The Easiest Morning Sunscreen Routine

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Scary fact: One person dies of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) nearly every hour, according to the American Cancer Society. Daily sun protection is as important as all the other basics to good health such as eating well, not smoking, and regular exercise.

Putting on sunscreen every morning doesn’t have to be an extra step. All I do is mix a generous squirt of SPF 30 sunscreen with a dime size drop of my favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, then slather it all over my face and down my neck. I actually love this routine because it makes my foundation look very sheer and natural and the sunscreen looks less shiny on my skin–it’s the best of both worlds.

My favorite sunscreen is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It’s water-resistant, broad-spectrum and feels extremely light on the skin.

Get A Haircut To Help The Gulf Coast!

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Watching the powers that be figure out how to clean up all the millions of gallons of oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf Coast is overwhelming and heartbreaking–but there is something YOU can do to help. Get a haircut! Human hair is being collected to create oil absorbing mats or “booms” that surround and contain as well as soak up oil slicks.

One of NYC’s top salons, SALON AKS (212.888.0707), is now collecting all of the chopped off hair that is usually swept into the trash and sending it to Matter of Trust, a nonprofit organization that is helping to mobilize hair donations from across the country. All hair lengths and textures are accepted, even color treated hair. The only requirement is that hair must be clean (which it is after a cut anyway).

If you don’t live in NYC, ask your local salon if they are participating in a similar Gulf Coast relief effort or encourage them to sign up with Matters of Trust. Every little snip helps!

Jennifer Lopez’s Beauty Secrets

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Ever wish you could glow like J.Lo? Well, meet the man behind her famous face. Celebrity makeup artist and glow man extraordinaire Scott Barnes recently threw a party to celebrate the launch of his new book, About Face. There to celebrate were some of his famous friends, including Miss Lopez herself, Christian Siriano, Kat De Luna, Kelly Rowland and Wendy Williams.

Barnes is famous for his ability to give women an inner light and in the book he shares some his trademark transformational secrets. One of our favorite beauty tips from Barnes has to do with sculpting. Before he puts anything else on–concealer, foundation, blush–he first enhances a woman’s facial bone structure with contouring and highlighting creams and powders. Most makeup artists will sculpt after they’ve put on your foundation and concealer, but Barnes swears that sculpting beforehand creates a gorgeous inner radiance that looks natural and ethereal. One look at Jennifer Lopez and we saw instantly what he meant!

Speaking of J.Lo, the megastar gave us the scoop on the best beauty tips she picked up from Barnes.

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“The number one beauty tip Scott has taught me is to stay out of the sun. We’ve always worked with bronzers and self-tanners instead. It’s been over 10 years now that Scott has been telling me to stay out of the sun and it has saved my skin.”

Jennifer also dished on one her favorite skin care products: Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream. It uses rose petal, rose hip and avocado to protect your skin from dryness and irritation and help seal in moisture and create the perfect canvas for your makeup.

J.Lo also added this praise: “The best thing about Scott is that when you sit in his chair, before he puts a stitch of makeup on you, he makes you feel like you’re the
most beautiful woman in the world.”

If you want to learn more of Scott’s insider secrets and unique tips, including how to create the looks of some of your favorite stars, check out About Face, on sale now.

Face Slimming Hairstyles

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Just like the perfect little black dress can make your body look sleeker, a flattering hairstyle can take pounds off of your appearance. On the flip side, the wrong hairstyle can add unwanted to weight to your face. It boils down to simply knowing how to minimize a round face shape or wide cheeks and how to bring out your eyes and lips. There are only three simple steps to finding the most flattering face slimming hairstyle.

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1. Try a side part. A side part allows you to sweep bangs or long face-framing pieces diagonally over your face, which breaks up a round face shape. This style can also bring out your cheekbones.

2. Your hair length should at least skim the shoulders. A cut that is around shoulder length or slightly longer creates the illusion of a longer, leaner face. Short cuts aren’t a good option because they can add more width to an already full face shape.

3. Play with layers. Layers around nape level can help minimize a double chin and give more definition to the shoulder area. If you have fine hair, layers will also give it a body boost. But make sure you don’t get layers that are shorter than chin length, which could add an unflattering wideness to your face.

