There are plenty of reasons to love the holidays, and as beauty editors, we can't think of a better time of the year to be completely dazzled by the gorgeously packaged gifts from our favorite brands. Right now, beauty counters are overflowing with amazing palettes and gift sets, so we're helping you cut through the chaos with our handpicked favorites. Just keep clicking to see what we're giving (and hoping to receive!) this year.
Braids and updos don't have to be mutually exclusive ideas in the world of hair. Pretty plaits have a place alongside chignons, while box braids can look edgy mixed into an over-the-top bun. Or just take a nod from Kelly Osbourne (above), and braid a ponytail before twisting it into a bun. Talk about a perfect marriage! We've rounded up four more styles that are even sweeter when you add a braid (or many). For instant inspiration, just keep scrolling!
Uma Thurman's Waterfall Braid
Nina Dobrev's Plaited Chignon
Our favorite part about the snowy season is going for the matte makeup trend that is often spotted on the runway, and InStyle has rounded up the expert tips and products you need to nail the look.
Matte makeup made a statement on the Fall runways because its low-shine finish isn't dull or chalky, just more polished-looking than in dewier days past. Now, we've rounded up 14 tips for getting the fresh-faced look just right for the new season, from going gloss-free on your lips to opting for a non-shiny polish for your nails. Just remember the chic inspiration: The matte look is luminous and radiant, just like you, making it a perfect complement to your Winter wardrobe. Click through learn how to get the look, complete with our picks for lipsticks, nail polishes, foundations and more.
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What happens when anime and beauty collide? We get a gorgeously girlie makeup palette, and that's exactly what the collaboration between Shu Uemura and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has delivered. The Heart-Full Pink Parallel Eyes and Cheek Palette ($69) contains a smattering of pretty pink makeup hues. Seven iridescent and satin eye shadows dance around a cheek color, which are perfect for creating a delicate, feminine look. The kit also contains two dual-sided shadow brushes for ultimate flexibility in your makeup application. But what we love most about this palette is the adorable illustrations that decorate the front of the case, bringing us back to our Sunday mornings watching Sailor Moon with a bowl of Cheerios. Who doesn't love some nostalgia with their makeup?
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 biscotti 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.
Be sure to show or tell us about your under-$20 choice by sharing a photo or tweet using the hashtag #TheGifter. You will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card and be featured on #TheGifter holiday gifting hub!
Click here now to visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub, and find out how top bloggers and readers just like you are Outgifting For Under $20 this week.
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- Listen to Lea Michele's new single! — Celebrity & News
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- Video: Pantone has chosen the color of 2014! — Beauty
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The sexiest event on television is happening tonight, and we have one more reason for beauty-lovers to tune in (aside from enviously sighing over Behati Prinsloo's abs or Alessandra Ambrosio's beach waves). Herbal Essences is debuting its Naked Collection to coincide with the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and the clean new scent makes us want to strip down and hit the shower.
"The mint is the central theme across all three of the lines, but what's really interesting is how we've enveloped this in with the other notes," explains Stacy Hertenstein, the brand's fragrance sommelier. Her team blended three scents to go with the three different lines in the collection: Volume, Moisture, and Shine. So no matter your hair type, there's a way to reinvigorate your strands with one of these sexy new scents. The packaging has taken on a fresh, new look, as well. The shampoo features clear bottles with dye-free formulas, and the styling products are packaged in crisp, white containers. You don't have to wait until next year to get your hands on this major drugstore launch: just head over to the presale happening now on HerbalEssences.com.
Jackie Perdue is back with an all-new Lazy Girls' Guide to Beauty! This time, she is showing you a perfect gift idea for the holidays: DIY bath bombs. Bath bombs can transform a normal bath into a relaxing spa treatment, having a therapeutic effect on your skin and providing you with essential oils and minerals. Check back with PSGG for more Lazy Girls' Guide episodes with Jackie!
It turns out that Jennifer Aniston — aka one of the biggest hairstyle icons of our day — has a few celebrity hair crushes of her own. In an interview with Parade magazine, she said, "I think Gisele [Bündchen] has exquisite hair. That's a pretty envious head of hair. I love Kate Moss. She always has great hair."
Perhaps Jennifer misses her long locks since she recently chopped off her length in favor of a chic bob. Jennifer, Gisele, and Kate all have some of the best hair in Hollywood, but we want you to fess up and tell us whose mane you love the most in the poll below!
Pantone has chosen its color of the year for 2014, and the winner is Radiant Orchid. The color is gorgeous for a lot of reasons, but if you're unsure of how to actually wear it, you're in luck. We have three products for you to try on your eyes, lips, and nails, so you can rock this trendy shade all year.