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  • The Prettiest New Winter Hair Accessories

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    Courtesy of Erickson Beamon for Beauty.comCourtesy of Erickson Beamon for Beauty.com

    Some people have a tendency to hide their beauty blunders. I find it's easier--and much more flattering--to enhance them. Chipped polish? Slap on a glitter topcoat. On bad hair days, you'll never find me in a hat. Instead, I take those messy waves and position a big, bad, sparkly accessory on top. In two seconds, it takes a look from crazy to crazy-sexy (and no one will know you woke up five minutes ago).


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    This season, I'm loving these from Erickson Beamon for beauty.com. The four designs (including my two personal favorites, Tropical Punch Butterfly, top left, and Tropical Punch, top right) are elegant, intricate, and look gorgeous in a low chignon or half-up style. And the best part? They're a fraction of the price you'd normally pay for an Erickson Beamon piece. OK, I lied. The actual best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds go to GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) to

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  • Fergie and Wet N Wild's Major Gift to AIDS Research

    by Alexandra Tunell

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    Last night, I got the chance to meet Fergie at the launch event for her spring Wet n Wild collection. The new mom to 3-month-old Axl is busier than ever, building an empire of fragrances, makeup, shoes, and even a wine label. And it's not all easy. "I'm still trying to find the balance, to be honest," she says. She talked beauty (she loves the new Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Lip Stain in Giving Realness), taking a hiatus from recording to focus on her family, and the importance of giving back. Which she then did--in a big way.


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    The Foundation for AIDS Research, or amFar, is a cause close to her heart, and she was here in New York City to present the group with a $50,000 check raised through the sales of her very own Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Color in V.I.Pink.

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    The gesture got me thinking about how Fergie isn't the only one working to end

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  • The Future of Beauty: Flying Lipsticks?

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    Courtesy of AmazonCourtesy of AmazonIn my mind, the future of beauty lies somewhere between The Hunger Games and Elysium--where purple eyebrows and a full body polish are no big deal. So imagine my excitement when Amazon revealed their science-fiction-like delivery drones this week. Those little suckers (expected to touch down in the next five years) can carry five pounds of merchandise to your door in 30 minutes--and the only thing I could think of was: beauty products!

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    Imagine how great it will be when you run out of foundation (or mascara, or lipstick…) and can't get to the mall. Just log on and boom! It's at your door faster than a pepperoni pizza. Or, you get to your vacation home and realize--oh no!--you forgot your favorite SPF. It's there right as you slip into your swimsuit. And just think: when your blow dryer short fuses at your boyfriend's house-you'll be able to get another one in time for work.

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  • Your Manicure Can Smell as Festive as it Looks

    by Jenna Rosenstein

    photo: Allurephoto: Allure My opinion of scented nail polish is two-fold: On one hand (or, actually, both) (get it?), they're super-cool. On the other, their generally cloying scents are not something I want to inhale each time my hands approach my nasal region. (Have you ever eaten pizza with bubble gum-scented polish on? Don't.) But then I came across Revlon's new Parfumerie collection, out this month. The 24 polishes come in crisp, unexpected scents like Italian Leather and Fresh Linen. But it's the holiday fragrances--Wintermint, Balsam Fir, and Autumn Spice--that will make these my go-to polishes for the next three weeks.


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    Creamy green Balsam Fir smells about as close to the real thing as a nail varnish could get. I've been painting it on four nails and using Autumn Spice, a red-copper, as an accent color (and scent). Wintermint is a shimmery green with flecks of gold and ice blue glitter that looks, and smells,

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  • Is Your Skin Freaking Out After Thanksgiving? Fix It, Fast

    by Elizabeth Siegel

    Getty ImagesGetty Images An odd thing happened over the Thanksgiving holiday: I flew to Chicago for a five-day trip, and my skin totally changed while I was there. A few days into my vacation, and it was a little dryer, a little duller, and prone to breakouts. And now that I'm back home in New York City, it hasn't miraculously improved like I'd really, really been hoping it would. "That's common around the holidays," says Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City.


    And it's common for a lot of reasons. "Flying, drinking alcohol, eating salty and sugary foods, and even washing your face with hard tap water can make your skin dryer and inflamed, which means it's also more prone to breakouts," she explains. "And dry skin looks generally older, because it gets duller and fine lines become more noticeable." Yikes. Before you get mad at your family for living out of town, here's how to get your skin back on track:

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  • Nicole Kidman Talks Beauty and the Surprising Item She Carries in Her Bag

    by Alexandra Tunell

    photo: Allurephoto: AllureNicole Kidman plays Grace Kelly, the glamorous movie star turned princess, in Grace of Monaco (out in March). But at home in Nashville, Kidman is a low-key, makeup-free mom. Okay, and also a glamorous movie star. I asked her about becoming a royal, her beauty routine, and the contents of her bag. And although I'm not big on selfies, when an Academy Award-winning actress agrees to pose for one (above), I'm all in!

