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16 Beautiful Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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As the saying goes: If you want something done right, do it yourself. Here’s what I’ll be stuffing my (and my husband’s) stockings with this year. Which beauty product picks will you add to your list?

korres masks

Korres

Korres Beauty Shots, $36

Four mini facial masks with active fruit ingredients will get your skin glowing. The nectarine version moisturizes while the watermelon cools, grapefruit brightens and cranberry firms and lifts.

Kiehl's Hand Salve and Lip Balm #1

Kiehl’s

Kiehl’s Soothing Essentials Duo, $18

Perfect for you, or your other half, this duo contains two of my all-time favorite products from Kiehl’s. The Lip Balm #1 and the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.

by terry baume du rose

By Terry

By Terry Baume de Rose Colour Collection, $89

I pretty much love everything from By Terry. I’m a sucker for anything infused with rose. So this ready-to-gift set of five tinted baumes is a must-have.  (more…)

Wavy Hair Problem Solvers of the Week

If you have wavy or curly hair, you probably have as many hairstyling products stashed under your sink and in your medicine cabinet as I do (read: too many to count). And you’ve probably tossed double that amount in the trash after a few tragic uses, too. Am I right? That’s why, when I find a product or cocktail of products that work wonders on my medium-thick, frizzy waves, I talk about them. So here I am, (sorta) talking…

After I finished up what was likely my tenth or twelfth bottle of this delicious creamy mousse from Sebastian, and once I polished off this family of wave enhancing miracle workers, I reached for two products I hadn’t previously tried. (more…)

Halloween Nail Art From the Pros: It’s Not Too Late to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

If you’re looking for a last minute way to join in on tomorrow’s festivities without wearing a full-blown costume, I say Halloween-inspired nail art is absolutely the way to go. (If I wasn’t still recovering from a gross stomach virus that has wiped out my whole family, I’d be wearing one of them already.) Here’s how to get the looks step-by-step from the nail pros who created them:

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Bloody Manicure by Jin Soon Choi

Prep: Apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat

Step 1: Coat each nail in JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Kookie White.

Step 2: Using JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Coquette, wipe off all of the nail polish from the brush on the neck of the bottle and with varying short strokes, apply polish over the white you just swiped on. You’ll get a more realistic effect if you vary the strokes and even dab or blot the color on in a few places. (more…)

The Hair Color Trend I’m Seriously On Board With

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When it comes to natural-looking hair color trends, first there was Ombre and then Sombre (subtle Ombre) and now it’s all about babylights. Babylights (as seen most recently on model Karlie Kloss) are very finely painted highlights that result in a stunning and super natural-looking finish. If you, like me, are someone who has always wanted to have the color you did as a child, babylights are just the ticket. What’s also great about them is that you’ll need to color your hair less often to get the best results, according to L’Oréal Paris Consulting Celebrity Colorist Kari Hill(more…)

The Hottest Shades for Fall

In sunny SoCal, the changing of seasons (or lack thereof) doesn’t mean we have to stash our sunglasses. We should, however, think about swapping the ones we’ve been wearing all summer for a pair of shades that are a little more fall wardrobe-friendly.

Same goes for our lipstick shades. It’s time to retire the poppy bright oranges and pinks for the fabulous hues we saw all over the runways — berries, reds, nudes and sepia tones.

Here I’ve paired up the newest sunnies from Warby Parker (what did we do before Warby Parker, BTW?!) with the trendy fall lipsticks that perfectly complement them. Which lipstick/sunglass paring will you choose? My fave is definitely the rose-hued sunglasses paired with sepia-toned lips.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee, $50 & Warby Parker Teddy in Petal Tortoisewarby parker shades & tom ford lipstick

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Julie, $32 & Warby Parker Goodney in Revolver Black

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By Terry Hyaluranic Sheer Rouge in Be Red, $32 & Warby Parker Quentin in Whisky Tortoise

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In Honor of National Eczema Awareness Month: My Family’s Go-To Eczema Products

eczema-productsDid you know October is National Eczema Awareness Month? Yeah, didn’t think so. I didn’t either until a few days ago. It really gets lost in the hoopla surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Halloween and Oktoberfest. In my house though, eczema is always top of mind. My son has it (so does one of my sisters), and we’ve been trying to figure out a miracle combo to tame his red, itchy, sometimes cracked and bleeding skin since the day he was born. I thought I’d share what’s worked for us in honor of Eczema Awareness Month. I can’t say it’s eliminated the issue completely, but we’ve got it so much more under control.

Here’s what’s worked: (more…)

Feed Your Beauty Brain “Beauty Rewind” by Taylor Chang-Babaian

Beauty Rewind by Taylor Chang-Babaian

From creating a natural face-lift with makeup to concealing bruises, moles and more, my friend and talented makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, has filled 176 pages of her latest book with tried and true makeup tricks for every woman from 20-something to 60 plus. (more…)

NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Wearable Retro ’60s Makeup

nanette lepore spring/summer 2015 retro '60s makeup

Pair retro ’60s with a laid back California coastal vibe and you get the covetable makeup look seen at Nanette Lepore’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show. This fresh-faced yet fashion forward look is a little over-the-top for day but with a few subtle tweaks, I think I made it suitable enough for everyday. Here’s how I got the look:

Step 1: I perfected my skin with Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation, $37 and the concealer I can’t function without(more…)

NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Ballerina-Inspired Updo

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Sleep- and shower-deprived ladies … this one’s for you. If you’re looking for a way to stretch the length between shampoos, the hairstyle seen at the Tracy Reese Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week show is for you. I absolutely love runway hairstyles in general because so many of them are done in about the time we spend on our own hair at home — a few minutes. The difference is that these are cooked up by the creators of cool. I can’t wait to wear this ballerina-inspired look created by master stylist Bok-Hee using the Scunci x Tracy Reese ready-to-wear collection. The collection, unfortunately, won’t be available until 2015, but you probably have some headbands laying around at home that will give you a similar effect. I did. Here’s how to get the look in seconds: (more…)

NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Silver Mirage Manicure

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Today’s New York Fashion Week (Spring/Summer 2015) beauty look is inspired by the Creatures of the Wind show. Butter London Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, created this insanely-simple-to-replicate silver nail that was inspired by a mirage. It’s essentially a deconstructed manicure. Fantastic in all of its imperfections. She did that intentionally to prevent the sparkly silver nail color from looking “too costume-y”. I recreated it because it’s pretty much the ideal style of manicure or nail art for my busy lifestyle. I did this look in about three minutes. No joke. Here’s how to get the look: (more…)