Lipgloss Break: April 2010
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Giveaway Break - Sothys Beauty Garden

Even though Earth Day has passed, it's still exciting to explore new organic skin care lines, such as Sothys Beauty Garden.

Each Beauty Garden by Sothys product contains Sothys exclusive Vegetal Moisturizing Activator (VMA), which is a moisturizing complex derived from three plants (cherry trees, angelica and hawthorn) and combined with glycerin obtained from plants. Researchers have found the VMA increased hydration of the skin by 34%!

Here's a run down of the line:

Helianthus & Walnut Shells Exfoliant
  • A "Green" alternative in skin exfoliation, this delicious face scrub is formulated with walnut shells and sunflower oil for a visibly smoother skin. Soft grains eliminated dead cells, leaving the skin soft and glowing. Price $34
Floral Water with Angelic and Hawthorn
  • A soft and fresh lotion that's ideal for completing make-up or mask removal, as well as well as tone the skin gently and evenly. Price $30.
Milky Body Lotion with Cherry Bud and Lavender
  • A fresh and melting texture for a smooth and quenched skin, this body milk envelops the skin with a veil delicately scented with lavender essential oil. Price $36.


Enter to win a Sothys Beauty Garden Set!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, May 30th. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine

Bobbi’s Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 is a lightweight, soft shine lipstick that doubles as a rejuvenating treatment. It instantly comforts dry, chapped lips and provides long-term moisturization with natural Cocoa and Shea Butters, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Avocado oils. Peptides, along with Vitamin C and Paracress, stimulate collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while SPF 15 helps prevent future sun damage.

The result— Lips are healthier, smoother, softer and protected.

NEW Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 available in 12 shades. Free Shipping on $65 order!

Price: $22.00

3 Must-Try Celebrity Beauty Trends Made Easy
3 Must-Try Celebrity Beauty Trends Made Easy

Get onboard with the hottest hair and makeup looks this season by following these step-by-step how-tos

3 Must-Try Celebrity Beauty Trends Made Easy

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Leave it to the stars to flawlessly rock spring's beauty trends like the no-makeup look, messy-ish updos and coral lips and cheeks -- leave it to us to give you insider-y tips for how to steal their looks.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Part 1

THE BRA BOOK Eighty-five percent of women are wearing the wrong bra—but your mom doesn’t have to be one of them! This Mother’s Day, every mom has been loving The Bra Book, the first of its kind guide to bras, from fit to fashion and everything in between! From weight gains, new mommies and post-mastectomies, this book will arm every mother with the knowledge they need to find the best bra for them—the bra that supports, add confidence and the sexy factor, no matter what you wear on top of it!

If you love to play with color and mix and match items to create a look that is uniquely yours, look no further than Color Bar by Kendra Scott Jewelry. Unveiled today on, the Color Bar allows you to design your own custom earrings by choosing from 20 colorful stones, 20 different styles and two metal finishes. Create a unique gift for your mom this Mother's Day. Click here to create your own today!

Free Shipping on Ahava orders over $50. Receive a free Sun Tote with orders over $100.

California Baby's Limited Edition Mother's Day Calming Collection Spa Kit is a great idea for New Moms! The kit includes a Calming Aromatherapy Bubble Bath, Calming Bath Drops, Calming Massage Oil, Calming Spritzer, and an Organic Sea Sponge (available only until May 9th at for $45).

Beauty Ticket Sale Sale - Take an Extra 20% Off everything in the Mother's Day Boutique, use code: MOTHER15

Total Beauty App

Total Beauty has just launched their very own iPhone, iPod touch and iPad app and it's live in the Apple store!

The app let's you browse over 280,000 unbiased consumer reviews and ratings on 45,000 beauty products -- all with lightning speed. From skin care to curling irons and beyond, the new app gives you access to all the brands you and your readers know well; from department store favorites like MAC and Chanel to drugstore deals from Olay and Cover Girl. You can search for specific products and read reviews of them, or quickly browse a category or brand for top-rated products. It's free, fun and, we hope, highly useful.

National Bring Your Toothbrush to Work Day

Think about how much you eat and drink during the day, and then how many people you interactive with at work...don't you think you should be brushing your teeth during the day?

A recent survey by ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush toothbrushes found that less than half of Americans keep a toothbrush at the office, and those who do keep a toothbrush in their desk drawer, a quarter of them don't use it regularly.

To help encourage more brushing of teeth in the office washroom, ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush has dclared Thursday, April 29, 2010 as national "Bring Your Toothbrush to Work Day."


