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The glitter lipstick tutorial you should pin ASAP


1. First, hydrate lips.

glitter lipstick tutorial: Step 1

Use a non-oily lip balm like Maybelline Baby Lips.

2. Now carefully outline and fill in lips with a red lip liner.

glitter lipstick tutorial: Step 2

I used Make Up For Ever's Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 8C.

3. Apply a generous coat of bold red cream lipstick.

glitter lipstick tutorial: Step 3

I used Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red.

4. Next, apply a shiny red gloss to only the center of the top and bottom lip.

glitter lipstick tutorial: Step 4

This will act as our glitter adhesive. I am using Make Up For Ever's Lab Shine lip gloss in S8.

5. Now dip your finger or a synthetic brush into a loose glitter.

glitter lipstick tutorial: Step 5

I am using a magenta glitter, not red. This adds more interest and extra dimension with a slight ombre effect. Press to the center portion of your lips, building the intensity.

Now you're ready to rock the holidays. Let the compliments rain in.

glitter lipstick tutorial: finished

glitter lipstick tutorial: finished

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10 Dazzling New Year's Eve dresses under $100


Whatever you choose to do on December 31, 2014, it's always better to do it in style. You ever notice that celebrations accompanied by beautiful things and moments is really the topping on the cake we call life? Whether it's wearing a red lace dress with sexy heels or a tulle skirt and chic top with beautiful chandelier earrings, our mood can change in an instant when our clothes are made for that special occasion. New Year's eve is a time to get fabulous and throw up some confetti. Resolutions are made and Champagne glasses are toasted. So if you're heading to a party or celebration to ring in the new year, here are 10 smashing outfits to start your 365 days off right for just under $100.

1. Wet-Look Lace Hem Slip Dress (Topshop, $85)

Strappy heels go well with this flapper-style dress for party time.

2. Raga x Dailylook Lace Fit and Flare Dress (Dailylook.com, $60)

Stand out in the striking blue floral crochet dress and be the center of attention for your big night.

3. Velvet Wrap Front Jumpsuit (Topshop, $80)

Channel your '70s style in a lush, velvet pantsuit for a top-notch sexy and classy appeal.

4. Frisco Inferno Metallic Dress (Nastygal, $68)

Shimmer and shake in this ultra-glamorous wrap dress that will surely turn heads for the night.

5. Club L Plus Size Plunge Neck Skater Dress In Glitter Floral (Asos.com,$42)

Skater dresses are still all the rage and they complement any shape. Wear this dress in confidence with sexy heels and a cute crossbody bag.

6. Red Side Split Maxi Dress (Rarelondon.com, $54)

Bare a little side leg in this ravishing red maxi dress. Keep accessories to a minimum because this will make enough of a statement for you.

7. ASTR Embellished Jacquard Fit & Fare Dress (Nordstrom, $78)

Embellished dresses for New Year's Eve parties are the best. This dress has the best of both worlds, snug with a little flare hem.

8. Bow Limits Strapless Dress (Nastygal.com, $78)

A little '80s style with a flirty giant bow is adorable and chic at the same time.

9. Black Lace Midi Bodycon Dress (Riverisland.com, $40)

Abstract prints are always fun and show off your figure extremely well. Wear this sexy dress with a pair of ankle booties and stylish clutch.

10. Mango Printed Shift Dress (shop.mango.com, $80)

Be fun and vibrant in a multi-color shift dress with jewel tone shades and an abstract floral print.

6 Ways to give your little black dress a facelift


So how can you make what's old new again? Take these tips from those in the know.

1. Pair your little black dress with a leather jacket

London style blogger Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now loves her leather and rarely leaves home without it, even when there's a fancy holiday cocktail dress involved. Try draping a fun, colorful leather jacket over your LBD for a fresh, hip look. If you're feeling really adventurous, add some black sequins to your dress's neckline and sew a bit of black fabric that hangs below the hemline on one side for a trendy, asymmetrical cut.

Fashion Me Now LBD makeover leather jacket

Photo: Fashion Me Now

2. Throw a vest over your little black dress

Wear it with big sunglasses and a handbag, chunky jewelry and strappy sandals. That's what New York blogger Kat Tanita of With Love From Kat did to perk up this pretty-but-basic strapless black dress. It's a great get-up that translates well from work to cocktails afterwards. Perfect for an office holiday party or other festive fete where you won't have much time to change.

With Love From Kate LBD makeover vest

Photo credit: With Love From Kat

3. Give your little black dress shape and contrast with a belt

Jessica Quirk of the popular fashion blog What I Wore got daring and chose a light brown leather belt to go with this poofy-sleeved, patterned LBD. Throw on a matching bag, opaque black tights and lace-up heels or ankle boots and you're done!

What I Wore LBD brown belt

Photo credit: What I Wore

4. Add flair to a simple black dress with a capelet and bright tights

You can't do a style makeover story without checking in with the lovely and talented Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. And she doesn't disappoint on suggestions for freshening up your LBD. One idea she has: adding bold pops of texture and color with this knitted gray capelet and bright blue knee-high socks, which she wears with chunky black heels. Throw your hair in a messy side bun to complete the look. Edgy but stylish. Love!

