Long hairstyles reign supreme when it comes to looking sexy. Here are the long hairstyles that are making us green with envy.
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The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence needed those long locks for her character's signature side braid. But we personally love when this up-and-comer goes blonde with soft, wispy waves. Long hair tends to have more breakage, so to keep stragglers in place, try John Freida Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer ($5.99, target.com).
Who doesn't envy The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev's long, flowing strands, whether they're down or in an intricate fishtail braid? She's revealed that the secret to her healthy hair is the result of advice that came from her mother. Use a hair mask every third wash. We love the MoroccanOil Restorative Hair Mask ($41, beautycollection).
There is no denying that Blake Lively's long golden locks always have volume! To get soft waves like this Gossip Girl star, wrap large sections of dry hair around a 1.5 inch
Long hairstyles reign supreme when it comes to looking sexy. Here are the long hairstyles that are making us green with envy.Read More »from Top 10 Long Hairstyles
- GALTime.com | Beauty on Shine – Fri, Mar 30, 2012 12:07 PM EDT
By Kerri Winick, GalTime.com
Stila Beauty Balm BB cream (also known as beauty balm or blemish balm) is one of those things that has me wondering, "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?"
For those of you who haven't hopped aboard the BB cream train yet, here's the 411: These multi-tasking miracles first popped up overseas, and promise to moisturize, protect, conceal, treat, and prime the skin. (Among other things. Crazy, right?)
Each formula out there has different benefits and qualities, which has me feeling a little bit like Goldilocks. I keep trying different brands until I find the ones that are just right! Lately, I've been reaching for Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm ($38). Here's why:
* For me, It eliminates the need for tinted moisturizer and minimizes the amount of concealer I need to use. (Even on the dark spot that appeared when I was pregnant!)
* The formula is more lightweight than other versions that I've tried. I can hardly feel it on my skin, but I can seeRead More »from The Beauty Gal Review: Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm
By Mary Clarke
Spring may be right around the corner, but it's been a tough winter for your skin. Read on for our top 10 tips to help your skin recover in time for the warmer weather.
1. Keep your hand cream handy. My hands suffer the most during the winter and my knuckles in particular are always looking chapped. I keep a hand cream at my desk, in my bag, and on my nightstand. I use a moisturizer that really works, so I don't have to constantly reapply it throughout the day. GHRI Choice: Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Hand Repair Cream ($56).
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2. Wash your face once a day. In the humid, sticky summer weather, I need to wash my face twice a day. But in the winter, I switch to just washing at night so that I don't dry out my skin and it stays balanced. You can also try replacing your face soap or wash with a cleansing oil like Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil ($25, Sephora) that's extra gentle on already roughened skin.
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By Paulina Anderson, BirchboxRead More »from The Best Smelling Hair Products Ever
The Best Smelling Hair Products Ever
Almost as important as how well a hair product works is how it smells. Of all the products I've ever tried, here are my five absolute favorites:
1. Oscar Blandi Olio Di Jasmine: This lightweight serum is incredibly fragrant and instantly transports you to some distant Mediterranean garden. My mother's favorite scent is jasmine, and I can't help but think of an exotic place with a sea breeze that is reminiscent of both childhood and romance when I put this in my hair. Additional eucalyptus and ylang ylang oil essentials balance the spice of the flower, making the aroma pleasant and calming.
2. Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray for Volume & Hold: What can I say? Oscar Blandi has a knack for hard-working products with heavenly smells. I can't describe the dread I feel in using hairspray that infuses your hair with the fragrance of chemicals masked by false bouquet. Blandi's Lacca Hairspray instead has an incredible aroma of honeysuckle and flowers that grace
Clean routine.Take your bottle of olive oil out of the kitchen and find out other surprising uses for it in your beauty routine.Read More »from 3 Extraordinary Beauty Uses for Olive Oil
1. Use as hair conditioner.
Is your hair as dry and brittle as sagebrush in the desert? Put the moisture back into it by heating 1/2 cup olive oil (don't boil it), and then liberally applying it to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic grocery bag, then wrap it in a towel. Let it set for 45 minutes, then shampoo and thoroughly rinse.
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2. Clear up acne.
Okay, the notion of applying oil to your face to treat acne does sound a bit wacky. Still, many folks swear this works: Make a paste by mixing 4 tablespoons salt with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Pour the mixture onto your hands and fingers and work it around your face. Leave it on for a minute or two, then rinse it off with warm, soapy water. Apply daily for one week, then cut back to two or three times weekly. You should see a noticeable improvement in your condition. (The principle is that
- BettyConfidential.com | Beauty on Shine – Thu, Mar 29, 2012 9:16 PM EDT
'Mirror Mirror' star Lily Collins dishes on working with Roberts, her rumored Snow White rivalry with Kristen Stewart, and why every girl has a little bit of a princess inside her.
