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    >>> this morning on "today's" beauty, fun and functional beauty products with a twist. a contributing style editor from "lucky" magazine. good morning.

    >> good morning.

    >> these are cool items but things you say work.

    >> exactly. let's talk about nails first. as you know, you were at the olympics. nail art is huge.

    >> huge.

    >> everyone is doing it. this is a really fun way to do it at home. it's $25. i don't know if you guys can see that at home. i had it yesterday.

    >> like little balls.

    >> it's 3d nail art. they come in a multitude of colors. i know it looks very difficult but it's actually remarkably simple and dries quicker.

    >> you put on the polish first, then a funnel with the balls.

    >> that's to help clean up.

    >> put them on and press them in.

    >> put a top coat on the tip of your nail, not the whole nail.

    >> don't last that long.

    >> a few days.

    >> special event perfect.

    >> this is truly magic.

    >> a magic gloss.

    >> from givenchy. this works. if i can talk and do it at the same time. it makes your lips the perfect color of pink. you never have to worry whether that color looks good on you, $30, sephora.

    >> a made for you color. this is a fragrance from lady gaga .

    >> the first time.

    >> black.

    >> black liquid inside. the ultimate. you can see i'm spraying on the towel, comes out completely clear.

    >> what does it smell like?

    >> smells like floral with a little spice there, saffron and honey and bella donna , a poison. it's very gagaesque but beautiful.

    >> a goth bottle.

    >> super cool to have on your nightstand.

    >> another requested for fragrance.

    >> i love this. get ready to blow some bubbles here. these are perfume bubbles, $20 at bergdorf. from a world renowned perfumer. i'm not very good at blowing bubbles.

    >> they pop and give a scent.

    >> they come in a simple scent, fun to play with. great for a little girl .

    >> i love this idea for people who are sensitive to fragrance or can't wait wear it on their skin, a great way to get the fragrance.

    >> ecofriendly. available on hsn.com. from lisa hoffman, whose name you may recognize, she's dustin hoffman 's wife. they are beads of perfume in bracelets. you have bracelets, earrings, necklaces. you can see the chamber. can you pop in whichever fragrance. there are all -- a whole wardrobe of fragrances, mix and match. if you're wearing something in the morning. switch out your bracelet and later you can smell sultry.

    >> i love it, multi-functional, gorgeous jewelry with a fragrance. highlighting is a big trend with vivid, bright colors. if you don't want to do it permanently, this is a great solution.

    >> try before you buy . you know how much highlighting your hair can cost. for $30 you get 20 applications. put it in your hair, a mousse. do it on dry hair. you get that color. i have a baby, i don't have time to get my hair highlighted. it reinvigorates what you have.

    >> i love the look of this. a hair drier with a hand on it.

    >> a claw. girls with curly hair when they blow dry tends to get frizzy and loses that shine. this is from a salon in new york known for giving girls with curls great style. it has 360 degree heat. you're not just getting a straight shot of hot air on the top of your head, which is already dehydrated.

    >> a massage while you're at it.

    >> super gentle, really gives those curls bounce and a lot of shine.

    >> last but not least, puffy eyes , forget tea bags and cucumbers.

    >> i'm going to donate these to the "today" show.

    >> what is it?

    >> all it is, it gets rid of tired eyes . roll it on -- really cold. doesn't it feel good.

    >> yes.

    >> boosts collagen production. these are $60 from christina's skin care .

    >> it's sweating because it's so cold. this is a great alternative for cucumbers and tea bags. this is a great way to get some inner vigor back into your face.

    >> we like it.

    >> it lasts for a really long time.

    >> good stuff. really fun things.

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updated 8/14/2012 10:01:04 AM ET 2012-08-14T14:01:04

All too often creative beauty products are nothing more than gimmicks (that don't actually work). But not all cosmetics are created equal. Here, the style editors at Lucky magazine rounded up unique items that will stave off beauty product boredom and quickly transform your look.

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Ciate Caviar Manicure

Ciate Caviar Manicure $25 — Sephora.com
Nail art is everything right now — from the runways to the red carpet to, yes, even the Olympics! Here's an easy at-home way to get on the trend. These were huge in the U.K. and recently made their way to America. It's 3-D nail art. You can go all-out and do it on every nail or practice more restraint and do just one nail or a design with the pearlescent beads.

Givenchy Magic Lipgloss Lipcolor Revealer $30 — Sephora.com
Inspired by actress Liv Tyler, this is like a mood ring for your lips. The lipgloss formula works with the pH of your skin and turns into the ideal pink color for your skin tone. It's clear in the tube and then once you apply it, magic!

8 weird-but-cool uses for your beauty products

Lady Gaga Fame Perfume $55 — Macys.com
Brand new from the world of Lady Gaga... the world's first black liquid fragrance. She says it's black because it's like "the soul of fame." This perfume hits stores next week and contains notes of Atropa belladonn (which is also known as Deadly Nightshade because when the foliage or berries are eaten raw, they are poisonous) Tiger Orchid, incense, apricot, saffron and honey. It looks black in the bottle, but sprays clear once it hits the air.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Les Bulles d'Agathe

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Les Bulles d'Agathe $20 — Bergdorfgoodman.com
Francis Kurkdjian is a renowned perfumer (he's created fragrances for some of the biggest fashion houses from Armani to Dior). He adds some whimsy to his prestigious scents by making them in bubble form. These are child-safe and come in notes of cut herbs, pear and fresh mint.

