Blog Posts by Beyond the Beauty Pages, SELF Magazine

  • The Return of the Pixie Cut

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    These days, celebs are picking up right where their predecessors left off and rocking this cut with confidence. "This style can work on many different face shapes because it can be adjusted and tweaked to fit the person's personality," says Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner of SalonCapri. If you've ever wondered if the pixie cut's for you, check out these leading ladies (and then try it on yourself--without scissoring your locks!).

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    1. Emma Watson : Just when we thought she couldn't get any cuter, the Harry Potter star daringly sheared her locks and emerged more adorable than ever! She keeps the cut looking young and fresh with a bit of texture on top.

    Tip: "If you want to modernize the look, try utilizing products in your hair. You can use a styling pomade or gel to pick up the front, spike it up or even do a Mohawk," suggests Nicholas.

    2. Carey Mulligan : Carey's pixie is more classic - soft

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  • 3 Steps to Smaller Pores

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    Refined pores are the first step to a smooth, flawless complexion--but they can also be the hardest to achieve. My grandmother swears by this overnight fix for shrinking enlarged pores and prepping your skin for clearer days.

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    Large pores can be worse if you have oily skin because dirt and oils become trapped more easily (making them larger). This recipe calls for lemon, which is great for toning and reducing the appearance of your pores as well as drawing out oils, and almond to keep your skin moisturized.

    1. Take 4 or 5 almonds and soak them in hot water for a half hour so they become soft. Then, break them down with the back of a spoon until they become a paste.

    2. In a bowl, combine the almond paste with 2 - 3 teaspoons of lemon juice.

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    3. Apply this to your skin, focusing on your t-zone (it works great if you leave it on overnight) and then

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  • Don't Leave Home Without Them: 4 Travel-Sized Beauty Essentials

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine



    Packing can be one of the least thrilling parts of your weekend getaway. From running through your mental checklist for the umpteenth time to choosing between the most practical items to pack vs. your can't live without em' favorites. With these travel-sized weekend essentials, you can rest assured there will be plenty of wiggle room for your new to-die-for pair of boots.

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  • 6 Simple Steps to a Romantic Side Braid!

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    Ever since Alexander Wang sparked a slew of long, romantic side braids back in Spring 2010, the look has taken on a life of its own. This season, we loved the disheveled side braids and coral lips that graced the runway at the Lela Rose Spring 2011 Collection.

    The look was even popular among guests at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Here's how you can create the style at home.

    This style works great on long hair, but don't be afraid to experiment if your hair is on the shorter side:


    1. Part your hair on the side. If you have bangs, choose the side opposite them.
    2. Separate hair into three parts, Take one two - three inch pieces of hair from the front of your hair on either side and gather the rest of your hair in the middle down your back.
    3. Pull this middle section to the side opposite your part, split it into three sections and braid it (if you prefer a fishtail braid it'll look fab, too!)
    4. Gently push the braid up between your thumb and

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  • Grandma's DIY Hair Mask: 4 Steps to Your Shiniest Hair

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    Looking through old photos, I noticed my grandmother always had long, silky and very shiny hair. Even in the old black and white photos, the shine showed through! At 86, she still has long hair and while a lot of it has gone grey, it's still silky and shiny as ever. What's her secret?

    Coconut milk!

    She swears by the scalp-nourishing properties in coconut milk and hydrating avocado. Olive oil is her secret for softness and shine. Growing up, she'd use this often on herself and my mother and it's a must before a big event!

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    What you need:
    1 ripe avocado
    1/2 cup coconut milk
    3 tsp olive oil

    What to do:
    1. Mash the avocado with a large spoon until it's completely smooth
    2. Combine the coconut milk and olive oil, stirring rapidly to make sure it's mixed in well.
    3. Warm up the mask in your microwave, about 20 seconds or until it's

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  • Vanessa Minnillo On Keeping Your Man Clean

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    AXE Shower Gel commercials; we've all seen them. A guy slathers some on in the shower and when he steps outside, stampeding women are upon him like hungry hyenas. While most men have come to accept this as wishful thinking, the scenarios presented in these ads have stirred up quite a debate: Are we women really attracted to the smell of AXE?