Cupcakes and Cashmere LBD solestruck

Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere

5. Glam up your LBD with gold

Whether it's gold jewelry, a belt, beading or big sequins like these, a little gold can go a long way in sprucing up the black dress you've worn to death. Though this one on Mary Seng of Happily Grey came with the gold sequins, you can buy them in fabric stores and sew or glue them on yourself. Complete the look with a big wool overcoat, black tights, a bright red or gold cross-body bag and a ponytail, and you've got a brand new style for any holiday event on your calendar.

Happily Grey lbd gold sequins the gold dot

Photo credit: John Hillin via Happily Grey

6. Accessorize with a sleek black cap and funky pullover top

That's just what fashion blogger Ania Boniecka of Ania B did to revitalize her froofy little black dress, and the effect is stunning — a mix of urban chic and dressy casual all in one. It's so out-of-the-box, it's sure to wow the guests at any holiday party — trust us.

Ania B LBD

Photo credit: Ania B

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9 Tips to make tights actually look flattering


1. Black opaque tights work miracles. Black opaque tights are an instant pick me up and can actually save you hundreds of dollars. Let me explain. If you wake up feeling like you wish you could lose five pounds in five minutes, you can: Pull on a pair of opaque black tights and add an LBD or sweet little black skirt and oversized black mohair sweater — voilà.

As for how they can result in you having a fatter wallet: You know that vintage yellow dress you bought at a flea market but don't have the nerve to wear? The one that kind of looks like this one on gorgeous blogger Virginie of Virginie's Cinema:

Yellow dress black tights

Instead of tossing it, add black opaque tights, boots and a coat and you have instantly toned down the brightness.

2. The smaller the print on tights, the thinner the leg. There is seriously nothing cuter on the planet than these Old Navy heart print tights on Style By Aline fashion blogger Alina Dinh:

heart tights

If you always thought you couldn't pull off printed tights, you haven't considered this important rule: Unless you are trying to make your legs look bigger, stick with very small, subtle prints. Then pair with a super-short skirt like this one, but only if your boots are high enough to provide just a peek-a-boo view of your tights. The focus should always be on your overall look, and not just on your tights.

3. Sheer tights should be paired with the most sexless outfit you own. Sheer or transparent tights—I refuse to call them "pantyhose" — are not for the weak. If you're self-conscious about your curves, they may not be your best bet because they will put your legs front and center. And, because they are already sexy enough on their own, black and colored transparent tights should only be worn with outfits I like to refer to as "sex neutral." That means: with combat boots, knee-length full skirts, and roomy sweaters = OK. With an A-line shirt dress and pretty heels = fine. But with a tight little satin and lace dress = you run the risk of looking like you're working the room that night… if you know what I mean.

4. Colored tights can turn any outfit into something special. You know that black dress you always considered drab? Throw a pair of ruby-red tights into the mix and you've just created an instant look:

red tights

Image via Jessica Quirk/Flickr

That boring camel skirt isn't so dull after you've jazzed it up with eggplant tights. Say it with me: Colored tights are your friends and not your enemies... as long as...

5. ...Your colored tights should complement, not clash, with your outfit. Now that you've decided to go out and buy one pair of tights for every color of the rainbow, it's crucial that you follow a few basic rules. If you're looking to make a bold fashion statement, go for complementary colors like purple and gold, blue and orange and red and green. If you'd prefer to stick with analogous colors that are in the same family, choose three colors on the color wheel that are next to each other: like greens, yellows and browns.

6. Accept that not all colors are going to work. Unless you have very thin legs or are about to attend a ballet class, white tights aren't going to work for most adult women. And, according to Heidi Nazarudin, a former CEO turned fashion blogger who created theAmbitionista.com, "green neon tights should be banned."

7. Put your ballet slippers back in the closet.

heels tights

Image via Lana Eloy/Flickr

Your shoes shouldn't be an afterthought when it comes to pairing them with your tights. "Unless you have long legs, the silhouette created by a pair of tights really calls for elongation of legs," Nazarudin said. "Reinforce this by pairing them with heels. You don't have to wear towering stilettos. Even a half or two-inch heel would make the look more elegant than flats."

8. Invest, invest, invest. It's tempting to fill your drawer with $3 tights because that means you can have more, more, more — and we all know how quickly these darn delicate things snag and rip. But Constance Dunn, author of Practical Glamour, is here to remind us that we should invest in our tights because the payoff is worth it. "Higher quality tights will feature richer designs, plus the nuance of color and pattern that cheaper versions lack," Dunn said. "If your wardrobe budget is particularly thin, stick with black tights, which are damn chic anyway."

9. Do as a dancer.

ballet dancer

Image via Melissa Dooley/Flickr

If you really want to invest in tights that last and can withstand all of those fouette turns we know you're doing all over the house, Dunn suggests you buy a brand trusted by the experts themselves: dancers. "The most long-lasting tights are made for dancers, who need coverage that will hold up through hours of movement, movement, movement!" Dunn said. "Dancers' tights typically feature a high concentration of nylon, whereas everyday woman tights are typically spun from cotton."

