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Beauty, Hairstyles, Fashion Trends & More | SheKnows

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    Although it might seem hard to cut some products loose, trust us, in this case, less is more.

    To help you maximize your beauty stash in minimal clutch space, we rounded up eight of the tiniest beauty products on the market. But don't let these minis fool you — each one packs a powerful punch. Being prepared just got a minimal makeover.

    1. trèStiQue Tinted Face Stick

    trèStiQue Tinted Face Stick
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    This new makeup line is all about quality on the go. This cream-gel tinted moisturizer stick delivers light but flawless finish to cover just slightly. Not only is the stick compact, but it comes with a mini face blender sponge attached to save you even more valuable purse space. (trestique.com, $34)

    2. Stowaway Cosmetics Defined Lash Mascara

    Stowaway Cosmetics Defined Lash Mascara
    Image: Stowaway Cosmetics

    The makeup minimalist will adore Stowaway Cosmetics, a brand whose primary mission is to create miniature yet luxe makeup. This pint-sized mascara is a perfect addition to any petite bag and doesn't skimp on performance. (stowawaycosmetics.com, $12)

    3. Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator

    Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator
    Image: Wander Beauty

    For just an ever-so-slight kiss of glow, this dual blush and illuminator stick is an absolute must — not to mention the subtle hints of color work well on all skin tones. We like this piece for use on the cheeks, brow bones and lips. (net-a-porter.com, $42)

    4. Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Palette

    Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Palette
    Image: Smashbox

    This palette might be small in size, but with eight colors to choose from, it's definitely not small in payoff. With colors ranging from metallic silver to a dark espresso, you can create just about any eye look imaginable with the multitude of combos. (smashbox.com, $24)

    5. Pixi by Petra Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

    Pixi by Petra Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette
    Image: Pixi by Petra

    Ideal for the holidays, this quartet of eyeliners is a must-haves for any holiday party. They might be small and sleek in size, but these liners serve up richly pigmented hues and an easy-to-use formula that lasts throughout any cocktail hour. (target.com, $18)

    6. Bite Beauty Bite Mix and Mingle

    Bite Beauty Bite Mix and Mingle
    Image: Sephora

    Never crowd your clutch with multiple lipsticks again thanks to Bite Beauty's latest duos. These double-ended lipsticks pair two colors to wear separately or layered together for a holiday pout that won't fade. Plus with super-antioxidant resveratrol infused in each, added anti-aging benefits are another bragging point of these finds. (sephora.com, $14)

    7. Julep #Coveted Best of 2015 Nail Color Collection

    Julep #Coveted Best of 2015 Nail Color Collection
    Image: Julep

    Although this 12-piece mini nail polish set comes housed in a holiday box designed by French artist Camille Rousseau and is a great find on its own, these popular totable shades from Julep are ideal for grab-and-go situations. Simply toss your fave color in your bag — just in case. (julep.com, $48)

    8. beautyblender blotterazzi

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    Image: Sephora

    As the first reusable cushion blotter, this compact oil absorber fights shine without disrupting makeup or requiring a full-face touch up. Plus with the slim compact and mirror, you can blot on the fly very discreetly. (sephora.com, $20)



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    The reason? I knew I'd never keep "the girls" in place, no matter how much fashion tape I used.

    More: 5 Blarfs that will up your winter fashion game

    But I may be able to rethink my formal wardrobe, thanks to Kellie K Apparel. The company is gearing up to release its own line of strapless bras made with material that clings to the skin without digging or slipping, even when the dreaded boob sweat happens (and it always happens).

    Kelly K Apparel Strapless Bra
    Image: Kelly K Apparel

    The bra's "GeckTeck" material is designed to keep everything securely in place without using extra adhesives. It's residue-free, meaning it can be worn thousands of times. The special fabric is "a biocompatible, silicone-based material that achieves superior frictional adhesion using the same physical properties geckos use to cling to almost any surface," the company writes on its website." The material is designed so that it makes intimate contact with even the most sensitive skin without irritation."

    More: Create glam party makeup using 4 products in 5 minutes

    The $85 bras comes in two different styles: one with an underwire and one without. Sizes range from 30–40 for the band with cup sizes B–F. You can only pre-order now, but the company expects to start shipping in April, just in time for the 2016 wedding season.

    Guess I need to start shopping for new dresses since I'm already invited to approximately 9,000 weddings next year. And you'll know that the bra works if you see my bare shoulders come spring!

    More: 6 Best false eyelash sets according to a pro makeup artist


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    Alright, let me rephrase that: Who doesn't love clothes as gifts that are not from your relatives? I adore my mom and all my aunts, but our fashion tastes just never happen to line up. (Love you, Mom!)

    But these celeb-inspired outfits will make just about any girl "shake it off" around their living room, donning said outfits. Take a look at these seven looks and get ready to cross off your Kardashian-obsessed co-worker, your Sex and the City BFF and the Rihanna look-alike from your shopping list.

    1. Kylie Jenner

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    Image: Andres Otero/WENN

    Kylie Jenner stuns on all the cameras with her gold-detailed tunic dress and thigh-high boots. Gift this look to your Kardashian-obsessed friend.

    Kylie Jenner
    Image: Mike Commins/Sheknows

    2. Taylor Swift

    taylor swift
    Image: Alberto Reyes/WENN

    If your BFF is in love with vintage looks, Taylor Swift provides great inspiration. Wrap up this outfit to have your friend wishing for summer already.

