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    the three top beauty products you need this month

    lovin' you is easy cause you're beautiful.

    by katie dickens August 11, 2014

    all illustrations by hye khim

    It's easy to get stuck in a beauty rut. Luckily, there are three awesome new products to break the cycle. Without further adieu...

    Hair - Oscar Blandi Pronto Braid Paste, $25.

    Braids can be a movie heroine’s most iconic feature. Some standouts include Bo Derek’s cornrows in 10, Janet Jackson’s long box braids in Poetic Justice, and Jennifer Lawrence’s side-winding French plait in The Hunger Games. But my personal favorite is Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars Princess Leia ’do, which resembled a pair of giant Cinnabons. Attempting to re-create any of those looks without professional assistance is a feat for most, especially those with straight, smooth strands, which tend to slip. Now Oscar Blandi has made plaiting a tad easier with a cream he’s dubbed Braid Paste, which adds texture to tresses, giving them the right amount of grip and hold to ensure that your hard work won’t suddenly unravel.

    Face - Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow, $61 each.

    I’m a huge fan of baked goods (you’ll never catch me riding the Paleo bandwagon), and this adoration extends to makeup. That’s because oven-cured powders pack more of a pigment punch than their uncooked counterparts. Now, Chanel’s eight new additions to its popular eyeshadow quads are feeling the heat. The silky, smudge-proof shadows are the perfect thing for creating a smoky eye as chic as the fashion house’s classic 2.55 bag.

    Scent - Fendi Fan di Fendi Blossom Eau de Toilette, $71 for 1.7 f. oz.

    Fun fact: The prettiest cherry blossom trees don’t actually bear the eponymous fruit. That’s because the scene- stealing sakura that beckon people to our nation’s capital and Japan in April were bred to be ornamental, not a source of pie flling. As such, the blossoms’ aroma only vaguely suggests the juicy fruit. For Fendi’s sakura fower-based fragrance Blossom, the perfumer simply bottled the ethereal look and feeling of the delicate blooms, which translates to a delightful blend of light forals, like jasmine, magnolia, and, of course, the namesake blossom, enhanced by raspberry and pink peppercorn.


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