InStyle: Does Universal Blush really work?

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Universal Blush?

THE CLAIM This bright pink cheek color is the first powder blush that adjusts to your skin tone, taking the guesswork out of picking the perfect shade.

THE EXPERT SAYS “In fact, it isn’t actually self-adjusting, but the color is just translucent enough to blend in with any skin tone,” says Ni’kita Wilson. “The shade is bright, but the base that’s used is not titanium dioxide, so there’s no chalkiness.”

OUR VERDICT We tested the blush on five people (with complexions ranging from milky white to deep mocha), and amazingly, it gave a flattering, blushing-from-within glow to everyone. The color was bright enough to show up on very dark skin yet sheer enough that it didn’t look clownish on pale complexions.

Stila Custom Color blush, $20; at




I would have never thought with my pale complexion I could wear such bright colors.  Then I was sent a sample to review of the L’Occitane Pivoine Flora in Creamy Rose. The blush is the most gorgeous creamy bright rose shade and gives my cheeks the perfect color without every overpowering my skin. The pallette has a light pink shade to see as a highlighter.

Pivoine Flora Color Cream Rose

This duet of colored creams can be used according to your desires, to illuminate and warm up the face. Enriched with softening Peony extract and delicately scented, this smooth texture glides on with fingertips and blends easily.
The pure rose blush accents the cheek bones while the pearly rose can be used to highlight your look.
Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested.


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Yves Saint Laurent-SHOCKING


Voluminous Mascara for a False Lash Effect
What it is:
A mascara that exaggerates lashes with excess volume from every angle.

What it does:
Exclusive to YSL, the amplified helix brush provides instant volume to the lashes. The slim brush design allows for perfect control and precision and the off-center twist enhances length and curl. The beautifully creamy formula with pro-vitamin B5 coats each lash evenly, creating a thick and lustrous fringe with a wet look.




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Get Beautiful Hair for Less with Philip Kingsley ‘Try Me Duos’ Kits‏




Hurry while supplies last. If you are new to Phillip Kinglsey the products are amazing, and at these prices they won’t last long. I love the try me kits its such an easy and affordable way to check out the different hair care lines.


Calling all Philip Kingsley fans! Whether you are looking for a new product to try or want to stock up on your favorites, Philip Kingsley is now offering “Try Me Duos” kits. With these kits, you will get two products for the price of one – essentially saving you fifty percent on your purchase. The kits are available in both full and mini sized products.

Philip Kingsley Try Me Duos Kit Line Up:

Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Conditioner Duo ($28)
Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Conditioner Mini Try Me Duo ($11)
Designed with violet hues and optical brighteners
Gently conditions while adding shine to dull, discolored grey and brassy blonde hair

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo Duo ($22)
Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner Mini Try Me Duo ($9.50)
Ideal for medium textured, wavy hair
Gently cleanses and delivers the correct balance of moisture, leaving hair healthy, shiny and tangle free

Philip Kingsley Remoisturising Shampoo and Conditioner Mini Try Me Duo ($9.50)
Ideal for coarse textured, wavy, curly or frizzy hair
Gently cleanses and deeply moisturizes, leaving hair soft, supple and shiny

Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo Mini Try Me Duo ($9.50)
Ideal for fine textured hair
Gently cleanses while adding volume, shine and hair strength

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Shampoo Mini Try Me Duo ($13.50)
Formulated specifically to relieve and clear flaking and itchy scalps

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Tonic Duo ($11)
Soothing leave treatment with an anti microbial and anti flaking formula
Provides immediate and long lasting relief from irritation

Make sure to get them all while supplies last at

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StyleCaster’s Exclusive look at Victoria’s Secret Makeup Collection‏

Courtesy Image from Victoria’s Secret


For the release of the latest Victoria’s Secret makeup collection, we went behind the scenes with the brand as they shot their “Fiercely Sexy” ad campaigns. The products, focusing on metallics and one of Victoria’s Secret best sellers, Fierce, range from shimmering shadow duos to illuminating bronzers.

Makeup artist Polly Osmond walked us through the dark, smokey eye look that she was applying to Adriana Lima. Osmond started with the duo liner in Shimmer Fierce, applying black pencil on the eye first and then adding the shimmer shadow duo in Fierce over the top to “intensify the look” and to help the shadow adhere to the eye with the pencil underneath. Using the silver end of the liner duo, Osmond blended the line outwards. She finished the look with Halo, a “natural rosy pink with lots of shimmer in it” for Adriana’s lips to accent her pout.

For the hair, stylist Oribe stuck with the traditional sexy, bouncy, trademark Victoria’s Secret waves. He recommends using either a curling iron or hot rollers (on set he used hot rollers). To maintain volume in your hair all day, Oribe suggests starting at your root and working a volumizer or texturizer through your hair. We also asked him his take on short hair, since many models and celebs have been going short lately. Oribe quickly replied, “They’re all growing it back; at the end of the day boys like long hair.”

Enjoy the below behind the scenes peek of the Fiercely Sexy shoot featuring Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel (as well as makeup artist Polly Osmond and hairstylist Oribe) and flip through the images above for more on-set action!

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