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Elle Presents the Best Summer Nail Polish Colors

Elle has a great list of some of the top colors to adorn your nails this summer. I may be a basic black girl in my wardrobe but I am excited to try some of these fun colors to brighten up my summer looks.

Summertime is ripe for fun—beginning with your nails. Here, we’ve compiled the hottest shades to dazzle your fingertips with, just in time for the Fourth of July. From classic red, white, and blue to creamy taupe and vibrant orange (shown at left), these lacquers can be rocked all summer long.

Smooth Butter London Jelly Sheer Colour in Chuffed on cuticles for juicy cantaloupe color.

Photo: Courtesy of Butter London

Priti Polish in Devil’s Fig is like a burst of Day-Glo-streaked sunshine on your fingertips.

Photo: Courtesy of Priti Polish

Ocean Breeze by Revlon is a shimmering greenish-blue shade fit for a mermaid. As part of Revlon’s limited-edition Scents of Summer line, the formula is scented (take a whiff once the polish dries and you’ll swear the ocean is at the end of your nose). But if you want a bottle, hurry! The scent-sational hue debuted in April and has been flying off store shelves.

Photo: Courtesy of Revlon

Part of the Sephora by O.P.I. Havana Nights collection, Midnight Mambo will instill daydreams of dancing under glittering stars as the blue summer sky darkens.

Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

Lavish nails with Essie Nail Polish in Pretty Edgy (part of the brand’s summer 2010 collection) and imagine standing on a bed of freshly-cut grass.

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

For ripe, tomato-red nails twist open a bottle of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast-Dry Nail Color in Sonic Bloom. The orangey hue is retro yet edgy.

Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen


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2 NEW Collections from Benefit!

Scene Queen – The New Annie Collection is a kit that features all you need to take you from the office to a girls’ night out. Okay, I want this!! I love it! The colors are awesome!

Scene Queen contains beauty essentials that create vivid, eye-catching looks that are sure to get you noticed.

This set contains:
– 0.1 oz Coralista, coral-pink cheek powder with mini natural-bristle brush
– 0.09 oz High Beam, luminescent complexion enhancer
– 0.18 oz Juicy Coral, lip shine
– Smokin’ Liner, eyeliner
– 4 x 0.1 oz eyeshadows in Charcoal, Shimmering Beige, Misty Blue, and Navy
– 2 Fluff Shadow/Hard Angle Brushes
– Step-By-Step Makeup Lesson

Benefit Co-Founders Jean and Jane Ford have expanded their sister-centric legacy to include Maggie and Annie Ford Danielson…Jean’s daughters, Jane’s nieces and Benefit’s new Makeup Trend Artists! The NEW Sephora exclusive Maggie & Annie Collection captures the gals’ flair for modern makeup artistry. Sunday Funday and Scene Queen take you from day to date…or desk to dance floor…effortlessly! These collectibles are limited edition, snap ‘em up while they last!

“Scene Queen creates the perfect ‘night on the town’ look. With incredible eyeshadows and vivid pops of color, this kit will pump up the volume and take you from the office to girls’ night out. Heads will turn, jaws will drop…and drinks will be on the house!”—Annie Ford Danielson, Benefit Makeup Trend Artist

$38.00 – BUY IT HERE!

Sunday Funday – The New Maggie Collection is kit that features all you need to pull together a fresh, fabulous look the day after a late night.

Sunday Funday contains eyeshadow and complexion essentials that create a gorgeous, fresh-faced look.

This set contains:
– 0.1 oz Hoola, bronzing powder with mini natural-bristle brush
– 0.09 oz Benetint, rose-tinted lip & cheek stain
– 0.18 oz Shimmering Rose, lip shine
– 0.01 oz Toasty Liner, eyeliner
– 4 x 0.1 oz eyeshadows in Smimmering Bronze, Pink Satin, Light Champagne, and Pretty In Plum
– 2 Fluff Shadow/Hard Angle Brushes
– Step-By-Step Makeup Lesson

Benefit Co-Founders Jean and Jane Ford have expanded their sister-centric legacy to include Maggie and Annie Ford Danielson…Jean’s daughters, Jane’s nieces and Benefit’s new Makeup Trend Artists! The NEW Sephora exclusive Maggie & Annie Collection captures the gals’ flair for modern makeup artistry. Sunday Funday and Scene Queen take you from day to date…or desk to dance floor…effortlessly! These collectibles are limited edition, snap ‘em up while they last!

