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One of the hottest beauty trends for Fall 2009 is red lips

Lipstick dates back 5000 years to ancient Mesopotamia when crushed semi-precious jewels were applied to the lips to achieve shades ranging from bright red to deep purple. The first known lip-painting kit (complete with color-imparting crushed red rocks) was found in the 5,000-year-old tomb of Queen Schub-ad at Ur. Egyptian women adorned their pouts with a concoction of henna, pulverized beetles, and ants, which was deemed so essential they packed a to-go palette for the afterlife. Elizabeth I and the ladies of her court powdered their faces a ghostly white so that their crimson mouths - stained with a coat of poisonous mercuric sulfide - appeared more dramatic. Even prim, makeup-eschewing Victorians smooched red crepe paper in hopes that the tint would transfer to their lips.

L'Oréal is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and lipstick (particularly red lipstick) happens to be staging a major comeback. The fall 2009 runways were overrun with glamorous ruby red lips.

So many women think they can't wear red lipstick. Everyone can wear it; you just have to find the right shade. You also need to decide what kind of attitude you want to convey. Depending on the spirit in which it's worn, red lipstick can be fresh and demure, costumey, punk rock or bombshell sexy.

Red lips fall 2009 beauty trend
Max Factor Vivid Impact Lip Color, Ms. Right

 Top 10 Reds

1.   Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Ms. Right, $10

2.   Laura Mercier Mistress, $22

3.   Chanel Rouge Allure in Lover, $30

4.   M.A.C. Ruby Woo, $14

5.   Shiseido Valentine, $25

6.   YSL Rouge Volupté in Red Muse, $34

7.   Nars Jungle Red, $24

8.   Guerlain Rouge G in Gala, $45

9.   Revlon Fire and Ice, $8

10. Maybelline Color Sensational in Red Revival, $7

Source:  Elle; stylelist

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Christian Louboutin's signature red-soled pumps create a mark of distinction atop the Cadeau Bow Kiss-Lock Clutch in sculptural blue velvet

You don't have to save the Christian Louboutin for your feet. This darling Cadeau Bow Kiss-Lock Clutch boasts a tiny pair of sparkling, sky-high, red-soled pumps right on top of its kiss-lock closure. It's a whimsical touch, one that gives this exquisitive deep blue velvet purse a city girl edge. It's a little bit art deco, a little bit "Age of Innocence," and a little bit Carrie Bradshaw. ($945 at Neiman Marcus)

Christian Louboutin Cadeau Bow Kiss-Lock Clutch

Source:  The Purse Page

Posted by Amanda, in Handbags.

Mercury-glass cake stand gives desserts a dramatic flair

Showcase your desserts with this gorgeous mercury-glass cake stand available for $165 at Apartment 48.

Mercury glass cake stand

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Posted by Amanda, in Houses and Home Decor.

Dash & Albert's sturdy totes are both fashionable and practical

Dash & Albert fashioned their vibrant cotton rugs into sturdy totes perfect for summer. With a generous capacity (19" x 16" x 3"), the bags feature genuine leather handles and bottom and come in 27 patterns, including Fisher Ticking and Tangerine Dream ($58 at Dash & Albert).

Dash & Albert sturdy rug totes

Source:  Elle Decor

Posted by Amanda, in Handbags.

Despite starring the lovable Hayden Panettiere, the movie "I Love You, Beth Cooper" does not leave much to love or even like

When a geeky high-school valedictorian throws caution to the wind by expressing his love for a popular cheerleader during his graduation speech, life finally starts to get interesting in this coming-of-age comedy adapted from the book by journalist/author/screenwriter Larry Doyle.  

I Love You, Beth Cooper movie poster

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, some teen drinking and drug references, and brief violence.

Runtime: 102 minutes

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Posted by Amanda, in Television and Movies.

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