Enter to win a ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush toiletry set!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Sunday, May 2nd. I will randomly select FOUR lucky winners and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Gilt Groupe Clarins Sale

Gilt Groupe is having a Clarins private beauty sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, at noon. Just in time for Mother's Day, here are the following sales:

  • Best of the Sun Ultimate Protection Duo, Original Retail: $65, Gilt: $33
  • Clear Skin Solutions Kit for Combination/Oily Skin, Original Retail: $52, Gilt: $35
  • Super Rest Luxury Collection 4 Piece Kit + Gold Case, Original Retail: $196, Gilt: $149
  • Multi-Active Day Cream for All Skin Types, Original Retail: $64, Gilt: $32
Sign up for a free membership and start shopping!

Per-Fekt Beauty Sale - 40% Off!

Per-fekt wants to thank their fans with a one-day only Mother's Day sale - 40% discount off EVERYTHING on!

To use the discount, please enter the promotion code "PERFEKTMOM" in the checkout - you will receive 40% off your entire purchase!

This is for today only, April 27th - pick up something for you and your Mom!

Purple Lab Invites Fashion Lovers to a Beauty Call

Purple Lab invites you to a beauty call styling contest where you can $300 worth of Purple Lab swag. The contest launches today on and will run through Saturday, May 1.

HauteLook Private Beauty Sales this Week

HauteLook is having some great beauty sales this week:

Mario Badescu Skin Care

Starting 4/27
Lorac cosmetics (starting at $4!)
RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum

Starting 4/28
100% Pure - their vanilla scents are unreal

Sign up for free membership for great sample and sale shopping!

Hand Lotion Reviews

Along side all of the lip balms and lip glosses I have in my car, my desk, my bedroom, and in every purse...I have a hand lotion.
Here's the current line up:
I like this lotion for the car because it quickly soaks into my skin, and doesn't leave a bit of residue or slick feeling...perfect to use while driving, so your hands don't slide around the steering wheel. The Shielding Lotion transforms the 'outer layer of skin into a hydrating invisible shield.' Used and prescribed by dermatologists, this lotion is great for those with dry skin and that don't like to reapply lotion often. The instructions on the this bottle recommend every 2-8 hours until moisture level improves, then just 12-24 hours.
Retails at $18.
It's body lotion, but I use it on my hands and arms before I go to bed. The soothing scent of lavender is known to calm the senses, and act as a sleep aid. I'm no doctor, but if you have trouble falling asleep, or have restless nights, it could help to try the using the calming scent of lavender. Since this scent is officially 'Lavender Vanilla,' the smell of the flower isn't too overwhelming. Beautiful packaging, dark purple glass bottle, it's a staple for my nightstand.
Retails at $13

At my desk....Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Rejuvenating Hand Cream
This was a holiday gift from my sweet! I love the antique-ish packaging that Crabtree & Evelyn uses. La Source has a very distinct scent, kind of ocean-like, but not too overpowering for work. This formula leaves hands really soft and smooth, with a younger appearance. It's not too greasy so it doesn't leave any residue on my laptop while at work.

This formula contains a unique time-released capsule of antioxidants, which have been found to minimize the damaging effects of free radicals, while natural butters and oils have been added to moisturize the skin.
Retails at $25

Made from ingredients of Tahitian black pearl powder, seaweed and Dead Sea minerals, this hand cream leaves my hands soft and smooth. The pearl powder gently exfoliates, but not gritty like normal exfoliaters. It's non-greasy and has a wonderful smell to it, kind of similar to a men's cologne, but I can't exactly put my finger on the exact one. It stays on even after washing hands, scent and all, shielding them long-term from environmental effects. It also contains sunscreen filters, U.V.A., which is a definitely something I look for in a hand cream, especially in the summer months. It's a little bit higher of a price point, but contains twice as much as most moisturizers do.
Retails $28.25

In my purse...La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream
This lotion should be labeled luxurious. This is my first experience with La Roche-Posay outside of sunscreen and I'm extremely impressed. It's non-oily and water-resistant, making it last even through hand washings. It uses glycerin, thermal spring water, and allantoin (softening agent) to banish dry, irritated, hands. It's unscented, which is why I keep it in my purse for my husband to use as well :)
Retails $13.50

Astrological Reading For Your Lips
FREE Astrological Reading (For Your Lips)

See which lip color best suits your sign

FREE Astrological Reading (For Your Lips)

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Your particular zodiac sign says a bit about your persona, so trying a new lipstick based on your sign is a fun, New Age-y way to find a new lip color.

