Planning on slipping into something sexy this Valentine's Day? We've got tips from lingerie-expert Jene Luciani on what to buy and how to look good in it.
1. Color Counts
"You can never go wrong with black. Men think it's very sexy, and it's slimming for a lot of women," says Luciani. "Avoid white. It's really reserved for the wedding night, but it's generally not super sexy and can be an unflattering color on a lot of skin tones."
2. Red Hot
"As a rule, guys tend to like the sexy, red, lacy, Fredrick's of Hollywood lingerie. It's often different from what women tend to go for, which is usually something really girly and feminine like the blush pinky babydoll set," explains Luciani.
3. Think Sexy
When you're caught between racy styles and romantic frills, think about what that guy you dated in high school would've drooled over. Un-shockingly, males prefer the traditionally sexy stuff over anything too trendy or fashion-forward. "Men just go for sexy."
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Physicians Formula Happer Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
Feel even more blissfully in love with this color pick. Arctic rose-derived ingredients mimic the effects of endorphins, while omega-3 acts as a natural anti-depressant.
The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream
Hand-holding is unavoidable when yours feel this good! Rosehip oil provides tons of moisture while evening out skin tone for the prettiest mitts around.
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Victoria's Secret Simply Gorgeous Fragrance Mist
Apple and amber make this spritzer date-worthy. The faceted bottle makes it perfect for a boudoir display, too.
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Whether or not you watch The Jersey Shore, it's been hard to ignore the increasing fabulousness (and fame) of the feisty cast. With Spring Break around the corner, and a whole slew of emerging trends that are inspired by the beach bunnies (Snooki brought back the bouffant!), we reached out to our Shore-crush, Ms. Jenni Farley (aka JWoww), to get the scoop on how she scores her signature look. Even if you're a boho beauty, these easy tips are an undeniably fun way to decode boardwalk style.
•Stock up on hair extensions. "These are a guidette-must. Whether they're for fullness or length, we always use these for the show. I make sure that I have a dark hair color for the fall and winter and switch to a light color for the spring and summer."
•Tone up. "You gotta keep your physical appearance on point at the Shore. Taking AbCuts can help you lose unwanted fat and inches."
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- RealBeauty.com | Beauty on Shine – Fri, Feb 10, 2012 10:25 AM EST
We had a few minutes to chat up Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes on her upcoming holiday plans. Even though she's more gorgeous in person (if that's even possible) it was refreshing to realize even supes aren't positive about the best gift to give their guy.
Real Beauty: What are you planning on giving a guy this Valentine's Day?
Doutzen Kroes: You really got me on that! I haven't gotten anything yet! What's a good one…maybe to do something that's nice for the two of you. Just go get a ticket for a play or something. Usually women are better with stuff like this than guys, but I'm bad at it, too!
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RB: So are you usually shopping last minute?
DK: Yes! All of a sudden it's like, 'Oh my God, it's Valentine's Day!' Usually Victoria's Secret warns me.
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"Total hair crush! When I think of bombshell hair, there is no other than the voluminous, lengthy-locked Blake Lively. I mean, her hair even looks good messy! It's just not fair."- Deanne
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1. I always travel with band-aids (for blisters), Bobbi Brown concealer, and someone to keep me on schedule.
2. I try to eat decent meals (Sour Patch kids are not a food group), and I wish there were about 30 hours in a day.
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3. Music puts me in the right frame of mind for whatever I'm doing. When I'm working late nights and need inspiration, I listen to Gary Clark Junior, Jay-Z and musical compositions from John Williams.
4. Since I am usually on a sugar and caffeine rush for the two weeks leading up to Fashion Week, I know I need to drink lots and lots of water. I always have to remind myself to stay hydrated. My new trick is to keep a glass decanter filled with fresh, cold water and lemons.
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The seven options include Glenn (Close), Viola (Davis), Rachel (Weisz), Marisa (Tomei), Elizabeth (Olsen), and, of course, Meryl (no last name needed). The last bottle of the set is a glittery gold inspired by the one dude among the round-up: Oscar himself. Bottles are $14 a pop and available here.
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