Up Your Hair Game With These New Products

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Long gone are the days of air drying and leaving the house. It's time to up your style game. I've got the new products to help you do just that.

Kerastase just released the mother of all volumizers and texturizers. V.I.P. is not for the meek; this dry spray volumizer and texturizer instantly gives you extreme volume when applied to the roots and major texture when applied mid-shaft to the ends. I'm talking crazy volume, like you've been backcombing with a rat-tail. While it's not expressly a dry shampoo, this cuts through any excess oil my hair was dealing with at the scalp, extending my style an extra two days. This volumizer lasts better than anything else I've tried. Even after twenty minutes of puppy play outside while it was sprinkling (not raining), my hair was large and in charge. If it starts to go slightly flatter, zuhzuzz your hair quickly with your fingers and your style will go back to being perfectly undone. Apply to the lower section of the hair shaft for texture. It's versatile, it's hardworking; it's V.I.P. $20-37.

Need a little hold that also battles the weird humidity that has yet to give way to the cold winds? Kerastase Laque Noire provides serious hold and creates a shield around hair that keeps out humidity. The Laque with the VIP is unstoppable (yet still touchable, weird, I know)! $20-37.

I've mentioned Living Proof's Instant Restore Repair Lotion, but let's discuss it for real. This stuff is amazing. My hair was very unhappy after being bleached from red to blond. Living Proof created an ingredient called OFPMA that helps restore moisture, encourages the cuticle to lay flat like healthy hair and repels oils and dirt, so you can wash your hair less. It's kind of like Scotchgard for your hair, but softer. I've been using the Cream and the Conditioner for weeks and my hair is almost back to better than it was before the bleach. Despite having different names, the Restore Targeted Hair Repair Cream has the exact same formulation. It's $28, and well worth it if you have damaged hair.

(My hair does not normally move like this. Trust me.)

Alterna is also hard at work trying to protect your hair from the damage we insist upon doing. Caviar Repair Lengthening and Scalp Elixir is a treatment that locks in shine, fights frizz and strengthens hair. You apply this by starting at the roots and working the product through the hair. Other reviewers (and in studies)  swear this encourages hair to grow more quickly. I know that on days that I use this, I get hair that swings, shines and stays tangle-free, which is amazing. If I get some extra length, I'll take it! $38

While we are strengthening and growing, this mousse is a must. Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam makes hair look and feel instantly thicker. It also stops breakage in its tracks by coating the hair with protective polymers that help hair resist breakage caused by daily damage. I don't need help with my thicker hair but when I tried this, I got Bardot results. I have no doubt that if you have thinner or finer hair, this will help beef up your locks. $36

Finally, if you just want a little hold and a little texture, without drying salts or any kind of stickiness, look no further than Living Proof's Instant Texture Mist. Get volume and texture that lasts for up to 48 hours without any of the usual drying salts. If you have a keratin treatment or dry or processed hair, this is the texturizer you've been looking for. I like the results best when I roughly dry most of my hair, use a round brush around my face and then apply the spray to damp hair. I let my hair air dry for another 15 minutes and walk out the door. Piece-y, touchable volume and texture without the stickiness--love it! Apply it to damp hair at the roots for extra volume or after curling for serious texture. A little goes a long way, so go slowly! $26

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Too Faced Holiday Treats: Under The Mistletoe Lipstick Collection

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I know. I can't believe the holiday sets are on shelves now. It's crazy. It's not even Halloween. Even crazier? A little too faced birdy told me that these collections won't even make it all the way to Thanksgiving. So if you want it, get it while the gettin's glamorous, because if you wait, these holiday treats are going to be gone.

One of my favorites has to be the Under The Mistletoe Lipstick Collection. You'll get three beautiful Too Faced La Cream Lipsticks--Naked Dolly, Marshmallow Bunny and Spice Spice Baby have all been infused with a little holiday sparkle. Each one is too lovely to give away, so I suggest grabbing two sets. :-)

If the holiday shopping spirit has already grabbed you, pick up one of these UTM collections and the Too Faced La Belle Carousel, then give three friends their own Too Faced look, handpicked just for them. It's an easy way to maximize your holiday spending, while adding a personal touch to your gifts. I'll have more on the Carousel later this week!

Grab the Under the Mistletoe Lipstick Collection for $28. It's a steal, considering the lipsticks are $22 each normally, plus you'll get a cute glittery lipstick case!

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Makeup Wars! Favorite Perfumes + Fun Facts About Me You Never Knew

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When I was in college, I loved perfumes. I loved them so much that I saved all of my pennies and bought as many as I could. I loved Jessica McClintock, Calyx, Tribu, Acqua Di Gio, Sunflowers, Tommy Girl, CKOne, Happy, Tresor and that green Victoria's Secret Pear-something-or-other.

Whiskey face. (Sort of)
And then one day, I couldn't smell a difference between them any longer. I wish I could blame it on something interesting like that time a drunk driver totaled my Toyota when I was 20. It would make for a great story, but I don't think I had olfactory damage. Lots of back damage (still do! Thanks, you drunk loser!), but no damage to my schnoz.

I don't talk about perfume much these days. Complex scents are lost on me. Before, I could understand and pick up on the notes in a fragrance. Now, it either smells lovely to me or gives me little kid whiskey face, which still happens when I drink whiskey (I don't really drink anything, because it all tastes gross to me). I love the idea of a light scent and really love scents made for your hair (if you have any suggestions, tell me!).