    Taylor Swift
    Image: Mike Commins/Sheknows

    3. Rihanna

    rihanna outfit
    Image: WENN

    We've all got that friend who is as bold as ever and can make anything look good. With this outfit, praise your friend's inner Rihanna, with this flashy holographic look.

    Rihanna
    Image: Mike Commins/Sheknows

    More: Rihanna ditches Victoria's Secret at the last minute with lame excuse

    4. Lea Michele

    Lea Michele
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    For your favorite friend who is Glee's No. 1 fan, look to Lea Michele for inspiration. This outfit she wears on the set of Glee is pulled together and classy.

    Lea Michele
    Image: Mike Commins/Sheknows

    5. Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington
    Image: FayesVision/WENN

    I think we're all Kerry Washington fans — so you really can't go wrong with this outfit. And it's a great look that will last them through the winter season.

    Kerry Washington style
    Image: Mike Commins/Sheknows

    6. Blake Lively

    Blake Lively
    Image: Andres Otero/WENN

    Blake Lively has always been a style icon. Wrap up this outfit for that style-savvy friend of yours. Bonus: The pieces of this outfit can be mixed and matched with many other items in your friend's closet.

    Blake Lively
    Image: Mike Commins/Sheknows

    7. Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Image: WireImage/Getty

    And for the fashionistas of all fashionistas: We couldn't help but add a Carrie Bradshaw look! Every single piece of her outfit is pure joy.

    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Image: Mike Commins/Sheknows


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    In Julia Baird's opinion piece for The New York Times titled "Being Honest About Ugliness," she talks about Australian author Robert Hoge, who calls himself "the ugliest person you've never met." Now that may sound like an awful way to think of oneself, but Hoge doesn't see it like that. He came to terms with his ugliness very early in life, and decided that he would not let it be his one defining characteristic, even though his parents initially refused to take him home from the hospital because of it.

    MoreGirls ask YouTube viewers "Am I ugly?"

    As such, he says, while it may feel like the right thing to do in the moment, it's dangerous for parents to tell their children that looks don't matter, because that's simply not true. If they're disillusioned like that, they'll have to learn the hard way once they're out in the unforgiving world. "Don’t tell kids they’re all beautiful; tell them it’s O.K. to look different," Hoge told The New York Times.

    Now while I agree with Hoge's notion that you should be honest with children about what the world has in store for them, I think kindness and support from your family should always be given freely. Having people who give you positive reinforcement helps make you a stronger person when you come into your own. However, there is something to be said for giving too much, and thus making your child think they're perfect and capable of anything.

    I grew up being told almost every day by my parents that I was beautiful. It didn't matter if I was dressed for the prom, or wearing my retainer and pimple cream and ready for bed — they always made me feel like I was the prettiest thing on earth.

    MoreBrave women are posting photos of themselves dancing on social media

    Now I'm not saying that all this positive reinforcement made me impervious to the usual teenage frustrations one feels over their body. I wanted smaller thighs, bigger boobs and a lot fewer pimples, but I was pretty certain I'd come out beautiful on the other end of adolescence. Especially because I had dreams of being an actress.

    Sure enough, once I made it to high school, I started looking good. Boys noticed me, I wore clothes well, and I began starring in all the school plays. I gained confidence, which probably helped me look even more attractive. So finally I thought I was ready to start going on professional auditions.

    And everything changed. It was like the color in the world had drained away to reveal a starkness I had never known before. All the girls auditioning alongside me were prettier, thinner and better dressed than I was. They walked with an air of haughtiness that was levels beyond my natural confidence. I felt like a random wildflower in a room full of perfect roses. I didn't know what I was doing there, but I knew I didn't belong.

    MoreThis woman has a message for people who shamed her makeup selfie

    I didn't let the shock of reality beat me though. Over the years, my confidence came slowly back, and I started booking roles. However, I never fully got away from that feeling that I'm not pretty enough to be a professional actress. And while I love my parents for telling me I'm beautiful, I think their support left me ill-equipped to deal with the idea that there will always be prettier people in the entertainment business.

    I have reconciled with that now, just as Hoge reconciled with his appearance. Today, I still think I'm beautiful, but more importantly, I recognize that's only a small part of what I have to offer. So parents, never be stingy with your love for your kids, but don't shield them from the expectations of the world either. It's better they learn what they're up against while they're in your arms rather than on a casting call line.


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    Walking down the beauty aisle is confusing enough, but what about when you are at a store like Sephora or ULTA? Even I get confused!

    If you want to improve your skin, here is some simple advice

    1. Take care of it. Okay, this isn't earth shattering news here. Your skin is an organ, so you need to take care of it like you would your heart or lungs. Protect it with moisturizer and a sunblock. Drink water to keep it — and the rest of your body — hydrated. Make healthy food choices and watch your sugar intake.
    2. If you are starting to notice a few small lines, add glycolic or salacyclic acid to your skin care routine. Regular exfoliation is a great way to turn over skin cells and produce more collagen.
    3. If you are worried about deeper lines, consider using Retin-A (not to be confused with retinol). You will need a prescription for Retin-A, which is considered the gold standard in skin care. Retinol is derived from retinoic acid and takes a bit longer to actually work. However, there are some very good ones on the market and they're easier to obtain since it's available over the counter.
    4. Have you ever tried a Clarisonic? I'm not a huge fan, but apparently someone is! They come in every size and color, complete with cute names like Mia and Aria. Basically, the brush rotates to effectively clean your skin. Why am I not a fan? Bacteria can harbor in the brush. If you have acne or a viral infection on your skin, you could potentially reinfect your face every time you use the brush. Follow instructions on how to keep the brush clean and buy replacements — just like a toothbrush.
    5. I'm a huge fan of microdermabrasion and the home devices are getting better all the time. A good one can cost about $200, but professional microderms can cost that in one visit! Splurge and purchase one for yourself, but make sure that you use it. It won't help you if it just sits in the box.

