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- 04/06/16--21:00: Australian woman, 90, rocks a bikini better than anyone
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- 04/08/16--04:00: The $5 skin care tool that’ll give you an actual ‘hallelujah’ moment
- 04/08/16--12:30: The best makeup looks for round faces according to the pros
- 04/10/16--15:30: All eyes were on Kendall Jenner's heels at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards
- 04/11/16--10:30: The five best disposable razors and one ultimate winner
- 04/12/16--12:35: Match just labeled red hair an imperfection, and I'm pissed
- 04/12/16--16:45: The best makeup tips to bring your blue-eyed-beauty 'A' game
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- 04/13/16--10:57: How to dress for your body shape
- Pear body traits: Your lower body is wider than your upper body — in other words, your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your bottom is rounded and your waist is well-defined.
- Your best assets: Shoulders and torso
- Your fashion goals: Emphasize your waist and arms, add volume to your shoulders and upper body.
- DO try A-line skirts
- DO keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips.
- DO experiment with light-colored tops and dark-colored bottoms for contrast.
- DO look for boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines.
- DO wear strapless dresses to show off arms and even out proportions.
- DO try styles with ruffles on top.
- DO wear jackets that hit right above the waist.
- DO opt for pointy-toed shoes to elongate your legs.
- Wedge body traits: Also known as the inverted triangle, this body shape features a broad chest and wide shoulders with narrow waist and hips.
- Your best asset: Your legs
- Your fashion goals: Accentuate your lower body while softening your shoulders and upper body.
- DO wear bright colors on bottom.
- DO wear wide-leg pants.
- DO wear full skirts.
- DON'T wear spaghetti-strap tops.
- DON'T wear boat neckline tops.
- DO experiment with high-waisted styles.
- DO look for clothes that create the illusion of a waist.
- Rectangle body traits: The waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar.
- Your best assets: Your arms and legs
- Your fashion goals: Create curves and show off slender legs and arms.
- DO wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create curves.
- DO wear long jackets to create a lean look.
- DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest.
- DO wear a good bra that will make the most of what you have.
- DON'T wear overwhelming styles.
- DO layer to add more dimensions.
- DO wear dresses with ruching. Cinches on sides are ideal.
- DO have fun with colorful bottoms... feel free to experiment.
- Apple body traits: Most of your weight is above the hips, which are narrow. Your back, ribs and shoulders are broad.
- Your best asset: Those legs!
- Your fashion goals: Elongate the torso and show off your legs
- DO go for monochromatic looks.
- DO go for v-neck tops to create the illusion of a longer torso.
- DO wear a bra that offers good lift and support.
- DO wear belts at the smallest part of your waist.
- DO wear empire tops and dresses.
- DO wear boot cut and flared jeans to create an even line from the shoulders down.
- DO wear shorter skirts to show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection.
- Hourglass body traits: Your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist.
- Your best assets: Curves, curves, curves!
- Your fashion goals: Show off your curves
- DON'T hide your curves with baggy clothing.
- DO wear a good bra and showcase your bust.
- DO wear fitted dresses.
- DO wear a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape.
- DO try wrap dresses.
- DO go for high-waisted skirts.
- DO pick thin, lightweight styles and fabrics.
- DO wear skinny or straight leg jeans.
Finding the perfect shade of lipstick isn't easy. So many colors! Matte or gloss? Stick or tube?
A little bit goes a long way... or does it?
The latest trend among fashion bloggers isn't from Givenchy or Gucci — it's from Kriss Kross.
In the quest for perfect hair color, getting the shade you want is only half the battle. The rest is all about maintenance—using color-safe products, shampooing as infrequently as possible, rinsing with lukewarm water, touch-ups that you’re supposed to get every six weeks but can stretch to the eight-week mark.… It’s the little things. No, but really it is. I know this better than anyone. (Well, maybe not better than people who actually color hair for a living.)
I’ve dabbled in a wide array of hair colors, from an ill-advised red to black to (disastrously, in the end) platinum blonde and back to brown and then some. They say that red is the hardest color to maintain, which is probably true, but honestly, there’s no color you weren’t born with that’s actually easy to keep on the up-and-up. Anyone who says otherwise is lying; “low-maintenance hair color” is a relative term. All it means is “at least you’re not a natural brunette who’s gone platinum.”
