Quick Holiday Party Worthy Braids

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Braids are back in a big way this year! Far from the schoolgirl look you used to know, braids are a pretty and sophisticated look for office holiday parties and family gatherings alike. Best of all, it doesn’t take much time or coordination to create lovely braided updos.

Try these easy and elegant hairstyle tutorials you can create in just minutes -- leaving you plenty of time to get to the party! For even more ideas, check out our new Pocket Hairstylist  tool and mobile app .

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Step 1
Divide your hair into two sections (top and bottom), and back comb a little (gently) underneath the top half. Spray with a little hairspray, and smooth over the top with a comb. This will help give you more lift from the front.

Step 2
Divide your hair in half again, this time on both sides (like you’re doing milkmaid braids). Be sure to separate the hair at the nape of your neck to avoid a severe part. Begin braiding the first side.

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Step 3
Stop your braid about 4 to 5 inches down and secure with an elastic. Braid the other side, again stopping 4 to 5 inches down.

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Interview with Michelle Phan

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As a beauty expert, I am always trying to keep up with the latest tips and newest artists on the scene.  But, if you are anything like me, you tend to find an artist that you connect with and become faithful to their tips.  I have been following Michelle Phan for quite some time, and have loved watching her grow her brand into the beauty powerhouse it is today. 

I was lucky enough to interview Michelle and loved her down to earth tips.  Just like me, she feels that a good concealer is an absolute makeup must!  

 I was also able to try out her em by Michelle Phan The Everything Cream, and love to have it on hand as a lightweight, everyday staple.  It gives a fresh glow to the skin, and is truly an all in one product!  Perfect for on the go. Enjoy! 

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What are some product-saving tips that you do to fully utilize a product so it doesn’t go to waste? I use mascara as eyeliner. I take my angled eye liner brush and dip it in mascara and I use it as a gel liner. It actually lasts longer than gel liners because it’s waterproof. I use it a lot at the beach or when I need waterproof makeup.

What advice would you tell a woman with low self-confidence? There are no right or wrong ways to build self confidence, because right and wrong is subjective. Everyone is on a different path. Some universal tips are to remember.

  • 1) Confidence is like a mental muscle, and if you want your muscles to grow stronger, you need to exercise them. Consciously think positive thoughts, especially in moments when you are feeling down. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that life is too short and you have to make the best of it. Listen to music that will lift your mood. A good beat and sound has been proven to help people in a positive way.
  • 2) Find your qualities, and focus on the positive. If you don’t think you have a quality, ask yourself what you are good at. Everyone is good at something. Pick up on a passion and nurture it. This helps build self worth.
  • 3) Have a buddy system. Find someone you can trust and share your insecurities with.
  • 4) Pass your wisdom and gift unto others. Teaching, mentoring and caring for others is the greatest gift you can give to others and yourself. Not only is the other person going to feel better but you will too. Loving others will inspire you to love yourself.
  • 5) Stay positive.

What is the proper way to contour your face? Look at your face and see where the natural shadows are. Start drawing and mapping out the shadows that you see on your face. For me, I like to contour the sides of my nose using the contour side of my Contour and Highlighter Stick, Chiaroscuro. This helps elevate my nose bridge and gives me a taller looking nose. I like to look at my cheekbones and see where the shadows are and create lines. Then blend away! You don’t want to look like you have war paint on your face.

What are your three holy grail products? I always wear an SPF35 sunscreen. I stick to sunscreen made in Korea and Japan because they have the best texture and smell. I also use my em Arch Brow Liner pencil or eyebrow powder. The Arched pencil makes it so easy to draw on my brows without it looking fake. I also love using the em concealer from my own line as an everyday concealer. SPF lip balm is another must. Sun Bum makes a great lip balm.

Best tip on how to conceal a hangover? A good concealer saves anything. It can cover up your deepest darkest secrets. I love The Great Cover Up from my em Cosmetics line as it gives full, yet natural-looking coverage. It is inspired by the girl who needs a little help after staying up all night.

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Celebrity Hair Is Within Your Reach

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My hair is my greatest enemy on most days. It's frizzy randomly or it falls flat when I desperately want waves or a curl. I always envy celebrities since their hair seems perfect always. Luckily, I can get great hair without having a team of experts nearby.

Anti-Aging Secrets

Yes, you can use your hair to look younger. Add some bangs to cover up forehead wrinkles and even make your hair look fuller. Boost your locks and look more youthful by embracing layers. It adds movement and life. A few highlights takes the look even farther giving you that effortless celebrity elegance.

It's Okay To Be Messy

Forget trying to make your hair perfect. Pay close attention to celebrities. A little frizz, poof and random waves are okay. In fact, brushing your hair and then using only your fingers to create a messy ponytail will give you the same look celebrities use on the red carpet.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Every hair type needs moisture. Naturally dry hair, such as curly styles, sometimes need a little extra. Celebrity hair gets it shine from regular moisturizing treatments. Invest in a glaze or serum that contains natural oils such as almond, coconut and argan to seal broken strands, deeply moisturize and maintain healthy, shiny locks. Just remember, don't over apply or you'll end up a bit too shiny.

