BellaSugarSource: 5 Products That Make Holiday Hairstyling Easier
Have a party (or 12) to attend this holiday season, but don't have it in your budget to head to the hairstylist each and every time you desire a chic coiffure? Well, then, DIY. Luckily, creating your own sleek blow-out or impressive updo is easier than ever thanks to some clever styling kits fashioned up by various well-known brands. From twists to buns, see how you can perfect your styling skills, channel your inner cosmetologist, and save loads of cash now.
1. Fake It 'Til You Make It: With Alterna's Get the Look Styling Kit ($33) you'll have all you need to create a faux bob look, as well as a glamorous, twisted bun. The set includes Caviar Dry Shampoo, Caviar Rapid Repair Spray, Caviar Working Hair Spray, Alterna-tive Styling Bands, and a step-by-step guide for getting the styles.
2. Neat as a Pin: With just a few bobby pins, you can conjure up some seriously chic looks, and Bumble and bumble is breaking it down for you.
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- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 6:21 PM EST
Source: The Easy Tip That Ends Awkward Lipstick Fade Forever
Lip color can be gorgeous, but lots of women avoid it because of how it can wear. Without reapplication, it's easy to end up with a ring of color at the edge of your lips and almost none in the center. But it doesn't have to be that way. The culprit? Conventional wisdom about how you're supposed to line lips and apply lipstick. To see the easy way to make your lip color, whether it's gloss or lipstick, look more natural and wear better, just keep reading.
Here's the thing: starting from the outside of your lips in, the way you're "supposed" to, actually doesn't work if you're trying to get even, daylong wear. It's one of those pieces of advice that's a lot better backstage than it is on the street. Instead, start from the very center of your lips and brush the color outward.
Don't even worry about getting all the way to the edges. Just rub your lips together well when you're finished, and the color will distributeRead More »from The Easy Tip that Ends Awkward Lipstick Fade Forever
- POPSUGAR Beauty | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 6:14 PM EST
Source: What We're Sweet On: The Cleanser That's Just For MascaraRead More »from What We're Sweet On: The Cleanser That's Just for Mascara
Leave it to the lash-obsessed people at Talika to formulate a makeup remover that's supposed to "feed" your fringes. Their new Lash Conditioning cleanser ($24) is an impressive blue gel that handily removes any mascara, even the waterproof variety. The directions suggest you pump cleanser onto a cotton pad and then swipe it across your lashes, but it's actually more effective to soak a square of toilet paper in the stuff and do it that way. You also don't have to rinse afterward, although doing a little clean up around your eyes certainly isn't a bad idea. We can't speak to whether it really makes lashes stronger, but it definitely does make them feel soft and healthy in a way most drying, alcohol-based makeup removers don't.
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- BettyConfidential.com | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 6:09 PM EST
Get ready to tame your mane with this brand new iPhone app!
-Diana Denza, BettyConfidential.com
love your hair app
On December 1, 2011, I headed over to the posh Hair Rules Salon in NYC for House of Mikko's I Love Your Hair App Party. Celeb hairstylist Dickey (Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, and Estelle, anyone?), was also in attendance to show off her amazing skills and give a few lucky ladies the makeover of a lifetime.
Besides practically drooling over dozens of très chic hairstyles, sipping on delish cocktails, and enjoying a few cool beats, I got the deets on a brand new app (out now) for you lucky iPhone users.
The I Love Your Hair app is an amazing tool for the gals out there planning to transform their tresses…or even just spice up their standard cut and style. The app allows users to post photos of their haute hairstyles and get a dose of major inspiration from pictures uploaded by other hair aficionados.
And don't worry: you won't have to shuffle through images of PhotoshoppedRead More »from Show Your Locks Some TLC with the New 'I Love Your Hair' App
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Small (and very affordable!) gifts for the product lover in your life.
Sally Girl Mini Quad Eyeshadow Get four colors-from neutrals to brights-for less than a quarter each. The best part: These palettes are slim and small enough to tuck into the tiniest clutch. 99 cents each | SallyBeauty.com
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Photo: Courtesy of Forever 21Forever 21 Nail File Set Chips happen-give this set of six small polka-dot files to a friend or co-worker to keep in her purse or desk drawer.
$1 for 6 | Forever21.com
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Photo: Courtesy of E.I.f.E.l.f. Essential Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil Give a black- or brown-eyeliner addict something new to try-these creamy, metallic pencils glide on smoothly and come with a sharpener conveniently located in the cap. Perfect for adding a hint of sparkle on New Years Eve.
