Loving it: AHAVA Mineral Makeup Light Foundation

With years of expertise in mineral skincare, it’s not shock that AHAVA’s makeup line is one of the best around. For flawless, everyday skin, try the Light Foundation, which offers medium coverage with a matte finish for oily, combination and normal skins. I've also noticed that it works wonders in minimizing pores, which has an amazing smoothing effect. $28, ahava.com
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Luxe Moisture: SK-II Melting Rich Cream

I love the feel of this solid cream that immediately softens upon application. The unique formula releases signature concentrated ingredients into the skin’s surface, providing direct, intense hydration with benefits that have been shown to last for up to 12 hours. Perfect for the most parched complexions! $250, sk-ii.com
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In a Lone Star State of Mind? Introducing Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue Texas

Iconic fragrance brand Bond No. 9, known mostly for creating scents that reflect the heart and soul of New York City, introduces Bond No. 9 Saks Fifth Avenue TEXAS to its esteemed lineup this month. Just one spritz will have you drawling your y'all and kicking up your boots, I promise!

Top Notes: mandarin, bergamot, black currant, pineapple
The Southern part of the state is known for growing Citrus.

Middle Notes: jasmine, gardenia, neroli and lily of the valley
These florals pay homage to the beautiful gardens in the cities of Houston and Dallas.

Base Notes: vanilla, cardamom, vetiver, musk
These notes evoke the aroma of Oak Moss, which has a warm, earthy scent and is commonly found on oak trees in southwest part of the state.

$360 at Saks Fifth Avenue
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My entire google account was hacked last week. So sorry if this inconvenienced you in any way. To make up for it, I am going to do a really cool giveaway this week. Check back later for all the details!
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From the press release I received today:
The man who refuses to be bound by convention resists the ordinary every day in favor of freedom, and finds satisfaction in the unexpected. His fragrance liberates the senses — fresh, clean, profoundly sensual — a signature statement of his determination to live an unscripted life.
CHANEL introduces BLEU DE CHANEL, a new, woody aromatic fragrance for today’s modern man. Created by CHANEL Master Perfumer Jacques Polge, BLEU DE CHANEL conjures up nature in the same way it interprets masculinity: freely.

The provocative fragrance opens with an intriguing wave of citrus fruits, mingled with the airy scent of a deep blue sea. Next, the zest of Grapefruit punctuates, followed by the tang of Peppermint, Pink Pepper and Nutmeg. Finally, in this initial impression, a touch of Ginger heightens the sharpness of the citrus. From this very beginning, it’s clear that this seductive fragrance will take you where you least expect it.

The distinctive character is dynamic, rugged and intensely masculine — a long olfactive trail that ends in sublime harmony. At its heart: the cool elegance and reserved warmth of Cedar. It reveals itself slowly, discreetly accompanied by Jasmine, rendering the scent beyond genre. Against all conventions, Cedar subtly works its charms, bonding seamlessly with Vetiver. A few touches of Patchouli and Frankincense and Jacques Polge’s newest masterpiece is complete.

Building on a tradition of partnerships with influential directors, CHANEL gave a free hand to Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese to direct the short advertising film entitled Bleu de Chanel. French celebrity and rising international star Gaspard Ulliel plays a compelling young actor who refuses to conform to the lifestyle his newfound fame has forced upon him. He embodies the bold energy and elegance of BLEU DE CHANEL, daring to be unexpected.

Eau de Toilette Spray, 1.7 oz. $59.00
Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz. $79.00
After Shave Lotion, 3.4 oz. $50.00

Available at department and specialty stores and on CHANEL.com: September 2010
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DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare

Innovative, impressive and completely necessary, this antiperspirant also inhibits the re-growth of underarm hair within eight to 12 weeks of continued use. Will you try it? $29, dermadoctor.com
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New: philosophy eye hope anti-aging concealer

You MUST try this amazing 2-in-1 product that contains the best-selling philosophy eye hope anti-aging eye cream and a perfecting concealer in one tube to work double duty — masking imperfections while simultaneously reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's super creamy and glides on smooth with great full coverage to mask those unsightly eye area flaws -- you know the ones I am talking about! $28, philosophy.com
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New: Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Drop the heavy foundation this summer and opt for tinted, protective SPF moisture from Urban Decay. Light diffusing pigments provide a youthful finish, while a multi-mineral complex battles free radical damage. The natural formula is also paraben- and fragrance-free, and available in five shades. $32, urbandecay.com
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Free Gift with purchase valued at $80 at Blissworld.com