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Katy Perry Bridal Hairstyles

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Katy Perry may have kissed a girl (and liked it), but the sultry songbird is now betrothed to British funny man Russell Brand. She is quite the style chameleon: In the past year, the blue-eyed brunette experimented with bangs, retro waves, bobs and updos with reckless abandon. So when we heard about her recent engagement, we couldn’t resist giving her a bridal-specific makeover. Here, our favorite looks for Katy impending nuptials:

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We loved Rose Byrne‘s sparkly barrette she rocked to anchor her side-parted Old Hollywood waves. Katy loves a side-part and would be able to pull off a little dazzle against her canvas of deep black tresses.

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Teri Hatcher‘s sleek side-parted side-bun is a bridal win as well. We love it for its subtle chicness.

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A ’20s finger-waved do like Kim Kardashian’s would appeal to Katy’s retro yet edgy sensibility. Bonus: This updo would provide ample hold during what will no doubt be a night of dancing and mayhem.

Which one do you like best?

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Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Top 10 Makeup Brushes To Complete Your Collection

Our pals at StyleCaster have compiled a list of the 10 best brushes on the market right now to complete your set.

With any art form, the results are always more precise and easier to achieve when you have the right tools at your disposal. Doing your makeup is no different. You can, of course, choose to apply any old powders or liquids with your fingers, but this won’t always lead to the most precise application. Using the proper brushes will drastically improve the final appearance of your look, not to mention the accuracy of the application.

There are a million different makeup brushes out on the market at the moment, but due to the recession, most of us would rather spend our hard earned cash on new products rather than a whole new set of application brushes. We know the feeling. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best brushes on the market right now that will put an end to your search for the perfect one, so you can complete your set and go back to stocking up on the latest mascars and foundations instead.

1 & 2: Make Up Forever HD Kabuki Brush and Benefit Cosmetics Bluff Puff

Make Up Forever’s nylon brush was designed to brush loose powder over your face — and the soft bristles are great for sensitive skin. For mineral makeup users, this is a must-have as it’s great at spreading a fine veil of powder. (Make Up Forever HD Kabuki Brush, $40, at sephora.com).

Benefit’s bronzing brush perfectly applies bronzer to your face, neck, and decollatage. The large head and soft, natural bristles help to evenly apply the bronzer. The short brush is also great–stash it in your bag for a quick pick-me-up during the day! (Benefit Cosmetics Bluff Puff, $22, at ulta.com).

3 & 4: Sue Devitt Blush Brush and e.l.f. Studio Brush Collection Small Smudge Brush

Sue Devitt’s blush brush is extremely soft, and made from fine pony hair. Because of the narrow head you get more control in application. Finely apply blush where you want on your cheek, and layer on as needed. (Sue Devitt Blush Brush, $50, at suedevittbeauty.com).

e.l.f.’s Taklon smudge brush creates a detailed color application and is perfect for blending eyeliner and shadow. The small tip is great for creating smoky eyes and for filling in eyebrows. (e.l.f. Studio Brush Collection Small Smudge Brush, $3, at eyeslipsface.com).

5 & 6: Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush and Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Contour Eye Shadow Brush

The perfect eyeliner brush is one with a fine tip and tightly packed bristles, which is exactly what this brush by Bobbi Brown boasts. The bristles help to create a flawless line (with your steady hand of course) and the long tapered brush helps for a precise application. (Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, $25, at bobbibrowncosmetics.com).

This contour eye shadow brush in the Bare Minerals collection is by far one of our favorite shadow brushes to hit our desks. The contoured edge helps to blend shadow smoothly and effortlessly against the crease and can also be used for highlighting. It makes applying shadow easy — and it’s great for attempting a bold smoky eye! The brush will be available in the “I Love Be” kit on QVC this week, along with many other amazing products. (Bare Escentuals Bare
Minerals Contour Eye Shadow Brush, available in the “I Love Be” set on QVC.com now.)

7 & 8: Trish McEvoy #23 Angled Contour Brush and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

Trish McEvoy’s eyeshadow brush is meant for applying shadow to the crease of your eye. Apply the base eye color with the flat side of the brush and use the angled tip to contour in the crease. (Trish McEvoy #23 Angled Contour Brush, $32, at trishmcevoy.com).

Laura Mercier’s brush is perfect for hiding all of those blemishes or discolored areas that you don’t want anyone to see. The angled tip can fit right up into the corner of your eye, next to your nose, and anywhere else you may need to cover up. (Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush, $26, at lauramercier.com).

9 & 10:  Smashbox Angle Brow Brush and M.A.C. 316 Lip Brush

Smashbox’s stiff bristled brush is angled to help you create the perfect brow. You can use it with wax or powder — simply dip the brush in either and stipple in. (Smashbox Angled Brow Brush, $20, at smashbox.com).

A brush with multiple functions is always a winner on our list. M.A.C.’s 316 Lip Brush is made with firm fibres to give you controlled precision for applying lip color, but can also be used for eyeliner — the choice is yours. (M.A.C. 316 Lip Brush, $19.50, at maccosmetics.com)

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Which Valentine’s Day Makeup Item Is Right For You?

Whether or not you’re the girl who has reservations for February 14th in July and spends hours daily on the DeBeers website designing her own heart-shaped ring, you can still embrace the spirit of cupid in these festively colored items for Valentine’s Day. The traditional V-Day shades make everyone, regardless of skin tone (target of cupid or not) look pretty, well rested and aglow. Here, a selection of our favorite pretty pinks and romantic reds.

LIPS

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NARS Lip Gloss in Easy Lover ($24)

This sheer hot pink gloss is uber glossy and perfect for kissing.

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick LOVE ($20)

If this isn’t V-day ready, We don’t know what is. Estee Lauder’s smooth gliding, hydrating lip color is etched with the word “Love” on the stick itself.

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Paramour ($22)

We love the hydration this special shade of sheer red provides. Bonus: It doubles as a cream blush under foundation for a lit-from-within glow.

Stila Yumberry Crush Lip And Cheek Stain ($24)

Stila’s latest shimmery crush incarnation yields a pin-up gal glow and boasts the unique bonus of looking just as beautiful on lips as it does on cheeks.

Shiseido Luminizing Lip Gloss in PK406 ($22)

Makeup maven Dick Page created this gem as part of Shiseido’s new spring line. It’s deceptively moisturizing and imparts a light shimmery pink hue.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain Pencil with LipSurgence in Lust ($24)
This genius pencil stain yields the slightest bit of gloss and hydrates like a dream. It claims to increase hydration by 6,000%. We’d say it does by 5,999%.

CHEEKS

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Le Metier de Beaute Blush in Poppy
This peachy pink sheer cream blush smooths on easily and yields a believable warm tint.

Guerlain Blush Eclat in Cherry Blossom ($49)

Guerlain’s gorgeous palette in varying shades of peach, rose and carnation pink imparts a subtle but visible glow.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Carved Rose ($32)

This sugary powder blush will tickle you pink and provide buildable color.

Three Custom Color Morning After Creme to Powder Blush ($22.50)

This cream blush morphs into a hot Miami coral once it’s on your skin for a caught in the act hue à la Blanche Devereux.

NAILS

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Pink Flamenco ($8)

If the weather’s not warm, this sexy pink will bring a flamenco dancer vibe to the beauty story you’re telling.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Racey Rouge ($5)

This rich ’50s red polish dries in no time, so you can paint it on and then dip into your chocolates with no smudging.

CND Indian Rhubarb ($9)

CND’s iteration is a deep, classic red that dries to a glossy finish and lasts a full week.

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Britney Spears’ New Brunette Hair Color

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One of the most exciting parts of the Grammys (at least for me) was seeing Britney Spears hit the red carpet. That’s right, I’m not ashamed to say it, I’m on Team Britney. Her bubblegum pop glory days in the late 90′s and early 00′s were ones I secretly relished. Her performance at the VMA’s with that snake? Priceless.

Unfortunately it’s been a rough and rocky road for poor Brit Brit since those days, but when I saw her at the Grammy awards looking reasonably well put-together and in control, I started to get hopeful that maybe 2010 would be the year Britney finally nails that comeback.

What really caught my attention wasn’t her see-through dress (that hot mess is a whole other story), but her new brunette hair color. Maybe it’s because she’s been running around sporting bleached, fried-out extensions as of late, but I really liked the chestnut color and caramel highlights. It looked shiny, lush and healthy instead of straw-like and bland.