A color-depositing glaze can extend the longevity of your artificial color dramatically—we’re talking weeks. Colorists know this, too, which is why they try to get you back in their chair for a glaze in between coloring sessions and charge $30 for it. But I don’t have the time nor money to develop a biweekly glaze habit (who does? Don’t answer that), which is why I’ve amassed quite the collection of at-home color-enhancing treatments over the years.
These products are pretty genius: They deposit just enough color that it won’t change yours in any appreciable way, but you’ll still get a boost to fend off both dullness and brassiness, the obvious enemies of good hair. If your ombré ends have started to turn orange, or if you’re horrified every time you shampoo and watch helplessly as your red pigment swirls down the drain, sit with one of these for a few and see how you feel after. Everything is going to be all right.
Hair color product guide
1. Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss (Rita Hazan $26)
2. John Masters Organics Color Enhancing Conditioner - brown (John Masters $22)
3. Davines Alchemic Conditioner (Davines $29)
4. John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss Weekly Salon Treatment (Drugstore.com $10)
5. Evo Caramel Colour Intensifying Conditioner (Evo Hair $35)
Get ready for some serious #summerbody inspiration.
You go out of your way to keep your skin looking its best, but you may be doing more harm than good. You will probably be surprised to learn how many parts of your daily routine could actually be damaging your skin.
For a champion of curvy girls everywhere, we don’t need to look any further than Iskra Lawrence, the size 10 (UK 14) model who won’t let her body be retouched in photographs and fills her Instagram page with body-positive messages.
Now she’s shown us all exactly how to deal with trolls. It’s all about the right prop — in this case dozens of packets of potato chips.
After nasty haters called her a "fat cow" on social media, 25-year-old Lawrence shared an image with her 1.3 million Insta followers, of herself in her underwear covered with the chip packets.
Iskra Lawrence slams trolls
She then posted a slow-motion video of herself eating a chip, just in case there was any doubt that this woman loves her food and won’t stop eating what she wants to please anyone.
"I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself," Lawrence wrote. "This is for anyone who has ever been called fat."
Girl, we like your style.
Iskra Lawrence slams trolls 2
The model, who was scouted at 13 when she entered an ELLE girl search, shared a recent comment she’d received from a man on Instagram. Sean Brown wrote, "Fat cow. It's only cause every f****r on this planet is obese that that's the norm. Plus-size models? give me a f*****g break. Everyone needs to stop eating McDonald's, the NHS is f****d because of people like her eating too many bags of crisps."
To make it clear she doesn't advocate gorging on chips instead of more nutritious snack choice, Lawrence also wrote, "PS I do not condone binge eating. I eat whatever I want in moderation. I will eat crisps but I'll also make healthy home cooked meals and workout regularly. The message is who gives a F what anyone else thinks of you. You are the only one who decides yourself worth." (sic)
We could not agree more. And we need more body-positive role models like Lawrence. It doesn't matter what size they are — it's just a number at the end of the day. What does matter is standing up to cowardly trolls, who deal with their own feelings of inadequacy by trying to bring others down.
Lawrence is a rarity in an industry that makes money convincing women they need to airbrush themselves to oblivion. Get rid of your stretch marks. Hide your wrinkles. Cover up your cellulite. How about, just for a change, we took a leaf out of Lawrence’s book and showed the world we're all sexy AF, with or without cellulite?
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The people behind e.l.f. cosmetics are either geniuses or malicious enablers who’ve brought me one step closer to peak vanity/insanity. I say this in regard to the invention of the e.l.f. Pore Refining Brush and Mask Tool, an item so smart, so simple, and so wholly unnecessary yet so convenient, I don’t think I could live without it now that I know it exists.
This thing is a game-changer, and I’m not just saying that because I like it. I love a good face mask, but I dread applying them: It’s messy, and so much of the product ends up wasted, swirling down the drain rather than on your skin where it belongs, not to mention the fact that the entire process necessitates washing your hands, like, three times (the first-world problem to end all first-world problems).
