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  • Eat, Pray, Love, Spritz

    The on-screen version of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling tome Eat, Pray, Love hits theaters in August, but the hype surrounding the epically popular chick-lit book's cinematic debut has been going strong for months. Julia Roberts plays Gilbert, which in itself assures the movie a number one spot at the box office on its opening weekend; and then there are the hoards of excited female fans who have come to identify with the author's tale of self-discovery. The beauty connection may not be apparent at first, but oh, it's there. Gilbert's sensory detail leaves much room for conjuring all kinds of tactile, aromatic, and palatable images-something that wasn't lost on Lev Glazman, Fresh's co-founder and fragrance designer, and the man responsible for the label's new Eat Pray Love eau de parfum collection. Eat is meant to evoke tasty Italian pastries and fine wine with notes of Italian lemon, plum, red currant, caramel, and vanilla; Pray is inspired by India's spice-infused breezes and

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  • The Do’s And Don’ts Of Socks With Sandals

    Once a universally acknowledged style disaster, the socks-with-sandals look is experiencing a curious (if surprisingly rather chic) resurgence. Stylists at Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, and Prada (above, left to right) all showed peep-toe and strappy sandals with high socks. (At the Spring men's shows, a few labels, like Bottega Veneta, even experimented with the pairing for dudes.)

    As Gawker points out, M.I.A. tried the look out at her Letterman appearance in New York this week-she even put her phalanx of look-alike backup dancers in identical sandal-and-sock combos. Her look is a perfect occasion for a styling public service announcement: If you're going to brave the trend, please, please don't do it with sweat socks.

    Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Wang; Courtesy of Derek Lam; Courtesy of Prada

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  • A Few Simple Tips To Fight The Humidity

    This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

    This summer's hot and humid conditions have been especially cruel to my skin and hair. Are there specific cosmetic formulas that really prevent makeup from melting and tresses from frizzing up, or am I doomed to looking greasy and poofy for another month?

    In hot weather, we perspire and our skin becomes oilier-that's a simple side effect made worse by the kind of intense humidity we've been experiencing lately. From a scientific perspective, there's only so much oil that even a pressed powder-type makeup product can absorb. Once you exceed that point, as you've been experiencing, the product can actually begin to sag and clump on your skin. I can't really offer you a magic bullet, but to keep things as sweat-free as possible, follow a few basic pieces of advice: First, clean your skin before you put on any makeup to

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  • Style.com's Cosmetic Chemist Talks “Smart” Beauty Products

    This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

    What do you think of the latest technological innovations in beauty products-like mascaras that help grow lashes, or vibrating eye creams? Bogus or brilliant?

    Well, it really comes down to the distinction between a drug and a cosmetic. A prescription lash product like Latisse is a drug that has demonstrated efficacy and is approved by the FDA to help grow lashes. Mascaras like Revlon Grow Luscious are cosmetics; they do not claim to grow new lashes-despite the name-and if you read the fine print, they attempt only to strengthen and condition the existing lashes to prevent premature breakage, and therefore make them appear thicker and fuller.

    Interestingly, vibrating eye creams could be promising. The gentle pulsing action in L'Oréal's Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye Cream, for example, might help to stimulate circulation. It's

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  • The Risks Of Vitamin A In Sunscreen: Our Scientist Weighs In


    This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

    I've been hearing all of these reports lately about sunscreens formulated with vitamin A that increase the risk of skin cancer. The headlines sound pretty scary. What's the best way to keep myself safe from the sun without doing damage to my skin?

    There have been some studies showing that retinyl palmitate, a type of vitamin A, caused an increased incidence of tumor development in rats. But it's hard to make the jump to say that the same holds true for humans without much additional research. It may not be the case, and there's not enough evidence to support that conclusion at this point. Also worth considering: When vitamin A is present in a sunscreen-and it often is not present-the amounts used are extremely small.