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    The reality is that while she is right that what is on the inside matters more and that it is certainly possible to care too much about looks and not enough about other things, we live in a world and in a culture where looks do matter. Very much, in fact.

    Of course in progressive, educated circles, that's not the story line. "The only thing that matters is what's on the inside," my daughter is told in countless self-esteem building workshops and her all-girls camp and her various sports teams and activities. I love the message. I do. But I know I send a confusing message back to her when I spend at least three hours each week getting plucked, polished, waxed, and straightened at my salon. She knows where I am going and she knows how I look when I come back.

    "I love your toe color," she might tell me on a week where I got a particularly pink and sparkly pedicure and she's come with me more than a few times. But the last time I was in the salon to get my hair blown out (something I do once a week), my 9-year-old walked around telling anyone who would listen that they were wasting their time and money. "Looks don't matter," she told us all.

    One woman at the salon explained that actually, if it makes you feel good, it does matter. And that's true. But there is also another, more insidious truth that all girls learn at one point or another: Looks do matter. They are the first thing people see about us and, like it or not, they are what people base their first impression on.

    I don't care how enlightened a person claims to be. It is impossible not to make some judgments based on appearance. The clothing we wear, our hair style (is it brushed and neat or unkempt?), our nails, our jewelry, our weight, our makeup. It's all the stuff snap judgments are built on. Sure, those things can be wrong and it's always vital to keep an open mind. But I also can't pretend the world is something other than it is.

    My daughter doesn't want to brush her hair. Or wear matching socks. Or take a bath (much). I have forced her hand on the latter because good hygiene is a must. But it's not just about hygiene. As her mother, I am well aware that her appearance reflects on me. That unkempt hair she loves so much? Might make other moms think I am neglecting her. Those mismatched socks bely the $100 worth of brand new, sparkling socks that line her sock drawer that I bought for her. It's not easy to let these things go with her.

    And it's not easy to let them go with myself. I admit that looking good is a crutch for me. I feel best when I am waxed to perfection, my hair newly blown out, my nails and toes short and polished, and my eyebrows threaded to perfection. Is that really so bad?

    Girls learn quickly that their worth in the world is related to how much they conform to the beauty standards of the day and while I don't want that for my daughter, I also want her to understand those choices have consequences. We don't live in a "looks don't matter" society yet. That's the reality.

    For now, it is enough to tell her not to shame people in the salon. After all, we all have the right to make our own choices. As for me, I'll keep doing what I'm doing. It makes me feel good. But I won't force her hand on conforming. Why burst her bubble? Society will do that soon enough for me.


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    Celebrities like Brooke Shields and Alyssa Milano tout the benefits of the line's cleansing conditioner, a one-step system that cleans and conditions the hair. The $30-a-pop price tag has made Dean's line a huge moneymaker, but a group of women has filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that the products are making their hair fall out.

    More: How to cut your own bangs without it ending in disaster

    The lawsuit claims that Wen products "contain one or more active ingredients that act as a depilatory or caustic agent, causing a chemical reaction that damages the hair strand and/or follicle." Further, they say that the company has failed to act on numerous social media complaints.

    Several women have posted about their experiences with hair loss they blame on Wen products on the company's Facebook page. "I used your hair product over the Summer ever since my hair has been falling out and my scalp is so uncontrollably itchy that I just want to rip my head off my shoulders... please tell me how to fix this (sic)," Julia Marie wrote on Dec. 4.

    More: 12 Reasons you're losing hair faster than ever

    "I only used it a month and lost hair by the handfuls," wrote Michele Woods in another post. "My doctor and hair dresser both were shocked to see how thin my once thick hair has been reduced to by this product. My doctor confirmed it is not hormones or thyroid related. It's this terrible product. I sincerely hope it grows back for others and myself (sic)."

    Some women included startling photos of the hair loss they claim to have experienced after using Wen products.

    Tracie Hashton
    Image: Tracie Hashton/Facebook

    "I can't leave my house I'm depressed wen hair products is responsible for my hair loss I have been shampooing and conditioning my hair with their non-shampooing conditioner which blocked my pores and caused my hair to be basically washed with lotion (sic)," Tracie Hashton posted on Facebook with her photo.

    More: Take it from me: Traction alopecia is no joke

    Wen is denying that its products are responsible for hair loss.

    "[T]here is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support any claim that our hair care products caused anyone to lose their hair," Wen spokesman Joe Hixson told BuzzFeed. "There are many reasons why individuals may lose their hair, all unrelated to Wen hair care products. We intend to vigorously contest the allegations made against our products."


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    Here are some of our top black-and-white dress options to help upgrade your LBD.

