I've got some bad news for you. Your chances of getting a zit this winter? Pretty high ... especially when you're surrounded by these winter zit-causers. Only freaks of nature with perma-clear skin (looking at you Taylor Swift) can hope to escape unscathed.
What are these awful reasons we're all breaking out? Well, holiday stress, family time overload, and too many hors d'oeuvres are just a few of the obvious ones. But I was shocked to hear some of the other reasons -- particularly the ones on this list. Who knew Starbucks could rouse a massive eruption on your nose?
Related: 10 Secrets to Zit-Free Skin
Click here to see exactly what'll cause your zits this winter, and get help finding a way to stop it from happening. Maybe we're not so doomed after all ...
Reason No. 1: The experimental hairstyle
It's called "acne mechanica," or "pomade acne," and it's when you get pimples from excess hair care products that touch the skin and block the pores, says Joshua Zeichner, Director of
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I've got some bad news for you. Your chances of getting a zit this winter? Pretty high ... especially when you're surrounded by these winter zit-causers. Only freaks of nature with perma-clear skin (looking at you Taylor Swift) can hope to escape unscathed.Read More »from 6 Reasons You'll Get a Zit This Winter
- BeautyRiot Diva | Beauty on Shine – Fri, Dec 9, 2011 12:33 PM EST
I have a confession: I hate Suave Dry Shampoo (find out more here). I know it's less than $4, but it sucked the big one the first time I used it. Granted, I shouldn't have waited until the night of a blind date to try out a new product, but some things can't be helped … like a massive pileup on the freeway. With just 5 minutes to spare, I sprinkled the product on my head only to find my hair greasier than before. Emergency shampooing in the sink is not fun. Neither is greeting your date with majorly damp hair.
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Now, I know I'm not the only one who gives certain beauty products the death stare in the drugstore. Traumatic Nair story, anyone? We've all had beauty disasters, makeup meltdowns, and hair conundrums. So let's get this gripefest started. (Or it you're not into hating right now, you could always check out this list of beauty products you should own.)
Please share: What's the one beauty product you would NEVER use again --Read More »from POLL: What's the One Beauty Product You Would NEVER Use Again?
- BeautyRiot Diva | Beauty on Shine – Thu, Dec 8, 2011 1:19 AM EST
For this year's annual Christmas card photo, I decided to try Angelina Jolie's trendy cat eye look. Epic. Fail. And there's no time to do it over again, so my friends and family will be getting a lovely shot of me looking like a reject from the "Dark Knight Rises" Cat Woman auditions. The only saving grace? At least I opted not to wear this hideous sweater as well.Read More »from How to Look Hotter Than Everyone Else at Your Holiday Party
So why did the cat eye makeup look so awful? Turns out, your face shape can make or break certain looks. And on my diamond-shaped face, it made my cheeks more chipmunk than feline. To ensure this doesn't happen to you, I talked to a few professional makeup artists to get the best holiday makeup looks for your face shape (see them all here).
A huge plus: These looks will guarantee you to be the hottest one at all of your holiday parties this year. Here are a few highlights:
OVAL: While oval face shapes can pull off pretty much anything, makeup artist Taylor Babaian says a monochromatic look is the best option when it comes
On one of my latest romps through the World Wide Web, I came across some of the craziest high heels EVER. Called "Blow" and created by Israeli footwear designer Kobi Levi, these heels are meant to look like a very provocative inflatable doll. And no, they are not working girl heels. Levi claims "Blow" is meant to highlight how synonymous doing the deed is with high heels. My initial reaction? Gross, not to mention this dude is probably a misogynist jerk hiding behind his "art." (He calls his footwear wearable sculptures.)
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But after a little more research, I found that he actually makes a bunch of really playful high heels, like ones that look like elephants or slingshots. (The jury is still out on the jerk theory.) As for the cost, I couldn't find any prices listed, though I'm guessing they're pretty pricey being wearable sculptures and all. Which makes me wonder who actually wears these shoes? Personally, I try to shoe shop with my body typeRead More »from WTF Fashion: Blow and Olive Oyl High Heels
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
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.
For your mom or grandma: L'Occitane Desert Rose Hugs & Kisses Collection, $19
Who doesn't love soft hands and lips? Known for amazing shea butter concoctions and heavenly scents, L'Occitane en
- 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."