Celebrity colorist extraordinaire Rita Hazan politely disagrees with me. She thinks Britney looked better with her golden blonde locks from back in the day. “Blonde works better with her pale skin and makes her look happy and young. [This brunette] is not a good fit because it makes her look matronly and older,” she says.

What do you think, do you like Britney better as a blonde or a brunette? Tell us in the comments!

Celebrity Hair Heist: Anna Kendrick

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With her recent Oscar nomination, Anna Kendrick has cemented her position as the latest Hollywood It Girl. In addition to holding her own alongside George Clooney in Up In The Air and stealing scenes from her star-crossed co-stars in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the talented actress is also blessed with gorgeous good looks, a sassy sense of humor and a to-die-for lineup of red carpet gowns at her fingertips.

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Anna has a terrific sense of style, so we expect the young star to really bring it on the red carpet. Instead we’ve seen the same array of wide-eyed ingenue looks: Softly tendriled updos, shimmery eye makeup and rosy lips.

Yawn.

With the Oscars looming, we thought we’d give Anna a red carpet makeover to try and help her wow on her big night. We put her photo in the Makeover Studio to try on a few looks that we think will give her a bit more of a beauty oomph.

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We love Kate Hudson‘s glam lob on Anna because it looks sophisticated and chic, but has an air of youthfulness to it that keeps it from looking old-fashioned. And since it’s just an amped up version of her current style, it would be easy for her to adopt without feeling uncomfortable.

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The tousled layered look is an old standby for many up-and-coming starlets and for good reason: The style works on almost every face shape and adds instant sex appeal. We’d like to see Anna show off her sultry side with a boudoir-inspired coif like Jennifer Aniston‘s. She may be an Oscar nominee, but that doesn’t mean she can’t cut loose and let her hair down.

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If Anna really wanted to step up her game on the Oscars red carpet, we think Mary Elizabeth Winstead‘s über-trendy bob would be a good place to start. The short style is equal parts edgy and sleek and will help her shed her “pretty” reputation in favor of a more fashion-forward, avant-garde persona. Hey, it worked for Rihanna

Which look do you think looks best on Anna? Tell us in the comments!

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Top Beauty Trends At The Grammys

Stunning songbirds rocked the stage at last night’s Grammy Awards. From Britney Spears’ new brunette look to Lady Gaga’s bright pink lip, we scooped tons of beauty trends ruling the red carpet.

Metallic Eye Shadow

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Metallic shadow is perfect for awards season as it’s a subtle way to insinuate a star is ready for the physical award of the same hue. It also lends a festive vibe that’s suited for post-holiday chillier weather, no? Jennifer Hudson went for the gold with her eye shadow, offset by a bright pink lip and new blunt bangs. Nicole Kidman went for a cooler vibe with tinsel-colored shadow and a berry lip, while Mary J. Blige told a very glamorous beauty story via golden eyes as well, contoured cheeks and a cropped coif.

Shocking Pink Lip

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The Barbie pink lip is no doubt the result of a resurgence of the pin-up pretty look we’ve seen grace the red carpets throughout award season. With minimal eye makeup and low-key hair, it packs a powerful beauty punch while giving ladies that retro, Benefit Cosmetics packaging vibe. Katy Perry is no stranger to the bright matte pink lip, pairing it with her signature dusky locks and Betty Page bangs. Jennifer Hudson’s pout popped in an electric pink shade and spotlight stealer Lady Gaga‘s pink lip stood out against her simply-colored (though admittedly, not simply styled) solar system dress.

Casual, Flowing Waves

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This was a slight change of pace from the typical beachy waves and retro finger waves we see at awards shows. Naturally, the Grammys are a time to let loose and allow your inner rock star to break free, so Miley Cyrus did exactly that. The teen sensation boasted slightly off-center parted free-flowing undone waves complimented by a soft smokey eye and a light pink lip. Marisa Miller rocked a variation of Miley’s look, but added a bit of Brigitte Bardot bringin’-it-from-the-boudoir sexiness to the equation. An even more mussed take on the look was newcomer Ke$ha who paired her voluminous messy waves with an eye makeup concept cribbed straight from Jem (of And The Holograms fame). Lastly, Britney Spears premiered her new dusky brunette locks in the form of side-parted, flowing waves.

What were your favorite looks at last night’s Grammy awards?