The flexible silicone spatula on this multi-use tool eliminates all of those very real concerns. All you do is coat it in your favorite mask and spread the product all over your face, which is … strangely enjoyable? Almost fun? And there’s no mess or mask left behind, so nothing gets wasted, and it makes it super easy to apply an even layer to your whole face. So good!
You may be wondering, but is the pore-refining brush on the other end good, too? I do not know the answer to that! It could be a game-changer in its own right, but I’ve been so enthralled with the spatula that I haven’t been particularly interested in anything else. I haven’t slept or eaten since I started using it, let alone tried to figure out what the little brush thing is for. Get with it.
Like all things e.l.f., the tool is absurdly cheap at 500 cents, or $5, but honestly, if the handle were gold and there were French words somewhere on the packaging, you could probably trick me into paying $30 for it. But it’s way, way affordable, which probably has something to do with why it’s sold out right now. I’m marking this down as a must-have—plus, if you haven’t done dishes in a while and find the need to ice a cake, it could really come in handy in a more practical sense.
Before I get to the fun stuff, there’s a common misconception that I need to clear up right away. During my time spent working as an aesthetician and wedding makeup artist for more than five years, I noticed one recurring trend among my clients that never failed to surprise me: Women treated their beautifully rounded faces like a curse, instead of the blessing they truly are.
Just as we are all working so hard to embrace our natural body shape, the face shape you were born with deserves the same kind of love. For all the hourglasses, pears, rulers and full-figured bodies out there, we have a vast array of unique and distinct face shapes to go right along with them. Alongside face shapes like the heart, diamond, rectangle and oval, the lovely round face has a special symmetry that is all its own.
And just like dressing for your body type, putting on makeup is all about working with your face shape and playing up your best features. Here’s how to put your best (round) face forward any day of the week:
1. Start with the framework
The eyes are the windows into the soul, and the eyebrows are made to frame those windows — especially for women with round faces. “Focus on the arch of the brow to bring some length to the face,” Vanessa Eckels, Senior Makeup Artist at Hourglass Abbot Kinney, advises. “I use a brow sculpting pencil to help emphasize — not overdraw — the natural arch of the brow.”
Sculpting the arch can be a game-changer, though Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup, pro makeup artist and beauty expert, adds, “Do not, I repeat, do not shape your brows into a rounded, arch shape! The combo of this brow shape with a round face is unflattering, so make sure you're emphasizing your arch to create lift.”
2. Focus on your favorite feature
It’s perfectly OK to be a little vain. Do you love your lips? Were you born with naturally gorgeous baby blues or deep browns to die for? Whatever your preferred feature may be, giving it a little extra attention can help to balance a round face while enhancing your entire look. Try an unexpected shade of eye shadow or a new eye makeup tutorial (with a few false lashes for volume) or keep the eyes light and draw attention to the bottom of your face with a bright lip color that flatters your skin tone.
More: DIY Makeup Remover
3. Wing it
This one is quick and easy and works well for all round-faced beauties. After applying your regular eye makeup, go bold with a winged or cat-eye look. The deep curve of the dark, winged eyeliner is naturally slimming above fuller cheeks. Not only is a cat-eye for day or night pretty damn sexy, but it also balances the softer features of a round face.
4. Play with your angles
To put on the finishing touches after you’ve put on your face, you only need two tools in your makeup box, according to Eckels. She recommends using a highlighting powder and a bronzer to sculpt and shade, balancing a rounder face with full features. “Apply a highlighting powder down the bridge of the nose, at the center of the forehead and just a touch on the chin to add length to a round face.” She adds, “To create the illusion of a more sculpted face, I sweep bronzer along the temples, in the hollows of the cheeks and along the jawline.”
But before you snap that Instagram-worthy selfie, Trotter recommends taking a second — and more objective — look. She cautions, “Yes, you can use contour to ‘carve out’ your features a bit, but don't go overboard. Few makeup tricks look as awful as poorly applied contour. Blend well!”