Get a Mother's Day Gift Bag ($80 Value) + free shipping with any $75+ purchase at blissworld.com! Enter promo code MOMGWP at checkout. This offer is valid April 30th through May 4th.
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Love it: Stila OneStep PrimeColor

Multi-tasking products seem to be all the rage lately, and I adore these cute tubes of color from Stila. OneStep PrimeColor is a true do-it-all product unlike any other. This unique formula provides all-over color to enhance the skin by combining the benefits of a primer, lip color, eye shadow, cheek color and highlighter in one convenient tube. Plus, it is available in 6 super-pretty shades, making it easy to find one that right for your individual skin type and tone. $26 each, stilacosmetics.com

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Have I Told You About Priori CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals?

I'm always skeptical of loose powder foundations. I typically find them messy and pricey with a lackluster finish and sub-par coverage. 

Then I discovered Priori CoffeeBerry 100% Natural SPF 25 Perfecting Minerals

CoffeeBerry extract is a skin-lightening antioxidant that evens tone, resulting in younger looking skin. It is nature’s most potent anti-aging botanical, which fights free radicals and the causes of skin aging. However, what I love most about this Priori product is that you may push all of the anti-aging benefits of this foundation aside, and you are still left with an all-natural, good-for-you formula that provides perfecting coverage with a flawless, long lasting finish. Basically, this loose powder foundation is everything I have always wanted Bare Escentuals to be. Its only con: there is no escaping the loose powder formula mess, unfortunately. $45, prioriskincare.com
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Happy Earth Day: Save 15% at beautyticket.com

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DIY Beauty: At Home Nourishment Mask

This is an easy, once-a-week, DIY skin treatment that leaves skin feeling and looking refreshed and pure. 

Ole Henriksen’s At Home Nourishment Mask:

 ▪  1 tsp of plain yogurt
2 tsp of honey
1 tsp of finely ground oatmeal
1 vitamin A capsule
1 vitamin E capsule
5 drops of lavender essential oil
Create a smooth paste with the above ingredients
Apply on clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes
Wash off with warm water & pat dry

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Free Skin Cleanser at Origins to Celebrate Earth Day!

Visit any Origins counter Thursday, April 22, with a bottle of your current skin care product (cleanser, moisturizer, etc.) and exchange it for a free full-size bottle of one of their gentle cleansers. Choose from Checks & Balances or A Perfect World. The deal includes department store locations.

Will you make the trade?
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NEW: MAC Opulash Mascara

All-new from MAC Cosmetics, Opulash takes eye lashes to the greatest lengths ever with their innovative, ultra-volumizing formula. The secret is in the brush, which  is oversized and designed to grab roots, lift, hold, exaggerate, and build-out lashes without any clumping. Plus, the tapered front tip makes inner corners easier than ever to reach. 
$14, maccosmetics.com   
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Intro: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection 2010

New for Summer 2010, these limited edition hues create stunning, warm weather looks for lips, skin, lids and nails. I adore the Liquid Eye Shadow, with its cool, lightweight feel and vibrant colors. $17.50-$35 each, esteelauder.com
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Product of the Day: benefit eye bright

This miraculous pink pencil brightens tired eyes for that young, wide-awake look. With a smooth, creamy texture and its perfect shade of brightening pink, eye bright helps conceal and brighten the shadows in the corners of your eyes while lifting the outer corners of the eye, making you look wide-awake and radiant!

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NEW: Makeup Setting Sprays from Urban Decay

With a reputation for being the best when it comes to long-lasting makeup (their Primer Potions are world-wide best-sellers), Urban Decay has partnered with Skindinavia to offer beauty enthusiasts an exciting lineup of post-makeup products. The triumvirate of setting sprays are packed with super-effective ingredients that address specific needs. All Nighter is great for all skin types and helps keep makeup picture perfect and in place all day (and night) long – even under harsh conditions like humidity, a good cry and sweating up a storm on the dance floor. Dew Me works best on dry or combination skin types to cool the surface of the skin and prevent makeup meltdowns. This formula is suited for athletes, outdoorsy gals and mature ladies dealing with pesky hot flashes. Finally, De Slick — for oily/combination and acne prone skin — works wonders to absorb excess oil and control surface shine. $29 each, urbandecay.com
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$15 Summer Steals with tarte

For a limited time only tarte is offering deluxe on-the-go kits for only $15 at Sephora & Sephora.com.

