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4 lip products to try this spring

The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Collection includes SPF

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With winter weather gone, renew your lips for spring with simple treatments and fun colors:

1. Most lip colors seen on celebs are custom- blended by makeup artists. Try that one-of-a-kind mixing at home with Mally Beauty Pro Tricks Lip Palette, with nine shades plus pearlizer and white and black shade modifier, $45; at mallybeauty.com.

2. Lipstick goes on more smoothly -- no flakes or...

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The best new products to treat damaged hair

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Strength Reconstructing Butter is

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April showers bring ... you know. But wintered-out, brittle hair could use hydration, too. Treat it before, during, and after shampoos with:

1. Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer Extreme: Apply biweekly to wet hair (mid-length to ends), cover, leave on two to 20 minutes, then shampoo, $45; at philipkingsley.com.

2. Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Strength Reconstructing Butter: Launched this...

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5 celeb-approved beauty products from the Oscars

Jessica Biel went Veronica Lake sultry with her

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Last week's Academy Awards were as much about beauty products as fashion.

Take Lupita Nyong'o's lip balm. Ellen DeGeneres did, grinning and saying, "That's worth something." FYI, it was Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, $24, at Clarins counters, clarins.com.

Penelope Cruz's look -- inspired by Sophia Loren -- dazzled, thanks to makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's own...

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The best new products to eliminate age spots

Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads help fade or diminish

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Age spots -- aka liver spots -- are common after age 40, and generally harmless. Zap them with:

H20+ WaterWhite Advanced Brightening Spot Corrector is portable, precise (you dab spots with a pen) and powered by luminosity-loving marine botanicals, $35; at Ulta, h2oplus.com.

Environ Evenescence C-Boost, launched last summer, is a cream fueled by a form of vitamin C that acts as both antioxidant...

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Marc Jacobs Fall 2014: Happy days are (reportedly) here again

A model walks the runway at the Marc

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The inspiration: The Depression-era song “Happy Days Are Here Again” may not have been inspiration per se, but it certainly was a strong influence — though it was not the traditional peppy version that Marc Jacobs played as the models strutted the runway. It wasn’t Barbara Streisand’s ironic, slower-paced version — not even the “Glee” duets take. Instead, an hypnotic voice recited the lyrics over...

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Calvin Klein Fall 2014: Mo' better mohair

A model walks the runway at the Calvin

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The inspiration: The now-infamous polar vortex must’ve been on the brain of Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa. His parade of plush wool and mohair dresses and coats is clearly designed to warm, of course, but also to comfort and soothe.

The vibe: Serene. This is, after all, a Calvin Klein show.

The lust-o-meter: The palette was fairly standard for this brand — primarily black and...

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Ralph Lauren Fall 2014: Here comes a whole new line

A model walks the runway at the Ralph

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The inspiration: It wasn’t so much inspiration as news that fueled Ralph Lauren’s runway show. Make that shows, plural, as in two back-to-back, one of his luxe line (Ralph Lauren Collection), and the other his first-ever Polo diffusion line for women.

The vibe:  Exciting, given that there's a whole new Ralph line and vision to check out. Debuts like that don’t come around very often.

The...

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Anna Sui Fall 2014: Bobbed and bubbly

A ruby Mongolian fur coat was among the

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The inspiration: Given the old-timey jazz music, and the models’ plastered-down bobs, it seems clear that Anna Sui was preoccupied with the 1920s, whether in Hong Kong, Shanghai or even the Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles or San Francisco

 

The vibe:  Eclectic, sassy, maybe even a little dangerous, with a mix of patterns that's busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy.

 

The...

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Clover Canyon Fall 2014: Celtic enchantment

Robes are an intriguing alternative to a jacket

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The inspiration: In a word—Ireland.  Clover Canyon's program notes featured a poem by William Butler Yeats (“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world / For I would ride with you upon the wind…”) and praised the greenest of greens, the country spires and the stouthearted spirit of the Irish. No wonder the line is called Celtic Enchantment.

 

The vibe:  Electric. This...

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Vera Wang Fall 2014: Dark dames

A model walks the runway at the Vera

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The inspiration: “Dark romance … a hint of mystery … easy allure.” These were the succinct phrases Vera Wang used in her program notes to describe her new collection. We might also add “girlish goth” to the mix.

The vibe: Dark and mysterious. Wang offered a collection for the gal who likes to speak her mind — we loved the scarab sweater with the message "U bug me" — yet still flaunt her feminine...

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