    1. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collared Color Block Dress

    Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collared Color Block Dress
    Image: Bloomingdales

    This classic take on the LBD from Lauren by Ralph Lauren has hints of white detailing at the collar and cuffs. This form-fitting dress is sleek and sophisticated with its spread collar and three-quarter length sleeves, making it perfect for the office. (bloomingdales.com, $154)

    2. BCBGeneration A-line Jacquard Sweater Dress

    BCBGeneration A-line Jacquard Sweater Dress
    Image: BCBGeneration

    The mod-inspired scoop neck and A-line style of this jacquard dress from BCBGeneration gives it a fun vibe, making it an ideal transition dress to take you from the office to dinner seamlessly. (bcbgeneration.com, $118)

    3. Erin by Erin Fetherson Agnes Color Block Stretch Fit & Flare Dress

    Erin by Erin Fetherson Agnes Color block Stretch Fit & Flare Dress
    Image: Nordstrom

    This two-toned flare dress from Erin Fetherston has a full circle skirt, a keyhole neckline and flirty bow detailing to bring out any wearer's feminine flair. (shop.nordstrom.com, $325)

    4. Rachel by Rachel Roy Printed Cutout Bodycon Dress

    Rachel by Rachel Roy Printed Cutout Bodycon Dress
    Image: Macy's

    This Rachel by Rachel Roy midi dress has a bit of a sexy vibe thanks to the textured contrasting panelling, sleek bodycon silhouette and delicate cutout detailing at the waist. (macys.com, $139)

    5. White House Black Market Geometric Print Dress

    White House Black Market Geometric Print Dress
    Image: Lord and Taylor

    Complete with a geo print design and embroidered notch collar, this graphic dress from White House Black Market pairs well with black stockings and boho-inspired accessories. (whitehouseblackmarket.com, $110)

    6. Cece by Cynthia Steffe Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress

    Cece by Cynthia Steffe Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress
    Image: Lord and Taylor

    For a night out, this striped, sleeveless flare dress with a full pleated skirt from Cece by Cynthia Steffe is a great option to show just a touch of skin and dance the night away. (lordandtaylor.com, $147)


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    Pamela Paquin only uses real fur in her purses, leg warmers, hats and neck muffs, but she sources the "accidental fur" — her name for it — from animals that die from natural causes like accidents.

    "All this fur is being thrown away," Paquin told WCVB Boston of the reasoning behind it. "If we can pick that up, we never have to kill another fur-bearing animal again."

    More: 7 Days of winter vacation outfits you can fit in your carry on

    Pieces from two-year-old company Petite Mort Fur — "little death" in French — sell on Etsy and in a market on Boston's Newbury Street. The pieces aren't cheap, ranging from $800 to $1,400 or more, even if she did "find" the raccoon, fox, coyote and alpaca furs instead of purchasing them from a pelt dealer.

    But while her customers like the idea of wearing "accidental fur," animal advocacy groups aren't so excited.

    "A business that promotes wearing real fur as fashionable and acceptable may well create more demand for fur from all sources, and could give all fur wearers a shield from legitimate criticism," Virginia Fuller of the Boston-area Citizens to End Animal Suffering and Exploitation, or CEASE, told WCVB.

    More: 5 Blarfs that will up your winter fashion game

    However, Paquin is providing an alternative to traditional fur, which is still a multibillion-dollar industry worldwide.

    "Clearly advocacy had failed," Paquin told the news station. "Alternatives must be found. Making use of animals that would otherwise be thrown away is sensible."

    More: Why meteorologists around the country are all wearing the same dress


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    And it could mean that you'll have the chance to attend those exclusive shows.

    The Council of Fashion Designers of America — the organization behind the events — is hoping to refocus the shows to be more consumer-centered. Traditionally, each week showcases the fashions designers' plans for the next season, but that long wait is affecting sales.

    More: Leading modeling agency confirms size 12 models are classed as "plus size"

    “We have designers, retailers and everybody complaining about the shows. Something’s not right anymore because of social media, people are confused,” said Diane von Fürstenberg, designer and chairman of the CFDA, told Women's Wear Daily, adding that most of us don't like having to wait six months after seeing something we like on the runway. "Everyone seems to feel that the shows being consumer-driven is a very good idea,” she said.

    A couple of designers are already changing the way they do shows. For 2016, Rebecca Minkoff plans to have "retailers and their best customers" make up 30 to 50 percent of the show audience, according to Refinery29. Her "buy-now, wear-now show" will showcase items that will be ready for purchase at the designer's namesake stores and retail partners immediately after the final model hits the runway.

    More: Amazon ad shows size, shape and skin color have nothing to do with style

    "What we’re showing is what’s available right then and within 30 to 60 days out, as well as a capsule of things you haven’t seen,” Minkoff told WWD. Designer Thakoon is planning a similar shift for 2016 by adopting a "show now, see now, buy now, wear now" focus and will possibly skip out of NYFW week show altogether.

    Will this help high-end designers compete with fast fashion outlets like Forever 21 and Zara? Retailers sure hope so.

    “[T]echnology has utterly changed everything in our industry," Ken Downing, senior vice president, fashion director of Neiman Marcus, told WWD. "That customer continues to follow Instagram and Twitter and watches the live-stream of fashion shows. When they are seeing clothes, they are less aware of seasons. What they are seeing, they want."

    But really, we just want the opportunity to sit front row with Anna Wintour while watching a show. OK, so maybe not front row... but at least in the same building.

