Made of emerald-green silk chiffon (a regal goodbye wave to Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald Aisle, before Radiant Orchid takes the throne for 2014) the off-the-shoulder Marchesa dress draped across the body and rippled along the floor with a life of its own. Simply but splendidly accessorized with a head of bouncy curls, and delicate diamond jewelry, the look instantly became an Internet phenomenon with praise from media, celebs,Read More »from Stunning Look for Michelle Obama
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- Kate Middleton — known for wearing affordable, accessible brands on the red carpet — turned up the wattage last week with a diamond tiara that also happened to be a royal heirloom (the first time she's worn one since she got married.) Then, on Sunday night, Michelle Obama eschewed her shorts-wearing, J. Crew-loving, sensible first-lady image and swept into the Hollywood-heavy 36th annual Kennedy Center Awards in a spotlight-stealing Grecian gown.'Tis the season to go glam. First
Yahoo Shine sat down with Mark Townsend, the man responsible for some of the most famous, fabulous heads of hair on earth: Jennifer Lawrence, Lea Michele, the Olsen twins, Reese Witherspoon, and Penélope Cruz, to name a few. Here are his best tips, tricks, and rules for getting amazing hair both every day and throughout the party season. Read More »from Most Amazing Lessons From Hollywood’s Hair Guru
Yahoo Shine: Why do celebrities have such better hair than ordinary people?
Mark Townsend: Celebrities are real people, and we often forget that. Ninety-five percent of the styles you see on runways and red carpets have been enhanced with hair extensions. But it’s an easy thing for anyone to do, really. They are such fun and add length and volume without commitment.
The best last-minute party do’s?
The top knot. It's easy. Anyone can do it. Pull your hair into a ponytail right on top of the crown of the head and secure it with a strong elastic (I use Blax elastics). Then, braid or twist the ponytail, wrap it around the base, and secure it with bobby
- Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff | Fashion – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 3:34 PM EST
Princess Diana more than 16 years after her death, a museum just dropped $167,000 to acquire a dress worn by the late royal.Sold! Proving that the world still can't get enough of
The frothy gold-and-white gown, which has been dubbed the Princess Diana "fairy tale" dress, was (conservatively) estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $130,000 at auctioneer Kerry Taylor's biannual Passion for Fashion auction in London on Tuesday. But considering that a midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein dress that Diana wore when she famously danced with John Travolta at a 1985 state dinner sold in March for $362,400 to a British man who bought it to “cheer up his wife,” the fairy tale dress's sale price isn’t that shocking.
The museum that purchased the gown hasn't yet been identified, but it is reportedly not in Great Britain.
Made of white tulle and satin and embellished with a dazzle of gold sequins, rhinestones, and pearlRead More »from Princess Diana's 'Fairy Tale' Gown Sells for $167K
- Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff | Beauty – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 4:59 PM ESTSurvivor: Beauty Product spinoff series, then we’d own the show. There are so many ways to turn kitchen and household basics into spa-worthy luxuries, it’s ridiculous. You'll be surprised by all the unusual uses for ordinary but amazing items in your cabinets and around your house — even in your backyard. We asked some of our favorite beauty gurus for their words of wisdom.If there were a
Also on Shine: Beauty Tricks Real Women Swear ByHair
Soda. Rinsing your hair, or spraying it with soda sounds weird, but the sugar in it coats the hair and gives it a great easy-to-style texture that you can create amazing updos with; or just kind of rub a little at the roots for a loose beachy look.
— Anh Co Tran, stylist and co-owner of L.A.'s Ramirez Tran Salon
Dirt. The same way that baby powder or corn starch can be used as a dry shampoo for blondes, I actually have used that very dry, powdery top layer of soil and sand while on a shoot in the desert. I grabbed a pinch of it, rubbed it into the Read More »from The Household Items You'd Never Know Are Beauty Miracles
Shiny, silky, brilliant hair is coveted by everyone. It sounds a simple-easy kind of thing to achieve, but actually isn’t. Aside from all the serums and treatments making wild claims and promises, did you know there are time-tested, science and stylist approved tricks that you can do in your everyday routine to transform your dull hair into magnificently glossy hair? Intriguing, no? Read on to find out what they are.Read More »from 6 Brilliant Short Cuts to Super Shiny Hair!
1. Upgrade your Shower head
Legend has it that Demi Moore used to wash her hair only with Evian. Probably because the quality the water you’re bathing in can seriously affect your shine factor. Hard water is often full of mineral deposits and creates buildup. Water quality varies from city to city, but if you do have hard-water, try using a mineral-filtering shower head. It works just like a Brita filter and separates the heavy, dull-inducing chemicals, while also letting the good stuff pass through.
