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February 11, 2009

Padma's Beauty Dish

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi has brought sexy back to the kitchen. Now, as the new face of Pantene, she shares her recipe for flawless beauty — including homemade fragrances and hair potions.

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Padma Lakshmi's Beauty Bag

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Westbroom/Studio D

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"I was born in India, where there's a long tradition of lining the eyes with kohl and kajal. As a baby, I was wearing eye makeup!"

1. The Hamptons Honey Company Pure Honey, $11: "I'm big on natural treatments — I slather this on. Honey is great for pulling impurities from pores."

2. Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Conditioner with cassia seed extract, $3.99: "I tried this after an excruciating TV season, and it really soothed my frayed hair."

3. Henri Bendel makeup bag, $45

4. Desert Essence JoJoba Oil, $7.65:
"To fight flakes, I microwave a cup of this and massage it into my scalp. My grandmother used to do it on the stove."

5. Christine Chin Ultra Moist Crème Masque, $34

6. Neal's Yard Remedies Neroli Essential Oil, $70:
"I love to mix scents on my wrist based on my mood."

7. Everlast jump rope, $14.99: "I can gain 15 pounds in six weeks of taping Top Chef. I train like a boxer afterward — jumping rope really whips you into shape."

8. Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited in BG 952S, $22: "I eat a lot and don't like to see lipstick marks on things — this sheer gloss is perfect."

9. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4.79

10. YSL Long Lasting Eye Pencil #3 Ocean Blue, $27

11. Rilastil Intensive Face Day Cream, $74:
"People forget that eyelashes get dry, too. I moisturize mine with a bit of face cream."

12. Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray, $28: "During downtime, I keep it simple — just shampoo, conditioner, and a bit of this spray."

13. MAC Iridescent Powder in Golden Bronze, $21

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