Dec 30, 2010

Layering Tip For The Ladies

A friend recently told me about a layering dilemma involving her blush, foundation and powder. She applied a liquid foundation and topped it off with some powder to set the makeup. She then excitedly applied a gorgeous blush cream stick only to find that the consistency of the stick made her existing makeup look streaky and blotchy. This example brings up a good point. The consistency of your makeup must either be the same or must be applied in the correct order.  If you use a liquid foundation as a base, you can add a powder on top of that but then you can really only add a powder blush. A cream or stick of any kind will streak your makeup. If you're intent on using a cream blush and powder one option is putting the cream blush on first then adding the liquid foundation and powder over it. It'll give a beautiful lit-from-within kinda look. Another option is starting with your foundation and then mixing a cream or liquid blush/highlighter with your foundation and adding that to your cheeks. You can finish the look off by adding a dusting of powder to set your makeup. So avoid streaky makeup by getting your consistencies right! Enjoy friends and happy new year!

Dec 29, 2010

Aishwarya Rai's Cover Puts Indian Elle in the Hot Seat

Photo retouching within the magazine industry is an interesting albeit controversial topic. For as long as the technology has been available, the industry has utilized it to make their models look "perfect"-no wrinkles, excess bulge, a perfect complexion, etc. For us normal people that means looking at unattainable standards of beauty. Beauty as projected and determined by the media industry. Unfortunately for those not in tune with these practices, these images are being fed to make them believe that these anatomically impossible figures and flawless faces really are the level of perfection necessary to attain ultimate beauty. At the same time, basic touch-ups are a standard practice and can be a straightforward method of enhancing what makeup already does: covering up blemishes, dark circles, evening out skin tone. I don't see anything wrong with that because let's be honest magazines want to sell and project an image of someone on their absolute best day. Stepping in front of a camera without cover up and good lightening is just criminal. No one is going to buy a magazine with the actual reality of a tired model with blood shot eyes and baggy circles from the back to back red eye flights and lack of sleep. I'm all for making someone look like they've had a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, the reality is that basic touch-ups are the least of it. Whittling down major appendages are more the standard practice these days. There have been some pretty absurd Photoshop disasters which have really just shown how crazy and far the industry will go to have their subjects (celebrity and models alike) look a certain weight and way.
Most recently, Indian Elle has come under fire for their liberal/questionable use of Photoshop on cover model and Indian superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachan. The gorgeous, already fair-skinned actress appeared several (noticeable) shades lighter than her normal skin tone in their latest issue. AKA-The light brown-skinned beauty suddenly looked white-Snow White-white!  The Times of India is reporting that the former Miss World is apparently furious at how the images turned out. A source says the actress was in disbelief, believing things like this don't happen anymore. Adding, " Not in this day and age when women are recognized for their merit, and not for the colour of their skin. She is currently verifying this skin-whitening allegation. If there is any proof of this, she might even take action." Fans of the mag. were livid when they saw the digitally altered cover and posted angry messages online. According to the Times, readers felt her complexion had been lightened by the magazine to appease Caucasian standards of beauty. In response the magazine claimed they did not whiten her skin any more than any of the other models photographed in the issue. Hmm.. so they did whiten her skin.  Another source says Rai is clearly the global face of contemporary Indian women. The last thing she'd want is to have a global image colored by a racial suggestion.

Commercials and ads regularly show images of fair-skinned women in the India media. They project this complexion as being the beauty ideal to the Indian public, despite very few people (in a population of 1 billion) actually looking like this. Perhaps this controversial doctored image of one of India's most beloved iconic stars will show the negative impact and response digitally altering images actually has on the media's target audience.

What do you think about this kind of retouching? Do you agree her skin tone seems digitally altered and lightened? Would you like to see non-airbrushed images from now on?

Combat Seasonal Sweat

In the summer we all need some underarm-protection to keep us smelling fresh. It's hot, you're sweaty and deodorant becomes your one-weapon army against the heat. As it turns out, winter is as much of a sweat-factory culprit as its warm-weather counterpart. You're bundled with layers of sweaters and ready to brave the chilly temperatures. Your body freezes as you trudge through wind and snowy-slush only to be blasted with heat upon entering an indoor location. How many of you are layered in such heavy coats and sweaters that the minute you step indoors you start sweating bullets!? The moment you know you're gonna break a sweat is awful. A crowded train car full of people, no fan in sight and beads of sweat ready to cascade down your face. Yummy.

I've been combating this icky feeling with some powerful deodorants and I'm happy to report my fellow commuters seem pleased with the results. I have two fave brands: Secret and Speed Stick.

Secret's Soothing Effects collection is great for sensitive skin. It hydrates to soothe your underarm area and helps improve the tone. Their new formula is infused with soy and acai berry. I noticed immediately how smooth the formula felt and how long it lasted. Soothing Effects utilizes the same technology as Febreze's "Smart Technology" which helps eliminate odors by "sensing" an imbalance in the body to know when and how much odor protection to provide. This stuff is good and comes in Invigorating Rain and Calming Garden-which both smell great. Available at

Secret's Sheer Mineral collection provides (you guessed it) sheer coverage! The deodorant also uses the same odor-fighting technology that Febreze's "Smart Technology" utilizes but don't worry you won't end up smelling like the couch your dog peed on. It will, however, sense your body's chemistry, your level of exertion, stress, and external and internal temperatures and work according to those elements.  Who knew deodorant manufactures were such genius mad scientists!?  The products also have fresh, clean and fragrant scents-Powder Romance, Citrus Bliss (my personal favorite), Green Euphoria, and Delicate Bloom. I'm so not into perfumey antiperspirants and these are very light and refreshing against the body but in no way overly-scented. Trust. Available at drugstores.

Speed Stick Stain Guard for Men is awesome. Unfortunately, I've been schooled on the pleasantries of men's undershirts and the sweat/stain combination that seems to enforce a limited window of opportunity for usage. In other words, guys can only wear undershirts for a short amount of time before they get those weird yellow sweat stains and then it's off to the t-shirt graveyard. Speed Stick Stainguard does a great job of keeping the stains and residue at bay. Guys can actually wear out their white t-shirts in some other gross boy-way! Imagine that! This stuff is good and my guy grooming expert has given it the official Beauty Buff seal of approval with a very confident two thumbs up. The formula keeps you fresh and provides odor and wetness protection for you and thankfully those around you. Nothing worse than a stinky guy with yellow, wet pit stains. Use this to sooo not be that guy! Available at drugstores.

Also check out these hilarious Funny or Die videos presented by Speed Stick and featuring Zach Galifianakis, Sean Penn and Bruce Willis. Deodorant really brings out the LOL's, I guess.

Samples were provided for review

Dec 22, 2010

A Frizzy Hair Secret Weapon

I had the pleasure of attending the Cynthia Steffe Spring 2011 runway collection last September and was loving the sleek hair styles created by the Avon team. I had never really tried Avon's vast array of beauty products so I was definitely intrigued. Luckily, I had the pleasure of trying one of Avon's self described secret weapons: Lotus Shield. I can definitely see why it's so popular and a regular beauty award winner. It tamed my hair and gave it a smooth, silky finish without weighing it down. Like a lotus leaf repels water, the Lotus Shield withstands up to 97% humidity. So, if you're planning on heading somewhere warm to escape the winter chill, make sure you pack this for your trip. It seriously does wonders on unruly hair and smells yummy and fragrant.
This affordable ($10), effective frizz-tamer really works to block humidity and fight frizz. I tried it with Avon's Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner and looked like I had just come out of the salon! Not bad! Check out Avon this season and try out their extensive and amazing hair and beauty products now!


Dec 20, 2010

Genius Lipstick Tips!

InStyle always seems to have the answers to everything-beauty related. These people know their stuff. I recently came across some beauty tips that I had to share. Under 7 Genius Lipstick Tricks, their genius editors dished on ways to find the perfect shade of pink lipstick and more.

-In order to find your perfect shade of pink, InStyle advises us to just smile and find out! Your perfect shade is about the same color as your gums-no lighter. Ummm GENIUS! How often have you tried to find an everyday color that you can where everywhere and at anytime!? My gums seem to be a dusty rose pink. Go figure.

-To keep your lipstick lasting longer on, InStyle recommends filling your entire lip with a neutral-hued lip pencil first and then applying lipstick. To help the liner from spreading more consistently, they advise rolling the tip in the palm of your hand to warm it up and prevent hard lines.

