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Fun Without The Sun: Guest Blogger

She may live in Tennessee, but Kathryn Cunningham has the eye of an über-chic New Yorker. Her blog, Sweet Tea & Champagne, is a testament to her great taste and it quickly won us over with its great mix of fashion, style, and beauty. This week, she’s guest blogging for us and sharing everything from DIY tricks to her recent recipes obsessions.

1. St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse 2. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer 3. Tan Towel Classic Self-Tan Towelette 4. Bare Escentuals Bronzer in Warmth

Don’t get me wrong, I love cool weather. No, not sub-arctic temperatures, but after a hot summer, it’s nice to start layering on sweaters and jackets. But inevitably, the one thing I always miss about the warmer months is the effortless sun-kissed look that you get from spending your days on the beach, lake, or by the pool. That’s why I’ve come up with some of my favorite sunless (a.k.a. anti-tanning bed) self-tanners.

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Pretty and Pure: Guest Blogger

Dedicated to “what’s in your closet and on your vanity,” Samantha Fodrowski’s blog, Closet Vanity, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to our interests. This week, the busy blogger is lending us her talents and musing on some of our favorite topics like the fashion-forward red lip and au naturel makeup.

1. Josie Maran argan oil
2. Tarte blush
3. Korres lip butter
4. Kiehl’s mascara
5. Bare Escentuals eye shadow
6. Kiehl’s makeup remover
7. Tarte tinted moisturizer
8. Josie Maran blush stick

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Reading List: Independence Weekend

The weekend is soooooo close we can just taste it! The office is quickly emptying out but before we can run off to our three-day weekend we’ve got to share our reading list!

  • Well, here’s one we can check off our list: we finally found out what would happen if you applied 365 layers of makeup to someone’s face! That’s exactly what artist duo Lernert and Sander did for It took nine hours, seven bottles of foundation, two bottles of eye cream, three lip pens, and two bottles of blush – all by Ellis Faas — to complete the look.  Watch the enthralling video over at Fashionista.
  • As you know, we’re huge nail polish and nail art fans—the crazier the better, we always say! So we were excited to see a debate on NY Times yesterday called “Why Did Wild Nail Polish Go Mainstream?”  We may be out of touch over here in our beauty closet but we were slightly shocked by some of the comments that called nail polish tacky and stated that women who are serious about their careers would never stray from the basic colors. We have to wholeheartedly disagree on both accounts!
  • If there was any doubt that heels would continue to get even more extreme, Christian Louboutin has put that to rest with his newest pair. Fortunately, the extreme eight inch heels, which mimic ballet shoes, are for charity. Get the details and find out where you can bid for them at Grazia.
  • Bare Escentuals is launching a line of pressed eye shadows (they’re calling them solid eye shadows) this fall to complement the rest of their mineral makeup collection. Shades will range from neutrals to bolder tones and duos will retail around $20. Details are on WWD, but the collection will launch on QVC on September 29th.
  • And finally, in fancy wedding news: Kate Moss got married today! Of course the dress is the question of the hour and interestingly enough, she wore a piece by her long time friend, John Galliano. No word yet from WWD on any backlash for choosing the troubled designer. Other outfits for the weekend were designed by Stella McCartney.


Enjoy the long weekend and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday! 

Reading List: Spin Me Right Round

A shot from our summer beauty editorial. Photographer: Ken Pao; makeup: Nam Vo.

Well, that was one humdinger of a week. June boxes are out the door, we debuted our awesome travel pouches (flying out the doors - get yours quick!), and even squeezed in a video shoot. In between all that, we even managed to do some reading. Here’s what caught our eye.

  • Whew. Preview shots of Tom Ford’s new makeup collection are out and they’re downright sexy. Those gleaming gold accents, those engraved lipsticks…we want. BellaSugar has the deets on the forthcoming collection, fronted by the gorgeous Lara Stone.
  • One more reason to pick up the Sunday Times: there’s a fascinating profile of Bare Escentuals high priestess Leslie Blodgett. Find out how she made mineral powders a must-have item.
  • We were all aflutter earlier this week, when Book of Mormon star Nikki James (besties with our own Eric) came by to say hi. We were even more psyched to see her awesome feature — watch her shop for the perfect Tony Awards dress. 
  • We love Refinery29’s roundup of their five favorite under-the-radar beauty brands, featuring one of our fave Elizabeth Dehn and her new By Elizabeth Dehn line!
  • Finally, here’s a selfish one: We just put up a fresh batch of content. Head on over to our website to check it out: there’s an editorial featuring our favorite summer beauty looks, an interview with the too-cute Marais USA girls, downtown cool hair tutorials, and more. Go go!

…And I’m out. Have a great weekend!


    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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    A Better Lip Plumper: Bare Escentuals Lip Polish

    When the first wave of lip plumpers came out, I mostly stayed away. I don’t feel particularly envious of Angelina’s pillowy pout (I’d much rather have those major lashes), and truth be told, the early plumpers actually stung. But these products have come a long way, and I’m loving the latest version to cross my desk: Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish. I could do without the silly name but I love the super thick formula, which gives my lips an almost glassy finish without being sticky. It also makes my lips tingle, but instead of being painful, just makes me feel like it’s freshening my breath. Totally psychosomatic, but there’s nothing wrong with that.


    Not into tingles? Try Laura Mercier’s Lip Glace, which will give you a crazy shiny polish without any side effects.