And there you have it — nine tips and fabulous reasons you should retire your leggings and bring back tights!

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Flounced Metallic Cami Dress

Image credit: Forever 21

1. Easy breezy

Flounced Metallic Dotted Cami Dress (Forever 21, $19)

Metallic wrap dress

Image credit: Forever 21

2. Feeling knotty

Knotted Metallic Wrap Dress (Forever 21, $19)

Rose-patterned bodycon dress

Image credit: Forever 21

3. Strut your stuff

Rose-patterned Bodycon Dress (Forever 21, $13)

Quilted geo patterned dress

Image credit: Forever 21

4. Snow white

Quilted Geo Patterned Dress (Forever 21, $20)

Midnight Madness Maxi Dress

Image credit: Ci Ci Hot

5. Mad for midnight

Midnight Madness Ivory Overlapped Maxi Dress, (Ci Ci Hot, $15)

Wide rib funnel neck dress

Image credit: asos

6. Make a bold statement

Wide Rib Funnel Neck Dress (asos, $18)

Black flowy high low dress

Image credit: Ci Ci Hot

7. Go with the flow

Black Flowy High Low Dress (Ci Ci Hot, $20)

Keyhole to my heart glittery dress

Image credit: GoJane

8. Sparkle and shine

Keyhole to My Heart Glittery Dress (GoJane, $17)

Black leather sleeve dress

Image credit: Ci Ci Hot

9. Rock steady

Classic 90s Black Leather Sleeve Dress (Ci Ci Hot, $17)

First in a-line sequin dress

Image credit: GoJane

10. Take a number, boys

First In A-line Sequin Dress (asos, $19)

Inspire jersey peplum dress

Image credit: asos

11. Pretty in peplum

Inspire Jersey Peplum Dress (asos, $16)

Lace spliced bodycon dress

Image credit: deb

12. Get your sexy on

Lace Spliced Bodycon Dress with Asymmetrical Skirt (deb, $18)

Line flight dress

Image credit: ModCloth

13. Line em up

Line Flight Dress (ModCloth, $17)

Pocket size dreams dress

Image credit: Shop Priceless

14. Corner pocket

Pocket Size Dreams Dress (Shop Priceless, $20)

Short sleeve dress with lace shoulder

Image credit: asos

15. Cold shoulder

Short Sleeve Dress with Lace Shoulder (asos, $16)

Fuschia lace dress

Image credit: LuLu's

16. Fuchsia forever

Head Over Heels Fuchsia Lace Dress (LuLu's, $13)

Strapless skater dress

Image credit: deb

17. Curtsy call

Strapless Skater Dress with Nude Lace Trim Hemline (deb, $18)

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The 10-minute DIY blanket vest


DIY Wrap best | Sheknows.com


DIY Wrap best | Sheknows.com - supplies

  • Large scarf (My scarf is 27 x 74 inches)
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker in contrasting ink color to your scarf
  • Cutting mat

Step 1

Fold the scarf in half horizontally so both fringe edges are touching. Measure 6 inches in from the fold and 5 inches down from the top. Mark location with a contrasting ink pen or marker.

DIY Wrap best | Sheknows.com - step 1

Step 2

Draw a 9-inch vertical line down from the mark made in step 1. Cut along the vertical line with a rotary cutter. Make sure to press firmly enough to cut through both layers of fabric.

DIY Wrap best | Sheknows.com - cut fabric

Step 3

Unfold the scarf and slide your arms through the holes. Layer over your winter basics for an easy, pulled together look.

DIY Wrap best | Sheknows.com - finished product

DIY Wrap best | Sheknows.com - finished product

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7 Insider secrets to make your at-home manicure look profesh


We all know that giving up your favorite DIY pampering ritual is out of the question. So, we dished with the experts Miss Pop, manicurist to the stars/nail visionary, and Maria Vlezko, editor of the essential blog SoNailicious.com, on ways to avoid the occupational hazards of the at-home manicure, and to keep your nails healthy and robust.

1. Bust those bubbles

Nail polish preparation

To oust the air bubbles, you'll want to avoid shaking your nail polish to mix up the color. Roll it between your palms instead. "Shaking polish forces air into the lacquer, where it gets trapped and causes your polish to bubble," says Miss Pop. Vlezko also recommends that polish thinner will reduce the risk of bubbling.

2. Keep chipping at bay

Chipped nails

Applying a base coat will always help to stave off chipping. In addition to preventing your claws from staining, this measure helps your polish adhere to your nails. "It might seem like an annoying extra step," Miss Pop says, "but it gives your shade an extra few days of staying power." Also, a quick buff job will prevent chipping and help the polish adhere to your nails. Prior to applying your base coat, lightly buff your nails to "remove the natural oils and help the mani adhere," says Miss Pop.

3. Nail polish application no-nos

Painting nails

As Miss Pop tells us, you don’t want to overdo it with too many thick coats. "Don’t glob on the polish," she says, "The more coats, the longer it will take to dry and the shorter the mani will last. If a polish is old or too sheer from thinning it, toss it out and start fresh." Essentially, you're best off using a thick polish and fewer coats. Also, beware the effects of hot water, which Miss Pop calls the "natural enemy" of nail polish. She advises wearing gloves to wash the dishes, and to avoid doing your nails right before you shower or "your wear time will be off to a weak start."

