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Off the Rack: July Highlights at Kmart

A few days ago I popped into a Kmart store in New York City to check out what was new (and to cool off from the exhausting heat). I found some of the most agreeable fashions near the entrance from Route 66. This brand is targeted towards teens, but there were a lot of cute tees, tanks, shorts, jeans and pants priced under $20 that anyone could work into their wardrobe. I liked a striped neutral tank with neon lace detailing and a dark-denim jean jacket, a great wardrobe staple. Moving on, I saw some cute blouses, skirts and dresses from the Attention and Apostophe lines. I really wanted to buy some printed shorts and a colorful romper (you see them so often in the city, it's kinda contagious) but I had an event to attend and I didn't want to show up with an armful of shopping bags. Next time! Click through for more photos. Anything catch your eye?

Budget Beauty: How to Create a Soft Smokey Eye for Day

Last week I met up with my friend Tiffany Hall, a makeup artist who works for top brands like Stila Cosmetics and L'Oreal, at the Ulta Beauty store in North Haven, Connecticut. I loved the look that Tiffany created for me when I shot the Jeep Compass video for Glam (which is how we met), so I asked her to share some of her expert secrets with all of us, beginning with a soft smokey eye look that's perfect for work or casual weekends. Watch the short how-to video above for the step-by-step tutorial. It's so simple, even I can do it!

Here are the exact products Tiffany used: