It’s finally summer, a.k.a. time to jump in the pool and perfect that mermaid hair flip. But all that fun in the sun (and chlorine) can be more damaging to your locks than you think. To restore softness and shine to tired tresses, try this simple avocado hair mask.

DIY avacado hair mask

• 1 ripe avocado
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. Mash the avocado into a paste – the fewer the clumps, the easier it will be to apply to your hair.
2. Add the olive oil and lemon juice and mix them into the paste.
3. Apply the mask to your hair from root to end. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
4. Shampoo your hair to remove any residue. It may take two washes to get it out completely.

Now the only thing you’ll have to worry about at the pool is belly flops.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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June 13, 2015

Is that fierce red lip wreaking havoc on your outfit? It happens. No matter the fabric, read on for tips to beat the stain.

How to Remove Lipstick Stains

For Cotton
This one is pretty easy. Head to the nearest sink and grab some dish soap, which will attack the oil-based beauty product. Soak the stain in the soapy water, then launder according to the label. Not near any Palmolive? Spritz a little hair spray on the spot to neutralize it until you can tend to it later.

For Silk
In this situation, it may be best to take a quick trip to your trusty dry cleaner. But if you’re feeling daring, there is an at-home option. Take a piece of tape, lightly smooth it over the stain, then rip it off. Repeat until you’ve seen the last of the red.

For Leather
You’ll want to be on your most delicate behavior for this one. Use a non-abrasive tool, like a plastic spoon, and gently scrape off the excess lipstick. Dab (don’t rub) what’s left with a clean, dry paper towel. Still stuck with the smudge? Break out the rubbing alcohol and pour a small amount onto a lint-free, white cloth. Gently blot the stain with the towel (you’ll want to test it on a hidden spot first), then leave to air dry. For any leftover greasy marks, sprinkle on cornmeal or talcum powder and leave overnight.

And now that your lipstick-wearing fears are no more, simply grab your favorite hue to gear up for the season.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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June 11, 2015

Your bag is packed for your summer getaway, and we’re willing to bet you have (several pairs of) sandals tucked inside. Look down. Are your toes ready for the trip? We chatted with Rue hair-&-makeup guru Rachael B., who gave us her recommendations for keeping our polish perfectly synced with our travel plans.

Vacation Nail Polish

Girls’ Weekend
Mentally preparing, er, packing for a bachelorette trip? Rachael encourages you to break out the metallic. “A steely silver is like a party on your toes, and rose gold is very hot right now.” Should you want something a little bolder, Rachael suggests swiping one of these colors across just the tips of your toes for a contrasted look.

Tropical Paradise
If Bora Bora is on your itinerary, we’re jealous. Seriously. Now grab a bright hue. “Anything that reminds you of tropical fruit is a go,” says Rachael, “like a pink-orange with a little shine, or a bright lemon yellow.”

Coastal Cruise
For those weekends in the Cape or those jaunts to Martha’s Vineyard, it’s all about the sherbet colors. “A light orange pairs well with a nautical blue-and-gold outfit,” notes Rachael, “and a soft, cashmere pink is a classic preppy neutral.”

Now grab your carry-on. All that’s left is to walk your fancy feet onto a beach (or boat dock, or bachelorette suite).

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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May 14, 2015

For your eyes: Want a barely there touch of color on your peepers? Just sweep a bit of bronzer onto your lids for subtle definition. Added bonus? One less thing to carry in your cosmetic bag.

For on-the-go fragrance: Say sayonara to your number-one perfume leaking everywhere in transit. Spritz cotton swabs with the scent and drop them into a plastic sandwich bag for touch-ups during the day.

For your midday workout: Lunchtime yoga doesn’t always allow you to shower after. Freshen up with a paper-towel pat down and wipe your face. Then go beyond deodorant and dust yourself with body powder. Finish off with dry shampoo and a few brush strokes through your hair.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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May 4, 2015

In search of a style pick-me-up? The refresh you need could be right under your nose. Enter Rue Hair & Makeup Artist Rachael B. with the three hottest lip-color trends for spring.

Continue reading “The 3 Lip Colors for Spring” »

April 28, 2015

Not all beauty products are created equal. And those with Mother Nature–approved ingredients are proof. Free of parabens and harmful chemicals, natural lotions and scrubs are better for you and the environment. Not sure where to start? Below, we break down three ingredients to look for when greening up your beauty routine.

Earth Day Beauty

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April 22, 2015

Hand lifts for better engagement photos, foot surgery to last longer in heels – it’s hard to be surprised by trends anymore. The next to arrive? Eyebrow transplants.

Eyebrow Transplants

Inspired by the full brows of celebs and models (think Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins) some of the less endowed are heading to the doc. What should potential patients expect from the procedure? First, they’ll dish out about $5,000 and then undergo two weeks of recovery time, including swelling, bruising, and yes, scabbing (ouch!). When that’s all over, natural hair takes root above the eye line and begins to grow in on its own. The result? Fuller arches.

So for all the pencil-thin brows out there, you do have options. But remember, trends come and go, and it may not be long until thin is back in.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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April 21, 2015

For your bathroom counter: Keep your beauty tools in one place with a simple magnetic strip affixed to the wall. Think bobby pins, eyelash curlers, and nail clippers – all in the same grab-and-go spot.

For a grown-out mani: Want to disguise nail overgrowth between trips to the salon? Layer on your go-to glitter polish at the base of your nail to create an ombré effect. Finish with a topcoat to seal.

For oily hair: Blotting papers aren’t only for your face. Use them along your hairline, bangs, or anywhere that strands are looking a little slick. Pro tip: toilet-seat covers are an effective substitute in a pinch.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 6, 2015

Achieving two beauty looks using just one product? Let us show you how it’s done. Our resident hair and makeup artist, Rachael B., illustrates two of spring’s most coveted eye looks in just a few simple steps. All you need to get started: a pot of gel liner.

The Fine Line How-To

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March 24, 2015

For unruly brows: Struggling to keep each and every brow hair tame? Grab a clean toothbrush and medium-hold hairspray. Spritz the brush bristles, and comb through eyebrows to groom. Let dry and voilà – your arches will keep shape all day long.

For post-workout plans: Tackle the yoga-to-happy hour transition with ease. Before exercising, wash off makeup. After, splash cold water on your face to cool down and fight redness. Then apply concealer, powder, two swipes of mascara, and a blot of lipstick.

For DIY hair ties: Sick of losing those ubiquitous black hair elastics? Make your own with cording from the craft store (bonus points for punchy hues). Cut five-inch strips and double knot the ends of each strip. Not only are these easy to spot – they also double as bracelets.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 16, 2015