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Giveaway Alert: Holiday Deals Live On with Motorola and The Drybar

After all the sales and deals have vanished from the web, fear not! We have an amazing giveaway (and what’s better than FREE?). Enter to win a custom-designed-by-you Motorola Moto X mobile phone and The Drybar Smooth Talker Gift Set (A $600 value). Here’s what you get:

moto_x_cabernetA Motorola Moto X: The gorgeous Moto X is a beauty-girl’s dream phone. We will send the lucky reader a code to design your very own. Choose the back cover (from 26 shades including sleek leather or bamboo wood), the metallic trim on the front, and even a special engraving on the back. I, personally, love the merlot shade to match my signature winter lipstick-of-the-moment. The Moto X is available on ATT, Verizon and T-Mobile.

dry_bar_smooth_talkerA Drybar Smooth Talker Gift Set: When it comes to getting the hair you want, dry bar has it down. With the Drybar Smooth Talker Gift Set, you can use all these products and tools to get your perfect blowout. The set includes: Sake Bomb Nourishing Shampoo, Sake Bomb Hydrating Conditioner, Hot Toddy Heat Protector and Frizz Fighter, Cream Soda Smoothing Cream, 100 Proof Treatment Oil, Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray, Lemon Drop Daily Detangler, Hold Me Hair Clips, Buttercup Blow Dryer, Full Pint Round Brush, and the Smooth Operator Flat Iron.

Comment on this post by Friday, December 5th at midnight for a chance to win. U.S. only.

 

(Soft) Helping Hands

Kiehl's Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve If you’re looking for a way to end your work week on a positive note, treat yourself to the Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $28.50. Not only is it a rich, hard-working hand cream, but one hundred percent of the net profits benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Kiehl’s just wrapped up their fifth annual LifeRide campaign, which aims to bring awareness and raise cash for amfAR and involves some kick ass motorcycles. Gotta love it when the brands you covet are passionate about giving back.

Check out this video if want to get scoop on what LifeRide is all about — you’ll see some familiar faces in the mix, too. Happy weekend, all!

Here’s How Drybar Can Make Your At-Home Blowdry Look Straight-From-The-Salon Good

Gold Mine - DrybarThe second half of my pregnancy, I completely embraced the weekly blowout as I shuffled up to my local Drybar to get my locks tamed. It made me feel put together and human. Alas, baby Bea arrived and my hour of “me time” went right out the door — but that doesn’t mean my pretty hair did. See, Bea loves the sound of the hair dryer. And she sleeps when she hears the sound of the hairdryer. So now mamma does her hair at home.

Luckily, the geniuses behind Drybar sell the products they use on your hair. Total game changer. And they keep adding more awesome goods to the mix. Now my at-home hair drying actually looks professional — quite a feat with a newborn and two other kids. Here’s how:

First, I apply their newest leave-in conditioner, Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-in Conditioner, $29 (see above) to the lower half of my locks. Not only does this soften my hair and smooth frizz, it has flecks of gold shimmer that reflects light, making my hair look shiny. Though my hands are covered in sparkles after (beware if you’re wearing summer whites), it totally disappears in your hair.

SouthernBelleNext, with almost dry hair, I apply Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse, $25, about golf-sized ball, to my roots. I’ve found this is the secret to keeping my hair from looking frumpy (it falls flat in like five seconds without it).

MoneyMakerAfter drying (with a round brush if I have the energy or a paddle brush if I don’t), I give the end results a spritz with a flexible hold hair spray, like Drybar MoneyMaker Flexible Hold Hairspray, $25, to keep it looking polished.

Finally I pray I there’s five minutes to enjoy my hair before I sweep it up in a messy top knot.

Feed Your Skin Avocado

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I’m kinda obsessed with avocados. I’d eat them with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily if I could. In fact, I think I’ve had them with at least one meal every day this week. But, avocados aren’t only a fabulous food to ingest thanks to their high vitamin content. They’re also great to slather on your skin because they contain powerful antioxidants, moisturizers and vitamins A and E, which together keep skin looking youthful and hydrated. So in celebration of one of my favorite fruits (yup, they’re a fruit), I thought I’d share a few products that contain avocados. Let your skin gobble them up.

sundari neem and avocado balancing moisturizerMoisturizer: Sundari Neem and Avocado Balancing Moisturizer, $57

 

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Lupita Nyong’o’s “Sparkly Disco-Inspired Eyes” at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

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Leave it to Lupita Nyong’o (the newest Lancome ambassadress) to be brave and bold enough to pull off “disco-inspired eyes” at last night’s 2014 MTV Movie Awards. It helps that she has a fantastic makeup artist — Nick Barose — that she clearly trusts. If only we all had one of those in our back pockets to help us look our best during life’s big moments, right?! Anyway, Barose wanted to give her a sparkly eye to complement the rainbow of colors in her gown. Here’s what he used to create the look:

Skin

Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 550 Suede, $45.50

Concealer: Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer in Deep Suede, $30.50

Powder: Lancome Dual Finish Powder in 560 Suede, $38.50

Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Tamarind, $30

Bronzer: Lancome Star Bronzer Palette from Lancome’s Summer 2014 Collection, $42

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Cheater Way to Create a Perfect Half-Moon Manicure

noon by noor fall/winter 2014, zoya norra manicure

Leave it to the experts backstage at New York Fashion Week to come up with super handy beauty shortcuts.

