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  • What We're Sweet On: A Face Oil that Leaves Skin Soft, Not Shiny

    Source: What We're Sweet On: A Face Oil That Leaves Skin Soft, Not Shiny

    Before Nyakio Face Oil ($49), I was skeptical about putting oil on my face (despite being schooled on all the beauty benefits). But a few drops left my skin soft for hours, and the shiny forehead I was expecting never showed. This new brand is fueled by African beauty recipes passed down through founder Nyakio Grieco's family, with the star product being the face oil. Scented with chamomile and lavender, the lightweight oil is made with caffeine-rich kola nut extract from Africa to give skin a lift. While the price may seem steep, one bottle will go a long way. You can even use it on your hair and nails. So long, weighty creams and lotions.

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  • Surprise Mom This Mother's Day with These Beauty Buys Under $50

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Surprise Mom This Mother's Day With These Beauty Buys Under $50

    If you're like us, then Mom was the first woman whose makeup bag you rifled through, whose perfume you smelled, and whose lipstick you smeared across your face as a little girl. Since she's probably the first woman who introduced you to the lovely world of beauty, shouldn't you return the favor? In honor of Mother's Day on May 12, we've rounded up 10 top tier gifts that cash in for under $50. Click through and get shopping.

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  • 5 Ways to Beauty Nirvana, According to Nina Dobrev

    Source: 5 Ways to Beauty Nirvana, According to Nina Dobrev

    It seemed only appropriate that we ask The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev her secret to healthy skin - and looking totally refreshed - at an early-morning event for Origins' latest product, the GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer ($27). The brunette starlet just finished filming the fourth season of her hit CW series, and made a quick pit stop in NYC before officially embarking on her Summer adventures. Read on for what she revealed about her skin care routine, the weirdest beauty treatment she's tried (recently), and what she can't leave the house without.

    1. On her skin care routine: Nina spends much of her days on the Vampire Diaries set in full hair and makeup, so it makes sense that she takes her skin care routine very seriously. "Even when it looks like I'm not wearing much makeup, I totally am. So, as soon as I'm done on set - I don't even wait until I get home - I'll use a makeup wipe, wash my face, and then use a hot

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  • 3 Things You Didn't Know About Waxing

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: 3 Things You Didn't Know About Waxing

    With Spring in full swing, it's time to think about clearing out those . . . er, overgrown areas. Sure, you may know it's important to exfoliate and hydrate before a waxing appointment. And we bet you've heard tight clothing only increases your chance of ingrown hairs. But Noemi Grupenmager, founder of Uni K Wax Center, reveals three little-known topics you should be talking over with your esthetician before the hot wax comes out.

    1. You need to give your esthetician a full skin care history.
    The products you put on your skin every day could affect your waxing experience. In fact, mixing some products with wax is a no-no. "Prior to your appointment, I recommend letting your waxer know if you have any allergies, health conditions, or are taking any medicine, like Accutane, which would not make you a candidate to receive a service," Grupenmager says. "We also need to know if you are using any topical lotions or creams like AHAs or Retin-A,

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  • 7 Tips to Stop Bloody Shaving Problems

    Source: 7 Tips to Stop Bloody Shaving Problems

    We've all done it. It's the painful moment when the razor sweeps across the skin in the most awkward of ways, causing an unbelievable amount of bleeding. While most of us are careful to prevent major cuts from happening, sometimes the nicks can get the best of us. There are far better methods than the classic toilet paper scrap.

    1. Use Eye Drops
    : Apply eye drops like Visine ($8) to the nick, which will help constrict the blood vessels.
    2. Dab on Witch Hazel
    : Using a Q-tip or a cotton ball, apply witch hazel like Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel ($4) to the irritation. This astringent will help slow the bleeding.
    3. Grab a Pencil
    : For a good old-fashioned remedy, consider purchasing a Clubman Styptic Pencil ($2), which contains aluminum sulfate. Aluminum is a hemostat, which is an agent that helps stop bleeding.
    4. Wax on
    : Break out the ChapStick ($4), which will help clot the blood and act as a temporary sealant.
    5. Use a Tea Bag
    :

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  • Must-Have Beauty Picks for May

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Must-Have Beauty Picks For May

    Once May rolls around and warmer, sunnier weather is in sight, there are plenty of reasons to swap something out of your makeup stash and indulge in something new. This month, our beauty editors are swooning over everything from gorgeous new scents and luminous BB cream to lush skin and body treatments. Find out what's hot this month now.

