Kate Middleton tops our social feeds again this week with some hair dramatics. First, she fired her hairdresser (gasp!). Then, she was spotted with a new brunette dye job, and she finished out the week with a huge hair first — a red carpet ponytail. Plus, it's the holidays! So our networks were bubbling over with all things festive. Secret Santa gifts, snowflake nail art, and seasonal styles were winners across the board. See all your favorite beauty news from the week that was, and make sure to follow POPSUGAR Beauty on social media, including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
It's the time of year to spread the dough, er . . . holiday cheer around. As your shopping list gets longer and longer, stress levels can skyrocket. Not to fear. Here are 50 gifts for $50 and under that are sure to please everyone from the makeup-lover to the spa aficionado on your list. And the only thing left to worry about is how many pieces of peppermint bark to devour.
Women with long hair can attest to the fact that more hair doesn't necessarily mean better hair. When you have lots of length to work with, styling can be more hassle than it's worth — think hours of blow-drying, curling, and pinning. Well, it's time to get out of your hair rut for the holidays! You can do more than the simple down 'do and the bad-hair-day ponytail. We've gathered our favorite red carpet moments to give long-haired ladies a jolt. Braids, buns, half-up looks, and sideswept styles can all be found within. Your ponytail holder is definitely going to get jealous this holiday season.
With Elizabeth Banks and Reese Witherspoon stepping out last night with similar blond bobs and makeup looks, we were seeing double. Elizabeth attended the Legoland tree-lighting ceremony with a festive red lipstick and shimmering shadow, while her hair was styled with a slight wave. Reese also went for a crimson lip at the Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Awards, but her shade was more brick than bright. Her newly shorn bob was blown out for a smooth, sleek look. These two could pass for twins, but who pulled off the look best?
You've probably seen Deborah Lippmann's handiwork in the likes of Vogue or on the runways at New York Fashion Week, but she's most well-known for her line of polishes that you can find at many department stores and Sephora. We tapped the celebrity manicurist for her holiday shopping list, and just like her polishes — you'll find nothing but luxury here. From cozy cashmere blankets to a special spa treatment, see what Deborah is gifting this season.
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling
There's more to Kelly Osbourne's topknot than initially meets the eye. The star pulled her hair up into a high bun for the Make-a-Wish Gala in Los Angeles last night and added a spiked hair accessory just above the nape of her neck. She kept her makeup pretty classic with winged eyeliner and nude lipstick, although we wouldn't go so far as to call her purple braid a classic. The shade is actually more like Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year, radiant orchid, making Kelly's signature hair hue ahead of the trend. See more shots of her tough-girl style from all angles!
Kate Middleton is the woman we want to be when it comes to hair. Even though she's had a whirlwind year so far (having a baby and all), Kate's blowouts have never fallen flat. We have had plenty of opportunities to see her hair on parade, like her ponytail snapped above at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. We're taking a look back at Kate's crowning glory: her enviable mane.
February: Kate Visits Hope House
Early March: The Duchess During Her Official Visit to Grimsby, England
See more of Kate's stunning hair moments from this year when you read on.
Even though Gravity has already debuted in the States, Sandra Bullock has been out promoting the film in Tokyo this week. For the press conference, she wore her hair straight down with a middle part framing her face. Then, she switched it up for the red carpet premiere, wearing an updo with curled fringe in the front. For both looks, she kept her makeup soft with metallic shadows on her lids and a nude lip. She looked great for both appearances, but which of Sandra's styles do you like best?
As beauty editors, we are constantly trying out new products, but even we have our all-time favorites. Call these our holy grail buys, and surprisingly, they're not all splurges. The prices run the gamut from $2 to $200. Read on to discover the five classics that everyone talks about and that we adore, too.
- Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream ($155): Celebrities hoard it, estheticians recommend it, and our editors agree. This well-known cream is worth every penny because it sends wrinkles running and keeps skin, soft, smooth, and hydrated.
- Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker ($2): When it comes to a neutral lipstick nothing does the job better than this classic Dr. Pepper lip balm. The hint of red is just right for that everyday flush.
- Essie Ballet Slippers ($8): Every once in a while, we sidestep the anxiety that comes with selecting a polish a the salon and just bring our go-to nude along. This Essie shade is just the right mix of pink and white to blend with any skin tone. Plus, the sheer coverage always makes it work appropriate.
- CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara ($9): While some are Maybelline Great Lash addicts, our editors are partial to this volumizing mascara because the plastic bristles keep clumps at bay, so all you see are fluttery lashes.
- Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser ($9): If it's good enough for grandma, then it's good enough for us. This cleansing cream is still a vanity must have because there is nothing better at removing stubborn eye makeup.
Your party dress is dry-cleaned, and your updo is figured out (thanks, YouTube). Up next is your smile. Allure has rounded up its favorite teeth-whitening and breath-freshening buys to put on your brightest smile this holiday season.
Nothing kills your confidence like having a piece of lettuce stuck between your teeth for an entire conversation and not knowing it until somebody points it out. Or when your mother oh-so-politely passes you a mint after you've eaten a slice of garlic bread. Or when a glass of red wine leaves your whole mouth rusty and stale. In this world of fresh-breath saboteurs and tooth decayers, here are three chic and discreet ways to freshen and brighten up. Go ahead, smile.
GoSmile Touch Up Ampoules ($35 for 30). These tiny single-shot tubes are no bigger than your pinky. When you're ready for a mini mouth makeover, simply bend the ampoule until the plastic casing cracks open to release whitening formula onto the foamlike tip. The results are impressive: Surface stains disappear and breath is fresher within seconds. Of the three flavors, we like Fresh Mint best.
Glo Everyday Glo ($25). Like a Tide to Go stick for your teeth, this stain-remover pen contains a clear gel with hydrogen peroxide and whitening silicates that help whiten teeth and break up stains before they settle into enamel. It has a flexible rubber tip that won't aggravate gums while you scrub, and the flavor has a hint of mint, so your mouth feels fresh. All that without smudging your lipstick!
Kissing Elixir ($10). It looks more like a lip gloss than a classic breath spray. This breath mist is 100 percent natural and formulated with peppermint leaf, vanilla, spearmint, cinnamon, and chorophyll. A single spritz is all you need, and the packaging is so elegant and unassuming, there's no need to excuse yourself from the table when it's time to refresh.
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OK, so no one's perfect, especially in holiday madness. And that means you don't have to feel ashamed about forgetting your brother's girlfriend was coming for Christmas (oops) or having that cousin show up at the last minute for the family gift giving. It's always good to have an extra present on hand for the holiday guest you forgot or didn't expect, and these options will work for any unexpected reveler — male or female. Not only will no one feel left out, but they'll have no idea you didn't have them in mind when you picked it out.
From her studded brooches and bobby pins to the gilded wreaths and turbans, Jennifer Behr is the fairy godmother of hair accessories. And her newest collection has everything you need to get through all your upcoming holiday events. In fact, Kate Middleton was just spotted in a tiara that reminds us of Behr's Grecian headband design. You don't have to be royalty to don one of these swoon-worthy accessories that also look amazing on your holiday shopping (or wish!) list.
Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but the girl has the best wigs in show business — better than Cher and Liza Minnelli combined. This year, she kicked off her ARTPOP album tour, giving us the best hair Gaga had to offer. For her performance at the VMAs, she sang and danced while changing her look five times. We don't know how much of her touring budget is devoted to hair, but there's no doubt that she is the queen of hairpieces. See the most gorgeous (and ghastly) of Gaga's wigs ahead.
Do you ever wish you had a personal shopper to help style you through the holiday party circuit or maybe a makeup artist to give the perfect smoky eye? While we can't teleport to you, you can hang out with us as we break down all our seasonal fashion and beauty tips. Whether you're just attending the office holiday soiree or planning a full-scale family function, our style team has the knowledge to get you dressed and coiffed from head to toe.
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At last night's L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth event, Lea Michele wore her hair in a long textured plait that reminded us of our schoolyard days, but we doubt Lea's mom did this french braid before she hit the red carpet. The twisted style appears sleek from the front yet has a more bohemian vibe from the side, with Lea's ombré hair color giving the braid a two-toned feel. She kept her makeup subtle with bronze hues on the cheeks and a neutral pink lip. See her beautiful braid from more angles below!
