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  • 7 Beauty Essentials to Keep in Your Bag This Fall

    Source: 7 Beauty Essentials to Keep in Your Bag This Fall

    Just as it's customary to do a little Fall wardrobe shopping, your vanity could use a seasonal revamp as well. All it takes is a few quick updates to get your skin, makeup, and hair routine refreshed and ready for the crisper weather ahead. Discover the seven beauty buys that are worth the shopping trip when you read more.


    For Hair

    • Deep conditioner: If you only buy one hair product this season, conditioner is it. Because strands often suffer from moisture loss during Fall, opt for a conditioning treatment at least once a week for added hydration. You can also use a leave-in product from midshaft to ends. So long, frizz.

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    For Body

    • Solid perfume: Don't let your favorite fragrance get carried away by the heavy wind this season. Try a concentrated solid perfume instead for a hint of moisture and a whole lot of scent.
    • Lip salve:
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  • 10 New Nail Launches You Won't Be Able to Resist

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: 10 New Nail Launches You Won't Be Able to Resist

    If the Winter-themed commercials and gifting catalogs haven't gotten you into the holiday spirit yet, then these nail launches will definitely do the trick. In our November roundup, you'll discover a topcoat that mimics a snow globe and a new nail art kit that easily lets you put a bird on it. All these polish picks are new and perfectly proportioned to stuff your holiday stocking.

    • Not only is this Clinique Happy Heart Fund Nail Lacquer in Happy ($13) the perfect red shade to get you through every holiday party, but it also gives back to charity. Three dollars from each purchase goes to Petra Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund. What an innovative way to spread seasonal cheer!
    • Launching later this month, Illamasqua Blizzard ($17) is a new take on the typical glitter topcoat with white and silver flecks. Time to cue up "Let It Snow."
    • It's time to upgrade the paintbrush set you've been using to create nail art for
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  • This Braided Bun Can Be Yours in 5 Easy Steps

    Source: This Braided Bun Can Be Yours in 5 Easy Steps

    Feel yourself quickly falling into a hair rut this Fall? Don't beat yourself up . . . get yourself motivated! We've got this whimsical and beautiful braided bun tutorial, straight from Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, and it's perfect for the holidays.





    1. Blow-dry your wet hair until it's completely smooth using a boar-bristle brush and a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray ($28) for added volume.


    2. Give yourself a slight side part, and then start your french braid. It should start on the side with less hair and continue around your head until you reach the point right below your ear on the other side. Tie the end off with a clear elastic.


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    3. Grab the section of your hair that hasn't been braided, and use a curling iron to curl it away from your face. The curls should be loose

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  • How to Make Fake Blood (and Remove All the Evidence the Next Day)

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: How to Make Fake Blood (and Remove All the Evidence the Next Day)

    Depending on how gory your Halloween costume is (think: the leading ladies of True Blood and The Vampire Diaries), you might need a quick recipe for fake blood. It may not be the prettiest beauty topic around, but this is one DIY recipe that will come in handy this month. Read on to get our tried-and-true recipe for fake blood and our day-after removal tips, too.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup corn syrup
    • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or chocolate syrup)
    • Red food coloring
    • Warm water
    The basis of your faux-blood recipe is corn syrup, which gives it that sticky, thick texture. You can dilute the syrup with warm water to get the exact consistency you want. To make sure the fake blood is opaque, add the cornstarch. Now, for the coloring. For a more natural look, stir in cocoa powder, tempering it with red food coloring. If you want the look of coagulated blood, add gelatin for a thicker Read More »from How to Make Fake Blood (and Remove All the Evidence the Next Day)
  • Smooches! See the Hottest New Lipsticks Launching Now

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Smooches! See the Hottest New Lipsticks Launching Now

    A good lipstick is like a good friend. It's there when you need it, it's always good for a confidence boost, and when you find a great one, you want to keep expanding your circle. Which is why you're going to love this roundup of the newest lipsticks that are hitting shelves now. With formulas and colors this sumptuous and luxurious, you're going to need a bigger makeup bag . . .

    • Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson is launching his first color cosmetics line, out in November, and the lipsticks in the lineup are highly pigmented and supersumptuous.
    • Cargo Cosmetics' new Essential Lip Color ($22) features buttery-smooth application and natural lip enhancers to help your lips look their fullest.
    • Want satin finish with a luxury twist? Sweep on Rouge Dior Couture Color Voluptuous Care Lipstick ($34).
    • Elizabeth Arden has released a new line dubbed Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick ($25), touted to stay put for 12 hours.
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  • Shaving Myths You Need to Stop Believing

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Shaving Myths You Need to Stop Believing

    Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean we stop shaving. And while one's so-called relationship with the razor can be a slippery one, debunking a few myths about what happens when you shave can help get you to your smoothest shave ever. So, does your hair really grow back thicker and darker? Are new blades the best to use? And where should you store your razor? We're breaking it all down - and supplying you with simple ways to extend the life of your razor.


