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    The cuteness factor makes it worth the time and, luckily, one of our favorite nail art experts, Miss Pop, helped create this awesome turkey design. She broke it down into steps that are fairly straightforward. Bit by bit, step by step, you can design the heck out of these turkey nails.

    More: Starbucks holiday cup nail art is the latte lover's new obsession

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    More: It's winter sweater time and that goes for your nails too

    Christmas is the time for cringeworthy jumpers, Christmas trees with bright lights, sequins and glitter and, now, seasonal temporary tattoos. That's right — this year jewellery brand Mr. Kate has created a line called BeautyMarks, which is at the top of our beauty wish list.

    The temporary tattoos (which you can wear on your wrists, hands, forearms, basically anywhere), are all hand-drawn by the designer and feature ethereal designs as well as snowflakes — making them perfect for Christmas.

    More: Shattered glass nails are the new trend sweeping the beauty world (PHOTOS)

    The tattoos last for two to four days and can easily be removed with body oil, the website states. But the best part is that the designs are completely cruelty-free and are not tested on animals, because really, beauty should never come with a cost to our furry friends.

    Temporary tattoos have definitely enjoyed their time in the spotlight this year, with Rihanna debuting her new line of gold temporary tattoos in collaboration with JacquieAiche.com, and the runways being filled with temporary tattoos (including Kendall Jenner for Tommy Hilfiger during New York Fashion Week). They're a lot easier to get than detailed henna pieces, and most likely cheaper. The Mr. Kate BeautyMarks "The New Makeup" White set will only set you back around £8.

    More: 7 Creative French manicure ideas you have to try

    Will you be rocking snowflake temporary tattoos this winter? If you're not sold you may want to watch the video below and see just how beautiful they really are.

    Mr Kate White Tattoos

    Mr Kate White Tattoos

    Festive temporary tattoos don't stop at snowflakes — if you fancy Christmas trees or holly, shop from designers John Smith or Tea Leigh, both via Tattly.

    Let us know your thoughts on this super cool, new beauty trend in the comments below.

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    Tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream

    These products take less work to apply than foundation. You do not need a fancy makeup brush or sponge to apply these bases to your face. Simply use your clean hands to smooth and blend the base over your face and neck.

    Try CoverGirl CG smoothers BB Cream

    Eyeshadow/eyeliner stick

    Having two-in-one makeup items is beneficial for women who lead busy lives. You have two makeup items in one product, and they are color coordinated, so you will not need to worry about clashing colors when you step outside. Simply apply the eyeshadow first, flip the stick and then line your eyes with the liner side.

    Give e.l.f. eyeliner and shadow stick a try.


    Try to purchase a waterproof mascara. They tend not to smudge, and they hold up through rain and tears. A waterproof formula made to give you fuller lashes has a greater impact than one that just gives the illusion of longer lashes. A fuller-looking fringe frames the eyes better. If you also want length, look for a waterproof mascara that gives you both length and volume.

    Two of my drugstore favorites are CoverGirl Super Sizer waterproof mascara and Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Mascara. (The Physicians Formula is not waterproof, but it survived allergy tears and lasts into the night).

    Cheek/lip tint stick

    This dual makeup product saves time and keeps your colors more coordinated. Pick a color that resembles your natural flush — the color seen when your face is flushed from heat, physical exertion or cold. Using your fingers, lightly apply product to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards and outwards until you reach your side hairline (about the same level where the top of your ears are). For lips, use your pinky to swipe color from the stick and smooth over your lips. Apply as little or as much as you want until you get your desired saturation of color.

    ULTA Lip and Cheek Color Stick are easy to use and $10 or less.

    Loose or pressed powder

    Loose or pressed powder is used to set your foundation. Ideally, you would buy a powder that matches or comes close to your natural skin tone. You can also use a translucent powder, but these are strictly for setting your foundation and touching up to reduce shine. Many apply powder right after they apply base. If you had a mishap with blush and the color is too intense then apply powder last to help tone that blush down.

    I like e.l.f. Flawless Face Powder because it is cheap, contains salicylic acid and absorbs oil.

    These five products are easy to use for makeup novices for easy everyday makeup. Even if you are skilled with makeup application, these are great for those days you are running late for work. They also are easy to carry items for your purse for when you need to be made up on the fly.

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    It was difficult to get rid of her because we had been through a lot together. She had seen every relationship before my now-husband of 18 years — there were a lot of them, short ones. She adapted to every phase of music I got into, from Pink Floyd to The Pixies to The Pharcyde.

    Through all of that, she never made me feel good. If I’m going to be honest, she never did. She was bought on sale at a shopping outlet where I begged my parents for a piece of Americana. But she never fit or felt right. She was always in the way — and wound up tied around my waist or forgotten in a car or at a party. The arrangements to pick her up always left me thinking, “I don’t even like this. How is this worth it?”