From the Front
From the Side
From the Back
The curly girl is typically the queen of hair products, from her DIY avocado deep conditioner recipe to her bottles of gel, but this season, you can give her gifts she'll love. From a gem-encrusted headband to a blow dryer made specifically for curly hair, these presents will ensure her good hair days outweigh her bad in 2014. The best part is they start at just $5!
There is nothing more soothing than a spa facial complete with a steam treatment. But if you're looking to keep a couple hundred dollars in your pocket this season, you can get a similar effect at home with the Maijan Nourish Healing Herbal Facial Steam ($17, originally $24). The scent alone will immediately transport you to a more relaxed place. The dry-skin formula, my personal favorite, has dried rose petals to give it a strong floral smell, and there are also rosemary and peppermint to help soothe inflammation. After just five minutes of hovering over a bowl of steaming water mixed with this potpourri, my skin had a healthy glow and soft texture I usually have to wait until Summer to achieve. It's also the perfect way to clear out pores before putting on a mud mask. Just make sure to keep your jar safely concealed in the bathroom vanity, or some unsuspecting guest might mistake it for tea.
Dev might just be the coolest woman we've ever met. She got her first tattoo at 16 with her dad in tow, she dyed her hair blue to coincide with the mood of her latest EP, she idolizes Jenna Lyons just like us, and she wears a cat eye to the grocery store. "I love eyeliner," the CK One color brand ambassador said in a recent interview. "It took me a good six months to get really comfortable doing [a cat eye]. I have to hold my breath, and I usually kneel my elbow on the sink for balance. But I'm pretty decent now; I can do it in the car." So not only is Dev a singing superstar, but she also has better skills than the average makeup artist.
While Dev's music has a definite hip-hop and dance vibe (think the bouncing bass in "Like a G6" and "Bass Down Low"), her style is chic and classy. "I like to keep it simple, sexy, a little tailored sometimes, and then my tattoos or nails or hair would be the extra touch," she said. It's clear her hair is her favorite accessory. In the last year alone, Dev has cycled through many different hair colors, from black to bleach blond and now her bluish purple hue. "I was just feeling the vibes — it sounds corny — but the vibes from my EP are blue," she said. "When I listen to it and the way the songs flow and what they're about, I see bluish hues." Find out more about Dev's beauty routine after the jump.
Before you unwrap another straw, did you know that pursing your lips around one actually causes wrinkles? If you want to minimize the signs of aging, there are a few habits you need to master early on. "In their 20s, people think they're invincible and that they're never going to age, but that is when you really need to develop good habits, because it will last you a lifetime," said Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. Below you'll find the secrets to maintaining that youthful glow for longer. So when it comes to your skin, maybe 30 is the new 20 after all.
1. It's never too early to start antiaging. Which probably means you're reading this too late. "I always say the sooner the better because if you know you're going to care about lines then you might as well start sooner," says Dr. Jaliman. The first step is using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which will protect you against aging caused by the sun's UV rays.
2. Even if you are using antiaging, you're still aging. Here's some bad news: "We're losing everything as we age, unfortunately, so there is no way out of it," says Dr. Jaliman. "You're going to lose collagen and elastic tissue, so your skin is going to get saggier. Your skin is going to get rougher, and the pigment isn't going to be as even. Also, all those things get worse with sun damage."
3. Skipping sunscreen is the biggest mistake you ever made. "People say it's so time consuming, but really just like you brush your teeth every day — that's 30 seconds." Of all the antiaging creams and treatments you can buy, sunscreen is the most inexpensive and effective route. So, you'll want to get in the habit of wearing SPF 30 every day.
4. Don't skip the neck (and hands). "A lot of times I see people with a young-looking face and old-looking hands and neck," explained Dr. Jaliman. "Those three areas are chronically sun exposed, so whatever you do for your face you also want to do to your hands and neck."
5. Drinking from a straw does cause wrinkles. Your mom might have passed on this advice when you were a teenager, and it turns out this beauty myth is all true. "Any kind of repetitive muscle movement will cause wrinkles," admits Dr. Jaliman. "Smile every day and you get a smile line, or if you frown you're going to get a frown line, but what are you going to do? You can't stand like a mummy!" This problem is easily solved by using a retinol at night around the mouth and on the forehead.
Get more useful antiaging tips when you keep reading.