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


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    Yep, we've all been there.

    But imagine this. What if your purse and your cell phone were one in the same? No, this isn't crazy talk. A number of brands are creating dual-purpose cases that could hold both your phone and your personal items.

    We know what you're thinking — these aren't the bulky wallet cases you've likely seen fastened to belt loops or pockets. These are cute, stylish clutches that hold your money, credit cards, license, and oh yeah, your phone. No more missed calls for you.

    1. Coach Phone Clutch in Pebble Leather

    Coach Phone Clutch in Pebble Leather
    Image: Coach

    The ultimate in sophisticated style, this navy blue Coach wristlet folds open to reveal a full wallet and coin purse. Simply slide your phone into the interior pocket and you'll always have your necessities at the ready. (coach.com, $95)

    2. Henri Bendel No. 7 Quilted Phone Case Crossbody

    Henri Bendel No. 7 Quilted Phone Case Crossbody
    Image: Henri Bendel

    For a night out, turn to this quilted crossbody carrier, which snaps open to reveal one slot for your phone and one for your keys and cash. The black leather and gold chain combo on this phone holder will have everyone fooled into thinking it's a real bag. (henribendel.com, $148)

    3. Tory Burch Marion Embossed Tri-Fold Smartphone Wrislet

    Tory Burch Marion Embossed Tri-Fold Smartphone Wrislet
    Image: Tory Burch

    With a unique tri-fold design, this case from Tory Burch holds your phone snuggly inside to keep it safe from harm. (toryburch.com, $250)

    4. Fossil Sydney Zip Phone Wallet

    Fossil Sydney Zip Phone Wallet
    Image: Fossil

    This Art Deco-inspired design from Fossil fits an iPhone 4/4s, 5/5s, 6 and Samsung Galaxy S4 comfortably. A tiny zip-able coin pouch on the side makes this a true all-in-one. (fossil.com, $75)

    5. Sena Ellie Crossbody

    Sena Crossbody Phone Case
    Image: Sena

    This sleek, purse-like carrier from leather craftsmen Sena has an external slot for your smartphone as well as interior slots and pockets for everything else. Plus the long strap makes for easy portability. (senacases.com, $100)

    6. Mossimo Bow Cell Phone Case Wallet

    Mossimo Bow Cell Phone Case Wallet
    Image: Target

    This bow-embellished wallet zips open to reveal numerous credit card slots and a roomy slip pocket to house your phone. With 12 colors to choose from, this is a versatile option for any taste. (target.com, $15)

    7. Kate Spade x Everpurse New York Quentin Stripe Wristlet Pouch

    Kate Spade x Everpurse New York Quentin Stripe Wristlet Pouch
    Image: Kate Spade

    For this stylish pouch, Kate Spade teamed up with tech startup Everpurse to create a phone holder that actually charges an iPhone on the go. Style and function. Where do we sign up? (katespade.com, $198)


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    To make your hunt for a fun new beauty look to try just a tad easier, we found seven creative makeup tutorials you're actually going to want to try. Get your mascara wands ready!

    1. Blushing pink from Keiko Lynn

    Keiko Lynn DIY Makeup
    Image: Keiko Lynn

    Beauty blogger Keiko Lynn created this soft pink look with a touch of shadow, a flick of eyeliner and a blushing rose lipstick.

    2. A purple cat eye and pink lips from Hello October

    Hello October DIY Makeup
    Image: Hello October

    Suzie from Hello October created a quirky combo for anyone looking to break the mold. This purple cat eye and pink lip combo is a winner for any cocktail party.

    More: How to tastefully rock glitter makeup as an adult

    3. A burgundy matte lip from Lily Pebbles

    Lily Pebbles DIY Makeup
    Image: Lily Pebbles

    UK blogger Lily Pebbles shared her favorite shades and tricks to get this potent pout on her eponymous blog.

    4. Autumn bronzed lids from I Covet Thee

    I Covet Thee DIY Makeup
    Image: I Covet Thee

    I Covet Thee blogger Alix created a step-by-step video to show you how to master this bronzed smoky eye in under 10 minutes. We can't stop staring at her mesmerizing transformation.

    More: 6 Best false eyelash sets according to a pro makeup artist

    5. A navy smoky eye from Life With Me

    Life With Me DIY Makeup
    Image: Life With Me

    If you're ready to take your nighttime look up a notch, take a cue from Mariana from Life With Me. This hazy, navy smoky eye is a quick way to accentuate darker eye colors.

    6. A touch of emerald from Maskcara

    Maskcara DIY Makeup
    Image: Maskcara

    In case you're not as adventurous with your eyeshadow selection, look to Cara of Maskcara to solve all your color woes. In this makeup tutorial, she teaches you how to dab a pinch of emerald in the corner of your lid to make your look pop.

    7. The femme fatale from Cityscape-Bliss

    CityScape-Bliss DIY Makeup
    Image: CityScape-Bliss

    To really amp up your look, opt for a retro-inspired feline flick and deep cherry lipstick. This tutorial from Cityscape-Bliss is a must-try for any vintage fan.


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    More: Drake's 'Hotline Bling' video is making headlines for all the wrong reasons

    Clearly Drake knows a thing or two about beauty, because his collaboration with Tom Ford, which produced a gorgeous shade of deep red-plum for the designer's Lips & Boys collection, sold out in mere minutes online at Net-a-Porter, Marie Claire reports.