    She was my Blue Jean Baby. I didn’t want to say goodbye because I thought she was my favorite. She never was — just the memory of how much I'd wanted her.

    Two months ago I bought something to replace her — this one from Rag & Bone. It was difficult to justify spending over $250 on a new jean jacket, especially when I already had "a perfectly good one."

    I don’t regret it — I wear it everywhere, almost every day. It’s soft, comfortable and fits perfectly. I don't regret moving on, not for a second. I have no idea why it took me almost two decades to do it.

    Here is another item I've recently replaced: a chunky knit sweater. I’ve had a scratchy one from J.Crew for years that I have suffered over a decade of winters in, but this soft Joie turtleneck sweater is so soft I can sleep in it!

    Chunky Sweater
    Image: Lynn Chen/SheKnows

    Finally, I've accepted that I'm never going to wear high-heeled boots on a regular basis. That was the most difficult thing to part with because I have a closet full of chunky, clunky beauties that I paid big bucks for. Now that I have back problems and never seem to want to wear anything other than flats — even on the red carpet — I'm giving them to another lucky woman. Marc Jacobs makes a comfy pair that I was able to wear while walking around the whole city.

    You all know I'm not just talking about clothes here right? This applies to a lot of things in life — people included. Find what fits and what feels good, and get rid of the rest!

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    The cuteness factor makes it worth the time and, luckily, one of our favorite nail art experts, Miss Pop, helped create this awesome turkey design. She broke it down into steps that are fairly straightforward. Bit by bit, step by step, you can design the heck out of these turkey nails.

    More: Starbucks holiday cup nail art is the latte lover's new obsession

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    The even more amazing part is that Ruiz does all of that by using only her mouth.

    Jessica Ruiz 1

    Jessica Ruiz 1

    The Philadelphia-based makeup artist has arthrogryposis, a condition that keeps her using her arms and hands. The disease let to cruel bullying in middle school, and she used makeup as an outlet, angling her face down to her left hand in order to apply eyeshadow, lipstick and more.

    More: Model's 'real selfies' show the behind-the-scenes of being beautiful

    And her bullies took notice.

    "The girls that were calling me names, their view of me actually changed. They said, 'Wow, you look really beautiful," she told Yahoo Beauty. "The bullies would not stop, but their view of me changed. My view of myself changed as well, to be able to take that little bit of eyeliner and mascara and boost my confidence."

    Jessica Ruiz 2

    Jessica Ruiz 2

    Soon after, others asked her to start doing their makeup for graduations.

    More: Beauty blogger nails Adele's 'Hello' makeup (WATCH)

    "I said yes, but I didn't know how I was going to do it. I didn't have to do foundation, just eyes and lips. So I just put the brushes in my mouth and dipped them in and applied," Ruiz said. People loved her work, but makeup school after makeup school rejected her. Eventually, she learned her method using YouTube tutorials and eventually booked jobs at fashion shows.

    Jessica Ruiz 3

    Jessica Ruiz 3

    "I was working with so many people who had degrees and there was little ol' me taught on YouTube working alongside them," Ruiz said, but not everyone was so welcoming with her approach, though that was the minority.

    More: It's super easy to ruin your lashes with an eyelash curler

    "I have some people that are booking me just because of the way that I do makeup now," Ruiz said. "There are other people who really truly see this as equal and equivalent. The only difference is in the way that I apply makeup."

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    All of these strong female celebs have proudly and unapologetically showed off their body hair, either on Instagram or on the red carpet.

    Despite that, women are inundated with messages that body hair is bad and must be shaved, waxed, plucked and lasered off, at any cost, otherwise men won't want them. And, despite the trend of dyeing both underarm and pubic hair, many still feel that the natural fur that covers everyone's bodies is somehow unnatural.

    More: Remarkable makeup artist transforms clients using only her mouth

    Photographer Ashley Armitage is doing her part to address the stigma with her NSFW Instagram account. She regularly posts photos of women showing off their body hair, granny panties and even their period stains.

    Ashley Armitage 1

    Ashley Armitage 1

    "I’m interested in creating a platform for girls, by girls, completely the female gaze," she told Refinery29. "It’s often both me and the models deciding what we want to create together, and both parties have agency. I'm giving the woman power, not taking it from her.

    "My friend who did the pubic hair photo, she's always like, 'Oh, take photos of my leg hair... take photos of my pubic hair; it looks so cute today.' [And I thought], now is a good time to post this photo of my friend's natural body, up close. It says, 'Hey, we have a choice. This is beautiful, too," she said.

    More: Model's 'real selfies' show the behind-the-scenes of being beautiful

    But it hasn't been without criticism... and plenty of it.

    Ashley Armitage 2

    Ashley Armitage 2

    "I wasn't expecting that much of a negative reaction," Armitage said. "But then one person came in and said something really hateful, tagged their friends in it, and those people came in and tagged their friends."