“Sunday Fun Day is all about pulling together a fresh, fabulous look after a late night. Whether you were up watching movies or dancing ’til dawn, this kit has the prettiest eyeshadows and complexion essentials to make you look beautifully revived…just in time for brunch. Waiter, coffee and mimosas, please!”—Maggie Ford Danielson, Benefit Makeup Trend Artist

$38.00 – BUY IT HERE!

Make Her Up Introduces LipSense!

I had the opportunity to try LipSense recently, and I’ve fallen in love with it! I can see what all the buzz is about! I’ve heard of them before, but never had the opportunity to try it, until recently! The glosses are so great, you owe it to yourself to try them! They go on smoothly, and most importantly, they’re not sticky at all! They make your lips feel silky and smooth for hours at a time. Unlike most glosses, LipSense stays put forever! It’s so great!

SeneGence International is proud to announce their premier product LipSense, created in 1999, continues to garner a cult-like following from many women around the world including professional makeup artists and celebrity devotees.

Most recently pop star Christina Aguilera and celebrity makeup artist and YouTube beauty guru Kandee Johnson, listed LipSense among their favorite beauty products. Joy Behar, Co-host on ABC’s The View, has also mentioned LipSense as one of the products she wears on the show.

LipSense is unlike any conventional lipstick, stain, or color. These lead-free, kiss-proof, smudge-proof, budge-proof liquid lip colors stay on for up to 12 hours, are available in over 50 shades and retail for $22.00 each. LipSense shades can also be combined to create hundreds of custom color possibilities.

Apply LipSense to clean dry lips. With lips parted, place applicator on the lip beginning at the outside corner and spread in a fl uid, sweeping motion to the opposite corner of the lip without lifting the applicator (do not move applicator back and forth). Use three layers for long-lasting results. Let each layer dry about five seconds before applying the next layer. For best results, top with LipSense Gloss - available in glossy, matte, or shimmering fi nishes. These moisturizing glosses feature Shea Butter to improve the condition of lips and the longevity of LipSense. LipSense Glosses retail for $18.00 – $22.00 each.

There’s no need to worry about application errors. With LipSense Ooops! Remover, mistakes are gone. A simple swipe will erase application errors or remove your LipSense at the end of the day, $10.00.

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Summer Makeup Tips!

The following are makeup tips for the summer from makeup artist Gayle Brewer, owner of Celia Caserta, Inc., Los Angeles.

Summer is officially here. And, it’s time for new looks in makeup.

Many women like bright colors for summer makeup, but I think less is more particularly for younger women and teens. I recommend that sticking to neutrals during hot summer months. Here are some makeup suggestions to achieve a fresh, sun-kissed look.

Pare an eggshell eye shadow such as Two Faced from Natural Eye Collection with dramatic, but not false, eye lashes. Get them using very dark mascara such as Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara. It is the darkest black I have found, it stays on longer, and it does not clump. To keep with the natural look, use brown eyeliner under the eyes. Try MAC Earthlink, it is a lighter shade that still adds depth to eyes.

Another good MAC product for a more dramatic night time look is Rapid Black Liquid for the upper lids. It is sharp, not messy. It works like a Sharpee so there is no need to keep dipping the applicator into the liquid which can make it difficult to form thin, uniform lines.

Go for pink shimmery cheeks, with the same color lipstick and gloss. Or, try NARS Orgasm Bronzer (Saphora) as a blush and lipstick. On cheeks, it makes skin look moist while giving it a healthy glow. And, the color is great for lips! It is very natural and its stays on longer than lipstick.

During the summer avoid heavy foundation. It will make you look too overdone on hot, humid days. A tinted moisturizer, the same color as your skin, will even out the skin tone, while looking natural. If you need more cover, use a little bit of regular foundation, not powder. MAC Face and Body—Beach Days looks nice or, if you need more staying power, try Laura Mercier products.

There are several types of body bronzers that work well for achieving a sun-kissed look. Hula Bronze body makeup has good staying power. Michael Kors Body Bronzer is little darker, making it nice for legs and arms. It is a deodorant-like stick so the application is easy for days at the beach.

These products all have sunblock in them but always remember to apply sunblock first thing in the morning and reapply if you go into the water or exercise.

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