For deodorant marks: You slip into that LBD and alas – there are white streaks all over it. Grab a hanger from the dry cleaners and rub the spot gently using its foam cover.

For cleaning denim: If you’re in the less-is-more camp when it comes to washing jeans, try steaming your skinnies and spritzing a fabric-refreshing spray to fight odor-causing bacteria.

For suede care: Before putting your suede shoes away after wear, use a horsehair brush to dust off accumulated dirt. Proactive cleaning will prevent trips to the cobbler later.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 22, 2014

For your eyes: Highlighting your bottom lash line is oh-so-hot right now. Dip a slant-tipped brush in water, then dab it in an eyeshadow hue that’s slightly lighter than your top liner. Apply for a soft, diffused look.

For removing stray nail polish: Simplify your next at-home mani and battle the mess before it begins. Using a Q-tip soaked in baby oil, trace the outline of each nail prior to painting. Any stray polish will rub right off when you’re done.

For minimizing hair static: Ease static (that pesky winter hair woe) with natural bristles and metal combs instead of plastic ones, and don’t underestimate the power of a cream-based styling product.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 8, 2014

This Black Friday, Tom Ford gave us all a reason to pucker up. Why, exactly? Well, the iconic American designer launched his Lips & Boys collection, an assortment of 50 lipstick hues, each named after a man who has influenced Tom’s life.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick

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From actors like Colin to Tom’s son Alexander, the shades’ namesakes are as varied as their colors, which range from nudes, pinks, and corals to silvers, plums, and browns.

Here’s the catch: the collection is only available at select online retailers through tonight, December 1. But fear not, last-minute shoppers. Lips & Boys officially launches in stores on December 26, so if these pinkie-sized tubes don’t make it into your stocking, they’ll still fit perfectly into your New Year’s Eve clutch.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 1, 2014

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