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The holiday season is one of the best times to shop for makeup.  During that time you’re sure to find limited edition collections that feature best sellers, cult favorites and specially packaged items to make any beauty lover swoon. These limited edition beauty gifts will be great for your bestie (or yourself).

Guerlain ‘Meteorites’ Perles d’Etoile

Guerlain 'Meteorites' Perles d'Etoile

Features  a blend of six violet scented light and radiant tones to illuminate complexion. The golden container, with the famous bow inspired by Coque d’Or sculpted on the lid, makes this a welcome addition to any vanity. $60


MAC Keepsakes Viva Glamorous Lip Palette


Get in on the hottest and most iconic VIVA GLAM shades in the limited edition Viva Glamorous Lip Palette.  It includes shades from shimmery pink beige to pearlized plum. And remember, when you give this gift to yourself or a friend, all proceeds go toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. $40

ELF Disney Villains Good vs Evil Let the Drama Begin Beauty Book 

ELF Disney Villains Good vs Evil Let the Drama Beauty Book

The ELF Disney Good vs Evil Collections juxtaposes light and dark makeup in limited edition packaging. While the epic battle of good vs evil rages on with no clear winner in sight, you come out ahead by paying only $10 for this collection.

Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glacé

Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glacé

I love the formula of Laura Mercier Lip Glacé and this collection of minis gives you six in one. Use each alone or layer, mix and match to create a shimmery shine that’s unique to you. $50

Dior Nail Artistry Box

Dior Nail Artistry Box

I’m seriously into my nails and I would love for a friend to send me this box.  The Dior Nail Artistry box contains a limited edition collection of nail  decorations,  nail polishes, stencils, Swarovski crystals and and tools to help you create runway ready nails. $60

Lipstick Queen Lip Nouveau

Lipstick Queen Lip Nouveau

Each of the shades in this limited edition collection “pulls inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement” , bringing you modern, glamorous and intriguing hues in various textures for a whole new you. $48

Charlotte Tilbury The Bombshell

Charlotte Tilbury The Bombshell

Charlotte Tilbury was one of of the hottest US cosmetic launches  2014.  This collections of products allows you to re-create the bombshell look with relative ease. The collection features 7 products and includes a makeup bag. $200

Sephora Superstars

Sephora Superstars 2014

This is always a great value.  This year it features 12 best-selling full size items that have been widely coveted  by Sephora shoppers.  The Sephora Superstars collection features items from Nars, Smashbox, Stila, Urban Decay, Benefit and more.  A $225 that will set you back only $75.

Laura Geller So Scrumptious Vol 2

Laura Geller So Scrumptious Vol2

Get the perfect face for holiday and beyond with a few Laura Gellers best sellers. The kit  includes the Spackle Under Make-Up Primer (in Champagne), Color Drenched Lip Gloss (in Pink Macaroon), a double-sided makeup brush, and a variety of the cult-favorite baked makeup products. Available for fair and medium skin tones. $59

Tom Ford 4 piece Lip Color Gift Set Matte



If you or your BFF’s wig out over Tom Ford Beauty, this limited edition 4 piece matte lipstick collection is probably already on your list.  It features: Plum Lush, Pussycat, Flame and Velvet Cherry. $200

Buxom Winner Takes All 6 Piece  Mini Full-On Lip Polish and Lip Cream Collection

Buxom Winner Takes All

Your pout will be plump and perfect this holiday season with three sheer and shimmering lip polishes and a three sleek  shimmer free lip creams in universal shades. $32 

The Best of Sephora Beauty Box


Sephora is the place to be if you are a beauty lover shopping for the hottest brands and newest products from around the world. However, if you haven’t tried the Sephora brand products you are missing out on some serious value and some amazing products. This year, Sephora has a great offer of their favorite makeup, skincare, nail color and accessories in one beauty box. $49

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.



Designer: Jill Stuart

Hair: Kérastase Paris

Stylist: Odile Gilbert

Inspiration: The inspirational phrase that kept coming up backstage at the Jill Stuart Spring/Summer 2014 show was “rock and roll.” Think “Girlfriends on a beach holiday waking up slightly hungover.”


