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Lindsay Lohan, shot by Terry Richards for Love Magazine

We know we should wear sunscreen at the beach. We know about avoiding sunburn, about skin cancer, and about future wrinkles. But a couple of years ago, when I lived in an apartment with a pool, I got a closeup look at the spots that

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Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine

Givenchy, Poudre Bonne Mine, Healthy Glow Powder, summer bronzer, swatches, 2012, Premiere Croisiere, Douce Croisiere, Ambre Croisiere, Extreme Croisiere, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Poor Givenchy. Years ago, I thought their counter in Saks (Galleria Houston) was just the pinnacle of glamour in makeup. Today, you won't see the brand outside Sephora (and Epcot Center). Has LVMH has chosen to "save" some of its makeup brands (Givenchy, Make Up For Ever) for exclusive sale through

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Sally Hansen Barely Blue Bell

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For the past few years, Sally Hansen has made fabulous custom colors for shows at New York fashion week, then — six months later, when the appropriate season rolls around — sold those collections to the public. (I haven't swatched all of them, but as an example, here's Tracy Reese F/W 2010.) The funny

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Cuticle Remover: The Secret to Model-Perfect Manicures

Deborah Lippmann, Cuticle Remover

Readers, my nails have been a wreck for weeks. It's basically Deborah Lippmann's fault: I haven't been able to forget her admonition not to push back my cuticles with my thumbnail. So I developed a small but insidious vicious cycle: I couldn't paint my nails until I

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Guest Swatcher: MAC Pro Eye and Lip Palettes

MAC fall 2012 pro eye palette swatches, Dark Current, Blazer, Delft, Smoked Paprika, Salt & Pepper, Natural Fibre

Tremendous thanks to blogger and makeup artist extraordinaire Lauren Clark for an advance look at MAC's new, limited edition, fall-focused, six-pan pro eye and lip palettes.

Images from MACpro.com:


Each palette is $38, available on the MACpro.com website (or, if you don't have a login, by

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Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheer

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Armani just added a new lipstick to its lineup: Rouge d'Armani Sheer. (Spring/summer IS the season of sheer lipsticks.) I tried on Pink 501 and found it, pleasantly, not TOO sheer. The formula goes on with a comfortable heavy-balm feeling. It has a natural, semi-gloss finish, which gives an almost stained quality to your lips. The sensation of

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Deborah Lippmann Spring and Summer 2012

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Deborah Lippmann just released a quartet of new shades (well technically two for spring/resort and two for summer, but they released concurrently on her website, and I thought we could look at them all together).

Mermaid's Dream has gotten the lion's share of attention from print and digital press, but now that I've seen them all, I think the other

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Tom Ford Brow Pencils

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Until very recently, I thought a brow pencil was just a brow pencil. I've tried a handful of different brands, and found them all to be more or less the same — which is not a bad thing! But I just tried Tom Ford's brow pencil, and it's so much better that I'm afraid I'll never be able to

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TFMA: Brow Technique

There are about a dozen categories of makeup (foundation, powder, lipliner, etc.) — and we all have categories we skip. For a long time, I ignored brow stuff. I didn't really have any complaints about my brows, so I paid no attention to pencils, waxes, gels, and powders.

One day (curiosity killed the cat), I decided to dip

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MAC Tres Cheek

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Another little quickie collection from MAC: a sextet of limited edition powder blushes. Now I LOVE blush, but somehow this collection didn't set my heart racing. (Am I the only one?)

Immortal Flower is a matte warm pink (even though it's a Satin finish). Modern Mandarin is a satin tangerine-persimmon with a silver sheen/shimmer. Lovecloud is a

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The Kate Somerville Clinic

Kate Somerville spa

The small foyer downstairs

I'm feeling extremely jetsetting, readers. Lucky Magazine just hosted the first "west coast edition" of their Fashion and Beauty Bloggers (FABB) conference in L.A., so I made my first trip to the city of angels. It was a pretty quick trip, but I managed to squeeze in a pilgrimage

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Guest Swatcher: Butter London Lillibet’s Jubilee

Butter London, Lillibet's Jubilee, swatches

Tremendous thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for her guest swatches of a very topical color: Lillibet's Jubilee from Butter London.

"Lillibet" was Queen Elizabeth II's childhood nickname, and 2012 marks her sixtieth year on the throne. Who wouldn't want to celebrate the monarch's Diamond Jubilee?  (England's second such celebration! Elizabeth II's reign is exceeded

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MAC Reel Sexy

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MAC's Reel Sexy collection is a flashback to last summer's Nordstrom anniversary collection, Cinematics (and the widely available Colourizations). Just about everything is limited edition.

Eyeshadow duos are back, though they're $27.50 now. As with last summer's duos, MAC doesn't identify individual shade names or finishes.

Dynamic Duo 1

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Sephora + Pantone Universe 2012: Tangerine Tango

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In a move that was absolutely brilliant for both brands, Sephora and Pantone teamed up to create a collection celebrating Pantone's color of 2012: Tangerine Tango.

Pantone was a commercial printing company that became famous for their color standards. To make a long story short, they created books of color swatches and a system by which any

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MAC In Extra Dimension

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Now this is just unsubstantiated musings on my part, but it sometimes seems like Estee Lauder Corp. shares product innovation among its brands. Estee Lauder has been making such a splash with their Illuminating Powder Gelee (which has appeared as both eyeshadow and face powder), and MAC just released a new (limited edition) "liquid-powder hybrid formula, a

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