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Giveaway Break - Mother's Day Makeover from PHYTO-C

This Mother's Day, give your mom a well-deserved makeover with a collection of products from leading skin-care company, PHYTO-C. The Intense Line Defense, Velvet Gel & Serum Twenty offer unparalleled results in the realm of professional skin care.

Intense Line Defense

· Made with green tea and German chamomile extract, this powerful ointment exfoliates dead and rough skin, encourages skin renewal, increases microcirculation, stimulates collagen, and evens skin tone while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

· Apply only a few drops daily in the evening to moisturize, smooth, and prevent dry skin

Price: $45

Velvet Gel

· This miracle gel is supported by a new clinical study which cites its ability to encourage healing and provide unsurpassed antioxidant protection

· Significantly improves the combination of rebounding cells and collagens, and provides extraordinary nutrition for cell skin repair. This gel regulates skin separation and the renewal process while increasing blood circulation.

Price: $64

Serum Twenty

· Apply once daily to deliver the highest levels of vitamin C to the skin. This powerful antioxidant is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provide protection against photo-aging.

· With highly developed ingredients such as zinc sulfate, citrus juices, and plant extracts of Bioflavonoids and Phenoxyethanol, this powerful treatment repairs all aspects of the skin from the face to the neck and chest.

Price: $50


Enter to win a set of 3 PHYTO-C skincare products.

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents. The contest will end on Monday, May 24th. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

Best Bargain Beauty Buys - Check Them Out!
Best Bargain Beauty Buys

You can update your beauty stash for spring without breaking the bank

Best Bargain Beauty Buys

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Have your lipstick and wear it too with this expert guide to scoring cheapie, hot-for-spring hair, skin and makeup products that rival the pricy prestige brands.

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Friday's Freebies

John Frieda Root Awakening sample
Dove Men Care sample
Eucerin Daily Skin Balance sample

Giveaway Break - Juicy Tubes & Chris Benz Tshirt

Yesterday you may have read my post about Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin limited edition collection and Lancome's partnership with the charity. Juicy Tubes is celebrating it's 10th birthday by going green with recycled packaging and all natural ingredients, just in time for Earth Day 2010. To help spread the word about the big 10th birthday and good cause, let's have a giveaway!


Enter to win Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin limited edition in Blushing Beauty and a limited edition t-shirt by famous designer Chris Benz!

Fill out the form below to win! For extra entries, you can sign up for my mailing list, post a link to this giveaway on your blog, follow my blog, follow me and retweet on Twitter , or become a fan on Facebook; just make sure to list the entries in your comment. Enter up to once a day!

This giveaway is open to US residents only. The contest will end on Saturday, May 22nd. I will randomly select the lucky winner and announce them on Lipgloss Break, so keep checking to see if you're a winner - Good Luck!

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Lancôme's Juicy Tubes News

You've all heard of the iconic Lancome Juicy Tubes, right? Well, the product that started the gloss frenzy is turning 10, and to celebrate, they've launched Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin, a limited edition collection with honey as its main ingredient. The formula, flavors and pigments are 100% natural origin and preservative-free. I'm sporting the new formula in Rose Pretty

For Earth Day 2010, Lancome spokes model partnered with environmentalist Elettra Wiedemann's Charity,, with a mission to unify and concentrate available resources onto a small number of special charity projects around the world. By logging on its website, you can calculate and donate just one day of your daily pay to make a difference. The charity's latest project will raise funds to help install Solar Electric Panels that will provide sustainable power to a hospital in one of the world's poorest countries, Brundi.

Also, from April 22nd through April 25th, anyone who purchases Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin at the Lancome Boutique on the Upper West Side in NYC will receive a complimentary limited edition tee. Lancome will also make a donation to to kick off this special Earth Day offering.

MAC Prêt-à-Papier

Craft-paper couture – an inspired idea cut like a pattern and whipped up into a frisky little “Funny Face” frock. The Prêt-à-Papier collection was a Project Runway challenge of sorts, with paper as the source, the instigator of ideas, the beginning of something simply, basically beautiful. Lipstick, Lipglass, Eye Shadow, Paint Pot, Chromagraphic Pencil, Studio Fix Lash, Impeccable Brow Pencil, Sheertone and Mineralize Blushes, and Nail Lacquer in a seamless spectrum of parchment-to-vellum beiges, with an occasional, clever colour spill, coral among the most au courant.

