Are you familiar with the "white elephant" gift exchange? It's a veritable tchotchke swap. The premise is that you show up with one totally useless wacky gift, draw numbers to see who goes first, and then let the opening begin. As subsequent participants unwrap their gifts, they can steal away the other's newly acquired goods. (I once obtained one of those sad-looking Charlie Brown Christmas trees this way. Score.) Do you have a white elephant party coming up, or perhaps you merely have friends with goofy senses of humor? Then let the gag gifting begin.
Does gifting to your more earth-minded friends come with a long list of dos and don'ts? Well, we have 10 gifts ideas that even the toughest eco-friendly critics will adore, especially if they have a soft spot for all things beauty. The following options are as do-good as they are feel-good for your mother to the holiday hostess.
Bows aren't just for the gifts you're giving this season — impress everyone at your next holiday party, and try the hair bow! It looks complicated, but it only takes two minutes to master, and anyone can pull it off (seriously). Just be sure to have a few bobby pins on hand!
On Kirbie: Shoshanna dress
With superpretty makeup and sparkling accents making over Hollywood's hottest, it's hard not to have holiday-party beauty fever. And if you're still not sure what you want to do with your hair and makeup for end-of-the-year festivities, give a polished updo or a sexy, smoky eye a try. Take a styling cue from our 10 favorite beauty moments this week, and we're sure you'll shine through the rest of 2013.
While penguins make for a cute Winter animal on your nails, nothing says Christmas quite like Rudolph and his bright red nose. Painting on a reindeer might sound impossible, but it's surprisingly easy.
For my look, I used Essie Mink Muffs ($9) as the brown color on my pinkie, index finger, and thumb and Deborah Lippmann Fake It 'Til You Make It ($17) for the gold accent nail on my ring finger and the background hue to make Rudolph pop on my middle finger. Once the two coats were painted, I went back with the Essie Mink Muffs and painted the reindeer head on half my middle finger — you need to leave room for the antlers! Then, with a dotting tool (or toothpick, bobby pin, or pencil tip), I used white and black polish to dab on the eyes. I also used the dotting tool to paint on the red nose using Deborah Lippmann Red Ruby Slippers ($20). Lastly, using a fine-tipped brush (like an eyeliner brush), I hand-painted the antlers using Essie Little Brown Dress ($9), a dark brown shade. Finish with a top coat after your reindeer has had some time to dry, and cue the Johnny Marks version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
We love to get your opinion on all things beauty via social media, and this week, you decided that the lob really was the haircut to covet in 2013. Holiday-themed nail art was beloved on Instagram, while celebrities without makeup got the most likes on Facebook. See all your favorite beauty links from the week that was, and make sure to follow POPSUGAR Beauty on social media, including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
All year long, we keep a close eye on what's going on in the beauty world, but there were a few things that made us drop everything, gasp, and then scream OMG! Here is a list of those moments, from that time Beyoncé showed off her pixie on Instagram to our bank-breaking beauty shopping spree on Net-a-Porter.com. It's your cheat sheet to the most important beauty news of the year just in case you missed it the first time around (where were you?).
Whether it's on the red carpet or Instagram, we all love nails. From a glossy red manicure to intricate nail art, there are many ways for us to polish our fingertips, and we never get tired of trying out a new bottle. This holiday there are plenty of gorgeous polish sets, small and large, for the lacquer lover on your list. Here's what we're adding to our wish lists!