Judging from this model, I think the stylist more than pulled off the look.

Get the Look: To achieve the appropriate rock and roll runway hair, it was all about texture. Start with an imperfect middle part, slightly messy and uncentered. Use Kérastase Boucles D’Art Curl Defining Hair Mousse to build the roots of hair up, then with 1 inch curling iron, make waves in middle of hair only, leaving ends straight. Finish everything with Kérastase Paris Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo and Kérastase Laque Dentelle Micro-Mist Fixing Hairspray.

Pro Tip: How do you protect your hair from overstyling? Gilbert says it’s all about using high quality products!



Manicurist: Julie Kandalec for Essie

Inspiration: Rock and roll, of course!

Get the Look: So blue it’s black, ‘After School Boy Blazer‘ is brand new for Fall and was the chic choice for both hands and feet. To achieve it at home, simply paint two coats over one coat of ‘First Base Base Coat‘ on your slightly rounded nails. Top with ‘Good to Go.’

Fall 2013 Nail Trend Alert: Looking for a new nail color? Kandalec suggests jewel tones like ‘Going Incognito,’ a deep emerald by Essie.


IMG_0260Makeup Artist: Aaron De Mey, SEPHORA Artistry Ambassador

Inspiration: The cool girl who goes out at night and wakes up in the morning with messy, grungy eyes.

Get the Look: It’s all about a fresh face and a strong eye. After all, strong eyes are best offset by a flawless complexion.

  1. Start by strategically using Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrector Pen on your face, only where needed to disguise redness and hide any imperfections. Then set with Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, while letting your natural cheek color shine through. Add dimension with a light application of Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on cheekbones, bridge of nose, and chin.
  2. Using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil in Magic Black, sketch around the upper and lower lash line, and smudge into the crease. Add a dot of the metallic silver from Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette in The Starlet 204 to the inner corners of the eye for brightness. Dab Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on the lid for glossiness with fingertips, blend and smudge. Finish eye with generous coats of Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara in Black.
  3. Brows are combed through with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo and lips are left bare, or dabbed with a clear gloss like Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Crystal.


TTBTip: On a budget? Try the glossy eye look using Vaseline.

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on Twitter, Facebook and Blog.

Each month the ThisThatBeauty girls (Christene, Felicia and Maree) share our top picks for the color of the month. For August, we have our sights set on Purple. . . and here are our of-the-moment Purple picks for nails, lips and more:

Felicia’s Pick

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer in Croisiére Purple is great pre-fall purple. The vibrant lilac shade is pitch-perfect for now through early fall…and it compliments a variety of skin tones from fair to deep.  Get it before it’s gone!

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer in Croisiére Purple

Maree’s Picks

While I regularly fill my home with fresh lavender from the Union Square Farmer’s Market, I have never tried it as a personal fragrance.  I normally favor scents with sweeter notes, but this unexpected fragrance has been a refreshing change.  Slightly sharp, yet unexpectedly light, L’Occitane Lavande EDT is aromatic and pleasant to wear.  I love to layer with other fragrances, as I find it compliments so many other notes.  It’s  wonderful as an addition to your summer fragrance wardrobe…and it transitions beautifully into early fa..

L'Occitane Lavande fragrance 1

A fun way to infuse color into your daily makeup routine is through colored mascara.  Giving the lashes a slight hint of color can look great when paired with a subtle or neutral eye shadow.  Try a beige or taupe wash of color over the lid and use Sephora Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Purple to add a feisty point of interest

Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Purple

Christene’s Pick

I have been obsessed with purple all summer long.  When I laid eyes on Narcissus from MAC’s Tropical Taboo Collection I was like “Where have you been all my purple life?”  Okay, maybe I didn’t say that exactly but I certainly thought it.  The color wears a little pinkish on me which is probably why I love it so much and have worn it on every outing over the last two weeks. MAC’s creamsheen formula is lightweight and high gloss. It will last until you eat or drink…at which point you will have to reapply.

