter Thomas Roth at a fraction of the price. Waterproof, smudge-proof and long lasting, you can also get this formula with a thicker felt tip for an even more dramatic look. And you can find them at just about any drugstore, supermarket or mass retailer.

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Reap the benefits of light therapy at home

In-office laser- and light-based treatments are a guaranteed way to improve a variety of skin issues. From redness and excess hair to discoloration and, of course, fine lines and wrinkles, specific wavelengths of light have the power to make our skin look flawless—but these treatments often come along with a hefty price tag. Some at-home light-based devices can set you back at least $300, but if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option, you’ll want to check out the illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask.

Always one to try something new in an effort to look younger, I was pretty excited to try this mask. It harnesses the power of red and infrared light to promote younger-looking skin by targeting discoloration, laxity, fine lines and wrinkles—without any side effects. My son was pretty excited to try it, too…

Using it is as easy as putting it on (it’s like wearing glasses), pressing the start button on the attached remote and sitting still for 15 minutes. It automatically shuts off when the treatment is finished and you’re on your way. The mask is good for 30 treatments, and once you use them all up you toss the whole thing in the trash. Frankly, the hardest thing about using this mask, for me at least, was finding the 15 minutes each day.

illuMask boasts some pretty impressive clinical results, namely that 96% of users have more even skin tone and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after four weeks. I stuck with using the mask for about three weeks, and although I didn’t see improvement nearly as impressive as the before-and-afters on the box, my “before” was much better to start with.

My opinion: At $30, you have little to lose by adding this mask to your anti-aging regimen. It’s completely safe for your skin (and eyes), and even if you don’t see dramatic improvement, at the very least it gives you 15 minutes to sit back and relax each day.

P.S. If you’re prone to breakouts, try the illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask. Featuring blue and red LED light to reduce bacteria and inflammation, regular use can keep blemishes, redness and excess oil at bay.

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The color of the year—for your hair

Any beauty maven worth her salt knows that Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year. Though I’m not really that much of a purple person, I’ve found a few ways to work this hot hue into my wardrobe (mainly noncommittal scarves and inexpensive flats), but my beauty routine, not so much. (Sorry, girls, I either go neutral or way out there, but not much in between.) However, you can get in on this trend without actually transforming your look thanks to J.F. Lazartigue’s Ultra Shine Orchid Scented Shampoo.

Recommended for dull hair that doesn’t rely on coloring treatments, this shampoo is gentle enough for daily use. It works by counteracting the impurities and lime scale in your water that prevent your hair’s natural shine from coming through, and depositing natural oils that smooth your strands and help your hair reflect light. Beyond the silky softness, it leaves a lovely orchid scent behind for an all-day experience that looks and smells amazing. If $25 seems like a lot, let me put it to you this way… One bottle lasts for months, and can you really put a price on healthy, shiny, sweet-scented locks?

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Take a bite out of this lip treatment

‘Tis the season for bright, bold (often matte) lips, and nothing stands in the way like dry, flaky lips. I’ve been making an effort to exfoliate before swiping on my new favorite fuchsia (and The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ is the yummiest way to do it), but alas, time doesn’t always allow for pucker sloughing. Even though I religiously apply lip balm every night before bed (and countless times throughout the day), this usually doesn’t deliver enough hydration for flawless exfoliation-less lipstick application come morning. But ever since I started using Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask, it’s been smooth sailing.

As the name implies, this isn’t a mere lip balm. Designed as a mask for your mouth, this natural formula nourishes and moisturizes—and its thick stay-put formula allows for an extended dose of lip-smoothing ingredients. As with all Bite Beauty products, this lip treatment really is good enough to eat, and thanks to organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla extract and a high concentration of antioxidant resveratrol, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better product for your pout!

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You won’t bat an eye at this major mascara!

I have to hand it to product developers… They manage to literally reinvent the wheel—especially when that wheel is mascara. From new brush shapes and lash-plumping, long-wear formulas, this makeup staple keeps getting better and better, and the latest to take up residence in my makeup drawer is Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Extravagant Mascara. (And with such a descriptive and alluring name, how could you not!)

First, take a look at that brush… The tapered is designed to separate lashes for a clump-free result every time. The plush, round part of the brush was created for maximum volume—and together they add thickness, length and curl in one stroke. And you won’t find this mascara all over your face a few hours after you apply it. The wax-based formula surrounds each lash and stays put, and the ultra-black color lends ultimate drama and definition.

Since we’re supposed to ditch our mascara every three months, you’re going to be due for a new one sooner rather than later—and this one deserves to be on your list!