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Belt Bags Are Back

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Go Wild Belt Bag, $26.60 at Nasty Gal
Nila Anthony Go Wild Belt Bag, $26.60 at Nasty Gal

Nila Anthony
Go Wild Belt Bag, $26.60 at Nasty Gal

Vera Bradley Tess Belt Bag in Exotic Floral Grid With Black Trim, $68 at Vera Bradley Alexander Wang Dumbo Fanny Pack, $425 at Nordstrom Clare V. Maison Metallic Leather Fanny Pack, $259 at Nordstrom INC International Concepts Fringe Fanny Pack, $44.50 at Macy's

INC International Concepts
Fringe Fanny Pack, $44.50 at Macy’s

Alexander Wang Dumbo Fanny Pack, $425 at Nordstrom

Alexander Wang
Dumbo Fanny Pack, $425 at Nordstrom

Ralph Lauren Neon Belt Bag, $60 at Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren Neon Belt Bag, $60 at Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren
Neon Belt Bag, $60 at Ralph LaurenRalph Lauren

Vera Bradley Tess Belt Bag in Exotic Floral Grid With Black Trim, $68 at Vera BradleyVera Bradley Tess Belt Bag in Exotic Floral Grid With Black Trim, $68 at Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley
Tess Belt Bag in Exotic Floral Grid With Black Trim, $68 at Vera BradleyVera Bradley

NEW YORK, NY February 6, 2016

The most polarizing bag of the 90s is back with a vengeance. Carrie Bradshaw’s go-to fanny pack showed up on the Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2016 and Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016 runways. At Chanel, the bags hung from thin, double-wrapped belts paired with both daywear and eveningwear, while Alexander Wang opted for slouchy fanny packs slung on shoulders or worn across the body.Even retailers picked up on the hands-free trend this season. Unlike the 90s iteration, however, this season’s hip-hugging bag is more chic than the fanny packs you’ll find on your average tourist.

The Man Braid is Officially a Thing

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NEW YORK, NY January 28, 2016

We barely had time to adjust to the proliferation of the man bun before a new hair trend emerged: the man braid. Given the popularity of the man bun (it was the most searched hair trend on Google in 2015 after all), it was only a matter of time before men expanded their portfolio to include plaited looks. Men have been wearing cornrows since the dawn of time but the current man braid takes on several different variations. There’s the French braid mohawk with shaved sides that’s every hipster’s dream come true.

New Temporary Tattoo Tells You When You’re Getting Too Much Sun

L'Oreal UV Patch
L'Oreal UV Patch

L’Oreal UV Patch

NEW YORK, NY January 8, 2016

L’Oreal just solved your sunburn problem. The beauty giant released a high-tech skin patch that monitors UV exposure and alerts wearers when it’s time to apply sunscreen or head for the shade. “My UV Patch,” created in partnership with PCH engineering firm, looks like any other temporary heart-shaped tattoo at first glance. But the patch contains a Band-Aid-like sensor with photosensitive dyes that fade when exposed to UV rays, The New York Times reports.

To assess your exposure to UV rays, you simply photograph the patch with your smartphone and upload it to an app (available on iOs and Android devices). The waterproof patch lasts five days, which is about the span of your beach vacation. It’s disposable, environmentally safe and can be worn on any exposed skin.

 The first of 10 wearable tech items L’Oreal is developing, My UV Patch will launch this summer as a gift with the purchase of the brand’s La Roche-Posay products. And if you like the idea of a UV patch but shudder at the thought of wearing a heart tattoo, Guive Balooch, the global vice president of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator, says more options are coming in the future.

For now, dermatologists are already raving about the UV patch. Dr. Christopher Rowland Payne of The London Clinic called the patch “ingenious,” telling The Daily Mail, “This is an exciting device that will motivate people in a positive way to take control of their sun exposure and will encourage them to know when it is time to leave the sun or to reapply their sunscreen.”

COURTESY: L’OREAL

The Best (and Worst) Time of Day to Take the Perfect Selfie

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NEW YORK, NY January 6, 2016

You’re all dressed up and ready to go with a spare five before your friend picks you up. Natch, that’s just enough time for a couple of selfies, so why do you feel like the photo gods are just not in your corner?

Don’t sweat it, and, please, don’t over-FaceTune it. While we’ve been going through life thinking it’s all about the lighting, angle or filters, it turns out your selfie game is actually all about the timing. According to Doctor Julie Karen, there are specific times of the day where we physically look our best and times where we don’t.

Julie told Cosmopolitan that at 10 a.m. our body temperatures peak, increasing circulation and making us look fab. “That gives skin a healthy glow,” she explained.

On the flip side, late-afternoon selfies are typically a no go, especially at around 4 p.m. when our skin is meant to slump and show fatigue. Really early in the morning or late at night is also frowned upon by the dermatologists.

Via Cosmopolitan

Insanely Gorgeous Holiday Makeup Palettes You Need Now

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By Terry Indulge yourself with this stunning lip palette. It comes with five matte, long-lasting lipsticks and five superglossy lip lacquers to suit your every mood. The double-ended brush ensures that the colors go on smoothly, evenly and precisely. By Terry Gold Jewel Lip Kiss, $118 at b-glowing

By Terry Indulge yourself with this stunning lip palette. It comes with five matte, long-lasting lipsticks and five superglossy lip lacquers to suit your every mood. The double-ended brush ensures that the colors go on smoothly, evenly and precisely.
By Terry Gold Jewel Lip Kiss, $118 at b-glowing

Maybelline This limited-edition palette looks far more expensive than it is, thanks to the luxe packaging. Inside you'll find four smoky eye shadows, a gold-flecked liner, a champagne highlighter and matching blush and lip gloss. (AKA, everything you need to smolder your way through the holiday season.) Maybelline Up In Smoke Palette, $14.99 at Ulta

Maybelline This limited-edition palette looks far more expensive than it is, thanks to the luxe packaging. Inside you’ll find four smoky eye shadows, a gold-flecked liner, a champagne highlighter and matching blush and lip gloss. (AKA, everything you need to smolder your way through the holiday season.)
Maybelline Up In Smoke Palette, $14.99 at Ulta

Lancome The streets of Paris inspired this Lisa Eldrige-designed palette. It's filled with shimmery neutrals and rich, decadent purples — perfect for creating an on-trend jewel-toned smoky eye. Lancome Auda[city] in Paris, $68 at Lancome

Lancome The streets of Paris inspired this Lisa Eldrige-designed palette. It’s filled with shimmery neutrals and rich, decadent purples — perfect for creating an on-trend jewel-toned smoky eye.
Lancome Auda[city] in Paris, $68 at Lancome

Bobbi Brown Take your no-makeup makeup look up a notch with this glam palette by Bobbi Brown. Two shimmery shadows add a festive touch to the three matte shades. The peachy lip gloss is flattering on all skin tones and features a hint of sparkle to make lips look full and pouty. Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette, $32 at Nordstrom

Bobbi Brown Take your no-makeup makeup look up a notch with this glam palette by Bobbi Brown. Two shimmery shadows add a festive touch to the three matte shades. The peachy lip gloss is flattering on all skin tones and features a hint of sparkle to make lips look full and pouty.
Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette, $32 at Nordstrom

NEW YORK, NY December 21, 2015

Beauty junkies, rejoice: ‘Tis the season for the prettiest holiday makeup palettes. Brands go all out around the holidays, creating lust-worthy collections that are just begging to be wrapped up and placed under the tree. Whether you’re looking for ideas to gift your BFF or you just want to treat yourself, these amazing makeup palettes will fit the bill. But you better act fast — these limited-edition beauties won’t be around forever.

 

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