End of Summer Beauty Steals!

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While Fall 2009 makeup collections are starting to hit counters this month (and we’ll, of course, be offering you the scoop on the best in show), the fact is the blazing heat is in full effect, and many of us aren’t exactly ready to trade in our summer dresses and shades for sweaters and pashminas. During the weeks ahead, we’ll be wanting to accentuate our sunkissed skin with pretty nude lipsticks, shimmery coral and mango-tinged glosses, sultry bronze and copper shadows and liners, and aquatic-inspired aqua, teal and turquoise shadow hues. So don’t feel pressed to rush and stock up on fall beauty goodies just yet — embrace the carpe diem spirit of summer and treasure every moment left.

Here, a look at some of the beauty buys (and the pretty makeup looks) you should try out before the season ends.


NYX Cosmetics “Hippie-Chic” Trio Eyeshadow, $8. Visit NYXCosmetics.com

I’m always so impressed with NYX Cosmetics’ eye shadows. Not only do the shadows have staying power, but the color range is beyond extensive. The funky shades in “Hippie-Chic” trio look like the type of hues Valerie Harper might have worn in Rhoda.



Nothing brings out sunkissed skin like a pretty nude lip color. Smashbox’s Untamed Lip Gloss in Flesh (pictured above, at right) allows you to go for an understated natural look.

Eyes By Design Bronze Collection for Brown Eyes, $14.50. Available at HSN. Visit HSN.com for more information.

Eyes By Design’s shadow quads are designed for people with different eye colors, with each palette meant to accentuate their eyes. Brown-eyed girls (cue the Van Morrison song) can enjoy the four shades in the Bronze Collection, which range from a mauve-ish pink to a penny copper.

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Prescriptives Calyx Exhilarating Lip Gloss in Mango, $14.50, and Exhilarating Lipcolor in Papaya, $17.50. Visit Prescriptives.com

Most women can’t get away with tangerine and orange-tinged lip colors — that is, until the summer months roll around, their tans deepen, and the sun’s rays practically beckon us to experiment with bolder colors. For just a bit of sheen, add the Exhilarating Lip Gloss in Mango — while it looks extremely bright in its tube, it’s way more subtle on the skin (more like the inside of a peach), and it has a delicious guava taste. For a creamier look, opt for the Papaya Lipcolor (the bottom swatch in the below pic).

Check out the rest at SickaThanAverage.com!

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