Shattered, decimated, blinded by a fantastic, intergalactic lip light! Just when you thought Dazzleglass was the best of bright, along comes Superglass, with secret, snowflake-shaped helicone pearls sparkling in three different facets for triple the dazzle! Lips have gone big bang, explosively dimensional, a rare eclipse! Gloss feels slick and sleek on application with no draggy speed bumps, not a hint of grit. Extreme innovation that's a good reflection on MAC...and the seductress lucky enough to strike upon it.

Temptation is Beautiful Sweepstakes


This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of KAO Brands. All opinions are 100% mine.

Check out the Temptation is Beautiful sweepstakes win a tempting trip to Las Vegas for you and 3 of your friends...with $1,500 in spending money! Check out the Temptation is Beautiful sweepstakes here and learn more.

A daily beauty basket will be awarded everyday so make sure to enter daily! The Grand Prize is a tempting trip to Las Vegas for you and 3 of your friends, along with $1,500 in spending money! The beauty basket contains products from Curel, Jergen's, Biore, Ban, and John Frieda products. They are giving away a basket a day for 60 days, so don't forget to enter everyday for your chance to win!
Be sure to take your Temptress Temperature, an interactive quiz on the site. According to the quiz, my Temptress Temperature is Just Right. Make sure to share the results with friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc., spread the word about how 'hot' you are (or if you are cool as a cucumber)! If you share your score with your friends it will get you bonus entries in to the sweepstakes.

Make sure to leave a comment on this post letting me know your Temptress Temperature!

This contest is for US Residents only.

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April is Earth Month at Aveda

At Aveda, the month of April is designated as Earth Month, and since starting this event in 1999, with the help of their guests and network of salons, they have raised more than $14 million for grassroots organizations that protect biodiversity and address environmental issues around the world.

Did you know that 1 in 7 people globally (that's nearly 1 billion people) do not have access to clean water on a daily basis? There are some simple things you can do to make a difference for others around the world, including:
  • Go to, an Aveda store or salon/spa and purchase a limited edition Light the Way candle, made with 100% organic lavender aroma. 100% of the proceeds from this $12 candle go to their global Earth Month Partner, Global Greengrants Fund. I was fortunate enough to try one of these candles out. When lit, the rooms smells like an Aveda spa! It's perfect for your bathroom or as a housewarming gift. Don't forget about Mother's Day as well, and mom will be proud knowing that her gift went towards a good cause.
  • If you buy your candle at you can also receive this offer: Free Shipping + 2 Free hair care samples with orders over $40 during Earth Month. Enter code New410

  • Visit and donate to an organization that's helping to protect water right where you live.

  • Participate in one of the 100+ Aveda Walk for Water events occurring around the globe around the week of April 22nd. Visit to find the water location nearest you.

  • Visit your favorite local Aveda salon/spa and participate in one of the many fun events they'll be hosting during the month of April.

Earth Day Promotions & Eco-Friendly Brands

  • Tinte Cosmetics is having an Earth Day Sale - Use code EARTH for 30% off. Sale ends April 23rd. Their Matchbook Kits and packaging for Lip Shine is 100% recyclable!
  • LIV GRN is geared toward the modern-day eco-savvy market - merging style and comfort with earth sustaining materials. LIV GRN also donates 10% of profits to Global Green, ( Eco celeb fans include Cameron Diaz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ellen Degeneres, Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Adrian Grenier, Leonardo DiCaprio and more!
  • Now until Sunday the 25th, go to and buy one mug and get your 2nd mug of equal or lesser value for FREE! Just make a note in the comments section when purchasing that you are B-eing green and they will send you a confirmation e-mail with your final cost. You will only be charged for the higher priced mug as well as sales tax and shipping. Early Mother's Day gift idea??
  • The jane iredale Refillable Compact not only contains an all natural pressed powder but it is sustainable, durable, refillable, and light. The refills, which are packaged in plastic clamshells, are maufactured from 100% recycled "post-consumer" material. The clamshells are bar coded with all product detail printed on the outer surface, eliminating the need for additional print materials.
  • Mrs. Meyer's Liquid Hand Soaps in Geranium, Lemon Verbena, Lavender and Basil. All products are made with natural ingredients and come with biodegradable packaging. Available at for under $5.

Welcome to Atlanta...

If Atlanta had a facebook page, I'd want to be friends with it. I had an amazing weekend in the ATL with my husband and friends. Congratulations to Brian & Melissa who got married!

I couldn't go to fashionable Atlanta without a few cosmetic necessities...

