The New Must-Try Minx Manicure

Minx Nails

Check out this brand new manicure called Minx. It’s not regular nail polish, but these extremely thin film-like stickers that make your nails look like they were dipped in liquid metal. You have to go to a pro to the Minx, and we went to one of NYC’s top manicurists,  Honey. She’s on the speed dial of celebrities and has been dishing out Minx jobs since it first came on to the nail scene a few months ago. Now, bling-loving stars like Beyonce are rockin’ this metallic nail look on stage–and this summer, I guarantee that you’ll see it on the fingers and toes of your most adventurous beauty junkie friends.

We have more details about this trend coming up in our summer beauty feature launching later this month, but wanted to give you a sneak peek first.

Stay tuned!

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A Confidence Boost for Susan Boyle?

OK, everyone is still buzzing about the prospect of a Susan Boyle makeover–including us! Already there are photos of wearing a sleek leather jacket, cute wrap dress and most recently–with groomed eyebrows. Maybe she was inspired by our virtual makeover?

Susan Boyle makeover

It’s inevitable that Susan Boyle will in some way, big or small, get a makeover. Who wouldn’t take it up a notch if you knew the entire world is looking at you? And there are more benefits to getting a makeover than just looking good.

The Susan Boyle makeover debate spurred us to poll our viewers to see what they think. Over 500 women responded and three quarters of them think she should get a makeover. But, they also said that a makeover wouldn’t detract from who she is. Bravo! I agree with this because a makeover should never change who you are. 

And there’s another benefit of getting a makeover: feeling more confident. 95 percent of the respondents said when you feel good about how you look, you look better and stand taller. Extra self-confidence is something anyone could use when they are unexpectedly in the spotlight.

Here are some other survey highlights:

• Reasons to have makeover: increase confidence (34%); just for fun (23%); look special for a special occasion (15%); update for seasonal trends (14%); become more beautiful (12%).

• Half of the respondents liked their overall appearance, but would welcome some makeover advice. When asked which services they would like to have done during a makeover, haircut/hairstyles ranked as the number one choice (27%), followed by makeup (26%), clothing advice (24%) and hair color (25%).

• Having a makeover doesn’t come without reservations. The two scariest things: letting someone change their haircut or color (47%) and the reaction of friends (25%).

• Nearly all (90%) of the respondents said they would like to try on their new look before they commit to it. Feeling like you want to try out a makeover? Head to our MakeoverStudio to give yourself a free virtual makeover right now.

Madonna’s Dishy Eyes

W Madonna Cover

Did you get a chance to check out the March issue of W? The cover story Blame It On Rio featured Madonna hanging out with a bunch of hot Brazilian boys (including her current boyfriend) in a hotel.

Dark, sooty smoky shadow is usually what comes to mind when you think of sexy, bedroom eyes. But Madonna’s makeup artist Gina Brooke took a really fresh approach and kept her lids totally bare. “I actually just put a little bit of Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil on her lids to get that reflective shine,” explains Gina. I think the look is totally sexy and a refreshing change from the predictable black eye.

Madonna with her boy toys

Fashion Week Model Makeovers

Model Morphosis before after makeup looks from

Photo: Greg Kessler

Check out this cool feature from the New York Times that shows how models went from natural to totally glammed out during Fall Winter 2009 Fashion Week. Just move the slider from left to right and you’ll instantly see the transformation. It’s super cool!

Want more Fall Winter 2009 Fashion Week beauty news? Read our Backstage Blog, try on the hottest hairstyles from the runway, or check out our full coverage.

Top 10 Red Carpet Beauty Trends

We scoped the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and the Oscars for the hottest hair and makeup trends. Here are our favorites, and you can try on these looks in the 2009 Red Carpet Recap 1-Click Looks.

1. The Classic Updo and Red Lip Combo
It’s hard to go wrong with neatly pulled back hair and a defined red lip. This duo looks sophisticated and fresh on gold-winner Kate Winslet and Diane Lane.