-To instantly warm any color, InStyle says to swipe on some sheer golden gloss on after applying lipstick.

-For a well-defined pout without using liner they recommend putting a dab of concealer in between the groove at the top of your upper lip and blend well.

-To neutralize lipstick and create the perfect nude shade, editors recommend starting with a pale pink lipstick shade and then dusting translucent powder over for a matte effect.

-To really play up a lip shade and get it to look like it does in the tube, InStyle advises using foundation on our lips to prime and then swiping the color over. The foundation acts as a bare canvas and the lipstick shade will look as brilliant and deep as it does in its packaging.

-To prevent fading, blott your lips, reapply and then blott again. This gets rid of excess oils that prevent durability. They recommend lint-free blotting paper rather than a tissue for a more long-lasting, rich yet natural look.

Thanks INSTYLE! Check out these tips and more at


Holiday Gift Giving Ideas-Philosophy's Yummy Treats

Are you looking for gift inspiration for the product-junkie in your life? There's always at least a few of us on your shopping lists ;) Think no longer and get a hold of one of Philosophy's perfectly packaged holiday gifts. Their delicious line of yummy smelling body washes/shampoos are my faves and I also love their equally tasty glosses. This holiday season, the brand has come up with a variety of affordable perfectly appropriate, sumptuous treats that make for ideal presents. Head straight for Sephora or check out their stash online at I absolutely ADORE Philosophy! Their products make me smile and are great for so many occasions!

I personally have a few favorites that I recommend:

-The Gingerbread House-a refreshing gingery-smelling wash in a perfectly adorable "gingerbread house". These dual 8 oz washes make a great holiday host and hostess gift or are great as a joint couple gift.

-Hot Buttered Rum-This sweet buttery shower gel, shampoo and bubble bath literally smells like a mixture of waffles and a sugary rum dessert drink. It also feels creamy and smooth on the skin and makes you feel refreshed and clean despite smelling like you just downed some pretty bad for you calories.

-Silent Night-a soothing lavender shower gel that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful and soothes the skin. I love the calming scent of lavender after a long day and you will too!

-Peppermint Bark-The minty gift set comes with a mint chocolate shower gel, shampoo, bubble bath and matching lip gloss in a universally flattering tint. The decadent candy scent literally makes my mouth water! This set which comes in a giftable tin is a fantastic stocking stuffer or gift for under the tree.

Philosophy has a TON more yummy gift-worthy bath and body products. Peruse their site immediately to and start ticking off your holiday shopping list!

Dec 17, 2010

Holiday Gift Giving Idea: New Rome Clothing-Shirts With Style & Substance

Christmas is a little over a week away! Still in need of some holiday gift giving ideas!? You're definitely not alone! Luckily, I have the perfect present for the ladies and gentlemen in your life. For those of you who love to rock a fashion-forward printed t-shirt (no I'm not talking about the Ed Hardy-Jon Gosselin types out there) you absolutely must check out New Rome Clothing.
The online t-shirt brand has wide variety of styles that speak to people's differing political, cultural, and religious icons and ideologies. Beyond that, the t-shirts just cool and different.
The label is the first brand for the upstart clothing design company 1919 Designs, founded by three lifelong friends from Brooklyn. Great story, right!? Hmm… they should make a television show about that: lifelong friends dream of making it in America by starting their own t-shirt business..oh wait. That is a show. Well anyway, these guys are the real deal and actually producing amazing pieces that cater to a large variety of styles and interests.
The company seeks out local designers and helps brings their artistic vision to the clothing they produce. The results are unique, irreverent, and thought-provoking fashion. Wearable art, if you will.  As they themselves say the socially conscious apparel embraces ambiguity, originality and subtle social commentary.
Not only do I love what they stand for, I love the way their clothes look. Check out their website and find the message you want to convey through one of their very special t-shirts.
New Rome Clothing can now also be found on the online retail store Karmaloop Kasbah, the world's largest streetwear retailer. They've launched a few new products on Karmaloop's website so be sure to check them out. Also if you're looking to buy in bulk and want to embrace the element of surprise check out this offer: Buy 2 mystery shirts for $35 or 3 for $45. Or spend $50 and get one free shirt or spend $100 and get two free shirts!