2. Use a Clarifier
Just like windows need a good washing from time to
There is nothing worse than saving up for glam beauty products that don’t work. All those soft-lensed promises the bottle made to your future self — so tempting, so seductive. Then you try it and it’s like you fell for the corny cries of a second rate used car salesman. Totally duped. Overall, I am a beauty enthusiast, and I love sharing the great — and, yes, sometimes life-changing — items I work hard to find with readers. But there are a ton of turkeys that need to be discussed too. Items I’ve angrily tossed after one use was a total fail, or because I’m so annoyed that I bought into the hype. And thus, I’ve created the Turkey Awards. Here are the winners (aka biggest losers) of 2013:Read More »from The 2013 Turkey Awards: Beauty Products that Suck
John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Deep Conditioner, $10
Grrr, this one makes me mad. Because you know what? It’s pretty hard to find a deep conditioner that doesn’t work. Sometimes conditioners can weigh hair down or be too greasy, but typically they also hydrate your hair and make it glossy.
- Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff | Beauty – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 1:11 PM EST
swimwear, you can bet your bottom dollar that if there’s a million-dollar price tag attached to an item, it’s super ugly. Case in point: this questionable-looking white monokini, which retails for exactly $1 million.When it comes to fashion, specifically
Why so pricey? Well, you might not be able to see clearly, but the swimsuit is actually trimmed with 133 carats' worth of 220 brilliant-cut diamonds, plus 100 Australian South Sea pearls. The designer, Australian jeweler Ann Middleton, says, about her design in a press release, that she used "as many Australian gems as possible.” (That’s rather vague for that amount of bling. If she didn’t get them all locally did she have to go to Jared's?) Adding to the whole excess theme, Middleton said that “hundreds of hours went into creating the swimsuit.” Hundreds. I’m assuming that includes general brainstorming time, because, let's be real — the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress took hundreds of hours to make. But this little guy? No way.Read More »from Why Would Anyone Pay a Million Dollars for This Bathing Suit?
Hair is complicated. YouTube isn't. I could babble 'til my face turned blue on how to create a fishtail braid, but why bother when Lauren Conrad, Queen Silky Locks, herself, can demonstrate it in three minutes flat? Here are five of the best videos explaining the most-wanted hair styles out there. Ranging from surprisingly easy (the Fishtail Braid) to a little complicated, but totally achievable (the Bardot Muss), these tutorials all clock under 4 minutes each and will give you lifelong knowledge on how to finally be that girl with the best hair.Read More »from 5 Best How-to Hairstyles on YouTube
1. The Fishtail Braid by Lauren Conrad. Reality star Lauren Conrad is famous for many things, but in recent years the formerly lovelorn Hills star has built an entire empire off of her totally fabulous head of hair. Here, she enlightens us on the elusive fishtail braid. I can't imagine anyone I'd rather have teach me.
Presentation: Very art-directed, this video shows L.C. creating the fishtail braid, while her disembodied voice explains
- Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff | Beauty – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 5:10 PM EST
Hi there, it's me Charlotte, back to talk shop about beauty. This week the topic is: PARTY MAKEUP... The funnest makeup of all.
It's getting colder, Christmas lights are going up, and it’s time to prepare for a whirlwind schedule of holiday events. I’m embarrassingly low maintenance during the day, but at night, it’s a whole different ball game.
It's not like I go RuPaul — it's still a natural look overall — but I definitely amp it up: black eyeliner, warm glinty shimmer for my skin, super-glossy lips and tousled bad-girl hair. It doesn’t take a lot of products to make this look happen, just the right products. I’ve streamlined and perfected my evening makeup routine to be transportable to fit in any little evening bag. Every item is small and easy to use throughout the night for touch ups.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter, $10
For nights out on the town, a touch of shimmer just looks so good. The caramel color of this palette adds a subtle glimmer to theRead More »from Good Stuff: The Party Makeup You Must Have This Holiday Season
Facebook for their best beauty advice. And the response was fantastic.I hear advice from beauty experts all the time. Sometimes it’s great and interesting, sometimes it’s just plain impractical and unrealistic. But I always want to hear more from real women and the scoop on what works wonders for those of us who aren't pros. So I asked Yahoo Shine staffers, friends, and best of all, Shine readers on Read More »from Beauty Tricks Real Women Swear By
Two specific recommendations were repeated by many of the women who shared advice, so let's get those two out of the way first:
1. The number-one tip I heard from women involved the wonders of coconut oil. Coconut oil can, apparently, do just about anything. It can serve as hair conditioner, face cream, a face mask, and body cream. It helps eyelashes grow, soothes winter-chafed faces … well, you see where this is going. The best part is, no mixing required. Just scoop it out of the tub and apply wherever you need moisture. It is heavy, however, so most recommended it as a