    The lipstick was available for $35 ($48 CAD), and many women clearly thought this was the closest Drake was ever going to get to their lips, so they made haste with their purchases. Infused with soja seed extract, chamomilla flower and Brazilian murumuru butter, the lipstick is meant to condition your lips (and look great). And believe us, we share in your disappointment that it's sold out.

    Tom Ford's Drake lipstick sells out in minutes
    Image: Net-a-Porter

    More: Lip Kit by Kylie will help you get Kylie Jenner-inspired lips

    And it looks like we have someone to blame — Drake's mom!

    The rapper took to Instagram to share his thoughts about the lipstick selling out and thanked his mom for buying them all.

    Drake Instagram

    Drake Instagram

    But don't worry, there's hope.

    Tom Ford's Drake lipstick sells out in minutes
    Image: Giphy.com

    More: Drake just opened a new restaurant, but nobody even cares about the food

    If you're desperate to try out this shimmery shade, and we mean desperate, you can purchase Tom Ford's entire 50-piece Lips & Boys collection. It's just going to set you back a pretty penny at $1,950 ($2,690 CAD). Yowzas.

    Are you disappointed that Tom Ford's Drake lipstick is sold out? And will you be asking Santa very nicely to buy you the gift set? We know we are!


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    I've been saving it for some stress relief, but a Brazilian blogger has another idea.

    More: Spanish hairdresser cuts hair using swords, lighters

    Vlogger Paula Stephânia used the plastic wrap to create soft, gorgeous curls perfect for date night or drinks with the girls. The tutorial is all in Portuguese, but it seems pretty simple to just follow visually if you don't speak the language.

    plastic wrap curls

    plastic wrap curls

    First, she cuts several long strips of the plastic wrap and rolls them up. It's your choice how big to make the plastic "curlers" — thinner strips will seemingly create tighter curls, while thicker ones will create looser waves. Then, she preps her hair with leave-in conditioner and pomade before sectioning out her strands. From there, she wraps up sections and secures with an elastic.

    More: "Real-life Rapunzels" have never had haircuts... and they don't plan to

    Then comes the fun part: sleep. Paula caught her zzzs with the plastic wrap in her hair. In the morning, just carefully unravel, comb through and set with your hairspray of choice. It might not be the most glamourous way to do your hair, but it's certainly one way to make use of all that packaging retailers add to shipping boxes. Plus, bonus: You can pop the bubble wrap when you're done!

    More: Woman's allergic reaction to hair dye looks incredibly painful


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    In some cases, that could mean scoring a designer dress for $800 instead of $1,200 — but, most of the time, you'll be able to click your way to new wardrobe nirvana without breaking the bank.

    1. Shopspring

    Shopspring.com offers every item of clothing under the sun — from designer distressed jeans that you can nab for less than $100 to beautiful knit sweaters, work attire and even bikinis. Their accessories and shoe department are top notch, with a selection of hats and boots far more unique than any you'll likely find in the shoe department of your average mall. But their formal and informal dresses really help seal the deal — they're so dreamy and affordably priced you'll need a new walk-in closet just to house all of your new dress dreams.

    More: 17 Ways to rock ankle booties

    2. COS

    COS is a fashion brand for women and men that aims to reinvent classics and wardrobe essentials. And they deliver. You won't find flashy trends here, but you will be able to get your hands on a looser, more relaxed version of the LBD — for less than $100. If comfort and minimalist style are right up your alley, COS may become your favorite new online shopping experience.

    3. Eloquii

    Fashion mavens who sport plus sizes have long bemoaned the lack of great options when it comes to plus-size fashion. Although we still have a long way to go before the playing field is equal, amazing online sites like Eloquii offer beautiful options for women sizes 14 to 24 for 30 to 40 percent off retail price. Here's what this actually means: You can knock 'em dead in a $130 sweetheart neckline cocktail dress — and then accessorize with affordable shoes and jewelry. It's a one-stop shop for great deals.

    More: 5 'Blarfs' that will up your winter fashion game

    4. MyHabit

    No judgment here if you're a fan of high-end designer clothing — but you have to admit all of those pretty, pricey pieces can add up. MyHabit won't judge you either — but the site, which conveniently links to your Amazon account, will make you feel like you've been invited to an exclusive party each day, one in which you can leave purchasing women's, men's and children's clothing (as well as accessories, home furnishings, books, beauty products and even toys) for up to 60 percent off the retail price. The site carries a lot more than designer fashion, but you might flip when you discover how much you can save on a Balenciaga bag or Sofia cashmere Mongolian lamb fur trim cape.

    5. & Other Stories

    This inspiring fashion brand, which is owned by H&M, houses fashion-forward pieces like leather trousers, leather anoraks and velvet sweatshirts. If you revel in the knowledge that you'll never show up to an event dressed in the same outfit as anyone else, but don't want to spring for designer high-end fashion, & Other Stories gives you the fix you need — and a great many pieces fall within the $100 range.

    6. Rue La La

    Want to enjoy up to 70 percent off brands like Tumi and Movado? Create a free account with Rue La La and start shopping for every single thing your heart desires, including women's, men, and children's clothing, furniture and decor, and even hotel reservations. Expect to find treasures like Saint Laurent sunglasses marked down from $345 to $170 and a Betsey Johnson down coat slashed from $220 to $90.