MACs Narcissus Lipglass

 Are you really into Purple as well?

Leave us a comment to share your favorite Purple. And stay tuned for our next color of the month….coming soon!

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Are you a beauty enthusiast? If you answered ‘yes’ then be sure you’re sitting down before you read any further…

Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program is pretty impressive by any standard and is even more impressive if you are a rewards program VIB. However, with the launch of VIB Rouge, Sephora’s new Top-Tier beauty rewards program, you just might lose your entire mind. Before you go thinking this is just another level that might get you two birthday beauty gifts instead of one or free gifts of full size products let me stop you right there!

Perks of VIB Rouge and How to Qualify


VIB Rouge provides the ultimate in beauty bragging rights and is reserved for those who spend $1000 or more in a calendar year [*scans room for our Editor in Chief, Felicia* — she’s a major spender at Sephora]. With a VIB Rouge membership you get access to all the perks of a Beauty Insider,  all the perks of a VIB, plus “unparalleled insider access to one-of-a-kind experiences and rewards, limited-list events with brand founders and celebrities, advance access to new products, free shipping on Sephora.com and Sephora.ca, unlimited complimentary services at the SEPHORA Beauty Studio and your own beauty concierge hotline.” Obviously this is not for everyone but if you a true beauty enthusiasts, aka beauty junkie, a makeup artist or even a blogger, spending $1000 at Sephora may be a mere bag of shells.

More Beauty Rewards for All


Although the beauty rewards for Sephora’s Beauty Insider and Very Important Beauty Insiders, VIBs, are already out-of-this-world, Sephora has overhauled the programs giving consumers even more benefits. In addition to the existing perks like free birthday gifts and trading points for beauty products, members can now use points to get access to member-only classes, first access to coveted new beauty products and more.

Improved Mobile Experience


More and more people are doing their shopping online even when they are standing in the store whose website they’re shopping. Sephora has taken this trend in consumer shopping behavior and improved it. At Sephora.com/BeautyInsider or using Sephora To Go App for iPhone and iPod Touch, shoppers have quick access to rewards and exclusive offers based on their membership status, past purchases, products they love, and can readily check points balances and look up reviews of a product they might be consider purchasing. Does this App do the most, or what?

Special Offers Going on Now


From August 12-18th  Sephora is rewarding Beauty Insiders with double point purchases,  triple point purchases for VIBs and quadruple point purchases for VIB ROUGE members! In addition to points multiplication, for a limited time members can transfer their “newly acquired points to friends and family for access to rewards that money alone can’t buy…like a chance to score a special 5K or 10K once in a lifetime reward, such as a trip for two to Paris with Make Up For Ever or the Marc Jacobs Beauty Collection tucked into a Marc Jacobs handbag.” Visit Sephora.com/CelebrateBI for more information and be sure to click on How to Redeem to get the full scoop.

Remember, it is free to become a Beauty Insider and members immediately start earning one point for every dollar spent.  With Sephora, the more you buy, the more you’re rewarded – it’s that simple!

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Over the years, I’ve grown increasingly impressed with Sephora brand products. The quality is usually on par with top brand name products and sometimes. . . even better. Take a look at what’s new and eye catching from Sephora Collection.

Sephora Collection Pastel Pop Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection Pastel Pop Eyeshadow palette

This is a collection of eight shadows in matte, shimmering and sparkling formulas. You can create exciting looks by applying the sparkling shadows to one or several places around your eyes as well as cheeks. With a light application of shimmer you can even get away with it in the day time. Regular price $28, now on sale for $17.

