• I love checking out other companies' offices. It's right up there with my HGTV obsession -- is there anything better than peering inside strangers' houses? But I digress.

    Just yesterday, I was at a makeup brand's headquarters and found myself fascinated by the beauty tips they had decaled on the windows, the inspiration boards featuring Kate Middleton's wedding makeup, and, most of all, the in-house manicurist! (Employees are encouraged to take a break and stop by for a polish change whenever they need it -- I'm not kidding.)

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    While the nail station was cool, all the other beauty products scattered on the workers' desks were from that one brand. As far as desk voyeurism is concerned, I prefer to poke around other beauty editors' desks. What I discovered from years of spying is that we all keep a lot of the same things at our cubicles. We hoard our favorite lip glosses, fill our pencil jars with eyeliners, and always have

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  • Try this with your nail polish.Try this with your nail polish.We all know the drill when it comes to nail polish: Paint and put away. But now you don't have to be so quick to shelve your shade. Here are 5 out-of-the-box ways to wield that colorful little wand:

    By Carly Cardellino

    1. Use it to paint the sole of your high-heels (think: Christian Louboutin) as an easy (and cheap!) way to update them for spring. Note: Colored opaque formulas work best since they won't reveal the true color of your shoe. Also, avoid getting paint on other parts of your shoe by placing masking tape along the edge where the shoe meets the sole-the same way you would protect the ceiling and window panes when you're painting a room. Once you've covered the sole in color, allow it to dry before applying a second coat. If another layer isn't needed, pull off the tape to reveal a neat polish job.

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    2. Cover up a scratch on scuffed shoes or boots. It can be hard to find shoe polish for colorful kicks, so try finding a nail

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  • lady gagalady gagaLady Gaga did something totally crazy yesterday, guys. She took a picture of herself -- wait for it -- without makeup. And she posted it to Twitter! The Internet is currently ablaze with people shocked, awed, and inspired doggone it at this extreme act of courage and bravery.

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    Does she look beautiful? Just like every other celebrity who voluntarily tweets a photo of themselves totally bare-faced, of course! Does she look like she's not totally bare-faced? Just like every other celebrity who voluntarily tweets a photo of themselves totally bare-faced, of course!

    Celebs without makeup are always a good time. But when they tweet photos of themselves sans any makeup ... ehhh ... it's not quite the same. I mean, I applaud the act, but clearly, they're posting a photo where the lighting is perfect, their hair is just so, and where they're wearing a little bit of makeup. (Gag's definitely has

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    A day like this could go in any direction, so do whatever you can to tip it toward stupendous. Wear your favorite sweater, use your splurge money for a massage or boost your energy with a lunch-hour jog.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Past Life Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    If you have burgeoning style ideas, talk them out. As you share your thoughts on a potential new hairstyle or the jacket you're thinking of splurging on, you might recognize an angle you've missed.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Intimacy Secrets Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You care more about broad creativity than specific changes right now. So if you know you want a new hair color but can't say which one, better stay out of the salon. Think big but hold off on defining the specifics.

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  • Shannon R., SELF magazine

    Hair conditioner isn't just for women with full, thick and/or excessively damaged hair. Almost everyone could benefit from using a conditioner, and luckily there are formulas created for virtually every hair type (even ladies with fine hair!). Heat styling, combing, washing and even towel drying can all lead to damage, causing hair to look and feel dull and dry. Conditioners can help reduce flyaway, tame frizz and keep hair looking smooth and shiny. Here is what you need to know about picking the right type of conditioner for you!

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    Rinse-out conditioner

    Virtually every shampoo has a rinse-out conditioner partner and rinse-outs are certainly the most commonly used type of conditioner. These formulas contain ingredients like fatty alcohols and high molecular-weight silicones. Fatty alcohols (ingredients like Stearyl Alcohol) are what make conditioners thick, rich and creamy. They also "coat" the hair to make it feel

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  • Photo courtesy of Ron Jaffe/AMCPhoto courtesy of Ron Jaffe/AMCElizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    Forget Mad Men's plot…let's talk about that eye makeup!

