By Amy Sciaretto

Givenchy Magic Kajal is aptly named. Magic is right. This chubby, Orient-inspired black eyeliner is a reinterpretation of a classic kohl liner from Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 2009 collection and is simple but special. It’s a carbon-black shade specifically designed for lining the inner rims of your eyelids. It doesn’t budge even on the waterline of the eye. However, the shape of the line will change throughout the day, based on the fact that you are lining a wet and fluid area, which is an added bonus. It’s an excellent ‘toss in your handbag’ liner poised for quick touch ups and summer minimalism. The good news is that it is not a limited edition item, either. Regardless, nab yours now!

Available at Givenchy counters at fine department stores, Sephora or

Nothing looks healthier and more vibrant than pretty pink lips in summer. Avon is well aware of this fact and its Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand boasts a liner, lipstick and gloss in one tube, so your combinations are vast! The 3-in-1 is also ultra-efficient and self-contained, so you won’t be left with a lipstick landfill piling up at the bottom of your handbag. Despite its salacious name, Vamp is baby pink and kissably pretty.

Avon also revolutionizes lipstick with its SpectraColor line, which uses click-pen technology. You can customize lip color with one fat tube of glossy goodness. Each tube is filled with light and dark versions of your favorite shade range in side-by-side chambers with a full spectrum of hues in between. With one twist, you can customize a seven-shade range of color. We were partial to The Raisins, which complement all skin tones.

Both liptastic products are vailable at or via your local Avon rep.

Prescriptives False Lashes Plush Mascara is an old standby that may live in an unassuming – even boring – gray tube, but once you pull that wand out, you’ll ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah.’ (And so will your suitors, once you apply!) The thick, densely packed brush ensures that every one of your stubby lashes is elongated to the point of looking like individual faux lashes were affixed! This mascara coats the sparsest lashes with conditioning, coal-black voluptuousness. These are the lushest lashes I’ve had in ages.

Available at, on QVC and at Prescriptives counters at department stores.

Originally published July 2009
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