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5 Foot Sticks To Save Your Feet

After watching model, after model, after model march down Fashion Week runways in sky high heels, one can’t help but feel for the model’s poor feet. Bandaged, bruised and looking positively mangled, a runway model’s feet is a case for avoiding the 5″ heel at any cost. But then again, that’s sad too.

Thankfully there are a slew of anti-friction, stick-form products that really can protect your poor peds from the painful heal and toe blisters associated with breaking in a new pair of shoes. This was news to me… so I knew I had to pass it on to you. Let’s take a look at a few of them right now.

1. Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Anti-Friction Stick contains coconut oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E to ease friction and moisturize your pretty heel encased feet.

2. Julep’s Double Step Foot Treatment contains both chili pepper extract and shea butter to help stimulate circulation and ease friction all in one little stick.

3. Band-Aid brand offers up an Active Friction Block Stick that you slick onto your bothersome foot area and the corresponding area on the shoe to help protect your foot without giving up your heels.

4. Butter London’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm treats your dry, cracked heels to provide long-lasting all night friction, and doubles as a nighttime foot smoother as well.

5. And finally the all-natural stick called FootGloss, which contains no fragrances, petroleum, or parabens.

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3 Lip Crayons For The Gal On The Go

You’re hopeless without your lipstick and pining for your lip liner, but theirs one pencil that might be missing from your cosmetics case — the jumbo lip crayon that’s gaining in the popularity department.

Easily portable and chock full of highly pigmented, brands like Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, Nars, and Laura Mercer (everyone) have all doled out their versions with the results being long-lasting, moisturizing — heck, some even smell good. What’s not to love?

Say goodbye to your girlish gloss and matte lipsticks and hello to a lip crayon… or two… or five. A gal can never have too many options, and thankfully these will all fit in your clutch. Here are our top 3 favorites!

Bobbi Brown Art Sticks: These jumbo colored pencils, with their creamy finish and gorgeous palette can rival any art case.

Nars Satin Matte Lip Pencils: Time to toss the lipstick-liner combo, this pencil is precise, super velvety and stay put.

Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint: No need to endure any waxy scent with this crayon. Tarte has infused these highly pigmented pencils with a refreshing minty scent that leave a cool tingle on the lip.

 

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Valentine Looks To Love

Oh sure, you can don that crimson party dress, or heart print blouse, but if today of all days you’re not seeing red — in the form of a pretty painted pout or manicure — you’re doing something wrong.

Red has long been the color du jour for nail lacquer, lipsticks and gloss, and never more so than now. From wine-inspired burgundy and plums shades to candy-colored hues, red is the go to for of the moment glamour — and the bevy of color options can leave a gal simply breathless. In the spirit of the day, we’ve sourced a few red carpet and runway looks featuring red manicures and lips to L.O.V.E.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Fall Makeup Is Awash In Eye Shadow

From dark copper and green to ethereal, silver and pinks, eyeshadow is making a serious statement on the runways — hinting at a change from the barely shadowed, cat-eye lined lids that are so popular right now. Prepare your palettes now, as Fall ’14 (and likely sooner) is going to be awash in eyeshadow.

Silver played a role in many designer’s F/W 14 makeup, adorning eyes in a juxtaposition of light and dark. Vera Wang sent her models down the runway with wispy, “almost fairy like” silver lids, accompanied by a nude lip and gunmetal manicures, while Donna Karan took her silver to the smokier side and paired it with a full 180 degree liner.

In a play on innocence, Narciso Rodriguez kept his shadow minimal and clean, using the lightest violet, green, and gold “to reflect the light.” Opening Ceremony opted for a more urban version of minimal by adding a gloss to a pink shadowed lid, and pairing it with a winter-flush blushed cheek.

Taking an opposite tact to minimal hues, Oscar de la Renta adorned his models with a dark copper, fully shadowed eye that was elegant and easy, while Rodarte opted for a circular and unconventional copper/brown palette.

Anna Sui’s “strong and fun” dark green and blue lids were also favored, with Derek Lam using similar hues in a more modern art style.

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Hair Gets Greasy For F/W 14

3.1 Phillip Lim

Natural nails or bold, intricate nail art? A dark matte red lip or nude gloss? There are times when we wish the fashion world would just make up its mind, and then there are times when we say *Yippee! for the full palette of of-the-moment options. Fall ’14 seems to be the later.