4. Non-acetone polish remover is your friend

Non-acetone nail polish remover

When removing your nail polish, try to avoid polish removers with acetone in them. Miss Pop tells us, "It may take a little longer to remove, but it's less drying to the nail bed."

5. Invest in some cuticle oil

Cuticle oil

Both of our experts reached a general consensus: Cuticle oil is a miracle serum for keeping your nails healthy. It's Miss Pop's "must-have nail product" because it moisturizes your cuticles, guards against tearing, nourishes your nail bed and kills hangnails. According to Vlezko, "That’s where your nail health starts!"

6. File those claws regularly

Filing nails

This one's sort of a gimme, but filing your nails regularly (and correctly) will make all the difference! Miss Pop advises you to go in one direction to prevent splitting and breaking.

7. Have a generally healthy lifestyle

Cabbage rolls

If your diet isn't good, your nails are going to struggle to stay strong and healthy. So stay hydrated, eat fresh foods and be kind to your body.

Another important trade secret: Begin a vitamin regimen! Nature's Bounty, for example, is so confident in their Gummy Vite that if you don't see healthier hair, stronger nails and invigorated skin after 30 days of taking it, they're offering to pay you back in full. By entering, you also put yourself in the running to win a #NaturesBountyBeauty kit, with over $200 worth of beauty essentials to keep you healthy and gorgeous. Give it a whirl, guys. Your nails will thank you.

This post was sponsored by Nature's Bounty.

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DIY avocado face mask is perfect for soothing dry winter skin


This "single-serving" face mask uses three common groceries to nurture skin:

  • Avocado has oils that soften skin and antioxidants, like Vitamin E, that promote healing.
  • Honey moisturizes and has antibacterial properties.
  • Apple cider vinegar helps restore skin's natural pH levels.

DIY soothing face mask

This recipe makes one face mask. I like to mix this up anytime I cut open and don't need an entire avocado — resourceful and beautifying. If you have any left over, it also doubles as a hair mask. Just apply to your roots and scalp and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Don't skip removing the mask with a washcloth, as this serves to gently exfoliate.


  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar*


  1. In a small bowl, use a fork to mash the avocado with the honey and vinegar. Use the back of a spoon to continue mashing the mixture into a puree. Alternatively, blend in a mini food processor or push through a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Apply avocado mask to clean face. Wait 10-20 minutes, then remove with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Apply moisturizer.

*If you have never applied apple cider vinegar to your skin, test the mask on a small patch of skin before proceeding. A common side effect of apple cider vinegar is temporary redness but the test will ensure you do not have a stronger reaction.

Avocado face mask

This post was sponsored by Nature's Bounty.

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14 Tips to style your hair based on texture


That doesn't mean, however, that your hair is always easy to manage. We caught up with Racheal Young, Director of Ogle School of cosmetology, to find out the best ways to care for your uniquely textured hair.

"Remember that the bottom line is that you should love your healthy hair, no matter what texture it is," said Young. She then gave us the scoop on how to keep the five most common hair textures happy and healthy.

Hair type: Kinky-coily

Photo Credit: WENN.com

The driest texture of them all, kinky-coily hair is marked by tight curls that shrink without proper moisture. Young reported that it's the coarsest texture, and requires a different kind of care than other hair types.

1. Oil is your friend. Don't worry about greasy products, since they won't weigh down this hair texture. Natural oils hydrate frizzy kinks to give definition.

2. Find a stretching cream. "A stretching cream with lots of oil extracts is the best choice for this hair pattern." The right product can actually lengthen the curls and make hair appear longer.

3. Stay hydrated. "Curly hair is thirsty hair," said Young. "Every woman should drink at least eight or more glasses of water each day." Doing so can promote proper moisture on the skin and scalp.

Hair type: Curly-kinky

Photo Credit: L. Gallo/WENN.com

If you show up to work every day looking like you drove with your windows down, you might have curly-kinky hair. "This is the frustrated texture with both spirals and ringlets combined," explained Young. "It has a tendency to look dull, frizzy and unruly." So, what's a girl to do?

4. Don't comb. Combing or brushing your hair will only increase the frizz. De-tangle your curls and kinks with your fingers instead.

5. Co-wash. Add conditioner to your organic shampoo for de-greasing results that last. "Shampooing the hair with conditioner will deeply cleanse your hair, without drying and frizzing it out," Young said.

6. Pick a defining cream gel. Curly-kinky hair is dry, so use a creamy gel or lotion to build moisture and create bouncy and defined curls, without the grease.

Hair type: Wavy

Photo Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com

Uncertain of your status as a woman with curls? You may fit the wavy texture best. "This hair pattern has extremely frizzy waves or very loose rings," said Young. She suggested the following techniques to give your waves their best definition:

7. Avoid heat. Waves respond best to a cool blow dryer or air drying. Don't use heat on your waves, since doing so will cause damage and additional frizz.

