The three words I don't want to hear when I ask what you want for Christmas? "I don't know." Because those three words mean countless hours at the mall, looking blindly for the perfect gift that could be non-existent for all I know.
The last time this happened, I ended up just getting everyone these perfumes that fit their horoscopes. Cute, but it's not like I can do that every Christmas (although there is this list of eyeshadows for each star sign ...). This year, I'm not even going to ask what everyone wants.
Instead, I'm going to use this list of budget-friendly gifts for everyone on my list. It's quick, easy, and will save me a few bucks as well. However, if you've got a little more cash to spend, but still need some fool-proof gift ideas, check out this interactive gift selector.
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The three words I don't want to hear when I ask what you want for Christmas? "I don't know." Because those three words mean countless hours at the mall, looking blindly for the perfect gift that could be non-existent for all I know.Read More »from Under $20 Gifts for Everyone on Your List
- BeautyRiot Diva | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Dec 5, 2011 12:47 PM EST
Yesterday my co-worker Jane walked in wearing the most divine shade of red lipstick. It was the color of a fire engine -- bold and definitely eye catching. Needless to say, I wanted to borrow it asap. Bad idea.
That gorgeous red on Jane made me look like a ghost, and I swiped off the disastrous lipstick immediately. It did make me think though: how can one lipstick shade look so different from woman to woman? And is there really a "universally flattering" lip color? I think this calls for an experiment.
So I gathered up my girls and tried the same lipstick on four of them. And not just red, but also pink, plum, and coral. Will there be a shade that fits all four? Click here to find out, or scroll down to see the first shade.
Lipstick: Too Faced in "Drop Dead Red"
Mandy says: "This is good if I was going for a bold shade. I like how it's notRead More »from Can One Lipstick Really Look Good on Every Woman? We Investigate
A recent conversation with my boyfriend while shoe shopping:
Me: Do you like these buckles?
BF: (affirmative?) grunt
Me: Do these fit OK?
Me: What do you think about the heel?
BF: blank stare
All I wanted was his opinion on a pair of riding boots, ones like these. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. Lesson learned: Never take BF shoe shopping, or so I thought …
That is, until my fellow editor Jane told me about this study where guys offered their opinions on shoes, and the women who wear 'em. It turns out they actually do notice our shoes. Surprise, surprise. It was so fascinating that we decided to try our own little study (see it here).
Let's just say, we got to the bottom of the guy/shoe equation. (One great male comment about booties? "Hoof feet." For real.) Click here to see the full report, or just scroll down to get started.
However, while this might have changed my mind about guys and shoes, I still think shoe shopping is betterRead More »from What Guys Don't Tell You About Your Shoes
I change fashion obsessions like I change my underwear. Some of my past loves include the denim on denim look and these trendy DIY accessories.Read More »from How to Mix and Match Prints: Get the Rules Here
But this trend has them all beat: mixing and matching prints. Tricky? Yes. Disastrous when misfired? Indeed. But the good news is, once you learn the rules, you can mash up just about any print or pattern and look really fashion forward (here's proof).
Click here to see our instructional guide. Then, scroll down for quick tips from fashion experts on how to pull off this look without clashing. And if you've got any tips to add, leave them in the comments section below.
Tip No. 1: Pair a neutral print with a busier one
If you're new at mixing prints, don't worry. There's actually a super easy way to get started: simply pair a simple, neutral print with a busier one. For example, wear a metallic stripe top with a muted floral skirt, or if you're going the opposite route, "pair a colorful floral with stripes, but keep the stripes
- BeautyRiot Diva | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Nov 28, 2011 12:04 PM EST
There's a new rule in Hollywood: If you want to be famous, you have to get a tattoo -- or 20. (See what we mean here.) And if you really want to fit in, make sure it's misspelled (ahem, Hayden Panettiere) or means something completely different than what you asked for (looking at you, Britney).
In fact, we've become so obsessed with celebrity tattoos, we started a little office game: match the celeb to the tattoo. It quickly went from casual time-killer to full-on obsession.
Up for the challenge? Warm up with a few tattoos below, and then click here to play the entire game. Think any of you can beat my high score? (It's 15.)
Round 1: Which celeb has this tattoo on her arm? Click here to make your guess.
Round 2: Whose tattoo is this? Click here to make your guess.
Round 3: Which celeb has both of these tattoos? Click here to make your guess.
