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Sexy festival-style braids and how to create them. (Via

The best beauty looks from the first season of Empire. (Via Yahoo! Beauty)

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Peep some awesome pics from Zoolander’s FW shoot for Valentino. (Via

The Champs of Old-School Makeup: 6 Beauty Products That Still Work Great Today

It’s truly crazy how some beauty products can live such long, productive lives—while others can be discontinued in a snap leaving us depressed and calling warehouses like desperate madwomen.

In honor of Flashback Friday, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate six workhouse beauty products (most of which are older than I am) that are still satisfying the masses after many, many glorious years.

Cetaphil Skin Cleanser

Talk about a flash from the past. The original Cetaphil cleanser was created in 1947 and the classic formula hasn’t changed since. While the brand now carries a multitude of products, its face wash is cherished as the golden standard for anyone with sensitive skin.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Great Lash has been homegirl’s go-to mascara for more than four decades—and it’s still a best seller today. This staple conditions, thickens, and actually does not clump. Brownie points: it’s hypoallergenic, which scores big with contact lens wearers.

Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream

If you are not familiar with this cool tingling cream and its classic cobalt blue bottles, you have been living under a rock. Noxzema was originally formulated in 1914 to help soothe sunburns, but the product quickly evolved into a popular cleanser. It is a multi-use product for sure—I used it to shave my legs, as well as wash my face as a broke college freshman. I picked up a bottle to write this article, and the scent instantly transported me back to the 90s—and gave me flashes of those ads featuring Rebecca Gayheart, pre-fame.

Dior Poison Eau de Toilette

Poison’s plum colored bottle—as well as its sophisticated and slightly somber aroma—always makes me feel mysterious. The fragrance was my go-to during my Heathers-esque high school years. And I knew if J.D. actually existed, he’d dig it.


Some people claim that their lips become addicted to this stuff–and that was certainly true for me. I strayed from it for a while until recently because it reminded me of 7-Minutes-In-Heaven and braces. However, I picked up a jar due to some seriously chapped, winter-worn lips, and it’s never going to leave my purse again. What’s the kicker? The jar looks exactly the same as the one I carried around when I was 18.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum

For more than two decades, John Frieda’s simple serum has been saving masses of frizzy-haired manes. When I was a teenager, I knew next to nothing about hair care—but I was positive that my hair needed some major adjustments. Just a few drops of this product smoothed my white-girl ‘fro instantaneously. Thank you, John Frieda, I am forever indebted to you.

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3 Wearable and Totally Worthy of Stealing #NYFW Beauty Looks From NARS

NARS is has always been a backstage Fashion Week heavyweight, and this year was no exception. Models walking the Fall/Winter runway for Rachel Comey, Tanya Taylor, Creatures of the Wind and more were treated to clean, barely-there beauty looks, all with skin as the primary focus.

It’s the best kind of runway beauty — all of these looks can be worn in real life! Here are three of our favorites, and what you need to recreate them.


It’s no wonder lead makeup artist Maud Laceppe cites moisturizer as the key to great makeup. For Rachel Comey, she created glowing, dewy faces with “almost wet” skin that looked healthy, fresh, and effortless.

Get the Look

-Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
-Soft Velvet Loose Powder
-The Multiple in Copacabana (apply to both eyes and cheeks using your fingertips)
-Contour Blush (apply to both eyes and cheeks with a fluffy blush brush)
-Blush in Tribulation (Available Fall 2015, substitute with Nico)
-Velvet Shadow Stick in Reykjavik (Available Fall 2015, substitute with Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Madison Avenue)
-Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls (Available Fall 2015, for now try Chihuahua)

Tip: Add a touch of lip gloss to the eyes and cheeks to enhance your dewy glow.


Glowing skin was also in over at Tanya Taylor, where international lead stylist Uzo added just a hint of rose-pink hue to the lips, eyes and cheeks. Her goal? To create a look that’s “runway to the real world.” Plus, the understated, muted faces perfectly complimented the collection’s bold and graphic prints.

Get the Look

-Aqua Gel Oil-Free Moisturizer
-Total Replenishing Eye Cream
-Pore Refining Primer
-All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
-Radiant Creamy Concealer
-Pressed Powder
-Illuminator (in Copacabana for lighter skin tones, Laguna for darker skin tones)
-The Multiple (in Copacabana for lighter skin tones, South Beach for darker skin tones)
-Oural Brow Gel
-Shimmer Eyeshadow in Napal
-Blush in Tribulation (Available Fall 2015, substitute with Nico)
-Audacious Mascara (Available Fall 2015, substitute with Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara)
-Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok and Madère
-Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park

Tip: If you want to add a little drama to this look, it can also work with a bold red lip.


According to NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer, this collection was inspired by “’Americana’ — a mash-up of the 1920s, 60s and 70s.” To create a complimentary makeup look, Boehmer created pale-matte faces, dark and deliberate lashes, and glossy, brushed brows. Think Studio 54-era Angelica Houston.

