Gifts for the Beauty Minimalist – The Holidazed Issue

Do you have friend who practices the less-is-more approach when it comes to beauty?  If so, you’re in luck. You’ve just stumbled upon the perfect beauty gift guide for your motley crew. We've rounded up a ton of holiday gift sets that are bound to please even the most persnickety beauty lover.

Lancôme “The Nudes” Juicy Tubes Set, $30

Any lip-gloss loving pal will adore this set of nude-colored Juicy Tubes. The four shades included—Simmer, Melon, Pamplemousse and Caramel Gospel—add a hint of color and tons of hydration and shine to your lips.

Urban Decay “Naked3” Palette, $54

A beauty pack that is perfect for your makeup-minimalist friend. The 12 rose-hued neutrals in this eye-shadow palette are perfect for creating a gorgeous, natural look.

e.l.f. Mineral Natural Beauty Gift Set, $25

A beauty set made for lovers of mineral makeup. It contains loose powder, eye-shadow primer, a blemish eraser brush, wrinkle filler and sheer pink lipstick.

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Collection, $65

Packaged in a vibrant, holiday-themed box, this collection of Crème de Corps products is a winter skin life-saver.


Beauty Gifts for the Selfie Obsessed - The Holidazed Issue

Do you have a cousin, aunt or niece who can’t seem to stop snapping selfies? If so, you’re in luck. You’ve just stumbled upon the perfect beauty gift guide for your motley crew. We've rounded up a ton of holiday gift sets that are bound to please even the most persnickety beauty lover.

Make Up Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit

Today’s high-tech camera phones can spot every little flaw. So, HD-ready skin is a must for your selfie-obsessed friend. This kit contains everything she’ll need to be primed and ready for her close-up.

MAC Cosmetics Rihanna’s Keepsakes Viva Glam Lipsticks

The queen of Instagram has collaborated with MAC to create these hot, bright lipsticks. The intense red and frosty mauve are perfect for festive pouts, and both come in a glittering red pouch that is perfect for a holiday party.

Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret

This pretty holiday box can’t be beat. Inside are five of NARS’ limited-edition lip pencils, all part of the line’s techinspired holiday collection. Best part? There is no wrapping required!

Clarisonic Mia 3 Luxury Skincare Essentials Holiday Gift Set

For that friend who hasn’t yet discovered Clarisonic, she’ll flip once she sees what this cleansing brush can do for her complexion.


Beauty Watch: 100 Years of Beauty, Facials For Your Vag, 13 Amazing Makeup Hacks and More

Watch 100 years of beauty in one minute. (Via Huffington Post Style)

Behold, the vagina facial. (Via The Cut)

Rihanna has a sexy new scent. (Via WWD)

13 amazing makeup hacks. (Via SheFinds)

Tricks for styling short hair. (Via Lustre Life)

 


Bookmark This! Cyber Monday Steals and Deals

Cyber Monday means you can get amazing deals without having to leave the comfort of your couch. For beauty lovers still looking for slashed prices post Black Friday, we've got you covered right here.

Avon
Get 30% off any order, plus a free mineral body lotion. (avon.com, 12/1)

Beauty.com
Free gift with your $25  purchase

Bliss
40% off select items. (blissword.com, 12/1)

Crabtree & Evelyn
Free shipping on all orders. (crabtree-evelyn.com, 12/1)

Dr. Brandt Skincare
40% of all eye creams, plus free shipping. (drbrandtskincare.com, 12/1)

Elemental Herbology
2
5 off site-wide. (elementalherbology.com, 12/1, use code CYBERM25)

e.l.f.
50% off orders over $30. (eyeslipsface.com, 12/1, use code CYBERMONDAY)

First Aid Beauty
30% off any purchase, plus free shipping. (firstaidbeauty.com, 12/1, use code CYBERMONDAY)

Indie Lee
Get 25% off site-wide. (indielee.com, 12/1)

