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Bond Girl Beauty

When I saw Ted Noten’s new gun-shaped makeup kit, I immediately thought of all the gorgeous Bond girls that have come into the spotlight over the years. From Eva Green to Halle Berry, one thing is for sure—these girls are fierce, and even manage to steal the focus from studs like Pierce Brosnan.

Noten’s pistol-shaped lip-gloss is a little too intense—I am more a fan of Urban Decay’s teardrop-shaped bullet Lipstick in Naked or Peroxide. Described as a “weapon of love,” this lipstick nourishes and protects lips, and has added ingredients to stimulate cellular function and prevent dehydration. Maybe that’s the secret to how the bond girls brave taxing situations?

Being completely covered in gold paint like Jill Masterson in Goldfinger doesn’t sound great—but hints of gold in your palette definitely has an appeal. Get a glistening lid with Stila’s Eyeshadow in 14K.

And lastly, every bond girl needs an on-screen beach appearance, fully equipped with the perfect tan (and a flawless beach body). Get the sun-kissed look with Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe.

I feel pretty ready to fight crime now—or maybe a girl’s night / movie marathon is more appropriate. 

—Shana

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My Top Four Self Tanners

A few years ago I made a discovery that would change my life forever: self tanner. I had spent high school in southern California where everyone was effortlessly sun-kissed and while I did achieve a nice glow from time to time, it was never easy. It involved lots of burning, tanning, and even slathering on oil sans SPF. Yikes. Not my most brilliant days.

I have since repented for my foolish youth and stopped going in direct sun altogether. (A whopping sunburn my junior year of college was the final straw and I while won’t go into all the painful details, let’s suffice it to say it was rather unpleasant.) Finally realizing my skin was not meant for tanning the natural (and unsafe) way, I began to explore the world of the faux glow. It’s truly liberating: no tan lines or painful redness, even color in just a few hours—why doesn’t everyone do this? Over the years, I’ve tried lots of products, (not all self tanners are created equal, believeyoume), but these are my current faves, in no particular order.

Clarins Self Tanning Milk ($32.50): My first foray into self tanning was with Clarins and that was completely by luck. This has been my go-to for years because it goes on easily and streak-free and it provides the most incredible, natural color.

Bare Escentuals Beautifully Bronzed Deluxe 2-piece Edition ($46.14): I got this self tanner and brush set in a gift bag a few weeks ago and I was a little hesitant. The formula is really dark and I am so accustomed to applying with my hands. That said, I gave it a shot on my legs and not only does the color look great, but the brush was really thorough and an awesome way to keep my palms from getting more color than they should.

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