5. Add gloss
No matter what color of lipstick you choose (whether you are playing up your eyes or your lips), it helps to remember this best-kept, round-faced secret: Luscious lips are great for elongating. If you’ve chosen a lipstick in a lighter shade, add some gloss or sheen to attract the eye. Darker lipstick in a bright red or deep berry will bring the focus to the bottom of the face so that it naturally appears longer, and often, slimmer.
6. Don’t forget the cheeks
As I’ve seen firsthand with many clients, women with round faces often shy away from bolder blush colors for fear that their cheeks will dominate their face. Not so, says Trotter, who recommends a dusting of blush for all round-faced women, as long as it is carefully applied in the right place.
“Many girls with round faces are unsure of how and where to apply blush, so they skip it — you need the color to warm your complexion and visually break up the roundness in your cheeks. Blush applied properly can also visually lift and slim the face... bonus! Blush should be in a modified teardrop shape that starts at the apex of your cheekbone and blends up and out toward your temples. Be sure not to get blush too close to your nose or any lower than your cheekbone. Both will drag your face down and emphasize roundness,” Trotter says.
Updated on 4/7/2016
Melissa McCarthy was given the Comedic Genius Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards for her contributions to comedy — and she's made plenty.
Kendall Jenner is always a stunner on runways and red carpets, but her look for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards is on a whole other level.
I love to spend money, but only on things I want. If this happens to overlap with things I actually need (for example, a really nice vacuum, which I currently both want and need), then all the better—but when it comes to items that I need to buy but find no real joy in, I’m less than pleased. I feel that this is unfair, which is why every time I run out of disposable razors I find myself balking in the Rite Aid shaving needs section, like, “Why are these $13? I don’t want them! Fuck the patriarchy.”
But really, this has nothing to do with the patriarchy. (It’s just nice to blame it on social construct, because it takes the onus off of me.) There’s nothing wrong with eschewing hair removal as a woman, but I personally prefer to take an overall (mostly) diligent approach to smoothness.
Maintaining skin like a baby seal does not come easy to me. I’m reluctant to admit that I’m kind of hairy, but there it is: I’m kind of hairy. Or at least, I’m hairy if I don’t do anything about it, which I do. My coloring is also a contributing factor—my skin is very fair and my hair is very dark, which means that any regrowth is immediately apparent, like a five-o’-clock shadow but for armpits. My hair growth is also thick (this is so gross!!!) and can dull down a razorblade like nothing else, so the way I go through disposable razors you’d think I owned stock in them. I don’t.
I have no brand loyalty, so I was game to try five different cheapo drugstore iterations to see how they compared to one another. I wanted to know, definitively, which one was the best. (I also want to know everything in general, and this experiment helped me get one step closer to that.)
These razors are for women, just FYI. These are actually my go-to when I reluctantly hit up the drugstore to restock. I don’t think they’re all that great, but inexplicably I keep buying them, probably because I’m a creature of habit. My experience with these this time around was no different than it has been in the past: They get the hair off, but because the head doesn’t pivot, I find that I’m much, much more likely to cut myself with these than with razors that do have pivoting blades.
Also, I know using a dull razor is a bad thing, but these almost seem too sharp, and frequently leave my skin looking red and irritated from razor burn, especially on the lower part of my legs, which you’d think would be the least likely area to show sensitivity. I’ll try not to reflexively buy these again, even though they have “mango papaya scented handles.”
The only good thing about these razors is that they’re real cheap. Aside from that, they are effectively useless. I had a laughably difficult time trying to shave hair off of my body using these “shavers,” which were made for that express purpose. I had to go over every area several times, and even then there was stubble left behind. Don’t waste five dollars on these.
Love that pivoting head! I liked these fine—I had to go over my underarms a few times to get them completely hair-free, but that could have been user error considering I’d gone about a week and a half without shaving them, which is a long time for me and yields about a quarter inch of hair. My bad.
I emerged from this particular shave gloriously scot-free, which I was happy about. However, these razors have two major cons. One is a technical flaw, which is that the “easy-glide MoistureRich strip” gets really sticky and slimy while you’re using it, and that can make it hard to get a good, close shave. The second downfall is that it features a “comfort grip handle specially designed for women,” “designed especially for the way a woman shaves,” which “makes it easy to maneuver.” This is an objectively ridiculous way to go about marketing a razor.
