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Who says Barbie is just for little girls? Most of us have fond memories of the gorgeous blonde doll we all played with, and Stila has created a limited edition collection, dubbed Barbie Loves Stila. Makeup mavens will love these products, especially the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, a thin-tipped, carbon-black pen that looks like Sharpie and glides on like a dream. Create smudge-free, precision cat eyes that last and pair stunningly with any bright or muted shadows! The collection’s accompanying Smudge Pot shades are divine, as well. We were partial to the Purple Pumps, which has a hint of glimmer, for flirty, sexy, violet eye looks. The collection features three shades of the company’s best-selling, click-pen Lip Glazes in frostier shades, and a shadow palette, too!

Available at http://www.stilacosmetics or Ulta locations.

The Barbie set isn’t all the beloved Stila has to offer this Fall. They’ve expanded the Smitten With Kitten collection, paying homage to the best-selling, pearlized, champagne-peach eye shadow that was launched in 1997! Kitten Lip Glaze and Smudge Pot are gorgeous neutrals, with the glaze allowing for the most sumptuous lips and the Smudge Pot acting as a shadow base, primer or highlighting shadow! Economists say we are emerging from the recession, but that doesn’t stop us from appreciating a multiple use product such as this!

Available at Sephora or

You probably have a piece of statement jewelry. Now you can have statement eyes, by boldly going where most women don’t with Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Color Bold Volume Lifting Mascara. Fall runways were packed with “look at me” pops of color, namely the catwalks of John Galliano and Marc Jacobs, so Estee Lauder followed suit with these limited edition, mousse-like mascaras. If you don’t fear color and enjoy the avant-garde glamour that these mascaras will afford you, then stock up on these jewel-toned gems of Amethyst, Emerald or Sapphire. You can wear the shades solo for instant drama or layer over a coat of basic black for a little extra dose of color.

Available at Estee Lauder counters nationwide and

Being True’s Interference Color Rich Shadows also keep in line with this season’s fashion trend of embracing, rather than avoiding, color! Instead of offering an accent or hint of color, these gemstone-inspired shadows are vivid and are infused with Dermaxyl, a ceramide complex that smoothes lids and restores moisture. The grey Galena is ripe for a buildable, slate smoky eye, while the coral Corraline isn’t for shy gals, either.

Available at and 500 salons and spas throughout the US.

When you are experimenting (and loving) bright colors with your eyes, it’s crucial to make sure the rest of your face is a flawless canvas. Laura Mercier’s Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15 foots the bill in this new, creamy version. The flocked-sponge applicator sets foundation and allows for touch ups on the go. It’s also customizable, so if you prefer sheer or full coverage, you can use as little or as much product as you please.

Available at Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom or

Every cosmetic company offers some sort of bronzer, but when Philosophy enters the market, our heads turn immediately. The Supernatural Instant Sunshine bronzer is sunshine in a jar, insuring a beachy glow in seconds. This powder formulation is self-contained and comes with a mirror, which is another added bonus to the “good-for-your-skin” formula and the sheer kiss of warmth it’ll give your face in chilly weather.

Some of us have, no matter how many plumping, volumizing and thickening mascaras we try, stubby, straight and stubborn-against-curl eyelashes. Others, from over-plucking and over-waxing, have skimpy brows. Code.Ai, which employs Active Intelligence technology, is clinically tested to thicken lashes and brows with the Lash Extend Serum L-117 and the Brow Boosting Shaper B-216. You’ll need to try it for six weeks. We’re about three weeks in and think we see a difference, and hope it’s not wishful thinking, since we’ve always been a wee bit skeptical about these products. Check back with us next month and we’ll know if there truly is some boosting in our brows and extension in our lashes.

Available at Fed Segal and

There’s something to be said about the pale angelic face. Its soft pretty allure makes us feel like a feminine waif lounging in a garden of wild flowers. Okay, summers over, get out of the garden; get to the big city and spice things up! It’s time for deep dark and sultry. Bring *on the hot stuff! The new Collection Noirs Obscurs by CHANEL is soooo what’s happening this season. Avant-garde, sexy, and hot,  it brings black to new depths. With eye shadows in shades of mahogany and midnight, lips of Hysteria (eggplant black) and Maniac (red black), and nails colors called Diabolic, Forbidden and Vendetta with tones of burgundy, brown and purple, this collection is not for shrinking violets! Apply with a cautious hand, and bring it on!

Available: Fine Department Stores and

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Not Soap Radio will transport you to your collegiate days – or give you ideas for gifts for your college freshmen daughters this holiday season – with its Greek collection. This cute and sexy line reminds us that sororities are about sisterhood and service and the non-obnoxious packaging doesn’t reserve these practical palettes for co-eds only. They’re incredibly universal. These palettes – Winter Formal has pinky glosses, neutral shadows and a two-tone blush – are really quite ageless. They’re officially christened Sorority Beauty Books, but they are totally totable and offer a bit of whimsy for your purse, regardless of your age! We like the Pretty Pout gloss trios, which taste like mint and vanilla, respectively, and offer slightly more than sheer color coverage. They’re itty bitty, and can be tucked into your pocket or clutch.

Available at

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