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Who Knew Black Lipstick Could Be So Gorgeous?

IFP's 23nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - Red CarpetWhen I spied the beautiful makeup on Lupita Nyong’O from last week’s Gotham Independent Film Awards, I was totally smitten. She’s known for wearing fun, bold lipstick shades, and this jet-black lipstick with a touch of red gloss in the center is super unique and über glam. I went straight to the source, celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, who created the pretty look, for a how-to. He explained, “sheer black lipstick (not too thick, too opaque or too matte), with a hint of sheen can look feminine and glamorous in a silent-film-star kinda way.” And it’s good for all skin tones, he said. “For dark skin tones, a true black like the currently sold-out MAC Lipstick in Hautecore, $15 (the one he used on Nyong’O), looks great because it contrast but won’t look too severe,” he explained. “For lighter skin, you might want more of a black cherry color with a hint of a red-plummy tone so the black wont look too inky against lighter skin.” He recommends Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15 or try Lipstick Queen Black Tie Optional Shine, $22 for an ultra-translucent, elegant gloss.

Would you wear black lipstick?

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Reader Beauty Q: What’s The Fix For My Hair That’s Being Wrecked By Hard Water?

bumble-and-bumble-sunday-shampooQuestion: “I just moved to a new town and the water is H-A-R-D. It’s really messing-up my usually easy hair. What can I do?” — Stephanie

Answer: Hard water is tough on hair because it causes a mineral build-up that can weigh down locks and make hair really difficult to moisturize. And just all-around frizzy. The solution is simple: remove the minerals. You can do this a few ways, and they’re all really easy. Yay! Here are your options:

Option 1 – Shampoo it: Start using a clarifying or chleating shampoo like Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, $23 (above) or Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $1. Just keep in mind that these are very drying, so start by using them once a week to see if that helps. Also pair this shampoo with a deep conditioner to restore loss moisture. This is the low-maintenance solution to getting your hair back in good form.

aquasana-shower-filterOption 2 - Filter it: Buy a shower-head filter like the Aquasana Shower Filter, $55 (we wrote about it here) to remove minerals before they actually have the chance to do damage on your locks. Relatively inexpensive and super-easy to install (I did it myself in like five minutes), this is going to keep your hair in the best shape and you won’t have to give up your favorite cleansers and conditioners.

heinz-apple-cider-vinegarOption 3 – Rinse it: Use an apple cider vinegar rinse once a week followed by a deep conditioner on the ends. And when I say rinse, I mean, literally, mix two cups of distilled water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, like Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, $2 and pour it over your locks, swish it around a little bit, then rinse it out. The vinegar removes this mineral buildup and also makes hair really shiny. This, like a clarifying shampoo, is very drying, but also a cheap solution to removing the pesky minerals that your hair doesn’t like.

Do you have hard-water problems?

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Problem Solver of the Week: Epsom Salt

dr-teals-relax-epsom-saltThe Product: Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, $5

Why: As a beauty editor, I try everything — from feather eyelash falsies to the latest tricked-out at-home facial scrubbing brush. But once in a while, I realize I haven’t ever actually tested a tried and true beauty staple. This time, it’s Epsom salt. I still have two more months left of this pregnancy, but the weight of my big belly is a literal pain in my neck — and back, and legs and feet. Over the weekend, my sister-in-law suggested I take a long bath with Epsom salt and lavender oil. I knew she was on to something right away — even though I’ve never done it, this is exactly what I would recommend to you guys. So I happily dumped two heaping cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of oil into her extra-large soaking tub (you can make your own essential oil mix like I did and use plain Epson Salt or buy a pre-infused blend like the Dr. Teal’s above). The sweet scent of the oil immediately relaxed me, and when I got out twenty minutes later, I felt a huge relief in my no-longer-sore bod. I am a total convert. Knowing something so simple can make my treasured baths even better is just awesome. So how, exactly does this magic salt work? Well, first, it’s not actually a salt. It’s named for Epsom, the spa town in England known for its healing mineral springs. Made of the compound magnesium sulfate, which many believe can be absorbed into your body through the skin, Epsom salt is known to regulate the activity of enzymes, reduce inflammation and help muscle and nerve function. I just know that it made my bath super relaxing and I felt less soreness, so I’m sold.

For more cool bath ideas, check out our DIY Bath Tea How-To.

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Cyber Monday Beauty Deals That Will Blow Your Mind

Happy Thanksgiving! Now get shopping!

birchbox-rebecca-taylor-cyber-mondayWho: Birchbox

What: Spend at least $55 on all full-sized products and receive an exclusive Birchbox + Rebecca Taylor makeup pouch. Use code REBECCAGIFT.

When: Beginning December 2nd


e.l.f-cyber-mondayWho: e.l.f.

What: Get 50% with a minimum purchase of $30 on the website.

When: December 1st – December 3rd


drbrandt-bbcream-cyber-mondayWho: Dr. Brandt

What: Enjoy 40% off eye cream and also receive a full-size BB or CC cream with any purchase over $150.

When: December 1 at noon – December 2nd at midnight EST


butter-london-cyber-mondayWho: Butter LONDON

What: Launching Black Friday, Butter London’s Fashion Size Duo combines the perfect lacquer pair of Slapper and Knackered, to give your holiday look the sparkle and pop it needs for only $10. Also, get 20% off of all products and  50% off of last-call products using the code CYBER13.

When: November 29th – December 2nd


bobbi-brown-extreme-party-mascara-cyber-mondayWho: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

What: Kick off black Friday with a mini Long Wear Makeup Remover and a full-sized Extreme Party Mascara with any order.

When: November 29th


miss-jessie's-cyber-mondayWho: Miss Jessie’s

What: Scoop up 40% off ALL items on the website

When: Now while supplies last


Happy Black Friday/Cyber Monday, etc., etc.

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