    More: 9 Party dresses inspired by jaw-dropping celeb looks

    7. Aritzia

    It's easy to shop by specific, wearable trends like "neutral," "velvet" and "plaid" on Aritzia and prices are extremely reasonable for the quality pieces you can get (expect $100-plus sweaters and dresses, $40-$50 beautifully fitting T-shirts and a few sweet inexpensive surprises thrown in the mix). Sign up for their newsletter and prepare to receive daily alerts about off-the-charts sales.


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    In Olay's 2012 Big British Beauty Poll, 35 percent of women chose mascara over foundation and lipstick. London-based celebrity makeup artist Caroline Barnes's desert island essential is mascara because, "It's the easiest makeup product to apply and makes the biggest single difference to your face, making your eyes look wider and more awake." Her clients include Kylie, Diane Kruger and Cheryl Cole.

    Selecting the right mascara can be intimidating, especially when the choices are seemingly endless. When you boil it down all mascaras are simply wax, pigments and film formers, which provide long-lasting wear. Since mascara formulas are usually similar, it's the design of the mascara wands and tubes that can create incredibly different results.

    More: 4 Makeup tips for flawless eyes

    Know thy brush

    Familiarising yourself with mascara brush designs will help narrow down your mascara choices to achieve that desired look. There are two main types of mascara brush available: traditional fibre and plastic. Fibres on traditional brushes are shaped into various forms, including curvy and conical. Newer mascara brush designs feature moulded plastics that provide design control. Brushes with deeper grooves hold more mascara to create voluminous lashes, while densely spaced bristles create a more defined lash look.

    What is the best mascara to achieve your best lashes?

    Maybelline Big Great Lash Mascara, £5

    Maybelline Big Great Lash Mascara
    Image: Superdrug

    Touted as America's favourite mascara, celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman opts for its bigger wand that grabs lashes from root to tip to evenly distribute mascara for that eye-opening effect.

    Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara, £11

    Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara
    Image: Amazon

    Want to amplify those short stubby lashes? This Max Factor mascara provides an alternative to fibre/nylon wands with its slender short rubber brush which is great for even distribution. Max Factor UK celebrity makeup artist Caroline Barnes holds the brush along the lash base and sweeps up and outwards for that wide-eyed and super long lash effect.

    Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, £14

    Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
    Image: John Lewis

    A true game changer for defining both bottom or shorter lashes, Clinique's Bottom Lash mascara's small wand coats lashes from the root to create a natural and delicate smudge-free effect.

    More: 7 Splurge-worthy beauty products that really deliver results

    Too Faced Size Queen Mascara, £17

    Too Faced Size Queen Mascara
    Image: Beauty Bay

    This Too Faced mascara does it all: volumises, conditions, lengthens and curls. Featuring a double-helix design, its corkscrew brushes hold enough mascara to create great lash volume with the shorter bristles and length from all directions with the longer bristles.

    Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara, £19

    Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara
    Image: Cult Beauty

    Make those lashes stand out with Fairydrops' curved brush to open the eyes by providing lift, length, volume and curl. With a smudge-free, budge-free and water-resistant formula that conditions while it hugs every lash what's not to love?

    Benefit They're Real! Mascara, £20

    Benefit They're Real Mascara
    Image: Feel Unique

    This little wonder provides long-wearing results as it lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and defines. It also features a ball tip which targets every single lash from top to bottom and can be used to fan outer lashes for the ultimate doe-eye look.

    More: The beauty products actually worth splurging on, according to a beauty editor

    Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara, £21

    Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara
    Image: John Lewis

    There's a reason this Estée Lauder mascara is a firm favourite of British celebrity makeup artist turned cosmetics mogul du jour Charlotte Tilbury. The fibre brush helps achieve that wide-eyed, fluttery dramatic look that complements Tilbury's signature feline flick.

    Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, £35

    Tom Ford Extreme Mascara
    Image: John Lewis

    Tom Ford makeup is ultimate luxury that gives you instant glamour and drama. This mascara's tapered end deposits the creamy formula along the root creating a sophisticated tight-line effect, while the the fuller, middle part of the brush pumps up the volume and length with every layer.


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    That being said, I was never without my Avon hand-me-down lipsticks from my grandmother, starting at the age of 5. The obsession never left me, and I can honestly say that my home collection of lip liners and lipsticks rival that of any makeup store. I have worn and tried countless brands and colors, and I've narrowed down my absolute favorite colors and formulas. Being that the holidays are here and in full force, I want to focus on the classic, gorgeous holiday hues ranging from cherry red to deep wine!

    There are a few things you need to have in order to make your pout perfect:

    1. LUSH Lip Scrub

    2. MAC Prep + Prime Lip

    3. A pencil sharpener

    4. Lipliner

    5. Lipstick

    6. Lip gloss (optional)

    Step 1:

    Start by taking a small amount of lip scrub and rubbing it all over lips and surrounding skin. Rinse off and pat lips dry. This sugar-based scrub gently removes dead skin and makes lips smooth and soft.

    Bonus: It also enhances blood flow to the lips and makes them temporarily appear fuller!

    Step 2:

    Next, apply MAC Prep + Prime Lip onto lips and slightly past the natural lip line. This wax-based primer is colorless, keeps your lips hydrated by locking in moisture and keeps any lip products from “feathering” or “bleeding” into fine lines around your mouth. It also makes for a much smoother and easier application of lipliner and lipstick and helps anchor the color to your lips.