Get in touch and get New Rome Clothing in your life now!

Feel free to contact New Rome directly with any sales inquiries at They can help guide you in the right direction. Order now to get your t-shirts in time for Christmas!

Dec 9, 2010

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas-M.A.C.'s Tartan Tale Collection

Giving the gift of MAC this holiday season!? Good call! M.A.C. Cosmetics always have fab. gift palettes during the holidays and this year is not exception. MAC's Tartan Tale Holiday Colour Collection comes in beautiful packaging and has new rich, holiday colors to spice up your makeup this season. The collection features the perfect and budget-friendly eyeshadow, lip, face palettes as well as brushes, nail lacquers and makeup bags. The Tartan Tale collection is a little posh, a little punk, royal and raunchy and a fabulous mixture of patterns and colors.  It's edgy Scottish-who knew that was a thing!? It's if Charlotte York in her York-McDoogal days went a little edgy punk with her custom made "Fling" outfit.
For a limited time MAC wants your gift-giving to look as posh, punk and poetic as their collection looks. They're offering bonny bags adorned by a golden M.A.C. crest tag and tied with a patent leather bow. Enter promo code MACWRAP between now and January 4, 2011! Enjoy free shipping if you buy on their website between now and December 12th. No promo code needed!
If you're loved ones are big MAC fans like me, you'll take advantage of these awesome offers now! Enjoy!!

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas-Oprah's Hope In a Jar

For many people Oprah Winfrey is a religion and way of life. What Oprah recommends to read, buy, and wear, they do. I might not be that fanatical but I definitely trust her taste and value her opinion. As I watched her "Ultimate Favorite Things" episode I couldn't help being a tad/ton jealous. Wow those people walked away with a lot of loot! A CAR for Pete's sake! I was also intrigued by all her favorite things.   

My beauty radar went into overdrive when Ms. Winfrey started talking about the "hands down the best moisturizer I've ever used". Oprah can use any moisturizer in the WORLD! She could grind up diamonds every day and smooth them over her face if she wanted to! Sounds painful but somehow still plausible. She doesn't do that because she's not a crazy person but she does indulge in philosophy's Hope in a Jar moisturizer and considers it her all time favorite moisturizer. 

Seems like philosophy loves their famous fan as much as she loves them. In honor of Miss O, philosophy has created a commerative, limited-edition Hope in a Jar moisturizer featuring their favorite gal pre-world-dominating media mogul days in her little school girl pig tails on the box. So cute and such a great gift giving idea!

This holiday season wrap up a cutie-sized box of this cult-classic moisturizer and pop it under the tree or in your loved one's stocking. The special jars are available on, and in Sephora stores in three sizes: 2 oz ($38), 4 oz ($60) and 8 oz ($105)

Lucky for you, if you order from today thru December 13th you'll get 30% off your entire order by using promo code: holidaysparkle. Uh yeah that's a good deal!
So get your beauty-lovers an Oprah-approved moisturizer must-have this season! Enjoy lovelies!

Dec 7, 2010

Cynthia Steffe on Gilt Group and Behind the Scenes

Hi Friends! Holiday season is fully underway and that means time for giving and receiving presents! If your loved one is a fashion lover, as so many of us are, do them a favor and check out Gilt Group's latest designer boutique, Cynthia Steffe-opening at noon TODAY! If you aren't a member, click on my personal invitation link here: to join. I went to the Cynthia Steffe Spring 2011 show this past fall and loved the casual sportswear collection she designed for the spring. The clothes were chic yet versatile and perfect for the jet setting woman on-the-go. Check out my behind the scenes pictures from the show and shots of the runway collection.

Check out her gorgeous collection on Gilt Group! I love actually being able to buy designer clothes thanks to this site!

Stay tuned for more Holiday Gift Giving Ideas!