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Buy Beauty, Help Haiti

The post-earthquake devastation in Haiti is heartbreaking. If you haven’t donated yet via one of the many organizations dedicated to helping the country, why not stock up on your favorite Talika, Bliss and Josie Maran products and donate at the same time?

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For every online purchase at www.talika.com between February 1 and April 30, $1 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders to aid in Haiti’s Disaster Relief.

Bliss

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Now through March 31, Bliss will be donating 75% of the purchase prices of their glamour gloves and softening socks to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of relief efforts in Haiti. Additionally, spa guests can make a $1 contribution to support the fund.

Josie Maran

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Natural beauty brand Josie Maran will be donating 50% of proceeds from sales made on www.josiemarancosmetics.com until January 31 to the American Red Cross.

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How to Cure Dry Winter Hair (Plus Get a Great New Hairstyle)

Stylist Melissa Aguerre of Cutler Salon spills some tips to our friends at StyleCaster on locking moisture into hair during the drying winter weather.

How to Cure Dry Winter Hair (Plus Get a Great New Style)

The cold winter weather wreaks havoc on many things including our skin, lips, nails — even our
hair. Whirling winds not only destroy our hairstyles, causing an
irreparable frizzy mess (and let’s not even get started on static), but it can also dry out our locks, causing dandruff to rear its ugly head.

To
combat the dryness, stylist Melissa Aguerre of Cutler Salon recommends
giving the ends of your hair regular olive oil treatments. Using olive
oil from the store and putting it into your hair mid-shaft through to
the ends will help seal in much-needed moisture. Throw on a showercap
and sleep with the oil in your locks overnight for a restorative
effect. Aguerre also suggests washing your hair less frequently during
the winter to help keep natural oils in place. We suggest accessorizing
your ‘do to draw attention away from your slightly dirtier locks.
Below, Aguerre gives a step-by-step guide on how to style your hair so
that no one will ever notice you’ve skipped out on the shampoo.

Step 1:

This
style is easier to create on dirtier hair a day or two after you’ve
washed it, or even a day after a blowout. Begin by brushing the hair
and then lightly blow dry your locks to smooth out ends.

Step 2:

For
this look, your ponytail and part are going to be on the same side.
Pick which side you want the ponytail to fall on and part your hair
accordingly. If you’re going for a sleeker look, we recommend a deep,
straight part; for a looser, more summery ‘do, try a messy or
zig-zagged part.

Step 3:

Take
small sections of hair starting at the top of your head, and lightly
backcomb while working your way down. With either a tail comb or a thin
paddle brush, start backcombing at the root of the hair until about
mid-shaft. Backcombing the hair keeps the smaller pieces from falling
out of the ponytail and lifts the hair  away from the head a bit to
balance out the look.

Step 4:

After
you’ve lightly teased the hair, gently brush or comb it where you want
your ponytail to sit. We recommend positioning the ponytail behind the
ear or at the base of the hairline. Secure with an elastic.

Step 5:

After
you’ve secured your ponytail, flip your tail comb over. Using the
pointy side of the comb, go in around the parietal ridge and gently
loosen the hair so it doesn’t lay so flat against the head. Lightly
cover the head with Redken 09 Workforce (Redken.com for salons) hairspray.

Step 6:

Now you’re ready to finish the look by adding a cute hair accessory of choice. If you have a headband with an asymmetrical detail (like a
feather or bow), place the detail on the same side as the part and the
ponytail.

Contributed by: Rachel Adler

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Let’s be real with each other: In the winter, you’re donning a puffy coat, wool, tights if you’re trying to be remotely attractive and long sleeves. The only sexy ammo you’ve GOT is your scent. That’s why the Beauty Bloggerati have rounded up their favorite wintertime scents to get you through the doldrums of the longest season the eastern seaboard experiences. Here, the top ten winter scents.

