Penelope Cruz named “Sexiest Woman Alive” and we couldn’t agree more!

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It’s official! Penélope Cruz is Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive,” and we couldn’t agree more! Penelope is getting more gorgeous as she ages, isn’t she? She’s never looked better!

Describing Cruz’s obvious beauty, profiler Chris Jones writes, “has no physical flaws…Her face contains no secrets, at least not about her. But her face tells you and the room plenty about you. If you want to feel like the world’s most judged man, sit down at a table in a restaurant with the Sexiest Woman Alive.”

Being hailed the “sexiest woman alive” is an honor for Cruz, who says she was once known as “drama queen.” As the actress explains in the magazine’s November issue, “I’ve played a lot of tricks on myself. I’ve made it hard for me sometimes, especially in my teens and 20s. I had an attraction to drama. Most of us have that, especially if you are an artist—you feel like you are tempted to explore the darkness.”

As a young girl in Madrid, Spain, Cruz often lied about her age in order to get into movie theaters to see films by her mentor, director Pedro Almodóvar. “[He is] the biggest source of inspiration,” Cruz recalls. Cruz still explores her dark side in movies, but what about in real life? “I could not be less interested now. For me, the most attractive, charming, cool, fun, interesting thing—how could I call it? A plan.”

Per usual, that’s about as much as Cruz is willing to reveal about her personal life. Asked about husband, Javier Bardem, 45, son Leo, 3, daughter, Luna, 1, the I’m So Excited! actress, 40, replies, “That is for us.”

How gorgeous is she?

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The Power of Pink: Sephora Gives Back for BCA

THE POWER OF PINK
Sephora Gives Back for Breast Cancer Awareness

This October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sephora is honoring those affected by breast cancer by offering exciting new pink products that bring hope by giving back. Sephora has created two exclusive products and will donate a portion of the sale of each product, with a total minimum donation of $10,000 US, to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF).

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SEPHORA COLLECTION - The Beauty of Giving Back Blush Palette
Sephora Collection The Beauty of Giving Back Face Palette ($34 / $74 value) – Contour, highlight, blush and bronze with this multi-formula, limited edition face palette that complements any skin tone. This versatile set contains cream and powder blushes, a universal highlighter, and innovative blush ombre, and bronze ombre shades. For an on-trend look this fall, softly contour with the ombre bronzer, and then add a pop of color to the apples of the cheeks with a shade of powder blush. For a more natural flush, apply any shade of the cream blush, blending softly onto apples of cheeks, or layer textures to create your own custom color. Sephora is donating $2 US from the sale of this product to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION – Together in pink hair ties
Sephora Collection Together in Pink Hair Ties ($6) – Fun and functional, these no-tug hair ties are a great addition to any makeup or gym bag. With four different fabrics in each set, including satin, sheer, glitter, and a fun geometric pattern, all in tones of pink, they add a stylish, feminine touch to any hairstyle. Sephora is donating $1 US from the sale of this product to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Experience the power of pink with this limited-edition collection. Sephora’s products benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® will be available this October at all Sephora stores, by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or by logging on to Sephora.com.


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New from Murad! Transforming Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator and Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

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I have never used a water activated  powder  cleanser before, but it is very cool! The wash has a tiny exfoliating beads that not only clean but clear away dirt and dead skin cells. This cleanser gives acne the boot with the added benefit of salicylic acid.

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Any time the season changes my skin gets a bit wild and I have been using this cleanser and even with the crazy temp jumps from humid and 80 to rainy and 50 my skin has stayed clear and smooth. If you have combo skin or are prone to breakouts you will love this cleanser. It leaves my skin smooth and clean without every drying it out. Another gem from Murad.

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator $30.00

Why you need it:
Effectively cleanses and exfoliates without over-scrubbing skin to promote smooth, blemish-free skin

Primary Benefits:
Dual-action cleanser and exfoliator, with bio-enzymes and dissolving beads, sweeps away surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells while keeping pores clear for smooth, blemish-free skin.

Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator
Unique, water-activated powder transforms to effectively cleanse and exfoliate without over-scrubbing. Exfoliating bio-enzymes digest surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells while dissolving beads smooth and soften skin. Salicylic Acid and Pumpkin Seed Extract help keep pores clear for smooth, blemish-free skin.

Additional features and ingredients:
•Exfoliating bio-enzymes digest surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells
•Dissolving beads smooth and soften skin
•Salicylic Acid and Pumpkin Seed Extract help keep pores clear

 

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Now if your skin like mine can get very naughty you might want to add the Murad Skin Smoothing Polish to your anti acne arsenal. This polish is meant to be used once or twice a week as a deep cleansing exfoliator. The polish is made up of tiny jojoba beads that unclog pores and clear away dirt and dead skin. I love how clean my face feels while the beads are still gentle enough to not irritate my skin. This magic potion also contains witch hazel and cinnamon to tighten pores and get rid of excess oil.

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But wait there’s more… Pomgranate seed extract works to prevent free-radical damage while starflower and sunflower seed oils will help your skin retain moisture and stay smooth as a baby’s tuckus. I started with one use per week and just bumped up to twice weekly. I love how great my skin feels and looks and I need so little product one tube will last a long time.

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish $30.00

Why you need it:
Removes dry, dull skin to clear pores while leaving skin soft and smooth

Primary benefits:
Removes impurities without stripping moisture, revealing a vibrant complexion

Skin Smoothing Polish
Rich creamy polishing scrub removes embedded impurities, without stripping skin of natural moisture, revealing a more vibrant complexion.

About Murad Skin Smoothing Polish
Murad Skin Smoothing Polish is a face cleanser and treatment to clear blackheads and clogged pores. This powerful exfoliating scrub removes embedded impurities, without stripping skin of natural moisture, revealing a more vibrant complexion.

 

You can learn more about Murad products and purchase online at www.murad.com.

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for potential review. We were not compensated for this post and all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

 


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Anne Hathaway stuns on the cover of November’s Harper’s Bazaar!

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Anne Hathaway looks better than ever on the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar!

In the new magazine, Anne opens up about how she went into hiding following her Oscar win in 2013. What happened?

Here’s more from US Magazine:

The 31-year-old star famously fell from grace in the public eye after she took home the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe award in January and February 2013 for her role in Les Misérables. Everything from her acceptance speeches to her dresses to her awards season demeanor transitioned the star’s reputation from that of a well-liked Princess Diaries alum to a trying-too-hard theater girl who took herself too seriously.

Hathaway told Harper’s Bazaar that she felt like she got “punched in the gut” and “slapped” when the backlash first came, leaving her “shocked” and “embarrassed,” adding, “even now I can feel the shame.”

“People treated me a certain way,” she said of the widespread hate. “But I’ve grown from it. This whole thing has made me a way more compassionate and loving person. And I don’t feel sorry for myself.”

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