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  • Perform Smoky-Eye CPR with Bold Jewel Tones

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    The easiest way to add some life to your boring black smoky eye this season? Do it in jewel tones, lady! Purples, blues, and pinks have been seen swept across women's eyes, and whether it's to a movie premiere or backstage at a fashion show, this look always seems to land. "Jewel tones were a huge trend on the runways," said Kayleen McAdams, CK One Color global makeup artist (and Rachel McAdams's sister!). "It brightens the eye and brings a little more color to it. It's fun!" Celebrities have cozied up to this trend, too. We've spotted it on Naomie Harris, Lupita Nyong'o, and Kat Graham, which means it's high time we try out the trend ourselves.

    Play around with colors to see which color complements your eyes the most. Purples bring out greens, bronzy shades complement blues, and bright blues help brown eyes stand out. "Start with a jewel-toned eyeliner, and sketch out the shape," McAdams says. "The pencil will help the shadow to

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  • Say so Long to Dry, Flaky Lips This Winter

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    We've all seen it, and we've all been victims of it: dry, cracked lips. Between cold air and the moisture-sucking effects of indoor heating, the delicate skin of your lips can get chapped fast in the Winter. You can keep your lips hydrated and supple all season with these helpful tips.


    1. Stop licking: The first rule of preventing chapped lips is to stop the lick. Your lips naturally have a very thin layer of protective oils, but excessive licking can cause it to deteriorate, which will only worsen chapped lips.

    2. Use lip balm correctly: Occlusive ingredients like waxes and petroleum jelly seal in moisture and prevent it from escaping, but they do not necessarily give the boost of hydration your lips need. So be sure to use a hydrating lip balm, like Nivea A Kiss of Moisture ($3), which has a creamy texture that penetrates already-dry lips. Then, seal that in with a more waxy product if you prefer.

    3. Add in a lip

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  • 4 Party Updos that Will Jump-Start Your Holiday Hair Plan

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: 4 Party Updos That Will Jump-Start Your Holiday Hair Plan

    If you're anything like us, your schedule is packed with holiday soirees galore: your friends' annual potluck, pre-Christmas cocktails, and that fancy seasonal charity event. Plus, the year's end means you'll be putting in overtime hours at work and shopping for gifts. Who has time to hunt for holiday hair tutorials? (Not us.) The good news is, last night's Trevor Project Benefit in LA offered plenty of celebrity updos for inspiration. So allow us to help you cross one more thing off your list by copying the red-carpet-approved styles below.

    For Fringe Fanatics
    Blunt bangs can get in the way when you attempt your holiday updo, but take your cues from the runway, and let your fringe breathe. The beauty of a topknot is that you don't need to add any hairpieces (like a bun shaper) to create volume. Hairstylist Aviva Perea slicked hair up section by section to avoid lumps using Oribe Surfcomber Mousse ($37). Then,

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  • 2013: The Year We Embraced White Eye Shadow and Gray Nails

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    This year was a big one for color cosmetics, especially when it came to bright makeup. Turquoise blues, hot pinks, and pastel whites were all major trends in makeup and nails in 2013, which made every beauty maven squeal with glee. And while we already know that Radiant Orchid is poised to be one of 2014's hottest colors, we can't help but hope some of the hues below make it through 2013. Keep scrolling to see some of the hottest pigment trends of the year!


    White Eye Makeup
    Sure, white may be the absence of color, but this shade made eyes pop in 2013. It was sketched in close as eyeliner and washed across the lid as shadow, proving that this seemingly simple hue is more than versatile.

    Hot Pink Lipstick
    We gave our red lipsticks a break this year and embraced a sexier shade: hot pink. Diane von Furstenberg showed off the hue for Fall, and we taught you how to apply it with ease. This color looks

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  • Avoid a Holiday Beauty Disaster with This Emergency Kit

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    Party hopping? No matter how amazing you look when you walk out the door (and you definitely do!), sometimes things happen. But keeping a mini emergency kit can help you avoid serious mishaps. Grab a cute pouch, and stuff it with some of these must-have items:

    • Mini deodorant: Getting asked if you're dating anyone over and over again at dinner can really make you sweat, so keep a deodorant on hand for when you need a little extra protection.
    • Pain reliever: That red wine that you're swilling in order to get through dinner can make your head spin, but an emergency stash of aspirin can help you get back on your feet.
    • Hand lotion: Cracked, dry hands are the worst party accessory. Keeping some lotion in your emergency kit will make sure your fingers stay smooth.
    • Travel perfume: Sephora gives out free samples of all its fragrances. Just ask a sales associate for a sample, and you can stash one in your bag for
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  • Get in Mint Condition with DIY Candy Cane Scrub

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    When you're in need of a gift in a pinch, this peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make. Peppermint-flavored candy canes go hand in hand with the holidays, so it makes total sense to use a few for a decadent sugar scrub. And the big plus is that no one will know that each jar's contents cost pennies to make. Upcycle a glass container, and you've got a savvy, chic, and fabulous holiday gift that everyone will love.