At the Noon by Noor show, manicurists were using binder reinforcements (yes, these still exist) to make creating a half-moon manicure so much faster and totally foolproof. They simply swiped nails with base coat. Let that dry for a couple of minutes and then placed the reinforcements on the base of the nails to cover the half-moon area. They painted on two coats of Zoya Nail Polish in Norra, $9, let that dry, and removed the reinforcements before finishing with a topcoat.

With the use of reinforcements, a half-moon manicure is seriously a cinch.

Do-Good Beauty

This time of year the beauty aisles are teeming with fabulous new product launches that give back to the community and support research for causes that touch us all. Here are a few amazing products we love — we know you’ll love them too.

Sonia_Kashuk_Proudly Pink_Five-Piece_Purse_Brush_SetSonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, $16

Sonia Kashuk, breast cancer survivor and beauty entrepreneur and Target have partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Fund for the seventh year in a row to create an exclusive new and repackaged Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purser Brush Set to raise money in support of the fight against breast cancer. Not only are Sonia Kashuk brushes my numero uno, these are adorable and perfect to stash in your gym bag.

sandy_hook_green_OPIOPI Nail Lacquer in Sandy Hook Green, $26

OPI has partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to launch a new, limited-edition nail color, Sandy Hook Green. Featuring the bright, bold green of the Sandy Hook Elementary school colors, it’s an amazing way to show support for the community and honor the 20 children and 6 educators who lost their lives. Your donation will help provide immediate and long-term aid to families of Sandy Hook and support the continuing effort of advocating for change by promoting an open dialogue about mental health, school safety, family, community and gun safety and responsibility. Wearing this color send a powerful message, and we love that.

laura_mercier_lip_glace_kiss_of_hopeLaura Mercier Lip Glacé in Kiss of Hope, $24

September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, but you can still support the cause by stocking up on Laura Mercier’s Limited Edition Lip Glacé in Kiss of Hope. 100% of the profits will go to Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund with the mission of educating women about the disease, supporting those who were undergoing treatment, and funding research for a cure. This high-shine, perfectly pigmented lipgloss with rich, long-lasting color creates the appearance of fuller lips. Who doesn’t want that? And the shimmering peachy-pink shade enhances any skin tone so it’s also a perfect gift.

Twisted Tuesday: “Rainbow Warrior Princess” Braids

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I’ve been too busy the last few days dabbling in backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week to braid my own hair, so this week’s Twisted Tuesday look is coming straight from the runway.

I loved what hairstylist Nick Irwin, TIGI’s global creative director, called the “rainbow warrior princess” look he created for the Mara Hoffman spring/summer 2014 fashion show. He added miles of extensions to the models’ hair and then created two very sleek inside out French braids. He finished off the look by wrapping the braids together with a colorful woven belt, which he confessed conveniently covered the area where the extensions met the models’ real hair.

Traveling Soon? Benefit’s Got Your Beauty Needs Covered

benefit airport kiosk

Not sure about you, but almost every time I travel I forget something. On my last trip, it was concealer. Not a product my dark circles and breakouts can do without. I didn’t have a car once I made it to my destination, so I had no easy way to hit the nearest drugstore or mall.

I’m sure that’s why the geniuses at Benefit decided to cook up a seriously adorable airport kiosk call Glam Up and Away. How cute is this kiosk? Even if I’m not in a pinch and need to replace a product I’ve forgotten, I’ll still make a stop by this kiosk just for fun. But, it would have come in really handy when I needed that concealer. The first one just opened in Austin, Tex. but they plan to open 24 more by the end of the year, according to Women’s Wear Daily. That includes one at JFK, which I’ll be heading to in a couple of weeks. Hopefully it’ll be there when I arrive. I’ll no doubt need mascara (the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $23, perhaps) or something else I’ve left behind.

Kristen Wiig’s Pretty Neutral Makeup Makes Me Want To Get Dressed Up And Go Out

kristen-wiig-despicable-me-2-premiereKristen Wiig’s luminous, bronzy makeup is just about perfect for a summer evening — and it’s an incredibly sexy alternative to a grey or black smoky eye. This looks just as gorgeous on all skin tones as well. The best part is, this look uses some of my very favorite makeup products of all time. Try these all-star products yourself:

laura-mercier-eye-basics-in-linenStart with a primer from your lid to your eye brow to give your shadow grip and staying powder — very important on hot days to avoid shiny lids and creasing shadow. I love the moisturizing Laura Mercier Eye Basics Primer in Linen, $25.

jouer-cosmetics-cream-eyeshadow-in-suedeApply a cream shadow like Joie across the upper lid from the lash line to just above the crease. Try Jouer Crème Eyeshadow in Suede, $20. It’s the perfect swipe-on-with-your-fingers shadow.

stila-eye-shadow-in-kittenDot a shimmer shadow on the inner corners of the eye to brighten and open your eyes. Try a shimmering nude pink like Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, $18.

chanel-precision-eye-definer-in-brun-cuivréLine the top and bottom lash line with a dark bronzy-brown liner like Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Brun-Cuivré, $29, to keep things natural, yet defined.

maybelline-full-and-soft-mascaraTop lashes with a lengthening mascara like Maybelline Full And Soft Mascara in Very Black, $6.

mac-powder-blush-in-peachykeenDust cheeks with a peachy blush. I love MAC Powder Blush in Peachykeen, $21, for it’s subtle and sheer mix of pink, peach and gold shimmer.

nars-lip-gloss-in-ChihuahuaFinish the look with a pretty neutral gloss like NARS Lip Gloss in Chihuahua, $25, a soft, sheer guava shade. I’m obsessed with this shade because it’s almost sheer, but pulls together a classic look.

I’m obsessed with bronzy makeup — are you?

Top image via: justjared.com