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry $65, Hsn.com
Eco-friendly and made from pure perfume — by Dustin Hoffman's wife no less — these jewelry pieces come with refillable fragrance beads. You can switch your scent mid-day without having to wash it off. Great for people who have sensitive skin.

Worth it? New $50 ponytail bar offers celeb-inspired services

Alterna 1 Night Highlights $29,  Beautybar.com

This is the ultimate test-drive hair color product. It gives you an instant burst of color, highlights and washes out with one shampoo. It's good for 20 applications and it's super easy to apply. Perfect for a girl's night!

Christina Beauty Globes $66,  Amazon.com
We've all heard the tea bags, cucumbers or cold spoon tricks to reduce under eye puffiness, but they can be sloppy or wear off in minutes. These special globes maintain cold for an extended time thanks to the specially treated water inside. You wet them and massage them over your face. It helps relax tired eyes, promote collagen and balance skin tone.

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DevaCurl Dryer and DevaFuser

DevaCurl Dryer and DevaFuser, $149.95, Mydevacurl.com
Finally, girls with curly hair can get their hair looking softer, shinier and less frizzy! Ergonomic design directs air to targeted curls and it uses 360 degree diffused air flow (not just one straight flow of heat). And if you spend a little money on a good hairdryer, it'll last you for years!

For more great style and beauty tips, visit Lucky magazine online.

Photos: One makeup artist’s daily makeover project

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    By Rina Raphael

    Putting on one’s daily makeup is hard enough. Now imagine coming up with a new look every day.

    But that’s just what Annamarie Tendler, 26, did on her popular blog. The creative makeup artist, who noticed a lack of simple and approachable beauty blogs, challenged herself to post a few new makeup tutorials a week in March 2011."

    “I wanted to make something that didn't inundate the viewer with information, but rather offered up a simple concept in a simple way,” Tendler told TODAY.com. “As in, here is a look, this is how you do it, this is what you use.”

    The tutorials range from practical (“how to curl your eyelashes) to wild (a Lichtenstein-inspired look for Halloween), and the work can often be exhausting. “I need to be generating so much material and I'm only one person, who also works on other shoots and projects,” said Tendler. “I find that every couple of months I need to take a two week break."

    Surprisingly, Tendler isn’t even a makeup junkie. Her personal regimen is “extremely simple,” consisting of not much more than Josie Maran Argan Oil moisturizer. But after posting dozens of makeup applications, she does have one beauty she recommends to all women: “Wear mascara.”

    Click through some of Annamarie’s favorite looks: (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Apr. 13, 2011

    "I was inspired to do today’s look when looking at Brassai photos of the 20s," Tendler wrote. "Everyone looks so cool and glamorous."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325
    Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack gel liner

    Eye shadow: NARS in Galapagos, Make Up For Ever in Aqua Cream 15, MAC in Satin Taupe

    Eyebrows: The Body Shop black eye pencil

    Eyelashes: False lashes by Mattesse on top (#1565) and bottom (#49)

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony

    Lips: NARS Shanghai Express

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. July 14, 2011

    "The best way to wear bright lipstick is with almost no other makeup. I used no liner for this look, only a wash of bamboo-colored shadow (a light brown) over my lids (diffused above the crease) and a ton of mascara."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeshadow: MAC in Bamboo

    Eyebrows: MAC in Fling

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony

    Lips: NARS in Schiap

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Aug. 12, 2011

    "Red seems like a weird choice for eyeliner, since most people don’t want to look like sleep-deprived junkies, but it works as a bold liquid liner. Also, by coupling it with bold brows, you will achieve a defined look, instead of it looking like you might have allergies."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye liner in shade 10 (red)

    Eyebrows: The Body Shop eye pencil in black

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony, MAC Highlighter in Pearl

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Aug. 23, 2011

    "This is definitely something I’ll have to experiment with at a dark, nighttime party."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: NARS liquid liner pencil

    Eyeshadow: MAC in Copperplate, NARS pencil in HollywoodLand

    Eyebrows: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in shade 21 (teal)

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: NARS in Penny Lane

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Oct. 18, 2011

    "I will warn anyone who tries this [Roy Lichtenstein-inspired look] out that pulling this one off if a lot like cleaning your bedroom: it looks worse before it looks good."

    Face: Ben Nye Creme Color in White

    Dots: Ben Nye Creme Color in Red

    Tears: Ben Nye Creme Color in Blue, Cosmic Blue, and White

    Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Lips: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Nov. 21, 2011

    "This is a great party look because it’s dark, goes with anything, and you feel festive without being over the top. Yeah, you don’t need to wear green eyeshadow and red lipstick to get the point across that you love Christmas."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

    Eye shadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Strut, Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Silver

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Dior Blackout

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Nov. 28, 2011

    "I probably wouldn’t wear my makeup like this out on the street, but it’s definitely a look that can be modified for everyday wear."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Shade 10 (red)

    Eye shadow: NARS Duo in Scorching Sun, MAC Goldenrod, MAC Goldmine

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Dior Blackout

    Lips: NARS Lipstick in Heatwave

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Dec. 19, 2011

    "This is more of a dark look. I started by lining the eyes with Blacktrack, including both the upper and lower inner rims and winging the liner."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in shade 10L (gold)

    Eye shadow: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 15, MAC Shadow in Satin Taupe, NARS Duo in Cordura, MAC Highlighter in Pearl

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC Blush in Harmony

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
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