    Tip: Don’t apply too much, and let it set for about 10 minutes for even better results!

    Step 3:

    Next, take your favorite lipstick and apply it to your lips. You can apply directly from the tube or with a small lip brush for a more precise application. Then, take a very sharp coordinating lipliner and line the outer rim of your natural lip line.

    Tip: You can apply lipstick or lipliner first.

    If you are new to darker colors, it is easier to apply lipstick all over first. No one’s lips are symmetrical, and if you attempt a dark liner first you will take too much time trying to make them even. It is faster and less frustrating to apply color all over and then clean up edges with a liner. If you want to finish off with a gloss, only apply to the very inner center of your lips! Gloss moves, and by the end of the day/night it will spread evenly over the lips. You don’t want gloss all over your face.

    Now for the best part — my favorite combos!


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    But before you start panicking at the sight of some extra strands in the shower, there's a simple explanation.

    According Dr. Hadley King, Board Certified Dermatologist at SKINNEY Medspa in New York City, due to the body's hair growth cycle, it's completely normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs per day. And during cooler weather, women can expect to see a bit more loose hairs. Dr. King cites research that suggests women experience slightly higher rates of shedding in October and November — although the reason behind this higher hair loss is unclear.

    More: What to know about hair loss from a woman who's been there

    Despite winter's effect on hair loss, there is a chance severe shedding could indicate a deeper health problem."If you are shedding significantly more than 100 hairs per day, then this is excessive hair shedding, a condition called telogen effluvium," explains Dr. King.

    Telogen effluvium is common after a person experiences a stress to the body or mind. Dr. King notes stressors can include: losing 20 or more pounds, childbirth, high fever, surgery, illness, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, going through a divorce or stopping birth control pills.

    Although these are all quite common experiences, the result can last for several months. "As your body readjusts the excessive shedding stops, and within 6 to 9 months the hair tends to regain its normal fullness," says Dr. King.

    More: How to care for thinning eyebrows

    However, if you notice hair still has not bounced back from a stressful event after a few months, it might be time to visit the doctor. Hair loss is also an indicator of alopecia areata, which looks like a circular bald patch on the head and hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. The good news is both alopecia areata and hypo or hyperthyroidism can be treated by a dermatologist via cortisone injections and oral medications, respectively.


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    More: Plus-size superhero proves that special powers come in all packages

    Oaks has taken inspiration from the beautifully curvy women of Playboy magazines from the '70s to create her MINX! calendar, featuring what she so perfectly describes as "ample babes and curvy vixens for your full-figured delight."

    Such as badass Miss July.

    Body positivity calendar 1

    Body positivity calendar 1

    "My inspiration came from a fixation with 70s Playboy, Russ Meyer films, and the urge to illustrate some vintage clothing to make pinup characters sort of from the era," said Oaks. "I also worked in a wicker headboard, a Herman Miller chair, a 1972 Malibu, and some macrame, because nostalgia."

    Cue Miss September, working that Herman Miller chair.

    Body positivity calendar 3

    Body positivity calendar 3

    Every month features an awesome lady with a knockout fuller figure.

    Body positivity calendar 2

    Body positivity calendar 2

    More: Disabled mum's 'thank you' to plus-size bloggers becomes huge art project

    Body positivity calendar 4

    Body positivity calendar 4

    Body positivity calendar 5

    Body positivity calendar 5

    Body positivity calendar 6

    Body positivity calendar 6

    Amazing artwork. Stunning depictions of the female form. Plenty of '70s nostalgia. And not a thigh gap in sight. Who wouldn't want this on their wall in 2016?

    Now for the tricky question: who's your favourite?

    Body positivity calendar 7

    Body positivity calendar 7

    Oaks' MINX! 2016 calendar (£17.26) is available to buy from Etsy.

    More: One woman speaks up on behalf of big, beautiful thighs


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    More: Tom Ford's Drake lipstick sells out in mere minutes

    It's the perfect look for the holidays (although you are unlikely to wear it out unless it's to a Christmas party) and now, instead of just admiring the festive lights and baubles, you can actually transform your face into one. It's called fiber-optic makeup, and a video of this super cool look was recently uploaded to YouTube by Instructables.

    Using small fiber-optic strands, LEDs to light the fibers, and several other supplies, "costume and experimental fashion designer" Mikaela Holmes, who was inspired by Christmas and her constant desire to "make things glow," managed to create a visually interesting hairpiece.

    The combination of the glimmering fiber optics paired with ethereal makeup makes for a mesmerising look — which would be at home under the ocean with a sea of jellyfish or the deep sea shrimp, Parapandalas.

    More: Remarkable makeup artist transforms clients using only her mouth

    And if you're keen to recreate this look at home, Holmes has even made an step-by-step list, which includes the supplies you'll need, how to create your own fiber-optic hairpiece, and how to complete the rest of the makeup look, which you can find on Instructables.

    It's certainly one way to guarantee that you stand out from the crowd! For more, watch the video below.

    Fiber Optic Makeup YouTube

    Fiber Optic Makeup YouTube

    More: Russian makeup artist sparks intense backlash over her dead fish creations

    What do you think of fiber-optic makeup? Let us know your thoughts on this makeup look in the comments below.


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