    • Turns out that your skin takes a beating every day, and Kiehl's Skin Rescuer ($40) is helping to smooth away fine lines and blotchiness with this unique formulation that goes on between a serum and a moisturizer. We could all use a little less stress in our day.
    • A bright pop of pink just makes everything feel happier and sunnier. And with Spring dragging its heels in NYC, I'm depending on this Ilia lipstick in Pink Kashmir ($24) to lend a touch of sunshine to my look with a unique purple-pink shade and ultrasaturated pigment.
    • My makeup routine in the morning is down to an exact science, and I'm lost
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  • Find Out the Tools Nail Art Pros Use

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Find Out the Tools Nail Art Pros Use

    While gel formulas give professional manicurists the ability to create fantastic nail art, there are plenty of other tools of the trade that you can use too. Get ready to take your DIY designs to the next level with the objects the experts use to create eye-catching nail art. The best part? Almost everything is under $10, so you can get a professional-looking manicure at a fraction of the cost at home.

    For even more nail art and polish trends, be sure to check out our ultimate nail guide!

    • 3D Nail Charms: Rhinestones are great, but 3D charms, like these sparkly bow nail art charms ($4), take that dazzling look one step further. Just sandwich them between two layers of a fast-drying top coat.
    • Dotting Tool: While you can use practically anything with a fine tip (bobby pin, toothpick, etc.) as a makeshift dotter, dotting tools, as featured in this Sephora Nail Art Set ($10), work nicely. The metal balls on each end come in various sizes
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  • Hair and Makeup Tips for a Wedding on the Beach

    Source: Hair and Makeup Tips For a Wedding on the Beach

    When you imagined having your nuptials on the beach, we're sure windblown frizz and melting makeup were not a part of the idyllic picture. To make sure your seaside wedding is more blissful than stressful, we're giving you a cheat sheet to making your wedding day beauty last, even through the heat, humidity, and sand.

    For hair:
    Backstage at Marchesa's bridal show, Kérastase stylist Akemi Tamaribuchi revealed a few tips for brides styling hair for a windy oceanfront setting. "If her hair doesn't do well in humidity, she should go for an updo. If she's a dancing machine and plans on being out all night, go for an updo," Tamaribuchi said. "If she's just going to glide along the beach, wearing really secure waves is an excellent option. The hair needs to represent the woman," she said. If you do decide to wear hair down, curl with hot rollers instead of just an iron for added holding power. Be sure to seal with an antihumidity hair

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  • Skin Care 101: Exfoliation

    Source: Skin Care 101: Exfoliation

    The skin care step that will give you immediate results? Exfoliation. Whether it's to bust breakouts, diminish dark spots and scars, or even smooth away lines, finding the right exfoliant for your skin will help ensure that your complexion stays healthy and glowing. Learn what type is right for you, then shop our favorite picks here.

    Why You Need It:
    As we get older, the cellular turnover rate of our skin slows down. This means we're not producing as many new and plump skin cells as when we were younger, which results in dead, dull skin on the surface. Sloughing action helps to shed these old layers, while also prepping your skin for better penetration of your skin care products, such as spot treatments, serums, and moisturizers. Plus, you instantly have softer, smoother, more radiant skin.

    For Oily Skin:
    Excess sebum production mixed with dead skin cell buildup can lead to unwanted pimples and breakouts. Salicylic acid is a mild exfoliant found in

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  • How to Clean Up Nail Polish Stains and Spills

    Source: How to Clean Up Nail Polish Stains and Spills

    Into every life, a little nail polish must fall. But just because you accidentally lacquered your skirt, desk, or couch doesn't mean the stuff has to stay there. The faster you act, the better off you'll be, and most materials respond well to solvents you already have lying around the house. See our easy polish-stain fixes now. For the good side of nail polish, be sure to check out our ultimate nail guide!

    • Wood: First rule: don't use nail polish remover on wood. It actually ruins finishes and leaves new, maybe even worse-looking, stains. Don't panic, though, because there's actually a really easy way to fix the polish-on-wood problem. Just spritz your polish puddle down with plenty of hair spray (we use Aqua Net), let it sit for about 20 seconds, and then wipe it off. You might need to repeat the process a few times, but it's far, far preferable to having splotchy furniture.
    • Carpet: First of all, what color is your carpet?
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