8. Never use heavy gels or creams. A heavy-hold gel will only weigh down your beautiful volume, and make your hair look crunchy.

9. Pick a clear serum. "A rule of thumb with this hair texture is to use a light product that you can preferably see through, like a serum, to control frizz and create silky curls," said Young.

Hair type: Coarse straight

Photo Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com

If you have coarse straight hair, you know that it tends to weigh heavily and grow in a triangle shape if you're not careful. Young stated that women with this hair texture should never tease the hair to correct the shape — but that proper combing can certainly help.

10. Use a wide tooth comb. "Detangle by using a rounded medium-width tooth tip comb, and use it after you shampoo," she said. This helps prevent breakage of the hair shaft, which helps the shape of your cut.

11. Work up the hair, but don't tease. As you comb, start at the bottom of the hair shaft to further prevent breakage. Don't tease the hair, though, even if it seems to add volume in the right places. "It can lead to breakage if not done right," Young explained.

12. Find a lift spray. If you must add volume, Young suggests that you find an alcohol-free root lift spray to add weightless height to the right places of your cut.

Hair type: Fine

Photo Credit: Karl Piper/WENN.com

Poor ladies with fine hair have their work cut out for them — fine hair tends to appear greasy and flat without proper attention. Thankfully, Young says there are a few techniques that can help.

13. Hot volume is overrated. Let your hair air-dry. It will provide volume, and prevent damage to the hair, which can make hair appear finer over time.

14. Use protection. If you must blow-dry or use a flat-iron, protect your hair with the right product.. "I have three statements for you," said Young. "Heat protection! Heat protection! Heat protection!"

This post was sponsored by Nature's Bounty.

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70-year-old man obsessed with living like a female sex doll


Robert, the man who has this habit, tells TLC that if he saw "a 70-year-old man in the mirror, I'd quit this tomorrow." Wow. He and several others will be featured in TLC's My Strange Addiction. Robert's addiction is what's known as "female masking" and he is addicted to dressing as Sherry, a blond bombshell who looks far more doll-like than human. It's something he's been doing for 12 years.

See below:

Sex Doll

Sex Doll

The knee-jerk, easy thing to do is make fun of Robert. Some of the comments on the YouTube video include, "I am pretty sure this guy is a serial killer." But maybe we ought to think beyond that. If he were really a "serial killer" would he go on TLC? Maybe he is trying to normalize something that many would like to shame him about. And what's so wrong with that?

We all do strange things for beauty. Imagine if someone from another culture saw our eyelash curlers or straightening irons or the way we rouge our cheeks and paint our lips. It's only "normal" to us because we are conditioned to believe it.

It's not that I think it's normal to dress as a sex doll. It's an unusual habit to be sure. But we need to have some empathy and understand that he finds this beautiful. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but who are we to judge. Personally, I hope this show runs and that people are able to keep an open mind. Rather than scoff, maybe we ought to smile and think of how brave he is to put himself out there like this.

That's courageous. We need a lot more of that in the world and a lot less cruelty. So rock on, Robert, with your sex doll mask. I salute you.

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9 Beauty hacks for the morning after


1. Spike your water

Alcohol dehydrates you, and that pounding head is the result of being parched. The first thing you should do is crawl your way to the kitchen and drink as much water as you can stand. Squeeze a little lemon in there, too, says Andrew Somjack, manager of The Better Health Store organic market in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Alcohol really deprives you of electrolytes — salt, magnesium and potassium are all minerals we need. A little bit of lemon can get you some antioxidants and electrolytes, and should in turn lead to a better glow on the skin," he says.

2. Skip the coffee

It might seem absolutely impossible to get moving without that jolt, but caffeine is also dehydrating and can make you crash even harder once it wears off. Somjack suggests lower-caffeine options such as kombucha, guasai tea or green tea for a nice burst of energy that won't leave you jittery.

3. Depuff your face

Bags and dark circles are the telltale signs of partying too hard — all that fluid pools in your face and can leave you looking like a panda. Here's where you can put caffeine to good use: Freeze those green tea bags and apply to the eyes for 10 minutes, or even pop a couple of spoons in the freezer and then place them over the eye area. The cold contracts the blood vessels, shrinking eye bags and giving you a more rested appearance. If you're really not squeamish, Tucks hemorrhoid pads are great at shrinking bags, says Kamaria McCullough, a makeup artist who has worked on feature films and national photo shoots.

4. Correct your complexion the right way

Your skin is almost certainly pretty lifeless looking, and if you have any tendency toward redness you're probably also splotchy. McCullough suggests a beauty balm to cover any unevenness of tone. Stay away from the green primer to color-correct, though — "those can go left pretty quick," she says.

5. Skip foundation

You want to look fresh and rested, says McCullough — while foundation or beauty balm evens the complexion it can also make everything look flat. Using blush and highlighter brings color, light and dimension to your face and lets you fake a little well-rested sparkle.

6. Make your eyes look bigger

Curl your lashes to give your eyes a more wide-open appearance, and don't skip the mascara. A light wash of color on your lids can make you look fresher and more awake.

7. Use lipstick to your advantage

A warm pink or plum lipstick will play up your lips and liven up your complexion, McCullough says.

