'Tis the season for holiday shopping, Champagne toasting, family visiting, and plenty of festive beauty moments, too. Whether it's finding the right amount of sparkle, revealing a glowing complexion, or just mastering a braided updo, we're sharing our editor-approved picks to get you through the rest of 2013 in style.
Celebrities like to stand out, and sometimes all they need to do is dye their hair or go for the big chop to make headlines. The year 2013 was one of major celebrity hair changes, including Jennifer Aniston's bob, Beyoncé's pixie, and Jennifer Lawrence's bob. Their stunning new cuts made short hair a big beauty trend of the year, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. We've pulled together the top 64 hairstyle changes of the year, and we're calling on you to help us determine who revealed the best new look of the year. Click through Shailene Woodley to Nicole Richie and Rihanna to Anne Hathaway, and help us crown the winner of our Best Hair Change of 2013 bracket!
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You made your list, you checked it twice — so why is it that just when you think your holiday shopping is complete, you realize you’re short a gift or two? Maybe it’s an unexpected party invite that requires a quick hostess gift. Maybe you were caught off-guard by a co-worker you never exchange with. Or maybe you’ve taken a quick peek at what he’s got wrapped for you under the tree and you’re realizing what you have for him doesn’t quite compare.
Fortunately, this week’s holiday shopping mission is geared right at you, last-minute gifter! See what your local T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, or HomeGoods has to offer, like a luxe wristlet that doubles as a gift-card holder for your child’s teacher, a team sweatshirt for your superfan neighbor, or a bottle of flavored olive oil and crackers for your New Year’s Eve hostess. With new brand-name and designer items arriving every week, the shelves are always stocked with fresh finds at unbelievable savings — even when the other stores are cleaned out!
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OK, we admit the only reason we've followed the entire Lord of the Rings saga is because of Orlando Bloom. Allure talked to Legolas about his hair makeover for the new movie. Yes, we're jealous, too!
Gee, their hair looks perfect, even as they slay a thousand orcs. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom leap and bound while battling a legion of foes, but their lustrous tresses always manage to look just so. We caught up with the action heartthrobs at a screening hosted by the Cinema Society and Moncler to discover the secrets of their (borrowed) Elvish hair.
Orlando Bloom: "I was actually learning lines from Romeo and Juliet while I was doing hair and makeup, likely infuriating my makeup artist. I did indeed go blond again. But it's a wig — the same wig, in fact. They kept it from The Lord of the Rings. It was actually in pretty good shape. It's one of those funny things, because I love the wig, love how it works. I love that I get to be a blond!"
Evangeline Lilly: "The hair in the film is elegant, beautiful and structured, clean, simple, strong, feminine. I got so tired of beach hair after ten years working on Lost. Elves are meant to be perfect beings. But, believe it or not, it was only two hours of hair and makeup, which is really standard for a film. For the wig, it took half an hour to wrap my hair, and then half an hour to put it on. The ears were about half an hour. I often play with my ears — it's a weird tick — so [the makeup artist] would just sit there and play with my ears for half an hour, so that was perfect. Orcs, meanwhile, were five hours in and two hours out, while at the end of the day, I was finished in 15 minutes."
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I had to go to five different Sephora stores to find Josie Maran's elusive Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick ($22). Those of you in cold climates (myself included) know the importance of keeping your lips constantly moisturized in the Winter, and I'm constantly on the lookout for something with a little color. First of all, this is the weirdest lipstick I've ever seen. It has the hydrating Argan layer on the outside and the color in the inside, which makes it look like lipstick straight out of a sci-fi movie. Happy Honey is the ideal shade for those who want a warm, natural look; but it's also the most popular, thus the multiple-city Sephora tour. It's perfectly hydrating under lipstick or simply on its own. Just anticipate applying every hour or so — it feels and looks great but wears off fast!