Innovative Skincare
20% off site-wide. (innovativeskincare.com, 12/1)

Laura Geller
Score 30% off orders over $100. (laurageller.com, 12/1)

Mun
30% off site-wide. (munskin.com, 12/1, use code CyberMunday2014)

Nature's Gate
20% off select items. (natures-gate.com, 12/1, use code FACE2015)

Pur Minerals
$30 off any order, plus free shipping. (purminerals.com, 12/1)

Supergoop
Get 30% off site-wide. (supergoop.com, 12/1, use code CYBER2014)

Tarte
All mascaras are marked down to $10, blushes to $20, Pure Maracuja oil is $30 and MultiplEYE Lash Enhancer is $40 (marked down from $72). (tartecosmetics.com, 12/1)

TooFaced
Get 50% off all sale items, plus a mystery grab bag for $35. (toofaced.com, 12/1)

Weleda
3
0% off site-wide. (weleda.com, 12/1)


Bookmark This! Black Friday Beauty Steals and Deals

Oh yes, Black Friday is here once again. Thankfully, you can shop at home for those beauty lovers on your list, and still nab some amazing deals. Check out the following sales happening online this Friday.

And make sure you check in again when the weekend is over for our Cyber Monday discount list!

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100% Pure

Free shipping on all orders, along with a free Black Tea mascara with purchases over $75. (100percentpure.com, 11/28, use code PUREFRIDAY)

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AHAVA

Score 30% off site-wide. (ahavaus.com, 11/28, with code BFRIDAY14)

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Beauticontrol

Spend $80 and receive two free Mini Holiday Hand Cremes in Berry and Mint. Spend $190 and you’ll get both hand crèmes and a free 1oz Nutri-Rich Oil. The first 200 orders of $190 will receive a Limited Edition Nutri-Rich Box Set and both hand crèmes. (Beauticontrol.com, 11/28)

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Beauty.com

Free Sample-Filled EDUN Wool Felted Pouch w/ $150 Beauty.com order (while supplies last) (10001636)
Free Sample-Filled EDUN Wool Felted Pouch w/ $150 Beauty.com order

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Breakups to Makeup

15% off site-wide. (breakupstomakeup.com, 11/28 to 12/1, use code HOLIDAY15)

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Evolution Man

For the men on you list, get 25% off site-wide. (evolution-man.com, 11/28 to 12/1, use code BLK25)

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JINsoon

15% off site-wide. (jinsoon.com, 11/28-12/1)

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John Masters Organics

25% off entire online store. (johnmasters.com, use code holiday14)

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Get 20% off site-wide. (occmakeup.com,  11/28 to 12/1)

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Rita Hazan

25% off site-wide. (ritahazan.com, 11/28-12/1)

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Rituals

50% off select items. (rituals.com, 11/28)

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Sephora

Black Friday $10 Beauty Deals! While supplies last.

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Sibu Beauty

Get 60% off all orders over $50 (sibubeauty.com, 11/28-12/1, use code SIBU60)

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Shu Uemura

15% off site-wide, plus free shipping. (shuuemura-usa.com, with code HAPPY125)

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Target

Receive a $5 gift card with the purchase of three Essie products, and free shipping.

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VMV Hypoallergenics

20% off select products, as well as free shipping. (vmvhypoallergenics.com, 11/27-12/1)

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Yes To

Get 40% site-wide on Friday, and 35% off on Saturday and Sunday plus free shipping. (yestocarrots.com, 11/28-11/30)

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Beauty Watch: A $775 Nail Polish, 50 New Lipsticks from Tom Ford, Expert Tips for Oily Skin and More

 

Clinique launches new Nutcracker and Happy Heart holiday collections. (Via Nitrolicious)
5 expert tips for oily skin. (Via Refinery29)
Tom Ford gears up to release 50 new lipsticks. (Via Elle)
Christian Louboutin's new nail lacquer costs $775. (Via The Telegraph)
Splurge on MAC's cool Kinky Boots collection. (Via Popsugar)

For Thanksgiving, We're Showing Our Beauty Gratitude (and the Products We Can't Live Without)

In honor of Thanksgiving, which is quickly approaching, I felt compelled to express my gratitude for these invaluable products.