8. Use dry shampoo or make your own

If you woke up too late to wash and style your hair, a dry shampoo will absorb extra oil and freshen any lingering stale odors. It also provides a boost of volume, which helps your hair look freshly styled. No dry shampoo? Rub a little bit of cornstarch between your palms and rub it around your hairline, then brush out.

9. Finally, smile!

Hopefully the memories you made the night before are worth whatever pain you might feel the morning after. Try to focus on the good time you had and stride happily into the day. That, Somjack says, will do more for your looks than just about anything else. "So much of how people perceive the way we look is based on attitude," he says. "If our mood is upbeat, cheery and bright, people will attach more attractiveness to us in their eyes. If you radiate a positive aura people will remember you as more beautiful."

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How to look naturally gorgeous

Scientist accepts Nobel Prize in crazy custom gown


The gorgeous blue dress designed by British designer Matthew Hubble featured silver sequins and beads that had been arranged to look just like the grid cells — brain cells — she had discovered. It's hard not to tear up at the thought of this woman and all the ways she just made moms of girls swoon.

She is smart. So smart she just won a Nobel Prize. She has followed her passion and her brain in every way. She is no one's arm candy. And yet she is also fun. Clearly. She knows how to take things lightly and find some meaning in something as frivolous as fashion. Kudos to her.

In all seriousness, look at this dress:

Nobel Dress

Nobel Dress

It's gorgeous, right? Fitting and lovely, but also so meaningful. It's not very often that fashion can play a role like that. When compared to discoveries as important as Dr. Moser's, fashion seems like nothing. A frivolity. A bit of silliness no one has time to care about. And maybe it is. But Dr. Moser showed exactly how fashion can make a splash. She spoke the language people pay attention to (no matter how sad that might be). She is in a million blogs and newspapers and girl empowerment sites for her discovery, yes. But she's also there for the way she chose to showcase that discovery.

I'd tell both my girls to be just like her. Find your passion. Then find a way to make people pay attention and listen. She's a genius. Her dress is amazing. I have a new hero.



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Dolce & Gabbana ad features some very unlikely models


Dolce & Gabbana's latest ads, while featuring their fair share of gorgeous, leggy models, also went out on a limb to feature something else, something very real, indeed. One of the most talked about shots from their Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign is this beautiful shot of three Italian grandmothers sitting together. See below:



They are beautiful, true. They are adorable, also true. They are real. They are the kinds of women one might really see passing by a park bench in Florence. They have a kind of beauty that might not win big points on runways, but brings us all back to some of our most cherished memories, of family holidays, and cozy get-togethers.

There is something so genuine in that kind of beauty. It is refreshing to see a major fashion house choose a more subtle, everyday kind of beauty for their ad campaign. We have a long, long way to go before aging is considered as beautiful as it should be, but this might be a start.

It's true that much declines as we age. It's also true that so much of the beauty industry revolves around keeping us young forever. But guess what? It doesn't work. We can either age gracefully or fight it tooth and nail and end up looking worse anyway thanks to plastic surgeries, strange creams and injections galore.

Here are three grandmothers enjoying their lives, says Dolce & Gabbana. They haven't been botoxed to death or had six facelifts. Every line shows. Their hair is gray. They have laugh lines. They are beautiful. We need more of this.

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12 Things only women with freckles understand


1. Your friends use SPF 15. You use SPF 100.

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2. Sometimes you play connect the dots when you're bored.

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3. You've spent many a summer trying to remove them with lemon juice, only to spend two months a year smelling like a side salad for nothing.

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4. You're always referred to as "cute." You know, even though you're a grown-ass woman.

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5. Your BFF is also your dermatologist.

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6. You wear sunscreen... and a long-sleeve shirt... and a hat... just to check the mail.

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7. Your friends come to you for a diagnosis when they think they have skin cancer.

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8. When someone says you have food on your face... but it's really just your face.

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9. You don't use makeup brushes to apply foundation so much as a trowel.

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10. That thing where you end up with more freckles than skin.

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11. When someone says, "I have freckles too!" and they point to like, three. So you break their face.

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12. Every nickname you've ever been given are also names people give their pets.

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5 Great hacks to combat hair static


1. Moisturize

Static happens when two surfaces rub together and the electrons from one are transferred to the other. If that leads to a positive charge for both objects, the objects repel each other (thus the poof); if one is positive and one is negative, they attract (hence the oh-so-attractive static cling that attacks your clothes). Dryness exacerbates this rubbing, so if you can bring some moisture to the party that helps. One common suggestion is to switch to a hydrating shampoo, even if you typically wouldn't use one. Conditioning is also key to keeping things moist. And you can even hit the top of your head with a spray of water before putting on a hat.

2. Weigh it down

This only works if you have thick, coarse hair that can withstand — and even benefit from — a little extra slickness and weight. Leave-in conditioners, hair oil and so on keep the hair weighted down and theoretically, at least, keep it from flying up. If you have hair that's at all fine or thin, or gets lifeless and flat in dry winter air, stay away from this fix. In that case, hairspray will help keep your strands in line — you can even spray it on your brush before styling if you fear crunchy hair.