Nov 17, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week-Jonathan Simkhai

I had a blast behind the scenes at the Jonathan Simkhai presentation at the The Griffin Hotel in the Meatpacking District. The retro 50's clothing, with librarian glasses and vintage housewife meets menswear inspiration was impeccable. The vintage-looking clothes somehow looked so modern and wearable. The space was unbelievable. Blue velvet fainting couches, an enormous crystal chandelier, beautiful vintage props, a dusty old suitcase, an aged globe and small little toys from a past era. The models used all the props around them to create a total ambiance and space unlike anything I had ever seen.  Everything there was modern with a twist, retro with a spin and sexy with an edge of masculine.

The hair was also a big standout for me. Cesar Ramirez for Catwalk by TIGI created the classically feminine with a modern twist style. He says, "to play off of the androgyny of Simkhai's menswear-inspired collection I chose to take the uber-feminine look from the 1950's housewife and merge her with Simkhai's contemporary vision of the modern NYC girl." Messy buns and dish rags adorned model's heads to reflect the disparity of the collection. Ramirez used CATWALK by TIGI Your Highness Root Boost Spray Mousse and CATWALK by TIGI Your Highness Shine Spray.

The Liberty Hotel & Fashionably Late's Fab Fashion Event Hosted by Styleboston!

My Beantowners: Will you be at the Liberty Hotel tomorrow night? The Liberty Hotel Presents Fashionably Late Thursday, November 18th from 8pm-2am. Styleboston's Terri Stanley and their new Fresh Face Winner (fingers crossed!) will be hosting fashion by Metrostyle and music by Michael Savant. To join in on the fun, RSVP: by 9 pm tomorrow! Come hang out friends! Don't forget to vote for your favorite fresh face (ahem..!) for a chance to win tickets to the fabulous show tomorrow.


Follow me on Twitter: @beautybuffblog and Styleboston: @styleboston for fabulous fashion updates and to find out who the winner is!

Nov 12, 2010

Styleboston's Fashion Forward Host Contest-VOTE For Your Fave. Finalist!!

Hi friends! Styleboston is a fabulous New England-focused show that brings "the latest and greatest in local happenings" to viewers. The show highlights food, art, sports, local culture and FASHION! As you can imagine I'm a huge fan! I recently auditioned to become a host for their fashion segment and made it to the final round! The winner will be selected next Thursday (November 18th) at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. Please check out the link below and scroll down the page to leave a comment in support of your favorite finalist! ;)

Your support would be fantastic!! Thanks lovies!


Nov 11, 2010

Support The Troops This Veteran's Day By Leaving Them A Big Smooch!

 Happy Veterans Day People! Thank you to all the men and women who serve our country and risk their lives every day for America. It's so important to recognize and honor the hard work and commitment of our troops.

We can all pay tribute in our own way but if you're a New Yorker you can show your support as only a beauty buff would. Maybelline New York is teaming up with Cosmopolitan Magazine and the United Service Organization (USO) to collect 'Kisses for the Troops'. Such a great idea and so fun!

Today Cosmo Mag has a Kiss Station set up and is inviting the public to give a kiss on a postcard for our troops. The postcards will be delivered to those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan just in time for New Year's Eve. Awww… (heart melting). Cosmo and Maybelline New York will donate one dollar for each kiss collected to the USO, which I think is a fantastic reason to kiss it out for them.

Visit the kissing station in TIMES SQUARE TODAY and meet actress Malin Ackerman, who'll be helping collect kisses for the servicemen and women. Maybelline New York will provide various shades of Color Sensational lipstick in the Kiss station to leave your beautiful marks.  

Even if you can't make it to the event you can still participate by "kissing" a postcard virtually via a digital application on Cosmo's website or by going to Cosmo's Facebook page and uploading a photo and  note of thanks. Both will count towards the USO donation and be sent to the troops. You can also text "KISS" to 85944 to donate $10 to the USO for the amazing work they do for the troops and their families.

I really think this a great cause. Especially if you've always wanted to show how much you support and thank the troops. So "kiss" away and know you'll be really leaving a mark.

Check out photos from last year's event hosted by AnnaLynne McCord.

Nov 9, 2010

Check Out This Contest From Barney's & Urban Daddy!

Hey what do you have to lose!? If you win, can I be one of your four friends who gets some loot too!? 

Enter the Urban Daddy/Barneys Shopping Spree Giveaway now! A fab trip to Barneys New York could be in store for you!