Why are scented handles a draw for “women’s” disposable razors? Nobody needs that. The scent here is Hawaiian Tropic, as in the sunscreen, which is almost as confusing as the question of why razors need scents in the first place. Anyway. These are very good! No errant battle wounds, no need to go over the same three square inches of hair a million times, no razor burn. I feel especially good about that since the packaging itself promises that it “FIGHTS Razor Burn – GUARANTEED.” I’m glad I wasn’t lied to.
The underdog steals the show in this story. I had never seen these razors before in my life, and even if I had, I wouldn’t exactly have been drawn in by the generic packaging and general lack of aesthetic appeal. (Come to think of it, that’s probably why I buy those mediocre BIC Soleils. I think I might just like bright colors.) On several occasions I mistakenly referred to the brand as “Perfect365,” which is in fact “the favorite FREE makeover app of more than 30 million users.” Impressive, but not as impressive as the smooth, close, pain-free shave I got from this razor, which is manufactured by Walgreens and also sold at New York drugstore chain Duane Reade.
Subpar in appearance, yet outstanding in performance—these are like the Susan Boyle of their category. Is that still culturally relevant? Who else is homely yet absurdly talented these days?
WINNER: Studio 35 Disposable 5-Blade Razors
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Coachella is almost here and attendees are busy readying their shift dresses, fringed vests, jumpsuits and wide-brimmed hats.
We live in a world that loves to point out people's imperfections. This is why so many of us have body image complexes, especially if we're single and terrified someone new won't like the look of us. Well, Match.com just hit that insecurity on the head with their new, absurd ads that specifically point fingers at some of these supposed flaws. And that's not even the worst part: The "flaws" to which they call attention aren't flaws at all, just distinguishing features.
That's right, ladies. You can forget all about those pesky underarm wobbles because, apparently, freckles are the new cellulite. And if you have freckles and you're a redhead, you might as well go hide under a rock for the rest of your life because no one is going to date you. As someone who drops serious cash every six weeks to achieve natural-looking red hair, this ad made me do a spit take. Granted, it appeared in the United Kingdom, where redheads are considered evil (seriously), and I live in America, where redheads are more highly regarded. But nevertheless, unbelievable.
I'm not a real redhead, but I fake it. I don't have any of my own freckles, but I used to draw them on with a brow pencil when I was younger. Now they even sell freckle tattoos. So to suggest that either of these things is less than beautiful when people are actually paying to fake these exact traits is off-key.
Another minority targeted by Match.com's campaign is people who have two different eye colors. Frankly, I always thought those lucky people had superpowers, but I guess Match had a different take.
Locals who saw the offensive ads wasted no time in taking to various online platforms to complain to Match.com. Many even put notes over the ads to right the wrong.
Ad post it
Since then, a spokesperson from Match has responded to the ad's backlash in a pretty dismissive way: “Our adverts reveal common perceived imperfections and quirks of Brits — these include freckles, which some people who have them may see as an imperfection. We think freckles are beautiful, and our posters are designed to encourage everyone who has them to be proud."
In the words of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, "Riiiiiiiiiiiight." Most people saw through this explanation and continued to bash the site until Match finally came to the conclusion that the ads needed to come down.
It's pretty inspiring to know what power we have to make such changes as a collective force. Now let's see what we can do about this global warming issue...
Ladies with beautiful eyes in that natural shade of blue, you probably know what your best feature is by now. But there's a trick to playing up your assets that many blue-eyed women aren't privy to: Those baby blues need to be enhanced with the right shade of eye makeup that doesn't overpower or take away from the hue.
For work or for play, here are our favorite pro makeup tips to bring out your true blue:
For the office, stick with eyeshadow in brown, rose, terracotta and neutral shades. Embrace the idea of purple eyeshadow to really accentuate the color of your eyes. Lavender works for daytime, while deep plum is a wonderful option for evening. For a special night out, blue-eyed women also can try metallics (both silver and gold work well), turquoise and icy pink.