    The common theme among those criticizing her work was that they were men. "I was watching every single commenter, and there were 45-year-old dads with Instagram photos on their profiles with their daughters and their wives. They were commenting on this photo of my friend, calling her a whore," she said.

    More: It's super easy to ruin your lashes with an eyelash curler

    Some of her photos were flagged on the photo sharing site, sending out the message that "in order to be decent and acceptable, we must shave," she said. Armitage isn't for or against shaving. She's (rightfully) against anyone telling a woman what she can and can't do with her body.

    Ashley Armitage 3

    Ashley Armitage 3

    "It would be so sad to me [if] a young girl already has in her mind that the natural body she will grow into is unhygienic, and [if] it was already ingrained in the boy's mind to shame and police [a] body that is not [his]."

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    DIY an oversized tote
    Image: Erin Francois/Getty Images

    DIY an oversized tote
    Image: Erin Francois/Getty Images


    DIY an oversized tote: supplies
    Image: Erin Francois/Getty Images

    • 24-inch x 36-inch flat woven rug (Choose a rug that doesn't have a backing. Unlined rugs are easiest to manipulate and allow for the bag to be just as pretty on the inside as the outside!)
    • Pre-made handbag handles (available at most fabric stores)
    • Heavy quilting thread
    • Sewing needle
    • Scissors

    Step 1

    DIY an oversized tote:Step 1
    Image: Erin Francois/Getty Images

    Start by folding your rug in half with the "right" sides of the rug facing inward toward each other.

    Step 2

    DIY an oversized tote:Step 2
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    Thread the needle with coordinating thread and tie the loose ends together with a double knot. Create a strong stitch base for your side seam by cinching the bottom right corner of the bag together with several overlapping whip stitches as shown above (about 10 whip stitches total).

    Step 3

    DIY an oversized tote:Step 3
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    Sew the sides of the bag together with a simple straight stitch, by pushing the needle down through the top of the fabric and then back up through the bottom of the fabric. Leave roughly 1/2-inch seam allowance (the seam should be about 1/2 inch in from the edge). Stitches should be no more than 1/8 inch apart. It's helpful to follow the weave structure of the rug to help create uniform stitches and a straight seam overall.

    Step 4

    DIY an oversized tote:Step 3
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    Finish off the top edge of the side seam in a similar fashion to the way you began the side seam at the bottom (in Step 2.) Create several overlapping whip stitches (about 10).

    Step 5

    DIY an oversized tote:Step 5
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    For the final whip stitch, create another loop as you did in Step 4, only this time, don't pull the loop tight just yet. Thread the needle through the loop and pull tight. Finish with a double knot.

    Repeat Steps 2-5 for the opposite side of the bag.

    Step 6

    DIY an oversized tote:Step 6
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    Turn the bag right side out and push out the side seams to form square corners.

    Step 7

    DIY an oversized tote:Step 7
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    Attach the pre-made handles to the side of the bag with needle and thread. Repeat on the opposite side of the bag with the second set of handles.

    Step 8 - Finished

    DIY an oversized tote: Finished 1
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    DIY an oversized tote: Finished 2
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    The singer opened the show in a DSquared2 bodysuit embroidered with plenty of sequins and rhinestones.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Michael Tran/Film Magic/Getty Images

    More: 2015 AMA fashion was black, white and sparkly all over

    The most demure look of the night was this downright pretty fuchsia ombré Michael Cinco gown accessorized with plenty of Swarovski crystals.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    She went more daring with this chain mail-esque nude Balmain gown with matching nude briefs.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    More: 14 Glitzy CMA dresses you missed on the red carpet

    This intricate design was definitely one of our favorites of the evening. Jennifer Lopez always looks amazing, but gold is definitely her color.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    J. Lo has never found a sheer gown that she doesn't like, and for good reason — because she looks amazing in this black lace Zuhair Murad couture black tulle caftan dress with black briefs and accented with a star-studded belt.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    She didn't only wear gowns. This yellow wide-legged (and plunging!) Michael Costello jumpsuit looked super dramatic with its attached cape.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    Lopez also got pretty in red in this Zuhair Murad gown with a sheer skirt.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Charley Gallay/AMA2015/Getty Images

    More: 19 Celeb ponytails that prove it's the ultimate hairstyle

    It's safe to say this sheer gown with strategically placed silver sequins is risqué enough to rival the infamous green Versace dress she wore to the Grammys 15 years ago.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    She doesn't need to remind us that she's a star, but this Zuhair Murad jumpsuit with blue sheer tulle, kimono sleeves and star embroidery is still amazing nonetheless.

    Jennifer Lopez AMA jumpsuit
    Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/GettyImages

    This icy-blue gown is gorgeous, but we can't imagine how much effort it takes to get it on correctly. We bow down to you, Queen Lopez.

    Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards
    Image: David Livingston/Getty Images

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    More: '100 Years of lingerie' video shows that confidence trumps all (WATCH)

    Seriously, don't knock them until you've tried them!

    We get it, sometimes this style of underwear is boring, but not if you interpret it literally like the way Etsy store Bullets and Bees did, because they've produced some of the most awesome underwear we've ever seen — literally high-rise panties with a granny's face on them. Genius.

    Store takes meaning of granny panties to new level
    Image: Bullets and Bees/Etsy

    The shop owner is a lady by the name of Candice Pugh, who hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, and she describes herself as a "one woman show." Pugh creates handmade underwear and, when it's not sold out, you can get your hands on a set of Golden Girls underwear — a hilariously awesome four-pack of lacy briefs complete with each of the characters' faces.

    More: Holiday lingerie that doesn't make you look like a slutty Mrs. Claus

    Store takes meaning of grannie panties to a new level
    Image: Bullets and Bees/Etsy

    But these panties are also available as singles. You can wear the Dorothy Gaudy low-rise panties (a seemingly doily-inspired, black-and-cream lace combo) for $53. Or if Dorothy is not your style, you can rock the Blanche crotchless panties for $71.

    More: 30 Times it's socially acceptable (& awesome) to wear black tights

    Etsy shop takes the meaning of granny panties to a whole new meaning
    Image: Bullets and Bees/Etsy

    These super cool panties are selling out pretty quickly, so we clearly aren't the only people who are impressed.

    Will you be adding granny panties to your Christmas wish list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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    If you're like most people, you just ignore that warning and apply the hair dye all over your head. Most of the time it won't be a problem, but you never know which ingredients might irritate your skin and cause a serious reaction.

    More: Golden Girls underwear takes granny panties to a new level

    Case in point: A Redditor posted a horrifying-looking series of photos that showed a friend's serious allergic reaction to hair dye. Though there's no proof these are real, the succession of photos shows her transition from normal to a very swollen head. The reaction eventually subsides — and her face returns to normal — but she looks like she's in agony.

    hair allergic reaction

    hair allergic reaction

    Comments from other users describe their own reactions to hair dye — and it's not pretty.

    "This happened to me. Except my head blistered up as well," one wrote. "I had seeping welts all over my head and down to my nose. There was no skin left on the back of my ears. I would wake in the morning and be stuck to the pillow/sheets. I went insane with the pain. The itchiness of it was so strong that I couldn't physically stop my hands from scratching my head. They had to sedate me, put me on steroids to regrow the skin. Most intense six weeks of my life. I had to use medication to get away from the pain and it's the only time I have had an out of body experience. I will never dye my hair again. The smell of the chemicals makes me itchy."

    More: Remarkable makeup artist transforms clients using only her mouth

    Another chimed in with a friend story.

    "My friend had the same thing happen to her a few years ago... she looked like Sloth from the Goonies. Not one single person said anything, unless she told them what happened first."

    Let this serve as a reminder to always do a test first, even if it does delay getting your amazing new color. It'll be worth it.

    More: Model's "real selfies" show the behind-the-scenes of being beautiful

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    Many news stations — especially ones in smaller cities — don't give their news teams a clothing allowance, leaving it up to the women to find appropriate outfits that are stylish, flattering and won't make them look like floating heads when they're in front of the green screens.

    More: Dress resembles your lady bits and it's both strange and brilliant

    "Many stations even have consultants that come in and tell you colors you should and shouldn't wear," Shelby Hays, a KOCO meteorologist from Oklahoma, told Tech Insider.

    So, when one finds an outfit that's all of these things, well, they naturally want to share it with their colleagues. A female meteorologist recently stumbled on such a dress and so many fellow other meteorologists are also buying it — in every color — that Amazon is now backordered in many colors and sizes.

    And for good reason: It's only $23!

    More: Students create 20-piece couture collection from McDonald's wrappers

    "Someone stumbled onto 'the dress' and a few of us ordered it and shared pics of it on air in our [private Facebook] group. Everyone saw how great it looked," Hays told the website. "At $23 we could buy a handful of these dresses for what we normally pay for just one."

    Hey, we totally get it!

    The dress — a simple color-blocked sheath dress with sleeves — looks great on every woman who wears it, even if they do have to limit how many times they wear it on the job.

    More: 9 Statement earrings that make any simple outfit look more fancy

    "We can only wear things once every couple of months because it’s your whole body (on the air) and people really remember it if (your outfit) is really bold or stands out, so it can be hard to build a wardrobe at a decent price," CBS 2 meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist said.

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    These videos have been pretty popular this year — and for good reason, because they serve as a reminder that fashion and style go in cycles and everything that's old is eventually new again.

