We're always hearing about the beauty products hiding in our cabinets and pantries, but are they actually beneficial? And if they are, why? Test your kitchen-friendly beauty knowledge with our quiz. You may be surprised at what you didn't know.Take the Quiz
You could walk away from the department store cosmetics counter with your new signature staples or get a horrific makeover and buy stuff you'll never use. That's why we've rounded up the essential steps to avoiding the latter outcome. From how to deal with salesclerks to the cost of a free makeover, get all your makeup counter questions answered.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
If you're constantly trying to decide between wavy or straight hair, you're in luck. Lately, scores of famous faces have been stepping out with hair that straddles the texture line: straight, sleek hair on top slowly meandering into soft waves. Mindy Kaling, Keke Palmer, and Sophia Bush are all fans of this hybrid style. It's great for everyday wear, but can also be amped up for a glamorous, formal event.
To get this easy, texture-heavy look, mist your hair with a thermal spray such as Dove Thermal Replenishment Spray ($5) and then dry it with a round brush. Take a flat iron and smooth it over the top portion of your hair, from about your roots to the bottom of your ears. To achieve the waves, you can either curl your hair with your flat iron or use a 1.5-inch curling iron on just the ends. Keep the look in place with a good holding hair spray, and you'll never have to choose between two textures again.
Summer is the best time to show off your perfect pedicure, but when you're strutting around in sandals or barefoot on the beach, there's nothing protecting your toes from getting scuffed up. And getting chipped polish halfway through your beach vacation is a bummer. So what's the trick for a pedicure that will last through Labor Day and beyond?
A gel pedicure. That's right, the mini-miracle manicure isn't just for your fingernails. Shiny and impervious to chips, it's the set-it-and-forget-it way to keep your pedicure looking perfect. (The only catch is that you'll have to go back to the salon to get the color taken off.) Though Summer may be ending, this is a pedicure you'll want all yearlong. Since it dries instantly, you can get a pedicure in the Winter, throw your boots on, and walk out the door.
So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs, but since it takes roughly six ponytails to create one wig, each ponytail only goes so far. That's where you come in. If you're coming up short of an 8-inch ponytail, Pantene's Beautiful Lengths products are here to grow your hair long and strong in no time. This line of shampoos, conditioners, finishing crèmes, and hydrating masques combats breakage and strengthens your tresses, so that when you're ready to donate your ponytail, your hair will be in perfect shape to create a gorgeous, silky real-hair wig.
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Smiling in her brick red lipstick, Selita Ebanks is already gearing up for Fall makeup trends. She wore the cinnamon color with a well-matched Winter white blazer in the Moët & Chandon Suite at the US Open last night. To keep the focus on her standout lips, Selita's makeup palette remained neutral (save for some sultry eyeliner). Mimic this chestnut shade with a matte lip color like Nars Amsterdam ($25). To prevent any possible lipstick migration, try Dior's Universal Lip Liner ($30). The pencil goes on clear so you don't have to worry with finding the perfect color match.
Carine Roitfeld is the name on everybody's lips right now — literally. As she gears up to launch her biannual magazine, CR Fashion Book, the former Vogue Paris editor is also releasing a collection of cosmetics with MAC. Known for her kohl-rimmed eyes and beige lipstick, she's curated a selection of colors and tools for the signature messy-chic CR look. The goal isn't about looking perfect, she says. "Sometimes 'bad' things are the more beautiful things," she says in this behind-the-scenes video. "When you woke up and didn't take off your mascara, your eyes can be tired, but tired-sexy — and that's what I like." The collection will be available online beginning Thursday, in stores Sept. 6, and on our faces tout de suite.