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Do you like matte nail polish?

If so, we’ve got just the product for you! Sephora has teamed up with OPI to create the perfect top coat – that will turn any polish matte!

Matte Top Coat
What it is:
A top coat that creates a matte effect when applied to any nail color.

What it does:
This top coat gives nails a matte effect, transforming even the shiniest polishes into nails with a unique flat finish. Its properties as a top coat also protect nails from chipping.

What else you need to know:
“Nails are the hottest new art form,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Executive V.P. and Artistic Director of OPI. “Now, Sephora by OPI makes individualized nail art available to everyone.”

$9.50

Jennifer Aniston’s fragrance now available in rollerball!

In the creation of her debut fragrance, Jennifer Aniston called to mind her earliest and most beloved recollections of scent. Evoking memories of sunny days at the beach and happy summer nights, this captivating composition includes light, blooming floral notes set against a sensual base of musk and woods.

“I wanted this fragrance to be a personal library of scent memories. For example, my love of night blooming jasmine has lasted a lifetime. Growing up in California, I distinctly remember the scent of jasmine on summer evenings. I consider the scent of the ocean to be one of life’s most uplifting sensual experiences. No aroma is quite so purifying, humbling and exhilarating. The combination of the salty air and tropical oils reminds me of long sunny days on the beach-pure happiness.”—Jennifer Aniston

This take-anywhere rollerball format lets you can carry this fragrance in your purse or travel kit.

Notes: Citrus Grove Accord, Rose Water, Jasmine, Violet, Amazon Lily, Musk, Amber, Sandalwood.

Style: Sensual. Floral. Clean.

$18

New bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser.

I love the new Bare Escentuals skincare line! One of my favorites is the Purifying Facial Cleanser and its multitasking might. Gentle enough to remove my eye makeup  it also deep cleans my pores without over drying. At first I was thrown off, my face didn’t feel tingly or tight so I wasn’t sure if it was strong enough to combat the oil.

I have now been using it for two weeks and my skin feels great and is clear of blemishes and shine . On top of a clearer complexion I love how hydrated and smooth my skin feels.

Purifying Facial Cleanser


What it is:
A lathering cleanser that purifies skin and removes eye makeup.

What it is formulated to do:
This gentle cleanser transforms into a light, creamy texture to remove makeup, dissolve impurities, and rebalance skin for a soft, smooth complexion. The 100 percent pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex powers this product, leaving skin feeling perfectly clean, hydrated, and with a naturally luminous glow. Plus, it’s gentle enough for eye makeup removal.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
The proprietary RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex represents a new generation of active minerals. Its extraordinary skin-renewing benefits include accelerated cell turnover and antioxidant protection from environmental stressors. bareMinerals formulates its skincare products to perform expertly with their foundations.

Research results:
Based on an independent consumer study of Purifying Facial Cleanser:
- 91% of women agreed their skin felt hydrated
- 88% of women agreed their skin felt smoother
- 88% of women agreed their skin improved with continued use

 

$20

 

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to me for an honest review.


O Magazine: Summer Beauty Survival Handbook‏


The August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine on newsstands now reveals the Summer Beauty Survival Handbook.

August is the peak of the summer season, and it’s also the height of summer’s beauty dilemmas – bug bites, TOO much sun, and frizzy hair! For every beauty problem – including the worst-case scenarios – O Magazine has the solution.

 

Minimize the Aftermath of Sunburns
Pop two aspirin, which inhibits the prostaglandin release that can increase redness.
Take a cool bath or shower. A sunburn increases blood flow to your skin; cold water reduces it.
Slather the affected areas with an aloe gel, but be careful to avoid products that contain alcohol, which can dry skin and increase peeling.
Solemnly swear to always apply sunscreen (and reapply every two hours!) when you’re in the sun.

Hide Front-and-Center Mosquito Bites
Dab a 1 percent hydrocortisone ointment on the bite as soon as you notice it to bring down the inflammation and redness. (An antihistamine, like Zyrtec, will also help reduce swelling.)
Once you’ve treated the bite, cover it as you would a pimple, using concealer and a translucent powder.

Sweat Less…Or Create that Allusion
Take a cold shower. The cool water will lower your skin temperature, actually impacting how much you sweat.
After showering, towel off and sprinkle powder over areas that tend to be particularly sweaty.
To cure slippery feet, blow dry your feet using your hair dryer’s cool setting, and then pat powder on them.
Consider using a deodorant with a higher antiperspirant power, like Secret Clinical Strength or Degree Clinical Protection. For best results, apply your antiperspirant to totally dry skin right before bed. If you need even-more-potent sweat prevention, ask you dermatologist for a prescription, like Xerac Ac or Drysol.

Conceal a Broken Out Chest
To hide any individual pimples, dab on a concentrated concealer using a fine-pointed makeup brush. Because body makeup often looks thick on the chest and back, use a face formula instead, like Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. Use a translucent powder to set the concealer. For more diffuse breakouts, apply a powder foundation (like Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation or Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup) all over the offending area with a large fluffy brush.

Prevent Hair from Wilting
Get to get rid of the grease that can weigh down hair at the roots. Shampoo daily, using products like Neutrogena T/Sal shampoo for oil control. Go easy on your conditioner usage, and try a product that has a gel consistency (like KMS California Add Volume Gel Conditioner) in order to keep hair smooth without flattening it.
To defy gravity all day, look for products billed as “root lifters” (like L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Pumping Volume Spritz). Spray at the roots when hair is still damp, or try flipping your head upside down while blow-drying for extra volume.

Cure a self-tanner hangover: streaky ankles, stained palms
In the shower, squeeze an exfoliating scrub (preferably one containing glycolic acid, like Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Body) onto a loofah and rub it in circles over the darkest areas. This will buff away that surface skin, and will soften the color.
If you don’t have an exfoliator handy, the citric acid in fresh lemon juice can help slough away excess color (cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it directly on the splotchy areas will do the trick!).
Once your skin is dry, a tinted bronzer will help even things out; you can also minimize remaining streaks by applying a subtle gradual tanner (like Lorac SelfTantalizer body Bronzing Gradual Self-Tanner) all over.
Next time, exfoliate thoroughly before applying self-tanner; when you’re done applying, gently rub a damp washcloth over your elbows, knees, ankles, and feet (the areas most likely to streak).