    More: New "eye tattoo" trend could actually cause blindness

    Next in the series is one you never knew you wanted to see, because who would willingly get 11 different tattoos on their body in a span of a week in the name of good web content? Ohio woman Casey Lubin, that's who. The model in Cut Video's latest project, 100 Years of Beauty — Americana Tattoo, did just that, courtesy of tattoo artist Clae Welch.

    100 Years of Beauty - Americana Tattoo

    100 Years of Beauty - Americana Tattoo

    Each tattoo represents the style of a famous artist in every decade since 1900, like "Cap" Coleman (1930s), Sailor Jerry (1950s) and Nikko Hurtado (2010s).

    Lubin didn't have any tattoos before, as far as we could tell, so to go from zero to 11 has to be a big shock. But she seems pretty pleased with the final project, as she should.

    More: Woman suffers serious chemical burns after using DIY tattoo removal kit

    "I think it's great that we can use our body as a canvas and it's really cool that you can make art a part of your body," she said of her week-long transformation. "If your body is your temple, then you should be able to decorate it the way you want, right?"

    Hopefully she'll still love them in 20 years, because laser tattoo removal is expensive and incredibly painful (take it from me!).

    More: People playing risky "tattoo roulette" end up with terrible tattoos (WATCH)

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    There’s been a lot of talk about K-beauty all over the web and for good reason. Korean beauty has a strong focus on innovation and glowing skin (also known as 'gwang').

    With companies like Sephora curating their shelves with some of the best K-beauty brands, we set out to uncover 10 noteworthy brands worthy of your time and money. (Personally, we're digging the experience-driven applications, adorable packaging and hydrating, cool-to-touch formulations.) Not only are these top 10 brands worth discovering, each promises to offer more youthful skin without harsh chemicals and are less costly than traditional U.S. designer makeup brands.

    1. Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist

    Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist
    Image: innisfreeworld.com

    Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist is a mist containing Jeju sparkling mineral water, which delivers rich mineral nutrition to the skin akin to soaking in a hot spring! Consider this a spa in a bottle. This unique product contains a high carbonic acid and nourishing mineral content from the sparkling mineral water found in Sanbang Mountain on Jeju to deliver hydration deep into the skin — delivering moisture from the inside! (InnisfreeWorld, $12)

    2. Manefit’s Bling Bling Hydro Gel Mask

    Manefit’s Bling Bling Hydro Gel Mask
    Image: sokoglam.com

    Sheet masks are a very key (and intriguing) part of the K-beauty aesthetic. These Bling Bling Hydro Gel Masks offer contoured hydro gel masks soaked in essence that instantly cool and soothe stressed and tired skin on contact. Four different varieties offer help with brightening, wrinkles, elasticity and nourishment. These single-use masks (in different flavors) are certainly worth a try when compared to other high-end masks starting at around $40. (Soko Glam, $6)

    3. Wonder Juice via Chosungah22

    Wonder Juice via Chosungah22
    Image: chosungah22

    Wonder Juice Sugar Juice, Chosungah22, is an all-purpose skin care product that seems super juicy indeed as it smells of fruit. Natural essences are a big part of K-beauty with fruit essence juices comforting and moisturizing the skin. This “juice” (which comes in different flavors) is meant to be massaged in creating an experience for the skin and its user. (Chosungah, $29)

    4. Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

    Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
    Image: innisfreeworld.com

    This Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a pretty seductive 6-in-1 pore treatment clay mask jammed with super volcanic cluster capsules to absorb sebum and resolve pore concerns. As the capsules burst, they exfoliate dead skin and help smooth appearance. Use for 10 minutes, then gently rinse off with lukewarm water. Again, an experience awaits! (InnisfreeWorld, $15)

    5. Laneige BB Cushion

    Laneige BB Cushion
    Image: Target

    Laneige BB Cushion takes Mul-Gwang (the glow K-beauty is known for) to a whole new level. BBs are massive in Korea — and as you know — an easy “go-to” for us in the States. This cushion is revolutionary because it’s a 5-in-1 BB housed in a convenient compact! Ideal for travel — this BB also offers a broad-spectrum SPF 50 yet is very hydrating. (Target, $34)

    6. No Sebum Blur Powder

    No Sebum Blur Powder
    Image: innisfreeworld.com

    No Sebum Blur Powder is a mineral powder containing Jeju green tea, which perfects and smoothes skin texture with a brightening, blurring effect. Ideal for finishing your makeup, or just applying for a light to no-makeup look when rushing out the door. (InnisfreeWorld, $9)

