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Mascara reinvented: the turbo-charged motion mascara with a vibrating brush

Both Estée Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara and Lancôme Oscillation are powered by tiny batteries contained in their caps. The Estée Lauder wand starts softly trembling as soon as the cap is unscrewed (and turns off again when it's twisted back on); Lancôme's has a button on the side that lets you control when it vibrates. The pulsating motion of these wands is supposed to eliminate clumps and coat each lash all the way around for more fullness. Maybelline is entering the growing segment of unique lash-enhancing products with the upcoming release of its newest product, Define-a-Lash Pulse Perfection.

Estée Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara

Estée Lauder 's turbo mascara is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue for $32. Turn on the power and the brush does the rest. An innovation of design and engineering, this motion mascara promises to help you achieve lash effects you never thought possible with volume, length, curl and separation all at once. With micro-pulse bristles, the brush works its magic, moving rapidly continuously separation and saturating your lashes with a rapid release gel formula. Finds lashes you didn't even know you had and coats them instantly and perfectly. The motion brush keeps lashes clump-free.  In Style (August 2009) rated this vibrating mascara as "best for thickening."

Vibrating mascara by Estee Lauder

Lancôme Ôscillation Vibrating Infinite Powermascara

The first vibrating powermascara by Lancôme provides 7,000 oscillations per minute for ultimate lash transformation. Press the button and experience a breakthrough sensation in application. In one easy new gesture, let the vibrating brush combined with an exquisitely smooth formula wrap every lash up to 360 degrees.

 With this revolutionary mascara, your lashes will instantly appear ultimately extended, exceptionally separated, and virtually multiplied in number. The brush was created by Jean-Louis Guéret, who has developed almost 400 mascaras in his lifetime.   In Style (August 2009) rated this vibrating mascara as "best for lengthening."

Vibrating mascara by Lancome

Maybelline Define-a-Lash Pulse Perfection

Maybelline's newest product, Define-a-Lash Pulse Perfection is battery-powered mascara and the first of its kind in the drugstore category.  It will officially debut in July for $15 at your local drugstores. At 7,000 vibrations per minute, the movement of the brush is designed to mimic the zig-zag motion that a professional makeup artist might use. Available in two washable shades (Very Black and Blackest Black) and one waterproof shade (Very Black), this mascara carries with it a battery life lasting for a minimum of 130 applications, or over four months. That's just in time to make it under the three-month expiration mark.   In Style (August 2009) rated this vibrating mascara as "best bang for your buck."

Vibrating mascara Maybelline

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Clear lip liner by Benefit creates invisible barrier for lip color or gloss

Clear lip liner can keep the contour of your lipstick defined without looking harsh or artificial, says Cristina Bartolucci, the cofounder and creative director for DuWop Cosmetics. Apply the liner before your lipstick and you create a physical barrier that blocks the color from seeping into those teeny vertical lines around the lips, so your color stays neat. And because clear liner is undetectable, you'll never worry about having a ring around your mouth once your lipstick fades. Ensure that your lipstick stays put with Benefit D'Finer D'Liner ($20 at Sephora).

Clear lip liner by Benefit

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Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Fresh's Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar is a pure, gentle treatment for the face and body

Fresh's Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar is a multi-functional treatment composed of 100% "argilla bianca," the rare and ancient alkaline-rich earth from the hills of Umbria.

 The alkalinity corrects imbalance and neutralizes redness
while the minerals are rich, anti-inflammatory and absorbent. The bar calms irritations from acne, rosacea and ingrown hairs to eczema, insect bites and diaper rash. It is suitable for all skin types and delivers a paper-thin, fast-drying layer to any area in need.  People with oily skin can use it as a daily cleanser, and it's incredible for all skin types as a mask several times a week. Also works as a spot treatment. People with more advanced acne should use the bar as a 3-5 minute mask daily.

The treatment bar costs $38 at Fresh or

Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar

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Barielle 60-second mani-pedi helps nourish, moisturize and protect nails, hands and feet

Dead Sea Salts gently exfoliate dead skin cells while high quality Essential Oil Lubricants nourish, moisturize and protect nails, hands and feet thus enriching a healthier glow. Barielle claims you will experience instantaneous results and feel the difference after only one application.

According to Barielle, some of the natural benefits of the 60-second mani-pedi include the following: (1) Dead Sea salts which promote regeneration of healthy skin rich in hydrogen sulfate crystal salts gently exfoliate while purifying the skin; (2) grapeseed, a natural anti-oxidant that helps to protect from environment; (3) avocado which soothes the skin, natural germicide and (4) jojoba a soothing and energizing benefit.

The cost is $25 for 12 oz.

Barielle 60 Second Mani Pedi Scrub

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Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Perked-up ponytails and wonder buns are fun fall beauty trends

No more excuses for simply pulling your hair back. Fall's crop of modified ponies gives us easy tweaks to take your tail from pony to stallion.  Stylist's favorite was spotted at J. Mendel, where Odile Gilbert created a crazy combination of ponytail and chignon. "From the front, the sides and the back it looks like different styles," Gilbert noted.  Gilbert worked Barex Italiana Gum Gum through the hair, then gave it a deep side part and rounded it back like she was making a high chignon, but secured it as a ponytail instead. Gilbert then looped a string in the hair near the nape of the neck and used it to secure the bottom of the ponytail. She finished the look with a spritz of Barex Italiana Gloss Hair Spray, to get the hair extra smooth and shiny.

Perked-up ponytails
The hair bun is the ultimate safe style but fall's crop of buns are anything but. Using intricate twists and adornments galore, the bumming-around bun has become the glamorous style du jour.  At Max Azria (wonder bun on the left), hair stylist Laurent Philippon created a tousled, twisted bun. "I wanted the hair to look tight but nothing too slick and finished," he said. "I wanted it to look very organic." At Carolina Herrera (wonder bun on the right), Orlando Pita created ornately pinned buns -- studded with copper roses - to juxtapose the high collars shown on the runway. Dry conditioner was worked through the hair, which was pulled -  not slicked - back. 

Wonder buns

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