By Anne-Marie Guarnieri, Allure magazine
Holiday parties can feel like the time to pull out all the stops. But before you go wild with the feathers or get trigger-happy with spray, check out this list of the most common ways good evening hairstyles go bad.
Mistake #1: Ringlets of any kind
The holiday buzz can make you feel like a kid again, but that doesn't mean you should look like one. Tight curls that dangle from an updo "make you look like a little girl-or worse, old-fashioned," says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. (Think Nellie Olsen.) Sweep all the froufrou into your updo, allowing only a few wisps or flyaways to fall out.
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Mistake #2: Rapunzel-worthy hair extensions
When you have long, shiny hair that grazes your butt, but only a bob's worth has actually grown out of your head, "even the straightest of straight guys will know something's up with your hair," says Hawkins. Instead of using extensions for length, try them for
By Anne-Marie Guarnieri, Allure magazineRead More »from The Top 9 Holiday Hair Mistakes
By rely on mascara to help give their eyes that extra pop. But which formulas really deliver on their promises to frame your peepers to their best advantage? WD tested contenders in each of six categories, including plumping, waterproof, curling and lengthening, and rated them from one (worst) to five (best). Read on to find out which brands came out on top in our tests.
Category: Separating and Defining
What WD had to say: Our reviewer gave both of these products high marks, but for different reasons. Maybelline scored higher for a noticeably thicker, darker formula, and for leaving our reviewer's lashes looking "long, separated and dramatic." NYC's formula was smoother and easier to apply, however, creating a "feathered" look. Both held up all day with no smudging. Separating mascaras typically have a hard-bristled applicator to facilitate combing and defining, so whicheverRead More »from WD Reviews: Mascara
- BettyConfidential.com | Winter Style – Mon, Dec 12, 2011 1:54 PM EST
Bling it up this holiday season, your BFF will love you for it!
-Brittany Rochelle Davis, BettyConfidential.com
When it comes to giving gifts to your BFF for Christmas, you have two priorities: look fabulous and have fun. To look fabulous, you need to give gifts that keep you looking and feeling beautiful in case their family and boyfriend's presents fall short of what they really wanted. And to have fun, you need to forget your age and jump outside your comfort zone. That's why we created a list of hot stocking stuffers for your bestie, from flirty aprons to mini-spa treatments.
charlotte russe earrings
1. Chain veil mesh earrings ($6, charlotterusse.com). Sexy earrings that can worn for a holiday party and beyond.
ralph lauren equestrian scarf
2. Lauren Equestrian silk twill scarf ($32, ralphlauren.com). The classic print scarf can be tied around a purse strap or a ponytail. It would look wonderful with a white tee and with a silk blouse. The possibilities are endless.
sally hansen peppermint strips
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Dec 12, 2011 1:02 PM EST
Dry, flaky skin sucks almost as much as breakouts. Whether you're dealing with an all-over moisture problem or a few annoying spots, these products will do the trick-even during the worst winter months. And for head-to-toe softness, check out these ultra-moisturizing body products.Read More »from 5 Facial Products that Will Help You Fight Winter Dry Skin
By Dawn Davis
Wash it Away
Most derms agree that a basic face wash is best. This one is ideal for sensitive skin and it cleans without drying.
Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, $4.79, target.com
Even if your skin is pretty tough most of the time, it can get sensitive in winter. If you've noticed it getting red and irritated easily, switch to a special moisturizer like this one, which contains softening cotton extract.
Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream, $15, burtsbees.com
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Yes, You Still Need SPF
UVA rays (the ones that cause wrinkles) can be even stronger in winter. Don't forget to wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. This one is also extra-gentle with SPF ingredients that won't bother your skin.
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Dec 12, 2011 12:53 PM EST
True, the sun is a huge cause of many nasty skin issues, but winter -- with its dry air, harsh winds, cold temperatures, extra glasses of cheer and holiday stresses -- is also largely responsible for those fine lines and wrinkles.
Heat and wind suck the moisture from your skin, creating wrinkles and giving your complexion an unattractive crepe-like appearance. Factor in stress, which throws your hormones out of whack, causing breakouts and further dryness, and you have a perfect storm of skin wreckers.
Luckily, there are things you can do to fight winter-induced skin evils. For pro tips, consult our complete battle plan here, a few highlights of which are listed below:
First up, understand exactly why your skin is so dry:
"Due to the drop in humidity, theRead More »from Why Winter Causes Wrinkles -- and What You Can Do to Prevent Them
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
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?
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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
Men need beauty and grooming products, too! We rounded up the best of the best from 2011.Read More »from The Best Men's Beauty Products of 2011
Anthony Logistics Oral Supplements
Beauty-nay, handsomeness-starts on the inside. Show your guy you love him to the core, by investing in dude-chic oral supplements to promote collagen production that will make his hair, skin, and nails look and feel stronger.
$46 each; beauty.com
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Axe Hold + Touch Paste For Fine Hair
Give a man with a thinning mane a bit of volume up top, courtesy of this weightless paste which thickens strands. The crunch-free hold will allow him to coif his hair however he likes without looking like a Jersey Shore cast member. (Sorry, Pauly, we still love you.)
Billy Jealousy Fuzzy Logic Hair Strengthening Shampoo
Let's get down to the nitty gritty. Thinning hair for men (cough, baldness) is induced when a byproduct of testosterone, called DHT, causes hair follicles to shrink. The good news? This
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