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They’re Here! Announcing Our Limited Edition CEW Beauty Awards Boxes

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A few months ago, we told you that we had an exciting new partnership in the works with Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). Each year, the organization of 5,500 industry insiders holds their Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards (basically the Oscars of the beauty world) where they select the latest and greatest from all of the year’s newly launched products—it’s one of the most coveted awards in the beauty world.

Well, we’re happy to say that we’re ready to reveal the details of our collab! Today, we’re launching two limited edition boxes with CEW featuring winners and finalists from their Insider’s Choice awards. If you prefer more high-end products, you can opt for the CEW Prestige box, which includes products from Julep, IT cosmetics, Living Proof, La Fresh, and Elizabeth Arden.

For anyone looking to find out about the best drugstore brands, you’ll want to try the CEW Mass box. There you’ll be able to test the hottest releases from Revlon, Simple, Burt’s Bees, L’Oreal, Nivea, and Olay. For those of you who are major beauty aficionados, we suggest snagging both for a special price of $26, but regardless of which one you choose, each is chock full of the best new beauty goodies around!

Dying to find out even more about this partnership? Here’s everything you should know about CEW, the products that we love, and more.

My Favorite Nail Products: Guest Blogger

If you’re into nail art, then you’re probably familiar with Chelsea King’s designs. As the artist behind Chelsea’s Get Nailed, this nail-addict-turned-blogger somehow finds time between classes at UC Irvine to produce nail art tutorials, sell her own press-on nails, and post her intricate and inspiring manicures. This week, Chelsea is offering up her best nail tips and a few exclusive (and pretty awesome) nail art how-tos for beginners and experts alike.

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One of the most important ways to make your manicure look beautiful is taking care of your hands, cuticles, and nails. Using great products can improve how your nails look and can get your polish to last longer. Over time, I have used many different products, and here are some of my favorites!

1. CND SolarOil: I love this cuticle oil because it doesn’t make my cuticles greasy—and it smells great.

2. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: Just recently I started using this product and it’s amazing. I really have noticed a difference in my skin. It goes on very thick (almost like Vaseline), but instantly replenishes moisture.

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Ben Affleck Wins Big, Life-Changing Beauty Inventions, and More
Ben Affleck wins big with Argo for Best Picture and the award is fittingly presented to him by Michelle Obama via satellite from the White House. [NY Daily News]
What exercise routines did stars have to stick to in order to get red carpet-ready for last night? Here’s a breakdown. [Well + Good NYC]
Very sad news: Wojciech Inglot, founder of Inglot Cosmetics, passes away at 57 years old. [USA Today]
Jennifer Lawrence stuns in the latest Miss Dior campaign, following in the footsteps of the lovely Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. [Refinery29]
Burt’s Bees taps Call Me Maybe singer Carly Rae Jepsen as the face of its new body care line. [WWD]
Our lives could dramatically change due to these five amazing beauty inventions—think hands-free hair dryer! [Glamour]
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-Charisse
Learn more about the Vampire Facelift, recently tested by Kim Kardashian.
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Ben Affleck Wins Big, Life-Changing Beauty Inventions, and More

-Charisse

Learn more about the Vampire Facelift, recently tested by Kim Kardashian.

(Photo: Mark Davis for WireImage)

Happy Election Day! Now Go Out and Vote!

Today is Election Day! Make sure you hit your local voting booth and let your voice be heard. (Photo: obeygiant.com)

—Hallie

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5 Whiff-Worthy Natural Hair Products to Treat Your Nose To

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Remember that amazing old school rose-scented shampoo by Herbal Essences that we were reminiscing about in this post? It still exists! Those who left a comment noting that the scent is now in the color protection formula were absolutely right. It’s the Color Me Happy product and you can buy it here. Thanks again, guys! Our next step is to persuade the brand to turn it into a body spray.

And speaking of heavenly scents, I’m curious to know how many of you purchase shampoos and conditioners simply because they smell good versus how good they are for your hair. For instance, I love, love, love Herbal’s scents, but I rarely use their products since they contain some not-so-good-for-your-hair ingredients like methylchloroisothiazolinone (try saying that word ten times fast). However, it doesn’t stop me from purchasing it simply for smelling purposes.