And we've got some quick advice below for those of you ready for your own tattoo. Plus, some free advice: please, please, don't
Marilyn Monroe is back on the big screen … kind of. "My Week with Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams as the troubled blonde bombshell, opens today (Nov. 23), which of course got us thinking about Marilyn's look. With her platinum blonde hair, bright red lips, and curvy shape, it's no surprise that she's considered a style icon, not to mention unquestionably sexy.
While we think of Marilyn every time we apply red lipstick, she's not the only woman we look to for style inspiration. There are so many women who've made their permanent mark on the fashion world, and we think of them every time we slip on a pair of giant sunglasses, try a sexy cat eye, or wear sequins in the daytime. Check out our ultimate style icons below:
"Her style is so clean, crisp, and classic. And I loved Jackie's white gloves and pillbox hats. She could match everything perfectly."
- BeautyRiot Diva | Fashion – Tue, Nov 22, 2011 12:37 PM EST
A: Spend a day stalking fashionable women, like these, to find out what they're buying.
Yeah … admittedly that's not something you may actually want to do, but it's cool because we did it for you. We hit up the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. and chased down women with the sole purpose of peeking inside their shopping bags. Seriously, if you want to find good fashion ideas, skip the magazines and click here … or scroll down for some inspiration.
And when you're done checking out these looks, find out how real women tackle the colored denim trend here.
Who: Avery, 19, student
Her Fashion Buy: Geometric print mini dress
Store: Brandy Melville
Fashion Philosophy: "I like a lot of different colors and prints. I'm not all about matching everything. I'm really into mixing prints -- it almost works better sometimes."
Who: Merissa, 19, student
HerRead More »from Shopping Secrets: 16 Women Let Us Peek in Their Shopping Bags
While the movie doesn't open for a few more days (Nov. 23, to be exact), celebs and designers have already jumped on the Muppets bandwagon. Now, it takes a lot to shock us (we barely batted an eye at these extreme Lady Gaga get-ups), but we think people are starting to get a little too nuts. Here are some of the craziest muppet fashions we've found, care of designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac:
We guess this is the muppet equivalent of a fur coat.
Another gimmicky winner: her Smurf look.
There's something kind of chic about the hat.
Just imagine the hat hair. (You'll definitely need our 12 Ways to Beat Hat Hair guide.)
Love the sparkle. This one's actuallyRead More »from Animal Headpiece? Fashion Inspired by the Muppets
- BeautyRiot Diva | Fashion – Fri, Nov 18, 2011 12:51 PM EST
Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite day for eating. But when it comes to getting out of my skinny jeans after that meal? I dread it so much it's almost not worth shoveling that second helping of mashed potatoes into my mouth (key word: almost). So this year, I came up with a fool-proof, sublimely comfy outfit that'll let me (and you) have that extra slice of pumpkin pie, worry-free.Read More »from Your Optimal Turkey-Eating Outfit -- No Skinny Jeans Allowed
Flowy Blouse: Have a little something extra to hide? (And I'm not talking about a baby bump.) You could raid your sister's closet for old maternity clothes, or you could try the boho-peasant look. It's perfect for hiding any, er, extra stuffing you might want to conceal. To keep your food baby under wraps, wear a flowy, solid colored, or embroidered peasant blouse. That should be enough to stop Aunt Shelly from wondering when your due date is. Chilly? Throw on one of these jackets for your body type to stay warm.
Stretchy Pants: It's times like these you'll thank the genius who invented that stretchy band
- BeautyRiot Diva | Beauty on Shine – Thu, Nov 17, 2011 12:42 PM EST
What frustrates me? L.A. traffic, ruining a freshly manicured nail, and trying to find hairstyles that work for my hair. I'm sure that there are more than a few girls that can agree with me on that last one. But the main reason I have trouble finding hair how-tos is because 99.9 percent of all hair tutorials are for white girls. (OK, maybe a slight exaggeration) And those just aren't going to work with my hair.
So I decided to do something about this lack of hair help. I talked with a few hairstylists and got their style recommendations on looks I could do on my own. Not only did I learn a lot, but when I wore these looks to work, I got major compliments.
Check out some of the looks below, and to get the full how-tos click here. Then share: would you try any of these looks yourself?
Day 1: The prettiest lazy day hairstyle ever
I'm a big fan of the snooze button, especiallyRead More »from Hair Dare: 1 Woman, 7 Great Styles for African American Hair