Mini trinkets are always fun to give (and receive!) during the holidays, especially for beauty lovers. Bottles of polishes, rollerball fragrances, and lip hues are also a great option for those people who you don't know what to gift. Because at the end of the day, who doesn't like a small bottle of hand cream? We've rounded up a collection of the miniature-size gifts you'll want to dole out this holiday season!
The holiday season is all about toppings: the star on the tree, the marshmallows on your hot chocolate, and your glittering hair accessories. In this Ban.do lookbook, you'll find jewel-toned bobby pins, gilded scarfs, and flower headbands — all under $35. They're so affordable, you can pick a different bauble for every party you attend.
When it's time to see your friends and family this Thanksgiving, trade in your usual style for this easy-to-DIY braided style. Whether your hair is long or short, a headband braid is a fun and easy way to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your waves. We headed to DreamDry, where stylist Faith Huffnagle gave us her tips for mastering the simple look.
Even though the Hunger Games trilogy is known for its action sequences, there's one aspect of the films that always piques our interest: the hair. From Katniss's braid to everything Effie Trinket wears on her head, the hairstyles that have come out of these movies are nothing short of amazing. We chatted with Linda Flowers, lead hair designer, department head, head colorist, and wig designer (phew!) of The Hunger Games about what goes into the eccentric locks of the movie.
POPSUGAR: Katniss is known for her braids. How did you come up with the different styles for her looks in the Capitol versus when she's in the arena or in District 12?
Linda Flowers: In the film, you notice when she first arrives at the Capitol, Katniss has a colored braid across her forehead. Her braids always connect her to her family, her roots. She always maintains some version of the braids as to not lose who she is. The braids are symbolic. For instance, when she arrives at the Capitol she has a HUGE braid. It’s a sign of revolt.
PS: What about Prim's hair?
LF: Prim always has braids too — little bows out of hair. They are similar to Katniss's braids, only slightly different. This shows continuity and unity between she and her sister.
PS: What was your inspiration for Johanna's hair?
LF: Johanna is a wild card. Her hair had to be very street, very choppy with color. Not a perfect haircut. I wanted it to look as though she did it herself. Because she is a darling of the Capitol, her hair is her way of rebelling — it's not a glamorous hairstyle. This pays tribute to her personality. She is very raw and an amazing fighter. Johanna is the opposite of what the Capitol represents.
PS: Effie Trinket has incredible costumes. What was it like creating her many hairstyles?
LF: So fun! Effie is one of my favorite roles in the whole movie. She is the fashionista, and she embodies everything the Capitol represents. Effie is always accessorized immaculately. I created looks that were over the top. She wore these crazy Alexander McQueen costumes, and her hair had to stand up to them, complement them. A simple style would have been lost.
PS: Who are some of the other characters you had the most fun creating looks for?
LF: Caesar Flickerman and his different wigs. In the book he has a purple wig. So I created a two-toned lavender/purple wig. He's always fun to do. Also his sidekick, Claudius Templesmith, was also interesting. He wore a very feminine, cool wig. The two together are interesting, colorful people — both very extreme.
PS: What's it like bringing the Capitol style to life?
LF: It's challenging and fun. I'm allowed to use my imagination — this is not a time period piece where I have pictures to reference. Everything had to come from my imagination. It was very scary to see if my ideas would be accepted and very exciting when they were.
PS: What are some of the challenges of working on the many looks for the Catching Fire cast?
LF: Time. We have to do so much in such a short amount of time. For instance, I had three weeks to do 300 wigs! Of course, I have a lot of help — amazing hair artists, platinum stylists. I have a great team. We work together to get the most out of the time we have.
Headwraps can make for a stunning beauty look, and the Eastern style has been a staple for making a glamourous statement on and off the red carpet. And of all the many hair accessories, turbans and chunky headbands are perfect for topping off your Fall look. To help inspire you this season, we're rounding up some of our favorite ways we've spotted celebs rocking the look.
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.
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.
When you're getting ready for a Christmas party, there's no easier way to make your hair look a little more special than using an eye-catching hair accessory. There's no skill involved, and the results are instant. Whether you choose a headband, a sparkly barrette, or even a piece of jewelry repurposed for your hair (necklaces, brooches, and earrings all work brilliantly) you can instantly amp up the sparkle with very little effort. To inspire your festive look, we're bringing you some of our favorite celebrity hair moments, featuring everything from slim black headbands to big, bold blooms.
Just because the temperatures are dipping doesn't mean everyone's favorite updo is going away! Three stars stepped out sporting ponytails this week, but each one was a little different. Taylor Schilling gave her relaxed ponytail plenty of texture, while Selita Ebanks parted hers down the middle. And Kristin Cavallari kept things neat and slick with a classic partless ponytail. We loved each version, but whose is best in your book?