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Beauty & Beyond: Fab Beauty Products

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One might be the loneliest number that you'??ll ever be, but it sure is convenient. All-in-one treatments. One-stop shopping. One size fits all. This are all fantastic concepts, especially when it comes to doing anything beauty-related. One is number one in my book.

I was introduced to the craziest beauty product the other day'??a one-step eye shadow applicator. Since as many as 60 percent of women don'??t wear eye makeup because it can be quite intimidating to apply, I was intrigued.

Put away the dozens of makeup brushes and pots of shadow. Eye Majic Instant Eye Shadow (no, that's not a's majic) are these little flat kidney-shaped foam applicators that already have shadow on them. It'??s like a temporary tattoo concept in that you peel it off, put it on your lid, wait four seconds and then swipe it off, leaving a pattern of color.

At first I was frightened, but you know me'?¦I'??m a beauty gluten'?¦so I gave it a shot. I'll try anything once. Twice if I like it.

Their names are a little on the cheezy side, but the colors combinations are great. In the matte category I like Satin Sheets (a fun trio of purple) and Miss Behavin'?? (a lovely black/gray/blush). Naughty Schoolgirl is from their pearlized collection with a nice terracotta blend. Like I said, cheezy names but great colors.

They were very easy to use. I was a little taken aback by how dark the colors were, but when I took two seconds to watch the application video, I found out that you can also use the applicator to blend. Which trust me, you will need to do.

The leopard print eye majic, let's face it...although a cute idea for Halloween dress up, isn'??t something the average person would wear IMO. But you'??re in luck, because it doesn'??t really come off in the exact pattern anyway. It does make a nice blend of colors, so if you see a color combo you like, give it a shot. Foxy Lady is a lovely pink and chocolate brown mix for all you little minxes.

Although it's marketed as daily application, I consider this more of a I-have-no-time treat. Since they're quite pricy, doing this every day would add up. So if you consider these for on-the-go travel packs or for a quick fix at the office on the way out, then might I say...they're magic.

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Eye Majic is available in two-pair boxes for $3.49, five-pair boxes for $8.49, 10-pair boxes for $15.95 and set of 16 for $19.95at

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When it comes to my skin lately, I need a remedy. All of a sudden, I don't know if it's the change from humid and hot to dry and chilly (although I'm not counting this past weekend), but my skin is misbehavin'. I have white chalky knee and elbows and when I took off my socks for a pedi the other day, the girl gasped. Yes, I am less than hydrated apparently.

Enter Remedy my new remedy. Redundant, ain't I? The Remedy Phytoplex Hydraguard will be on my must-have list for both hydration and protection this fall. This skin cream has a 24% silicone blend that leaves a breathable (yes, finally!), water-resistant film that gives long-lasting hydration. I rubbed into my heels and no longer do manicurists run for the hills.

The entire Phytoplex line has an exclusive blend of all-natural ingredients like botanical and marine sources (they get this amazing chlorophyll-rich algae from Klamath Lake). It has soy extracts for a natural humectant, green tea for antioxidants, and clove to show a little love and comfort. Specifically formulated for sensitive skin, it has gentle cleansers, rich moisturizers and even a petroleum-free lip balm (which is great because I always thought petroleum tasted like feet).

Something else I love in particular is the Hydrating Cleansing Foam. This low-sudsing shampoo and body wash designed for the most sensitive skin, and can be used minus any rinse off. Perfect for those über-quick baths for the baby, as well as skipping the rinse off which can sometimes lead to even drier skin.

Consider me hydrated and happy.

The Remedy lines are available at

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.'?¨

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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