    Well according to Vanessa Minnillo, new spokeswoman for AXE, the answer is a loud, resounding yes!

    AXE teamed up with the Sports and Leisure Research Group and polled hundreds of guys and girls at six major US colleges and Universities. 65% of girls agreed that a guy's cleanliness was attractive and a huge part in determining whether or not she would date him.

    "Girls prefer a guy with a just-showered smell and women associated the smell of AXE with being clean. Cleanliness and sexiness go hand in hand," said Vanessa.

    Vanessa brought along these stats:

    • 66% of girls thought that a guy who put more effort into
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  • Straight from the Fashion Week Runway: How to Get Pretty Eyes that Pop

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    At BCBG Max Azria, Maybelline New York Makeup Artist, Charlotte Willer, gave models pretty eyes that pop - without mascara! Here's how to get the look:

    Related: 20 Ways to Get Perfect Skin

    Charlotte described the look as,"barely there, confident and neautral, characterized by soft, neutral tones and no mascara."

    Face: Apply Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation all over, like you would a moisturizer, for a poreless and luminous look.

    Brows: Charlotte defined brows with Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil. When you leave out the mascara, brows become the focal point of definition in your eye, but should remain soft and easy.

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    Eyes: A creamy golden-shade all over the lid for a muted affect.

    Lips: Charlotted applied Color Sensations Lipstick in "In the Buff" on lips and followed with a lip balm for a hint of shine that's not glossy.

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  • DIY: Make Your Own Berry Lip Gloss At-Home (4 Simple Steps!)

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    With fall rolling in, we're reminded that cold dry months--and even dryer lips--aren't far behind. If you want to pamper your lips and look pretty, try a berry gloss! It'll warm up your entire complexion. Here's an at-home recipe make your own strawberry lipgloss that looks and tastes delicious!

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    What You'll Need:
    -6-8 strawberries (If you prefer a deeper color cranberries are great, too)
    -1 tiny of drop berry-red food coloring
    -1 tablespoon olive oil
    -1/2 tablespoon honey
    -2 drops Vitamin E oil
    -1 cheese cloth
    -1 small tin (you can recycled one from an old lipgloss)

    What to do:

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    1. Heat the strawberries, olive oil and vitamin E oil and honey in a microwave or on your stovetop until it boils.
    2. Use a long-handled spoon to crush the berries completely so their color runs out.
    3. Let the mixture cool and then strain it through the cheesecloth to get rid of the

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  • 5 No-Fail Formulas For Va-Va-Voom Hair

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    Fine, straight hair can be a headache when you're looking for a little extra oomph. Through the years I've loved and lost many volumizing shampoos and conditioners, created cocktails and mixed brands - all in search of a no-fail formula. Well, here are 5 new favorites that had my hair looking better than ever!

    1. Fekkai Full Blown Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, $35 each: You don't have to douse your hair in shampoo for it to work. This concentrated formula packs quite a punch - so don't let the size of the bottle fool you. It also left my hair really shiny and soft, a nice surprise since many volumizing formulas have my hair looking fuller, but dry and thirsty.

    2. Liqwd Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $32 each: I've always been very wary of conditioners; in my experience they weigh down my hair and leave my strands lifeless by noon. This combo is a must-have for fine hair. My hair took a day or two to get used to it - but every day after that

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  • 4 Expert Tips: Choosing the Right Foundation For Your Skin Type

    By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazine

    One of the toughest cosmetic conundrums can be choosing the perfect foundation. By the time you find your shade, the right formula for your skin type, and something weather-appropriate that fits your budget - your heads spinning and you're ready to bolt for the door. Skin care expert and creator of cosmetic line Paula's Choice, Paula Begoun, shared her tips to make foundation shopping a little easier.

    Paula breaks it down by your skin type:

    1. Dull or Dry: Try foundations with shine to add a subtle glow to your face.

    Paula recommends: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, $42 and Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse with Airbush Finish, $8.79

    2. Normal to Dry: Water-based and standard liquid foundations work best. They blend easy and provide a smooth finish once set with powder and a hint of blush.

    Paula recommends: L'oreal Visible Lift Line Minimizing and Tone Enhancing Make Up SPF 17, $11.95 and Paula's Choice All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 15,

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