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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?

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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.

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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…)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Bargain Bonanza

Get ready! This is our biggest collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals ever. What beauty products are you going to grab this week?

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Ahava Mineral Body Lotion

Who: Ahava:

What: On Black Friday, get 35% off any order (hello, Dead Sea bath salts). Use the code BFRIDAY14. On Cyber Monday you can snatch up 35% off and get a free Ahava Triple Mineral Body Lotion using the promo code CYBRMON35.

When: November 28th – December 1st

Where: Ahavaus.com

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Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser

Who: Anthony

What: Take 30% off awesome skincare for the man in your life — they will thank you.

When: November 28th – December 1st

Where: Anthony.com

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Arcona Triad Pads

Who: Arcona

What: Arcona is offering 40% off Arcona-brand skin care purchases of $200 or more online, in stores on over the phone (check the website for exclusions).

When: November 28th – November 29th

Where: Arcona.com, the Arcona boutique and over the phone (877-272-6620)

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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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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…)

New York Fashion Week Runway vs. My Way: Orange Lip Color

Orange Lip Athleta New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

 

While I decided to opt out of hitting up New York Fashion Week this season, I’m still following each and every show. Well, as many as I can possibly keep up with, anyway. And, in lieu of bringing you beauty tips collected after elbowing my way backstage during all of the chaos, I’ll be showing off looks I’ve recreated based on the makeup and hairstyles created by the high fashion beauty geniuses.

First up: orange(ish) lips. Makeup artist Talia Shobrook created a bold and stunning makeup look for the Athleta show. (more…)

Orange is the New … Orange.

Taylor Schilling Variety Women in Film Pre-Emmy PartyWhile I should be posting about last night’s VMA awards, my friend and insanely talented makeup artist Tina Turnbow used a lip color on Saturday that I couldn’t not talk about. Actress Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) attended the Variety, Women in Film Pre-Emmy Party and Turnbow helped her pair her all black shorts tuxedo ensemble and super casual hair with a pop of orange lip color — it was Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, $17. Love. Can’t wait to see what she does for Emmys night. 

Reader Rave: It Cosmetics Brow Power & Vitality Lip Flush

It Cosmetics Brow Power and Lip Vitality FlushOur second installment of reader raves (see the facial scrub that was yesterday’s fave) is for two It Cosmetics products. The It Cosmetics Brow Power, $24 and  It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush, $20. Here’s why …

“My two favorite products right now are both from the It Cometics brand. The Brow Power pencil creates a fuller-looking brow without appearing fake and painted on. And the other product is a lip conditioner called Vitality Lip Flush. It is a pale pink, which gives me a very natural-looking lip for those of us who have lost all color in our lips due to age. Awesome products!” — Jan

Do you have a beauty product you’d like to gush about? Please share!

Oscars 2014: Best Makeup Statements

While most actresses played it safe when it came to hair and makeup at last night’s Academy Awards, a couple, and only a couple of them went for it and tried statement-making looks — Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington. They also both happen to be pregnant, so they get double kudos from me for not playing it safe and going for makeup looks we’ll be talking about around the water cooler (or coffee maker) today.

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Kerry Washington went for on-trend vampy lips. The hue was stunning on her skin tone and looked modern and fresh — not the same ‘ol red lip we’ve been seeing for the past couple of years. Get a similar lip look with Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutante, $35.

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Olivia Wilde went for dramatic, retro lined eyes. A perfect complement to her black and white ensemble. Recreate the look with my sister Sam’s new favorite liquid liner: Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, $19

Images: Kerry Washington, Huffington Post; Olivia Wilde, Just Jared

Go For Gold … Manis, Makeup and Hairstyles

The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones with gold on their minds. Backstage at New York Fashion Week, gold accents were everywhere — from dipped braids to 24 karat manicures. If you want to add a little bling to your look, try one of these winning looks.

Tadashi Shoji: Manicure by Katie Jane Hughes, Butter London Global Colour Ambassador

Tadashi Shoji: Manicure by Katie Jane Hughes, Butter London Global Colour Ambassador

SUNO: Hairstyle by Odile Gilbert for Kerastase

SUNO: Hairstyle by Odile Gilbert for Kerastase

Mara Hoffman: Manicure by Honey Nailz for Maybelline New York

Mara Hoffman: Manicure by Honey Nailz for Maybelline New York

Lela Rose: Makeup by Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com

Lela Rose: Makeup by Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com

Mara Hoffman: Hairstyle by Nick Irwin, Catwalk by TIGI Global Creative Director

Mara Hoffman: Hairstyle by Catwalk by Nick Irwin, TIGI Global Creative Director