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In an effort to bring you the latest in hair and beauty products, SheKnows is now embarking on a biweekly series bringing you the hottest must-have additions to your cosmetic wardrobe. Here are the hottest eye pencils, eye shadows, and lip colors right now.
Bare Escentuals Chocolate Decadence Collection
I love chocolate, I love Bare Escentuals…and I love the idea of incorporating the two and not getting fat. This collection is named after your favorite chocolate sweets, but is a set of mineral shadows in flavors… er… colors like dark chocolate, caramel, mint, and white chocolate. The set comes with a mini shadow brush, making it super travel friendly, and a yummy and affordable way to get your Spring shadow staples.
Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
I have a bad history with eyeliner. Anything that's possible to poke, smear or bleed into my eyes, I do. And the rest just doesn't stay put. However, I may have just found the best eyeliner ever! (And I speak with the virtue of being something of an eye makeup ho.)
It's soft and creamy and yet, waterproof – an ideal for someone whose life and work brings her to tears way too often. These pencils work great, whether you wish to line eyes with a hint of color or go for the full artistic, multi-hued effect.
The colors rock too – my favorites are Rock Star – a dark shade of purple, and Bourbon – a brown with a spark of gold glitter.
Bobbi Brown Nude Collection
While it may feel weird to go nude after indulging in all that chocolate, Bobbi Brown's Nude Lip & Eye Palette is a great marriage of natural and understated without being boring.
Shades include tones such as buff shimmer, nude shimmer wash, bare eye shadow, naked eye shadow, bare lip color and beige lip color, brownie pink lip color and cocoa lip color.
Bobbi Brown also has Glitter Lip Gloss with four colors — almost bare, naked, nude and buff, which work perfectly with this set. (The last thing you'd want to do is pair bright red lips with a nude palette!) The nude look is actually a really hot one – it is natural, and fresh, and can help undo a little of your late nights and tired mornings.