• Salon NfuseSalon NfusePerhaps you think your in-between-length hair is too short for a classy updo.

    Think again.

    I'm going to show you how hair this length can be pulled up into a style that will make people think it's twice as long -- perfect for your next holiday shindig!

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    Stephanie at Salon Nfuse started by loosely French braiding each side of our model's hair and securing them in place at the base of her neck with bobby pins, crinkly side down, in an 'x' formation to securely hold the hair in place.

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    She left the ends sticking out, and used her fingers to back comb them a bit and make them look fuller.

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    The result? A totally cool, messy chignon that took very little effort to achieve!

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    For a dressier look, simply pin the ends under at the base of your neck. Always use that bobby pin 'x' trick I told you about

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  • Salon NFuseSalon NFuseQuestion: Do you think Ellen, pictured above, will kill me for using this as her 'before' photo?

    Ha ha ha ha ha!

    Sorry, Ellen, but it's the only photo I had of your hair in its natural, pixie-esque state ... besides, y'all, this girl is so beautiful that she even looks good making this face!

    The point is that you'd think that with hair this short, she's pretty limited when it comes to fixing her hair for the holidays, right?

    Think again ...

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    This cut is pretty new for Ellen, and I absolutely love it. Had she told me she was getting a pixie cut when her hair was longer, I would have had misgivings, but now, it looks like she was MADE for this haircut.

    But look what happens when you take a teasing brush (I'm getting this teasing brush for Christmas) and gently tease the top, smooth it over with the brush, and add a sparkly headband, as stylist Stephanie did for Ellen at Salon Nfuse

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  • During the winter, Mother Nature can really wreak havoc on a good manicure. That's because when the temps drop, we're forced to either shove our hands into gloves or expose them to the cold-which can lead to rough, crackly palms and cuticles. To keep our "high fivers" in tip-top shape, we keep the following hand creams handy. The emollient moisturizers nourish skin, condition nails, and in most cases, leave a lovely scent behind. (Sure beats the smell of the sterile bathroom soap at the office!) Massage a good hand cream on throughout the day for a mini spa-like experience-then smooth any excess on the ends of your hair to tame frizz and flyaways. Your hands (and hair!) will thank you.

    Clean Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Cream ($18)

    Anti-bacterial, too!

    A multi-purpose cream that hydrates and kills germs!

    Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Hand Cream ($8)

    Moisturizing and aromatic!

    A bestseller that smells simply heavenly!

    L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream ($10)

    Packed with shea butter

    A cult-classic with

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Food is your friend, and like any friend, you should enjoy its company to the fullest. Eat healthy, flavorful and colorful meals that feed the spirit and the stomach. When you're nourished, everything else falls in line.

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    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Who doesn't love great shoes? But if you find that you're buying not one pair but three or four at a shot, you might want to ask yourself if you're shopping because you really need it or because you need a distraction.

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    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    There's no harm in looking for a different stylist if you're consistently not getting what you want at your salon. Ask around for referrals from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers whose
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  • My cube-mate is reliable for two things: Getting sick right before the holidays and getting me sick right before the holidays, ruining my much-anticipated vacay.

    This year is no different. On Friday, she started sniffling. Today, she's hacking away at her desk and I'm wishing she'd choke on her Ricola.

    Look, I'm not an unsympathetic, horrible person. It's just that I would appreciate not having to breathe in her contaminated air -- especially since downing orange juice and willing myself to not get sick doesn't usually help my cause.

    And there's only one thing I hate even more than being sick: looking sick.

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    So when the inevitable happens in a few days, and I'm sniffling and coughing too (I can already feel a little tickle in my throat), I'm going to use these expert makeup and skin care tips to bypass the red nose and other sick giveaways.

    Need to look great even if you feel like crap? Check out

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  • You may often associate facials with lavender-scented oils and hot steam, but these innovative spas have other ideas. Before you bug out-'you're going to put that there?!'-review the beneficial elements.

