Ray Siegel, LCourtesy of Narsucky magazine
It's the time of year that makes you question the meaning of your life. Do I like my job? Do I like my boyfriend? Does my hair look OK? That sort of MAJOR stuff. I'm not going to advise you to quit your job or leave your boyfriend (if he's not nice to you then you totally should), but I've got some pretty mind-blowing beauty tips for y'all to try. It's 2012. Time to change it up.
Bangs. I haven't had them since the Bang Incident of '06, but I'm ready to give it another try. Freja's are the best bangs in the game. If you're ready to try it out-bring her picture to your stylist.
2. Go Red
Taylor Tomasi Hill is killing it with that bright red hair. I've been mustering up the courage to do this for months now and I think it's finally time to retire the summer surfer-girl highlights. I'll keep you posted.
3. Purple Eyeliner
Why? Mostly because it's not black. You can use this as a shadow too-if the whole purple eyeliner thing freaks you out. But
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Ricky Pannell, owner of Manhattan's hip Snip N Sip salon, styles some of the most beautiful, piecey, flowing, and perfectly Giselle-like wavy hair in the business. Here, how he gets the look:
Start with superclean hair. If you have very curly or wavy hair and you want to fight frizz, be sure to rinse it for a full two minutes to get all the conditioner out. That's essential. Any kind of build up makes your hair harder to manage.
Gently blot your hair with a towel, comb it out with a wide-tooth comb and let it dry naturally. (If you have thick, unruly curls, run a drop of a silicone treatment like John Frieda Frizz Ease through your hair while it's still damp.) No touching during the drying process-that lifts the cuticle and frizzes it out.
When your hair is 90 percent dry, twist it into four buns: one on top of your head, one on each side, and one in the back, and let them set for 20-30 minutes. (For waves all around, you need four bunsRead More »from How to Get Perfectly Wavy Hair
Courtesy of BarneysLucky magazineRead More »from A Look at the Most Expensive Shoes in the World
A love of finely crafted footwear is a dangerous obsession to have. Although the most expensive pair in the world are DEFINITELY out of most shoppers' price range (they're vintage Roger Vivier pumps that cost $26,629.06, according to Forbes), tons of designer shoes aren't cheap. Plenty cost more than a month's rent.
We spend a lot of time staring at pricey pairs on the internet, dreaming of our next big purchase. Barring any outstanding credit card debt (pay your bills before shoe shopping, kids), we recommend-occasionally!-shelling out for fancy shoes. Since luxury labels use the best materials available, their products fit better and last longer. Plus, pumping money into our lackluster economy is the best way to boost it, so spend when you can!
Below, we've found 10 beautiful high-end shoes for the serious shopper looking to invest in their wardrobe.
And tell us: Would you buy any of them?
1. Christian Louboutin croc simple pump, $4,645, barneys.com
HEXAGON RING, MONIQUE PEAN, BARNEYS.COMNatalie Matthews, Lucky magazineRead More »from 5 Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring Online
The scope of what I buy online dumbfounds my parents. Holiday presents, clothes, prescriptions, groceries, gadgets, more clothes, even furniture: my credit card statement lists way more e-commerce than in-person purchases. I'm lazy. I like convenience.
Still, there are some things I won't sign off on until I see them in front of me, like pets. Or apartments. Or, theoretically, engagement rings. Then my brother went and bought an amazing round cut diamond from BlueNile.com two months ago and I changed my mind on that last one. And yah, my parents kinda freaked out.
According to The Knot, my brother was in the minority, with only 9 percent of grooms-to-be buying an engagement ring online in 2011. Perhaps the rest are held back by the same reservations I had; that buying something so symbolic and permanent (well, hopefully) from a computer seemed a little cold. And scary-my parents, for example, couldn't understand how my brother committed to such a
Conde Nast Digital StudioElana Fishman, Lucky magazineRead More »from What Kind of Shopper Are You?
It's certainly true that Americans are shopping more this winter than they have in the past few years-we've got the figures to prove it. But what's really fascinating about this newfound retail momentum is how it's changing the way we shop. According to a report from the Associated Press, four new categories of shopper have emerged in recent months.
First, there's the bargain timer. These folks know it's not just about hitting the sales, but hitting them at precisely the right time-namely, at the very beginning and very end of promotions, when markdowns are believed to be deepest. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, 2011's Black Friday weekend sales surge was followed by two weeks of relative retail calm. Once pre-Christmas promotions hit, however, stores saw a major traffic increase once again.
Thanks to the midnight buyer, waking up in the wee hours to catch the best deals may be a thing of the past. These shoppers knew to line
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Your definitive holiday style guide-including what to wear, how to wear it, when to forgo stockings and that most confounding holiday riddle of all: what "festive" dressing actually means.
