It’s not even Thanksgiving and the holiday party invitations have started to roll in — cue my boundless excitement for the upcoming season! Being very pregnant right now, I’m not so worried about what to wear — I have one silk dress and that’s plenty. I’m most fired up about what hair and makeup looks I’ll sport. My go-to makeup for the season will be Michelle Phan’s new and gorgeous makeup line EM. Phan combines her amazing tutorials that we’ve mentioned before here, with her own line of beautifully curated and high-quality makeup. The EM Life Palette, Holiday Life: New Year’s Countdown Edition, $29 (above) is the perfect party mix. You get everything you need for a complete party-ready look: six gorgeous shadows, a blush and two lip colors. I love the dramatic mix of gold, plum and smokey brown shades with my favorite-of-the-season deep wine lip. And the best part is her easy step-by-step video how-to on the EM website that shows you exactly how to use the products to get a sultry and dramatic makeup look. Party on!
Are you more experimental more with your holiday makeup or do you like to keep it simple?
The Product: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer, $29
Why: I was in need of a new daytime moisturizer and had a very specific hit list of attributes that this new moisturizer needed to possess. They included:
- SPF 30 (preferably made up of chemical-free ‘screens)
- Oil-free (or at least a formulation that wouldn’t turn my face into an oil slick)
- Formulated without icky ingredients like parabens, petroleum, etc.
- Tube or bottle packaging (no jars)
- Convenient to pick up
I wasn’t sure I’d find something I’d be completely happy with, but to my surprise I found this tube of moisturizer during a trip to Whole Foods (read: convenient). It was everything I needed. I’ve been using it for about two months, and I have to say, I love it more every day. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated without making it look greasy, and it keeps my skin protected from the sun all day. Simply put: It’s great. I will buy it again and again.
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If you think braided hairstyles should be reserved for casual days, you might want to reconsider. Nicole Richie stepped out at the LACMA Art + Film Gala wearing a stunning Dolce & Gabbana gown paired with a bun and fishtail combo. The result was simply gorgeous. Here’s how I’d go about recreating the glam, braided hairstyle:
Step 1: Create a slick high ponytail. If your hair is on the shorter or thinner side, try adding a ponytail piece like Hairdo 18″ Simply Straight Pony Wrap, $49. Secure with an elastic and bobby pins, if necessary.
Step 2: Split your ponytail in half. Wrap one of the halves into a bun around the other hanging half. Secure with bobby pins.
Step 3: Tightly fishtail braid (here’s the scoop on how to fishtail braid) the hanging section and secure with a tiny, clear elastic.
Step 4: Clean up any flyaways with hairspray spritzed on an old toothbrush.
Image: Red Carpet Fashion Awards
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If you’re just getting around to carving your pumpkin, be sure to save all of your pumpkin guts (seeds and pulp). Why? Because you can use them to create a delicious, skin-softening body scrub, of course. Here, Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home, tells us how to whip it up …
Step 1: Process your pumpkin seeds and pulp in a blender or food processor until you have a coarse scrub, says Cox.
Step 2: Mix one cup of the seed blend with one cup of raw sugar and two tablespoons of almond oil.
Step 3: Rub it all over your body while showering and rinse.
Bonus tip: “Freeze any extra pumpkin pulp for use year round,” says Cox.
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