    As far as ideal sunscreen is concerned, look for a broad-spectrum product that protects against UVA and

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  • The World Cup Finals, Beauty Edition

    For countless football fans, much of the past month has been spent forgoing sunshine in favor of watching the steady stream of World Cup matches in South Africa on TV. There have been disappointments, triumphs, and nail-biting moments, but most of all, there's been a whole lot of memorable hair-hippy headbands on Sebastián Abreu of Uruguay, curly man bangs on Carles Puyol of Spain, platinum-dipped Bo Derek-style braids from Bacary Sagna of France, and a retro shag on Georgios Samaras of Greece. As the world gears up for the final between the Netherlands and Spain this weekend-and by gear up we mean grab their respective vuvuzelas and line their stomachs with carbohydrates to absorb all the beer sure to be consumed-we take a look at each country's beauty exports. May the best-looking country win.

    By Fiorella Valdesolo

    Photo: Courtesy of Barneys; OPI

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  • Hang Ten With Essence Cosmetics

    Germany may have just missed a shot at the World Cup finals, but its bargain beauty brand, Essence Cosmetics, which landed on our shores in April, is a winner stateside. While the nine-year-old company typically introduces 18 themed, limited-edition lines per year at home, that number has been whittled down to four to six for the U.S., the latest of which is called Surfer Babe. A wave-riding-inspired array of aquas, lavenders, grays, melons, pinks, and whites, the range includes a six-colored eye palette, three waterproof liquid eyeliners, an eyeliner pen, three lip glosses, and a powder blush. Most exciting, though, are its four spot-on nail varnishes, which pretty much cover every shade of polish we like to dabble in for summer-exclusive of neons, that is. The two pastel shades are the perfect complement to sun-kissed skin while the gray and fuchsia offer slightly darker, transitional options that will serve you well as fall rolls around. Also, they cost $1.99 a piece-$1.99! Pick

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  • War Of The Mascara Wands: Givenchy vs. L’Oréal

    When Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara, with its brilliant spherical wand design, launched two years ago, there was nothing else like it on the market. Until, that is, L'Oréal introduced Telescopic Explosion Mascara (and its Penélope Cruz-fronted TV commercial) last fall, with a similarly shaped spiky-ball applicator, for about a third of the price of the Givenchy original. Given that mascaras are meant to be tossed every few months (you do that, right?), we wondered if we could save a few bucks with the L'Oréal knockoff and still maintain our long and lush lashes?

    In a wand-by-wand comparison, Phenomen'Eyes is tough competition. The applicator might look like a mace with flexible teeth, but it works amazingly well at wrapping around individual hairs, especially those little wonky ones in the corners of your eyes. And you can run the tip of the head vertically along your upper lash lines to create a cool, blurred liner effect. That said, Phenomen'Eyes isn't perfect: Even its new

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  • Are Skulls the Trend That Will Not Die?

    With his Spring '09 menswear collection, Alexander McQueen helped kick-start a trend for skulls and skeletons. (Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier kept skulls top of mind for those tracking a different fashion demographic.) And then, as with all gluts, it seemed that the moment had passed-we'd seen just one memento mori too many. Who needed to be reminded, after all?

    But it looks like we called it too early. Bones are back, baby-and not just on scrawny models. (Hold the jokes and the harangues, please.) At the Couture shows, Riccardo Tisci was thinking of "a romantic way to see death"-hence the bone-shaped zipper pulls, the skeletal jewelry, a tiny skull nestled in the back of a satin jacket (right; check out our slideshow for a closer look). Jean Paul Gaultier was on the same page. He spoke of a bare-bones approach to couture, and then, the final look: Dita Von Teese in a barely-there corset resembling nothing so much as a glittering ribcage. For a gala of ghouls, you could pair

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  • Drugstore Discovery of the Week: Garnier’s Roller Derby

    When Garnier came out with its Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller a few years back, I was instantly hooked. It was immediately soothing to my super-sensitive eye area, able to eradicate even the most stubborn, wee-hours-revelry-induced puffiness, and, perhaps most thrillingly, a total bargain-which actually matters, considering there's one permanently perched on my desk. Now Garnier is trying to make me fall in love all over again, this time with its new Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller, which launches in July at drugstores near you. The cooling roller-ball delivery system is identical to its beloved predecessor, but the mission is different: Instead of puffiness, this one camouflages dark under-eye circles, like, really, really well. The formula uses a mix of caffeine and lemon to smooth and brighten raccoon eyes, and lightly tinted mineral pigments to conceal them. And while it may share the highlighting properties of a certain French luxury brand's cult-favorite click pen, at

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