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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.
reese-witherspoon-hair-golden-globes-0182012.jpgOften at red carpet events you see a lot of fancy, swept up, twists and buns. So I was super surprised to see Reese Witherspoon’s hair down and flowing loose at the Golden Globes the other night. And leave it to Los Angeles to remind us that Spring and Summer are creeping up on us and soon we’ll all want tousled, wavy locks. 

Frederic Fekkai stylist Adir Abergel was the mastermind behind the stunning ‘do. Adir started by using Fekkai COIFF™ Océanique Tousled Wave Spray throughout Reese’s dry hair. He then used a small amount of Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream, applying it to the ends of her hair to create a moisturizing seal. Next he used a medium round brush and blow-dried the hair to create volume. Using slight tension to create loose waves, he then wrapped the hair around a one inch curling iron. This process was repeated step by step around her entire head. Lastly, Adir took the hair at the crown of the head, and pulled it back for a Bardo-style bump. He finished the look with Fekkai COIFF™ Sheer Hold Hairspray for hold and Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist for shine.
CND Cucumber Heel Therapy.jpgCue the depressing music … winter is upon us. And since temps in New York have been way below freezing this week—14 degrees, feels like 0 is no fun to walk in at all—we’re thinking about the best winter beauty tips. Here’s how to keep feeling beautiful no matter how bundled up you may be!

Don’t take long showers.
We know that standing under a hot stream of water can make you feel better … but did you know it wreaks havoc on your skin? If your showers are too long and too hot, your skin will actually dry out. Try to keep them to five minutes or less, during which time you can crank up the heat as high as you dare.

Take care of your tootsies.
Your feet are bound to get dry and cracked when the temperature falls. We recommend a rich foot cream, like CND Cucumber Heel Therapy ($15 at ulta.com). Rub it in before bed each night and your feet will be baby soft without a flake or peel in sight!

Don’t stress your tresses.
While we definitely don’t recommend walking out of the house with wet hair—not only might you catch a cold, but your hair will freeze—you do need to protect it before blowdrying and flat ironing. Use a protective spray before any heat styling, and be sure to use a deep conditioning hair mask once or twice a month, too.

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A large majority of people set working out as a New Year’s resolution. As great as exercising is for the body, it can wreak havoc on your hair. The trick is in how you treat your hair during, and after your workouts, here are some simple things to remember.   


A high ponytail is the best way to keep your hair off your neck, keeping you cooler and keeping it away from sweat and grime that can cause damage.  


Try not to wrap ponytail holders so tight that they choke your hair, they should be secure enough to stay in place but not so tight that your hair is pulled from the root.  


If your ponytail needs to be “tightened” remove the holder and start over. Tugging on strands to tighten will cause stress at the point of the holder.  


Use a sweatband or wrap right where your hairline meets your scalp, this helps protect your hair from sweat and keeps it fresh. I hear lots of people raving about the stylish sweatbands (as seen in the picture above) over at SweatyBands.com.


Try out hair powders or freshening sprays in place of washing your hair every day. For many of us, washing our hair every day is not recommended, so this will help prolong your last shampoo session. Bumble and bumble makes a great hair powder, that you can get at sephora.com.


Just keep in mind that the benefits of working out far outweigh the negatives it can have on hair, especially if you minimize them as best you can. 


The holidays are here! We’re sure you’ve got tons of fun holiday parties to go to over the next few weeks … which means you need a plethora of beauty tricks to get you through and keep things looking and feeling fresh. Luckily, the red carpet has some hair and makeup trends that have seriously inspired our holiday beauty routine!

Fergie-Kirsten-Dunst-Red-Lips.jpgPair a red lip with light eyes.
Don’t let your eyes and lips compete for the spotlight. We love both Fergie and Kirsten Dunst here—they each went for a bold, creamy red lip and pale complementary eye makeup. A smoky eye would take away from the drama of the red lip—and with a look like this, you need to be careful not to go over the top.

Jennifer-Love-Hewitt-Smoky-Eyes.jpgSmoky eyes deserve pale lips.
Conversely, you don’t want to have a super dark lip when you go for a dramatic smoky eye. Let the black liner and mascara speak for themselves, as seen here on Jennifer Love Hewitt. The super pale pink lip is such a pretty and feminine contrast to such a standout eye.

Claire-Danes-Blowout.jpgGet a good blowout.
You want your hair to shimmer and shine—it is the holidays, after all! Go for a smooth blowout with a bit of bounce like Claire Danes. There are blowout bars popping up everywhere—our favorite is definitely Drybar, which has locations from California to New York and is opening up new ones fairly regularly.

Jessica-Biel-Red-Nails.jpgDark nails make a statement.
You know what’s expected? Glitter, sparkle and either gold or silver. So why not darken up your nails this season? And yes, red may be a tad on the predictable side … but not when it’s a wine-colored hue with black undertones, as seen here on Jessica Biel.

Whatever you do this season, be sure to have fun. Makeup, hair and nails are an extension of your personality, so be sure to let yourself shine through!

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