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Photo: Courtesy of NYC New York ColorNYC New York Color Ultra Moist Lipwear in Retro Red This classic crimson flatters every skin tone. At this
- Elle | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 4:44 PM EST
From toothpaste to tretinoin, we've tried it all. Here, the country's top dermatologists weigh in on what really works to get a flawless complexion.
I confess: I have canceled plans because of acne-occasionally even because of one lone pimple (usually a vexing shade of eye-catching scarlet and raised enough to cast its own shadow, but still). And I am not alone in my overreaction. Something about acne manages to drive the sanest among us to extreme measures. Even with a universe of products available nowadays to address it, we still turn to a cocktail of homegrown remedies and self-surgery to try to eradicate it-such as the fashion editor friend of mine who uses Monistat cream (yes, the yeast-infection treatment) as a weekly face mask, or the street-style darling I know who admits she spot-treats with Pepto-Bismol. But why raid other drugstore aisles when there's a whole row specifically dedicated to acne?
Because we're desperate. "The conventional acne treatment forRead More »from Best Blemish Busters: What Really Works for Clear Skin
- Astrology.com BeautyScopes | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 1:57 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Your creative streak continues, but this isn't a good day to commit to any major changes (read: permanent hair color is a no-no). Instead, have fun with temporary henna color or a super low-commitment wash-in glaze.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You'll be chatting up a storm, so prepare for the occasion: Catch eyes with a splash of your favorite color, spotlight your active lips with bold lipstick and throw some breath mints in your purse for good measure.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Life can get serious -- all the more reason style should be fun! Make that your mantra today and do something different with your look. Funky hats, new makeup, bright colors ... your tools are
Getting clear winter skin just got easier
We're used to scrubbing, smoothing, and swiping our skincare on our skin, but right now, we're all about sticking! That's because the following pre-fab products, infused with powerful skincare ingredients, actually adhere to your skin-and work wonders while doing so. You apply them directly to problem areas, wait for the instructed amount of time, then remove them to reveal results. They're innovative, effective, and totally make you rethink the meaning of "patching things up."
Which are you dying to try?
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Aquatic Marine Crystal Eye Swirls
Macro Vintage Stretch Eye Sheet
Sue Devitt Aquatic Marine Crystal Eye Swirls ($60) boast a medical grade formulation developed to heal, hdtrate, and help restore the cellular structure of the delicate skin around the eyes.
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Most Moist Water-Full Hydrogel Mask
Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Stretch Eye Sheet ($60) is formulated with rich moisturizing ingredients and botanical extracts to heal the area around the eye for a brighter, refined and charismaticRead More »from Trend Alert: Press-On Skincare
Or do your hands look like this, with too many hangnails to count, a jagged edge on the pinky nail, and skin that looks (and feels) like sandpaper?
In the raggedy hand camp with me? It's time for a change, because your hands say a lot about you -- everything from how old you are, to how good you are in bed. And I don't know about you, but I'd rather my hands not proclaim, "This woman is old, lazy, and bad in the sack."
That's why I just bought these hand and nail products that work instantly. They promise to give me softer hands, chip-free polish, and a life free from hangnails. Sound too good to be true? Check out these reader reviews and tell us: What are your hands saying about you?
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.6
Why: Multiple readers agreeRead More »from 12 Nail Products that Will Transform Your Hands
- RealBeauty.com | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Dec 6, 2011 11:41 AM EST
The former The City star must have a few tricks up her sleeve. Whether she's strolling through the airport or posing on the red carpet, she always appears effortlessly chic. Always. So we picked her brain at a shopping event, sponsored by Crest 3D White, on ways to stay slim during the holidays, how she creates the perfect bun, and what she plans to wear to seasonal soirees.Read More »from Whitney Port Talks Topknots, Bras, and NYE Outfit Ideas
Real Beauty: Did you always whiten your teeth?
Whitney Port: Once I got a bit older, my teeth yellowed, and I started appearing on television. So I realized it was something I should do. I never thought about doing it professionally, because it can look too fake.
RB: Why do you like Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips?
WP: The product is a two-hour express whitener. You put it on, it doesn't move around, and you can do what you need to do. When you take it off, your teeth are amazingly white. My dad even notices it, so that's how I know it works.
RB: What is your go-to holiday gift to give?
WP: At my age,
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