tarte high definition eyes deluxe kit

eye kit

Products include: deluxe tarte's lights, camera, lashes! clinically-proven natural mascara and emphasEYES(TM) inner rim eyeliner in black
Retail Price: $15 ($28 value)
Retail Availability: Now until August 2010 at Sephora and Sephora.com (while supplies last)

tarte bronzing deluxe kit

btg pap

Products include: tarte's deluxe park ave princess mineral powder bronzer and mini glam-on-the-go kabuki brush
Retail Price: $15 
Retail Availability: May 2010 -- August 2010 at Sephora and Sephora.com (while supplies last)

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Buy Alterna, Help Haiti

Head over to DermStore.com and stock up on some awesome products from my all-time favorite hair care brand, Alterna. With every bonus size purchase of Caviar Rapid Repair or HEMP Spray Shine, Alterna will donate $2 to the Red Cross for Haitian relief efforts.

Caviar Rapid Repair Spray is designed to repair damage caused by stress, natural aging, the sun and the environment. Alterna's Age Control Complex uses caviar extract, vitamin C and cytokines to restore a healthy and youthful appearance and texture to the hair. Caviar extract provides omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C neutralizes free radicals with antioxidants and cytokines encourages microcirculation. Botanicals and vitamins prevent split ends and increase moisture levels, leaving the hair illuminated with shine and silky soft to the touch.

This nourishing spray wraps the hair in strengthening and protective ingredients while boosting radiance for a super shiny finish. Hemp Spray Shine works to illuminate hair without softening the hold of your styling products. Certified organic botanicals, proteins, minerals and vitamins work to keep the hair healthy and strong while enhancing softness for a gorgeous finish.

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NEW: La Prairie Anti-Aging Hydra Tint SPF 20

A super combination of nourishing moisture, protective SPF, mineral-infused color and restorative anti-aging ingredients in this all-new La Prairie product, work together to stimulate the skin renewal process, reduce fine lines, improve firmness and provide light, yet perfecting coverage that allows your natural skin tone to show through. This is a must-have for summer months. Available in four shades. $100, laprairie.com
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Super Shampoo: Leonor Greyl Shampooing Reviviscence

A verifiable hair savior, this succulent shampoo promises to bring even the most damaged, brittle hair back to good health. As I read the description, I said to myself, "well if it can help my recently ravaged locks, I will believe." 

And guess what? 

After trying it for the  first time this past weekend, my hair is noticeably softer, smoother and shinier, thanks to natural ingredients like Sea Lavender, Silk Proteins and Amaranth – a plant that has been used for centuries by Native Americans who have praised its nutritive properties for centuries. 

I'm a fan. 

Disclaimer: A free sample of this product was sent to me for review.
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NEW: Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons

I love all things Guerlain, and with the Terracotta collections, their bronzers have proven to be the best of the best. New for summer 2010, Terracotta 4 Seasons (which I believe will be a permanent line addition) is definitely new new favorite. An updated compact holds 4 exquisite bronzing shades that allow for the perfect level of bronze all year round.  In addition, these powders are formulated with pure gold, which illuminates the skin without shimmer for matte, radiant and never greasy or shiny-looking results. At $74, this is definitely a budget buster that's worth every last penny! Find it at select Sephora, Saks, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's locations nationwide.
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Scorsese collaborates with Chanel

CHANEL is proud to announce that Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will direct the broadcast advertising campaign for their new men’s fragrance. French actor and rising international star, Gaspard Ulliel, is the face of the new line and will be featured in the ads. The new CHANEL men’s fragrance will be launched worldwide in September 2010. 
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NEW from La Mer: The Regenerating Serum

The result of the combined effort of physicists, marine botanists and biologists around the world, this super-luxe elixr boasts a combination of The Miracle Broth™, The Regenerating Ferment™, The Marine Peptide Ferment, Colloidal Gold, and Lime Tea to diminishe the  appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores with continued use. This product will be on counters and available for purchase online at www.lamer.com beginning March 2010. $250
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FREE MILLY FOR CLINIQUE 8-PIECE GIFT with any $25 Clinique Purchase

Only at Bloomingdales with a $25 or more Clinique purchase! How CUTE is this bag. I want! Plus, it's filled with great beauty goodies.

Get your Milly for Clinique bag filled with the best of spring beauty – free with any $25 or more Clinique Purchase.