Kate Winslet and Diane Lane

Kate Winslet and Diane Lane   Credits: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.; Jeff Vespa/

2. Big Bodacious Curls
High-volume curls meet high style on Viola Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Viola Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker

Viola Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker   Credits: © John Shearer/; Steve Granitz/

3. Old Hollywood Beauty
Elizabeth Banks channels Lauren Bacall while Drew Barrymore does her best Marilyn Monroe.

Elizabeth Banks and Drew Barrymore

Elizabeth Banks and Drew Barrymore   Credits: © Steve Granitz/; Vince Bucci/

4. Sexy Side Parts
Long, flowy hair with a deep side parts looks young, sexy and modern on Alicia Keys and Amanda Seyfried.

Alicia Keys and Amanda Seyfried

Alicia Keys and Amanda Seyfried   Credits: © Steve Granitz/; John Shearer/

5. Colorful Shadows
Natalie Portman played up her brown eyes with purple shadow. Reese Witherspoon paired her baby blues with blue shadow.

Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon

Natalie Portman   Credits: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.; George Pimentel/

6. High Hairdos
Get our your comb! The extra teasing on Jennifer Morrison‘s and Angelina Jolie‘s hairstyles inflate the glam factor.

Jennifer Morrison and Angelina Jolie

Jennifer Morrison and Angelina Jolie   Credits: © Steve Granitz/; Steve Granitz/

7. Loose Updos
Face-framing pieces and undone texture make Marisa Tomei‘s and Vanessa Hudgens‘ updos look flattering and feminine.

Marisa Tomei and Vanessa Hudgens

Marisa Tomei and Vanessa Hudgens   Credits: © Lester Cohen/; Steve Granitz/

8. Defined Black Liner
Hayden Panettiere and Taraji Henson make their eyes stand out with black liner.

Hayden Panettiere and Taraji Henson

Hayden Panettiere and Taraji Henson   Credits: © Steve Granitz/; Jeff Vespa/

9. Tousled Half-Up Hairstyles
Pulling the upper portion of your hair back like Jessica Biel or Melissa George is a simple way to show off your face, but still have some sexy length in back.

Jessica Biel or Melissa George

Jessica Biel or Melissa George    Credits: © Steve Granitz/; John Shearer/

10. Casual Chic
Some stars went low key. Cameron Diaz went for everyday wavy hair while Jennifer Aniston gave her red carpet look a beachy twist with a braid and lots of bronzer.

Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston

Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston   Credits: © Vince Bucci/; Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Try on Red Carpet hair and makeup looks in just one click! Go to 2009 Red Carpet Recap.

Red Carpet Star Makeovers

Check out how these stars got glammed up for the 2009 Red Carpet season and tell us what you think.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet - Red Carpet Makeover

Kate goes for long blond waves and natural makeup.
Photo: © Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd.

Red Carpet After
Kate looks sophisticated and polished with red lips and a soft updo.
Photo: © Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore - Red Carpet Makeover

Long tousled hair and barely-there makeup gives Drew a low-key look.

Red Carpet After
Drew does her best Marilyn Monroe.
Photo: © Vince Bucci/

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere - Red Carpet Makeover

Hayden spots a cropped bob with lots of gray shadow and bronzy blush.
Photo: © Andy Fossum/

Red Carpet After
Hayden gets glam with lush curls and sexy black liner.
Photo: © Steve Granitz/

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys - Red Carpet Makeover

Alicia goes all-natural with bouncy curls and nude makeup.
Photo: © RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Red Carpet After
Alicia gets glam with a deep side part and berry lips.
Photo: © Steve Granitz/

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison - Red Carpet Makeover

Jennifer Jennifer leaves lots of curly, slinky bits fall out from her updo.
Photo: © RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Red Carpet After
Jennifer goes for a smoothed out high-volume updo.
Photo: © Steve Granitz/

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker - Red Carpet Makeover

Sarah goes for extra-long lush hair and smokey eyes.
Photo: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Red Carpet After
Sarah walks the red carpet with big, bouncy glossy curls.
Photo: © Steve Granitz/

Free Daily Giveaways At Beauty Blitz


Just want to make sure you are in the loop of the awesome full-size beauty products that are being given away every day at They post a new product daily that’s up for grabs in the Free Style section–just click on it to enter and, hopefully, win. Good luck!

Editor’s Picks: Go for the Gold

The Oscars are near and we’ve got gold fever. Here, our favorite gilded goodies.

