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Remove Your Makeup With Cold-Pressed Olive Oil or Almond Oil

Thursday April 17, 2014
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if you couldn't care less about the dangerous toxins we may or may not be putting on our skin daily, this post isn't for you. But if you're the type who looks at the ingredients list on her makeup, skincare, haircare and nail products or you aspire to be that woman, this blog post is for you.

Rose-Marie Swift is a NYC-based makeup artist and founder of the pure organic skincare line rms beauty. She is revered among NY's coolest glamourati like stylist Lisa Marie Fernandez (love her). Since Swift is an organic beauty guru, I had to share her makeup removal trick, which is simply cold-pressed olive oil or almond oil with a cotton pad and warm water.

I love this makeup tips because I'm a huge fan of using oils on my skin. I slather coconut oil all over after a shower when my skin feels dry. I think I need to book an interview with Swift. I have a feeling she has a lot more tips to share with us....

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Mix Your Lighter & Darker Foundation Shades

Tuesday April 15, 2014
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If your skin tans easily in summer, but is paler in winter (like mine!), then you likely have a foundation shade for each season.

Now that spring is here in full force and your skin may be starting to tan, consider mixing your winter and summer foundation shades. You might also consider moving to a more sheer tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier's super popular tinted moisturizer, pictured here. It's my favorite.

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The Year's Hottest Trends in Hair Color

Sunday April 13, 2014
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Wondering what hair color trends are hot, hot, hot for 2014? Look no further than my article, The 8 Hottest Hair Color Trends for 2014. I share 8 trends including ombré, brown-blonde, dip-dye, balayage, platinum and other popular hues.

Read more: The 8 Hottest Hair Color Trends for 2014

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What to Look for in a Great Facial Cleanser

Friday April 11, 2014
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My good friend Janine recently called to tell me she just bought her favorite Chanel cleanser which likely set her back at least $50. I hated to tell her after the fact that there's no need to spend a lot of money on a cleanser with special ingredients in it because you're just washing the product down the drain.

You can get a basic cleanser from any drugstore. Look for a mild, soap-free cleanser that's formulated for your skin type. In my article below, I run down the best face cleansers for 5 different skin types: dry, oily, combination, sensitive and blemished. This list includes some of the yearly picks by the staff of 'InStyle' magazine plus the tried and true picks selected by myself other beauty experts.

Read more: Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type

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How to Curl Hair Into Beachy Waves

Wednesday April 9, 2014
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Summer is almost upon us which means it's time to break out those casual, sexy, "I Just Got Home After a Day of Surfing" waves. This trend has been around for years and isn't going anywhere. So isn't it about time you learned how to make your hair look like this?

Read more: How to Curl Hair: The Secret to Sexy, "Beachy" Waves

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My Best Eyeliner Tips & Tricks

Monday April 7, 2014
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There are so many ways to apply eyeliner. You can use pencil liners, liquid liners or even a slanted eyeliner brush dipped in a dark eyeshadow. And then there's the cat eye, the smokey eye and the basic eye for starters.

In my article, How to Apply Eyeliner Correctly, I tell you how to use eyeliner, plus give a bunch of fun tips including if you should be spending $$ or saving it on the right eyeliner

Read more: How to Apply Eyeliner Correctly

Dry Skin? Try These Homemade Face Mask Recipes

Saturday April 5, 2014
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I suffer from dry, flaky skin all year round and I love a great face mask to hydrate my skin. I've pulled together some amazing recipes that just take a few ingredients found in the average kitchen.

Read more: Face Mask & Scrub Recipes for Dry, Chapped Skin

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Who Should Do Her Own Hair Color...And Who Shouldn't

Thursday April 3, 2014
Kristin Wig ombre hair colorMany people are perfect candidates for box hair color done at home, but some people aren't. So how to tell the difference? Consider these tips:

  1. If you have gray hairs or brunette hair that you want to lighten up or darken a couple shades then there's no reason you can't do your own hair color, saving yourself 100s of dollars.
  2. If you want to change your hair from brown to blonde or go red or anything drastic, then I highly recommend going to a pro.
  3. Want to add a few face-framing highlights or ombre hair color like Kristin Wig, pictured here? You can do it yourself at home, but it may look better if you let a pro balayage your hair. Finding the right shade is what's most complicated. Hair color is a science, after all, and you run the risk of turning your hair a complete mess of a color.
  4. While there are highlighting kits you can buy to do your own foils or balayage, these are more complicated than all-over hair color and require the help of a friend. Enlist someone to help you, especially with the back of your head.
  5. Covering up a few grays? You can do it yourself, no need to hire a pro.
Image: Getty Images Read more in At-Home Hair Color: Biggest Mistakes Women Make.

The One Term Cameron Diaz & Oprah No Longer Want to Hear

Sunday March 23, 2014
I'm guilty of it. And my bet is anyone who writes about beauty today is as well. It's the use of the term "anti-aging," which both Cameron Diaz and Oprah hate. They explain why in an interview Oprah conducted this week with Diaz.

"It's almost as if we have failed if we don't remain 25," Diaz says. The term, she says, doesn't honor the journey women go on as they age, and it makes aging seem negative, which it should not be since there's absolutely nothing we can do to stop it. Surely no lotion or potion is going to stop the hands of time. Plus, we all know a woman at 60, which is Oprah's age, is likely much more confident and interesting than she was at 25.

Get the full scoop on Oprah's Website.

Trick to Saving That Last Bit of Lipstick

Tuesday March 18, 2014

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I got an email from a reader named Patti that included a lipstick trick I had to share with everyone (with Patti's permission of course). She had read my tip for what to do with a tube when you're at the end of it. I suggested in this article digging out the last bits with a cotton swab, putting them in a lipstick palette and mixing in a bit of Vaseline. I like Patti's suggestion even more:

I scoop out the end of the tubes and put them in a pill case, the one with the days of the week individually capped, then nuke them until they melt. Use a lip brush and you have 7 lipsticks to go!

Thanks Patti...I can't wait to try this on my favorite M.A.C. tubes.

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