Get the Look

-All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
-Soft Velvet Loose Powder
-Radiant Creamy Concealer
-Audacious Mascara (Available Fall 2015, substitute with Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara)
-Oural Brow Gel

Tip: Try pairing this look with a metallic mani, using Butter London’s Diamond Geezer Nail Lacquer.

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The Grammy’s best beauty looks. (Via

Helen Mirren’s killer L’Oréal commercial.Huff Post Style)

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50 amazing morning beauty hacks. (via

10 rose-infused beauty products for V Day. (via Vogue)

When Beauty and Bondage Collide: Fifty Shades of Grey Makeup Merch

With the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation ready to sex up the big screen this week (just in time for Valentine’s Day!), there’s no shortage of heavy petting merchandise for fans to get their hands on.

From handcuff-holding Christian Grey Teddy Bears to adult-only board games, there are pickings aplenty for Christian-and-Ana lovers.

And the beauty aisles are no exception! So cue up that Crazy in Love remix, pour yourself a glass of Fifty Shades wine, and check out these five naughty beauty nods to the most popular mainstream tale of BSDM love. (Sick of all the hype? Maybe this Lego trailer is more your speed.)

Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set, $49

You can give yourself a natural, rosy glow or a sultry, after-sex flush with this trio of highlighting cheek colors. The palette comes packaged in a sleek velvet pouch, along with a fluffy blush brush and how-to tips from the movie’s head makeup artist.

Make Up For Ever Tease Me Lip Trios, $32 each

Use this lip liner, lip color, and gloss set to create a pout ready for the most passionate of nights. The Innocent Nude Lip Trio contains three bashful beige shades, while the Passionate Lip Trio is all bold berry.

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey 6 Piece Nail Pack, $11

O.P.I. created six limited-edition nail colors for this special movie tie-in pack. It contains five grey lacquers (‘natch) which range from sparkling silver (My Silk Tie) to smoky charcoal (Dark Side of the Mood), and one rich and sexy red.

Fifty Shades of Grey Massage Me Massage Candle, $16

This double duty candle can also be used as a sexy massage oil. The wax is enriched with skin-softening jojoba and coconut oil, and creates a wonderfully musky aroma while it burns.

Fifty Shades of Grey Sensual Sweet Sensation Bath, $15

Infused with bergamot, sandalwood, and musk, this bath oil softens the skin with vitamin E and jojoba oil while it soothes and heightens the senses. But please don’t sue the company (Target) if you find the oil “ineffective.” Seriously, folks — it’s just a movie/book/TOTALLY FANTASY.

The Best Valentine’s Day Beauty For Your Vanity

Valentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to pamper ourselves, regardless of our relationship status. And there’s nothing quite like the wonderfully beautifying feeling of being surrounded by pretty products. So we’ve selected five of our favorite V-Day finds—all of which are packaged with a little extra love—so you can adorn your dresser in style!

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer, $34

Give your skin an in-love glow with this adorable heart-shaped bronzer palette. Check out the cute TV-couple shade names—they're Carrie & Big and Ross & Rachel!

Fresh Sugar Rosé Extreme Tinted Lip Treatment, $23

Keep your pout soft and kissable with Fresh’s best-selling, rose-oil-enriched lip tint. The limited-edition rose-patterned case makes this version a Valentine’s Day must-have (and it comes in a matching box!).

OCC Mad Love Lip Trio, $40

Whether you want to go glossy, metallic or matte, all you need are these pigment-packed lips colors to create your sexiest red lip ever.

Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil, $65

Infused with seven different types of roses, as well as crushed violet leaves, lemon and spearmint, this luxurious bath oil will make your skin insanely soft while it adds a pretty pink touch to your table.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Hair Mist, $45

Leave a head-turning trail of fragrance behind you with this sexy—but subtle—floral hair mist. The beautiful bottle can sit next to your bath oil.

Diptyque Rosafolia Candle, $65

Set the mood for your Valentine’s Day boudoir with this geranium-and-rose scented candle. Don't forget to save the limited-edition jar when its done!

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Double Duty Beauty: Our Favorite Multitasking Makeup for Winter

Who wouldn't jump at the chance to shave a little bit of time off their morning routine for an extra morning snoozing minutes or for that second helping of coffee?

If you make some edits to your beauty routine and add in the following products, you just might—each one is a multitasking miracle that can cut your prep time in half, save you valuable time during touch-ups, and put some moolah back into your pockets.

L’Occitane Pure Shea Butter, $42

Managing dry winter skin can take up a lot of time. But if you carry around this tin of Shea butter, you’ll have an on-the-spot smoother for lips, cuticles, hands, feet, and hair.

Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup, $12

Acne-prone faces don’t have to forgo foundation while they battle breakouts. Neutrogena’s makeup treats existing blemishes with salicylic acid while providing non-cakey, breathable coverage.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil, $18

This creamy, argan-infused oil is soothing, moisturizing, and melts right into the skin. Pigmented in six different shades, it makes both an amazing lip gloss and cream blush, leaving behind natural-looking color that’s light and not greasy.