Essie  Love Beverly Hills xx

Essie Love, Beverly Hills xx

Review: This nail polish captures the essence of the bling neighborhood perfectly –it’s a rich red hue with a golden sheen, courtesy of real 24K gold, that complements every skin tone.
Price: $18
Where to Buy: Essie

Marc Jacobs Daisy Glitter Gel Rollerball

Marc Jacobs Daisy Glitter Gel Rollerball

Review: Roll this glittery gel fragrance on your décolleté to give yourself a subtle glistening glow and score the seductive scent of violet, ruby red grapefruit, wild strawberry, jasmine, gardenia, musk and vanilla.
Price: $25
Where to Buy: Nordstrom

Ted Gibson Individual Color Conditioner in Glimmering Gold

Ted Gibson Individual Color Conditioner in Glimmering Gold

Review: Formulated for light to medium blonde hair, this gilt moisturizer enhances natural gold and honey tones. Wild orchid conditions the scalp and soy proteins, mango, ginkgo biloba, vitamin E and silk proteins give strands strength, protection, moisture and shine.
Price: $36
Where to Buy: Ted Gibson Beauty

Chantecaille Bengal Bronzer

Chantecaille Bengal Bronzer

Review: Give animal magnetism a whole new meaning with this dazzling bronze, gold and platinum tiger powder. It contains coated pearls for a slight iridescence that warms up even the coldest complexion.
Price: $85
Where to Buy: Space NK

Michael Kors Leg Shine

Michael Kors Leg Shine

Review:Swipe this savvy little stick on pasty legs to transform them into a great set of shimmery stems. The glimmering makeup comes in a complexion-flattering golden tan shade and has subtle scents of tuberose, spices and incense so legs look and smell their best.
Price: $32
Where to Buy: Sephora

LaRocca Skincare 24K Gold Moisture

LaRocca Skincare 24K Gold Moisture

Review:Forget hope in a jar, try gold in a bottle. This anti-aging moisturizer features 24K colloidal gold combined with stabilized vitamin C and fulvic and hyaluronic acids to hydrate, firm and revitalize your skin.
Price: $125

CoverGirl Exact EyeLights Mascara in Black Gold

CoverGirl Exact EyeLights Mascara in Black Gold

Review: Give your lashes a metal moment with this customized mascara. Formulated for ladies with hazel eyes, it features gold color beads to brighten your natural eye color and tiny metallic spheres that capture and reflect light.
Price: $7.49
Where to Buy:

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Michelle Obama’s Eyebrow Makeover

I loved every fashion and beauty move Michelle Obama made this week, including her eyebrow makeover. If you didn’t notice her new brow shape, maybe you noticed that her overall facial expression was impeccably sophisticated, elegant and approachable. This was partly due to a softer brow look.


Credit: Getty Images

Take a look at the First Lady during the Democratic National Convention (at left). See how her brows were very pointy? This makes eyes look angry even though she’s flashing a big smile.

Now look at her brows on Inauguration Day (at right). You can see her arch is less dramatic. “A softer, less pointy eyebrow can help someone look less angry, less perplexed and generally give you a kinder and less harsh appearance,” says NYC brow guru Ramy Gafni.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer

Want to lower your arches? “Let your eyebrows grow in for a few weeks, then remove more hair from below the front of your brows, as opposed to the center. You want to create a more rounded, gentle arch that follows your bone structure,” advises Ramy. Need a good tweezer? Try Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $20. The slant tip makes gripping and removing brow hairs a cinch.

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The Fastest Mani Makeover Ever

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fash Dry Nail Color shade-assortment

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color

I’ve tried my fair share of quick-dry polishes over the years, and have found one that definitely lives up to it’s name: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fash Dry Nail Color. Not only does it dry in a flash, but the brush tip is very clever. The bristles are flat and tapered on the edges, so that when you press it lightly againt your nail bed, it spreads out and practically covers your whole naile in just one stroke–another major time saver. And for $4.95, it’s a bargain buy you shouldn’t pass up!

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Editors Picks: Best New Eye Openers

L'Oréal Paris Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara

Need to give your eyes a boost? Here are our favorite de-puffing, wrinkle-fighting, eye-opening must-haves.