COCKTAILS a.k.a. "Festive Dress"
If you've been invited for cocktails look for ladylike pieces that channel a slightly retro vibe.
An oversize crystal cuff adds a playful twist and (rather weighty) touch of decadence.
Strappy, lacy heels will take you everywhere: They're fancy without being over the top.
Balance a graphic, super-short skirt with pearls and a slightly prim and Victorian-style blouse.When it's cold, add:
A shiny, slim-cut cropped jacket-and throw on a brooch for extra festiveness.
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DINNER PARTY a.k.a. "Holiday Attire"
If you're going to a dinner party go for easy, comfortable and elegantly gilded.
Small, personal jewelry is appropriately tasteful for a dinner party.
A floaty dress is as elegant to walk around in as it is comfortable toRead More »from How to Dress for Every Party This Holiday Season
1. Metallic jacquard, $109, Giambattista Valli for Impulse Only at Macy's, macys.com. 2. Neoprene, $49, Joe Fresh, 888-495-5111. 3. Polyester Lucky magazine
How to look of-the-moment without reading trendy.
1. Printed Pants
-A classic tuxedo jacket and black heels
-A silk shirt-in red or black-and sparkly heels
2. Scuba Skirts
-A loose, silk racerback tank and a pile of colorful bracelets
-A white tank and shrunken leather motorcycle jacket
-Dark high heels
-A sculptural collar necklace in gold or silver (or both!)
4. Sequined Shorts
Wear with:More from Lucky magazine:
-An oversize tuxedo jacket and patent pointy-toe flats
-A mohair (i.e., slightly sheer) fluffy sweater
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The 50 Best Pairs of Jeans Under $50
Winter's Top Nail Polish Trends
The 40 Best Drugstore Beauty Products
15 Secrets from Top Dermatologists
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Holiday Ham with Riesling and Mustard. Photo by Cedric Angeles.Bon Appetit
If you got your turkey fix on Thanksgiving, don't feel pressured to make it again any time soon. For us, Christmas dinner means a meaty centerpiece: pork tenderloin, venison, ham, you know the drill. We put together twelve of our favorite recipes, from beef tenderloin to venison, so you can ditch the big bird until next Thanksgiving. Check them out.
1. Holiday Ham with Riesling and Mustard
Slice it and serve with our soft dinner rolls so guests can make mini sandwiches, then use the bone to make soup. Ask your butcher for a whole cured, smoked bone-in ham from the back leg of the pig, or order one from dartagnan.com. You can also buy a half ham and cut the recipe in half. Flavor the meat with Riesling from the same bottle you use to make the gelée for the chicken liver mousse.
- 1 14-16 lb. whole cured, smoked bone-in ham
- 2 cups sweet (Auslese) Riesling, divided
- 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped
CN Digital StudioJean Godrey-June, Lucky magazineRead More »from The Truth About Laser Hair Removal
Q: Does laser hair removal work-and what do you think about at-home removal?
A: I am here to say that laser hair removal works better than it does in your wildest dreams, that it hurts much, much less than waxing, and that if you can afford it you should step right up and make it happen. The caveats: It's expensive and permanent, so only do it if you know you still won't want that hair in 30 years. Also it's not totally permanent, in that you might need a yearly-or-so tune-up to get rid of the odd errant hair here and there.
At-home options have improved drastically so that they, too, now actually work. The pros of at-home are: You never have to make an appointment, it costs less (amortized) and it's totally private. The cons, for me anyway, are that because I never make an appointment with myself, I never do it. Crazy but true. I have an effective, functioning laser hair removal machine in my back drawer, and I've used it precisely twice. Part of
CN Digital StudioNatalie Matthews, LuckyRead More »from Are Flash Sales Worth Your Time?
At some point, we've all worn it: the smug smile that accompanies a seemingly amazing flash sale find. Whether the cart contains a studded leather jacket or a sherbet-colored sundress, the satisfaction of paying less than most people weaves a uniform thread.
But while there's no arguing that flash sale sites offer luxury goods at a great discount, do they always offer the best discount? With hidden fees at checkout and online outlets often offering the same product for less, maybe not.
Although discounts at flash sale sites like Gilt.com ran up to 70 percent a few years ago, lately they hover around 40 or 50 percent (that's according to an October 2011 report in the New York Times). And not only are the discounts tinier, the stock's scaled back, too. Faced with tough economic times, labels produce less of everything. So even if a site's discounts-on, say, DVF dresses-are strong, their selection of styles and range of sizes might not be.
To counter these