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- Listen to Tory Burch's holiday playlist — Fashion
- Simplify with the no-fail way to wrap a present — Smart Living
- Give yourself a Kate Middleton-worthy blowout at home — Beauty
- Let Christopher Kimball holiday shop for you — Food
- Watch us break down the best and worst movies of 2013 — Entertainment
- Learn all about Leo's leading lady Margot Robbie — Celebrity & News
- Hang these beautiful wreaths all Winter — Home
- Tell us — what was your favorite new kids' line of 2013? — Moms
- Weigh in on Kelly Rowland's Skype proposal — Love & Sex
- Shop The Sync Up host Veronica Belmont's gadget wish list — Tech
- Video: Cap off 2013 with the sexiest crop tops of the year — Fashion
At last night's The Wolf of Wall Street premiere in New York, everyone was staring at leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, but we couldn't take our eyes off the ladies of the red carpet and the different ways they played up their lids. Actress Margot Robbie complemented her Winter white gown with a smudgy smoky eye that's perfect for partying late into the night. Camila Alves was on the arm of husband Matthew McConaughey in a sexy red lace dress. She amped up the sex appeal with a bronze and black smoky eye that tapered into a cat-eye shape on the outer corner of her eyes. Jamie Chung opted for a classic beauty look with a tasteful touch of black eyeliner that flicked out on the ends. Hannah Bronfman had the most playful look of the night with bright blue mascara on her lashes. She kept the rest of her look simple to make the bold hue pop. We loved all four looks, but we want to know, which look would you try to emphasize your eyes?
It's hard to talk about Alexa Chung without imagining her too-cool-to-care bedhead and gamine cat-eye liner in your head. The model-cum-TV host has a look that everyone has tried to emulate at least once (come on, admit it), and now we actually might have a fighting chance. In her new role as creative director for Eyeko, Alexa has released a limited-edition collection that includes a liquid eyeliner and a mascara to help achieve her almost-too-perfect liner look. You can buy the pieces separately, or grab the entire
We caught up with Alexa at her collection launch at Sephora in New York and chatted about the Spice Girls, wonky eyes, and who she'd trade her iconic mane with for a day.
POPSUGAR: So let's talk about the cat eye. What are your tips, and how can your kit with Eyeko help people who are cat-eye-challenged?
Alexa Chung: To be completely honest, it took a lot of practice. It's just about doing it as many times over as you can manage without your skin completely degrading beneath the pen tip. The great thing about this particular kit is that the pen we've chosen — the eyeliner that they've developed — is the easiest one. That's what attracted me to Eyeko in the first place. The felt-tip pen is the easiest to draw with.
If you start with the flick bits first, you can measure them before you fill in the rest of the eye. If you do the outside section first, you can match them, which is good for those people with wonky eyes like me.
PS: That's so smart!
AC: I think that's the easiest thing to do. Oftentimes, as well, I'll get the pen and do a 45-degree angle from my eye, and that's where the flick should be.
PS: So I read your book It — and loved it — and you talk about the Spice Girls. So the obvious question is who is your favorite Spice Girl?
AC: At the time, Geri because she seemed the most brazen of them, and so as a teen I was really fascinated by boobs and ass. I was just like, "Wow, what a voluptuous woman!" It's your waking thought when you're 12, just like, "I'm going to have boobs one day? That's crazy!" So I thought she was sassy.
Now, looking back, I'm a VB [Victoria Beckham] fan. She's very inspirational and I love how she's moved seamlessly from a '90s pop group to a serious power player within the fashion industry. That's girl power. And she had a great bob.
PS: Yes, she did. Speaking of the bob and how iconic it is, people say you have iconic hair. How do you respond to that?
AC: I say, "You haven't Googled me for a while!" A girl got a bob the other day, a friend of mine, and she went to the hairstylist and they said, [imitating an American accent] "This is super in right now, like Dianna Agron has one and Alexa Chung!" And I was just like, "I haven't had a f*cking bob in four years! What are they talking about?"
PS: But even now people say your hair is just supericonic. It's got to be weird to have "iconic hair."
AC: I think to have iconic anything is quite strange. I can't really identify with that on a daily basis.
PS: So if you had hair like a Lego person and could just pop it off and swap it with anyone, who would you pick?
AC: Cher, 1969.
PS: That's amazing. Why?
AC: It's so thick and long and jet black and completely straight. It wouldn't suit me, but I think how wonderful it would be to have Pocahontas hair for the day.
- You, too, can wear Selena's exact purple lipstick shade — InStyle
- How to get curly or straight hair no matter your hair type — Real Simple
- Office-ready makeovers that were made for success — Allure
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- What models had to say about body image this year — HuffPost Style
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