NARS the Multiple, $39

One could argue that this multi-purpose makeup stick is the mother of all double-duty beauty products. The cream-to-powder highlighter can sculpt the face, color the lips, cheeks, and eyes, and even contour the décolletage. If you’re not sure what shade you’d like, try the universally flattering, cult-classic Orgasm—a pinky peach color with a hint of shimmer. 

Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier, $25

This spray not only protects and enhances your hair color—it also nourishes each strand with a blend of beneficial ingredients. Fennel seed extract, camelina oil, coconut oil, and olive oil combine to strengthen, condition, smooth, and fight frizz, all the while protecting your hair from heat and environmental damage.

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Marilyn Monroe becomes Max Factor's latest global glamour ambassador. (Via  InStyle)
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Benedict Cumberbatch loves him some concealer. (Via The Cut)
NCLA launches 56 gorgeous new nail wraps. (Via Nitrolicious)
Claudia Schiffer's hair care line comes to America. (via WWD)

The 10 Commandments of Winter Skincare

Thou shalt not take scalding hot showers that can dry out thy skin.

Thou shalt slather thyself in body lotion upon getting out of the shower.
Thou shalt still wear SPF, even if thy teeth are chattering.

If thou hast chapped lips, thou shall hydrate them with lip balm, and never, ever bite or pull them.
Moisture-zapping steam heat shall be counteracted with a humidifier.

Thou shalt prevent dry, flaky skin by using a hydrating cleanser for thy face.
Thou shalt reduce the use of heat stylers, so thy hair is less prone to breakage.

Thou shalt use a deep conditioning treatment at least twice a fortnight.
Thou shalt exfoliate both the face and body regularly, to keep skin soft and smooth.

Thou shalt drink plenty of water from thy chalice—beautiful, hydrated winter skin starts from the inside out!

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OPI's new 50 Shades of Grey nail color collection. (Via Nitrolicious)
10 NYE-worthy eye looks ripped from the runways. (Via

Beauty Gifts for the Fragrance Junkie – The Holidazed Issue

Does your sister sample every perfume at the department store?  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 fragrance gift sets that are bound to please even the most persnickety beauty lover.

Chloé Limited Edition Eau de Parfum Gift Set, $145

This limited-edition set is filled with fresh, romantic Chloé fragrances. Along with the two Eau de Parfum bottles, a Chloé-scented body lotion and rollerball vial are also included.

Burberry “My Burberry” Holiday Gift Set, $135

For the fashion-obsessed-meets-fragrance-lover, this two-piece set was inspired by Burberry’s most iconic trench coat. It includes an Eau de Parfum and a body mist, both of which “capture the fragrance of a London garden after the rain.”

Marc Jacobs Fragrance Daisy Rollerball Trio, $44

This trio of on-the-go fragrances is perfect for the busy bee in your life. All three of Marc Jacob’s Daisy scents are lively, spirited and feminine. The set contains bottles of Daisy, Daisy Dream and Daisy Eau So Fresh.

NEST Fragrance Collection Set, $38

The bottles in this set are so aesthetically pleasing that your loved one will keep them long after the bottles are empty. From woodsy Midnight Fleur to fruit-infused Paradise, this five-piece set from NEST is superb.

Beauty Gifts for the Hair-Care Queen – The Holidazed Issue

You’ve just stumbled upon the perfect beauty gift guide for your hair-loving friend. We've rounded up a ton of holiday gift sets that are bound to please even the most persnickety hair-care lover.

Drybar Big Hair Don't Care Holiday Kit, $199

For that friend or family member who frequents Drybar, this six-piece set will give her everything she needs to do her own hair at home (including the sought-after Buttercup Blow Dryer!).

Bumble and bumble Bb. Stylist Editions Kit, $48

The best of Bumble and bumble is in this collection: a finishing spray,
a salt-water spray, a texturizer and a thickening hairspray. A must for a Bb fanatic!

Ouidad Expert Curl Kit, $34

Do you have a curly-haired friend who is constantly frizz-frustrated? Then this kit is perfect for her! It contains three key Ouidad products, six professional hair clips and a styling guide with step-by-step instructions on how to perfect her curly locks.

Gifts for the Beauty Hoarder – The Holidazed Issue

Does your best friend hoard beauty products like the apocalypse is upon us?  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.

Sephora Favorites Glitz & Glam Party Essentials Sampler, $45

If your BFF loves the hottest beauty products, everything she’ll need to get ready for a festive fête is in this collection. From lipstick to dry shampoo, this 9-piece set has it all—and that’s not all —the products all come packed in a cute and versatile metallic clutch.

Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Color Collection, $57

For the smart skincare aficionado who understands the benefits of argan oil, this assortment will keep her nicely stocked during these dry winter months. Our favorite in the pack is Josie’s lip and cheek cream, which creates the loveliest pink hue.

Lancôme Party Plum Beauty Box, $60

This set of beauty products will satisfy even the most ravenous hoarder. It contains 12 full-sized Lancôme beauty essentials, all stuffed into a sturdy, multi-purpose train case—the perfect stocking stuffer!

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip, $80

If your best friend always packs her pockets with lipsticks, glosses and balms, this set is a must for her. It’s packed with 17 kinds of high-end lippies that will definitely be put to good use.