The glitter-filled holiday season is prime time for trying new beauty trends – but sometimes you just want a foolproof look. Enter: this feminine, universally flattering combination, courtesy of our resident hair and makeup expert Rachael C. Ready to master it yourself? Here’s how, step-by-step.

Go-To Holiday Makeup

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November 25, 2014

If you thought the debut nail polish from Christian Louboutin was pricey at $50 per bottle, think again. Now, he’s upping his beauty game tenfold with the premiere of Starlight, a limited edition holiday launch that retails for a cool $675.

Christian Louboutin Holiday Nail Polish

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The bottle holds the label’s signature red shade, Rouge Louboutin – but it’s the 1,500 hand-applied, two-toned Strass crystals that tip the price well over the $600 mark. And the box it comes in? Black lacquer decorated with leather and crystal flowers like the ones on the brand’s Pensamoi shoe.

Although I’d prefer a pair of red-soled shoes for the same price, I wouldn’t complain if this blinged-out nail polish turned up in my stocking.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 18, 2014

For avoiding hat hair: ‘Tis the season for beanies – and hair dents. To prevent flatness and cowlicks, part hair on the opposite side than you usually do. Flip back upon removing your headwear for volume.

For just-waxed arches: Want a quicker recovery after a brow waxing? Dab on a natural astringent (for example, witch hazel), and then an antiseptic lotion like Neosporin to ease irritation quickly.

For the best DIY mani: Painting your nails with an unpracticed hand can be tricky. Try to maneuver your dominant hand as it’s painted, holding the brush still in your non-dominant hand. Here’s some guidance.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 17, 2014

Holiday party invites are starting to crowd your fridge. So after selecting a standout ensemble for each occasion, look to these three stunning A-listers for of-the-moment makeup trends to match. Our resident hair and makeup expert Rachael C. shares her beauty tips to wow everyone on your social calendar.

Celeb-Inspired Holiday Beauty

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November 12, 2014

If you think a 150-year-old fragrance would offend your sense of smell, you might want to reconsider. Perfumeries Lili Bermuda and drom fragrances have preserved a scent that dates back to 1864 – and surprisingly, it’s still appealing.

Lili Bermuda 150-year-old perfume

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The Mary Celestia, a Civil War boat from the mid-1800s, contained a hidden collection of luxury perfumes in its bow. And in 2011, a storm uncovered the wrecked ship and the secret fragrance stash, still intact. The find prompted experts at drom fragrances and Lili Bermuda to restore the precious bottles. Then, the team reformulated the scent for today’s current fragrance fans. Jean-Claude Delville lead the miracle workers that recreated the century-old scent, reporting, “I was shocked at how fresh and floral it was, and the amount of citrus in it.”

How much will this history-filled bottle cost you? It’s available now for $225 at Lili Bermuda’s online storeHurry though: a limited number have been produced (so don’t wait another 150 years to snag it).

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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November 10, 2014

For better skin while flying: Remove makeup with your to-go wipe of choice. Then apply a translucent hydrating mask or face oil during your journey. Lastly, reapply essential cosmetics: cream blush and mascara.

For cowlick-free bangs: Bangs dry faster than the rest of your hair, so grab a blow-dryer ASAP to tame uncooperative texture. Angle it toward your forehead from above and brush strands side to side until dry. Finish by rolling the ends under.

For those last drops of topcoat: Holiday greetings, save-the-dates, and thank-you cards. Spare yourself the trouble (and bitter taste) of licking every envelope shut. Instead, just paint on a couple lines of clear nail polish to seal.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 27, 2014

I never thought I’d see the day when Lauren Conrad cut her long Cali-blonde locks. After all, her signature waist-grazing strands were made famous by hair how-tos on her blog. So I was shocked to see her debut a much shorter hairdo on Instagram Wednesday night with the caption: “Got my first haircut in years.”

With a penchant for all things beauty, Lauren perfected the beach wave, the sock bun, and the dip-dyed ponytail with her long hair. But now I (and all of Pinterest) can’t wait to see what she does with her new cropped style.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 24, 2014

When Chanel taps supermodel Gisele Bündchen and director Baz Luhrmann for a short film – well, we obviously perk up. The result is a visual spectacle to celebrate the house’s iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume, which the label made sure to hype up with a 15-second teaser clip, a star-studded dinner, and its first-ever Instagram posts.

As a moody rendition of “You’re the One That I Want” plays, the film opens with a fresh-faced Gisele on an absurdly chic Chanel surfboard. We then get a peek at her handsome counterpart, Michiel Huisman of Game of Thrones fame, as he exits their swanky beachside home. After her ocean dip, Gisele (wearing Chanel and a spritz of No. 5) reunites with the object of her affection in a scenic concert hall.

In typical Baz Luhrmann style, the three minutes are full of color and sweeping landscapes – and I’m left wishing this were a full-length production.

Read more about “The One That I Want” at chanel.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 16, 2014

Good news, Burberry lovers. You can soon add some British cool to your vanity. The fashion house has announced its debut beauty collection, and the face of their first campaign is actress-slash-model Suki Waterhouse. Well, more specifically, Sukis eyes.

The launch, featuring mascara, eyeliners, and brow pencils, is focused on creating the illusion of a “natural, larger eye,” according to the label’s makeup artist consultant Wendy Rowe. (That explains why Sukis captivating gaze is perfect for the job.)

So if I purchase an eyeliner, will my eyes resemble those of Bradley Cooper’s main squeeze? And what’s the secret to getting Cara’s famous brows? We’ll have to wait to find out.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2014

Before every label and celebrity had their own signature scent on the market, French designer Christian Dior was a master of fragrance. This fall, fans can indulge in Dior: The Perfumes, a new Tivoli hardcover book that explores the inspiration and history behind the fashion house’s most famous bottles.

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The 300-page tome features ad campaigns, stories, and artwork centered around aromas like Poison and Dolce Vita. Refinery29 interviewed the book’s author and fragrance critic Chandler Burr, as well as Dior expert Frederic Bourdelier, to reveal some interesting tidbits. For example, Chandler considers Tom Ford a modern-day fragrance artist that exudes the same personal touch that Dior once did. And Frederic explained how Fahrenheit, one of the house’s most famous perfumes, was inspired by a painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

I have just one suggestion for these two collaborating perfume buffs: Next time, make the book scratch n’ sniff.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 14, 2014