    Caviar Indulgence Signature Facial at Equinox Spa
    Caviar Indulgence Signature Facial at Equinox Spa
    Not only does luxe gym chain Equinox think outside the box when it comes to fitness classes (like Liquid Strength and Below the Belt), but it also pushes spa service boundaries. This anti-aging facial starts out like a classic one, with a deep exfoliation (to soften the skin and allow ingredients to really penetrate) and extractions. But it caps off with a hydrating caviar collagen mask. The formula contains vitamin-rich fish roe, hydrating quince fruit extract, and regenerative marine DNA. The potion helps boost fiber, neutralize free radicals, and plump fine lines.
    $175 for 50 minutes; Equinox Spa

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    Banana Foster Facial at Dorit Baxter
    Banana Foster Facial at Dorit Baxter
    This skin-brightening treatment was inspired by owner Dorit

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  • CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioJean Godrey-June, Lucky magazine

    Q: Does laser hair removal work-and what do you think about at-home removal?

    A: I am here to say that laser hair removal works better than it does in your wildest dreams, that it hurts much, much less than waxing, and that if you can afford it you should step right up and make it happen. The caveats: It's expensive and permanent, so only do it if you know you still won't want that hair in 30 years. Also it's not totally permanent, in that you might need a yearly-or-so tune-up to get rid of the odd errant hair here and there.

    At-home options have improved drastically so that they, too, now actually work. The pros of at-home are: You never have to make an appointment, it costs less (amortized) and it's totally private. The cons, for me anyway, are that because I never make an appointment with myself, I never do it. Crazy but true. I have an effective, functioning laser hair removal machine in my back drawer, and I've used it precisely twice. Part of

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  • Roger CabelloRoger CabelloallureallureBy Jolene Edgar, Allure magazine

    Learn the tricks that maximize their wrinkle-fighting, brightening, and moisturizing performance.


    "Think of the surface of the epidermis-those dead cells-as a barrier," says dermatologist Amy Wechsler. "You have to remove it for products to get in." This particular barrier is more like a gossamer curtain than a brick wall, however, so go easy.

    Basic cleansers free up pores by removing dirt and oil, but to truly increase absorption, you'll need an enzyme- or acid-based cleanser, such as Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser (ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin), a grainy scrub with small, smooth particles, like Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, or another type of gentle buffing tool. Try:

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    • A skin brush, like the Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System or the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, daily.
    • A resurfacing stick (a waxy balm packed with

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  • Fairchild ArchiveFairchild ArchiveBy Baze Mpinja, Glamour magazine

    Their bodies! That hair! Their gorgeous skin! Man, those Kardashian girls hit the genetic lottery jackpot. But we don't hate 'em because they're beautiful-we love them for giving us loads of hair-and-makeup inspiration. Sisters Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian mastered the kind of beauty style that's as trendy as the runways but not too out-there for real life. Warning: The following slides may cause a sudden urge to go crazy at Sephora. Proceed with caution!

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    Beauty Idea #1: Kim Kardashian's Go-To Dramatic Eyes and Nude Lips
    This is a look we all know and love on Kim-major lash drama paired with flesh-tone gloss. "This has been her signature for years now. Kim feels the most beautiful with this kind of makeup," says Mario Dedivanovic, Kim's makeup artist. For standout yet believable false lashes, go with individuals instead of strips. Stick short or medium ones

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  • Is this the beginning of a truth trend in the beauty industry? Will photoshopped ads stop? We hope so!

    -Diana Denza, BettyConfidential.com

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    The beauty aisle has been synonymous with ads featuring models with no pores, lush lips, and impossibly long lashes. Business as usual, right? Well, maybe not for much longer.

    This month the National Advertising Division (NAD), an investigative unit of the U.S. advertising industry, asked Proctor & Gamble to ditch its ad for Covergirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara. After NAD's attorneys analyzed the ad's image, which featured Taylor Swift with digitally enhanced lashes, they determined that it was misleading to consumers.

    Covergirl promised that users would notice "2X more volume" on their lashes just by using their new formula. But the fine print noted that not only were Swift's lashes preened by the pros, but that they were altered in post-production, too!

    "In this case, the advertisement featured a photograph of lush, long

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