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    What You'll Need:

    • A glass jar with lid
    • 4 cups white sugar
    • Mixing bowl
    • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes
    • 1+ cup olive oil
    • 20-30 drops peppermint essential oil

    Directions:
    • Measure and pour the sugar into a mixing bowl. Give things a stir to break up any clumps. The sugar works as a gentle exfoliant that leaves your feet and hands wonderfully smooth.
    • Now add the olive oil to the sugar, and stir. You want the
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  • Sprayed Too Much Perfume? 5 Ways to Get Scent-Free

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Sprayed Too Much Perfume? 5 Ways to Get Scent-Free

    We've all been under the influence - under the influence of a stinky fragrance, that is. Perhaps you've been spritzed at the perfume counter by an overly eager salesperson and now you're just as eager to eliminate the offending scent before a headache ensues. Or maybe you had one spray too many of your signature scent. Whatever the case, get a few tips on de-aromatizing yourself when you read more.

    • The most popular: Probably the most widely recommended (not to mention inexpensive) method is to remove fragrance with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol or witch hazel.
    • The more unconventional: This one comes from the folks at Now Smell This: First apply unscented deodorant to the affected area. Let sit for a few minutes and wash with an unscented heavy-duty laundry detergent, like Tide Free.
    • Make a paste: Create a paste of equal parts of baking soda and warm water. Rub it into the skin, let sit for several
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  • The Cutest Nail Art You'll See All Season (Hint: Penguins)

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    When the weather gets chilly, there's no better way to dress up your nails than with a Winter-friendly penguin. This design wins big points in the cuteness category, but it's also a pretty easy design to freehand yourself.

    I started off with the perfect winterscape hue, Formula X For Sephora in Unmistakable ($11), on all my nails. You don't even have to wait for the base color to dry before moving onto the next step: the penguin. Use an opaque black polish like Essie's Licorice ($9) to create the body of the penguin with a U-shape. Make sure to leave a little bit of the background showing. Next, you'll want to layer on the white parts of the penguin: the eyes and belly. Use an opaque white polish like Butter London Cotton Buds ($15) to paint on a smaller U-shape to create the stomach. Then, using the dotting tool from the Butter London Backstage Basics Nail Art Tool Kit ($18), I created the two white eyes, and then

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  • Kick Your Frizz to the Curb This Season

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    Frizz seems to be the one hair woe that affects all women regardless of hair type, mainly because it sprouts up for a number of different reasons. While some women have figured out ways of keeping their fuzz down day to day, there are times when those pesky hairs pop up regardless of what you do to avoid them. When you're stuck in a hairy situation like this, there are easy ways to disguise the pouf that seems to be taking over your head:

    • Try some hair oil: Hair oils are a more natural serum when it comes to zapping frizz. Work something like Kiehl's Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate ($25) into your hair to depuff instantly.
    • Slick on some moisture: Start by sweeping some lotion onto your arms and legs. When you're done, run your fingers through your hair, avoiding the roots. The thin layer of moisturizer will smooth down your frizz. Just make sure to use a light touch or you could find yourself with a greasy situation.
    • Spritz
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  • Use Thanksgiving Dinner to Get Great Skin

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    Wondering how to keep your skin and body in balance during the season of holiday stress and excess? Gail Simmons knows a thing or two about food and beauty, and she's happy to help. She's not only special project director at Food & Wine and judge of Top Chef but a big believer in beauty from the inside out. Gail gave us a slew of great tips for keeping your body and face in balance no matter how cold it gets or how demanding your father-in-law is.

    • Protect your skin with antioxidants. "This year, I'm focusing on cooking stuff that's full of antioxidants," Gail says. "Sweet potatoes, pomegranates, kale, and deep green, leafy lettuces like arugula are all great choices."
    • Don't forget the cranberries. "Cranberries are a great holiday fruit for staying balanced," Gail told us. "They're great for your skin, they're delicious, and you can use them in a ton of different ways: cranberry sauce (of course), by drinking cranberry juice,
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