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With office parties, holiday parties and New Year’s Eve added to your already-busy schedule of lunches with BFF’s, sports practices, family dinners and playdates, it’s no wonder the holiday season gets hectic!


Thankfully, you can still get glam hair for each event or occasion in no time. Start with dry hair, a flat iron and a styling product and you can create virtually any style, from sleek and straight to romantic waves and bouncy curls. We like the new Sedu Revolution Professional Nano Touramline Ionic Styler ($139.95, with its unique curved edge plates that give you more flexibility and control for creating a multitude of looks.






For that office party, you want to look fabulous, and all you need is a quick refresher to look your best. Style your hair in the morning and touch it up later for a chic, polished look to keep you looking great throughout the evening.

*Set the styling iron to desired heat.

*Section hair into four sections and focus on one at a time.

*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and place in between the plates starting at the roots.

bumble and bumble spray de mode.jpg*Run the hair through the iron in a straight downward motion to the tip.

*Spritz with a light-hold hair spray like Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode (from $15, to lock-in the look all night!




Who doesn’t want to look great while ringing in the New Year? Do it in style with sultry, natural looking curls. Here’s how to create soft and bouncy curls perfect for your big night out:

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*Work a tiny bit of mousse (try Warren-Tricomi Salon Mousse, $17, into hair to provide additional volume and hold.

*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and wrap it once around the bottom iron.

*Roll the styler as you run it through the length of your hair.



Be the center of attention at all of your holiday parties! Create silky, bombshell hair that’s big on body:

*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and place in between the plates starting at the roots. 

herbal essences body envy hair spray.jpg*Run the styler through each sections vertically and twist out at the tips.

*For even more body flip head over and spritz volumizing hair spray (try Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hair Spray, $3.59,




Wow your in-laws at that family dinner with beautiful, natural-looking waves. Sedu’s lightweight design makes it easy to create waves and its adjustable heat feature makes it the perfect tool for any hair type.

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*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and wrap it once around the  bottom iron .

*Run the styler through hair rolling outward once.

*Spray hair with texturizing spray like Oscar Blandi Tocco Finale Sculpting Pomade, $22,, for a piecier look.




jennifer connelly.jpgEyebrows like Jennifer Connelly are the perfect example of how arches have an effect on the rest of the face.

You can define your brows easily by coloring them in with an eyebrow pencil or powder. Using light strokes, fill in the sparse areas of the brow with the pencil or a brow brush. Make the brows look natural by combing through them to distribute the color evenly.





Anastasia All About Brows Kit contains everything you need to create your perfect face-framing brows. This set includes Tweezers, Brow Powder Duo, four Brow Stencils, Duo Angle/Spooley Brush, Brow Gel, and an Eye Lights highlighting pencil. Everything in this kit works wonderfully, and the instructions are so easy to follow. Not sure which color to choose? We find the Medium Ash works on all skintones. $75,



Mary-Kate Olsen really has her messy-on-purpose hairstyles down. We can’t help but admire her bohemian-chic, I-didn’t-take-any-time-to-do-my-hair-today styles. If this is a look you’ve been wanting to try, consider these tips before you attempt them.


Try a messy style a day after washing. Super clean hair may require the use of more product that can lead to product overload, thus creating a weighed down or greasy look.


Leave your brush alone. Styles like these require the use of fingers only…remember, the style should look like you spent five minutes on it, not five hours.



For super straight hair: Try braiding your hair loosely the night before with slightly damp hair and a light holding styling product to add loose waves to your hair. Try using a product like Frederic Fekkai Wave Spray, $20






For natural wavy or curly hair: Define existing waves and curls using product on damp hair. Try Terax Styling Gel, $12




Practice creating the messy look. Like all hairstyles, they too require a bit of practice before they look “perfect” (but you know, not perfect).


Looking for that perfect streak-free at-home bronze? Here are 10 tested tips to help make you a sunless tanner pro:

1. Tight fitting rubber gloves do work just as good as your hands. They should fit snugly and be thrown away after each use.

2. Elbows, knees, armpits, and under forearms and ankles should always be prepped pre tanning with lotion or a sunscreen to prevent build-up of tanner. Afterwards, designate a wash cloth for a quick semi-damp pat over.

3. Exfoliate from head to toe. Body exfoliation should be done with a non-oily or moisturizing scrub. Oil based scrubs prevent color from applying evenly to skin. Try scrubs that are designed specifically for self tanning like L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Sunless Body Scrub. Salt scrubs should be avoided if you plan on shaving before tanning.