They are the must-haves that make me feel a little bit better about myself every day, and for that I am very grateful.

The following nine beauty staples literally make my life, and I’m honestly not sure what I’d do without them.

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Cream, $46
Yes, it’s pricey, but this eye cream is absolutely worth the Benjys. Especially if you have pesky under-eye dark spots, like I do.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer, $10
I learned the hard way that I need an oil-free moisturizer in order to keep my face hydrated and clear at the same time. Neutrogena’s does the trick — it’s been my go-to for nearly 10 years now.

Garnier Skin Renew 5-Second Blur Instant Smoother, $17
My latest beauty obsession — blur cream! Garnier’s is one of the least expensive, and it works just as well as most of high-end options, IMHO.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, $13
I will never use another foundation. It covers flaws beautifully and has noticeably improved my skin's tone and texture. And coupled with a blur cream, it makes my face especially photo-ready.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzer, $15
Bronzers in general have saved me from my naturally pale, flush-free face. I will more or less try any type I can get my hands on; right now I’m using this BB-infused palette from Physicians Formula.

Jurlique Love Balm, $8
Another recent addition to my daily beauty arsenal, Jurlique’s balm is a life-saver for chapped lips. It’s also excellent for healing hangnails and prepping cuticles for a mani.

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Grateful, $24
Less is often more when it comes to cold-weather makeup. Tarte’s rose-tinted nude stain is great for every day — it adds a hint of natural color while keeping lips hydrated.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $20
As a naturally curly haired girl, dry shampoos have changed my life by prolonging each and every one of my blowouts. Klorane’s is my favorite because it adds amazing volume as it cleans — and it doesn't harm my hair color.

Auric Blends Love Perfume Oil, $25
My Fall-to-Winter scent staple, Auric's perfume oil is warm, sexy and slightly spicy.

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Beauty Watch: Hello Kitty Turns 40, Beyoncé Sports a New Bob, GoldieBox Battles "Barbie" Beauty

Make Up Forever gets into the "Fifty Shades of Grey" game.
(Via The Fashion Spot)
Study reveal that women with "nice" personalities are seen as more physically attractive than those who are "mean."
(Via Shape)
Celebrate 40 years of Hello Kitty with Sephora's limited-edition makeup collection.
(Via Sephora)

GoldieBox battles "Barbie" beauty standards.
(Via Time)
Beyoncé makes waves with her new bob.
(Via People StyleWatch)


Last-Minute Halloween Beauty Essentials

If you’re an 11th hour Halloweener like me, you’re probably scrambling to come up with some kind of costume for Friday night.

Fear not—finding a quickie solution just takes a little beauty ingenuity. The following spur-of-the-moment suggestions should spark some ideas and have you ready to celebrate All Hallows Eve in no time.

Skull Candle

Soap & Paper Factory Skull Candle, $36
Decorated with a bow-tie clad skull that’s both creepy and campy, this black tea, citrus and basil-scented candle will get you in the mood for devilish tricks and treats.

Pink Handlebar Mustache

Pink Handlebar Moustache, $5
Don’t underestimate the power of a silly moustache. This brightly colored handlebar ‘stache is fun, a bit feminine and oh-so-easy slap on. Pair it with a cute pink hat or short pink wig to add extra pizzazz.

Lip Tar

OCC Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia, $18
Give your lips a shock of serious color with this deep burgundy lip color. It’s intensely opaque and has a subtle shimmer that will leave you with a sexy, vampiric pout.

Foil Finish Eye Shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow, $32
Add some of Stila’s magically metallic, fabulously foiled shadow for an instant, out-of-this-world look.

