Everyone loves a customized gift, but monogramming is so predictable. You know what else people are obsessed with? Astrology. Get women discussing the topic and you'll hear phrases like, "That was so Pisces of me" or "I always date Cancers." This holiday season, instead of boring engraved gifts with initials, the hot ticket items are stylish zodiac accessories and garments thanks to retailers at every price point from Urban Outfitters to Rebecca Minkoff to Dior. Have a special someone who checks their horoscope every morning before even brushing their teeth? They're going to love the latest astro gear. And if you're the one who identifies strongly with your birth date, treat yourself and wear your sign loud and proud from your wrist, feet, or tee. It's in the stars. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty EditorRead More »from Holiday Horoscope: The Hottest Zodiac Gifts
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- Gold is the trend that won't die. For the past decade, many women have coveted all things gilded, from rose gold makeup to metallic accessories, and with the holidays approaching retailers are pushing the glitz. Real gold has been increasingly popping up in beauty products from face masks and lotions to eyeshadow and nail polish. But is gold leaf or even gold dust particles really beneficial to the skin, or just a way to up the price of products? "I don't think there's any scientific data that shows that gold has any effect on firming, rejuvenating, or reducing wrinkles," says Dr. Sejal K. Shah, a New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist. "It should not be considered anti-aging, however, in things like makeup or creams that give you a glow it could be considered a pigmenting agent."
Gold products touting health benefits may be pure gimmick, and those seeking a midas touch may actually want to be careful when using items containing the metal. "Gold has been named allergen of theRead More »from Are 24K Gold Beauty Products Worth the Hype?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Beauty – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 4:43 PM EST
and drugstore shelves are flooded with thousands of products, all claiming to work miracles, but women can't possibly need every one of them, right? We rounded up makeup, hair, and Beauty counters skin-care experts to weigh in on which items are a waste of money for everyday use and the select few you should stock up on for every day use.Read More »from Beauty Products You Don't Need ... and a Few You Definitely Do
First off, the beauty items our experts suggest skipping:
"For the day to day, most women don't need foundation," says Gigi Shaker, New York-based makeup and hair artist. "For a wedding or big occasion you may want more coverage, but typically you can eliminate foundation and just use concealer under the eyes and to spot-treat." Fellow makeup and hair stylist Bridget Trama agrees but says selecting the right concealer becomes crucial without foundation. "You also have to make sure it's the right color," says Trama. "And some people with concealers, they go far too light. They don't have enough peach in it and then get that raccoon eye thing
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 3:57 PM ESTTaylor Swift cites this Elie Saab gown as her favorite dress she's ever wornPop sensation Taylor Swift may get constant press for her tumultuous love life, but here at Yahoo Shine, we're obsessed with the star for another reason: her personal style. From her pitch-perfect off-duty wardrobe to her glam taste in red carpet gowns, Swift dresses as flawlessly as her enviable bangs and gorgeous red lips look.
While she prepares for a crazy whirlwind schedule that includes an international tour, the American Music Awards, the Country Music Awards, and an upcoming album, Swift has also been collaborating with Keds, the iconic sneaker brand, on covetable comfortable shoes. We sat down with the star to get the scoop on her style icons, the best and worst things she's ever worn, and her beauty secrets.
Yahoo Shine: Your red carpet style has really evolved over the years. What's your favorite look of all time?
Taylor Swift: I wore a gown to the Brits [in February] that was a black [Elie Saab] dress, and it had a belt, and I had a smoky makeup look. That was one of myRead More »from Exclusive: Taylor Swift Talks Fashion Regrets, Style Crushes, and Her Must-Have Red Lipstick
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 5:36 PM EDT
The return of 1990s fashion trends has spawned the unexpected resurrection of several dated items, from Timberland boots to skorts. The latest shocking item to reemerge? Slip dresses. In the mid-'90s, the lingerie-inspired frocks were spotted on a range of stars, from Courtney Love, the Queen of grunge, to Kate Moss, the waifish face of "heroin chic." Love made feminine pink nighties completely subversive paired with ripped tights, messy hair, and smeared lipstick. Meanwhile, Moss opted for minimal designs that seem downright dull by today's standards. Yet somehow, the slip dress is suddenly just right again. The best incarnations skim a woman's figure and come in luxe fabrics like satin or velvet. They're also incredibly sexy for layering, so grab your tights and your cozy cardigan and get ready to fall in love with your new fall go-to. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Oct 29, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
One surprising item invaded nearly every young woman's closet this summer: the mini skort from Zara. Skorts, a skirt hybrid of skirts and shorts with a flap across the front, were initially popularized in the 1960s as increasing numbers of women began playing golf. The easy movement and coverage of shorts combined with the feminine lines of a skirt have continued to make skorts an activewear go-to. Pretty, everyday skorts were a wardrobe staple in the 1980s and early '90s, especially amongst kids, and then completely disappeared. Somehow, out of nowhere, Zara single-handedly resurrected the hybrid garment with a cool origami-style wrap. This season the Spanish retailer has a whole new batch of skorts, and many brands at every price point from Forever 21 to Valentino is on board with the trend. Now, if only someone would bring back culottes. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty EditorRead More »from Skorts Are Back: Why the Popular '80s Fashion Hybrid is Suddenly Cool Again
Denim has come a long, long way since Levi Strauss & Co. created jeans for working men way back in 1873. From bell-bottoms and pegged cuffs to acid wash and jeggings, popular denim trends serve as a timeline throughout history. In recent years women have gotten increasingly experimental with their jeans of choice, opting for bright colors, zipper adornments, leathery coated fabric, and patterns like floral, striped, and camo. Since ladies are willing to take more risks, designers have upped the ante this season as jeans take a seriously ugly turn. For every perfect-fitting pair of dark skinny jeans, there is an equally hideous pair adorned with studs, patches, chains, and metallic animal print. Behold, the most terrifying, ugly jeans in stores now. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 5:03 PM EDT
There's no way to avoid the '90s fashion resurgence, and if you didn't own them already, you may have recently purchased a floral dress, plaid shirt, crop top, jean jacket, or combat boots. With Halloween less than two weeks away, why not use these readily accessible items to pay tribute to your favorite '90s icons? From "Clueless" to "Beverly Hills, 90210," to the Spice Girls, there are tons of fun memorable ladies to dress up as solo or in a group. Here's how to transform the trendy styles in your closet into easy, nostalgic outfits. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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Among the expensive, elaborate sweatshirts, clunky flatforms, and overload of leather and fur, one classic garment has emerged as a true fall must-have: the cable-knit sweater. Whether you prefer the tried-and-true ivory fisherman variety or something with a cooler, downtown vibe, for this season, there is a cozy knit for everyone. We've rounded up the top five cable-knit sweaters on the market today. Wear them now, layer them later. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor. Graphics by Jennifer Fox.
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During a late night Twitter chat with Charlotte Rudge, Shine's beauty and style writer, we both got really worked up talking about the fragrances we wore throughout our lives. Perfume says so much about your taste, what you're going through, and what message you want to send to the world. Obviously that evolves a lot over time, in a hilarious way. Here's how our fragrance histories went down. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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