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If you're one of the lucky ones escaping for the holidays or just heading back home, we've got your packing list all planned out. These cold-weather beauty essentials will have you prepared for a retreat at a ski resort or a long weekend home with the family.
Winter is not your skin's friend. Whether you're hitting the slopes with whipping winds or escaping the chill at the beach, here are the basics you need. Wipes will remove any makeup and cleanse in a pinch. Then, keep a highly hydrating moisturizer with sunscreen included on hand. You'll want an eye cream to recover from late nights partying, and don't forget a restorative night cream. Finally, finish it off with an acne spot treatment, because blemishes are never welcome wherever you travel.
- Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night ($48)
- Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($3)
- Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream SPF 15 ($35)
- Lancome Génifique Yuex ($68)
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo ($37)
Keep packing with our makeup and hair essentials after the jump
Scarves are a Winter wardrobe necessity, but they can also lend a lot of style to your hairstyles, too. These seven ways to tie a scarf will keep you from leaving the house with wet hair uncovered — or disguise a less-than-stellar hair day. From simple headband designs to advanced turban twists, watch this video to turn one scarf into a multitude of hair accessories.
Usually Gwyneth Paltrow has no rivals when it comes to beauty, but last night a few other starlets gave her some competition. Gwyneth attended the Kids Company dinner with her blond hair blown straight and pulled to one side. Since her dress was so sparkly and festive, she kept her makeup palette soft and simple with a bit of liner for drama. Naomie Harris went for a more feminine look at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with her long hair curled into soft waves and a sweet makeup palette. Emmy Rossum also showed off a stunning look with her glossy hair and winged eyeliner at the Saban Community Clinic Benefit Gala. Finally, Olivia Palermo rounds out our favorite looks from last night with her sleek and rosy eye makeup. All these looks would be perfect for Thanksgiving with friends and family, but which one is your favorite?
While we're worried about damage to our strands year round, your hair needs extra attention in the Winter, because the cold, dry air zaps your hair of any moisture. And with this being the season of the sleek blowouts and static hair, we chatted with Jenny Balding, a Cutler/Redken styling and grooming expert, on how to keep your hair healthy and protected — even with your hot tools in the on position. So don't let your hair dryer or flat iron dehydrate your already parched strands, and follow these tips to keep your hair looking top-notch through March.
POPSUGAR: What is the worse-case scenario with heat damage?
Jenny Balding: The worst-case scenario is that you hair will weaken so much from heat damage that it will break off. Gently does it with heated appliances, and always use a product to protect your hair from hair damage.
PS: We know hair needs added protection with heat styling, but how can you protect finer hair without making it look greasy?
JB: With fine-textured hair, it is really important to still protect your hair by using conditioner after you shampoo, but to avoid it feeling heavy or oily at the roots, keep the conditioner to ends only.
PS: Is there anything you can do to rectify heat damage once it have it?
JB: It's best to get the worst cut off, and then get regular trims. Use a deep nourishing mask once a week to try [to] repair any leftover damage.
PS: What ingredients should we be looking for in heat protectants to minimize the damage?
JB: Silicone is the main ingredient to look for, as it will smooth and protect your hair from burning.
PS: How can we actually get rid of static midday?
JB: To really get rid of static, use a small amount of light moisturizing product, like a finishing cream, and rub into your palms and lightly smooth over your hair. This will work for all textures of hair and will work instantly.
PS: And what if it's my brush that's giving it to me? Any tips?
JB: Try using a natural boar-bristle brush, as this will prevent static as opposed to nylon bristles.
PS: Any other hair care tips we should know for battling cold temperatures and hairstyling?
JB: A gloss spray is a brilliant way to amp up dull, dry-looking locks in the Winter. Redken Shine Flash ($22) is perfect.
Just because the leaves have fallen doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune updating your entire beauty routine. We're rounding up 10 of our Fall favorites that don't go over $10. From skin necessities to simple makeup updates, you'll be right on track for cooler temps. Your easy updates await.
Just like your body suffers from flaky patches during the Winter, your nails are prone to dehydration, too. Cracked cuticles, peeling nails, and jagged edges are just some of the symptoms. Turn your dry digits around with a slew of nail car products that can fit in your purse.
Cuticle care: The sensitive skin around the nail bed can begin to peel and split when your hands are thirsting for moisture. Keep a cuticle oil, cream, or balm nearby to keep hangnails at bay. If you're on the go, you can also use your favorite lip balm.
Handy man: Store a hand lotion at your desk, the bathroom sink, and in every bag to make sure you always have a hydrating solution. Make it a goal to apply salve after you wash your hands — every time. Formulas packed with urea and beeswax will help lock in moisture.
Smitten with mittens: Gloves are not only a fashion statement this time of year, but covering your hands while outdoors will help protect them against whipping winds and dry air. And at night, wearing a set of cotton gloves over a moisturizing treatment can help heal cracks and other rough patches. Finally, always wear rubber gloves when you're working with harsh chemicals to shield nails from their drying effects.
Beyond reach: If it's too late for these preventative measures, it's time for a heavy-duty hydrating spa visit. Schedule a paraffin manicure service to get supple hands and fingernails in no time. But remember to respectfully decline any cuticle cutting, which can cause infections.
When I shop for body scrubs, I like something with the serious exfoliating power — think sandpaper, but safer. Sugar and salt scrubs have the tendency to melt before you even get the opportunity to apply, but that's not an issue with the Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37). The Indonesian coffee grounds give dry elbows and knees a heavy-duty scrub when applied to damp skin, so sensitive skin types should use with caution. While some body scrubs are submerged in oil, this one is mixed with a gel cleanser, meaning you can skip the body wash. Just don't expect a frothy lather, since this product is 100 percent vegetarian (meaning no sulfates). Warning: this scrub will make a mess in your shower, so be prepared to find brown granules in the tub for days. But the powerful exfoliation is only matched by an equally invigorating coffee scent, so you might just be able to skip your morning cup after your rub down.
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With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah falling in the same week, we decided to give the glitter ombré manicure a festive twist. A deep navy hue is the perfect base for any Winter holiday; we used CoverGirl Nail Gloss in Sapphire Flare ($5). Creating a glitter ombré is easy when you already have a glitter top coat like Essie Set in Stones ($9). Apply the chunky silver glitter from the middle point of your nail, and then add two to three coats on the tips to create the gradient effect. To give our glittering manicure a seasonal update, we sealed in the look with a matte topcoat using Ciaté Mattnificent ($17). The velvety finish is a fun twist on the sparkling look. But even without a matte finish, the glossy version (below) is still an easy look to pull off just in time for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.