But let's not forget, skin tone also comes into play when choosing the right eyeshadow for your shade of blue. Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup, professional makeup artist, explains, "Shadow for blue eyes is all about contrast and choosing shades that show off your baby blues. Want your blue eyes to really pop? Choose shadows with warm yellow/orange undertones like champagne, gold, bronze, peach, rose gold and toasty almond/coffee shades. The contrast will make your eyes stand out like crazy and look especially great on blue-eyed girls with golden tans!"
Trotter continues, "If you've got blue eyes and fair skin, try combos based on pink undertones, like milk chocolate, taupe, mauve and blush. These shades look lovely and really enhance blue eyes without overpowering a fair complexion. Any blue-eyed girl can rock black, coffee or charcoal gray liner or mascara to enhance your lash line -- keep it soft if you have fair skin and light hair to avoid looking harsh."
Answering the question that is on every blue-eyed belle's mind, Trotter says "yes," it is OK to go matchy-matchy and wear blue on blue, when you stick to a few simple guidelines. "A vibrant navy or cobalt paired with lighter blue eyes can look very sophisticated. You'll have to experiment and see what shades work for your specific eye color. Avoid frosty light and mid-tone blue shades — they can look dated and aging." Still, she cautions, "Any blue shadows that match your eye shade exactly can actually make your eye color look dull by comparison."
The smoky look
For evening, dark blue mascara looks fabulous on blue eyes, especially when paired with smudged charcoal eyeliner. Try smoky eye makeup using charcoal gray or purple shadow. "For blue eyes, choose dark blue (the dark blue tones can help to bring out the natural blue tones in your eyes), gray, silver, violet or lavender," says SheKnows beauty expert Nina Sutton. "For night time, blue combined with black is a great look. For eyeliner or mascara, try navy instead of black for a dramatic, yet less intense look," she says.
The palest blue eyes may benefit from steering clear of the heavy black eyeliner altogether, says Chelsa Crowley, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Stowaway Cosmetics. "Black eyeliners can sometimes feel too dark, depending on how pale blue your eyes are, and though the black shades will define your eyes in a dramatic way, it will not make your blue eyes pop or appear bluer," she explains.
Next Up: Eyeliner
Cat-eye or winged eyeliner looks awesome with blue eyes. Winged liner puts all the focus on your baby blues, and looks terrific in any shade — from black to turquoise and violet to orange... yes, orange liner. A subtle, barely-winged look will work for everyday wear. But for special occasions, get dramatic with a thicker, more exaggerated line.
For the blue-eyed girls who are ready to mix it up and try something new, Crowley advocates using a different color of eyeliner for the same winged effect. "Choose navy/deep blue, dark chocolate brown or even violet/purple shades to enhance your eye color," she says. "Using a bronze eyeliner is your best option for making your eyes stand out. You can never go wrong with a bronzy brown shade!"
With all this focus on the right eyeshadow shade for your blue hue, it's natural to assume that luscious lip colors should go out the window. Not so, says Trotter. In fact, she recommends focusing on your lipstick shade as a finishing touch to bring out your blues. "Lipstick makes a huge difference when you have light eyes! If you've never tried a pop of color on your lips, you might be surprised to find that it really balances your features and brightens the color of your eyes even more," she says.
Trotter advises, "Go classic with a bright red, fun and flirty with a hot pink or easy and wearable with a berry shade that works on literally any skin tone." For your cheeks, dust on a sweep of blush in a light and natural hue. As Crowley reminds us, peach, coral and bronze shades can make most blue eyes appear bluer.
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/29/2016
A 20-year-old Canadian woman said she left a mall "in tears" after her bosses at Zara made her take out her braids because they didn't represent a "clean, professional look."
As a blogger, it can be tempting at times to jump on a bandwagon of the latest trend, whether you actually like the trend or not. But I've learned over the years that I am always the most proud of my content when it is a true reflection of my lifestyle and myself.
Today I am providing you with a few must-have items to easily build a classic wardrobe.
1. A comfortable cotton dress
2. A structured jacket
On cooler days, I layer on a classic trench coat or my favorite distressed-denim jacket. The extra layer is functional for those unpredictable spring months, but it also adds another element of classic style to the outfit. Denim jackets are always fun to tie around the waist to help define your waistline.