    7. Shara Shara

    Shara Shara
    Image: GlowRecipe.com

    With 20 years in the global beauty industry, GlowRecipe.com is an amazing site offering a deep understanding of beauty rituals and innovative skin care trends from Korea — making K brands accessible to us in America. One amazing brand is Shara Shara — a unique line boasting many exciting products like this Honey Bomb. This honey ampoule acts as a toner, serum and moisturizer for all skin types with a Clear Nutrition Gel Technology that allows for natural oils and ingredients to provide hydration without any sticky residue. With continued use, skin texture is improved, fine lines are visibly minimized and skin tone is even and luminous. Beauty Bonus: Free of parabens, mineral oils and synthetic dye. (Glow Recipe, $40)

    8. May Coop

    Image: sephora.com

    May Coop’s beauty principle is based on the amazing properties of maple tree sap. Collected each spring, the sap is picked and primed in May when sap is most potent (hence the name May). The line’s foundation is silky-smooth products which absorb into the skin quickly and revitalize instantly. Standouts include Raw Sauce a seductive hydrating, nourishing toner featuring a silky formula that's highly concentrated in sap to allow for better product absorption and boosting effectiveness for your skincare routine. Beauty Bonus: Less expensive price points than other premium designer brands and free of impurities. (Sephora, $43)

    9. Erborian

    Image: sephora.com

    This Korean-French hybrid skin care line focuses on developing inventive multi-taskers, which blend traditional Korean ingredients with modern French luxury. Aside from boasting stellar reviews, the line also offers a BB cream, enriched with ginseng for flawless-looking coverage and protection, helping to refine skin's texture to reveal a "baby skin" effect. Beauty Bonus: Free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. (Sephora, $39)

    10. Skin Factory

    Skin Factory
    Image: memebox.com

    Memebox, formulated in Seoul, offers the hottest in Korean beauty trends. One such line is Skin Factory, a line based on truly innovative products that are keen on multi-tasking and delivering medical grade results in a harsh-free way. For example, its 7 Seconds Morning Sheet allows for quick morning skin preparation and conditioning — delivering a facial massage while keeping wrinkles at bay with its anti-wrinkle serum and skin exfoliator. Also, the line’s Face Jam 02 Modeling Mask, Meme Box, $32, had me at hello as it hydrates while forming to your face shape! Beauty Bonus: Contains premium natural ingredients and is completely free from harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Ethanol, Silicon, Mineral Oil and BHT. (Meme Box, $19)

    Tell us — are you giving K-beauty a try this winter? If so, what brands are you into and why?

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    The brands below have invested in that theory and craft their products with whole plant sources, organic ingredients, no chemical preservatives, gluten-free contents, animal-friendly practices and eco-friendly packaging.

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    Chemical free beauty products
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    And with products like rose and apricot hair milk, cranberry glow cheek and lip stain and gardenia and tea antioxidant body serum, you'll be jealous that your face is getting such royal treatment.

    1. 100% Pure. Hello! Fruit-dyed makeup, how fun is that?

