(New York Color Sparkly Eye Dust, $1.99 Available at drugstores nationwide)
The new year is right around the corner, but instead of making crazy resolutions that you probably won't keep, why not try to incorporate more natural products into your beauty regimen? Ditch those unrealistic fitness goals and go green this year instead.
(Yardley Soap, $2, YardleyLondon.com)
1. Hit the Bar - No, not that bar. Grab a bar of soap instead of buying shower gel. Try soap from a boutique-inspired brand, like Yardley. These are not your father's bar soaps. They're made from natural products, smell great and soften your skin for less money than most liquid body wash. Another bonus: They use 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable packaging. Another great natural brand is Wembé, the first line of organic soaps from Paraguay.
Do you wax or shave? How about going high tech with laser hair removal? With so many advancements in hair removal, there is no excuse to walk around with hairy legs, armpits, or unwanted facial fur -- unless, of course, you choose to go au naturale! If you're stumped about which method is best for you, read up on some of the most popular ways to rid yourself of unwanted hair.
1. Shaving - The classic hair removal method. Men do it and women do it too, but let's just say us ladies should stick to only shaving our legs and underarms, other areas really deserve better treatment wouldn't you say? Nicks and razor burn should be a thing of the past with the lotions, potions, creams, and things popping up on the market to rid you of these irritating issues. Let's dish about the best products to keep your gams smooth and sexy all year long.
* A good quality razor - my absolute favorite? Schick Intuition Razor ($9.99 Drugstore.com) for sensitive skin. This razor is surrounded by moisturizers so you don't need to use a foam to shave with. Remember at the first sign of dullness switch up your razor.
* Try lubing up with oil first - If I take the time to lube up each leg prior to shaving with oil and then shave in small sections making sure to thoroughly rinse out the razor in between each pass, I get a much closer shave resulting in a few extra days of not having to shave. Good 'ol Johnson's Baby Oil will do the trick, but something like Dermatologic Shave Oil ($20.00, Amazon.com) is even better
* Moisturize - After shaving it's so important to moisturize the skin, because the razor actually shaves off more than you think. Shaving is considered a form of exfoliating so after exfoliating any area it's important to moisturize to prevent dry itchy skin.
(Make Up Forever Glitters in Gold 1, $13, Sephora.com)
Have a beauty junkie on your Christmas list this year? Palettes are the perfect choice! Not only do they have everything you need to create an entire look or two, but some of the most innovative brands walk you through the makeup application process step by step. Check out the top palettes of the 2009 holiday season!
(Laura Mercier, $45, Sephora.com)
1. Laura Mercier Eye Books: Create two flawless looks -- a golden goddess and a mysterious maiden -- with this palette.