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    Considering the relatively high cost of replacing razor blades, you might as well try to prolong the life of them, right? Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep them sharper longer, and, as a result, your wallet will love you. Plus, by following these few easy steps after each shave, you'll reduce the likelihood of some common disasters (the nicks, the cuts, the ingrowns).

    • Make sure it's
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  • How to Make Individual False Lashes Look Even Better This Halloween

    Source: How to Make Individual False Lashes Look Even Better This Halloween

    Perhaps you've been intrigued by the idea of wearing individual lashes, but are a bit intimidated by how to apply them. Well, there's never a better time than Halloween season to give it a try. "Generally I like to use individuals just on the outer corners to give eyes a bit of extra interest," celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman of Brett Freedman Beauty explains. "The good thing about individuals is that you can use just a few to fill in spots and thicken/lengthen." Like how that sounds?


    • Use tweezers to grasp the sprig of lashes as close to the base as possible. "Too high up and the lashes will fray when you pull them from their tray," Freedman says.
    • Place a dot of glue on the tray with the lashes, and dip the base of the sprig into the glue using a light touch.
    • Now, start on the outer corner and lay the lash behind your natural lash. "Picket-fence them toward the center," explains Freedman. "The
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  • Make Your Fall Blowout Last for Days

    Source: Make Your Fall Blowout Last For Days

    Not one for the beachy hair of Summer? Well, you're in luck, because the sleek blowout is in for Fall and Winter. But sometimes, maintaining a blowout once you've wrestled your hair into this shiny, sexy style is easier said than done. Don't think you're up for the challenge? We've got five tips to turn your hair from flimsy to fabulous.

    • Opt for a casual texture: "The trick to keeping a blowout is to keep it a little bent at the ends," Mark Townsend, celebrity stylist for stars like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, said. That means forget the supersleek, straight blowout. Use a round brush to add a small bend to the ends for texture and hold.
    • Ease up on the product: Overdosing on products is a sure-fire way to wind up with greasy strands that won't hold up. Instead, fix yourself a regimen of products that are lightweight, and stick to only two or three. Keep them away from your roots to avoid product buildup there, too.
    • Wrap it up:
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  • The 12 Essential Beauty Trends for Fall 2013

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: The 12 Essential Beauty Trends For Fall 2013

    When it comes to autumnal makeup trends, dark, raisin-toned lips are ubiquitous, but at Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week, unexpected bold greens and unabashedly bright blues lit up the runway too. And as for hair, gorgeous ponytails and intricate braids were de rigueur, while nails were painted in geometric shapes and elongating nude tones. As Fall approaches, we can't wait to try all these styles, and neither should you!

    • Trend: '70s Texture: Everything old is new again, and at a handful of shows, this translated into hair reminiscent of 1970s styles. Think: Studio 54, Bianca Jagger, and a whole lot of hair spray. So break out your AquaNet. Fall 2013 is sure to be the season of big-time bouffants.
    • Trend: Woven Strands: Braids have been popular for seasons now, but in lieu of casual coifs, stylists opted for more intricate versions on the Fall 2013 runways. These looks may require some time and skill to re-create, but as you
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  • Get in the Halloween Spirit with These Festive Nail Sets

    POPSUGAR BeautySource: Get in the Halloween Spirit With These Festive Nail Sets

    It's October, which means it's time to let your nail art freak flag fly, and there are plenty of ways to show off your Halloween spirit. Sure, there are black polishes for a classic vampy finish, but there are also nail art kits to complement your costume and easy-to-adhere nail wraps complete with ghoulish designs. Just keep clicking for tame to full-on outrageous ways to wear Halloween on your fingertips.

    • This year, OPI is celebrating Halloween with its Rock Goddess Mini Lacquer Set ($13). It comes with four bold shades that can be mixed and matched to create a custom look, and don't forget to finish it off with the skull bracelet.
    • NCLA has mastered the art of nail wraps, and it's come up with two festive designs: Dracula's Bride and Web of Lies ($16 each). Just adhere to your nails and seal with a top coat.
    • Remember your favorite glow-in-the-dark anything as a kid? Well, now you can relive that wonder with
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