    How difficult was it to transform into such an iconic figure? "At first, I was really intimidated because she's just so beautiful. I didn't really know anything about her, but once I started to research her and find the human qualities, there were things I related to and understood, so I was able to go, 'Okay, this is doable.'"

    What was your favorite part of becoming Grace Kelly? "All of it! I love being transformed, being made into something else. They made my brows longer and sort of extended my eye socket a bit with liner and these little eyebrow

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  • DIY Thanksgiving Beauty: Pumpkin-and-Cranberry Face Masks

    by Ramona Emerson

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes It's Thanksgiving, so you're probably stuck inside, trapped by a big storm or outvoted by the family football fans. Either way, once the turkey is consumed and you've beaten your cousin into submission at Bananagrams, you're going to need something to do. Thankfully, the ingredients for your favorite Thanksgiving dishes make surprisingly good beauty treatments.


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    "Pumpkin is a great exfoliator," says facialist Kate Somerville of the vitamin C-packed gourd. "Unlike glycolic or salicylic acids, which tend to go deeper, pumpkin enzymes only metabolize the top layer of dead skin cells. They're good for people with sensitive skin." Somerville uses pumpkin enzymes in peels at her Los Angeles clinic, but you can make your own pumpkin face mask, says natural beauty entrepreneur Indie Lee, who shared her recipe. First, remove the rind of a small pumpkin and cut the flesh into cubes. Then boil the cubes for ten minutes and mash them. Read More »from DIY Thanksgiving Beauty: Pumpkin-and-Cranberry Face Masks
  • Cate Blanchett Talks Wigs, Brows, and How She Really Gets into Character

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    Getty ImagesGetty Images When Cate Blanchett takes on a role, she takes on that character's hair as well. "I don't like wearing wigs. Unless it's for theatrical effect, I prefer to use my own hair," says the Australian actress. And we're not talking about a dye job here or there: This woman has shaved her hairline, buzzed her head completely bald, and--most recently--let her roots grow in for months. We talked to Blanchett, who is the face of SK-II, about what it's like to be inside a character's head (literally).


    Blue Jasmine (at a 2013 premiere for the film, above): "I let my hair grow out a little because [my character] Jasmine is down on her druthers and fraying at the seams. I thought it would be better for her to have regrowth and look a bit more like she's coming apart."


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  • This Holiday Season's Coolest Nail-Polish Collection (It Might Surprise You)

    by Sophia Panych

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    Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas album might be a little cheesy (or more than a little), but I'm the first to admit that I totally get into it. And now I'll say the same thing about her holiday nail-polish collection for OPI. The line sounds corny, with shade names like Ski Slope Sweetie, In My Santa Suit, and Kiss Me at Midnight, but the colors are actually cool and sophisticated. There isn't one I don't like. In fact, when picking our favorite holiday nail polishes this year, I had a hard time narrowing it down to just one: There are six different shimmering reds, from a bright cherry to a sexy garnet. There is a gorgeous pearly white (that would be Ski Slope Sweetie), which looks great on its own or layered under the sparkly silver topcoat (I Snow You Love Me). I'm obsessed with the decadent brown hue (Warm Me Up) and the edgy textured black that will be perfect for New Year's Eve (Liquid Sand Emotion). When it comes to this limited-edition line, I'll steal a line Read More »from This Holiday Season's Coolest Nail-Polish Collection (It Might Surprise You)

  • 3 Ways to Dress Up a Bun

    by Elizabeth Siegel

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    If you get a bun wrong, you can look like a boring buzzkill. But get it right, and you've got a style that's the perfect blend of elegant and cool. It's all in the details (hint: a mussed finish and the right placement are key). Here, three ways to upgrade a classic: Top it with an accessory. Charlize! Her look above was from the 2010 Golden Globes and it's still inspiring us. This approach dresses up your style in about five seconds and detracts from any imperfections. (What frizz?) Try clipping vintage earrings or a brooch around the base of your bun, or slip on a crystal headband, says hairstylist Mark Townsend. "The '60s are coming back, so if you wear a headband, tease the hair at your crown first and position the headband right in front of it," he says. (Tease your hair before creating the bun, obviously.)


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    Make it piecey. A mussed finish gives any bun a more youthful feel. "Spray a beach spray all over

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