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I’m really digging how Ashlee Simpson styled her hair for the Fashion Take Note event in New York City this week. Her super-short bob looks extremely stylish and the blonde color is stunning. Her light and natural lip and cheek color only works to help accent her eyes — as all attention is keenly focused up top where her short layers fall perfectly at her beautifully smokey eyes. Well done Ms. Simpson.
The Grammy Awards always provide some truly interesting looks for the red carpet. And this year’s ceremony, held this past Sunday, were no exception with some gorgeous, some crazy and some unexpected twists. Here are the trends we liked the most.

Adele-Amber-Rose-Red-Lips-Grammys.jpgBold red lips
Red was definitely a lucky color for Adele, who took home six awards during the evening! She teamed her creamy red lip with tons of eyeliner and super long lashes. She was joined in the red lip department by Amber Rose, whose lips complemented her blonde buzz cut and bright yellow gown.

Big-Hair-Grammys.jpgShowstopping big hairdos
It comes as no surprise to anyone that Diana Ross went for her signature big curly locks. She was joined by Esperanza Spalding, Corinne Bailey Rae and Rihanna, all with their own takes on big, notice-me hairstyles.

Kelly-Osbourne-Katy-Perry-Grammys.jpgCandy-colored hair and pink lips
Kelly Osbourne went for lavenderish grey with pale pink lips, while Katy Perry chose bright turquoise with pink lips. Both ladies definitely didn’t shy away from bold looks, that’s for sure.

Kate-Beckinsale-Jessie-J-Grammys.jpgFun ponytails
The ponytail is such an under-utilized style on the red carpet. But both Kate Beckinsale and Jessie J went for the super girly style for this awards show, and they looked gorgeous! We love both Kate’s curly version and Jessie’s super sleek iteration.

Carrie-Underwood-Fergie-Julianne-Hough-Grammys.jpgSmoky eyes and nude lips
Ah, the old standby. Carrie Underwood, Fergie and Julianne Hough all went for different takes on the classic trend. Carrie’s false lashes were uber-long, Fergie chose bold orange shadow, and Julianne wore tons of black liner, proving that there are so many ways to make this trend your own.
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Did you know that you can get rid of skin puffiness with the help of chamomile tea? Expensive lotions and creams beware, this stuff does the trick nicely. All you have to do is steep some chamomile tea to a golden yellow (follow the instructions on the tea and add a couple minutes to make it stronger). Let it cool and then then soak a clean washcloth in it and apply to the skin as a compress. Let the compress sit on your skin for about 10 minutes, more if you’re feeling really puffy, and then rinse and dry the skin. If you roll up a washcloth like a hotdog you can use it to treat those pesky under-eye circles.
NARS-Makeup-Removing-Water.jpgThere are few makeup cleansers that we think really do the job adequately. Most purport to take off your makeup easily, but few actually do it. But our new favorite cleanser is definitely NARS Makeup Removing Water.

This cleanser is both soap-free and alcohol-free, so it doesn’t irritate your eyes. You can even take off your eye makeup while you’re still wearing contacts and no irritation or redness will occur! And since it’s water-based, it isn’t greasy at all and makes skin feel smooth and supple after applying.

But what we really love is this cleanser’s ability to remove all makeup in almost no time at all. Even the most stubborn mascara and eyeliner are no match for this cleansing water!

NARS Makeup Removing Water retails for $28 at narscosmetics.com.
Valentine’s Day is next week—and while we don’t really love everything the holiday represents, there’s no denying all the cute beauty products that go along with it. Our favorites this year either have hearts all over them or are shaped like hearts—and, we’re sure you’ll agree, there’s just nothing sweeter.

Heart-Beauty-Products-Image-1.jpgTwist & Pout Lip Moisturizer SPF 20
Clip the round ball onto your bag and you’ll never be without soft lips again! And as a bonus, the swirly heart print and jeweled details make it super girly and fun.
$15.95 at hsn.com

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Love Always and Speed Dating
Super easy nail art? Yes, and super cute too! These are definitely our favorite nail polish strips to date, and these two patterns are just too adorable for words.
$8.99 each at ulta.com

Stila Love At First Blush Palette
Various shades of pink, tons of shimmer and a gorgeous overlaid hearts design? Our favorite palette to date.
$14 at sephora.com

The Body Shop Chocomania Soap
Soap shaped like a heart that smells like chocolate. We honestly can’t think of anything better.
$4 at thebodyshop.com

Heart-Beauty-Products-Image-2.jpgPhilosophy Sweet Talk
From the 3-in-1 and the body lotion to the delicious lipgloss, the three products in this set make us want to do nothing but talk sweet.
$22 at beauty.com

Lush Love Potion Massage Bar
Every time we look at this bottle-shaped massage bar with a huge red heart on the front, it’s all we can do to keep from singing “Love Potion No. 9.”
$7.95 at lush.com

Nicole by OPI Have a Heart Nail Lacquer
As if the sparkly red hue didn’t already say “Valentine’s Day” loud and clear, the polish is simply dripping with miniature hearts. So cute.
$7.99 at drugstore.com

Heart-Beauty-Products-Image-3.jpgSally Beauty Secrets Tweezers
Red and white and hearts all over? We think we will.
$1.49 at Sally Beauty stores

Gianna Rose Atelier Black & White Toile Heart Soap
We know we should be gifting this soap to others, but it’s so gorgeous we simply have to keep it for ourselves!
$10 at giannarose.com

Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Kiss Lip Gloss
Six gorgeously kissable shades, topped off with a heart-shaped cap. Perfection.
$14 each at sephora.com

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