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Trending: The Half-Up Top Knot

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Remember when the top knot was all the rage? Well, top knot, you’ve got some stiff competition, and it comes in the form of the slightly more feminine and sexy AF half-up top knot, as worn on the heads of Kourtney Kardashian, Lily Aldridge, and Kim Kardashian. This super flattering style adds a few extra inches in the vertical direction, and it’s relatively simple to achieve.

To recreate, take the front half of your hair and gather at the crown of your head (the higher, the better). Use a rubber band to secure. Then wrap the hair already in the rubber band into a bun and pull the tail through, like tying a knot. Keep in place with a few bobby pins. Showing the tail is chic, so pull out a few random pieces to really achieve the undone-done vibe.

To give it some texture like Kourtney, add a dry shampoo or texture spray to strands prior to doing the knot. Try Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Dry Shampoo ($15), which was used on Kourt’s killer look, or Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($44).

For some sleek shine, à la Lily, opt for Redken’s Shine Flash 02 ($14), a personal favorite, or Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Serum ($26).

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Weekly Must-Have: DermaFlash

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The summer can take a toll on skin, making it look especially dull and just rather…blah.  If your usual manual and chemical exfoliation products aren’t resolving the problem, it may be time to whip out the big guns.  Namely, the DermaFlash Facial Exfoliating Device.

Dermaplaning, previously only available in a doctor’s office or medical spa, is a celeb-favorite because of its ability to refresh and revitalize skin by literally shaving away dead cells and debris.  In addition to removing surface gunk and grime, dermaplaning also removes unnecessary facial hair.  Even if peach fuzz never bothered you before, you won’t know how you lived with it once you remove it.  Seriously!  The complexion looks smoother and more luminous, meaning your makeup will sit better as well.

DermaFlash is best used once a week.  After cleansing the skin, insert a new blade before each use to keep things hygienic (duh!).  Lightly and gently run the device over your entire face at a 45-degree angle by following its natural contours.  Steer clear of your hairline and eyebrows to avoid any tragic mishaps.  Finish with a soothing and non-active lotion to moisturize, just like you would after any deep exfoliation.

If you have any active acne, psoriasis, or rosacea, opt out of this treatment.  Otherwise, after just one use, you’ll find your skin is more vibrant with a healthy glow.  Looks like shaving your face isn’t just for guys afterall!.

PRICE TAG: $189 

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

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Beauty Banter was launched in July of 2006 as a comprehensive beauty blog covering trends, tips and tricks, insider secrets, and weekly must-haves. Beauty Banter has a reputation of being on the cutting edge of emerging trends and product launches so our readers are always the first to know what’s hot and what’s just not.