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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

    • 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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  • A Rotating Iron That's a Total Game Changer

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    After cutting my hair this past week, I only like my new shorter look with a wave in it, so this means I've been spending more time with my curling iron than usual. And one thing I've learned is that not all heated wands were created equal, and the mere fact that this one rotates instantly makes the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver ($199) stand out. No, it's not some gimmick, it actually serves a purpose. Not only does the spinning rod make it easier and faster to curl your hair, but it ensures there's a uniformity to your curls, so both sides turn out right. Plus, the longer wand makes it great for lengthier strands (like I used to have), because more of your hair can actually touch the heated barrel. But for my freshly cut hair, I just clip in sections and push the button to rotate the iron, making it easier for me to curl my hair without fumbling with my new shorter length. So regardless of how long your hair is, this tool makes perfect

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  • 5 Ways to Look Even Better on Instagram

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: 5 Ways to Look Even Better on Instagram

    Between the filters, the Gaussian blur, and the "creative" photo angles using a phone produces, getting a reasonably flattering picture on Instagram can seem like a challenge. Fortunately, there are a some easy and smart ways to make sharing your #selfie on the popular picture-taking app work in your favor. So before you start showing off your holiday hair and makeup, check out five simple ways to get better Instagram results when you read more.

    1. Choose your filters wisely Did you know that differently colored lights can make your skin tone and hair appear prettier? It's the reason soft, pink sunsets and candlelight are both known for their beauty-boosting prowess. The same holds true for Instagram filters. While you may like the low-fidelity look of the Lomo-Fi filter, the orange-brown color distortion can make everything from under-eye bags to blemishes stand out. Instead, stick with a filter that makes your photos a little

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  • 3 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Red Lipstick

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    or some reason a fear of red lipstick still plagues many women out there. We've heard all the excuses: "I'm too pale. It makes me look like a clown. It's just so messy." Well it all starts with picking the right shade. Master three ways for making the bold, classic pigment work for you this coming season - whatever your comfort level - when you read more.

    For the gun-shy: "You can wear a shade of red, and it doesn't have to be a red lipstick," explains Jodi Risley, education and artistry executive at Make Up For Ever. So if the thought of wearing a bold red hue is daunting, go with a less obtrusive red lip gloss or well-blended-out lip stain instead. And if your apprehension lies within shade selection in general, know that you can't really go wrong with a neutral red, such as the brand's Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge ($20). "It looks good on 99 percent of all complexions," Risley adds.

    For the trendsetter: Red lipstick

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  • More Sleep and Better Skin? Why You'll Love Daylight Savings!

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: More Sleep and Better Skin? Why You'll Love Daylight Savings!

    Sometimes there isn't enough time in the day to do all the steps in your beauty routine - cleansing, exfoliating, toning, masking, and moisturizing (whew). So it's a good thing we're getting an extra hour to work with as Daylight Savings Time ends. Why not maximize your time and let your beauty products do all the heavy lifting while you hit snooze for another 60 minutes? Just add these simple steps and products to your nighttime regimen, and you can wake up one step closer to a more polished look.

    Moisture overload: When it comes to moisturizing creams, the possibilities can be overwhelming. Look for hyaluronic acid for a moisturizing treatment, glycolic acid for an exfoliating and brightening effect, or an antioxidant-rich formula (with vitamin A) for skin renewal or antiaging. But remember that a cream can't do its job as well if you don't start with a clean slate, so washing your face is an essential

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