Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • The 4 Best Hair Volumizers

    What is the one thing (aside from their bodies!) that makes us envy Victoria's Secret models? Their hair! On every catwalk and advertorial, we see big, luscious, voluminous tresses that cascade down into perfection. Trying to achieve the same look may seem futile, but with these fantastic products, flowy, sexy hair is just a spritz away. By Siobhan Bentley

    VolumizersVolumizers

    Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($24) instantly adds texture and creates beachy locks, lifting from the roots.

    To create full-on glamorous hair, try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($19.50). This invisible dry hair spray amps up volume and texture at the same time.

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    For fuller hair that lasts, smooth on Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum ($27), an overnight treatment that fattens and fortifies each strand to create a fuller mane.

    Thanks to Philip Kingsley Maximizer ($21), superb volume is possible even for those with fine hair. This spray adds bounce and prevents pesky flyaways.

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  • Navigating the Unspoken Office Dress Code

    What to wear on the first day of a new job is a major decision. Catherine Hageman explores the politics of office dress.

    Wear to WorkWear to Work

    As new graduates (not to mention summer interns) begin their careers, one of the major decisions they'll face is what to wear on the first day of work.

    At least it was a big deal for me. I remember my first-day-outfit - black pants with a white puffy-sleeve tee and an argyle sweater-vest.

    The tee may have been a mistake, but the look is burned in my brain, thanks in part to the ID badge that I still use (and which causes the occasional double-take - I used to be a brunette!).

    How to Look Great in Every Photo

    I began my career overdressing - blouses, black trousers and heels every day. After a few weeks, I realized my work-environment was a little more relaxed, the definition of business casual. But the truth was that there were no set-in-stone rules about what we could and couldn't wear - it was (and still is) a judgment call. I still remember

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  • Summer’s Best Beauty Buys

    With summer peaking its lovely head around the corner, it's time to shed those layers and update your beauty routine. Store heavy foundations, flat irons, and thick moisturizers in exchange for our five most delicious summer beauty buys. By The Ray and The Ro.

    Summer BeautySummer Beauty

    1. Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil ($45) - Fake a sun-kissed glow with Kevyn Aucoin's popular powder. A combination of crystal pigments in bronze, gold, and silver, this bronzer leaves us naturally radiant.

    2. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ($24) - This jack-of-all-trades bottle combines of vitamin E and other essential oils to repair and nourish the whole body. It tames frizzy ends, moisturizes skin, and fixes chapped lips.

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    3. Chanel Le Verins in Holiday ($26) - Chanel does it again. This beautiful, vivid red-orange will perk up any mani-pedi.

    4. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42) - Come summer, we love to swap out our heavy foundations for

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  • The Biggest Industry Secrets from a Top Ad Exec

    Powerhouse ad exec Margaret Keene has produced some of the most game-changing commercials in history, including Apple's "Think Different" campaign. Now she reveals how much has changed since the industry's Mad Men days. By Laurie Sandell

    Margaret KeeneYou spent your entire career at one agency before jumping to Saatchi last year. What prompted the move?
    I'd been at Chiat\Day for 20 years, climbing up the ladder, nose to the grindstone. I had tons of clients, amazing teams, and lots of friends. Then I had a great meeting with Kevin Roberts, Saatchi's worldwide CEO. I hadn't had a new mentor in a long time, and I needed a life change. It was very painful to leave, but when someone says, "You have more to learn. Take my hand, we're going to create new brands, we are going to create new experiences," you say, "Yes."

    How has the transition been?
    During my first few months, I was at a very important internal meeting and had to leave for my 8-year-old daughter's dance performance. Things

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  • Redefining Asian Beauty

    Lustrous black hair and impossibly white, porcelain skin mark the struggle of the narrow ideals of what makes an Asian woman beautiful. By Mume Yoshiwara

    Asian BeautyAsian BeautyIF YOU WERE TO CREATE THE IDEAL Asian woman, what would she look like? She would be thin, of course, and her skin would be pale, unlined, babyish in its softness and porelessness. Her hair would be thick, shiny, black or dark brown, preferably straight, and certainly long. You would be able to paint her in just two swipes of gouache, a figure as unspecific as she is iconic: a knife-slash blade of ink for her torso, a brushstroke of black for her hair.

    It would be an easy image to make because here's what you wouldn't need to bother rendering: hips (or girth of any kind, for that matter - the idea of replacing the word fat with the more salubrious euphemism of curvy has never quite caught on among Asians); skin that shows the sorts of marks that all other races have grown to, if not celebrate, then at least accept (freckles,

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  • The Single Girl Revolution

    Putting themselves first and a wedding ring second, a new generation of women fights for their right to be left alone (literally!) By Rebecca Traister

    SingledomCall it the attack of the 50-foot single woman.

