• When it comes to manicures, some steps are considered no brainers. For example, apply a base coat. It's the first lesson in Manis 101. So, imagine my surprise when I sat down with celeb manicurist Debbie Leavitt and the first words out of her mouth were "never use a base coat."

    Related Link: 10 Days of Nail Art

    Leavitt says it's not only unnecessary, but also it causes polish to chip faster. (To read why, click here.) And that's not the only big bombshell she shared. Check out a few highlights below or see the full list of secrets here:








    Ditch Your Nail File

    According to Leavitt, most women are using the wrong nail tools when it comes to DIY manicures. One of the top offenders? Your nail file.

    Here's why: The most common emery boards, like the ones you buy at the drugstore, have extremely tough grit. Nail files are identified by numbers -- the higher the number, the finer the grit. Common nail files rank at 80 or 100, but Leavitt

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  • By Kerri Winick, GalTime.com

    New Year's Makeup MustsNew Year's Makeup Musts 3, 2, 1…It's almost the New Year! How about some glamorous makeup to help set the tone for a glamorous 2012? If ever there was a time for one last hurrah of sparkles, metallics, and bold color, December 31, 2011 is it! Here are some party-perfect ideas to try before the clock strikes midnight.



    Vibrant EyeshadowsVibrant Eyeshadows

    Line With Shine: Nothing says party like thicker-than-usual metallic liner. I like using a chunky pencil, like Sephora's Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof ($10). You can use it solely to line your peepers, or diffuse some of the color with a Q-tip or brush to create a shadow. If you're looking to skip the liner completely, dust a bit of bronze, silver, or gold metallic shadow onto your upper and lower lash lines for an angelic "halo" effect. (PS: You can also use cream shadow. Just be sure to blend so there are no "hard" edges.)

    Line Your Eyes With ColorLine Your Eyes With Color Line With Color: Not exactly a glitter girl? You know that color that's been sitting in your favorite palette? The one you've been aRead More »from Last Minute New Year's Makeup Musts
  • Last week was a whirlwind of end-of-the-year projects at work, elbowing people in the mall because I procrastinated on my Christmas shopping again, and doubling up on therapy before going home for the holidays.

    After surviving Secret Santa with the fam and enduring my mother's incessant pleas for grandchildren, I'm finally back home in my nice, quiet apartment.

    And I just realized New Year's Eve is only a few days away.

    And I haven't even thought about buying a new dress.

    Related: Stunning Eye Makeup Looks for the Holidays

    There's no way I'm hitting the mall during post-Christmas return-a-palooza, so it looks like I'll be re-wearing my always-reliable LBD. And since I'd like to hide the fact that I wore this same dress last year, I found some red carpet hair and makeup looks that'll keep my friends staring at my gorgeous hair and face.

    Here are my top five options. Which hair and makeup combo should I try?

    Chanel ImanChanel Iman

    Chanel Iman

    Iman's double-winged tip is

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  • Keep these beauty resolutions and you'll be the prettiest you've ever been.Keep these beauty resolutions and you'll be the prettiest you've ever been.Want to look as pretty as possible in 2012? Then vow to follow some (or all!) of these great ideas.

    By Christie Griffin

    1. Repeat your greatest hits.
    You've got 608 pictures of yourself tagged on Facebook. It's time to do some serious clicking and hunt for the photos in which you look the best. If you love the pics where your hair is tousled, make an effort to rock that look more often.

    Related: Beauty Tricks to Look Great in Pictures

    2. Clean your cell phone.
    Ever notice that the right side of your jaw has a few more bumps than you'd expect? That could be from all the bacteria on your cell phone. If you have an iPhone or a touch screen, it's best to pick up a cleaning kit from a store like Best Buy. For other phones, you can get away with using a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on a tissue and gently wiping down your phone.

    3. Don't buy moisturizer without SPF.
    Even in the winter. And while we're on this topic: If you skip the protection because you want to look like you hail from

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  • Your scalp will be singing high notes with these nourishing products.

    -Evette Brown, BettyConfidential.com


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    Remember Mrs. Frizzle's hair from The Magic School Bus? Yep, I've had a similar curly mop since transitioning from relaxed tresses to a natural 'fro in March. Seriously. It's been unmanageable, tangled, and plain old unattractive. I would post pictures, but I'm not into scaring small children. I've been searching for products to keep this Brillo pad moisturized with little success. So, when I was given the chance to give a few of Mizani's hair care products a whirl, I jumped at the chance.

    Some of Beyoncé's sexiest up-dos were created with Mizani's products, so I was confident that this brand would turn my hair catastrophe into a happily ever after fairy tale. Finally, I had a trusted line of products to make this hair transition with me. I bid adieu to frizz and flakiness and jumped hair first this road test.

    The Products

    mizani supreme oilmizani supreme oil

    Living 5,280 feet above sea

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Time and experience are the two best teachers of what works for you, style-wise. So you made a hair mistake? It's not a tragedy. Now you know (and will always remember) that this look isn't appropriate.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading


    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Think about getting your favorite products in a different form. Try a fragrance in a body lotion instead of a spray or a tried-and-true blush in a cream or gel formula instead of a powder. It'll give you a fresh outlook.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Chinese Luck Prosperity and Longevity Reading


    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    There's something very satisfying about being able to mend and maintain your own clothing. Fifteen minutes of darning and spot-cleaning will save your favorite blouse and an expensive trip
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  • The Science of Mascara

    Find the best mascara for you.Find the best mascara for you.Mascara is undeniably the magic wand of makeup. "It instantly enhances lashes, creating a wide-eyed, fresh appearance that can be completely personalized to look natural or dramatic," says Gina Brooke, artistic director for Hourglass cosmetics in Los Angeles, who is responsible for getting celebrities such as Madonna and Anne Hathaway camera-ready.

    QUIZ: What's the best mascara for your lashes?

    But it's also one of those beauty staples that women go mad for, trying to land the perfect mascara that truly has the power to make all of their lash wishes come true. Some crave length while others dream of lift, curl, darkening, definition and volume in a single swipe. And everyone can relate to the never-ending story of mascara trial and error: buying a new mascara that you hope will be your very own mascara-in-shining armor, only to be left disappointed and immediately tossing it into a seemingly black hole of a drawer.

    Don't give up just yet. The truth is, there's a basic

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  • These are some of the products that got me through Christmas shopping, dancing all night, sight seeing and long visits with friends during the past two spent celebrating the holidays in New England. I am so glad that I took these along!

    Tresor Midnight Rose by LANCOME PARIS Eau de Parfum. It's by LANCOME so I knew that I could not go wrong with this scent. This follows last years Tresor In Love. The purple flacon is so pretty on display in our cozy cottage bedroom. Notes of Raspberry & Rose Absolute are fresh & tangy. The Pink Pepper and Currant bud notes really interested me so I took some time researching them online which was quite a relaxing break after a mega shopping day. Jasmine & peony are also included. The Virginian cedar essence, musk and vanilla are comforting & captivating. I just love this scent. It took me from day to evening, day to day. I love that this scent will always remind me of my days here in New England.

    Dr. Rosenberg's Instant Arches. What would I

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