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Favorite Find Friday: Fresh Mini Sugar Kissing Trio

Written on December 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm , by

Bigger isn’t always better: This holiday season, Fresh has shrunk their cult-favorite Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments SPF 15 and packaged three— Honey, the perfect pinkish-nude, Plum, and Passion, a just-bitten red— in an adorable Mini Sugar Kissing Trio gift set. The sweet lemon-flavored, super-nourishing balms are so addicting that we carry  two of them in our (already-stuffed) bag. These tiny, lightweight versions are perfect for slipping in your pocket or gym bag— or in our case, lightening the load in your purse! The mini set, in its gorgeously-patterned little red box, makes a great little gift— but we doubt you’ll be able to resist grabbing one for yourself.

Tell us: What beauty gifts will you be giving this year?

FITNESS’ Make Up For Ever Lipstick Shade!

Written on October 25, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

A few months back, we were lucky enough to choose, name, and get an exclusive advanced launch of a lipstick from Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural line of hydrating, sheer, easy-to-wear lip colors. First, the Beauty Department narrowed 50 shade options down to a single skin-brightening, looks-great-on-all red. Then, staffers brainstormed countless ideas for names and we conducted a vote to come up with the winner: FITNESS Red-y, Set, Go!, which reflects both the dynamic, active nature of the magazine and the vibrant, universally-flattering crimson hue. Check out the shade, right, and the full story on page 39 of our November/December issue, on newsstands today. Pucker up!


Order Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in #45 FITNESS Red-y, Set, Go! ($19) by calling 877-757-5175; look for the rest of the collection (50 shades total) in stores this spring.

Favorite Find Friday: Crabtree & Evelyn Vanilla Créme Brûlée Lip Butter

Written on April 29, 2011 at 11:44 am , by

You might not be able to have a bite of the royal wedding cake, but you can slick on storied British brand Crabtree & Evelyn’s delectable Vanilla Créme Brûlée Lip Butter. The extra creamy shea-butter based formula tastes and smells true-to-life, like a decadent dessert—minus the calories!—and leaves behind just a hint of sheen. A treat truly fit for a princess!

Bright On!

Written on March 30, 2011 at 11:27 am , by

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Picking the perfect bold lip color, like the runway looks above, can be daunting. The key is finding the best match for your skin tone. Here, our complexion-based best bets:

FAIR: You can pull off a bright pink, such as cult classic NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap.

MEDIUM/OLIVE: Go for a juicy tangerine or coral hue like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in (13) Le Orange.

DARK: Choose a brown-based brick red such as Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Burnt Red.

Most important of all: Find a hue you truly love, and you’ll have the confidence to rock it. And remember to turn down the volume on the rest of your face (read: keep your eye and face makeup neutral), since you want your lips to be the star. What’s your favorite bold lip look?

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Red Carpet-Ready (in five minutes or less!)

Written on February 2, 2011 at 7:17 am , by

From the Golden Globes to the Oscars and everything in between, award season is in full swing. Although most of us watch the shows in our pajamas and not Prada, that doesn’t mean we can’t look like the stars at home. Stila for E! Live From the Red Carpet Palettes were inspired by celebs, but the convenient packaging is perfect for girls on the go. Each set includes everything you need for a glamorous night out, including a step-by-step application guide from celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero. Play up the Breathtaking Beauty Palette for a dramatic look, or use the natural colors for a fresh and flawless daytime face. Who are you most excited to see on the red carpet this year?

—Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger

Stick With It

Written on November 9, 2010 at 10:31 am , by

Could all the beauty products you need be packed into three little sticks? If you ask model and former makeup artist Cindy Joseph, the answer is yes. Her line, Boom! by Cindy Joseph, consists of just three pocket-sized twist-up sticks, perfect for tossing in your gym bag and dabbing on-the-go:

  • Boomstick Glo (below, right): A hydrating olive oil and beeswax balm formulated by Cindy’s beekeeper friend in Hawaii that can be used on cuticles, lips or face. This one has earned a spot in my (very-crowded) purse!
  • Boomstick Color (below, middle): A berry hue for lips, cheeks and eyes that flatters all skin tones—it’s based on a shade she mixed at photo shoots and used on the full spectrum of celebs and models, from Uma Thurman to Naomi Campbell.
  • Boomstick Glimmer (below, left): A subtle shimmer highlighter that can be used to accentuate cheekbones, brighten up the inner corners of eyes or layer on lips for a more dressed-up look.

Talk about a streamlined routine! What beauty essentials do you tote every day?