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By Amy Sciaretto

Bobbi Brown’s Tortoise Shell collection is designed for gals with glasses and was inspired by Bobbi’s own personal pair of specs. I know that when I forego my contacts in favor of my specs, I often put on less eye makeup, if any at all. Bobbi’s new collection is designed to be worn with glasses, to complement them rather than compete with them. The shimmery shadows are bronzed, sandy and gold, while the shimmery nude lip gloss will look gorgeous with any vision enhancers if you do an “Amy” and don’t do much eye makeup when wearing your eyeglasses.

Ladies, I have found the cure to my summertime blues. I have been trying to create a denim-inspired, blue’sh smoky eye for years, yet it always ends up looking grey and the desired effect is never, ever achieved. Until I got my paws on Elizabeth Arden’s Blue Breeze Color Intrigue Eye Shadow Quad, which helped me to finally (!) craft summer-appropriate, blue smoke! The palette holds a deep indigo, a pale periwinkle, a vanilla and a silvery shade; the colors are incredibly buildable and I used the palette on a Wednesday to create a deep, mysterious smoky eye, as I had nighttime plans; and on the following Friday, I created a softer, yet equally as blue wash of color using the same product. It was as if I had used two different palettes.

I have told myself that I will not fear color this summer, and I attempted to follow that mantra by using Elizabeth Arden’s Blue Sky Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil. It’s a luxe-tacular blue eyeliner has a smudger on the reverse end. I used it to trace my inner bottom waterline, adding a pop of color to my usual brown and black.

There are plenty of worthwhile, egg-shaped beauty sponges on the market -I particularly like the pink Beauty Blender- but Elizabeth Arden’s Makeup Blender liquid foundation and concealer sponge is primo because of its hardware. Thanks to its Lucite handle and almond-shaped head, you have complete control over the application of liquid products, especially around the nose, so it is a “must own” tool for every woman’s makeup kit, whether you splurge on every new product that comes onto the market or if you are conservative and use a small staple of products and tools. Necessity, thy name is Makeup Blender.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Cheek Color is another July/August staple. Sunkissed Coral is exactly that: concentrated pink in the twist up, flowered round container, but once you sweep a brush over the pot to pick up the powder and sweep it over your apples, you will sunkissed, without the possible UV damage. You get the flushed-looking benefits of spending some time outdoors without the dangers.

On the too-hot mornings of July and August, when putting on eyeliner and even mascara, much less eye shadow, feels like a chore I just don’t want to partake in, I usually reach for Fusion’s LipFusion™ Balm Tinted Lip Conditioning Stick SPF 15, since it offers just enough color to brighten up my face. It’s also a punchy-colored protector, with SPF. I don’t feel quite so naked – literally, since my delicate lips are protected from harsh sun rays and there is some sheer color on my kisser. Bitten is an amplified pink that gives off that coveted “ate a popsicle” flush!

My Marc by Marc Jacobs pebbled leather, cross-body tote for summer is already feeling its 10 lbs. That’s why I am in love with Tweezerman’s Key Essential Folding Nail Clipper, because it’s a streamlined, compact and functional item that doesn’t add excess weight to my overstuffed Harajuku Lovers makeup bag! It’s contained with a cotton candy colored leather pouch, boasting a built-in nail file and cleaner. It’s also attached to a keyring, so I can hang it from my bag with my totable anti-bac tubes! I love when products meet at the intersection of Stylish and Necessary.

Votre Vu also has me and my over-stuffed bag in mind with its brilliant Bebe Duette Luxe Lips Framboise & Hand Creme duo. It’s hand cream and lip balm in one tube. The universally flattering pink balm is housed in the cap, so you can moisturize and balm up in one fell swoop.

This summer’s ultimate grab ‘n’ go product is Burt’s Bees Hibiscus or Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm. Its purpose is twofold: to condition and care for lips, all the while providing flicker of color. Sure Burt’s Bee’s is a Target staple, but these two sexy, enhanced hues push the brand up a fashion-forward and sexy notch.

Originally published July 2011
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