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The latest texture trend nail fiends can get their hands on is Ciaté's Velvet Manicure Kit ($19; sephora.com). The set includes a lacquer, tube of crushed velvet powder, and a small application brush. Creating the mani at home is easy: Simply coat your digits with the polish, sprinkle on some fuzz, and brush off the excess. The result yields a luxe, crushed velvet-coated look (and feel!). Choose from three shades: Berry Poncho (plum), Blue Suede (navy), and Mink Cashmere (grey).
Ciaté's Velvet Manicure Kit
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Dark Eye Makeup
Three Ways to Wear It
Shiny Lids (left): Even with advanced formulas on the market, many pros still prefer the DIY mixology long employed by Debbie Harry types in backstage bathrooms. To create model Daria Werbowy's liquid-look, onyx smoky eyes, Aaron De Mey, Lancôme's artistic director, blended a black pencil with lip balm on the back of his hand "until I got the perfect intensity of noir," then he dabbed the concoction onto lids "with a very light touch."
Spiky Lashes (center): De Mey tight-lined (makeup artist speak for a microthin application of color along the lash line) Werbowy's upper lids with black liner, then loaded them with black volumizing mascara.
Winged Liner (right): De Mey drew a graphic Sophia Loren-inspired cat eye with precise strokes of felt-tipped liquid liner. Create the shape using a gray pencil, then trace over with a slanted brush andRead More »from Dark Eye Makeup Done Three Ways
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Nails are all about customization these days, as the current nail art craze can attest. But here's a new one: Just-launched custom nail polish company Pretty Please allows shoppers to select their own color and personalize the name.
Currently, Pretty Please offers three different color collections-Berry Blast, Color Pop, and Perfectly Pastel-which each have four shades, ranging from aqua to neon yellow. Since the naming possibilities are endless, the concept is perfect for personalizing a birthday or bridal shower gift.READ MORE: 16 Trendy Ways to Wear Your Hair This Summer
Pretty Please's website officially launches July 30, but if the anticipation is too great, the company is taking orders by email to email@example.com. Polishes run $7 a bottle, and the minimum order is six bottles with the same color and label.READ MORE:
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Prepare to go bold with patterns and prints that range from dreamy to ultra-angular. Pair with jewel-tone extras for another burst of color.
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The designer has made a name for herself with her clever and chic handbags. Her leather goods are sported by every style blogger and then some. Her fanbase borders on fanatic. What, then, does one get the woman who seemingly has it all? We asked Ms. Minkoff what was on her must-have list.
I'm a jeans and T-Shirt girl, but I like to focus on great shoes and handbags, because they can dress up any outfit. Chloé Studded Leather Buckle Ankle Boots, $1,345; saks.com
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Leather is a great update for an LBD. Lauren Sleeveless Shift by Rebecca Minkoff, $598; bloomingdales.com
The Tech Product:
I recently started using an iPhone-I keep it protected with this case that resembles a cassette tape. It reminds me of how technology used to be! Rebecca Minkoff
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Kate Somerville CytoCell P299 Oil Free Anti-Wrinkle Serum
After spending many summer days outside by the seashore, sun-stressed skin may be begging for deep hydration and nourishment. Just in time to deal with these issues, Kate Somerville is launching three new summer products.
On July 11, CytoCell P299 Oil Free Anti-Wrinkle Serum hit the market ($95, Nordstrom), to target skin imperfections caused by aging and breakouts, thanks to stem cell technology, hyaluronic acid, and marine algae extracts. Come August, two more formulas will be released: KateCeuticals Restor8 Replenishing Serum ($165, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman), a concoction of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants to plump and firm; as well as Nourish Body Perfection Body Rescue Cream ($45, Nordstrom,), a fast-absorbing, revitalizing lotion to deal with sagging skin.
Somerville said in a press release, "A great serum is the key to unlocking healthy skin and allows people to customize treatments to their own needs. By developing serums that contain the mostRead More »from 3 Products that Will Save Your Skin This Summer