Sephora Collection Ombre Seamless Hair Ties

Sephora Collection Ombre Seamless Hair Ties


Say bye-bye to painful ponytails with Sephora Ombre seamless hair ties. These soft, stretchy hair ties offer stronghold of ponytails, updos, and braids and wears comfortably on your wrists between uses. Available in blue, green, red, black, purple, neutral and pink. $8.50

Sephora Collection The Archer

Sephora Collection The Archer

The Archer is a set of two miniature stainless steel tweezers for precise grooming. The tweezer with the slanted tip covers a wider surface area removing multiple hairs at once, while the tweezer with the pointed tip will grab the exact hair that you want to remove. Both tweezers are in a travel size mirrored compact. $12

Sephora Frequent-Flyer Travel Set

Sephora Frequent-Flyer Travel Set

This two piece set offers a tube that’s perfect for transporting your serums, shampoo and conditioner, make up remover etc. and the jar is ideal for creams and gels. With this travel set TSA won’t even notice you as you slip by them. $12

When next you are at Sephora,  or online at Sephora.com be sure to check out Sephora brand products.

It may be Sephora’s  Sweet 15  birthday, but YOU are being celebrated!

You’re invited to Sephora’s Sweet 15—which means brand new skincare, hair, and makeup throughout the entire store and exclusive in-store events.  Peruse through 15 years of U.S. beauty landmarks with Sephora’s Sweet 15 infographic.  There’s no stopping this party!

Sephora Sweet 15

What’s Included in Sephora’s Sweet 15 Deals

Be a part of the product party with new picks from our brightest brands including Bite Beauty, Bumble and bumble, Sephora Collection, Soap and Glory, Too Faced and more:

  • Excite with HAIR BEACHIFIERS
  • Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo, Surf Conditioner and Surf Spray 
  • Celebrate with ALLOVER SPF and MUST-HAVE TOOLS
  • Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit, Clarisonic Sephora Sweet 15 Shocking Pink Mia 2
  • Ignite with BARE-ALL TONERS
  • Derma Doctor Shrinking Beauty, Soap and Glory Sit Tight
  • Too Faced        SEPHORA, Benefit Matthew Williamson The Rich is Back, Sephora Collection Contour Waterproof Eye Pencil, YSL Babydoll Mascara
  • Light up with LIP SHINES
  • Bite 15 Shades of Sephora Lip Set, OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss
  • Ciate Chalkboard Manicure
  • Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Longwear Bronzer, Kate Somerville Somerville 360 Tan Maximizer 

How to Participate in Sephora’s Sweet 15 Celebration

Celebrate in stores with birthday surprises for you from our hottest brands on Saturdays in June from 12 pm – 6 pm:

  • June 8:  Get a makeup bag makeover!  Celebrate in store and receive a complimentary makeup bag with $50 purchase*
  • June 15:  The Sweetest Swap – trade in Beauty Insider points to receive deluxe samples of summer must-haves 
  • June 22:  Stop in and collect a free tote bag with $50 purchase**
  • June 29:  Double the fun!  Earn double Beauty Insider points with the purchase of any color product.  Our sweetest VIBs will receive free gifts from Benefit 

* Valid Saturday, 6/8 while supplies last with your $50 purchase. One offer per person. Not redeemable for cash or credit.

** Valid Saturday, 6/22 while supplies last with your $50 purchase. One offer per person. Not redeemable for cash or credit.

Sephora’s Sweet 15 celebration begins on May 30th in all U.S. Sephora stores, or by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or logging on to Sephora.com via computer or smartphone.

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ThisThatBeauty with CoverFX at Sephora
*Squeal* I know her!!

WHO: Me!!!!…and CoverFX

WHAT: A beauty play date

WHEN: Last Friday, March 15th

WHERE: Sephora Times Square

WHY: Because I love CoverFX‘s skin perfecting products…and if I love it, I want you to love it, too. So we had a little color-matching soiree, chatted skin, and partied the night away. Everyone who attended (THANK YOU ALL!!!) received a custom goody bag filled with the go-to goods for gorgeous skin — THREE FULL SIZED THISTHATBEAUTY FAVS: Blotting Powder, Cream Foundation, and Primer.

We had a blast! Check out the pics below. . .and I hope to see you at my next event!

[for the official event photo album, click here for the Facebook album]

ThisThatBeauty with CoverFX at Sephora
Hey, that’s ME !!


