Exclusive Offer from benefit!

Independent Beauty! Add extra sparkle with a FREE double-ended lip gloss with $50 order. Enter JULYFOUR at checkout. Don't forget to add product to shopping bag before checkout. Offer valid 6.30.09 to 7.7.09.
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Avéne Thermal Spring Water

We all know the importance of hydration--especially during the summer months! While we rely on our trendy Sigg water bottles for the water that nourishes within, we cant forget about our skin! Be sure to pack a bottle of Avéne Thermal Spring Water in your beach bag before heading out into the heat. The refreshing mist is great for cooling skin that's exposed to the sun, plus it softens and protects the epidermis with antioxidants. In over 300 clinical trials, Avéne has proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness and is an amazing sunburn relief. $7, drugstore.com
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Minx Nails are here!

One of the hottest nail trends to hit the beauty scene in the past few years, Minx is finally available in South Florida. Seen on celebs like Blake Lively, Beyonce, Victoria Beckham and Lady GaGa, Minx are flexible film strips that are applied to the nails with a heat procedure, and last up to five weeks without any chips or smudges. Absolutely no chemicals are used during the application or removal procedures, and designs vary from any color of the rainbow, to metallics and stand-out graphics like leopard print and houndstooth. Minx Miami is the first South Florida mobile nail service to offer Minx applications. Proprietor Linda Tical is a celebrity beautician and "nail fashionista" with over 11 years of nail experience. She also founded Goddess Lashes,  which was the first mobile service to permanent makeup and eyelash extensions in the comfort of your home, yacht, movie set or office.

For more info:  Call 786-326-6463 or log on to www.minxmiami.com
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Best Sunscreens for Summer 2009

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is primarily responsible for premature aging, wrinkles, and tanning, while Ultraviolet B (UVB) causes sunburns. Both types can severely damage the skin and cause skin cancer, and they are more intense during the summer months, at high altitudes, and in locations close to the equator. Even on cloudy days, UV radiation can cause skin damage. Luckily, we can still have fun in the sun and decrease our risk of skin cancer by taking simple precautions like wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 daily, and avoiding tanning beds.

1. Lips Philosophy Kiss Me Very Emollient SPF 20 Lip Balm relieves dry, chapped lips with a formula enriched with vitamin E, kiwi and almond oils that moisturize, soothe and condition. Plus, SPF 20 protects sensitive lip tissue with a natural, sheer, and beautiful shine. $14

2. Lightweight Being True Essential SPF 30 Gel is an oil free sun blocking gel with a light formula that protects the face and body from broad spectrum UVA and UVB rays—with out feeling greasy or clogging pores. $36

3. Kids A super combination of natural citronella and powerful SPF in California Baby Citronella SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion guarantees total sun safety and keeps the bugs away. $24.95

4. Hair Unlike the skin, our hair does not have self-healing properties and damage is typically irreversible. So, be sure to protect your locks with a protective treatment like L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Solar Sublime Leave-in. $23

5. Hands Boscia Daily Hand Revival Therapy SPF 15 contains mulberry to lighten and prevent sun spot pigmentation, as well as wine yeast to revive softness and elasticity while also combating UV free radicals with essential SPF. $16

6. All-over Free of oil, alcohol, PABA and preservatives, KINeSYS SPF 30 Spray Sunscreen boasts hypoallergenic ingredients and a unique microspray system for the quickest all-over application.$18.99

For more info: Log on to www.aad.com
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Nyx celebrates its 10th Anniversary

This fall Nyx Professional Makeup will celebrate their 10th Anniversary. In honor of this momentous occasion, the "affordable" luxury brand will introduce some brand-new, high-pigment formulations to their collection including:

 •Twelve 10-color palettes that feature some of the brands best-loved shades, as well as new colors for fall and 4 eye palettes crafted to enhance individual eye colors. $11.99 each
•Ten 5-color eye shadow palettes with shades ranging from every day wear to bright, vibrant hues. $9.99 each
•A portable compact Body Bronzer with silky-smooth pigments and a light, tropical scent. $11.99

My personal favorite line addition is the too-cute-for-words Cupcake Gloss Collection. With four individually packaged glosses that come together in a set, each gives lips a dose of barely-there, flavored shimmer. The formula is super-soothing, too, and totally makes my lips look more plump and smoother with just the right amount of color and shine. $7.99

All products will be available beginning July 2009 at nyxcosmetics.com

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Get The Look: Golden Summer Glow

Is there anything sexier than that tawny, golden flush left behind after a day at the beach? Some of the top names in beauty make it easy to create fabulous faux glow--from head to toe! To get this irresistible look and avoid the damaging effects of the sun, use a variety of soft bronzes, glimmering golds, sheer corals and shimmers that range from subtle to downright sultry!

1. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Pressed Eye Shadow Quad in Eternity $39

2. Tarte Eco-Chic Natural Cheek Stain $28

3. Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss in Carrot Kiss $6.49

4. M•A•C Colour Craft Marbelized Lip Glass* in Nice Mix Up $17.50

5. Make Up For Ever Glitters in Copper 14 $13

6. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick for Body $75

7. The Body Shop Body & Leg Shine $18.50

8. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Sunblush Illuminator $32

*The M•A•C Colour Craft collection will be available online and at m•a•c locations beginning in July.

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And the winner is...


Congrats on winning the Sonia Kashuk palette! Email me with your mailing address and I will send out your prize ASAP! 

The winner was chosen via random.org.

Thanks to everyone for entering and be sure to check back daily for new prizes, contests and giveaways!
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Are you a Curly Girl?

Ouidad is celebrating 25 years of curls with a cool new contest. Just upload a pic of your curls here for a chance to win a Curly Girl weekend in New York City!

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Double Duty: All-In-One Lip & Teeth Treatments

Two dual purpose beauty tools are becoming makeup bag essentials thanks to their multi-purpose beautifying qualities. Pout & Polish ($22, rxbright.com) is a two-in-one beauty tool that combines the genius of celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Jennifer Jablow’s proprietary intelliWHiTE STAiN ERASER on one end (to deliver fresh breath & improve oral health), and a minty, clear gloss on the other end (infused with green tea, cranberry extract, CoQ10, vitamin E, collagen and hyaluronic acid) that makes lips look pillow-soft, shiny and polished. Chic-Flic TOGO Whitening Pen with Lip Shine Plumper ($39.95, whiterimage.com) is elegantly packaged and adorned with crystals and LED lights for easy application. And holding true to the theme at hand, one end offers Triple-Action mint flavored gel that ensures the whitest, brightest results with up to 70 applications, while the other dispenses a blue base lip plumper  to maximize the volume of your lips without unnecessary burning or irritation. Plus, the blue hue makes your teeth appear even whiter!

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