Beauty & Beyond: Fab Beauty Finds for Fall

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I have so much fun at my job. And this past week, I had literal fun. It came in blue, pink, orange, yellow and green.

LUSH hosted a sweet little diddy in their store last week to unveil the launch of a few of their fall and winter products. But where did the fun come in? It was actually just sitting on the table. In a basket. Begging to be played with. So my daughter and I did.

FUN is the latest creation by this all-natural company that is just that'?¦fun. It'??s where Play-doh meets Mr. Bubble, combining a moldable clay-like feel with cleansing soapiness. She can play with in the bathtub, wash her hair with it, soap up her body with it. She can build little creatures and then squash them with her bathtub wrath and terrible fury. Sorry. That last bit was channeling some leftover Halloween horror from this week'??s frightfest on Ion TV.

The fragrances range from an uplifting zing of lemon and lime to a soothing lavender (although my favorite is definitely the pink with its ice cream scent). An aspect that endears this product even closer to your heart is that 2.5% of sales go to FunD, which helps children living in the wake of the Fukushima'??s nuclear disaster.

And Lush also showed off some of my favorite beauty products for the big kids (although my daughter steals my bath bombs all the time). The Melting Snowman Bath Melt is back and the Snow Globe Soap is gorgeous, as usual'?¦but you can also find magic in the brand new Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar. And let'??s not forget their cocktail-inspired treats that warm up the holidays - Mr. Punch Soap with gin, Ponche Shower Gel with tequila, the Golden Wonder bath bomb with cognac oil, and the Buche de Noel facial cleanser with brandy. Whether you grab a blob of blue or lather up with a libation, LUSH gets you ready to have a little FUN this holiday.

FUN is available at lushusa.com and Lush stores for $6.95 per bar.

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There'??s nothing scarier this Halloween season'?¦OK any season'?¦than a faux tan gone awry. Orange streaks that make even a Jack-o-lantern blush. They're the worst. But oh-so common as we slough off our regular sun-kissed glow. Seems we panic and, steeped in the belief that we have reached zombie-level pail, we reach for a bottle of the brown. Frightening.

It used to be that only models and celebs living in SoCal could take advantage of Kona Tanning'??s coveted airbrush tans. Now you can at least get that same streakless and natural color because they just launched a Gradual Tanner. Now we can all stop frightening others with our healthy sunless tans.

It'??s a thin caramel liquid that starts off with a gold shimmer (there'??s actual gold glitter in it, but not in a Solid Gold Dancer sort of way) and it smells amazing. A warm vanilla instead of that formulated stink that most sunless tanners have.

The streak-free color comes from DHA, a colorless chemical derived from beets and sugarcane. The formula also has a fantastic blend of rich emollients, vitamins, antioxidants and fortifying botanicals to protect and hydrate your skin, so you don't get that dry feeling that most tanners leave you with. Think chamomile for a soothing and calming treatment, Sunflower Oil for treating dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin, and Pro Vitamin B5 for intense hydration.

As the color is gradual, so are the other benefits to your skin. The thyme and grapefruit seed extract provide super anti-oxidant properties and encourage cellular repair to assist in promoting a youthful appearance.

You can use it evenly on skin as you would your daily moisturizer. Exfoliate first of course - a good dry brush before your shower is best. Then once you step out of the shower, dab your skin dry. It actually blends best on damp skin, so start applying from the bottom up in small, circular motions with your hands.

Now the only thing scaring us this Halloween is Sandy and that pasty pale ghost showing up on your door for all your Tootsie Rolls. Happy Halloween, everyone!

Kona is available at http://www.konatanningcompany.com for $35.

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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