Rag & Bone

Hair on the recent Fall ’14 runways seems to be a horse of a different color when compared to the shiny, flat-ironed locks in the ad campaigns of Miu Miu, Missoni, Versace, Gucci & Prada. Phillip Lim 3.1, Rag & Bone, and Thakoon all styled their models with decidedly unkempt looks that were continually referenced as “easy,” “sweaty,” and “cool.”

Thakoon

Stylist Odile Gilbert described Thakoon F/W 14 hair as “…a girl who went to the gym, so she’s sweaty in the front and kind of fluffy in the back. It’s really about the gesture of pushing it back, away from the face.” And while we prefer Rag & Bone’s description of “Saturday hair” far better than “sweaty” (which, btw, was also a buzzword for 3.1 Phillip Lim’s stylist Paul Hanlon), it’s clear that the look is about to catch on.

So put away those flat irons and dry shampoos and let your grease flag fly! Or don’t. It seems Fall ’14 will be about personal preference (and maintenance - obvs).

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Must Have: Blush

With Valentine’s Day peeking just around the corner, it’s imperative you perfect that romantic makeup appliqué pronto. The biggest order of business is today’s must-have: blush.

Oh sure, hopefully you’ll be blushing naturally, but that’s no reason to eschew the flirty merits of the day’s most important asset — a nice rosy cheek.

Clare Danes

Celebs have been favoring a highly blushed cheek through awards season, giving us plenty of pretty looks to emulate, like Clare Danes coral-adorned blush at this year’s Producer’s Awards, and Kerry Washington’s raisin blush/bronzer combo look at the SAG Awards.

Kerry Washington

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Are Buffed Bare Nails The Next Big Thing?

Fashion Week has descended on us bringing with it a shocking revelation in nail polish – namely none.

No, we’re not talking nude, or glossed with a clear lacquer either. The only thing that gave natural nails at Coach’s runway was an old-fashioned buffing.

Manicurist Jin Soon Choi posted an Instagram from the brand’s backstage touting a sparkly and multi-sided buffer from Tweezerman, and the immaculate results on a set of short, rounded and very pretty paws.

Could it be that the pointy-tipped talons and difficult to emulate nail art of the past few seasons has finally jumped the shark? Will highly-buffed, totally bare nails be the next big (ridge-free) look for manicures?
Let us know you’re thoughts!
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Springs Brightest Bauble: Pearls

Pearls are back, and their a far cry from your Grandmother’s clutching days.

From red carpets to runways, these bold, white baubles are making the comeback of the season, appearing on the earlobes of celebrities like Margot Robbie and Emma Watson at the Golden Globes, adorning the accessories at Chanel S/S 14, and laying in long, luxurious strands at Thakoon S/S 14. Pearls are trending and are the perfect compliment to the wardrobe transition from winter into spring. Here’s a little eye-candy inspiration on how best to rock these little numbers!

Rihanna

Emma Watson

Thakoon S/S 14

Margot Robbie

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Must have Monday: Ear cuffs

The gowns are glamorous, the performances divine, but our favorite thing about award season is the front row seat to what is sure to be the next big “must have” in each of our wardrobes. This season’s tiniest detail to make the list is the ear cuff.

Now before you settle on visions of a bold punk, chain link statement, today’s ear cuff is down right ladylike in variations of crystals, diamonds — even pearls! — all tightly pinned to the ear. Perfect for the red carpet, or for a casual weekend brunch with the girls.

Jennifer Lawrence, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rashida Jones — check out the slew of celebs sporting a variation of the ear cuff and we bet you’ll be rushing off to snap up some ear-candy of your very own.

 

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Trends: Hair gel has a moment

Hair gel has hightailed it out of Jersey and landed firmly in the land of haute couture.

Slicked back in the hairstyles of supermodels like Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy, and Suki Waterhouse in a spate of high fashion editorial spreads, or refining that fresh-from-the-shower look for Kiera Knightly’s W magazine cover, Sophia Coppola for Louis Vuitton and Jennifer Lopez’s spread for V magazine — hair gel is most assuredly having it’s “moment.”

Not convinced yet? Then let’s take our own moment to discuss the litany of hair sins a good hair gel (i.e. one that doesn’t flake or cake) can hide. Waiting for those bangs to grow out? Slick ‘em back. Frizz control? Check. Taming an unruly middle part into place? Check. Excessive split ends? Yes, you can gel those into place too.

Let’s face it — hair gel. It’s not just for frat boys and overstimulated Wall Street junkies anymore.

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