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1. My all time favorite fragrance for winter is Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily. I happened upon this fragrance by accident at the Jo Counter at Bergdorf’s and I will never look back! It is nothing like I’ve ever smelled before! It’s soft and spicy all in one. Also it’s pretty popular with the men. Whenever I wear it guys always compliment how I smell.–These Lips Were Made For Glossin’

2. Tom Ford’s Private Blend Tobacco Vanille is my favorite. I’m addicted to anything vanilla, but the smokiness of the tobacco mixed in gives this scent a unique rich scent.–All About The Pretty

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3. Dior Hypnotic Poison is a college-era standby I’ve “re-released” that must only be worn in icy climes. HP and I began our love affair in blustery Boston and I actually thought the frigid winters of New York weren’t quite COLD enough for this toasty blend of vanilla, bitter almond, caraway spice and cinnamon. This season proved me wrong.–Beauty Blogging Junkie

4. I would definitely say it’s Donna Karan Gold. The scent is warm and spicy and seductive, without being too heavy or cloying. it makes me feel all heated up just thinking about it. –Beauty On A Dime

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5. I have an insatiable appetite for all things vanilla, and am a big fan of Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Vanille Abricot Eau de Toilette. With a delicious blend of apricot, jackfruit, papaya, Tahitian vanilla, and sugar candy…it’s vanilla with a lil’ extra sumthin’ sumthin’.–Spoiled Pretty

6. My favorite winter scent isn’t a traditional perfume, per se. It’s the lush scent of the Moroccan Oil I use in my hair. Its unique, musky scent is perfect for cold nights!–Hair Thursday

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9. I wear Narciso Rodriguez for Her, because it’s spicy and powdery at the same time and surprises me the way it mellows on my skin. Technically it’s a combo of honey flower, radiant amber, and tactile wood.–Jet Set Girls

10. My favorite cologne is Terre d’Hermes, which is a great earthy fragrance that compliments the winter season with notes of cedar, grapefruit, and patchouli.–Beyond Beauty Basics

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Sundance Sightings At The L’Oreal Paris Beauty Suite

Though the general aesthetic of the Sundance Film Festival revolves around boots with the fur, jeans and puffy coats, the stars who frequented the L’Oreal Paris beauty suite still managed to look put together. Natural makeup was the trend as it seems bordering on insanity to pile on pounds of makeup to complement your leggings and thermal get-up. Right? Here’s a list of some of the celebrity highlights of the weekend:

Kate Mara

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Kate Mara showed up rocking a sparkly hat, a maroon sweater, jeans and tall brown boots. She looked chic in a creamy neutral pink lip.

Amanda Peet

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Amanda Peet looked natural with a bit of brow definition and light makeup. Said pregnant Peet, “OMG, I’m so excited right now, you don’t even know!” after receiving her gift bag of L’Oreal Paris treats.

Parker Posey

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Parker Posey was wearing an ankle length plaid skirt and boasted a supercute crop with bangs. She joked that she wanted to take home the L’Oreal Paris-branded pillows that adorned the suite.

Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning embraced the sparkly hat trend and looked elegant with long, straight blonde locks and natural makeup with lotsa lashes.

Josh Radnor

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This sighting changed up the situation from Sundance to Fundance. My crush on him doubled when I saw him drinking a coffee with adorably mussed hair.

Ben Affleck

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Having Ben Affleck in my “dance space” pretty much made my decade. Not to be dramatic, but it was actually in the top three moments of my life. The L’Oreal Paris gals and I discussed him ad nauseum the rest of the day.

Jonah Hill

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Jonah Hill definitely brought the vibe of the suite up a notch. He was cracking jokes with his fellow castmates before heading up the stairs to his shoot.

James Franco

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James Franco looked deliciously disheveled, as only he knows how. Said a fellow suite squatter, “I wouldn’t mind rolling out of the other side of the bed he clearly just rolled out of.” She has a point.

Dax Shephard

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Dax Shephard asked to get powdered up at the L’Oreal Paris makeup station before his shoot. “Feel free to make my nose look smaller,” Shephard quipped.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Sultry At Sundance: Marguerite Moreau

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Marguerite Moreau stopped by the Entertainment Weekly suite with a few members of the cast of her film Douchebag, which premiered the night before at Sundance. Moreau took advantage of the L’Oreal Paris hair station and went for some flat iron action with L’Oreal Paris hairstylist Vanessa. Vanessa flat ironed small sections of the hair with a one-inch iron, then applied a pea-sized amount of L’Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Style Smooth Gloss Serum.

Vanessa shared this hair tip to keep your hair from looking over-saturated with product: “Always apply serum just above the ears and work your way down. Never put it too close to your scalp.”

