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Makeup Bag: Katey Denno’s All-Natural Labor Day Skin & Makeup Staples

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Celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno (she works with Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Seyfried, Felicity Jones, and a slew of other A-listers) has an…

Makeup Bag: Ayla Beauty Founder Dara Kennedy

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“I grew up in a family of educators: My parents, both teachers, viewed each moment as an opportunity to learn…

Memorial Day Weekend Beauty Bag Must-Haves

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Since Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer, you won’t want to look anything but your best.  If…

Makeup Bag: Josie Maran

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“I was 12 years old and I was watching a TV commercial and I saw Christy Turlington in a Maybelline…

Hair Color Dictionary With Michael Canale

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Gloss, shine, or tone? Do you know what your colorist is doing to your hair? We asked Michael Canale, celebrity…

#TBT: How To Look Like Debbie Harry

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Debbie Harry is well known for being a blondie, both with her hair and her band. However, her statement-making makeup…

#TBT: Jane Birkin

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Chances are that cool-girl Jane Birkin would absolutely detest the word chic for fear of being cliché. Come on, the…
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Face Value: The Oscars 2015

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There are certain Oscar night prerequisites: Gorgeous body-hugging gowns, sleek and sophisticated hair styles, and perfectly smoked eyes… and this…

Bathing Beauty: Suits’ Meghan Markle

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Actress Meghan Markle is an undeniable beauty. Her good looks can be attributed to her swoon-worthy raven locks, chestnut brown…

Bathing Beauty: Brett Heyman of Edie Parker

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Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman dishes on her beauty must-haves (clutch not included).


Bathing Beauty: Ayla Beauty’s Dara Kennedy

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When shopping for beauty products online, half the battle is knowing what actually works. For this, you need to trust…

Bathing Beauty: DJ Nikki Pennie

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Nikki Pennie isn’t your average DJ. With her signature fiery red locks (courtesy of celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham), chiseled cheek…



Under $10: Drugstore Mascaras

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Who doesn’t relish a beauty deal? Sure, there are certain products that require shelling out some serious cash (like your retinol face creams and your designer fragrances), but then there are other products that have a short shelf life, so you are required to repeat purchase. Mascara is one of those. Considering that the life of a mascara is around 3 months – sometimes shorter depending on how many times you use it in a day – and that new formulas are constantly being introduced, this is the ideal product to purchase at drugstore prices. After all, we all like options, and when it comes to mascara, there never is a “perfect” formula which means it’s all about trial-and-error. Here, the best mascaras for under $10. Stock up!

1. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara ($7) – This new launch contains the coveted CoverGirl mascara formula with a thin rubber-bristled brush to coat the tiniest of hairs. Opt for the waterproof as it is ideal for summer’s heat and humidity. In fact, this is the best lower lash mascara… it really gets every hair without ever streaking or flaking.

2. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara ($9) – Lashes immediately look longer and, thanks to the natural GROW-LASH Complex, daily use will have lashes actually growing longer within 30 days! The thin-bristled brush helps to elongate and separate in a single shimmy of the wand.

3. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Washable Mascara ($8) – The amazing wing tip brush lengthens, stretches, and volumizes every single lash, giving the effect of a butterfly taking flight. Gorgeous lashes equal gorgeous eyes.

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara ($9) – The coveted Millionizer brush is bigger and better to lengthen and separate lashes from root to tip. The built-in anti-clump wiper makes sure that your fringe is clump-free and all volume.

5. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara ($10) – Lengthens and curls with an all-natural formula, this mascara is the first ever to contain 100% natural origin lash extension fibers for the look of falsies… without the chemicals.

6. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ($7) – An uber-glossy formula that gives lashes volume and shine. The fanning brush coats lashes from all sides and angles, giving your fringe the ultimate fanned out, wide-eyed effect.

7. Nyx Cosmetics Provocateur Boudoir Mascara ($6) – Two levels and tow brushes for building and volumizing and then separating and declumping. These lashes are long and dramatic with 24 hours of smudge-free formula (perfect to wear in the boudoir, naturally).


*To read our last list of best drugstore mascaras for under $10, click here.





Hair Color Dictionary With Michael Canale

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Gloss, shine, or tone? Do you know what your colorist is doing to your hair? We asked Michael Canale, celebrity colorist who is responsible for Jennifer Aniston’s glowing gold shade, to give us the 411 on your salon color options. As they say, knowledge is power.