With Derek, CoverFx's International Makeup Artist
With Derek, CoverFx’s International Makeup Artist


ThisThatBeauty and CoverFx at Sephora
So many pretty ladies came out!


ThisThatBeauty and CoverFx at Sephora
More beauties. How gorgeous are these girls?!

[for the complete photo album, click here for Facebook album]


Let’s plan a beauty play date! Join me Friday, March 15 at Sephora Times Square. Along with a team of Cover FX Makeup Pros, I’ll be on hand chatting complexion perfection and sharing my top tips on achieving enviable, glowing skin. The Cover FX team will perform individual color-matching and everyone will receive a custom goody bag filled with the go-to goods for gorgeous skin. See you there. I can’t wait to meet you! Xxo

Join ThisThatBeauty at Sephora Times Square

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New Beauty Alert: Prepare for impact! SEPHORA Collection unveils 80 stunning, impactful shades for lids. The collection of matte, shimmer, glitter and mirror finishes includes every shade imaginable to take your look from daytime & demure to playful & ready to party.

Housed in sleek, customizable 3-pan or 6-pan palettes, the long-wear shadows, able to be used wet or dry, create an endless array of eye makeup looks.

Sephora Collection

If you’re wondering my perfect paring, look no further than Hollywood’s Calling (mirror finish), Sunset at the Beach (shimmer finish), and Black Lace (matte finish).  For daytime, i smudge Hollywood’s Calling on lid up to crease, and then blend a wash of Sunset at the Beach  on top. To turn my eyes all the way up for evening,  add a little deth to the outer corners with Black Lace . I also smudge Black Lace along my lower lash line for a sultry, smoky, come hither effect. Oww!

Want to get in on the action? The three-pan palette is $12 or free with the purchase of two shadows. The six-pan palette is $14 or free with the purchase of four shadows. Sephora Colorful Eye Shadows are $13 each. Not bad, right?

Available now via Sephora stores, 1-877-SEPHORA, Sephora.com, and smartphone app.

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Shine Bright Like A Diamond“. . . it’s not just a Rihanna lyric, it’s the best possible choice of words to describe the newly re-vamped Sephora Times Square. This week I had the opportunity to explore the new space and shop my faves. And let me tell you — I was blown away. The newly added amenities and services take Sephora to a whole otherworldly level of amazingness (<= I just made that up)!

Sephora Times Square Transformed

The beauty wonderland has been gorgeously expanded to include private consultation rooms, a luxe fragrance boutique equipped with fancy computers to help you choose your scent du jour, and [my personal fave] majorly impressive “Nail Play” stations set up by trend (jewel tones, nude, glitter, you know…) & outfitted with iPads that guide you through the latest nail looks, one step at a time. Cool, right? I shot a few videos of the iPad tutorials. Check them out on my Viddy account

Nail Play Stations at Sephora Times Square
Nail Play Stations at Sephora Times Square
How cool are these iPad tutorials at Sephora Times Square?
How cool are these iPad tutorials at Sephora Times Square?
My Sephora Haul
Here’s my Sephora haul. See any of your favorites? Follow me on Instagram @ThisThatBeauty for the deets on these beauty goodies!

There’s still time to join in the grand re-opening festivities. Today, December 8, from 11a – 5p, check out MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s artists who will be creating body art that simply must be seen to believe! AT 6p, Join Kate Walsh, and experience her fragrance Billionaire Boyfriend. Stick around for casino games and a chance to win glamorous prizes.

Sephora Times Square is truly a destination for the beauty-obsessed. Personally, I’d move in if they’d let me.

Follow @Sephora and @SephoraTSQ

Follow the tweets from opening week at #SephoraNYC


Nothing says healthy, beautiful skin like the perfect glow. Get the glow  all year round with our Perfekt Beauty Giveaway.