On the Fringes Eyelashes

On the Fringes Lace Lashes, $7
Use these lacy faux lashes to create a quick, creepy doll costume.

Make sure to check out our Supernatural digital issue for more fabulous Halloween ideas!


Beauty Watch: A Morale-Boosting Mirror, a MAC Store for Teens, Remembering Oscar de la Renta and More

Remembering Oscar de la Renta. (Via The New York Times)

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Need a confidence booster? Try one of IKEA's talking mirrors. (Via Time)

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A new MAC store just for the young'uns.  (Via Racked)

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4 on-the-street eyebrow grooming tips. (Via Huffington Post Style)

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Colin Farrell is face of D&G's new male fragrance. (Via British Vogue)

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Spice Up Your Fall Beauty Picks with Pumpkin

Autumn means pretty leaves, crisps temps and — 'natch — pumpkin spiced lattes.

But the ghoulish gourd is good for more than just your morning cup of joe. It contains skin-saving enzymes and is packed with vitamins and minerals that reverse UV damage, improve skin and hair texture, increase cell turnover and brighten dull complexions.

Here are our 5 favorite pumpkin-infused products this fall:

Pumpkin Whipped SouffleHealthy Sexy Hair Pumpkin Whipped Souffle Styling Creme, $10

Great for damaged strands, this cream nourishes and heals while it holds style and controls frizz.

Pumpkin Latte Hydration MasqueEminence Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque, $52

Packed with beta-carotene, amino acid and antioxidants, this ultra-moisturizing mask is restorative and refreshing, leaving your face feeling soft and smooth.

Illume Boulangerie Jar Candle In Pumpkin SouffléIllume Boulangerie Jar Candle in Pumpkin Soufflé, $16

Warm your home or office with the comforting Fall scents of nutmeg, maple syrup, ginger and sweet vanilla.

Arcona Pumpkin Body LotionArcona Pumpkin Body Lotion, $35

Glycolic acid and pumpkin extracts help improve skin tone and elasticity.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Hand CreamBath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Hand Cream, $5

Banish dry hands with this lightly scented, super-soothing cream which hydrates and softens with Shea butter and vitamin E.


Beauty Watch: Kylie Jenner's New Hair Line, Breast Cancer Beauty Buys, NCLA Halloween Edition

Kylie Jenner announces plans for her very own hair line. (Via Huffington Post)

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NCLA's Halloween nail wraps are awesome. (Via Nitrolicious)

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Long live indie beauty! (Via WWD)

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Ever wonder what the characters in Gone Girl smell like? (Via Refinery29)

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It's time to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with beauty. (Via StyleList)

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Your New Beauty Obsession: Blur Creams

It's time to trade in your BB or CC creams for blur creams, the newest trend in miracle makeup.

These facial transformers hide fine lines, large pores and other imperfections by reflecting light off the skin. The result is a blurred, soft-focus effect — similar to the way filters on a camera (think Instagram) can improve your appearance.

Here are five of our favorites:

Garnier 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother, $17

In an instant, Garnier's cream evens out skin tone and minimizes imperfections. This product is great for using as a primer under or blended with your regular foundation. The combo will give you a smooth look that lasts — and the bonus is, you'll use less of each product.

L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream, $25

This skin smoother is excellent for disguising wrinkles and fine lines. It leaves your face with a matte, velvety finish, and over time improves the overall texture of your skin.

Indeed Labs Nanoblur

Indeed Labs Nanoblur , $20

Pat this perfecter on top of foundation or pressed powder to even out problem skin and seal in all-day coverage.

Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, $55

It's pricier than the other options, but Lancôme's blur cream is oil free and perfect for folks with skin that is prone to breakouts.

Kiehl's Micro Blur Skin Perfector, $35

Kiehl's Micro Blur Skin Perfector, $35

A wonderfully lightweight corrector that works well on all skin types. It can be used under makeup during the day and as a nighttime treatment applied before bed.

