Fact: You lose moisture through your lips ten times faster than anywhere else on your body. Top that off with dry winter weather, and you’re left with a serious case of chapped lips. Well, pout no more. With these DIY solutions, you’ll be puckering up in comfort all season long.

Home Remedies for Chapped Lips

Exfoliate
Gently brush lips with a toothbrush, then mix a small solution of half honey and half olive oil. Pat the mixture on your lips, let it sit for a few minutes, and wash off with a damp towel. Voilà – chapped lips, be gone.

Soothe
This one is simple: wet a green tea bag with warm water and apply to lips for five minutes. The tannins in the green tea will help ease the harsh winter burn.

Enhance
Grab a few rose petals from your garden (or, if you’re like me and lack a green thumb, from the store). Wash the petals with water and soak in milk for a few hours. Mash them until they form a thick paste, then apply two to three times a day. Not only will this soothe lips, it’ll also bring out their natural pink color.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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December 4, 2013

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

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.

The Fall Moisturizer Guide

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November 6, 2013

Spring is all about healthy, glowing skin, but sometimes we need a little boost from our beauty bags. With a little highlighter and a dose of antioxidants (dark chocolate counts!), you’ll be on your way to looking fresh-faced all season long.

How to get the Dewy Look

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April 9, 2013

Spring is all about the return to lighter, airier things – fragrances being one of them. Just like in fashion and beauty, there are also scent trends that change from season to season. So whether your favorites include floral, citrus, or musk undertones, there’s a warm-weather alternative to your winter spritz of choice. Below, a guide to this year’s top trending perfumes.

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1. Fruity florals (like Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh) are uplifting and simple, making them an ideal pick for spring.
2. If fruity scents mixed with musky undertones are your thing, try Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Spring Blossom, which has hints of wild raspberry and lychee sharpened with pink pepper.
3. Labeled as more exotic than precious, Dolce & Gabbana Desire is the perfume to spritz on for rooftop bars and nights out.
4. Fusing juicy bergamot and apple with a floral bouquet of jasmine and ylang-ylang, See by Chloé gives off the scent of sweet musky vanilla. (Sephora labels it as the urban-chic scent.)
5. A blend of elegant jasmine and the unexpected, delicate sweetness of panna cotta create the sophisticated and fresh Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Eau de Parfum, reminiscent of bright, sun-filled days.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 2, 2013

 

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Winter isn’t the only time when a smoky eye is appropriate. In softer shades (think brown, bronze, and even purple), this brighter, smudged-out makeup trend is completely doable for spring. Below, a step-by-step guide to achieving the look.

1. Prep skin with a super silky foundation to even skin tone and create a blank canvas.
2. Dust a warm brown, bronze, or light purple eye shadow all over lids, blending toward the brow bone.
3. Paint a slightly darker shade in the crease of your eyelid for depth.
4. For super-sharp definition, use a high-precision liner (in black or dark brown) with a handy smudger on the end to line your upper and lower lashes.
5. Smudge, smudge, smudge until you achieve a soft, blended look.
6. Finish off with a swipe of jet black mascara to frame your spring smoky eye.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 26, 2013

The beginning of spring is just one day away, and even though there’s still a chill in the air (or a few inches of snow, if you’re in Boston), I can’t wait to say hello to a new season of hair trends. From loose waves to sleek ponytails, these are the styles to try out over the next few months.

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1. Braids
Whether it’s a slightly undone fishtail or a few small plaits tied into a ponytail, spring is all about the braid. Try it on busy mornings for a put-together look in about 10 seconds flat.

2. Low Ponytails
The most low-maintenance look of the season (or, ever), the low ponytail was all over the spring/summer 2013 runways. Part your hair down the center and keep it sleek, or leave it loose all around.

3. Super Straight
Fine-haired girls, rejoice! Your naturally pin-straight locks are in for spring. For those of us without sleek strands, warm up those flat irons (not before spraying your hair with heat protector, of course).

4. Loose Waves
There’s nothing more romantic than soft, loose waves, and thankfully this style is here to stay. Let the salty ocean naturally wave your strands, or curl your hair then brush it out before spritzing (lightly) with hairspray.

5. Hair Accessories
Seen on the runways of FENDI, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana, hair baubles are a total must-do. From oversized pearls that amp up a low bun to colorful head scarves perfect for less-than-stellar hair days, this trend brings the fun back to hair styling.

What's your favorite spring 2013 hair trend?

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 19, 2013

Spring is all about renewal, and trickling that mantra down to your makeup bag is a must. Whether swapping out dark lipstick for sheer gloss or adding a pedicure kit and moisturizer with SPF to your arsenal, these beauty picks have your prettifying needs in the bag.

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1. Moisturizer with SPF
Because you’ll likely be upping your vitamin D intake, make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF every morning for healthy, glowing skin (sans future wrinkles).

2. Pedicure Kit
Open-toe season has arrived – and keeping your feet in tip-top shape is of utmost priority. Just buff, swipe on your favorite spring shade, then flaunt.

3. Lip Gloss
Switching your lip color to something a little lighter and glossier has an oh-so-springlike effect. All that’s left? A little swipe of mascara and dusting of bronzer for a sunny update.

4. Tweezers
Bold brows are in for spring, but so is keeping them groomed (just be sure not to overpluck).

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 12, 2013

Trying to figure out which makeup brushes to use? From contouring to defining, our makeup artist, Rachel, weighs in on the must-haves to add to your beauty arsenal ASAP – because having the correct brushes for application can make all the difference.

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1. Concealer brush
Used for precise application and blending of all concealers around the eye, or to cover blemishes and red marks.

2. All-over eye color brush
A loose-bristle brush meant for applying eye shadow all over the lid.

3. Crease brush
Meant for defining eyes and creating depth in the creases.

4. Flat liner brush
The best way to get a perfectly straight line with gel or powder liner.

5. Foundation brush
Used to apply foundation evenly – without the added oils from using your hands.

6. All-over powder brush or Kabuki brush
Perfect for applying a powder foundation and bronzer.

7. Angled blush brush
The ideal size and shape for applying blush to your cheeks.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 5, 2013

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Those warm spring days are still a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t welcome new trends now. The easiest way to get your springtime fix (without having to rock open-toe shoes in snowy weather)? With a revamped beauty routine, of course. Whether your style calls for bold makeup or nude nails, either is fair game this season.

Top Trends to Try Now
1.
Seen all over the spring 2013 runways? The bright red lip. From fiery red-orange to candy-apple red, it’s safe to say that a look-at-me pout is here to stay.
2. Long gone are the days of over-tweezing – strong, dark eyebrows are a go.
3. Remember the colored mascara trend? Try it out now in shades of blue and green or go all-out and pay homage to the 80s by lining your lid in a cobalt blue.
4. More praise for the 80s? Why not? Crimped hair made an appearance on Badgley Mischka’s spring 2013 runway in romantic, soft updos.
5. Lush lashes are always right in my book, but now the trend gets even more amped up with Twiggy-inspired fringe.
6. Take a break from bright nails and opt for a fresh nude polish.

Which beauty trend will you try now?

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 26, 2013