3. Block the charge

Interrupting the exchange of electrons between surfaces will cut down on staticky hair — and you don't need to go back to science class to figure this out. A few surprising things can help. For example, a silicone shine serum will stop the charge that causes static, and so will exchanging rubber shoes (which keep accumulating charge as you move around) for leather-soled shoes.

4. Treat your hair like you would your clothes

You know that using dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener cuts down on static cling in your clothes, right? Well, using it on your hair — carefully — can have the same effect. Use a dilution of one part fabric softener to 30 parts water and spray it on your hair if you're really suffering static attacks; you can also take a dryer sheet and rub it lightly on your hair. And hey, it will smell fresh and clean!

5. Break out the metal

Metal conducts electricity, and can help draw away the madly mixing electrons that are causing the problem. You can run a metal hanger over your hair (and under your clothes, too, if it's not just your hair that's suffering) to try to draw away the charge. Valerie Monroe, Oprah's beauty guru, also suggests wearing a metal thimble on your thumb; it's said to draw away the electricity before it can cause a shock.

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15 Things only girls with thin lips understand


Or you know, I could just be projecting.

Here are 15 more things you'll only understand if you too have a lackluster pout (in other words, it doesn't exist):

1. To do your makeup, you first have to spend 20 minutes finding your lips.

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2. You don't own one lip gloss that doesn't have some rendition of the word "plump" on the label.

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3. When your lips are chapped, they disappear entirely.

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4. The only time they looked all Angelina Jolie was when your little brother accidentally elbowed you in the face — and it was amazing.

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5. When you outline your lips with lip liner, you're done.

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6. The sales rep at Sephora always seems nervous when you walk in.

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7. When you pout, nothing changes.

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8. You've thought about injections, but knowing your luck this would happen:

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9. When you blot your lipstick, your lip print looks like an equals sign.

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10. When you bite your lip, you don't look sexy — you look constipated.

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11. Putting on lipstick means giving yourself a makeup mustache.

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12. You also don't bother checking to see whether it's on your teeth because it's totally on your teeth.

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13. The only lip gloss wand you can use for flawless coverage belongs to your 4-year-old niece.

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14. When a guy kisses you, it feels like there's a plunger on your face.

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15. Googling solutions for thin lips means finding more information on vaginal reconstruction surgery than you ever thought possible.

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8 Ways to make cheap jewelry look expensive


1. Ditch the statement necklace and replace it with a layered look

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How to make cheap jewelry to good 1

Here's the "statement" most statement necklaces are actually making: Look at me! I'm trying to impress you with my blindingly blue plastic lapis lazuli! Look at me! I look real, don't I? Don't I?! The truth is most of these gargantuan bib necklaces that were all the rage 10 years ago make us look like we're trying really hard, and no one is buying the myth that they cost anything more than a few dollars. A more interesting option is to purchase three or four small, but unique, amulets or stones and hang them on chains that vary in length. Everyone will want to get in closer for a better look.

2. Go for the gold

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How to make cheap jewelry to good 2

At some point the '90s silver jewelry became all the rage, possibly because the Winona Ryder in us was rebelling against all of that '80s Dynasty gaud. It's time to change our opinion of fake gold which, when used sparingly, can elevate an otherwise simple look. A rose-gold watch and matching gold stud earrings paired with a crisp white blouse, tailored pants and heels? Perfection.

3. Less is more

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How to make cheap jewelry to good 3

You wouldn't catch Kate Middleton rocking chandelier earrings, a rope necklace, an armful of bracelets and rings on every finger for this simple reason: There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Choose one feature you want to highlight — like a beautiful, bare neck — and let your prettiest chandelier earrings direct traffic.

4. Charms aren't always charming

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Maybe you have three children, a dog, a cat, adore tennis and want to wear a charm bracelet that represents every person and hobby you've ever loved in your entire life. Totally fine, but no one is going to mistake this busy accessory for expensive — and, believe us, we know some charm bracelets cost an arm and a leg. For a more sophisticated look, put your cute owl pendant in a drawer and consider a necklace that features faux pearls — one for every member of your family.

5. Consider your clothing

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How to make cheap jewelry to good 5

Your accessories are there to enhance your overall look. If you're wearing a ruffled blouse or a busy print, a simple chain necklace or strand of pearls will do the trick.

6. Avoid bad imitations like the plague


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There's only one Chanel. If you can't afford to splurge on earrings that feature those famous double C's, you're certainly not alone and it's not the end of the world. But instead of lusting after them and settling for imitation designer knock-offs, grab yourself a truly original pair of earrings and start your own trend.

7. Mix materials

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How to make cheap jewelry to good 7

There are few things more chic than a wrist that confidently displays two or three bracelets in interesting materials like metal, faux leather and wood.

8. Consider a brooch

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How to make cheap jewelry to good 8

Ladies who lunch know how to add polish to a simple sports jacket and jeans — they jazz it up with a jeweled brooch, the more ornate and interesting, the better. Once thought of as that accessory your grandmother wore, an inexpensive brooch adds just the right amount of oomph without going overboard and is more versatile than you think. Of course you can secure one to the lapel of your jacket, but you can also attach it to your necklace, bracelet or even your headband.

