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Skip the Shampoo, Embrace the Conditioner?

Wednesday April 23, 2014
If you have dry, curly hair you might consider joining the "no-poo" movement. This continuing trend, which seemed to begin around 2008, involves skipping shampoos (which those in the no-poo movement claim can be drying to already-dry hair) and instead rinsing hair and using conditioner.

The idea behind this method is that shampoos can dry out the scalp and the scalp compensates by Those in the know swear by weekly deep conditions using coconut oil or Moroccanoil. No shampoo a bit much for you? There's also a "lo-poo" option. Check out DevaCurl's Low-Poo Shampoo.

Photo Galleries of Gorgeous Long Hairstyles

Monday April 21, 2014

Long hair will always be popular and while long hair is flattering on most face shapes, if you have a long or thin face consider a cut with bangs, which can mask a large forehead while visually "widening" your face.

Long hair can be tricky depending on your hair texture. It works wonderfully on curly hair, because the length weighs down the curl. Just make sure to get layers cut in so your hair has definition and doesn't look like an upside down Christmas tree. If you have fine hair, don't grow hair too long or your hair could appear lifeless. Ask your stylist to cut in long layers to give hair body. Wavy hair is a wonderful texture for long hair. You can get choppy layers or wear your hair all one length and curl the ends as Kate Middleton does.

Check out these photo galleries for inspiration:

Image: Sofia Vergara by Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

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
Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer

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
Mila Kunis beachy waves

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.

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