“Glosses – Add shine and enhance color. Say I wanted to take yellow out of someone’s hair to give it a slight alteration, I would use a shine or gloss. You can use gloss on gold tones to cool tones, never ash tones. Glosses last from 3 to 10 shampoos; certain glosses can last up to two months, depending on what lines you are using.

Shines – Usually clear with the slightest amount of gold or cool blue tones. The blue shine would soften a golden look and the gold shine would enhance. Shines last a week to two weeks; you can buy them in shampoo form too. [You can purchase shine shampoo here].

Toner – Toner is more permanent than gloss. You can actually make a toner out of a hair color. A cool toner would take yellow, sandy, beige tones out of the hair. Blue toner makes white and counters yellow, slate toner takes red out of the hair. Toner lasts about 4 to 6 weeks. [You can purchase toner shampoo here].

Semi-Permanent Color – Non-ammonia hair color that usually lays on the outside of the hair shaft so you keep your natural color. It washes out and doesn’t produce red tones. You would use this to cover grey hairs, or for someone who colors their hair often. You can also use it to darken blonde, it’s less harsh and easier to get out than permanent color. Lasts 4 to 6 weeks.

Permanent Color – Permanent has a lifting ability and alters the base color, permanently. The best candidate is someone who is already dark but wants to go darker, and they don’t color their hair often. If you use an active tint to go dark, you will go red eventually (beware!).

Balayage – Free hand way to add highlights that usually uses a hotter bleach (stronger bleach). Great way to refresh or touch-up color. If you want chunky blonde, ask for balayage.

Foils – A more isolated technique to add highlights – you can see what you are doing and keep it away from the other hair while its in the foils. Foils look much more natural.”

Michael Canale, celebrity colorist whose clients include Jennifer Aniston, Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz.


Bathing Beauty: Suits’ Meghan Markle

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Actress Meghan Markle is an undeniable beauty. Her good looks can be attributed to her swoon-worthy raven locks, chestnut brown eyes, and sculpted cheekbones that would make even a seasoned model envious. Starring in the USA legal drama (and one of our personal favorite binge-worthy summer shows), Suits, Meghan’s character, Rachel Zane, is a beguiling blend of wit, intelligence, and sex appeal – a Hollywood combination that we wholeheartedly endorse. The woman behind the character is just as fabulous.

Here, Meghan answers our most pressing beauty questions, dishing on her must-have products and insider tips.

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – because it makes you look instantly awake
2. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment with SPF 15 – I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best. Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it.
3. NARS Blush in Orgasm – a perfect rosy flush tone that brightens the face.
4. Laura Mercier Illuminating Primer – I don’t wear foundation unless I’m filming so this is what I put on everyday after moisturizer to give my skin a dewy glow. It’s not sparkly, it’s true to its name…”illuminating”
5. Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion – I use this religiously. It’s honestly my favorite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it.

What is your all-time favorite product?
YSL touche éclat concealer. It blends, it’s compact and if you’ve worked a 17 hour day and have nothing else on, you will still look relatively alive. Relatively.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Biore Cleansing Cloths for the face. They’re great to keep in the car and on your nightstand when you have those horribly lazy nights that the thought of getting up to actually wash your face seems unbearable.

Favorite hair product?
There are two lines I use religiously: Kerastase (masquintense & the oleo relax line) and Wella, which has a hair oil that I am obsessed with. It smells like vacation and makes your hair slippery and touchable. I love this stuff! It also doubles as a pretty amazing body oil post bath.

You moisturize your face with…
Kate Somerville Quench. I’ve been going to Kate’s clinic in LA for facials for years, and now that I live in Toronto for work, I still use the products to maintain that glow that her products give.

Favorite body product?
I use Dr. Bronner’s Body Wash in Lavender. I love the smell and it lasts for such a long time. (The almond scent is quite nice too if your prefer something warm and sweet). I alternate between the two.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Drink lots of water, as we all know. But I also learned to add the smallest touch of shimmer to the inner corner of the eye after they’re lined. I use Chanel Cassis Eyeliner on my upper lash line and water line, and the touch of shimmer powder adds a brightness and sparkle. Even if I have no makeup on, I am likely to apply concealer and a bit of shimmer in the corners of my eye.

Beauty icon you admire?
Gwyneth Paltrow. I love how she has timeless style and looks chic and polished, but also embraces the effortless “rolled out of bed” look that all of us do on a daily basis. She just happens to do it better. Her makeup and style are spot on the direction that I want to go in.


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