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    I already have my next Halloween costume picked out-and it's going to involve the eye makeup that Jessica Paré (as Megan Draper) wore to Don's birthday party on Mad Men. (Yes, I plan backwards based on the makeup I want to wear. And no, I'm not so vain as to think I could actually go as her.) I fell in love with the '60s trick of drawing black liner through the crease when Julianne Moore wore it in A Single Man (not that much looks bad on her).

    See more: Find the Best Haircut for Your Face Shape

    I was excited to see the graphic look pop up on runways (most recently at Altuzarra, below, and Phillip Lim). And Sunday night, the mod style made Paré's eyes look cat-ier than ever. So even though my boyfriend commented on how weird he thought her makeup looked when she came on screen, I'm going to start practicing stat. Whose camp are you in?

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  • Source: See All the Details of Effie Trinket's Out-There Nail Art

    While Jennifer Lawrence's The Hunger Games character, Katniss Everdeen, may have a functional, low-key look for the flick, it was Elizabeth Banks (as Effie Trinket) who got to have all the hair, makeup, and nail polish fun. "While on the set of filming The Hunger Games I took a few photos (actually, a lot)," Elizabeth revealed on her website. "The Effie makeup and fashion was just so intricate and detailed that I had to take photos to remember all the bits and pieces."

    One day in particular, Elizabeth snapped a few shots of Effie's rather impressive nail art. While it's not something you can technically achieve with China Glaze's Hunger Games nail polish collection, some opaque blue nail polish and a trip to the craft store are all you need to get Effie-style digits.

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  • Source: It's Electric: Blue Hair Is Having a Moment in the Fun

    No longer does the term "blue hair" conjure images of older ladies with hair set and sprayed to helmet-head proportions. Instead, the blue-haired look of 2012 takes a fresh, youthful approach, as certain stars have demonstrated as of late. Most recently, Jaime King debuted a bevy of blue strands, alternating in color from baby-hued to royal. Then there's Katy Perry, who has displayed just about every shade of blue in hairstyles ranging from crimped ponytails to blunt bobs. In addition, Selena Gomez got in on the trend earlier this year with electric blue and purple strands woven underneath.

    Even celebrity kids, such as Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Coco Arquette, have had fun with the look. And while blue may be on a streak now, plenty of other celebrities have exhibited sapphire strands in the past - Lauren Conrad, Bai Ling, Juliette Lewis, Kate Bosworth, Kelis, Selma Blair, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Gwen Stefani - so don't expect

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  • Not all of us are as naturally endowed as Brooke Shields. By that, we are referring to her eyebrows that have been envied for decades. Now more celebs like Rooney Mara and Pretty Little Liars' Lucy Hale (at left) are strutting their naturally thick brows as it becomes one of spring's hottest new trends.

    Who doesn't love a natural makeup look that is also quick to recreate? Full eyebrows frame the face, especially the eyes, and can give you an overall younger, fresher look.

    Would You Get Surgery For Bold Brows?

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    But beware: make sure that your brows are in proportion to your face so you don't fall into the danger zone of bushy brows. To shy away from a manly brow, make sure that the arch is strong and visible.

    "The only mannish result I see is when the brow is thick and doesn't have an arch," Anastasia Soare from Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics told us. "This shape creates an expressionless look that is way too harsh off the runway."


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  • Makeup Brushes
    Now that spring is here, it's time to do a cleaning, even in your makeup bag. Now, I do have to tell you that cleaning makeup brushes and sponges is something you should be doing all year long. Clean tools feel nicer on your skin, apply makeup more evenly, and ensure that you're not slapping germs onto your face.

    • Wash Your Makeup Brushes To avoid damaging bristles, use a mild cleaner like baby shampoo (or even your own shampoo) in warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. You'll be amazed (and maybe a little grossed out) by the deep color that rinses out, but it'll open your eyes as to how dirty the bristles were. Lay the brushes on a paper towel to dry overnight. In the morning, the bristles will feel way softer and your face will thank you. After your spring spruce-up, try to do this once a month.
    • Clean Sponges and Foundation Brushes Saturate sponges (or foundation brushes, since they're in contact with liquid makeup) with warm water and squeeze out as much color
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