This Argan oil just might trump them all. It’s light, dries in quickly and can be used head to toe. I’ve been using it like crazy—on my cuticles, on my kids and lightly on my dry hair. My favorite part, though, is that it’s fairly traded and produced by an inspirational women’s cooperative in Morocco.

I really heart Neal’s Yard. Their products are organic, beautifully packaged and well priced. Find them here or at your local Whole Foods.

P.S. I also love their White Tea Facial Mist and organic body scrub.

 

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09 .05 .14 The Week in Beauty

Congrats! Scarlett Johansson gave birth to a baby girl this week and named her Rose. Alyssa Milano also had a girl, her second child, and named her Elizabella.

Instagram: Jessica Simpson’s shared a sweet photo of her daughter doing her makeup.

How-To: An easy, streamlined cat eye.

Beauty Boost: The supplements that work.

NY Fashion Week: Beauty looks that stole the show.

Haute Hair: All the styles fit to be tried (and tied) seen at Fashion Week.

Question: Are girls easier to raise than boys?

R.I.P.: Joan Rivers. A trailblazer, a devoted mother and grandmother. Her mark on this world is indelible.

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As a general rule, I like to keep my clothes and makeup pared down to the essentials—only what I really need and really use. I believe in uniforms and basics and streamlining. For so long, I had just one eyeliner in my kit, a perfect smudgy chocolate brown pencil, but Urban Decay’s Ink for Eyes has been added to my permanent go-to collection because of its perfection at one singular purpose: precisely filling in the lash line. I don’ generally wear a liquid liner “look,” I’m all about a smudgy, smokey eye day or night, but this tiny, skinny pen is perfect for defining the lash line in a bold yet inconspicuous way—a little secret that really opens the eyes in a no-makeup look kind of way.

It’s waterproof, smudge proof and dries instantly. It’s also formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. 

P.S. If you love liquid eyeliner, also check out Benefit’s They’re Real Gel Eyeliner.

 

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09 .01 .14 Sara Happ Lip Scrub

This is one of those products borne out of sheer necessity—and a major hole in the market. Obsessed with all things lips, when Sara Happ googled “lip scrub” in 2005, there were NO results in Google. So she cooked up her own. Today, it’s a cult favorite, including my makeup artist crush, Charlotte Tilbury.

I realize that a lip scrub is probably not high on the beauty priority list, but I promise, once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

This is the delicious pink grapefruit that I love, but I’m also a fan of vanilla bean, brown sugar and peppermint and creme brûlée.

 

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There’s been a lot of chatter about Gwen Stefani’s appearance at the Emmy’s this week. Some say she looked so different she was unrecognizable. Predictable rumors about plastic surgery have been swirling. I don’t understand the accusatory tone and it saddens me when our culture attacks women in this way.

In my opinion, I think what made Stefani look so different is that she deviated so far from her signature style. We are used to seeing the rock star with her platinum hair tightly back with minimal eye makeup and her trademark red lip. Here she has her hair down, her blond is warmer and she’s traded her bold lip for a muted pink and major lashes. Anyone would look different.

I think she looks amazing.

Let’s not forget she gave birth to her third baby this year. Kudos to her for trying out a new style on the red carpet.

 

 

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08 .22 .14 The Week in Beauty

Nicole Richie: Her beauty evolution.

Kale: Coming to a makeup counter near you.

Grace: Seniors fight anti-aging movement. Check out their fab website, TheBeautyPlus.

Global: Beauty secrets from around the world.

Clean: Tips to get your makeup brushes really clean, really easily.

Gorgeous: Get Jamie King’s masterful makeup look. She stunned on the red carpet at the premier for Sin City: A Dame to Kill

C’Mon: Samantha Guthrie gets flack for going makeup-free in hospital photos after giving birth to her daughter?!

Illuminate: The best makeup lighting.

 

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