L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara

Review: This two-step lash intensifier features a ceramide and panthenol-enriched basecoat to nourish lashes and micro-fibers to lengthen them. The high-tech topcoat forms glossy tubes around each lash, making them look extra long. Clean-up is a breeze — just a splash of warm water and eyes are tube-free!
Price: $10.95
Where to buy: Walgreens

L'Oréal Paris Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara

Laura Geller Wonder Wand

Review: This light-reflective powder does wonders to brighten and open up your eyes. Dab some of the silvery-pink powder in the inner corner of your eyes for an all-over brightening effect, or swipe along your lower lid to look energized and restored.
Price: $18.50
Where to buy: Sephora

Prescriptives All You Need + For Eyes 24-Hour Moisture

Prescriptives All You Need + For Eyes 24-Hour Moisture

Review: Get your glow back with this super moisturizing eye cream. It’s jam-packed with high-tech ingredients like peptides, caffeine, brightening optic powder and glucosamine to lock in moisture, reduce puffiness and eliminate dark circles. Your eyes will go from irritated and tired to refreshed, revived and beaming.
Price: $29.50
Where to buy: Prescriptives

Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette in Shanghai.jpg

Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette in Shanghai

Review: Creating a brighter, more open eye can be as easy as applying the right shadow. This palette contains all the shadows you need to freshen up eyes: a shimmery white highlighter, a universally flattering golden pink, a matte peach contour and taupe shimmer definer.
Price: $28
Where to buy: Sephora

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Review: Curling your lashes is the ultimate no-fuss, no-muss way to give your eyes an instant lift. The gold standard of eyelash curlers is this classic from the late legendary makeup artist Shu Uemura. It’s the perfect size and shape to give lashes optimal, eye-opening curl, every time.
Price: $19
Where to buy: Shu Uemura

Three Custom Color Specialists Light Clarifying Pencil

Three Custom Color Specialists Light Clarifying Pencil

Review: Take the red out of your sleepy gaze with this nude pencil. Applied to the inner rim of the eyes, it neutralizes redness and makes eyes appear whiter. Top makeup artists swear by it to make their clients look well-rested and fresh.
Price: $14
Where to buy: Three Custom Color Specialists

Benefit Cosmetics Ooh La Lift

Benefit Ooh La Lift

Give puffy, baggy eyes the boot with this classic luminizing wand. It not only visibly brightens up eyes with light-reflecting pigments, it also reduces puffiness with an instant cooling effect and soothing raspberry extracts.
Price: $22
Where to buy: Benefit

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How Bobbi Brown Can Brighten Your Look

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

If you’re feeling ho-hum about your current look these days, I have two easy ways for you to shake up your makeup routine. I recently went to the launch party for the new beauty book Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual ($32). The book is loaded with gorgeous how-to pictures and advice that ranges from the basics to pro techniques. Flip through a few pages and you’ll be inspired to try out a new look–I promise!

Bobbi Brights Palette.jpg

Not big on reading? Then check out the Bobbi Brights Palette, ($70)–yes, the queen of nude is going for major color this year. This slick case is filled with 35 matte shadows in playful pinks and greens to blues and purple. It’s irresistible to play with and makes creating colorful shadow effects addictive.

Now That’s A Makeover!


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My Budget Makeover on the The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet!

Rachel Hayes on the Mike & Juliet Show

Rehearsing with the producers

Saving money is a priority for everyone right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on looking gorgeous. I teamed up with the The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet to give Alicia, a busy budget-conscious mom of three kids, a makeover using products under $10. Watch the video here! Here’s what we used:

Budget and Bargain Beauty Products Display

The products we used–all are under $10!

Cover Girl CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, $7.99. Get the benefits of a moisturizer and the coverage of a light foundation in one tube. 

Dove Deep Moisture Lotion, $7.49. Dry skin, like Alicia’s, may need more hydration. This lotion does the trick, without causing breakouts.

Wet’n'Wild Beauty Benefits Bronzing Powder, $7.99. The three colors–bronze, gold, and champagne–blend together to make the most natural-looking radiant glow.

on-set hairstylist

The on-set hairstylist used a flat iron to sleeken my hair.
Can she come to my house every morning??

E.L.F. Eye Concealor and Highlighter, $3. One side conceals dark circles, the other end highlights inner corners and brow bones to make your eye look bigger.

We’n'Wild MegaEyes Shadow Trio, $2.99. This palette is dummy proof–it says on the back which eye color the shades will complement.