It's currently 60ish degrees in Michigan, and 80 in Atlanta, I couldn't show up with my white legs! I got a spray tan at Sncroniz Salon in Brighton, MI before I left. This was my second one. I'm not sure what brand they use but it turned out fairly natural looking, especially after I showered twice.
My feet were looking a little orange from the spray tan, but that was taken care of when we went for pedi's at Sugarcoat, a nail and beauty bar in Buckhead. As my Atlanta travel guide said, if Barbie had a salon, it would look like this. The girls working were ultra friendly and fun, and loved to chat and gossip. The pedicure was relaxing, and not only did they take care of my spray tan orange toes, but they mixed up a Barbie-colored paint for me, using two different Essie shades.
Instead of splurging on a manicure that would probably chip in two days, I went for the KISS Everlasting French Manicure glue on nails in petite length. Perfect length, and lasted 4 full days (I decided to remove them today). I got a ton of compliments on them, even at the nail salon, they couldn't believe I did them myself! When I purchased them at CVS it came with an instant save coupon!The day of the wedding I touched up my tan with Nature's Gate Sunless Tanning lotion. I was interested in trying this one out specifically because it contained Olive Oil. It worked well, and didn't turn me orange. It's a good buy at $8.99 (available in stores May/June).
I came prepared for humidity with Profound Beauty's Desert Texture Spray. I LOVE this stuff. I had the best hair weekend thanks to this product. After blowing dry my hair, I sprayed this on and then used my flat iron.

It really doesn't have a smell to it, and it's super light and doesn't weigh down my hair. Even though it's an aerosol, the powders it contains absorbs oil and left my hair with a matte finish. I love this product. It's a great investment for anyone who lives in a humid area (calling all you Floridians out there!). I'd say a little goes a long way. $31 is expensive, but if you live in an ultra humid area, totally worth the investment. P.S. My mom is in love with Profound Beauty's Desert Sand as well. Same concept, protects your hair from humidity.

Miss you at Atlanta!

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

'Dancing with the Stars' Hairstyle Highs and Lows
"Dancing with the Stars" Hairstyle Highs and Lows

See if you agree with our picks for the best and worst hairdos on the show

Did you vote for their dancing alone, or did their hair have something to do with it? Check out the 10 best and worst "DWTS" 'dos.

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Friday Freebies

Sephora 15% off coupon! This is huge, don't miss out! The sale ends Monday.
Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner sample

Go Green On Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, I thought I'd highlight some brands or product lines that are supporting green initiatives.

Go Green & Get Free! Origins is having a Trade-In program. On 4/22, Origins is offering customers the chance to bring an empty cosmetic container to any Origins retail store or counter (which Origins then recycles for them through their Return to Origins Recycling PRogram) to trade it in for a free full-sized Checks and Balances Frothy face wash or A Perfect World Antioxidant cleanser with White Tear. Find the store nearest you!

Bring a reusable mug into Starbucks today and receive a free coffee. Offer good for today only, April 15.

Burt's Bees
Burtify yourself! Check out - Find your Inner Burt and discover your earth-friendly potential.
The website is launching a Natural and Organic section with over 4,000 product, and donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of the page to the Earth Day Network. Great way to get gorgeous and go green!

Clinique Sale at Gilt

Gilt is having a Clinique sample sale! Skincare, makeup sets, glosses, mascaras, perfumes and more. If you are a fan of Clinique, now is the time to stock up!

Visit here for your free Gilt shopping membership.

Avon Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick

Avon's Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick fits right in with my makeup selection for this spring. The vibrant colors and long-lasting shades are aligned with the latest lip color trends. Bonus - it contains SPF 15, which is why this will be a staple in my purse this Spring/Summer.

Blending chromatic pigments with color-match magnifiers, each shade is amplified by highlighting and reflecting its true hue.

Mega Impact lipstick goes on really smooth and is long lasting. I was able to try this out in Never so Nude and loved light bronze shimmer. This lipstick has a lot of color to it, and goes on bold (not like some lipsticks you have to put 3 layers of on), but not too bold where I feel like I need a liner or anything. I wore this shade by itself and it didn't dry out my lips like some other brands. No top gloss needed, these colors are really vibrant on their own.

Note: This review includes products that I received as samples, provided by the brand company or a PR rep. Please click here for more information regarding my disclaimer.

Total Beauty Award Winners
And the Award Winners Are …

The votes have been counted and we've got our winners for the most superb beauty products of 2010

Both readers and editors voted on every product from self-tanner to blush to hairspray. Read on to see the winners of 57 hot categories of beauty products.

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