First Choi applied a base coat and then two thin coats of Revlon ColorStay in Bare Bones ($8), a creamy almond. Next she applied orange spots using the brand's Nail Art Neon in High Voltage ($9, at drugstores), ensuring the brush only had a little bit of polish so it didn't create big blobs of paint. Jin says the key is to create irregular forms, so nothing needs to look perfect. To finish, she used the black end of the Nail Art Expressionist in Night & Degas ($9, at drugstores) to add dark accent spots with the tip of the brush. Again, you only want a tiny bit of polish on the brush to maintain control. The end result is a lot more complicated than it really looks, but because the whole design is about imperfection, it's easy to do yourself.
When it comes to creating a festive mood for the holidays, Giada De Laurentiis knows a little something about spicing things up. And that's not just in the kitchen, but in the beauty department, too. Giada, a spokesperson for Clairol Natural Instincts, recently switched her hair color to the brand's Navajo Bronze shade. "It's a little redder than normal," Giada said of her new color. "Last time I did Toasted Almond, but I thought in the Winter it's kind of nice to have darker hair."
The Food Network chef also shared a clever way to lighten up a delicious chocolate mousse. Taking out the dairy and replacing it with avocado, Giada made a decadent chocolate dessert far better for you than its traditional counterpart. And this smart, healthy-thinking attitude marks what Giada is all about. "Natural Instincts wants to empower women through their hair color," she said, "and I want to empower women in the kitchen."
In terms of making wise food choices a constant during this festive time, Giada has even more helpful advice: "When you go to a holiday party, make sure you eat a little something before you go. Never go hungry, or else you are going to be eating everything in front of you." And one thing she does recommend indulging in is a little bubbly. "Champagne is alcohol, but it has very low calories and low sugar, so it's actually a really great one to have during the holidays," she says. "But add a spoonful of puréed raspberries to it and all of a sudden you've added accents to your drink." Want the easy recipe? Watch Giada show us how to create the perfect holiday cocktail.
And in case you're the host of a holiday soiree, Giada has another tip for keeping it all together. "When I have a party at my house, I have a drawer in my kitchen where I keep a little mascara, a little powder, and a little lip gloss in case I need a quick touch-up." The chef also prefers "lots of shimmer eye shadow" and her hair pulled up in a bun with a sparkling elastic. Quips Giada, "My daughter loves it, so we both wear our hair the same way, and then we pull our bangs down."
What's on your wish list this holiday? A sweet new ride? An indulgent shopping spree? More time with your BFF? Or have you truly embraced the spirit of the season and just asked Santa to be extra generous to the ones you love?
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See How Bloggers and Fellow Shoppers Are Gifting on a Shoestring — and Show Us Your Favorite Picks Under $20
It’s easy to get caught up in the generous spirit of the season, but that doesn’t mean you need to start the New Year in the poorhouse. The secret to great gifting is heart and soul, not dollars and cents — so think about who you’re buying for, get creative, and have fun!
For this week’s holiday shopping mission, we’re inviting readers and bloggers to hit their local T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, or HomeGoods stores in search of the best holiday gifts for under $20. Challenge yourself to stretch every cent by scouting out a creatively affordable gift combo, like a colorful cookie jar with biscottis and specialty tea hidden inside or a spa lover’s basket containing a soap, lotion, and candle. With something for everyone on your list at up to 60 percent off department store prices every single day, these stores are your one-stop resource for gifts that are low on price but high on creativity and style.
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Party hopping? No matter how amazing you look when you walk out the door (and you definitely do!), sometimes things happen. But keeping a mini emergency kit can help you avoid serious mishaps. Grab a cute pouch and stuff it with some of these must-have items:
- Mini deodorant: Getting asked if you're dating anyone over and over again at dinner can really make you sweat, so keep a deodorant on hand for when you need a little extra protection.
- Pain reliever: That red wine that you're swilling in order to get through dinner can make your head spin, but an emergency stash of aspirin can help you get back on your feet.
- Hand lotion: Cracked, dry hands are the worst party accessory. Keeping some lotion in your emergency kit will make sure your fingers stay smooth.
- Travel perfume: Sephora gives out free samples of all its fragrances. Just ask a sales associate for a sample, and you can stash one in your bag for when you need a little lift.
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste: With all the eating that goes down on the holidays, keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste in your emergency kit is a necessity.
- Makeup stain: A stain like Stila Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) can be used in a bunch of ways, making it the perfect makeup-in-a-pinch product.
- Detergent pen: Spill something on your party dress? Kiss that stain goodbye with that handy detergent pen you have hiding in your purse.
As the holiday season descends, the weather is changing and so are these starlets' hairstyles. Some are opting for darker hair color, which is a classic end-of-year trend, but others are bucking the norm and coloring their hair lighter. And some of our favorite girls are going for longer lengths. Click through to vote on these stars' newest looks.
- African-American women are choosing their hair over the gym — The Cut
- Three holiday beauty looks that will stop traffic — Real Simple
- This simple party look won't break the bank — The Fashion Spot
- Conceal your blemishes with these frugal finds under $20 — Allure
- Pair your holiday clutch with the perfect manicure — Real Beauty
- See the best (and worst!) beauty trends of 2012 — Refinery29
- Nibble on these snacks to eat yourself beautiful — YouBeauty
- Learn how to beautify your smile with three easy tips — Beauty Sweet Spot
- The fast and easy way to picture-ready waves — The Beauty Department
Ah, the aroma of the holidays: pumpkin pie, cranberry custard, the Christmas tree, and a crackling fire. Even if you're going without any of these this season, you can call in the scent of the holidays with the help of a well-placed candle. These little lights were mixed together with colorful packaging outside and wondrous fragrance inside. Keep them burning past the New Year to stretch the festivities well into January.
So your holiday party schedule is set. But if you're still searching for hair and makeup inspiration, look no further than this all-inclusive guide. There are style tutorials for all hair types, sparkling makeup ideas, and celebrity-inspired looks. Plus, you'll find beauty survival tips to get you through any tipsy tragedy. So pour the champagne and make a toast to the season — and how good you're going to look while celebrating.