We asked key fashion influencers to share stories about how they have justified a shopping splurge or must-have item. Whether the purchase is spontaneous or practical, it appears we all play our own mind games. Keep reading to see if you can relate to their shopping justifications.
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!
Last night Julia Roberts attended the August: Osage County premiere in LA wearing something we never expected — a messy chignon. We've seen her in a bun before, but this updo was definitely more casual than in the past. It's usually her long, layered waves that attract our eyes on the red carpet.
Looking to get this style for your next party? It's simple. First, create volume at the crown with a teasing brush or by backcombing. Then smooth hair over the top. Pull the hair back into a low ponytail near the nape, making sure to leave a few short pieces out around the face. Red carpet tip: you'll notice Julia's bun is a bit off center. Position your pony an inch to one side, and you'll be able to see the style even in head on pictures. To create the chignon, loop hair upward and secure with an elastic, then take any ends and secure around the sides and underneath the bun using bobby pins. We love Julia's intentionally off-kilter look, but vote below to tell us you're opinion on this style.
Whether it's straight or curly, wavy or fine, we bet that at one time or another, you've faced the mirror and felt frustrated by your tresses. And yet, the key to hair happiness has been in front of you all along: simply embrace what you've got, and find new and exciting ways to roll with it!
Need some fresh inspiration? Check out this video tutorial now for a hands-on how-to for achieving two separate but equally gorgeous day-to-night styles — one suited for naturally curly hair and the other for more relaxed locks. Then, get the products to create the looks from Pantene!
The holiday season means a whole lot of glitz and glitter, and we're big supporters of that. But if you're feeling a little overwhelmed by all the applications and touch-ups that go into these holiday beauty looks, relax. In case you've missed it, celebrities like Nicole Richie seem to be forgoing their makeup artists's chairs completely and stepping out bare-faced. Jessica Simpson and Cameron Diaz have gone so far as to document their makeup-less faces on social media.
Seems crazy, right? But it doesn't have to be, especially since it's such a good idea to let your skin go bare and breathe from time to time. Preparation is key, and the first step is getting enough sleep. "If you're not getting enough sleep at night, you'll see it in your skin," says dermatologist Amy Wechsler. She also advises that you always wash and moisturize your skin, especially before bed, and make sure you're being gentle when you're exfoliating. "It's not supposed to hurt or burn," she explains.
But the most important part is to wear sunscreen every single day. "Every morning, after you wash your face, you should apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 20 to 30, depending on the season." Adding these simple steps to your skin care routine can help prep your face, so when you do finally do decide to go makeup-less, you'll look as glowing and gorgeous as Nicole, Jessica, and Cameron.
Hand cream is one item I can't live without. In fact, I stock a tube in my purse, on my desk, at the sink in the bathroom, and in every suitcase (just in case). But of all the lotions I have tried, the Keihl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($15) is the favorite I return to again and again. There is a moisturizing mix of oils like avocado, sesame, and eucalyptus (which gives it a soft botanical scent). Just a pea-sized amount quickly gets rid of ashy areas and tames cracking cuticles. The tube explains that the formula "helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness caused by heavy industrial work, manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements." My situation isn't quite that dire, but if it's strong enough for those cases, it goes above and beyond for me. What keeps me coming back is the fact that it doesn't leave grease stains on my electronics after I apply. It's a hand cream worthy of the technological age we live in.
Your mailbox may be bustling with holiday party invites, but your wardrobe only needs one classic little black dress to get you through the season in style. The trick is knowing how to work your LBD from day to night and party to party, using a little ingenuity and a wide go-to collection of fashionable accessories — statement jewelry, sexy booties, a luxe printed jacket, and more.
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One of the bigger headaches of the holiday season is wrapping all those presents. But what if there were products so pretty, all you had to do was buy them and pop them under your tree? Well, we've rounded up 10 products with packaging so elegant, we're giving our wrapping paper a holiday this year. You'll just need to add a tag and a bow!
If you've got Lady Gaga's stamp of approval, then you're good to go. Such is the case for Jacquie Lee, the stunning Selena Gomez look-alike on Christina Aguilera's team on The Voice. And if it's not enough that the 16-year-old made it into last night's finale (the winner will be announced on NBC tonight), Lady Gaga revealed via Twitter that she's both a fan of Jacquie's pipes and look. She tweeted: "Been catching up on THE VOICE, I love @jacquieleemusic Beautiful girl with a beautiful voice! Vote for her monsters."
We're just as sweet as Gaga on Jacquie's style — especially her enviable long, thick hair. Though she's performed on the show with both straight and curly locks, we were into her sleek yet voluminous style last night when she performed "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls, "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse, and "We Remain" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (with her coach Christina!).
What made her ombré hair so perfect was that it had texture without looking messy; plus, the center part gave it a '70s vibe. To copy the look, coat your strands with a defrizzing balm, like Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream ($46), and then blow-dry with the nozzle pointed down and perpendicular to hair. Use a fine-tooth comb or round brush to smooth your strands as you dry. Run over it with a flatiron — but don't iron it too much or you'll lose the volume. You can always just do the ends to keep the height at the roots. Or blast your crown with dry shampoo for extra oomph, and you're stage-ready!