4. If using darkly tinted self tanners, you may want to shave legs the day prior. This is especially helpful if you plan to go on with your day after self tanning application. The dark tint usually settles into fresh hair-free pores and can give off a spotted effect on skin.

5. I am a huge fan of tanning when staying in hotels. This way, you can apply tanner before you catch zzz’s and wake up golden. It also keeps the mess off your sheets at home (come on, they bleach these sheets at seriously hot temperatures so there’s no problem getting self tanning stains removed!)

6. Avoid your facial moisturizer and body creams for as long as you can and be sure not to apply at all until color is in full effect.

7. After tanning, exercise should be a sweat free activity and swimming is completely of limits. If it’s raining, stay indoors. Once you’re caught in the rain, you’ll find tiger streaks rather than an even glow.

8. If you need tan longevity, steam showers, saunas, and hot baths should be avoided during your days of deep glow.

9. Wear dark loose fitting clothing to avoid tan transferring. A tight pair of jeans put on immediately after tanning will absorb tan lotion and leave creases on your skin.

10. After tanning face, be sure to swipe a wet cotton swab across eyebrows and rub out tanner that could have deposited. Also, a cotton ball moistened across your hairline will remove where tanners like to build up during application. This will ensure a no-tell tanned face.

Want even more tips? Beauty editor Mickey Williams shares some in a recent radio interview:


Survive the three H’s of summer with these heat- and humidity-proof products that will keep you looking and feeling cool as a cucumber:

scalp_oil.jpgOil Absorbing Treatment Spray
Biolage Cooling Mint Oil Control Treatment
Provides a sensorial solution to treat and nourish the scalp. It balances and invigorates a normal to oily scalp so the hair looks smooth and feels refreshed. Perfect for hot summer days when you don’t have time to wash your hair, just spray directly on the scalp to reduce and prevent oil. $16

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Peter Thomas Roth Uber Dry SPF 30
A revolutionary dry, lightweight sunscreen that provides SPF 30 protection while leaving the skin with a smooth, shine-free finish. This non-oily formula is virtually undetectable to the touch and ideal for oily and acne-prone skin. Enriched with Vitamins A, C, and E to help fight against free radical damage. For normal to oily skin types. $26

Primer to Stay Shine-Free

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The must-have product of summer is a mattifying primer that dramatically reduces the appearance of oil, shine and large pores. This velvet touch primer controls and absorbs excess oil and minimizes the appearance of pores to act as a smooth and velvety base for more flawless makeup application. $20

Lip and Cheek Stain that Stays Put
theBalm Stainiac
The perfect pop of color for your cheeks and lips, Stainiac hint of tint is perfect for all skin tones. Simply dab a touch onto your cheeks for a sheer wash of color or layer for added intensity. And the best part? Stainiac is formulated to give you more time before the stain sets, so it won’t streak and will stay on your pout or cheeks all day long. $14

Melt-Proof Concealer
Mineral Wear® Talc-Free Mineral Concealer Stick with SPF 15
This sweat-proof oil-free mineral concealer stick features a minimalist, talc-free formula ideal for the most sensitive or break-out prone skin. Mineral Concealer Stick provides full, even coverage, while gently gliding onto skin. Formulated with 100% pure and gentle mineral extracts for added wear and a smoothing effect to help minimize the appearance of fine lines. This gentle, ultra-creamy concealer stick delivers natural flawless coverage throughout the day and won’t run or smudge in the summer’s heat. Available in 4 shades. $6.95

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bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation
Mineral-based foundations are ideal for summer. They offer flawless coverage without the heaviness of cream or liquid foundations. Made of only pure, crushed minerals from the earth, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation looks like a powder, feels like a cream, and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity while feeling as if you are not wearing any makeup at all. $25

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Vincent Longo Hydro Stick
Designed as a wet bronzer for the face—including lips and eyes. This cooling, moisturizing, and water-resistant new product shines with tiny micro particles. Formulated with a high water content, new Hydro Stick is refreshingly cool to the touch and leaves skin looking irresistibly sexy in glimmering, light-catching new hues. $25

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Make Up For Ever Pearly Waterproof Eyeshadow Pencil
Specially formulated waterproof pencils are richly pigmented and long lasting, even under the most extreme conditions. Line, define, or fill in your entire lid with dazzling color.

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