Spring 2011 Fashion Week-Lela Rose

Lela Rose's Spring 2011 collection may have been an homage to the vibrant culture and clothing and colorful handicrafts of Lima, Peru but in my mind, the collection was designed personally for me. I am in love. Every dress, sweater, top, gown, accessory had my name written all over it. The vibrancy of the colors used was perfect: rich tangerines, hot marbled pinks, shocking yellows and foamy jades dominated the collection. Each outfit is perfectly accessorized with beaded strands, Aztec belts, and oversize bib necklaces. I'm also in love with the gorgeous strappy sandals. Some accessories were even from her latest Payless collection. Beware: I will knock someone over to get my hands on these treasures when they come out. The ultra-feminine outfits had such interesting hem and necklines, patterns and fabrics. Overall the collection was a delight and a real inspiration for my spring wardrobe.


MAKEUP: Celebrity makeup artist, Sarah Lucero for Stila on created the beautifully polished looks. Lucero said, "to enhance a collection of Peruvian and Brazilian fashion influences, hot coral lips shone amidst flawless skin and subtle eyes".

To create the look you'll need:

-Stila One Step Makeup

-Stila Eye Shadow in Puppy

-Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Outrageous and Lover

-Stila Prime Pot in Taffy and Caramel (available spring 2011)

HAIR: Star-favorite Ted Gibson for created the gorge side braids. Since the collection was inspired by a trip to Peru, Gibson created a look to match. "The teased, undone side braid is very beachy and inspired by the modern Peruvian prints represented in the clothing."

To create the look you'll need:

-Ted Gibson Build It

-Ted Gibson Hairsheet

-Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray

SKINCARE: Skincare line ARCONA for prepped the skin and made sure the models looked flawless. The skin was hydrated and prepped for the fresh makeup look with ARCONA moisturizers and mists (all which have delicious scents to them) to give the models a dewy, fresh look. I've just discovered the ARCONA and am loving their fragrant and effective skin treatments. The treatments used helped enhance the skin and bring out the glow, quality and elasticity of the skin.

To create the look you'll need:

-ARCONA Peptide Hydrating Complex

-ARCONA Desert Mist

-ARCONA Pumpkin Lotion 10% Regenerate

NAILS: Deborah Lippmann for finished off the look by creating an all-natural beachy-peachy nail look. Lippmann said "the sheer peach nails were minimal and clean and reflected the beachy, natural look that complimented the bright peach lip". 

To create the look you'll need:

-Deborah Lippmann's "P.Y.T." (Pretty Young Thing)

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OUIDAD at Fashion Week

Celebrities love Ouidad too. The brand participated in the Daily Beauty Bar during this Fashion Week this fall and stars (some we love and some we love to hate) dropped by to get their hair did. Singer Kat De Luna and reality stars Adrienne Bailon, Kelly Bensimon and the Jersey Shore's Angelina took a break from the shows (who knew Angelina went to fashion week!?) to visit Ouidad curl experts at the Townhouse Spa! Check out the photos below from the event.

Spring 2011 Fashion Week-Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson never fails to disappoint! Her spring 2011 collection was as festive, inventive and colorful as the designer herself. What could have possibly inspired Ms. Johnson for this collection? Cyclists! Models strutted down the runway/road in spandex, headgear and bright neon colors-very appropriate for ya know a cyclist at night. Johnson inserted her typical brand of raw, raunchy, unapologetic humor and quirkiness to the show. Jackets were emblazoned with the phrase "Ride Me", and one model skateboarded down the runway in stripper heels (Oh my! Heaven's to Betsy!). The clothes were fun, hip and of course typically edgy. Betsey Johnson always seems to have the best time ever at her own shows and in life which is a rare, beautiful quality. That's why I love her and loved the collection! Enjoy the ride!


The makeup was as wild as the clothes. Sarah Lucero for Stila on created the look. Lucero said "the bright pops of color were used to create a hip NYC punk girl with a flirty hot pink lip and electric green eyes".

Green smoky eyes seems to be a trend for the spring, as Whitney Eve's collection also featured bright green almost neon eye makeup.

To create the look you'll need:

-Stila One Step Makeup
- Stila Fiji Palette No. 5 (Available in December)
-Stila Eyeshadow in Palm (Available in December)
-Stila Custom Color Blush
-Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Color in Caprice

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