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From hairstyle overhauls and makeup shakeups to extreme weight loss, the most dramatic morphs of the year.
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Because who doesn't appreciate adorable animal corkscrews?Anna Sui nail polish
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No girl's stocking is complete without a polish that comes in a collectible bottle.MORE: The best nail polish colors for winter
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This handy earphone splitter makes it easier than ever to share tunes with friends and family.Context blank map notebooks
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Tuck one of these handy blank notebooks into the traveler's stocking.
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Joe Fresh slip knot earrings
An edgy alternative to the standard sparkly accessorizing of every New Year's Eve party.MORE: How to master black eye makeup for holiday parties
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At ELLE's 18 th annual Women in Hollywood event, Heigl offset a classic neckline and retro peachy keen pout with a modern textured updo.
Heigl's soft, slightly tousled waves were spontaneous and sexy; natural-looking makeup added to the carefree vibe.
To showcase her darkened locks-and glowing complexion-Heigl chose old-Hollywood curls, a touch of blush, and sparkling statement earrings.
At the premiere of The Ugly Truth in Los Angeles, Heigl's shimmering makeup and radiant skin matched her bedazzled décolleté, while newly auburn hair enhanced her golden brown eyes.
At the 80 th Annual Academy Awards, Heigl channeled Marilyn Monroe-and her resemblance to the silver-screen icon was uncanny!
September 2007Read More »from Katherine Heigl's Best Beauty Looks
At the 59 th Primetime Emmy Awards, Heigl went with another scene-stealing, old-Hollywood look. Resplendent in an off-the-shoulder
- Elle | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 7, 2011 11:51 AM EST
Struggling with the age-old balancing act of work, family, and downtime? Exhausted by the drive to have it all? According to the latest science on willpower, the best thing you can do for your productivity, waistline, and equanimity is give yourself a break.
We tend to think of self-control as a spiritual virtue, like love or charity. However, research shows it's more like a muscle, subject to fatigue, lifestyle, and energy supply. You can wear out self-control not only through traditional tests of will-resisting pastries, not cheating on your spouse-but through less obvious means: making too many decisions, having lots of competing goals, castigating yourself if you fall off whatever wagon you're trying to stay on, failing to sleep or eat well.
Like most women who are out there trying to have it all, my self-discipline is fried, and I'm longing to revert to a state where none is required. So what's a weak-willed girl to do to bulk up?
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- Elle | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 4:44 PM EST
From toothpaste to tretinoin, we've tried it all. Here, the country's top dermatologists weigh in on what really works to get a flawless complexion.
I confess: I have canceled plans because of acne-occasionally even because of one lone pimple (usually a vexing shade of eye-catching scarlet and raised enough to cast its own shadow, but still). And I am not alone in my overreaction. Something about acne manages to drive the sanest among us to extreme measures. Even with a universe of products available nowadays to address it, we still turn to a cocktail of homegrown remedies and self-surgery to try to eradicate it-such as the fashion editor friend of mine who uses Monistat cream (yes, the yeast-infection treatment) as a weekly face mask, or the street-style darling I know who admits she spot-treats with Pepto-Bismol. But why raid other drugstore aisles when there's a whole row specifically dedicated to acne?
Because we're desperate. "The conventional acne treatment forRead More »from Best Blemish Busters: What Really Works for Clear Skin
Our favorite frocks for every party on your calendar this holiday season, from office party to black tie affair!
1. The Classic LBD
As the ultimate reliable dress option year after year, the little black dress will get you through any fete from an office party to a family gathering.
Wear it with: a contrasting color jacket, vibrant costume jewelry and a party-ready pair of pumps
2. Night Out on the Town
For snagging admiring looks at the hottest parties during the holiday season, slip into something shiny or embellished to highlight your best assets.
Wear it with: equally eye-catching accessories, and a fun faux-fur topper
MORE: 14 Holiday Hairstyle Ideas
3. Formal Affair
If a fancy soiree is in your near future, snag a party dress you can wear throughout the seasons-the key is a timeless silhouette in a flattering fabric.
Wear it with: festive accessories like a lace veil and metallic heels, and a polished cape
4. Casual Party
For a friendly house party or a relaxed
Toast the season, and ring in 2012 with style! Top experts reveal their favorite hairdos for a festive night out.
1. Voluminous Updo
"I wanted to showcase her shoulders, neck, and beautiful earrings," says Fekkai hairstylist Renato Campora about the '60s-inspired pony he crafted for Reese Witherspoon.
Coiffeur Giannandrea, known for teasing Drew Barrymore's strands into voluminous updos, likes the look. "Adding height to the crown can be tricky, but when done in the right proportions, it's very glamorous," he says. "A ponytail with volume on top is always stylish."
2. Dual-Texture Bun
When prepping for a red-carpet event, Jessica Biel turns to Fekkai hair guru Adir Abergel. He recommends Biel's dual-texture bun-sleek in the front and messy in the back-when wearing a sparkling dress. "When hair is touchable, approachable, and a little disheveled, there's something supersexy about it," he says.
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Pumpkin Diamond ($3 million)
Discovered in 1997 and purchased for $1.3 million by Ronald Winston for the House of Harry Winston, the Pumpkin Diamond measures 5.54 carats and is rated a Fancy Vivid Orange by the Gemological Institute of America. (Winston chose the name because he bought the stone the day before Halloween.) Now worth an estimated $3 million, the Pumpkin Diamond was worn by Halle Berry to the 2002 Oscars when she won best actress for Monster's Ball.
Flawless Blue Diamond ($9.5 million)
In 2009, Sotheby's Geneva sold a flawless blue diamond for $9.5 million, setting a record for that color at auction and the largest amount ever paid per carat for any gemstone at auction. Weighing 7.03 carats, the rectangular diamond went to an anonymous buyer on the telephone who battled with another bidder for 15 minutes.
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When it comes to perfume, I've always erred on the side of discretion. I've spritzed rather than splashed. I've made a point to wear only fragrances I perceive as quiet-perhaps fearing that if anyone around me should catch too potent a whiff, they might form an unfavorable opinion about me. I haven't truly loved-in a desperate, nostril-flaring, want to suck it all in way-very many perfumes. There was a scent given to me by a boyfriend in college, its (and his) name long forgotten, that smelled exactly like mimosa flowers: Every time I applied it, I could see those fuchsia pom-poms-their resemblance to Dr. Seuss illustrations always a source of delight-blooming in the yard of my midwestern childhood home. In my twenties, I had a fling with lily-of-the-valley Dior Diorissimo, so evocative of that moment when the first hyacinth bouquets appear in New York delis in the dead of winter, like a promise of spring. But my current favorite is a scent by botanical Strange Invisible PerfumesRead More »from Why Your Fragrance Trails Behind You