Gift includes:
Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder with Brush
High Impact Mascara in Black
Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent
Clinique Foldover Mirror
Clinique Key Chain with Long Last Lipstick Mini in A Different Grape and Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Clearly Pink

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NEW: Skinceuticals Pigment Regulator

A safe alternative to 4% hydroquinone treatments, this unique formula uses kojic acid and emblica, along with a highly efficient exfoliating blend, to improve radiance, reduce blotchiness, and protect skin from future discolorations without harsh bleaching agents such as retinoids 
and steroids. $85, skinceuticals.com 

I have received a sample of this product, and I will start testing it on February 1. Check back often for treatment updates with photos!
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REVIEW: Estée Lauder Perfectionist CP+ Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler

The newest addition to the Estée Lauder Perfectionist skin care line, Perfectionist CP+ Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler claims to instantly reduce the look of smile lines, crows feet and deep creases on all areas of the face like the forehead, brows and eyes. In addition, it's also said to blur the appearance of lip lines and hold back lipstick feathering for up to 8 hours! Pretty impressive!

And, like all anti-aging products, with continued use, Perfectionist CP+ Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler, promises firmer, smoother and all-around younger looking skin . 

Packaging: The pen-like dispenser allows for easy application, and like most Estée products , the color is soft, soothing and accented with gold. The tube is actually pretty tiny (a bit bigger than a tube of lipstick that holds .5 FL OZ of product).

My thoughts: I saved using this product for a night when I planned to wear a full face of makeup (foundation, powder, lipstick--the works!). I applied Perfectionist CP+ Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler to my problem areas -- forehead and smile lines, but I did neglect to read the directions, which advise application BEFORE moisturizer. I found out why! After a few hours of having the product on top of moisturizer, my foundation began to look flaky/dry in the areas that I used the Wrinkle Filler on. Good thing I check the mirror frequently, because I made sure to add some moisture right away! The next day, after reading the package insert and feeling quite idiotic, I tried again, and was pleased with the results. My lines really were instantly smoothed! I have also since used it as a lipstick primer, and was happy with the results. The only con: my lips did feel pretty dry.

$39.50 at esteelauder.com
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Get A Free Sample of CLEAN Perfume

The lovelies over at CLEAN Perfume have a special offer for my fellow beauty addicts. The first 50 Beauty Buzzed readers to become CLEAN fans on Facebook and type in the code CLEANbuzzed will receive a sample of Clean Warm Cotton perfume (www.facebook.com/cleanperfume) . This offer ends March 31, 2010. While supplies last.

Once you become a fan, you'll also have the chance  to win one of three CLEAN Grand prize gift sets or 10 runner up prizes. Good Luck!
Three lucky CLEAN fans can luxuriate in the sweet smell of success and the refreshing soft scent reminiscent of a soft warm towel right out of the dryer with a CLEAN Warm Cotton gift set. The gift set includes a 2.14 Oz of Warm Cotton Perfume, .34 oz Warm Cotton Rollerball to keep in your purse, Warm Cotton Bath Gel, Warm Cotton Body Lotion and a Warm Cotton Linen Spray. With notes of citrus, lilac, jasmine and hints of amber and musk, CLEAN Warm Cotton leaves the sweet smell of refreshing comfort on your skin long after the last droplet has evaporated. Runner-up winners will receive a 2.14 oz bottle of Warm Cotton Perfume.
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30% off bliss triple oxygen masks

Get 30% off triple oxygen masks when you buy our new triple oxygen+c energizing cream at blissworld.com! Enter promo code OXYGEN1 at checkout. This offer is valid now through January 24th.
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Get the Look: Vera Farmiga at the Golden Globes

Makeup Artist: Natural makeup artist Tina Turnbow for tarte

Inspiration: Old Hollywood meets ethereal naturalist. Think feminine beauty with a healthy flush.

Look: A mix of warm and cool tones inspired by nature.

Complexion: "I love Vera's porcelain complexion, so I wanted to keep it simple with a sheer foundation and lightweight mineral powder."

Products used:
• tarte's smooth operator tinted moisturizer SPF 20 in façade
• tarte's provocateur mineral pressed powder SPF 8 in fair

Cheeks: "Just a pop of pink made for a healthy blush."

Products used:
• Tina Turnbow for tarte's flower child natural cheek stain (new for spring 2010)
• Tina Turnbow for tarte's flower child eyeshadow palette: pink peony shadow used as a highlighter on top of cheekbones

Eyes: "I used warm coppery-bronze tones to enhance Vera's beautiful blue eyes."

Products used:
• Tina Turnbow for tarte's flower child eyeshadow palette (new for spring 2010)
• Shadows: for her crease and lid blend shimmering firewheel, matte buttercup, shimmering ecru hibiscus; using the double-ended brush apply pink peony on browbone
•Eyeliner: rim eyes with matte brown natural liner
tarte's multiplEYE™ natural lash enhancing mascara (new for spring 2010)

Lips: "I felt a sweet pink pout really complimented her look."