    2. Acure. Founded to raise money for breast cancer and promote healthy living.

    3. Afterglow Cosmetics. Makeup that is free of synthetics, preservatives and irritants.

    4. Alchemy. An array of lip colors, all without parabens and never tested on animals.

    5. Alima Pure. A makeup brand that shows you every single ingredient they use.

    6. Amala. Uses whole plant ingredients, rather than isolating components.

    7. Arbonne. Every product is "crafted with potent botanicals" and natural ingredients.

    8. Ava Anderson. At 14, Ava began her naturals line, and you can join her team!

    9. Boscia. Uses Japanese technology to create effective, preservative-free products.

    10. Dr. Hauschka. Skin care products born from a passion for natural medicine.

    11. Ecco Bella. Or "Behold Beautiful," takes pride in their animal-friendly practices.

    12. Grown Alchemist. Offers natural technologies for skin care and haircare.

    13. Hemp Organics. An Australian company that makes organic lip colors.

    14. Inika. Another Australian makeup company that creates vegan products.

    15. Intelligent Nutrients. Uses organic, food-grade ingredients.

    16. Jane Iredale. Non-comedogenic, allergy-tested and cruelty-free products.

    17. John Masters. Wins tons of awards for his beauty products (and pet care!).

    18. Josie Maran. Model-turned-entreprenuer, Josie shares fun, sexy, organic items.

    19. Just Skin Food. Chemical- and fragrance-free items that will make you hungry.

    20. Kahina Giving Beauty. Organic beauty line from Morocco in recycled packages.

    21. Kari Gran. Offers a "clean, green beauty routine."

    22. Kiss My Face. Cruelty-free products with ethical sourcing and no parabens.

    23. Kjaer Weis. Certified organic makeup and award-winning products.

    24. Lavera. All their cosmetics are gluten-free, vegan, organic and chemical-free.

    25. Meow Meow Tweet. All-natural, vegan, small-batch skin care products.

    26. Miessence. Sells organic skin care, cosmetics and superfoods.

    27. Mukti. Products are "meticulously researched," vegan and cruelty-free.

    28. Natural Instinct. A skin care line with no parabens, sulfates or silicones.

    29. Naturopathica. "Natural and organic" is their philosophy.

    30. Neal's Yard Remedies. Has awards, plant-based products and a cool name.

    31. Nourish Organic. Is 100 percent organic, chemical-free, vegan and gluten-free.

    32. Nude. This skin care line is composed of omegas, minerals and probiotics.

    33. Nvey Eco. First to coin the phrase, "Green is the new black."

    34. One Love Organics. A skin care line, mentioned in all the popular magazines.

    35. Origins. Surprise! Origins, an Estée Lauder company, is all organic.

    36. Pangea Organics. They pride themselves on the effectiveness of their products.

    37. Physicians Formula. The Organic Wear line is chemical-free and mostly organic.

    38. Pineapple Heads. A 100 percent natural haircare line for 100 percent kids.

    39. Pristine Beauty. A retro vibe on natural, vegan and cruelty-free products.

    40. Pure and True. Offers "high-performance, age-defying, organic beauty."

    41. Rahua. A hair and bodycare line that primarily uses rahua, a natural oil.

    42. Ren. Skin care that is free of synthetics and uses 100 percent plant derivatives.

    43. Revolution Organics. "Guilt-free glam" with no chemicals or animal testing.

    44. RMS Beauty. Created by a makeup artist who was affected by toxic products.

    45. SpaRitual. Features certified organic and vegan nail lacquers.

    46. S.W. Basics. A supporter of Keep A Breast, they offer minimalist skin care.

    47. Suki. Committed to purtiy, Suki is safe for sensitive skin and pregnant moms.

    48. Sukin. Creates sustainable "skincare that doesn't cost the Earth."

    49. Sumbody. Deborah Burnes, CEO, formulates each eco-friendly product.

    50. Tarte. Began in a one-bedroom apartment, Tarte is now global.

    51. Tata Harper. Manufactures nontoxic, antiaging skin care products.

    52. Tatcha. Shares Geisha-inspired skin care from Japanese ingredients.

    53. Weleda. Established across the globe, they use biodynamic farming methods.

    54. World Organic. From aromatherapy to baby, WO offers organiceuticals.

    55. Vapour Beauty. Cultivates award-winning, chemical-free products.

    56. Zuii Organic. No talc, petrochemicals or parabens — only organic.

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    When I think of holiday wear, two things always come to mind — the color red and sweaters. I also wanted to add some booties into the mix because they're fun and super cute. I decided to throw together two holiday ready looks that I will most likely be rocking throughout the season!

    I absolutely love belted cardigans, jackets and coats. It gives the illusion of a smaller waist. I really like this cardigan I purchased from Red Dress Boutique a few weeks ago. The light tan color is beautiful and the cardigan itself is very versatile. It looks great paired with a dress, like I did for this post! It also looks lovely paired with jeans and a simple V-neck with minimal accessories. You can dress it up or down as much as you like! This cardigan is asymmetrical, which is also flattering for your figure. I'm all about finding pieces that flatter my body and make me feel like a rock star when I'm wearing them. This cardigan seems to be temporarily out of stock, but RDB restocks many of their popular items.

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    In the mean time, here are two similar cardigans: Brooklyn Cardigan from Gap (I actually tried this on in the store and it is beautiful!) and Free People Asymmetrical Belted Cardiganfrom Macy's (psssst, this is on sale). The dress in this look is also from Red Dress Boutique. I got this dress quite a while ago, so it's unavailable on their website. Here is a beautiful dress that is quite similar to the one pictured, and it is a reasonable price!

    Image: Becca Stayton/SheKnows

    I love these cute booties I wore with both outfits. Here are a couple of pairs of taupe colored — and affordable — booties that I love: Nitty Pretty Taupe High Heel Boots from Lulu's and Side-zip Chunky Heel Booties from Charlotte Russe.

    This outfit features a super fun ruffled top and my favorite jeans ever. Gap's resolution denim is the bomb. It is super flattering and never loses its shape, like some jeans do. I loathe jeans that get saggy throughout the day. These jeans fit like a super pricey brand but for half the cost. Gap jeans are also of amazing quality. They seem to be made a little long, but I am only 5'4, so I opt for the 'short' sizes and I am good to go. I rolled them up a little for this look. You can check out the pair of jeans I am wearing right.

    I also love this top. It isn't something I would wear on an everyday basis, but it's awesome for holiday dinners, parties or when you just feel a little dressy but you still want to wear jeans. I got this top forever ago from Impressions boutique, and I sadly could not find this style anywhere! I found some contenders I love: Take a Chill Frill top from The Mint Julep Boutique and Love Comes Easy top also from Mint Julep Boutique.

    I paired this with a cute tassel necklace. I love the tassel necklace trend. You can check out some of my favorite picks: Kendra Scott Rayne necklace, the Jillian necklace from Mint Julep Boutique, and Sheer Luck necklace from Red Dress Boutique.