-Heather Taylor, BettyConfidential.com
Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror
As the daughter of rock star Phil Collins, it would be easy to imagine Lily Collins following in her dad's musical footsteps. But in the film Mirror Mirror, out this Friday, it's even easier to see Lily forging a path of her own as the fairest of them all. Having previously appeared alongside Taylor Lautner and Sandra Bullock in such films as Abduction and The Blind Side, the 23-year-old-year actress has traded in the modern-day blockbusters for the swashbuckling past in the latest retelling of the classic fairy tale. As a feisty sword swinger, this Snow White is no fainting violet-it's she who wakes the prince (Armie Hammer) from the spell and not the other way around!
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Lily about Mirror Mirror and itsRead More »from Exclusive! Q&A with 'Mirror Mirror' Star Lily Collins
Question: Would you get a tattoo? No? OK, let's try sweetening the deal. Would you get a tattoo if it let you know when your phone rang?
Seems that the brainiacs at Nokia have invented a magical tattoo that tingles when someone calls you. To do this, they're using "haptic feedback" (communication via touch) which is the same way that, say, a Nintendo Wii controller works.
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The technology isn't available quite yet -- the Finnish cell phone giant only recently submitted the patent application -- but, when it is, this is how it'll work:
You get your butt (or your arm or leg or what have you) to your local tattoo parlor for some ink. Once your rose, dragon, M.O.M., etc. heals, you get it magnetized using the new technology. And from then on, whenever your phone jingles, you tingle.
Of course, there are all sorts of vibrator-type jokes being made at the mere mention of such a thing, and those are just theRead More »from Want a Tattoo that Tingles when Your Phone Rings?
I always feel hesitant to talk about expensive products I enjoy, because I know there isn't always room in people's budgets for such decadent treatments. However, what kind of beauty editor would I be if I didn't talk about the creams I use and love?
When SK-II invited me to meet their brand ambassador, Cate Blanchett, and talk about the new LXP Ultimate Perfecting Cream ($350, Shop.sk-ii.com), I'll admit I was more excited about the former. Cate is, afterall, one of my favorite actresses, and since she doesn't cover the pages of every tabloid known to man (ahem, Lindsay Lohan), she remains a bit of a mystery. It was soon after our interview, though, that I knew I had to get my hands on the cream.
Cate's skin has a natural glow to it, one that I was able to see up close at the event. She is poreless, and it is honestly hard to not just stare at her creamy complexion when near her. The actress credited SK-II with her amazingRead More »from Pricey Products that Are Totally Worth It
- The_Stir | Beauty on Shine – Thu, Mar 29, 2012 4:10 PM EDT
makeupAfter reading an article about two women in Charlotte, N.C. who challenged themselves to stop wearing makeup for 2 whole months, I can't help but be a bit inspired, but also pretty freaked out at the same time. They started "The Naked Face Project" in order to better be able to answer questions from young girls on why women need makeup to feel beautiful. This project is noble, applause worthy, and such a great idea. But I'm just not sure that I can get behind it.
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Call me vain. Call me shallow. Call me whatever you want -- but the thought of giving up my concealer, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lip gloss makes me want to run upstairs to my bedroom and lock the door & hide from the world. Because wearing makeup (dare I say it) makes me feel better about myself. (Is that so wrong)? I just don't think I'd feel confident at all leaving the house without it. I'm not sure that I'd feel quite like "me."
By Loren de la Cruz, BirchboxRead More »from How to Protect Your Nails from the Sun
Protecting Your Nails From The Sun
Especially in the spring and summer, it's important to apply SPF on any exposed areas like arms and legs. But we often forget about the smaller spots like our toes and ears--and even our nails! Since nails are made of protein, keratin to be exact, they need protection just like skin does. In fact, a Birchbox staffer went on vacation with her nails bare and came back with sunburnt, purple nails. She described the pain as "feeling like her fingers had been slammed in a car door."
Not only can the sun burn the skin under your nails, it can also cause damage in the form of vertical ridges. Once these ridges form, it can take up to six months for the nail to completely grow out so they disappear. (It can take even longer for toe nails-up to a year and a half.) Shielding your cuticles is also important because damage can affect nail growth and even make you more susceptible to fungal or bacterial infections.
One great way to protect your nails from the sun's
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