Products used:
•a combination of: tarte's natural gel lip stain in charmed and vitamin infused lipstick in bikram 

Tina set the look with Arcona's Lavender Hydrasol for a natural glow.
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NEW: Dolce&Gabbana The Make Up: The Roses Lipstick Collection

In celebration of the first anniversary of The Makeup, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana present us with this exquisite lip collection, which features five sensual shades ($30 each) magnificently scented with Sicilian rose that represent the heart and soul of the brand. The collection is made up of 1 cream shade, Scarlett (dedicated with love and admiration for The Designers’ longtime muse Scarlett Johansson, who epitomizes femininity and glamour at its most pure, most provocative and primal), is a cool blue-red, as well as 4 shine lip stick shades: Shine On (apricot-gold), Magnifica (mauve-red), Baby Darling (pale pink), and Fascination (delicate deep pink). Get one -- or all -- of these exquisite lip sticks at D&G counters in February.

The Roses Lipstick Collection, a collection of five new lipsticks, is a celebration of lip colour as the star product and essential heart and sensual soul of the Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up. It is a tribute to the most singular of flowers, the rose, and the forever fundamental inspiration of all that is-and has always been-Dolce & Gabbana. This collection explores the primal lure of lipstick: the essence of sensuality as both an intimately private and a disarmingly public gesture. 

“To me, lips are a woman’s most evocative feature; they are the focus of her femininity, the key to her innermost being. The shades she wears must capture her many moods,” says Domenico Dolce, “since the rose has always been an icon to us, representing deep womanly sensuality in full bloom, it seemed natural that it served equally as inspiration in our quest for the perfect collection of lipsticks.” 

“We also wanted to emphasize the act of applying lipstick, which should be the most luxurious and most intimate of beauty rituals, so finding the perfect rose scent was crucial,” says Stefano Gabbana, “as the design of the lipstick as an object of absolute beauty too, is essential.”
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I can practically feel myself ovulating

It's things like this that seriously make me yearn for a baby girl. As many of you know, I am the VERY proud mother to a deliciously cute little boy, but sometimes it's the little things -- think tiaras, magic wands, glitter and yes, NAIL POLISH -- that have me dreaming of all things pink for baby #2 (ETA: unknown). With a formula that is “natural as mud,” Piggy Paint provides parents with a safe and fun alternative to traditional nail polish. It's a non-flammable nail polish that lacks the harmful chemicals regularly seen in common nail polishes. Instead, Piggy Paint is made from natural ingredients for a non-toxic, hypoallergenic and nearly odorless formula . All the vibrant hues of Piggy Paint are made from FDA certified colorants and are 100% Made in the USA! $8.99 per nail polish, piggypaint.com
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NEW: Clinique Instant Lift for Brows

Available beginning February 2010, Clinique's new Instant Lift for Brows will totally bring new life to your beauty routine. With a brow filling pencil on one end and a brow bone highlighter on the other, this useful all-in-one beauty tool helps in producing perfectly shaped brows with the wax-based brow filler (glides on smoothly and lasts for over 8 hours!) while the universally-flattering champagne-pink hue of the highlighter  creates the illusion of an instant brow lift. Available in three natural shades: Soft Blonde, Soft Brown and Deep Brown. $15, clinique.com
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Laura Gellar Baked Body Frosting in Angel Glow

If you're looking for a dreamy winter look, try Laura Gellar's new Baked Body Frosting in Angel Glow. It imparts a dewy radiance to the skin with just a single stroke thanks to key ingreidient Ceraphyl Oil, which allows for easy application and the look of freshly hydrated skin. $37, qvc.com
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NEW: Noah's Naturals Anti-Aging Beauty Beverage

We've seen beauty elixirs from the likes of high-end, big-names like Borba and Perricone, and now Noah's Naturals, an affordable line of natural and organic beauty products, introduces their version to kick off the New Year. A daily powder drink that nourishes the skin from the inside out, the formula boasts a new anti-wrinkle ingredient called COLLACTIVE™ (a marine-based ingredient composed of marine collagen and elastin peptides found naturally in the skin), as well antioxidant superstars like acai berry, goji berry and pomegranate. It also delivers 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin A, 300% of vitamin C and 200% of vitamin E in each serving.  Noah's Naturals Anti-Aging Beauty Beverage retails for $29.99 for a 30-day supply and is available at select food, drug and mass retailers nationwide. 
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