Stockings get a bad rap. Coal, anyone? But on the bright side, stockings allow you to decide how big (or small) of a gift you want to give. Big things come in small packages, right? Watch and see the best beauty stocking stuffers of 2012. On Kirbie: H&M.
When you're just not sure what to give this year, go with the gift of a makeup palette. Because palettes contain so many shades and products in one convenient case, there's something inside to please just about anyone on your list. We compiled the best palettes available right now, whether that person on your list loves lipstick, eye shadow, or both. On Kirbie: Dolce Vita dress.
Whether it's to get festive or just a way to add some color to your look, a standout lip shade is the quickest way to make a beauty statement. When going for a bold lip hue, all you really need are a touch of foundation and a good dose of mascara. These 10 lip shades range from pinks to extra-dark plums, and there's an affordable color for every skin tone and personality. Click on to find your perfect match.
It's the first day of Winter, and despite talk of an apocalypse, you'll have to endure three more months of bitter cold. That means you need to take extra care with your skin even though most of your body will be shrouded in sweaters, boots, and hats. Celebrate the Winter solstice with our best cold-weather beauty tips from hair to toes. Because there is no excuse for neglecting yourself this season (not even the impending end of the world).
'Tis the season to gift beautiful, pampering presents. From nail art kits and designer fragrance sets to pretty bottles and supersized palettes, we've sifted through just about everything to create your one-stop place for all things beautiful. Whether it's for giving or coming up with your on wish list, you won't want to miss out on the nearly 300 beauty gifts we've curated this season.
Note: due to the holiday shopping rush, products often sell out quickly and fluctuate in price. If one of your favorite items is no longer available, let us know in the comments, and we'll help find you a similar replacement.
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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."