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Three Ways To Wear Fragrance This Holiday Season

December 27, 2010 at 10:00 am , by

The cooler months of the year are a good time to switch perfumes. You probably wouldn’t feel right wearing your summer slip dress around town after October, doesn’t it make sense to update your fragrance, too? Here are the perfect scents for any wintertime occasion.

Left to right: Femme, Bombshell and Daisy

Left to right: Femme, Bombshell and Daisy

At a dinner party with in-laws or colleagues, try something softer so you don’t overwhelm anyone you want to stay in good standing with. Your fragrance shouldn’t resemble any smells wafting from the table, so we recommend cool floral tones instead. Our favorites include Femme by Herve Leger from Avon($34) and Hanae Mori’s No. 2 ($95), which is nice and crisp.

On a date night, let your hair down and indulge in something a little more heady and sensual. Two new scents do that surprisingly well – one from Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera By Night ($39), isn’t at all overpowering. The other, Bombshell by Victoria’s Secret ($45-65), is as evocatively feminine as their other collections, but not as sticky sweet.

Lastly, for the day after a big event, keep migraines at bay with a light, clean scent. Beauty by Calvin Klein ($65-85), fits the bill. Or if you’re looking for an even more subtle aroma, consider solid perfume. We like Daisy by Marc Jacobs ($40) – and the ring it comes in is cute, too.


Three Ways To Get Festive With Nail Color This Holiday

December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am , by

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

If you’re looking for a way to add some holiday spirit into your wardrobe this winter without breaking the bank, look into investing in holiday nail colors instead. This seemingly small touch can add a lot of class to your look, and winter polishes have never been more exciting. Here are some ways we’ll be wearing it under the mistletoe:

Stand out in brilliant metallics. Metallic polishes aren’t new discoveries but have never looked better or more appropriate during the yuletide season. Our pick is YSL’s La Laque Nail Lacquer from their Holiday 2010 collection. It has the softest, most luxurious glimmer.

Wear contemporary holiday colors. There’s nothing wrong with a set of red tips, but if you’re running low on your safe color choice, plums and clarets are a great option too. We love Essie‘s Luxedo shade and Silken Cord from their winter collection.

Layer up! And we’re not talking about clothes. Mix and match a layer of an opaque hue with a layer of shimmer and you’ll come up with something uniquely yours. Enhance the color of a polish you might already own with a new sparkly tone, or vice versa. We like OPI‘s Bring On The Bling or Extra-Va-Ganza on top for a fresh sheen.

For more ideas, check out our “Metallic Manis” read in the December/January issue. Wouldn’t these make great stocking stuffers?


The Best Makeup Looks You Can Learn On YouTube

November 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm , by

If you were to type in “makeup tutorial” on video-sharing website YouTube, you’ll find more than two millions results. It may seem like a long, endless list, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top five looks that we know you’ll love.

YouTube superstar Michelle Phan has over a million subscribers, a contract with Lancome and has even been featured in the New York Times. Phan may be more well known for her over-the-top looks (her most viewed videos are all based on Lady Gaga), but her “Professional Day to Glamorous Nights Out” look is doable for those of us who want to be taken more seriously.

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Dishing It: Ina’s Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

November 18, 2010 at 10:02 am , by

I’d signed up to try out Ina Garten’s Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms from the November issue of LHJ, but before I’d chopped, peeled or stemmed a single thing I was already feeling a little anxious. Extra-large white mushrooms—the first item on the list of ingredients—had me stumped. At Whole Foods all I could find were white mushrooms. Was I supposed to be looking for a different type of shroom entirely—extra-large white mushrooms? Or should I just be looking for really big white mushrooms? Clearly, food is something I’ve yet to master. This is good news for you though—if I can do this, you definitely will be able to.

I tried to make things as easy as possible by putting out all my ingredients on the counter. I realized after I’d gotten home I’d forgotten mascarpone cheese, and I couldn’t find scallions so I’m using shallots instead, but everything else is the same. I have a very bad habit of starting on the recipe before I prepare the ingredients on the list, but after the first step I realized what a mistake that was. Prepare your ingredients first. There’s a good reason for it. I was all set to start cooking—heat on, oil cooking—when I realized I hadn’t removed the sausage casings. The recipe itself was simple—no hard steps and no words I had to look up!

The recipe didn’t say how long it would take to get everything in the oven, but I think it took me about half an hour, mostly because I like to be thorough (partially because I took a short Guitar Hero break), and I’m not a particularly quick cook. The baking, however, took less than 50 minutes. It was probably closer to 40, if not less.

DSC_4037When they came out the oven, I was initially saddened at the lack of green they sported compared to Ina’s originals, but they were really tasty and surprisingly filling! I think the mascarpone would have been a nice touch. The shallots were a good scallion substitute. On a side note, these weren’t the only things for dinner tonight. I think I’m a bold eater—I’ll try almost anything and I’ll put the oddest two things on my spoon. In my defense, I’m also a college student—sometimes I just have to make do. So tonight, I’d happened to serve guacamole and chips as an appetizer to this dish. Even then, I barely finished four stuffed mushrooms, and I sunk into a warm food coma right afterward. They made for a very cozy almost-winter meal.

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Three Ways To Maximize Your Eyes With Minimal Makeup

November 8, 2010 at 10:07 am , by

I don’t tend to wear much make up on a regular basis–I believe that less is more. This is especially true for days where my to-do list is a mile long and I have to be out the door in 5 minutes, and don’t have time to worry about a mid-day touch up.

The only thing I always spend a minute on, however, are my eyes. They can look sleepy even when I’ve just woken up! I asked New York-based makeup artist Emily Kate Warren for some of her best minimal makeup tips that help eyes pop.

The easiest way to bring the focus to your eyes is to find their complimentary colors. This means that orange—or better yet coppers and bronzes—work well with baby blues. Flatter green eyes with shadows that have red undertones. “Pink shades can look amazing around the eye, just smudge around the lash lines,” says Warren. Have brown peepers? Lucky for you, they look great with just about anything.

Lining the upper inner rims of your eyes with black liner will make lashes look fuller. Warren recommends Cover Girl Liquiline Blast in Black.

Instead of mascara, use half of a lash strip from a set of false lashes. Apply them from the center of your eye outward. You’ll notice that your eyes look wider and lifted.

Three Ways to Maximize Your Eyes With Minimal Makeup

For more eye-opening tips (and a few great mascara recommendations), check out our “Big, Beautiful Lashes” story in our November issue.