3. A versatile mid-heel boot
I invested in these classic brown booties a few years ago, and they still remain the most popular pair in my closet. The mid-heel height makes them appropriate for any situation, and the brown suede works from fall to spring — definitely a proven investment piece!
4. A bold lip
Finish your timeless look with a classic red or soft pink lipstick. Nothing can make you appear or feel more chic and feminine than a pretty lip. A soft pink may be all you need for daytime, then kick it up a notch before dinner with a bold red, for the perfect finishing touch.
But putting a look together doesn’t start or end with your wardrobe. Your skin care and beauty routine is just as (or more) important! Always remember to start your look with soft skin. The new Dove, with Moroccan Argan Oil, replenishes 12 times more of skin's natural nutrients by nourishing and protecting from dry skin in the shower. I love that I can get my skin soft and clean in one step with the Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash and Beauty Bar, as it effectively cleanses without leaving skin feeling dry.
Create the look:
coat: Burberry (similar option), dress: J.Crew (similar), booties: Rag & Bone, handbag: Céline (available at Neiman Marcus), necklace: Capwell + Co, old (similar), ring: David Yurman, sunglasses: Céline
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Nothing will ruin your day faster than a nail that splits or breaks without warning — and don't even get us started on those weak nails that won't stop peeling. Dry and damaged nails can be a source of embarrassment that even the prettiest polish won't fix, which is why we asked our top beauty experts for the 411 on how to strengthen nails, naturally.
1. Soak nails in olive oil
For weak, thin nails, soak them in extra virgin olive oil 10-15 minutes a day for a month, then twice a week thereafter. This inexpensive home beauty treatment will help fortify damaged, weak or peeling nails.
"Applying vegetable oil helps relieve dryness and cracking of toenails," confirms Dr. Wenjay Sung, a board-certified podiatrist in Los Angeles. "Unlike creams, oils do a better job soaking into the nail bed and moisturize the structural toenail bed longer than creams and gels."
2. Use a cuticle cream like it's your religion
A soothing cuticle cream like Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme helps nourish dry cuticles and brittle, damaged nails with vitamin E. Massage the cream into and around your nails nightly before going to bed.
Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center, advises, "Cuticles can dry out from repetitive hand washing and manicures, so if they are not given extra protection with a nourishing cuticle cream, they will crack and split, increasing risk of nail infection."
3. Don't overuse your nails
Your fingernails aren't intended to be tools to open soda cans. Instead, use a pen or other object rather than your fingernails to do these everyday tasks.
4. Wear gloves for chores
When doing the dishes, cleaning and gardening, wear gloves. Detergents and cleansers are harsh on your fingernails, causing drying, spitting and peeling. Soil and gardening can also cause damage to your nails.
As Dr. Tanzi pointed out, the best way to take care of hands and nails is to avoid drying them out. "Frequent hand washing with antibacterial soap is very harsh," she says. "I recommend washing with a gentle cleanser, which will sanitize just as well as harsh products and a good moisturizer afterward to lock in the hydration. At night, a thicker moisturizer on hands with a rich cuticle cream will keep hands/nails looking great."
5. Eat biotin-rich foods
Make sure your diet features foods rich in biotin, such as liver, cooked eggs, whole grains, cauliflower and avocado, among others. In addition to other health benefits, biotin can help strengthen and thicken nails. You can also take a biotin supplement, if necessary.
6. Take a multivitamin daily
Vitamins are essential for your overall well being and can do wonders for your nails too. Lack of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium can cause dry, brittle nails. Be sure to take a multivitamin and calcium supplements daily. Also be sure to eat a protein and calcium rich diet.
7. Avoid traditional nail polish remover
Don't use nail polish remover more than once or twice a month, if possible. And never use a nail polish remover that contains acetone, which can dry and damage nails. Try Josie Maran's Bear Naked Nail Wipes instead.
If your nails have seen better days, taking a break from nail polish and nail polish can help to support healing. Dr. Sung advises, "To repair damaged nails, sunlight is sometimes the best answer. Using nail polish excessively prevents vital sunlight from reaching the nail bed and may prevent nails from fully healing and regenerating cells. Sunlight is vital to our skin and also to our hair and nails as well."