    Recent months have seen an army of unmarried women taking over magazine racks (cover stories in The Atlantic and Boston), prime time (Girls, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl), and bookshelves (Eric Klinenberg's Going Solo documents the huge number of women - 17 million - now living on their own). For legions of women, living single isn't news, it's life. You know, eating, sleeping, working, cleaning the refrigerator - just doing it all while not being married to a man. But to others, waking up in the morning husband-free seems to be some kind of affront. In March, Rush Limbaugh, fresh off his tirade against unmarried law student Sandra Fluke, laid into a 35-year-old female journalist, asking, "What is it with all these young, single white women?"

    Limbaugh isn't alone in his anxiety about maritally

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  • 6 Ways to Prep Skin for Summer

    Summer is like a surprise houseguest: It manages to catch you unprepared every year. This season, bring it on with our head-to-toe to-do list. By Gina Way

    Prep SkinPrep SkinSwitch Your Skincare Products
    More heat and humidity equal more oil and gunk on your face. Adjust your regimen accordingly. "If you use a creamy cleanser, change to a foaming face wash or even a salicylic- or glycolic-acid cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and sunscreen," says Philadelphia-based derm Dr. Susan Taylor. If you tend to break out, add a salicylic-acid toner to keep pores clear. "Swipe it over your face in the morning before applying anything else," explains Taylor. You may want to modify your moisturizer, too: "A hydrating serum may be enough moisturizer in the summer," says NYC facialist Isabelle Bellis. She also prefers face mists like Avène Thermal Spring Water because "it has a light emollient effect and counteracts the drying effects of tap water, chlorine, and salt water." And seek out ingredients like vitamins C and

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  • Top 5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hair

    For frizz-free beach days and glossy sunny highlights, top stylists reveal their best thirst-quenching hair recommendations. By Ning Chao


    ADD OilsESSENTIAL OILS
    To balance and rehydrate, oils work just as well on the face as they do on the hair. "I grew up in Hawaii, and we were always using coconut and macadamia-nut oils for homemade masks," Atkin recalls. "They don't contain silicone, so they're more like lotion for the hair and won't build up or weigh hair down. And avocado oil is a great holistic remedy for scalp sunburns." To fortify your conditioner or styling cream, mix in a drop of oil.

    MC Recommends: Pureology Precious Oil.




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    GO GENTLE
    People are talking about sulfate-free shampoos, but even gentle surfactants (which create suds) can fade color and cause parched scalps and strands. "Lather removes moisture, but a cleansing conditioner contains essential oils that wash hair without stripping. This is what people used before the

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  • Are You a Victim of the 24-Hour Workday?

    You have a killer career, control your own schedule, and handle the firm's key clients around the world. The downside: You're fielding work e-mails at all hours and bringing business into bed with you. The latest crisis affecting working women isn't the struggle to get ahead-it's knowing when to turn off. By Elisabeth Eaves

    24-Hour WorkdayAs soon as she opens her eyes, Defne Aydintasbas reaches for her iPhone. "That's how my day begins," says the 35-year-old co-owner of a New York public-relations firm. "I have clients in Europe, so there are always e-mails when I wake up, and there's only a small window of time to respond." Within the hour, Aydintasbas is fielding a relentless stream of e-mails that keeps her click-clacking on her phone all morning. Invariably, the business-related matters overshadow the personal ones. Aydintasbas' husband finds it strange that when he e-mails, say, with dinner plans, she'll respond coldly, as though talking to a colleague, "Thanks for the suggestion." ("It's

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  • Why Smell Matters in Love

    Can scent make or break a marriage? It's a vital element of a relationship, argues one woman. By E.J. Balloch

    Scent of a MarriageI was with my ex-husband for more than a decade. He was-and still is-one of the best guys I've ever known. He's smart, acid-witted, a wonderful dad, and a good friend. But irreconcilable fighting, resentment, and fundamental personality differences ultimately took a toll on our marriage. And there was something more: We didn't like each other's scent.

    For more than 30 years, scientists have been studying the natural aromas emitted by humans. Research suggests that our unique personal scents may serve several purposes, including helping us choose a suitable sexual mate. In a famous Swiss study, women who were asked to smell sweaty T-shirts worn by different men were most aroused when sniffing the shirts worn by guys with dissimilar immune systems, a crucial requirement to lasting attraction and healthy offspring. Although it's not exactly scientific, my own experience

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