These days, I have two favorite scents. One is expensive and the other is really similar to the semi-super expensive one.

Kai has been one of my favorites since I got a sample of it in a Nordstrom order years and years ago. It includes the delicate, sweet scent of flowers like plumeria, pikake, gardenia and jasmine. To my nose, Marc Jacobs smells overly strong and cloying, despite sharing some of the same flowers as Kai. If you want lighter and less attacks-your-senses-in-an-elevator, pick up Kai for $76.

My current signature scent is Leila Lou by Rosie Jane. This perfume is made up of pear, jasmine and freshly cut grass. It's spring in a bottle, if you will. I wear this every day and would be hard pressed to change my scent. People actually stop me frequently and ask me what it is. For some reason, since it's not the easiest scent to find in person, I never remember it's whole name--which selfishly works out for me. I'm the only one in my circles wearing this scent.  Grab it for yourself (just don't wear it around me) for $49.00.

What is your favorite? Do you change scents with the seasons? What other fragrances would I like? Looking for other ideas? Check out the tiles below!

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Lipstick League: Best Halloween Scents, Nailpolish That Saved My Fingers and More!

Question of the Week: Is base coat an essential step for you when wearing nail polish? If so, what are some of your favorites? Unless it's an all-in-one, you'll need a base coat. CND's Stickey is my favorite. On the way back from Ireland, I got nervous and peeled off all of my shellac poish. This left my nails looking like a worn road with potholes. Probelle filled in the damaged areas, protected my nails with a polish that doesn't peel and kept them strong. I can't say enough good things about this polish!

  EauMG - Your Halloween costume isn’t complete until you’re wearing the perfect perfume “match”! Need some guidance? Here’s EauMG’s perfume picks for popular Halloween costumes.

  Gouldylox Reviews - This foundation is a dupe for one that costs more than three times as much. So light, so fresh, so radiant - what's not to love?

  Love for Lacquer - The Sigma Fall Softly Collection launches next week, but Jess has the scoop & swatches for you now!

  My Beauty Bunny - Keep your lips kissably soft this fall with a sheer wash of color thanks to the fabulous Too Faced La Crème Lip Balms. We've got swatches of all six hues!

  My Newest Addiction - The weather is cooling off. Err… at least it is in some parts of the world… Laura shares with us the perfect smoky liner look to pair with those crisp Fall days.

  Nouveau Cheap - Attention Wet n Wild fans: there are some big and exciting changes coming in 2015!

  Prime Beauty - has always loved to play with pretty colored crayons. Now that she's an adult, she plays with colored eyeliners! See her Top 10 Picks for Colored Eyeliners and maybe you'll be inspired to play with color too.

  Phyrra - brings you color with Colour Pop Lippie Stix and Lip Pencils! Which shade will your wear this Fall?

  we heart this - brings you a blush so pretty, you'll want to throw a parade for it! It's Benefit Majorette.

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
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Get The Look: Caitriona Balfe from Outlander

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My house is obsessed with Outlander. Maybe it's because we desperately want to go back to Ireland (the show is in Scotland, but it reminds us of our trip) or maybe it's because Jamie (Sam Hueghan) reminds me of a Scottish Tim Riggins. Or maybe it's because it's one of the few shows with such a strong female lead, real drama and smart writing. Either way, the back half of the first season can't get here fast enough.

While supervising makeup artist Julie Kendrick won't spill the details on how she actually gets the look, here's how you can copy it for yourself (without being born in a time machine, like Kendrick suggests). Just apply everything with a light hand, forgetting how pinterest images look and embrace your natural beauty!

Start with clean, prepped skin. Apply a concealer that is the tiniest bit lighter than your regular skin tone to your under eye area, lids, around your nose and onto your cheeks. Laura Mercier's High Coverage Concealer works well. Be sure to use a light hand. The goal is to create a bright, but natural highlight across your eyes and the tops of your cheeks. Add a bit of natural-looking foundation to your forehead and the lower half of your cheeks, if needed. Caitriona has such creamy skin, you'll want to avoid excessive foundation and powder. For a very natural finish, try a foundation like Chanel's Vitalumiere Aquaultra Light Skin Perfecting foundation.

Forget contouring. Instead take a bright pinky color and apply the smallest amount to the apple of your cheeks, blending slightly back toward the hairline. Your cheeks should look as if you've been running away from Black Jack Randall, not as if you've spent the morning getting dressed by a housekeeper or attendant. Skip the shine, opt for matte colors instead. Try Estee Lauder's Pure Color Powder Blush in Exotic Pink.

Forget eye shadow. Play up your lashes with a very natural mascara that will make the most of what you've got, without actually looking like you are wearing mascara. Aveda Mosscara in Forest Black is a perfect choice. If you really want to, add a touch of a a satin eyeshadow one shade lighter than your skintone to the area just below your arch and also in the corner of your eyes. Add a touch of powder to your brows to help define the arch, using a very light hand.

Finally, for your lips, you'll want a soft flush that looks like you've just rolled out of bed. Try a lip stain or dot a satin-y rose colored lipstick in the center of your lips and blend with your fingers. Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Tint in Grateful would be perfect.

I'm off to Etsy to look for more inspiring ideas (I got this cowl). Are you watching Outlander? This Sassenach can't get enough!

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