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Jennifer Lopez Is Sporting Short, Curly Hair!

Short and curly: JLo’s latest look goes against the grain of her normal long, sleek style. (Photo: usweekly.com)

—Caroline

Check out Cynthia Rowley’s recent Band-Aid collection here!

DIY Face Mask For Anywhere, Anytime: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, Rodan Luo, is a lawyer by day and stylish blogger by night. We can’t get enough of her blog, full of eloquent musings and excellent advice. Since she’s also one of our jetsetter role models (the frequent traveler was most recently in Sayulita, Mexico), she’ll be blogging all week about ways to make travel even more awesome. 

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Practically everything comes packaged nicely in 3.4 fluid ounces these days - there’s even an awesome company that sells only travel sized luxury items for all product junkies out there. But…just because things come ready to go into your carry-on-bag, doesn’t mean you should always bring them. I try to travel with the mindset of taking only what I need. So, while some things in our beauty regime are essential (look out for my post tomorrow on sunscreen), other things should be left behind so there is room to squeeze in that fourth pair of heels for your weekend get away.

This means that while I love doing a weekly face mask, I will never bring my fresh Rose Face Mask with me. So what is a girl with dry skin problems to do? Enter the DIY face mask. Recently, while on a trip to luscious Bali, a friend of mine showed me a great moisturizing facemask with ingredients that can be found everywhere. Look below for an easy-to-make mask that you can do anywhere, anytime.

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The Next Big Beauty Hit From Asia: Daily Paper Masks

Photo: Dailymail

I’m a huge fan of face masks. Clay, liquid, peels, you name it, I’ll definitely try it. They’re the easiest way to give my skin a pick-me-up and also take a spa-like breather at the end of a long day. Today, I found out that Sephora’s going to be carrying a new American-based brand of Korean-style paper face masks starting this March. Yippee!

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Guest Blogger: What’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’?

When you think of Thanksgiving leftovers you probably envision sweet potato pie breakfasts and lunchtime turkey sandwiches. We highly doubt “skin-smoothing facials” come to mind. But according to skincare expert and celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, Thanksgiving leftovers make some of the best DIY skin treatments. Check out how she repurposes pumpkin puree after the jump.

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Upgrade Your Evening: Face Masks

It’s sad to say but all too often, I’ll make it home after a long day at the office and promptly plop down on the couch for a long night of television. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely proud to be a TV addict but I also get a bit jealous of the evening routines of my more wellness conscious friends. I got a little taste of the pampered life while prepping for this month’s Face Masks: Birchbox Breakdown article, which made me think it might not be so hard. In honor of Birchbox’s month of upgrades, I’m going to kick my couch potato butt into gear and start a regular evening mask routine.

I have pretty dry skin so I need a moisturizing option like Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Mask. This one is packed full of natural ingredients like blueberries, wild pansies, and grapes, and smells delicious. I’ve found that smell is pretty important when you’re leaving something on your face for more than a few moments. After 15-20 minutes my skin feels soft, and (this may be my imagination) looks brighter. Since the mask doesn’t harden uncomfortably, I’m free to watch TV, catch up on my Google Reader feed, or do a little work. Yes, putting on a mask a few evenings a week isn’t exactly life changing but it’s a baby step towards a more balanced life – at least that’s what I’m telling myself!

(Side note, it’s a bit of a splurge but I’m usually willing to spend a lot more on great skin care. Amazing skin isn’t something I can fake, sadly!) 

- Lorelei

Find the Alchimie Forever Kantic Mask or your own personal upgrade in the Birchbox Shop. Check out our face masks article in The Haute Box to find the right mask for you!

Gift-a-Day 10: Sybarite on a Budget

Every day from now until December 31st, we’ll be posting a daily gift suggestion. It’s like an advent calendar, minus the ugly graphics.

Sybarite on a Budget: myfaceworks Starter Kit

There’s nothing she loves more than whiling away a day at the spa, soaking up the cucumber misted air. Since weekly facials are out of the question, give her the next best thing: myfaceworks Starter Kit, a selection of six one-time-use face masks. Each of the masks targets a different skin woe, from dullness to dryness, and heals using a potent serum. Not only are they fun to use, but they give the appearance of a treatment without the price tag.