 


Beauty Watch: Christopher Kane's NARS Partnership, Karlie's New Gig, Miles Aldridge's Upcoming Beauty Book

NARS announces upcoming collaboration with Christopher Kane. (via Glamour UK)
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Fragrant communication: Would you prefer a spritz of perfume to alert you to an incoming call?  (via PSFK)
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Three rules for no-clump lashes.  (via The Beauty Department)
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Miles Aldridge's Work for MAC Celebrated in new book. (via WWD)
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Karlie Kloss named the new face of L'Oréal  (via Style.com)

Beauty: Creating a Camera-Perfect Look With Actress Freya Adams

Actress Freya Adams knows her makeup. Both on camera and off, she is a master at creating a polished yet natural look — one that has allowed her to book a wide variety of roles. “I’ve played so many different nationalities,” she says. “I’ve played Hispanic, Asian, African American, Caucasian, and I just got a job playing an Irish woman, of all things, on "The Blacklist.”

Most recently, Freya plaved a Native American in Adult Swim’s "The Heart She Holler." She’s also nabbed roles on TV shows such as "New Amsterdam and Damages," and stars in the upcoming independent film, "Advantageous." (Which I can’t wait to see. It’s based on this episode of "Futurestates," in which Freya also starred. If you like cool sci-fi that makes you think, check it out.)

So how does makeup play a part in her process? “When I go on auditions, I want to give the producers as honest a depiction of my interpretation of the character as possible,” she explains. “Because it’s the makeup artist that ends up having the most to do with how the character will ultimately look — and I don’t want to get in the way of that. I want to go in with as neutral a palette as possible. At the same time, I don’t want to feel self-conscious, so I need to make sure all blemishes and imperfections are covered.”

Here’s what Freya carries in her audition beauty kit:

Laura Mercier Tan Flawless Face BookLaura Mercier Tan Flawless Face Book, $49

“I love this portable foundation palette. The Tinted Moisturizer works really well for contouring and the Secret Concealer, which is a beige-apricot shade, is great for covering dark under eye circles. I use the light shade of the Secret Camouflage as a highlighter and the darker shade to cover blemishes.”

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed PowderMake Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, $36

“Laura Mercier’s powder in too heavy for me, so instead I use this pressed power after applying concealer. Then I blend everything together with this buffing brush by Real Techniques, $9.”

BCL BrowLash Ex In TaupeBCL BrowLash Ex in Taupe $17

“There’s a great little shop on Mott Street called .35. It’s got all of these fantastic Japanese and Korean beauty products, like this BCL eyebrow pencil. The waxy texture makes the double-sided pencil buildable, so you can control the intensity of the brow. And I find if I use a light brown shade for my eyebrows they always look natural.”

Givenchy Noir Couture 4 In 1 Mascara In Black Satin2Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara in Black Satin, $32

“If I’m playing a character that I think would look more done up, I’ll add some mascara. Givenchy’s is seriously the best I’ve ever used — it doesn’t clump, it looks natural, and it curls, lengthens and volumizes.”

MAC Lip Pencil In Vino, $16 And MAC Cremeblend Blush In So Sweet, So Easy, $22MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, $16 and MAC Cremeblend Blush in So Sweet, So Easy, $22

“Because I don’t like to wear foundation, traditional blush doesn’t work for me, it has nothing to stick to. So I draw MAC’s lip pencil lightly on my cheeks and blend. If I want a slightly darker, more flushed look, I use MAC’s Cremeblend Blush, which I first apply to my fingers and then work into my cheeks. I also use both of these on my lips.”

Freya’s Quick Tip: “Instead of using eyeliner, I’ll take a brown brow pencil and line the plastic cushion on my eyelash curler. When I curl my lashes, the color is deposited right at the root, creating a subtle, very natural looking line right at the base of the lid. This is one of my favorite makeup tricks.”