- 15 hours ago | CommentsVampy red lips, razor-sharp cheekbones, super-arched eyebrows — say what you will about the evil villains of Disney films, but they totally nailed their makeup routines. And the beauty world has taken note, from rose-stained lips on the red carpet, fantastical Limited Edition Disney Villains Nail Art Kits (available on eBay) and of course, MAC's hotly anticipated limited edition "Maleficent" makeup collection, hitting shelves in May, in conjunction with the film's release. Cull these villainous beauty tips and be the fairest of them all. —By Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff
- Mon, Mar 10, 2014 2:37 PM EDT | CommentsIn the cosmetics industry, hype is everything. Word of mouth can change the fortunes of a simple beauty product, transforming it from face cream to bona fide miracle worker. The status of "cult" is the ultimate height an item can reach. Once it has earned the public's trust, it sells itself for free—and better than any advertising campaign ever devised. You rarely see ads for Creme de La Mer or Maybelline Great Lash Mascara—although they still sell like hotcakes decades after they first hit the market. Women have begged, borrowed, and stolen to obtain certain cosmetics that they believe in so completely. But just because popular opinion says something is fabulous, doesn't actually make it so. For every genuinely awesome, you-must-try-this mascara or nail polish out there, there's an equally well-known lemon. Here's an objective round up of the ones worth the title, and others that are just running on their rep. —Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff
- 10 hours ago | Comments
Spring is finally starting to make an appearance. The cold climates and bare branches are starting to trade places with warmer weather, green trees, and bright sunshine. This season is my absolute favorite. It's a time to get the family out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh blooms. I'm apparently not the only one who gets a rush from this season; these spring festivals are all about saying "Goodbye winter, and hello spring!" Check out 7 festivals that welcome spring across the U.S. - By Jacinda BoneauMORE ON BABBLE
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- 10 hours ago | CommentsWishing that you had a new updo style to rock? I have just the thing for you! Creating this pretty low bun is as simple as tying a knot. All you need to create this style is pomade or wax, small hair bands, bobby pins, a hand mirror, and a good finishing spray. Tying strands of hair into knots can be tricky to master, but with enough product and a little practice, this updo should take you under 15 minutes to create. Having a little grit and texture in your hair helps, so start with it unwashed. If your hair is clean, you will simply need to add more product to help keep strands easy to manage. Hair can be straight or curly, but note that if your hair is naturally frizzy, you may want to smooth it out beforehand with a round brush, blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron. The trick to tying clean knots is to smooth the strands first with plenty of pomade or wax to keep them together and neat. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create the knotted chignon! - Sonya Lee Benham
- 11 hours ago | Commentsby Christa Lee
Nothing ruins my mani mojo more than this brutal winter season literally breaking my brittle nails in half. With spring clearly in no rush to arrive, I turned to one of the industry's top nail pros for her tips on how to protect my nails from the dry, cold air. The answer was simple, but genius:
"A base coat is not only essential as a barrier between your nails and the color, but it can prevent staining and is also a great nail reinforcer. My nails don't break as much when I use a base coat. I also wear a base coat on its own a lot of the time. Butter London Horsepower Nail Fertilizer is a personal favourite and I am obsessed with the new Nail 999 Rescue System," says Katie Jane Hughes, Butter London Global Colour Ambassador.
It turns out a single layer of base coat-even if you're not wearing a nail color over it-is everything you need to strengthen your nails this season. Click through for a few great matte and shiny options to try right now.
- 15 hours ago | Comments
Self-taught Hungarian photographer Sarolta Bán is best known for her surreal landscapes, which have been displayed in galleries across Europe. She creates dreamlike scenes, often populated by magical beasts, with photo manipulation software, and tells Yahoo Shine that she sometimes layers as many as 100 individual images to create a final product. She says she doesn't title her images so people can use their own imaginations to find personal meanings in each picture. Bán recently started using her skills to help real-life abandoned animals around the world find homes. She invited her more than 100,000 Facebook fans to submit photos of homeless pets, and she is transforming them into evocative, majestic portraits. Bán has received dozens of photos from Spain, Argentina, India, France, Hungary, and the United States in the two weeks since she posted the invitation and expects to get many more after she reaches out to shelters. "Abandoned dogs sadly have really few chances to appear on a photo that will help them get out of the shelter... [one] that stands out from the crowd, and 'speaks' to a person," she writes on the project page. "I would really like to help sheltered animals, and for sure a good picture can be worth a thousand words." The project ends in mid-April, and anyone who adopts one of the dogs or cats will receive a signed portrait of the new pet. — Sarah B. Weir, Shine Staff
- 12 hours ago | Commentsby Maura Brannigan
Miley Cyrus' Spring 2014 Marc Jacobs campaign-notably photographed by David Sims, i.e. someone other than designer favorite Juergen Teller-first launched two months ago. And though we were all well aware that Miley and Marc had developed a sort of artist-muse relationship over the past few years, we couldn't believe that, voilà, there was Miley, lounging unhappily on the stormy shores for a major, international campaign.
As it turns out, the fun didn't stop there: seven new ads from Marc's Spring 2014 campaign have just been unveiled, and as you'll see above, they're all largely reiterations of the same gloomy beach setting. Plus, the fashions ain't half bad, either.
Click through the slideshow to see the seven new campaign shots-coming soon to a glossy magazine near you.
- 12 hours ago | CommentsIn honor of girlie girls everywhere, I'm sharing 7 outfits from my closet that are red, pink, and/or purple. Blame my childhood fascination with Lisa Frank and a general obsession with all the various shades of these colors, but the combinations are some of my very favorites to wear. Click through for 7 red, pink and purple outfit ideas from my closet! -By Jeanette Scott
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- 15 hours ago | CommentsThe upgrade possibilities are endless:decals, paint, wallpaper, a fun, poppy carpet runner...the list goes on. Projects range in difficulty and commitment level (not sure you want to paint? Decals are an amazing alternative). Either way, making a statement with your stairs is a home improvement project you can do (yourself!) in 2014. Click through the slideshow above for nine ways to make a statement with your stairs.
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- 15 hours ago | Commentsby Madeline Alford
If you're one of the lucky ones heading out of town for spring break, anticipating warm weather and sun-filled days (seriously, will it ever get above 50 degrees here in NYC?), make sure you pack all the essentials. I picked the best spring break must-haves so you can focus on the important things in life- like figuring out which boardwalk bar serves the best margaritas.
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