Sultry at Sundance: Katie Aselton

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Katie Aselton has devastatingly gorgeous hair. She came to the suite for a quick makeover before getting photographed with her fellow cast members for her movie Cyrus. Reported Aselton, “I’m super-addicted to Skyn ICELAND products right now. I like the eye gels and the brand’s Nordic Skin Peel.”

Katie shared an un-beauty related, but just as vital tip for looking awake: “Coke out of a can and chug that stuff down. If I had more secrets, I’d prob look better right now!” We thought she looked fabulous and asked about who cuts her hair. Said Aselton, “I go to The Hive in LA to my stylist Jeremy Clarke. I’m obsessed with him!” L’Oreal makeup artist Tiffany used a bit of L’Oreal True Match concealer and True Match Roller Perfecting Roll On Foundation for a dewy look, and L’Oreal Colour Juice gloss in peaches and cream.

Katie also stopped by the L’Oreal Paris hair station for a hair touch-up. Stylist Vanessa gave her big waves a quick brush-through to loosen them before using a fine-toothed comb horizontally to maintain the S-shape of the waves. She then flat ironed a bit around the face.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Top Beauty Trends At The SAG Awards

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The ladies of Nine, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman
and Penelope Cruz, bring the sexy to the SAG’s.
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The award show season is officially upon us, which means gorgeous gowns and trendsetting beauty looks are de riguer on the red carpet. The Golden Globes set the bar pretty high, but the the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, which were held on Saturday, took the glam factor to the max. From the ladies of Nine, shown above, to the rest of Hollywood’s elite, the hairstyles and makeup effects were off the gorgeous charts. Here, our favorite trends:

Old Hollywood Glamour

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They say true glamour never goes out of style and in the case of Diane Kruger, Anna Kendrick and Marion Cotillard, this couldn’t be more true. Each of these stunning stars opted for retro, old-school Hollywood vibe, which meant classic, structured updo’s, seriously smoky eyes, lots of lashes and a strong lip look. We think Diane stole the show with her creamy red lip, porcelain skin and sleek hairstyle, but bright-eyed newcomer Anna and French siren Marion were also red carpet standouts with their bold, colorful eyeshadow and side-parted ‘dos.

Soft & Chic

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Who knew simplicity could be this gorgeous? Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore and Kyra Sedgwick decided to leave the theatrics at home, opting instead to sport soft, elegant updos and chic, understated makeup. Kyra’s rose lips and loose hairstyle were equal parts age-appropriate and amazing, but it was Kate and Drew’s nude lips, subtle flushes and swept-away hairstyles that had us screaming ecstatically at our TV’s. The combination of modern chicness with romantic softness created the perfect onscreen pair.

Sexy Drama

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From left, Deborah Ann Woll, Penelope Cruz and Michelle Monaghan Photos: © Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

It wouldn’t be an awards show without a few bombshell beauties. Penelope Cruz, Deborah Ann Woll and Michelle Monaghan were a certifiable trio of temptresses on the red carpet. All three chose to dramatically sweep their hair to the side, creating a glamorous, statement hairstyle that was equal parts strong and sexy. Combine that with defined eyes, lustrous waves and luscious pouts, and these stars got our vote for the sultry sirens of the SAG’s.

What were your favorite red carpet looks from the SAG Awards?

Sultry At Sundance: Michelle Krusiec

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When Michelle Krusiec walked into the Entertainment Weekly lounge, I instantly recognized her from What Happens In Vegas, in which she played Cameron Diaz’s cattily competitive co-worker. It turns out art does not imitate life: She was super friendly. Michelle was at Sundance to promote her film Homewrecker which aired the night before. She got a mini-makeover at the suite, courtesy of L’Oreal’s on-site makeup artist Brandy. Brandy used:

  • L’Oreal HIP Color Presso Gloss in Chic 280
  • L’Oreal True Match Blush in W 7-8 Soft Sun
  • L’Oreal HIP Duo Shadow in Sassy
  • L’Oreal HIP Duo Shadow in Platinum
  • L’Oreal HIP Cream Liner in Black

Brandy recommends blending the sparkly black side of the Platinum duo over top of the Cream Liner for a sexy, smoky effect. Michelle provided her own beauty tip as well: “I love to wear false lashes. I apply individual ones criss-crossed over each other so that it looks more natural.”

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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