Take a breather – doing your hair for Thanksgiving tomorrow is going to be a whole lot easier than baking that apple pie was. Unconvinced? Check out this quick step-by-step tutorial for a faux bob. On-trend and low-maintenance (so you can worry about the turkey instead of flyaways), it’s one hairstyle you can give thanks for.

How to Style Hair – Faux Bob

Step 1: Create a loose curl on your hair’s top layer with a 1.5” curling iron.

Step 2: Slightly tease the back crown of your hair for added volume.

Step 3: Create a loose braid, allowing shorter pieces to fall out naturally. If needed, touch them up with the curling iron.

Step 4: Roll the braid and tuck it under the nape of your neck. Use bobby pins to secure and spritz with hairspray.

See? Easy.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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November 27, 2013

RSVP “yes” to all those holiday party invitations you have rolling in. With these stress-free looks, you’ll be ready for every festive fete and family soiree. ‘Tis the season to look beautiful, after all.

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November 20, 2013

Bright lipstick made a big impression on the Spring 2014 runways. The key to rocking the look? Choosing a color to complement your complexion.

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November 13, 2013

You’re not the only one confused by the endless cream and moisturizer options out there this fall. BB. CC. DD. (Do they remind anyone else of bra sizes? Maybe it’s just us.) Here, a rundown of everything you need to know about the season’s top hydrators.

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November 6, 2013

The last time you saw black lipstick was on angsty teenage mall rats. But since Fashion Week, the look has been a lot less goth and a lot more chic. (For proof, see model and blogger Nikia Phoenix.)

Lucky for you, this costume-clad week brings endless Halloween soirees to try it out. But that’s only the test run. Swap the costume for your favorite GNO outfit and follow these simple, foolproof rules to wear this bold look on the weekend.

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October 30, 2013

You turned your alarm off instead of hitting the snooze button – we’ve all been there. And now you have mere minutes to pull yourself together and head out the door. Luckily, you planned out your outfit the night before (smart thinking). But what about your hair?

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October 16, 2013

Sure, clothes are the big draw at New York Fashion Week (both in and out of the tents) – but without the right hair and makeup, a look just wouldn’t be complete. Take SKINGRAFT’s show, for example. The models’ minimalist makeup and wet, tousled hair really drove home the line’s edgy yet sporty aesthetic. To see how it all came together, I went backstage to talk to the artists behind the beauty.

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September 12, 2013

The energy at Fashion Week is palpable. So much thought and creativity goes into each aspect – and there’s no exception for the hairstyles that hit the runways. I was able to get a backstage view of the prep at Korto Momolu‘s show. A designer and Project Runway alum, Momolu’s concept was all about good and evil. And the hair for the show? It was also a combination of sweet and spicy. The highly perched fishtail braid was an unexpected, edgy twist on a girlhood favorite.

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September 10, 2013

Snooze was just so tempting. You pressed it thrice. And then again. And now? You have a seriously short five minutes to shoot out the door for Monday’s meeting with the boss. And bedhead just won’t do.

Hey, it happens to the best of us. But before you call it quits on Monday altogether, read up on how to get ready faster than you thought humanly possible.

Ready in Five

Countdown… five minutes.
Don’t you dare think about showering. Slip on a black dress and black flats. No matching or hobbling in heels = key. (If it’s wrinkled, toss it in the dryer with a wet sock while you get ready.) Top with a bold accessory – think conversation piece.

Countdown… four minutes.
Run to the bathroom, splash your face with cold water to liven up your skin, and use a quick face wipe (like these, which also boast SPF). Then brush your teeth… or, er, pop some gum.

Countdown… three minutes.
Wake up tired eyes with a caffeinated eye cream, then apply the make-up basics: foundation (or cover-up) and a quick swipe of mascara. Look for products that do double-duty. A moisturizing foundation, for example, or a lash-curling mascara.

Countdown… two minutes.
Break out the oversleeper’s miracle product: dry shampoo. Spray with abandon, brush through, repeat. Add a tiny smidge of lotion to tame flyaways. If results are unsatisfactory, do a quick braid or tie on a head scarf. Any color will do (since you’re wearing black, right?).

Countdown… one minute.
Swipe on some deodorant and finish with a splash of perfume. Remember: Slightly unkempt is passable, but smelly will haunt you for days. 

There you have it. Now, off you go.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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July 21, 2013

Summer brings a season of impromptu plans – especially in New England. Mainly because we would rather relish every second of warm weather than waste time inside getting ready. Which, of course, presents a small set of problems.

Whether you’re planning to be out all Saturday, heading straight to a date after work, or rushing out the door because your friends prefer not to give you any warning, this checklist will come in handy. With a small cosmetic bag filled with these must-have items, you can be out the door and freshening up in the cab in moments.

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May 28, 2013