To keep that moisture in, celebrity stylists recommend always applying a heat protectant spray before any drying or heat styling. Otherwise, you lose all that vital moisture.

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How To Look Polished, But Not Overdone

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The key to look polished but not overdone is:
  • keep your foundation look clean
  • keeping the eye makeup simple with a little bit of enhancement on the lashes
  • have a little bit of bronzer to add warmth to your face and a really beautiful soft pink blush to add some brightness and make you look more awake.
  • And the final tip would be to add a soft pink gloss to brighten up the entire look.

When you want to look polished, you don't want colors that are too loud or harsh. You want the face to look soft, romantic and bright. As you can see in the video, we've added some extra lashes on the corner of her eye, just to give that extra bit of enhancement. This is the perfect look for going out in the evening or even for a nice work function where you have to be a little bit dressed up with your makeup routine.

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Quick and Easy Office Makeup Looks

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I can't tell you how many women I've seen who don't know the difference between office makeup and night out makeup. The two couldn't be further apart. When you're at the office, your look should be more toned down. The best part about office makeup is it's quick and easy to pull of stunning looks that will still make you look amazing in little time.

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Keep It Natural

Avoid extremely bright or bold colors. Instead of focusing on your work, most people will be distracted by your makeup. Great for a night out, but not so great for ensuring people take you seriously. Stick with neutral colors such as browns, peaches, light pinks and even soft lavenders for eyes, lips and cheeks. Instead of liner, use a black/brown or brown mascara to make your eyes pop.

Use a lightweight matte foundation or tinted BB cream along with concealer. If you have dark under eye circles or redness, a brightening concealer or multi-color concealer will take care of trouble areas. Add just a light dusting of pressed powder to set your look. Avoid bronzers as they can often make you seem too glowing or tan. Trust me when I say you'll like bright eyed, professional and beautiful.

Just A Little Shimmer

If natural isn't your thing, no problem. Just by adding a little bit of shimmer to your look, you can drastically change how you look without over-doing it. Start a medium coverage concealer and finish with an all day liquid foundation with SPF. Once again, an all in one tinted moisturizer will work perfectly. Use a sponge to apply to better blend with the concealer. Set with a translucent powder with just a hint of sparkle. Your face will instantly light up without looking like a glitter bomb.

Apply a cream based shadow. Once again, choose a light or medium tone color. Dust a slightly lighter shade of a shimmer based shadow over the cream. If you really want to do more with your eyes, apply an extremely thin line of light brown, hazel or gold liner to your lower lid. Apply a lighter shade to your upper lid. Follow up with mascara.

Finally, apply just a hint of blush to cheeks. With the sparkle of your powder and eyes, you don't want to go overboard here. The entire object is a brighter face with eyes that really pop. As an added touch, use a clear gloss over your favorite pink, peach or even red lipstick. If you use red, ensure you eyes and blush are toned down.

Overall, just keep it simple. I say let your confidence shine through and you'll look great no matter what.

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Get The Look: Katey Segal

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Since last week was all about the finale of Sons of Anarchy, what better way to kick off the week, than with the beautiful Katey Segal. 

"Katey always likes to keep her look fresh, so I use shadows instead of hard liners on her eyes for a soft focus look! -celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell"

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EYES: 

  • To create a softer version of a smokey eye I used warm neutral shadows, starting with Nars shadow in Fez along her lid and under the eye then I tap on Nars Bengali along the top lash line and working it up at the outer corner for a little dimension.
  • I like to line the upper waterline with Chanel Eye Pencil in Ambre, it makes the lashes look more dense.
  • I then defined her brows with my favorite Brow Pencil, Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown and lengthened her lashes by swiping on two coats of Makeup For Ever Smokey Lash Mascara in Black and I added a few single lashes.

LIPS:

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Dermalogica Powerbright TRX

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dermalogicapowerbrightSo, you drink your 8+ glasses of water a day. You eat your veggies, your salmon, your berries, and you even get your sweat on several times a week. Yet still, despite your best efforts, your skin is lacking that amazing glow you see on the faces of so many others. What’s a girl to do? Before you throw in the skincare towel and fall victim to life of lack-luster skin, give powerbright trx a try!

Powerbright trx is a powerful range of three leave-on treatment products, that when used in combination, treats and prevents hyperpigmentation. What does this mean to you? It simply means that these products are designed to banish and prevent those bothersome brown spots from one too many sunny vacations, and leave your skin with a more even and brightened appearance.

The three products included in the system are: C-12 Pure Bright Serum (a powerful skin brightener), Pure Light SPF50 (a daytime brightening treatment and moisturizer) and Pure Night (a skin brightening evening treatment). These products can be purchased separately or in a convenient travel size kit.

If the idea of more beautiful skin isn’t enough to get you logging on and adding to your virtual cart, the reviews certainly will! Some reviewers are claiming brighter skin and fading age spots after only a few days, while others report softer, smoother skin and found the combo to be perfect for those who suffer from breakouts.

So if you’ve been struggling to find a product that will bring your beautiful skin back to life, powerbright trx may be just the answer you’ve been searching for. With their travel size kit available at the amazing price of only $38.00, it’s the perfect gift to give yourself for the holidays! Happy brightening!

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