About Perfekt Beauty Products: Per-fekt products are free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, wax, talc, mineral oils and parabens. The products are highly concentrated so you get a higher product payoff. The base of Perfekt Face and Perfekt Body products are formulated with silicones so they have a smooth finish that glides onto skin, creating even texture and tone. Read our review here:

Giveaway includes:

  • Body Perfection Gel
  • Skin Perfection Gel
  • Cheek Perfection Gel

How to Enter:

Like the picture above on Instagram

Follow @ThisThatBeauty on Instagram and Twitter

Follow @PerfektBeauty on Twitter

Re-post this picture on YOUR Instagram with hashtags #TTBPerfekt, #TTBHolidayGiveaway and #PerfektBeauty

Giveaway/Contest Rules:

This contest is open to US residents 18 and older. If you have won a prize from ThisThatBeauty in the last six months you are not eligible to win. This prize cannot be redeemed for cash. The makers and manufacturers of the items being given away are in no way affiliated with this contest. While we do take every precaution to ensure packages are delivered to contest winners, we do not take any responsibility for items lost or stolen during the shipping process once we have confirmed shipment from our end.

The Blush is coming to Sephora, Union Square and we want you there!

Join Felicia Walker Benson of ThisThatBeauty and  Lara Eurdolian of Pretty Connected  as they compete using a budget of $100 to find the best of Sephora in under a minute!

No battle would be complete without a DJ spinning the latest tunes and a bartender mixing up the right cocktails.

This is about beauty, so, attendees will also receive gift bags with beauty must-haves!


Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Sephora Union Square

45 East 17th Street


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Within a split second of eyeing Ciaté Caviar Manicure I was immediately intrigued. I mean…straight up open like a 7-eleven. I had to try it for myself. The texture, the finish, the three-dimensional effect — I die!

The Ciaté Caviar Manicure kit includes:

– 0.45 oz Paint Pot Nail Polish
– 0.47 oz Caviar Pearls
– Funnel
– Tray

Naturally I went off the grid and scrapped the “Paint Pot Nail Polish” in the kit and decided to do a mash up of my own — I used Dior “Incognito” and Ruby Kisses “Mediterranean Nightsky”.

Here’s my final Ciaté Caviar Manicure:

So here’s the thing: Ciaté Caviar Manicure lasts about 2…3 days, tops! It’s the kind of thing you pull out when you have an event or special occasion and you want to totally wow every single person within a half-mile radius of your nails. To extend the wear, perhaps consider doing an accent nail or two…then, maybe you’ll get a few more days of wear. The kit lasts forever. I used it and shared with friends and still had plenty of caviar beads to left to do a dozen mani’s.

Net Net: For special occasions – Absolutely! Like duh, why wouldn’t you?!

Available at Sephora

Makeup Forever Eye Shadow

The task of picking an eyeshadow can be absolutely daunting.  With the myriad of brands, colors, textures, and finishes to choose from, I get overwhelmed just thinking about it.  I myself have tested so many that to find one that actually makes me stop mid-makeup application and gawk at the party going
on south of my forehead, is quite rare. But that party was in full swing after I recently tried Make Up For Ever’s Eye Shadows.  If you have seen one shimmer shade, you have seen them all and a matte powder just seems so ho-hum, but these shadows are truly holy-grail worthy.

Makeup Forever Shadow

Upon first look, the packaging is quite minimal as consistent with the brand aesthetic, but what is inside does not need any further pomp and circumstance.  There are three textures available – matte, iridescent and satin, 125 shades and a color payoff that is absolutely amazing.  And a bonus – they double as a blush depending on the color!  Need I go on??!  No, but I will…

 These are the 3 shades (No. 40 Antracite, No. 54 Copper,  No. 98 Brown) that I played with and the accompanying swatches.   They are richly pigmented but blend with incredible ease, achieving any level of intensity that you desire – from a sheer wash to a vibrant jolt.  The length of wear that you get out of these shadows can make you feel confident that what you apply groggily in the morning (if applied pre-coffee) will last you until you decide to take it off.  These three shadows will enhance  blue eyes and will also work well on brown eyes. The only choice now is  – what colors will you buy?  How many can you fit in your makeup bag?  Do you need a bigger closet just to fit them all?!

All shadows are available at Make Up For Ever stores and Sephora, and retail for $20.

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