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How to Avoid a Wedding Makeup Meltdown: Guest Blogger

We love surfing Heather Walczuk’s blog, Beauty Unbiased, for her smart and on-point makeup reviews, pretty photos and her upbeat insight. The resident New Yorker always has great tips for making the most out of your products, which is why we’re excited that this week she’s sharing tips about her fave summer finds, makeup-artists must-haves, and how to get a gorgeous top knot.

Photo Credit: Photography by Tim at Ronca Productions, Marisa Nicole Weddings and Events

Ever wonder how stars manage to keep their makeup flawless on the red carpet? No one knows how to keep a look fresh in the hot weather better than celebrity makeup artists. Tina Turnbow, whose clientele includes stars like Claire Danes and Brooke Shields to name a few, chatted with me about the affordable beauty tricks she uses. It’ll help ensure you have a flawless face throughout your wedding day or your friends’ wedding day. (Hey, us serial bridesmaids have to be photographed, too!)

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Margot Tenenbaum, My Movie Character Beauty Inspiration: Guest Blogger

We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.  

Margot Tenenbaum, from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, is one of my favorite chain-smoking, compulsive lying characters ever. She’s also my No. 1 pick for my Halloween costume this year. While I look for a full-length faux fur coat, check out my makeup picks to get her look (cigarettes and wooden finger not included):

Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Smokin’ Pistol
Apply heavily around both eyes. Practice your “I’m so bored with this” stare.

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5 Essentials That Are Always In My Purse: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, the lovely Alissa Kelly, offers up fun fashion and beauty advice on her blog, Feeling Good. (Our favorite feature? Kelly’s fun nail posts!) We love her optimistic attitude and useful tips. Today, she’s showing us the must-have items that she can’t leave home without.

There are just some things women cannot live without. I’m a purse fanatic so I’m always switching my bag to match the day’s outfit. Every time I do, there are 5 items that always make the switch with me.

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College Girl: Nail Biters Anonymous, A Solution Awaits

“You’re never going to get a boyfriend with nails like that,” my roommate Melissa’s psychology professor used to tell her. Ridiculous, I know. But living with hera chronic nail biterthis summer has shown me that if there’s any appropriate time to kick a bad habit to the curb, it’s while you’re still in school and before heading out into the real word.

Melissa has been biting for as long as she can remember, and she was once even hospitalized for a cuticle infection. She’s tried a million different things to stop, including once wearing winter gloves year round. Needless to say, that did not work. I’m sure all other biters out there understand how frustrating and time-consuming it is to quit, so read on for classic solutions as well as a new method that’s proven to be quite effective.

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Guest Blogger: Lip Service

A little while ago while doing research for a story about easy ways to make your lifestyle more environmentally friendly, we came across a site we love: Practically Green (@practicallygrn). Dedicated to helping people take smart healthy actions in their daily lives, the site is a plethora of information—including lots about skin-care and cosmetics (follow them on Facebook, too). We asked the ladies of Practically Green, Rebecca, Sarah, and Kristen, to divulge their fave products and over the next few days, we’ll hear from each of them about what their individual recommendations are for lips, face, eyes, and body.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss, Gabriel Lip Color, Lunaroma Lip Love, Lunaroma Honey Rose Lip Cream

Rebecca, products editor: If you’re like me, and you’ve never quite been able to pull off lipstick, I highly recommend this Lip Shimmer from Burt’s Bees. Available in yummy colors from papaya to Merlot, these are guaranteed to give you sexy summer lips.

Sarah, director of social programming: I have perennially dry lips and I especially notice the problem after I eat. I rely on Lunaroma Lip Love, Honey Rose Lip Cream, and Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss in Pucker Berry.

Kristen, summer intern: I normally save lipstick for special occasions, but I usually don’t like the consistency—sticky, cakey, no good! Gabriel Lip Color is incredible because it goes on smooth, has rich color, and is toxin-free. My friends are always asking me to borrow it. Plus my lips feel super smooth and soft after wearing it.

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