5 Best Buys for A Natural Beauty Look

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Earlier this week, an email from a work colleague (Subject: Good Different) took me by surprise. She had written to compliment me on my makeup that day.

Unlike most days, I hadn’t had much time to be meticulous with my beauty look that morning. With the help of my newly discovered beauty faves, I was out the shower and through the door in 15 minutes.

It was a good reminder that sometimes, less is more. It was also a good nudge to share my updated list of best beauty buys here on the blog.

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Trendspotting: Tysons Corner Center

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Photo credit: Macerich

Yesterday, after meeting super blogger Bryanboy at Tysons Galleria, I headed to Tysons Corner Center with Ayanna, my shopping accomplice since college days.

While at the popular Virginia mall, I played a game of trendspotting, making notes of what’s haute and happening right now.

Here are the fabulous items I fell in love with, guaranteed to give you a head start on holiday shopping and list-making.

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PR Talk: Can Celebrities Really Sell Clothes and Cosmetics?

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I’m a PR girl. So I’ve got a thing for designer collaborations and celebrity partnerships in the beauty and fashion worlds. Yes, I think thing is the right term.

Recently, I’ve been doing research for school on whether they work or not. Does an H&M partnership with Karl Lagerfeld bring more store sales? Or does a Madonna and Macy’s pairing create magic on the bottom line?

It looks like the jury’s still out on how much high-profile collaborations mean for business in the end.

But as a consumer, here’s what I think: they’re fun to shop, explore online and help me discover new design talent and hidden celebrity talents.

Enter the most intriguing collaboration announcements and comebacks du jour.

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Oh Orange!

If you’ve been noticing lots of orange at your favorite retailers, there’s a reason for that.

Pantone declared Tangerine Tango the color of 2012–and it’s been taking over clothing racks.

But the vibrant hue has also popped up at super-duper beauty retailer, Sephora.

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