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London’s iconic Sanctuary Spa has gone from being an exclusive ballerina retreat in the 1970s (yes, such a thing existed!) to delivering their luxurious spa experience from across the pond and straight to your home. With the launch of their Youth Boosting Facial In-a-Box through QVC ($39), Sanctuary Spa’s facial in-a-box features anti-aging skincare products that work together to provide a full facial experience in the comfort of your own home. Featuring marine extracts like seaweed that promote the skin’s renewal, the kit includes single use packages of five products developed by celebrity facialist Nichola Joss. Her advice for the full spa experience at home: light a fragranced candle, turn on some gentle music, and allow at least half an hour to enjoy the full facial. 

The Sanctuary Spa Youth Boosting Facial In-a-Box kit includes: 

.5 oz Warming Microdermabrasion Polish 
.5 oz Time Reversal Face Mask
.16 oz Firming Youth Serum
.16 oz Brighten Eye Complex 
.33 oz Night Concentrate    
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If your hair is more baby fine than big and bouncy you’ll want to pay close attention to this beauty lesson. In general, fine, thin hair doesn’t require daily washing, but without a proper wash and blow-dry, your hair may be positively flat by day two. Enter hair thickening powders — I don’t know how long they’ve been on the market, but I recently discovered them and found the secret to reviving my limp locks in between washings. There are two powders in particular that I am a big fan of: One of them is Unite Expanda Dust (available for $26 at shop.unitehair.com); after I found out it’s role in Julianne Hough’s amazing Golden Globes’ hairstyle I had to check it out myself. Packed with ingredients and starches that are intended to thicken hair this powder delivers, and quickly. The other powder that’s become a must-have is Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion (available for $24 at nordstrom.com). Sprinkled directly in hair or emulsified in your hands with a little bit of water, the effect is the same, thicker, more voluminous hair.

Some things to remember when working with hair powders, a little bit truly goes a long way — the powders might seem light, but they deliver big! In general you need to just sprinkle a little bit at your roots and tousle hair with your hands to evenly disperse the powder throughout.  I generally follow up with a round barrel brush and a hair dryer to add some more depth to my roots and some curly bounce to the ends.
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Funny, down to earth, and always wearing the perfect shade of lipstick, Emma Stone is not only high on the celebrity you want to be besties with list, but she also inspires with her approachable makeup looks. Looking nothing like the cave woman that she provides the voice for in The Croods, Emma Stone was fresh faced and ready for spring with her natural pink lip and bronze smokey eye at the New York City premiere for the animated film. With nude lips prominent on the Spring 2013 fashion week runways, the subtle pink in Emma’s lip makes it easy to try out this beauty trend at home without risking a washed out look.        

  
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When it comes to new beauty trends, BB cream has been leading the pack in popularity. Brands from Maybelline to Dior offered the beauty balm or blemish balm to the masses who gladly slathered on BB goodness to tint, hydrate and SPF their faces. Seemingly taking a trend and running with it, beauty brands are now selling us on the multiple benefits of CC (or color corrector) cream. So is this for real? Is there a difference between BB cream and CC cream? 

It may surprise you to hear that there actually is a difference between the two similar sounding products. CC cream fits more in the skincare family than the cosmetic family, unlike BB cream. With the main focus of the product on priming, nourishing and providing color correction to your skin, CC cream is the older, wiser and less flashy (color coverage wise) version of BB cream. 

UK based skincare brand Nip + Fab creator, Maria Hatzistefanis, tells us that she created her CC cream “as an answer to many peoples’ complaints about BB creams,” stating that “they are often too oily, too heavy.” Creating a lighter formula that corrects skin rather than just covering it up, brands like Clinique will be introducing their own CC cream this spring that will focus on brighter skin with the use of light diffusing optic technology. If you have redness, uneven skin tone, or acne prone skin, CC cream will be a welcome addition to your routine. 

Curious if CC will work for your skin? Explore CC creams available for purchase now by clicking through the images above.  
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Mila Kunis wasn’t her usual smiling self on the red carpet recently and I’m pretty sure the Wicked Witch is to blame — well her role AS the Wicked Witch, that is. While Mila worked on her meanest scowl, I couldn’t help but notice her choice of lip colors. For the US premiere (pictured left) of ‘OZ The Great and Powerful’ she went for a pale, shimmery, coral color and for the European premiere (pictured right) she went for a brighter, more glossy coral color. 

If the paler, more shimmery color is more you cup of tea, you’ll want to check out Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Boo-Ya (available for $19 at sephora.com), a color they describe as an iridescent coral. Or, if you’re more into the brighter coral color, you’ll want to grab up Stila Lip Glaze in Starfruit (available for $22 at sephora.com). 

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