Rimmel London Special Eyes Eye Liner Pencil
, $3.49. Glides on, but stays put all day. Ideal for women who tear up easily (like me!)

Makeup model

Our beautiful model, Alicia, looks gorgeous
with her budget makeup makeover

Tropez Volumizing Mascara, $1.99. For $2 this is totally amazing! Now you can actually afford to toss your mascara every 3 months.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Color Comfort Lip Color
, $9.99. How could I not love Carmindy’s lipstick? It feels great and the color payoff is amazing. 

Alba Botanica TerraGloss, $5.95. The shine is fantastic and the formula has lip-nourishing beeswax, shea butter and Vitamin E.

See how beautiful Alicia looks?? Makeup artist Achelle from ELF Cosmetics did a fantastic job!

Now That’s A Makeover!

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A Great Bargain Bronzer!

I give my pale skin a get-glowing makeover every morning with powder bronzer. For me, bronzer is a year round item–not just a summer fling. And since being budget-conscious is on everyone’s minds right now, thought I’d share this affordable find: Wet’n'Wild Beauty Benefits Beauty Brilliance Bronzing Powder, $7.99.

Brilliance Bronzing powder

The multiple bronze, gold, and champagne colors blend together to make the most natural looking glow, and it literally glides over your skin. Blending is a total cinch.

I’m an addict!

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Share it with us!

Now That’s A Makeover!


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Beauty Blogging Junkie: Amber’s Racy Red Makeover


The brains and beauty behind, Amber Katz, dived into the Makeover Studio and tried on a look she’s never dared before–striking red hair. “I’ve been blonde my entire life except for a brief one-year stint as a brunette, so I took the opportunity to try out Kate Walsh’s hair. I’ve always thought that she should write a thank you note to the genetic lottery for it. It’s so shiny and gorge,” says the virtual redhead.

I think she looks fabulous as a fiery redhead–which is definitely a hair color you want to road test before you commit to real life. 

Amber, thanks for sharing your makeover and let us know if you decide to go red in real life! 

Now That’s A Makeover! 


Post Pig-Out Rx: Celebrities Without Makeup

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving feast and indulged as you should. Often, I start to feel guilty the day after eating mounds of turkey, stuffing, and apple pie and the “I look fat, dull and just plain ugly” talk settles in. So, if any of you fall victim the same type of inner trash-talk, fight back with a glimpse of these shots of celebrities caught without makeup that I found on can view the even more before & afters at ABC News: Celebrities Sans Makeup


abc_kimora_080516_ssh.jpgYou see…even the most gorgeous women in the world aren’t always gorgeous. Please remember that and just relax and enjoy this holiday weekend–with or without lipstick and mascara!

Now that’s a mental makeover!


Try On Fall Trends In One Click!!

You HAVE got to check out a new feature we just launched called One-Click Looks. It puts the hairstyle and makeup effect of a celebrity on your picture in just one click. How easy and fun is that?  There are four fall trends to try out and each one has several celebrity looks.


Credit: © George Napolitano/

Trend 1: The Glamour Girl

The classic red lip is bolder than ever this season. Pair it with a full-volume hairstyle and you’ll be ready to hit any holiday party.  Try this trend seen on:

  • Jennifer Lopez (at left)

  • Tyra Banks

  • Hayden Panettiere

  • Katy Perry


Credit: © Jean-Paul Aussenard/

Trend 2: The New Nude Face

Sporting a natural look is anything but bland this season with the latest metallic nudes for eyes, cheeks, and lips. See this look seen on:

  • Hayden Panettiere (at left) 

  • Katie Holmes

  • Beyonce Knowles

  • Britney Spears


Credit: © Marcel Thomas/

Trend 3: The Rebel

Embrace your inner bad girl this fall with daring smoky eyes, pale lips and a messy-on-purpose hairstyle.Try this look seen on:

  • Taylor Momsen (at left)

  • Rihanna

  • Pink

  • Natasha Bedingfield


Credit: © Jon Furniss/

Trend 4: The Romantic

Whether you’re looking for love or have already found it, these loose updos and utterly feminine makeup looks are perfect for the romantic-at-heart.

  • Keira Knightly

  • Leighton Meister

  • Jessica Simpson

  • Charlize Theron

Click any image to try on one of these trends and I bet you’ll say: Now That’s A Makeover!