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SALLY HANSEN NATURAL BEAUTY inspired by CARMINDY is a new collection of paraben-free products, formulated with minerals, natural extracts and active botanicals like soy, bamboo, papaya and mango. Carmindy is the resident make-up artist on TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” A great pick is the easy-glide Forever Stay Eye Pencil, $7.95. It’s waterproof, fragrance free, and the intense colors last for hours, without smudging or fading. (Compares to CARGO High Pigment Eye Pencil, $16.)

Another impressive SALLY HANSEN NATURAL BEAUTY inspired by CARMINDY product to try is the Natural Powder Blush, $10.95, in Ethereal. The long-lasting, natural veil of color gives you a healthy glow, bamboo powder absorbs oil, papaya extract nourishes skin, and pomegranate provides antioxidant protection. (Compares to NARS Blush in Orgasm, $25.)

Stay matte… stay clear… with this new foundation from RIMMEL LONDON. Free from oil, fragrance and parabens, Stay Matte Clarifying Foundation, $6.99, is formulated with a gentle dose of salicylic acid, a known skin-clarifying ingredient, and botanical extracts to purify skin and minimize pores. Soothes sensitive skin while it evens out skin tone and hides imperfections. (Compares to CLINIQUE Clarifying Makeup Clear Skin Formula, $20.50.)

Want full, voluptuous and curvy lashes? Don’t we all? Try this new lash inflation formula called Sexy Curves Mascara, $7.49, from RIMMEL LONDON. The hourglass-shaped Triple Plump brush delivers 70% curlier lashes for 12 hours, and the collagen-enriched mascara amplifies natural lash volume dramatically, with no clumps or flaking. (Compares to LANCÔME Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara, $24.)

N.Y.C. NEW YORK COLOR has kits of four coordinated eye colors, Metro Quartet Eyeshadow, $3.99, meant to be blended, layered or used alone, day or night. These long wearing shadows can be used wet for more intense color, or dry for a powdered look. (Compares to CARGO Eyeshadow Palette, $28.)

N.Y.C. NEW YORK COLOR also introduces Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm, $2.99, with vitamins and rich oils to hydrate, leaving lips with a sheer pop of color and soft sheen. It comes in 6 different tints, each in a retro, sliding-top tin, and can be worn alone or over your favorite lip color. (Compares to TARTE Slide Tin Lip Balm, $12.)

Don’t dish out $50 to $100 every time you visit the salon for a different hairstyle, or spend for hair extensions that are $400-$800 for a partial head, up to $1,600-$4,000 for a full head. Instead, invest in these clip-in hair extensions, called HAIRDO by Jessica Simpson and Ken Pavés, $90-$100, available in 16 different shades and a variety of lengths and textures. You’ll save time and money, transforming your “everyday look” into special-occasion hairstyles.

BIORÉ’s fortifying eye cream, appropriately called See the Future, $14.99, targets puffiness, dark circles and fine lines by reinforcing and revitalizing skin with its non-greasy formula, full of botanicals and natural antioxidants. (Compares to BLISS All-Around Eye Cream, $28.) Another great product from BIORÉ is the Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator, $14.99, with the same super-fine alumina crystals used in professional microdermabrasion. Infused with shea butter and calming white tea extract, it effectively removes dead and dull surface skin cells, restoring clear, soft skin. (Compares to DR. BRANDT Microdermabrasion, $75.)

BURT’S BEES’ Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, $9, is 100% natural — made with sweet almond oil, aloe and vitamin E — and smells wonderful. Just a small amount of this super-emollient cream will keep your hands and nails soft and smooth. Apply it just before bed and see the difference in the morning. (Compares to KIEHL’S Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer, $22.50).

A great product for maintaining the tan you might already have, or prepping your skin for a vacation, JERGENS NATURAL GLOW Foaming Daily Moisturizer, $8.99, gradually builds natural-looking color that’s streak free, and it moisturizes, too. You can spend $25-$60 per session for an airbrushed spray tan, and what they don’t tell you is, you’ll need at least 3 sessions to achieve the color you want, plus a $35 bottle of tan-extending lotion.

SALLY HANSEN Nail Art Pen, $7.95, is a unique product: a fine tip pen that’s easy to control, for French manicure tips or your own nail art. Water based, so you can correct any mistakes easily, it doesn’t damage the dry nail polish underneath. (At salons, a French manicure color application costs extra, from $5-$10 on top of the manicure price; airbrushed nail art runs $8-$15.)

If you thought that was easy, try SALLY HANSEN INSTA-DRI Fast Dry Nail Color, $4.95, a quick-dry, high-shine nail color available in 26 shades, with a specially engineered brush that allows for easy application: one stroke per nail. (At a spa, a polish change for hands would be about $14, and for feet, about $22.) Plus, you won’t need to walk around in paper sandals, with tissue between your toes.

Skip the spa pedicure, which will run you at least $35-$75 every one or two weeks, and achieve the same results at home. BORGHESE has luxurious nail, hand and foot care essentials, infused with olive, sweet almond, sunflower, and grape seed oils, plus aloe and chamomile. I absolutely love Satina Softening Callus Remover, $15. The roller-ball applicator contains an intensive callus-fighting gel made with tea tree extract that penetrates and softens skin for fast results, and the included salon-quality rasp and foot file gently exfoliates, for a satin-smooth finish. Crema Divina Hydrating Leg and Foot Crème, $15, lavishly hydrates skin with grape seed, olive, sunflower and sweet almond oils, for the silkiest, softest feet — as if you’d just stepped out of the spa.

— Michele Torres is a Miami-based professional makeup artist. She has done makeup for television commercials, music videos and national print campaigns. She also does makeup consulting for select clients. Michele is a working actress and model. mtmakeup@yahoo.com

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