8. Find a 'miracle' treatment
Sally Hansen Miracle Cure for Severe Problem Nails works wonders. It stops nails from peeling almost overnight. Using a mineral rich formula with protein and antioxidants, this treatment helps restore dry, splitting, damaged nails. A clear coat of nail polish may also help protect nails.
"To prevent dry, damaged nails, you will want to follow two basic nail care steps," says Holly L. Schippers, CND Education Ambassador and Empower Nail Art Lead Educator at FingerNailFixer. "Keep them covered and protected with your favorite nail coating, even if it's a simple, thin coat of clear polish. Second, waterproof them with a high-quality oil that contains jojoba or squalene, ingredients which allow the oil to penetrate the coating and the nail surface so that the oil is able to lubricate individual nail cells — improving flexibility and making the nail less susceptible to damage from water and other chemicals. My favorite is CND Solar Oil."
9. Actually massage your nails
Massaging your fingernails stimulates blood flow to the area, helping them grow longer and stronger. Use a moisturizing lotion and massage hands, cuticles and the nails themselves. And as Dr. Tanzi recommended, get into the habit of applying lotion immediately after washing your hands.
10. Drink a lot of water (no surprise here)
Just as water is for your overall health, that goes for your nails too. Drinking water can help hydrate dry, damaged nails, just like it does for hair and skin.
Even when you've reached the point of no return — where your nails are a hot, hot mess — there still may be a light at the end of the tunnel. For very severe nail damage, time is what you need, and lots of it. Schipper estimates that, when following the steps above, it may take anywhere from 3 to 6 months for new and healthy nails to grow out completely. If you're desperate and in need of a quicker fix, Schipper recommends a product like CND Rescue RXx, which, she says, which will deposit keratin on the surface and improve nail condition in about 4 weeks.
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/29/2016
No matter what you've read in the fashion magazines, there is no cookie-cutter approach to style. The fun thing about fashion (and the reason we're so obsessed with clothes and shoes) is that literally anything goes — if it makes you look and feel good too.
The first step to finding the right clothes to bring out your inner goddess, or rock star or CEO is to figure out your specific body type so that you can play up your best features:
Determine and embrace your body type
Body shape is all about proportion, and fashion is all about dressing those proportions to look their very best. When you think about body types, don't focus on height and weight... focus on shape. A slender gal can have the same body shape as a curvy gal, just as a short woman can have the same body shape as her taller friend. And it's not about trying to look thin; it's about accentuating your shape and enhancing what you have so you feel your best in every outfit you own.
Each of us is unique — and our bodies are, too! Nevertheless, our body shapes are generally narrowed down to five general categories: pear, wedge, rectangle, apple and hourglass. You might fall into one category, or you might be a blend of two or more categories.
Once you've determined your body shape, you can begin to consider which fashion trends to embrace and which to avoid. Spend some time in front of the mirror and do a fair and honest assessment of your body. Then put these fashion tips to work.
1. Pear body shape
Pear-shaped celebrities: Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Katherine Heigl
Dos and don'ts
2. Wedge body type
Wedge-shaped celebs: Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore, Renee Zellweger, Audrina Patridge, Teri Hatcher
To flatter all body types and especially the distinct wedge shape, Colleen Bayus, personal stylist at StylingbyBayus, advises, "Accentuate and drawn attention to what you like. Do you have great shoulders and arms? Go strapless and wear a statement necklace to draw attention up. Tiny waist? Use a fabulous belt to really show it off. If you've got great legs, opt for something shorter but that has sleeves to give you some balance -- so you're not showing too much at any one time. Also, shapewear is a must regardless of your size. It smooths you out and gives you a great silhouette."
Dos and don'ts
3. Rectangle body shape
Rectangle-shaped celebs: Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank
Dos and don'ts
Next Up: Apple body shape
4. Apple body shape
Apple-shaped celebs: Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Hudson
Dos and don'ts
5. Hourglass body type
Hourglass-shaped celebs: Beyonce (borderline Pear), Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Vanessa Minnillo
Dos and don'ts
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/31/2016