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Jennie Garth has inspiring, spot-on view towards beauty and aging


But as a beauty editor, it was my duty to refrain from asking her to let me move into her super chic Los Angeles home and be her best friend, but instead get her to dish all her beauty secrets. Hey, I'll take it!

If I could sum up what I learned from Garth about beauty routines: Be smart about it, don't obsess or take it too seriously but find products that work for you.

"There's so many products. It's hard to know where to go, what to choose. For me, it's about finding products that make my life easier and I see results from. Bottom line. I don't have any time for anything else that doesn't really work."

Amen. These days women are busy taking over the world so our routines have to be simple but effective. They've gotta make you feel like you're on top of your game without turning your beauty routine into an all-morning fiasco. Because, who wants all that drama anyway?

So, what product is at the top her list right now? "I just started using the Pantene Expert line, and the age defy thickening treatment is my favorite product ever. Anything that says age defy basically."

Garth also revealed that she stopped eating sugar, "I think that has been the key to everything."

Read more: The five steps to sugar rehab >>

SheKnows Expert Sarah Wilson, who hasn't consumed any sugar in two years, agrees, saying that even though we're biologically programmed to obsess over it, we have to learn to fight sugar cravings more often than not.

Garth also makes avocados a regular part of her diet, which can have tremendous effects on your hair and skin both by eating it and using to make your own moisturizing face mask.

If you eat clean and give your hair and body the nutrients they need on the inside, it affects everything on the outside. I don't know about you, but my goal is actually to never have to wear makeup again if I don't want to. While I love getting dressed up and feeling pretty, I love the having the freedom to skip my makeup routine and that starts with healthy skin.

Garth agrees, saying she feels much more empowered without makeup versus with it. "I wish I could walk around with no makeup, and I do a lot. I just feel prettier and more at ease."

Finally, Garth's single best piece of beauty advice:

"I think we settle into a place where we know what looks best [and] what looks are our best, and be really comfortable in that and not try to be outrageous. I think also with women less makeup is better as they get older. Less fussiness."

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Why calling out thigh gaps in ads hurts more than it helps


Now? Ask any random person and it's likely she'll tell you more about the space — or lack of space — between her thighs.

My 10-year-old niece knows what thigh gaps are. Yep, that's scary.

The whole explosion isn't because Urban Outfitters decided to photoshop a thigh gap into a woman modeling a pair of panties. It's because someone searches it out and creates a campaign against it that inevitably goes viral. Websites and news organizations cover the controversy ad nauseam and eventually everyone who pays even a little bit of attention finds out about it, including those impressionable people who correlate super-thin thighs with beauty.

Now, I'm not letting companies like UO off the hook, though. The "edgy" company has never been accused of making sound decisions (remember the blood-spattered Kent State sweatshirt?) and someone there needs to get their Photoshop privileges revoked, stat. But in reality, the number of people who'd actually stumble across the product shot is tiny compared to the thousands, or even millions, of people who are now exposed to it thanks to all of the conversation around it.

The focus needs to shift away from outrage over a company's lack of airbrushing skills to the importance of showing that hey, all bodies are different — and they're all beautiful. Some people have thigh gaps naturally so does that mean we need to be upset over their influence on others? No. We need to celebrate that all bodies are different and beautiful. Some people have thigh gaps, others don't... just like some people are tall and others aren't. We can't control our height, just as we really can't always control how our bodies are shaped.

Easier said than done, I know. But we know we're moving in the right direction when even Vogue embraces body acceptance.

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Target's new designer collaboration is very Jackie O

Lilly Pulitzer vintage shift dress

Lilly Pulitzer vintage shift dress

Now Target wants in on the preppy household name. The retailer announced their limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will hit stores April 2015. Yes, fashion is the main ingredient but they didn't stop there. The collaboration also includes designs for home goods like pillows and napkins and glassware.

We went straight to Instagram to take a sneak peek.

1. There's printed pants and there's preppy, lacy tops

Lilly Pulitzer for Target pants and top

Lilly Pulitzer for Target pants and top

And I really hope those beach towels grace shelves somewhere for me to accidentally discover the next time I run into Target to "just" pick up some shampoo.

2. Accessories? Check

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target accessories

Doesn't everything in this photo transport you to Palm Beach on a boat in the sunshine? You can smell the ocean, I just know it.

3. Can someone turn those dresses towards the camera?

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection

Something about these prints really does make me want orange juice.

4. It wouldn't be Target without swimsuits

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target swimwear

I really hope the line includes cool vintage one-pieces or high-waisted bikinis.

5. There's just as much metallic as there is neon

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target shoes

If I can only buy one single thing from the Lilly for Target collection, these gold toe flats will be it.

6. Pick a scarf, any scarf

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target scarves

Then pair it with your favorite basic dress, and you'll be Lilly-fied.

I just hope the fun collection has sizes for all. They've been known to slight the plus sizes, and that's one things we would change about Target.

For more teasers, follow Lilly for Target in Instagram.

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