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

Sia’s bleach-blonde wig is generally more recognizable than her face. But recently, the very private “Chandelier” songstress ditched her usual garb and smiled for the cameras.

Now, this reveal is a big deal. While other celebs post selfies and clamor for screen time, Sia has publicly declared her desire to avoid fame. Instead, the singer frequently performs with her back to the audience and hides her face during interviews.

We totally respect her wishes for anonymity. But if ditching the wig means more topknot buns like the one she flaunted publicly, we’re all for it.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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February 24, 2015

For hat hair: Tie a silk scarf underneath that snug beanie. The fluid fabric minimizes flyaway-causing friction and static. Your tresses will thank you upon taking it off.

For air-drying curls: Don’t step into the freezing cold with wet locks. Style curly hair into four loose buns to dry overnight. Put one on each side of your head, twisting the bun away from your face. Then wrap two more on the crown of your head.

For split ends: Mix three tablespoons olive oil with two tablespoons raw honey for a nourishing hair mask. Apply post-shampoo, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, rinse, and re-shampoo. Bye, damaged strands and flaky scalp.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 23, 2015

Wondering how canines at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show achieve those luscious locks? Yeah, us too. Leave it to Vogue to go behind the scenes and observe the beauty regimens of these highly regarded – and majorly manicured – pooches.

From three-hour pre-show prep to baby powder dry shampoo, plenty of human-approved tricks are borrowed to make sure each four-legged friend is styled to perfection. So next time you want Fido to own the dog park, take a cue from these pampered pups.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 19, 2015

Sure, a bit of scruff may be the look du jour, but a smooth shave will never go out of style. While there are pitfalls to picking up the razor daily (think ingrown hairs and irritation), a well-equipped grooming arsenal will keep the nicks at bay and leave heads turning. Here we outline which essentials belong in your medicine cabinet, and of course, how to properly use them.

Shaving 101

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February 10, 2015

The latest ad for Miss Dior fragrance is here – and it is stunning. Natalie Portman, the longtime face of this chic scent, stars as a runaway bride out for a little fun on the French Riviera.

The short film bounces between black-and-white shots of Natalie as a dutiful bride-to-be and colorful scenes of her romp toward free-spirited adventure. At one point, a bellhop drops off a bouquet and says, “Your flowers, madame.” To which the actress replies,”It’s Miss, actually.”

Oh, and the fashion? It’s perfection. From a handcrafted white gown with floral embellishments to a daring LBD, the film’s looks are truly iconic. Bravo, Dior.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 4, 2015