    If you have any questions, let me know! What are some of your favorite looks to rock for the holiday season?

    Connect with me & let me know! :)

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    Shattered glass nail art: Supplies
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    • Iridescent cellophane paper
    • Nude nail polish
    • Top coat
    • Scissors
    • Nail clippers (optional)


    Step 1:

    Shattered glass nail art: Step 1
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    Cut the cellophane paper into small slivers and random geometric shapes. Make them small enough to layer a few pieces on the nails without taking up the entire nail.

    Step 2:

    Shattered glass nail art: Step 2
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    Paint 2 layers of your nude base coat on 1 hand. Let it dry enough so that it's dry to the touch but still a little tacky. (You'll be doing the design on 1 hand first, and then painting and doing the second hand afterward to make sure your nails don't get too dry.)

    Step 3:

    Shattered glass nail art: Step 3
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    Start laying on your cellophane shards in random places on your nails. Lightly smooth them down on your nail without smudging the nail polish. If pieces stick out from the nail, use the scissors or nail clippers to trim.

    Step 4:

    Shattered glass nail art: Step 4
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    Follow with a clear top coat and let dry!

    Shattered glass nail art:finished
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    Keep it simple with festive red

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    When buying jewelry essentials, focus on simple styles that can blend with other items in your jewelry box and can accent any dress codes from classy and sophisticated to cocktail attire. People typically think of their wedding set and perhaps a luxury watch first, but after acquiring those items, consider these staple pieces:

    1. An item of sentimental value: Wedding sets aren’t the only pieces of jewelry with sentimental value. A luxury watch can mark an important date or milestone, for example. Stacked birthstone rings can be a beautiful way to celebrate the birthdays of children, grandchildren or other loved ones. Sentimental pieces of jewelry will be frequently worn, so they justify a bigger investment.

    2. Diamond Stud Earrings: Simple diamond stud earrings are a perfect cornerstone of a fine jewelry collection. They can be upgraded from time to time and can add a pretty sparkle to any outfit.

    3. Pearls: A string of pearls and matching set of earrings are classic, but not too flashy, and make a perfect finish to any outfit and occasion.

    4. Bangle bracelet: A simple bracelet adds a chic style to any outfit. For a fun take on this classic look, consider stacking bangles of varying metals and stones to mix and match.

    When shopping the latest trends in jewelry, purchase items that are affordable. For your jewelry wardrobe staples, however, look for pieces of jewelry that will complement and complete the remainder of your collection despite the changing tides of fashion.

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    Before I began to transition almost a year ago (I was four short months away from a whole year), I thought that transitioning would be a piece of cake. It seemed to me that the process would be easy, and I truly did not understand what all the ruckus was about. Boy, did I soon find out that I was in for a truly eye-opening experience!

    It takes time. We want to think that we can accomplish everything overnight. That is not realistic, and here are some of the things that I learned while transitioning that taught me how to take better care of my relaxed hair. I learned that, regardless of the state in which you choose to wear your hair, you have to do these things:

    1. Be consistent with your wash-day routine! It was frustrating having what felt like a whole day — and was not very short of it — to just wash my hair. I came to find out all those steps were extremely necessary. Now that I have gone back to relaxed hair, I still have to do a deep conditioner. I make sure to do a leave-in and seal with oil, etc. I do not have the kind of shedding and breakage that I once had before transitioning.

    2. Oil is your friend, use it! I was intimidated by oil and felt that it weighed down my relaxed tresses. I came to find out I was just using it wrong. I thought the only place that oil had in my hair routine was as a hot-oil treatment. The truth is that oil should be a part of the washing and sealing process. I actually apply oil to my scalp as an alternative to heavy greases and it works better. I think that hair grease or oil is a personal preference. I chose what works best for me.

    3. Wear a satin scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Now there are those that have done this regardless, and I too did this before I ever transitioned. However, I never really realized how important it was. This helps with reducing breakage as well as helping your hair to retain moisture, which we all know your hair is robbed of while using cotton bedding.

    4. Trimming is a necessary evil. I never liked trims, and it always felt to me as though I was doing nothing but losing length. So there were times when I needed a trim but I thought leaving fragile ends would protect the healthier hair. This was not true at all: I was doing more harm than good. By leaving split and damaged ends, I was making the rest of my hair vulnerable. While transitioning, I ensured that regular trims were done, and my hair grew faster than it did leaving damaged ends on.

    5. Own it! Regardless of relaxed or curly, you have to love what you are working with. One thing that I have learned over the past year is the importance of loving my hair and taking care of it.

    One thing is for sure, regardless of where your hair journey may take you, remember to embrace the process. Take care of your hair, and it will be gorgeous and healthy for years.

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